Today we recognize the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment. Miller & Olson recognizes how far we have some since that day. But there is still plenty of work to do to ensure everyone has equal access to the voting booth.
For more information about the important history of the amendment, please click here.
Commissioner Maria Audero, a Los Angeles employment law attorney, left the agency more than seven months before the conclusion of her term to assume a new role as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Central District of California. Read the full article from the Sacramento Beehere.
Per the New York Times, “the Supreme Court declined on Monday to address the central questions in two closely watched challenges to partisan gerrymandering, putting off for another time a ruling on the constitutionality of voting districts designed by legislatures to amplify one party’s political power.” Details here.
On August 28th, the California Supreme Court ruled that local tax initiatives brought by citizens can be placed on a special election ballot. They differ from measures placed on the ballot by local governments, which can only place tax measures on a general election ballot.
Miller & Olson LLP is pleased to announce for the second year in a row, Partner Rebecca J. Olson has been selected to the 2016 Northern California Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.
According to the Los Angeles Times, as part of the budget deal expected to be passed by the end of this week, California will create a new category to describe voters, in addition to the eight existing options that exist, including Libertarian, the state’s American Independent Party and No Party Preference.
The new category will label voters as having an “Unknown” party preference and would apply mostly to voters registering at the Department of Motor Vehicles, where a new voter registration process recently was implemented. You can read the story here.
Today is the last day to register to vote in California for the June 7th Primary election. It is also the last day to update your information if you are already registered (address, party registration). Make sure you’re eligible to vote on Election Day!
To register or update your information online, click here.
The cost of special elections to fill vacant legislative seats in California in terms of dollars can be substantial, and the turnout can be significantly lower than in a regular general election. Laurel Rosenhall has a great story in CalMatters.
The San Jose City Council passed a number of changes to their campaign finance ordinance last week. The voluntary expenditure limit was eliminated, simplified the $250 late contribution report in the last days before the election and removed disclaimer requirements for printed materials besides mailers. You can read the details Campaign Finance Changes in San Jose.