The California State Constitution

Hardcover | December 14, 2015

byJoseph R. Grodin, Darien Shanske, Michael B. Salerno

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The California Constitution is one of the longest in the world and has been revised over 500 times since its original drafting in 1849. In its current incarnation, the constitution reflects the state's mistrust of elected officials, gives cities and towns broad home rule powers, and outlinesgovernance for the state's university system. The California State Constitution provides an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's basic governing charter. In addition to an overview of California's constitutional history, it offers an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the entire constitution, detailing the manysignificant changes that have been made since its initial drafting in 1849. This treatment, along with a table of cases, index, and the bibliography provides an unsurpassed reference guide for students, scholars, and practitioners of California's constitution. The second edition updates and expands the previous edition published in 1993. The book provides new analysis, with citations to court decisions and relevant scholarly commentary, as well as accompanying explanations and a lengthy introduction to provide historical and thematic context. This newedition also contains a foreword by the current Chief Justice of California, Tani Cantil-Sakauye.The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historicaloverview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research.Under the expert editorship of Professor G. Alan Tarr, Director of the Center on State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, this series provides essential reference tools for understanding state constitutional law. Books in the series can be purchased individually or as part of a completeset, giving readers unmatched access to these important political documents.

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The California Constitution is one of the longest in the world and has been revised over 500 times since its original drafting in 1849. In its current incarnation, the constitution reflects the state's mistrust of elected officials, gives cities and towns broad home rule powers, and outlinesgovernance for the state's university system....

Joseph R. Grodin is Professor of Law at Hastings College of Law, University of California. Professor Grodin is the former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court and is the author of In Pursuit of Justice (1989), among many other works dealing with state constitutional practice. Darien Shanske is Professor of Law at the Unive...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:612 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.42 inPublished:December 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199988641

ISBN - 13:9780199988648

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G. Alan Tarr: Series forewordPreface (with Acknowledgments)Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye: ForewordPart one: The History of California ConstitutionPart two: The California Constitution and CommentaryPreambleArticle I Declaration of RightsArticle II Voting, Initiative and Referendum, and RecallArticle III State of CaliforniaArticle IV LegislativeArticle V ExecutiveArticle VI JudicialArticle VII Public Officers and EmployeesArticle IX EducationArticle X WaterArticle XA Water Resources DevelopmentArticle XB Marine Resources Protection Act of 1990Article XI Local GovernmentArticle XII Public UtilitiesArticle XIII TaxationArticle XIIIA Tax LimitationArticle XIIIB Government Spending LimitationArticle XIIIC Voter Approval for Local Tax LeviesArticle XIIID Assessment and Property-Related Fee ReformArticle XIV Labor RelationsArticle XV UsuryArticle XVI Public FinanceArticle XVIII Amending and Revising the ConstitutionArticle XIX Motor Vehicle RevenuesArticle XIXA Loans from the Public Transportation Account or Local Transportation FundsArticle XIXB Motor Vehicle Fuel Sales Tax Revenues and Transportation Improvement FundingArticle XIXC Enforcement of Certain ProvisionsArticle XX Miscellaneous SubjectsArticle XXI Redistricting of Senate, Assembly, Congressional and Board of Education DistrictsArticle XXII Architectural and Engineering ServicesArticle XXXIV Public Housing Project LawArticle XXXV Medical ResearchBibliographyTable of CasesIndexAbout the Author