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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1995
Victor Kamber's "Don't Mess With Our Constitution" (Commentary, June 26), complaining that Republicans have introduced 148 amendments since they became a majority, is an example of why the public places columnists just below politicians and bookies for credibility and accuracy. If Kamber wasn't just doing the usual Republican- or conservative-bashing, he could have discovered, with minimal research, that there have been 10,786 constitutional amendments proposed in Congress since 1789.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Facing a growing outcry, Gov. Jerry Brown abandoned a plan Thursday that threatened to reduce public access to government records. Brown had been poised to sign a measure, passed by the Legislature as part of the budget last week, that would have freed local governments from requirements to provide records to Californians quickly and in electronic form. Brown sought the change because making compliance optional would remove the state's obligation to reimburse local authorities for their efforts, potentially saving the state tens of millions of dollars.
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NEWS
March 19, 1997 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its first vote on campaign finance reform since the current furor over big money in politics erupted, the Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly killed a constitutional amendment that would have let restrictions be placed on campaign spending without violating the free-speech doctrine. The 61-38 vote against the measure fell well short of a majority, much less the necessary two-thirds requirement for approving proposed constitutional amendments and sending them to the states for consideration.
NATIONAL
June 18, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - An Arizona law that denies immigrants who are in the country without legal permission the right to post bail for a wide array of felonies won approval Tuesday from a divided federal appeals court. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2 to 1 to uphold Arizona's Proposition 100, a 2006 ballot measure that voters approved 78% to 22% as a state constitutional amendment to create bail exceptions for immigrants who lack authorization. Two immigrants who were denied bail under the law challenged it in a class-action lawsuit.
NEWS
May 5, 1993 | CONSTANCE SOMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Battling their own urges to spend, members of Congress are again considering the fiscal restraint of last resort--a balanced-budget amendment. The idea is: If you run a deficit, you violate the U.S. Constitution. With a balanced-budget amendment, supporters say, Congress and the President will be intimidated into spending no more than the government earns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1997
Relatives of Southern California murder victims gathered in Westwood on Tuesday to support a constitutional amendment that would guarantee certain rights for crime victims. At a morning news conference, local chapters of Parents of Murdered Children endorsed the Victims Rights Amendment, a bill proposed by U.S. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.
NEWS
July 9, 1989 | GREGORY CROUCH, Times Staff Writer
Veterans groups, conservative organizations, local politicians and a television commentator launched a nationwide petition drive Saturday to support a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit desecration of the American flag. But the newly formed National Save the Flag Coalition is not canvassing neighborhoods for signatures--it is relying on a national 900 telephone number to attract supporters. During a press conference in Burbank on Saturday, organizers blasted the U.S.
NATIONAL
June 6, 2006 | Maura Reynolds and James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writers
The Senate opened debate Monday on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, an issue Republican strategists hope will help drive conservative voters to the polls during fall congressional elections. At the White House, President Bush tried to rally support for the amendment, even though its backers said it was expected to fall well short of the 67 votes needed for passage.
NEWS
February 28, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, wanting greater authority to promote his reforms, Tuesday pushed through the Supreme Soviet a proposed constitutional amendment providing for a new, U.S.-style presidency over objections by liberals that the position would be far too powerful.
NEWS
February 2, 1995 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson told a group of national business executives Wednesday that he wants to reverse California's inhospitable reputation by seizing the mandate he says voters issued in November's election and launching a Proposition 13-style revolt against government regulation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The budget won't be the only big issue being considered by the Assembly on Friday. Democrats have scheduled a vote on a controversial constitutional amendment that would make it easier for cities and counties to raise property taxes or issue bonds to pay for infrastructure improvements. Under the amendment, bond issue proposals would need only 55% of the vote to pass, rather than the current two-thirds. The same reduced threshold would apply to votes on raising property taxes to cover the cost of the borrowing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2013 | By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
DENVER - Two hedge-fund partners - monogrammed shirts, taut Windsor knots, cuff links - step into a hipster cafe called Sputnik on an unorthodox mission. They are meeting a business consultant to discuss a way to boost share prices at one of their portfolio companies, which sells indoor garden kits for tomatoes, herbs, flowers and salad greens. Their idea is to tap into a new market, one they need to be discreet about for fear of blemishing the publicly traded company's reputation: Marijuana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
To the relief of families who dread annual tuition increases, a growing number of public and private colleges are moving to freeze those bills so that students pay the same amount in their freshman through senior years. The idea is to give students and parents some financial stability at a time of other economic worries and mounting student debt. The predictability pleases Joshua Deal, 19, of San Diego. He is a junior at Northern Arizona University, one of the estimated 40 schools in the nation that offer such guarantees.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Voters in North Carolina on Tuesday approved Amendment One, a fiercely debated and highly restrictive amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman. The amendment not only outlaws same-sex marriage - already illegal in the state - but bans civil unions and domestic partnerships for gay or straight couples. Family law experts say it will threaten domestic partnership health benefits for local government workers and strip unmarried couples, both gay and straight, of their rights to make financial or emergency medical decisions for an incapacitated partner.
NATIONAL
January 10, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that blocked the implementation of an Oklahoma law barring judges from considering international or Islamic law in their decisions. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling released Tuesday, affirmed an order by a district court judge in 2010 that prevented the voter-approved state constitutional amendment from taking effect. The ruling also allows a Muslim community leader in Oklahoma City to continue his legal challenge of the law's constitutionality.
NATIONAL
December 15, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
The Senate rejected two versions of a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, bringing an unceremonious end to another requirement of last summer's hard-fought agreement to raise the debt ceiling. A provision that both chambers of Congress vote on a balanced-budget amendment was included in the August agreement to win support from reluctant conservatives in the House. But the votes, which had to occur before the end of the year, were largely viewed more as campaign ammunition than a moment for policy change.
NEWS
March 31, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court, in a victory for Republican political strategists, agreed Friday to rule by summer on a constitutional challenge to last year's anti-flag burning law. The law, engineered by congressional Democrats, was designed to remove the flag issue from the political arena and to head off steam for a constitutional amendment against burning the flag. Republican strategists, supported by President Bush, hoped to have a constitutional amendment before the voters this fall.
OPINION
December 12, 2011 | Jim Newton
"We are not final because we are infallible," the great Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in 1953, "but we are infallible only because we are final. " Jackson was among the most eloquent justices ever to serve on the high court, and perhaps the greatest writer in its history. But his wit and wisdom now are being challenged by the Los Angeles City Council. The City Council voted last week to support legislative action or a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the place of corporations in America.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
House Republican leaders pulled out all the stops Tuesday to pass legislation tying a debt ceiling increase to a tight, long-term cap on federal spending — a vote that appealed to conservatives but also underscored the GOP's difficulty in controlling its rambunctious majority. President Obama warned that the debt ceiling debate had entered the 11th hour with no time for symbolic gestures or posturing, an implied criticism of the House's "cut, cap and balance" measure that he has pledged to veto if it gets to his desk.
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