January 6, 1999 |
A federal appellate court Tuesday sidestepped a decision on a voter-approved ballot initiative restricting campaign fund-raising by state politicians, and instead ordered a full-blown trial on Proposition 208. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allows politicians--at least for now--to continue raising money under the current system, without caps on the size of the contributions they accept. Voters approved the initiative in 1996. But last January, U.S.