The California Supreme Court has told the Secretary of State to hold off on placing a controversial question on November’s ballot.
The court has ruled Secretary of State Debra Bowen cannot take any action related to putting Prop 49 on the November ballot. The proposition poses an advisory question to voters, asking if the US Constitution should be amended to overturn the Citizens United ruling. That 2010 decision by the US Supreme Court allows corporations and unions to spend freely in political campaigns. The result of California’s vote would not have any legal affect.
The legislature passed the bill allowing for the advisory question, and Governor Jerry Brown let it become law without his signature. But the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association sued, saying the question amounted to a “public opinion poll.”
The court ruled Bowen cannot act on the proposition until the court rules on its validity.