Saturday, December 20, 2008

State's Failure To Pay Local Mandates Violates Prop. 4

The San Diego Superior Court has held that the State's failure to adequately reimburse school boards for dozens of state mandates violates Proposition 4, an initiative constitutional amendment adopted in 1979 that, among other things, requires the State to pay local government when it requires them to implement State policies. The Legislature apparently acknowledged the mandate (according to this story in the Sacramento Bee (here)), but only paid $1,000 per year to fund it. That wasn't enough, said the San Diego Superior Court.

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