Political and Legal Responses to Proposition 13 in California

by Albert J. Lipson, Marvin Lavin

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Proposition 13, an amendment to the California Constitution that limited property taxes, was approved by the voters in June 1978. The report presents background material on some of the precursors of the proposition, describes the legal and fiscal implications of the proposition itself and of its implementing legislation, and examines how California's political leaders responded to the "public mandate." It traces the choices made by state legislators in resolving issues raised and the factors they considered in their decision. Although the focus is mainly on legislative action in the period immediately following the passage of Proposition 13 in June 1978, an epilogue summarizes major related developments in 1979. The study is based on interviews as well as on an analysis of reports, legal documents, and newspaper accounts of key political and legal events.

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