April 20, 2012
McGeorge students unveiled the June 2012 edition of the law school's California Initiative Review (CIR) at an on-campus California Initiative Forum on April 13, attended by students, faculty, and political junkies.
Sponsored by the law school's Capital Center for Law & Policy, the CIR is a non-partisan, objective publication of independent analyses of statewide ballot initiatives. Fourteen students and three student editors enrolled in Professor Mary-Beth Moylan's California Initiative Seminar produced the new Volume 11, Issue 1 edition.
Jeff Dodd and Erinn Ryberg spoke on Proposition 28, "The Legislative Term Limits Reform Act," which is on the California presidential primary election on June 5, 2012. Andrew Boriskin and Sirenia Jimenez talked about Proposition 29, "Establishing $1 Per Pack Tax on Cigarettes to Fund Cancer Research and Prevention Programs."
Claire Calvert and Adam Yakira discussed Senate Bill 2, "The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012," one of three measures that have already qualified for the general election ballot on Nov. 6, 2012. Alisa Reinhardt and Nic Jordan examined Measure 1487, "The Stop Special Interest Money Now Act of 2012." Kelly Boler and Elliot Pershes dissected Measure 1495, the "2012 Automobile Insurance Discount Act."
There are also four reports in the new edition of the CIR. Alexa Greenbaum wrote "The History and Impact of Legislative Term Limits Initiatives." Tristan Brown contributed "California Initiative Signature Campaigns — Empowerment of Impediment?" Debbie Kim authored "Don't Judge an Initiative by its Title." John Davidson delved into "Senate Bill 202 and the Definition of Election for Initiative Purposes."
Christine Collins, Julia DeVos and Amber Simmons are the editors of the CIR Volume 11, Issue 1. They also published an "Initiatives at a Glance" companion piece.