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KNCH Success re: Petition for Writ of Mandate in California

KNCH successfully prevailed on a Petition for Writ of Mandate challenging a ballot measure designed to extend term limits for members of the County Board of Education and Board of Supervisors.

Chad Dunigan and Joseph Speaker of our Roseville office represented a former member of the California State Assembly, Board of Equalization and Franchise Tax Board, in a successful challenge against Measure D (a measure to extend existing term limits) claiming that the proposed ballot language appeared to create term limits, when in fact a two-term limit was already in place.  Following extensive oral argument, Superior Court Judge Michael Coughlan ruled that the proposed ballot language was misleading and would have to be amended before the measure could be put before the voters.  Mr. Dunigan and Mr. Speaker were asked to prepare the revised ballot language, advising the voting public of the existence of the current term limits. The new language was accepted by the Court and placed on the ballot for the November 2012 election.