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Litigation We’re Watching

Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (DNC v. Hobbs), Sup. Ct. Docket No. 19-1257. US Supreme Court agreed to take up this case involving Arizona’s ballot harvesting ban, following the 9th Circuit’s ruling the law has an impermissible discriminatory impact under the Voting Rights Act. Oral argument is scheduled for March 2, 2021.

News from Election and Ethics Agencies

Fair Political Practices Commission News – Controller Betty Yee appointed former Assemblywoman Catharine Baker to serve as Commissioner, filling vacancy created by resignation of Allison Hayward. Link to press release
Angela Brereton appointed to serve as Chief of Enforcement. Angela replaces Galena West, who has become the FPPC’s Executive Director. Link to press release

New Legislation

While originally scheduled to return on Monday, January 4th, both the Assembly and Senate have decided to move the date of the return to session to Monday, January 11th.

The tentative legislative calendars for 2021 can be found here for the Assembly and here for the Senate.