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California's initiative process could become more enlightened under this new law
California's initiative process could become more enlightened under this new law

It turns out that a legislative hearing can be simultaneously enlightening and pointless. Take, for example, Monday's hearing in Sacramento on Proposition 46, the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to increase the cap on medical malpractice damages, and Thursday's on Proposition 47, the initiative to change criminal sentencing. The numerous committees conducting the joint hearings can't add to or change anything in the measures or even reach all that many voters with their questions, comments and concerns. With the election little more than a month away, the hearings are, to some degree, a meaningless exercise. But the law still requires them, so the hearings are going...

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