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Roderick Wright
Convoluted residency law makes no sense
Convoluted residency law makes no sense

To steal from Charles Dickens, "The law is an ass." A jackass, he meant. "An idiot." In his novel "Oliver Twist," Dickens' character Mr. Bumble is referring to a law that presumes his wife always follows orders from him. Here, I'm referring to a law that requires a candidate for the state Legislature to live in the district he wants to represent. Never mind that once elected, he can move outside the district. Also, never mind that for at least seven months of a year, while the Legislature is in session, he'll be living more than half his time far outside the district, in Sacramento. And never mind that the law is more complicated...

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