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California: state supreme court refuses to hear challenges to local campaign finance laws

The Los Angeles Times reports: More than three years ago, voters in Pasadena, Claremont and Santa Monica approved some of the nation's strictest campaign finance laws.

But the rules, which strictly limit the ability of individuals who have business dealings with the city to make contributions to local officials, have yet to be enforced. In fact, Pasadena and Santa Monica have fought to kill the laws, arguing that they violate free-speech rights.

The last of the cities' legal battles appeared to end earlier this month, when the California Supreme Court refused to hear the challenges to the laws. Backers now hope the cities will finally begin enforcing them. -- Court Gives Campaign Finance Laws a Green Light