Ninth Circuit Voids California Political-Solicitation Statute

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday held that California’s Government Code §3205 which bars employees of local governmental entities from soliciting political contributions from coworkers but places no such restriction on state employees, is unconstitutional.

“Because the statute’s discrimination against local employees is not justified under any arguably applicable standard,” Circuit Judge Marsha S. Berzon said, “we hold that Section 3205 is unconstitutional and reverse the district court.”

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