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News Posted on October 10, 2013

Associate Dean Amar Comments on Federal Budget Stalemate for San Francisco Chronicle

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, commented for the San Francisco Chronicle on the issue of whether lawmakers should continue to receive their paychecks if they fail to pass a budget on time.  State law prohibits California from paying legislators if a budget is not passed on schedule, but federal lawmakers face no such penalties.

"State legislators rely on getting their paychecks more than federal legislators," Amar said, so a federal law withholding paychecks during a budget stalemate might not have as much impact.

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law with the UC Davis School of Law, is a national authority in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and remedies. His biweekly column for, a leading provider of online legal information, centers on his expertise in constitutional law.

San Francisco Chronicle