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News Posted on February 13, 2014

Professor Amar Comments on Ballot Initiative to Split California

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, commented for an article in Bellarmine Political Review on a ballot initiative that would split California into six separate states. Though the proponents claim the initiative offers Californians the potential for more representatives in Congress and smaller, more responsive state governments, the measure also raises numerous constitutional and political questions that make its support within the state uncertain, the article notes.

Although California "has endured problems in self-governance over the last decade-plus, whether Californians are ready to make such a radical change is far from clear," Amar states.

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.

Bellarmine Political Review