Hooray for housekeeping.
In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 220, effectively dismantling municipal courts and integrating all matters into county superior courts.
Proposition 48 will eliminate the unnecessary wording in the California state constitution referring to municipal courts. These institutions have been dead for four years now and show no sign of coming back. It only seems fitting to wipe away the obsolete references and sections.
This measure passed through both houses of the state legislature with unanimous support and amounts to nothing more than some constitutional cleanup.
Opponents of this measure claim that eliminating the references prevents municipal courts from ever returning. The integrated system for county courts has worked well enough in the past four years and defendants still maintain all the options offered to them by a municipal court. Voters have already made the decision to integrate the county court systems.
Leaving these references in the constitution only clutters up the document.
The Daily Nexus strongly endorses Proposition 48.