“Memo to the Legislature”

From Kacik v. Kacik (Cal. Ct. App. Nov. 19, 2009), following a long analysis of a statute:

III. Memo to the Legislature

Because of the unusual circumstance of construing a piece of legislation that has less than 18 months before it sunsets, we address the Legislature directly:

Section 4326 is scheduled to terminate on January 1, 2011. If you decide to renew it, please consider saying exactly what you mean by “is in effect.” One easy solution: Specify a time frame around the termination date of child support: say, plus or minus six months, when a spousal support modification request based on the termination of child support may be filed. (Cf. Code Civ. Proc., § 473.)

Thanks to Prof. Shaun Martin (California Appellate Report) for the pointer.