WASHINGTON -- The U. S. Supreme Court yesterday upheld the constitutionality of California's Proposition 13 by ruling that the properly tax system is grounded in a legitimate state interest.

In an 8-to-1 ruling in Nordlinger v. Hahn, the high court said the state's so-called acquisition value properly tax system does not violate the Constitution's equal protection clause, which generally prohibits state governments from treating similarly situated citizens differently.

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