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Posted on 05/14/2005 4:43:33 PM PDT by calcowgirl
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK?
As the secretary of state's unofficial deadline passed, business supporters of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "reform" agenda and an opposing coalition of Democrats and labor unions submitted millions of signatures to qualify proposed ballot initiatives. In all, registrars are verifying signatures for eight possible measures:
Redistricting - The Schwarzenegger-backed measure would shift the task of redrawing legislative and congressional district boundaries from the Legislature to a panel of judges.
Budget - Centerpiece of the governor's plan, the measure would enact state spending controls and let the governor unilaterally cut programs.
Tenure - A third Schwarzenegger proposal would make it more difficult for teachers to achieve tenure protections.
Union dues - Schwarzenegger allies are backing a plan to make it harder for unions to use members' dues for political purposes.
Abortion - Anti-abortion rights groups are spearheading an effort to require parents to be notified before a minor receives an abortion.
Energy - The Democrat/labor alliance is backing a plan to re-regulate electricity.
Drugs - The alliance is financing a measure that it says could provide cheaper prescription medicine to as many as 10 million uninsured, elderly and low-income Californians.
Drugs II - Drug companies are behind a measure that would make voluntary their participation in a state drug discount plan for the poor.
(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...
Patty and Selma are going to be in charge of the California power grid. That'll really help things.