Two initiatives on June ballot – Parental consent eyed for September

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Two initiatives on June ballot - Parental consent eyed for September

Two initiatives on June ballot - Parental consent eyed for September

Two petitions recently gathered enough signatures to qualify for the June 1998 ballot. The Campaign Reform Initiative prohibits unions and employers from withholding any portion of a worker’s salary or dues for political purposes without first obtaining the worker’s annual, written consent. An ABC News/Washington Post poll in October reported that 82% of Americans believe that unions should ask for permission to use members’ money for political purposes.

Labor unions are expected to invest at least $20 million in an effort to defeat the initiative, while politicians including Pete Wilson, William Bennett, Dan Quayle and Steve Forbes endorse it. Regarding the Campaign Reform Initiative, Ken Khachigian wrote in the L.A. Times that it is, “…our best hope for returning local control of public schools to students, parents and taxpayers.”

The second initiative, English for the Children, will allow voters to eliminate bilingual education in public schools. An L.A. Times poll reports that 80% of voters support the measure.

Looking for inclusion on the November ballot, the California Parental Rights and Child Protection Initiative will require parental consent for abortions. It must collect nearly 700,000 valid signatures by April and aims to overturn the activist ruling of the California Supreme Court which, earlier this year, struck down the state’s parental consent law.

“When parental consent is required for a nurse to give a child an aspirin,” explained Randy Thomasson, assistant director of Capitol Resource Institute. “It is unconscionable not to require parental consent for the very dangerous medical procedure of abortion.”

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