Proposition madness

08Nov06

I am sharing with you some interesting propositions that were up for voting today…

Read away. 

 

Arizona | Proposition 200: $1 Million Voter Reward

Would establish a “voter reward” random drawing every two years with a first prize of $1 million or more in an effort to increase voter participation. Voters who cast ballots in primary or general elections would be eligible to win. The money would come from the Arizona Lottery and private donations.

 

Arizona | Proposition 107: Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution would define marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman; would prohibit the state from creating or recognizing any legal status for unmarried persons that is similar to that of marriage.

Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin had a similar proposition.

 

California | Proposition 85: Parental Notification

Proposed amendment to the California Constitution would prohibit abortion for a minor until 48 hours after a physician notifies her parent or legal guardian, except in cases of medical emergency or a parental waiver.

Same for Oregon.

 

Colorado | Referendum I: Domestic Partnership

Would legalize domestic partnerships, providing same-sex couples the opportunity to obtain the legal protections and responsibilities granted to married couples under Colorado law. The measure specifies that domestic partnerships are not marriage and do not change the public policy of the state, which defines marriage as only the union of one man and one woman.

 

South Dakota | Initiative 4: Allow Medical Marijuana

Would allow individuals, including minors with parental consent, who have a debilitating medical condition to be certified to grow not more than six plants, possess not more than one ounce and use small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes.

Same for Nevada and Colorado.

 

Michigan | Proposition 2: Restrict Affirmative Action

Proposed amendment to Michigan Constitution would “prohibit the University of Michigan and other state universities, the state, and all other state entities from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.” On June 23, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, ruled in favor of affirmative action in the University of Michigan’s admissions policies. The Bush administration opposed the university’s pro-affirmative action admission policies.

 

Arizona | Proposition 103: English as Official Language

Would make English the official language of the state of Arizona and significantly reduce government sponsorship and funding of dual language-printed material for circulation.

And my favourite…

 

Ohio | Amendment 3: Allow Slot Machines

Proposed amendment to Ohio Constitution would legalize the use of slot machines at nine different venues (seven at existing racetracks). Thirty percent of the revenue generated from the slot machines would be dedicated to new educational scholarship and grant programs. Another 8 percent would be dedicated to county and town level economic development. This proposal is named “Learn and Earn.”

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