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.
Oregon | Measure 43: Parental Notification
Would require parental notification and 48-hour waiting period before a minor can receive an abortion. Exceptions would be provided for documented medical emergencies, not including rape or incest. Current Oregon law allows individuals 15 years or older to obtain an abortion without parental notification.
Both were defeated, and rightfuly so, because of the simple thought: What about cases of rape by a family member? Can you imagine asking a 15 year old girl who has just been raped by her father to go and ask his permission for an abortion?
These may have passed if all the "what-ifs" had been accounted for. Good job, voters!
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.
This passed and is obviously going to change a lot. This is totally going to stop the influx of spanish! [/totally obvious sarcasm]
The part about cutting funding for dual language-printed material will have an impact in that many new immigrants won't know the laws/rules. If they don't know how to get cheap medical care now, for instance, they can just wait and go to the expensive emergency room later! It works for everyone!
Colorado | Amendment 42: Raise Minimum Wage
Proposed amendment to Colorado Constitution would raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.85 an hour, then adjust the wage annually for inflation.
Proposed amendment to Ohio Constitution would set the state minimum wage at $6.85 an hour and mandate an increase indexed to inflation (specifically the Consumer Price Index) each year thereafter.
Brilliant. I love it. Get it up to a living wage, then tie it to inflation. This is a brilliant idea and they'll see that soon, much like the other states who have done the same thing.
Montana | Initiative 151: Raise Minimum Wage
Would raise Montana's minimum wage to either $6.15 an hour or the federal minimum wage, whichever is higher, and would add an annual cost-of-living adjustment to the state minimum wage. Under existing law, the state minimum wage is equal to the federal minimum wage, which is $5.15 an hour with no cost of-living adjustment.
Proposed amendment to Nevada Constitution would require employers to pay at least $6.15 per hour worked if the employer does not provide health benefits. The employer could still pay the federal minimum wage of $5.15 if health benefits are provided. Rates would be adjusted by the amount of increase in the federal minimum wage over $5.15 per hour, or, if greater, by the cumulative increase in the cost of living measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), with no CPI adjustment for any one-year period greater than 3%.
Good, but not quite good enough. Montana needs to tie theirs into the CPI.
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.
This makes sense because everyone is on an equal playing field right now. If I send out a resume and a guy with a traditionally black name sends out the same resume, we have an equal chance of getting a job, for instance. Oh, hell, there I go using sarcasm again.
I don't like Affirmative Action, but it's a necessary evil at this point in our history. Nothing in America should be based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin but, unfortunately, it is. Black people have much less chance of getting good jobs/housing/pay. Until this is fixed, we need Affirmative Action.
South Dakota | Referendum 6: Ban on Abortion
Referendum on legislation signed by Gov. Mike Rounds (R) on March 6, 2006, which bans nearly all abortions in the state. The legislation is in direct conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and is intended to serve as a constitutional challenge to that 1973 ruling. It would allow doctors to perform abortions only to save the lives of pregnant women, and would not allow for exceptions in the case of rape or incest.
Rightly defeated. Next on South Dakota's agenda: reintroduction of feudalism.