Version of Prop 209
bill recently introduced in the Arizona Legislature would purport to prohibit
both discrimination and "preferential treatment," with language
virtually identical to California's notorious Proposition 209.
Should HB2223 become law, it would be unlawful for a state agency or political
subdivision to afford such treatment "to an individual or group on
the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation
of public employment, public education or public contracting."
The measure expressly exempts programs such as those required under federal
affirmative action mandates and others necessary to "maintain eligibility
for any federal program if ineligibility would result in a loss"
By order of a federal court in California, the enforcement of Prop. 209--the
most conspicuous assault on affirmative action by a state's electorate--has
been stayed pending a review of that initiative's constitutionality.
As In Brief goes to press, HB2223 is awaiting legislative approval.
Look for more on the proposal's disposition in the Summer 1997 edition.
in the Spring 1997 Edition of In Brief