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State Senator Bursley Incumbent Rep. Bullard
- seeks Dem. nomination

to run tor re-election

State Senator Gilbert iursiey (R-
Ann Arbor) is running for re-eler-
tion in the 18th District. This is
hi-, statement:
Considering the present state
of affairs within the nation and
the state, I believe office hold-
ers who have faith in their own
personal integrity and record
of achievement have a moral
obligation to remain available
for continued public service.
In this context, I shall be a
candidate for re-election to the
state senate.
T THINK it important that
whoever is elected have, as a
highest priority, dedication to-
ward reform and improvement
in the election process so that
young people of today will seek
to enter political life as an
honorable andchallengingpro-
fession. Recently I have voted
for reform measures in cam-
paign finance which have not as
yet received final approval. My

own campaign will be operated
as if the strongest version of
such legislation had already
been enacted into law.
As a state senator, I have
been the principal sponsor of
over 60 measures which are
now state law and have co-spon-
sored many more. But there are
still pending several important
legislative proposals where I
am closely involved and where
I feel I can render valuable
service.
In school finance we have al-
ready made monumental pro-
gress, but I have proposed ad-
ditional legislation which would
provide for a 33 per cent roll-
back in local school property
taxes and would bring districts
like Ann Arbor considerable ad-
ditional school aid.
THIS LEGISLATION, plan-
ned for next year, is supported
by 30 of my colleagues in the
senate but depends in consid-

erable measure upon my con-
tinued initiative. I am com-
mitted to airing it statewide in
public hearings and to finaliz-
ing its format for the 1975 ses-
sion.
Pension legislation affecting
public employes and teachers
needs additional improvement
gearing it toward cost of living
adjustments. I am actively in-
volved in this area and want to
see it succeed.
State aid to local governments
whose tax base has been se-
verely eroded by state owner-
ship of a large proportion of
the community's real estate is
the subject of Senate Bill 1305,
which I have introduced with
strong Municipal League back-
ing. It is on our legislative
schedule to win this one in
1975. I feel the Ann Arbor and
Ypsilanti communities have a
great deal at stake and that I
have an obligation to push this
proposal through.
"I HAVE introduced senate
legislation calling for certifi-
cation of automobile mechanics
and registration of repair facili-
ties. This is consumer protection
of the highest priority, and it
may be 1975 before it is final-
ized.
Legislation calling for equal
pay for equal work performed
by women originated in my of-
fice. Unfortunately, its objec-
tives have yet to be fully
achieved and further legislation,
on which I am working, is re-
quired to assure implementa-
tion of this concept in all areas.
The same observation applies to
mandatory special education
which was also developed in
my office.
Reorganization of the state
library system was approved by

State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor) is seeking re-nomination as
his party's candidate for state
House in the 53d District. This is
his statement:
During my first term repre-
senting Ann Arbor in the Mich-
igan House of Representatives,
T have seen powerful economic
lobbies triumph repeatedly in
the legislative process - the
banks, the insurance compa-
nies, the realtors, the State
Medical Society, the big chain
stores and other well financed
business groups seemingly con-
trol the legislative process.
Generally, the less the gen-
eral public knows about an is-
sue the more likely victory will
be won by a sophisticated busi-
ness lobbyist over the general
public's interest. For example,
SB 112, which nearly doubles
my Education CommIttee, but
this important goal has yet to
receive full legislative funding.
FOR FOUR years I chaired
the Joint Legislative Commit-
tee on Mass Transit and our
recommendations are now re-
ceiving greatly increased back-
ing. I feel I can still offer lead-
ership in this area.
The governance and equitable
fending of higher education is a
policy issue of highest priority.
Proposed constitutional amend-
ments and legislation are pres-
ently in my committee and I
have an obligation to help re-
solve these issues.
I have been vitally interested'
in long-term planning relative
to population growth and the
environmental aspects of life
in Southeastern Michigan' and
I have legislative proposals to
offer on these subjects.
Chiefly, for these reasons I
plan to run again for the State
Senate and will welcome sup-
port from all sides.

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the fees paid to administrators
of small estates, was strongly
backed by the banker's lobby
since banks are very frequent-
ly named as administrators in
wills or appointed by probate
judges.
IN THE HOUSE Judiciary
Committee, I cast the only vote
against the bill. On the floor of
the House when other represen-
tatives saw that SB 112 would
- double the cost of inheriting
small estates there was some
debate and about thirty-five
votes against the bill - still
not enough to stop it. This story
repeats itself day after day in
Lansing.
Eliminating secrecy - demo-
cratizing the governmental pro-
cess - can help counterbalance
the excessive power of the eco-
nomic lobbies.
With this in mind, I am a
sponsor of the four Common
Cause good government reforms
- campaign finance disclosure,
lobbyist financial disclosures,
public official financial disclo-
sure and open meetings.
As the principle sponsor of the
Open Meetings Bill, I fought
hard for total openness. Except
for individual personnel mat-
ters, there is no justification for
secrecy in government deci-
sions. I intend to continue to
work for open meetings and re-
form legislation.
IN ADDITION to strict finan-
cial disclosure of campaign
contributions, public financing
of campaigns will be necessary
to limit the excessive influence
of the business lobbies. I pro-
posed a limited public financ-
ing amendment to this year's
campaign finance reform bill
- and I will continue to work
for effective public financing.
Greater citizen involvement
can also help counterbalance
business lobby power. I intend
to continue to work with PIR-
GIM, Common Cause, the Con-
sumer Alliance of Michigan, the
environmental lobby organiza-
tions and other public interest
g r o u p s to increase their
strength and capacity for in-
fluencing the legislative pro-
cess.
All of our institutions need in-
creased public participation -
democratization - to this end
I have proposed that two thirds
of the Blue Cross Board of Di-
rectors be elected by consumers
and that student elected mem-
bers be added to the governing
boards of universities. I am de-
veloping a proposal for control
of public utility companies by
consumer and employe elected
directors.
INCREASED democracy and
re-distribution of wealth are
essential if we are to overcome
the excesses of special privi-
lege and power we now see all
around us.
My platform in the last elec-
tion advocated decreasing the
government's criminal law re-
striction on personal behavior
which does not result in injury
to other people - decriminal-
izing victimless crimes . My
proposals and actions over the
past two years have carried
these issues to the Michigan
public.
Of equal importance are po-
lice practices which invade in-
dividual privacy and the move
towards a 1984 style police
state. These two issues are
closely inter-related and I in-
tend to continue my efforts to
control police abuses and re-
define the criminal law so that
it is less appressive of harm-
less personal behavior.

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