The Michigan Daily-Saturday, August 12, 1978-Page7
Calif. court hearing
tests Proposition 13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state
Supreme Court hearing into the con-
stitutionality of Proposition 13, the
voters' initiative that triggered a
national tax revolt, got under way
yesterday ina packed courtroom.
Attorney General Evelle Younger, the
Republican candidate for governor, was
the first witness'at the hearing which
could upset the far-reaching tax revision
approved June 6 by nearly a 2-1 margin.
The measure cut property taxes by 57
per cent and reduced revenues by $7
The court previously has struck down
popular initiatives, such- as a 1964
measure to allow housing discrimination
and a 1972 ban on school busing.
THE PROPOSITION 13 lawsuits cme
from 22 school districts, the city of San
Francisco, and Alameda County. They
are supported by several public em-
ployee groups, whose jobs and salaries
relied heavily on property tax revenues.
The court handed those groups a set-
back when it refused to block the
initiative from taking effect July 1. But it
agreed to hear the suits, rather than
referring them to a lower court.
The written arguments delved into
complex issues - whether the Jarvis
measure embraces more than one sub-
ject, cripples local government, treats
different property owners equitably, or
violates public employees pension con-
But lawyers for both sides also were
mindful of the voters' mandate.
Saying that the people's cries for
property tax relief "fell on deaf ears" in
the legislature, Younger warned the
court that declaring the initiative uncon-
stitutional would be "tantamount to
holding that the people of this state have
no way to enact tax reform through the
Attorney William Norris, for the plain-
tiffs, cited the overturned 1964 housing
discrimination measure, and urged the
justices not to lose sight of their duty "in
the rush to pay homage to the will of the
peopleas expressed in the latest vote
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JOHN TRAVOLTA OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN IP-I
FDA says nitrite
may cause cancer
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The Agriculture Department also is
required to eliminate from foods sub-
stances found to be harmful.
"In this case, the need to balance two
kinds of health risks-one by taking
nitrite out of food and the other by
leaving it in creates a difficult
challenge," the two agencies said.
Scientists have known for 15 years or
more that nitrite combines with natural
amines and other substances to form
nitrosamines, a family of powerful can-
THE CONVERSION occurs when
bacon is fried at high temperature, and
consumer groups have demanded for
years that the preservative be banned
from cured meats and baby food.
Because the nitrite itself was not known
to be dangerous and has been added to
meats for centuries, the government
has hesitated to act.
But the MIT study, the agencies said,
"strongly suggests that nitrite
produces cancer of the lymphatic
system in test animals" in a manner
clearly different from that of
The statement said the MIT study
showed that almost 13 per cent of the
test animals receiving nitrite cootrac-
ted cancer of the lymph system. About 8
per cent of those animals that did not
receive nitrites also contracted such
HOWEVER, THE government said,
the "difference in the percentage is
significant statistically and leads us to
the concern that nitrite may increase
the incidence of human cancer."
The statement did not give any fur-
ther details about the study.
Last June the Agriculture Depar-
tment imposed new regulations which
required the amount of sodium nitrite
used to cure bacon to be reduced from
200 parts per one million to 120 parts per
one million. Most bacon processors
already within the 120 parts limit.
Nitrite is used in many processed
foods because they cannot be heated
-sufficiently to kill the botulism spores
without destroying the taste of the food.
Nitrite also is used in foods to give them
Nitrite-free foods, including hams
and bacon, have been sold in recent
years by stores specializing in natural
food products. Some processed meat
and poultry is shipped without the
preservative, but it must be frozen or in
some other way maintained at a
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