Page 1-Wednesday, June 28, 1978-The Michigan Daily
ERA gets new life
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The
proposed Equal Rights Amendment
(ERA) gained new life in the Illinois
Legislature yesterday when 16 co-
sponsors filed a resolution inthe Senate
seeking its ratification.
Less than a week before, the Illinois
House dumped the proposal for the
second time this month.
BUT THE RESOLUTION'S chief
sponsors, including the Senate
president, said they will not seek a vote
on the resolution until after the Novem-
Senate President Thomas Hynes told
a news conference yesterday that "in-
troduction of the ERA in the Senate
today is crucial to the campaign to win
ratification both in Illinois and two
other ststes which must approve the
amendment before it can become a part
of the Constitution."
Another resolution sponsor, state
Sen. Dawn Clark Netsch, said: "I think
any apprehension that anyone has that
ERA is a dead issue in Illinois will be
put to one side with this action. ERA is
alive in Illinois and will continue to be a
alive until it is ratified."
LAST THURSDAY, the House rejec-
ted the proposal on a 105-71 vote-two
shy of the three-fifths majority needed
to pass. Two weeks before, the proposal
failed being approved in the House by
The new resolution must have 36
favorable votes for Senate approval.
Hynes said last week that ERA suppor-
ters "could count on only 30 favorable
votes" at that time.
But yesterday, he did not estimate
in Illinois Senate
ho otestheelutio ld discrimination by March 22. Congress
hemanThevoresothe rolut o win cul is considering granting a seven-year
anuish in the Senate Ex utive Com- extension for ratification, but that
i iproposal is expected to encounter stiff
mittee for the rest of the summer, opposition.
Hynes added,. Four of the states that have ratified
THE LEGISLATURE adjourns the the measure have since rescinded ap-
current session at the end of this week proval, but the validity of that is in
and will not reconvene until November. question and the Justice Department
Legislators will set the date for the has said it is up to Congress to decide.
beginning of the November session The states that have rescinded ap-
later. proval are Kentucky, Tennessee, Idaho
Thirty-eight states must ratify the and Nebraska. Kentucky's action was
proposed federal ban on sex vetoed, however.
Beer trucks roll again
Yanks British say 'cheerio'
to sharing English language
CHICAGO (AP)-Winston Churchill speak the king's English.
once said the Americans and the British Burchfield said physical distance
were "two peoples separated only by a alone accounts for wide variations in
common language." the way people talk.
Now, says a British expert oh the sub- "Real language," he said, "happens
ject, the language gulf is becoming so in the streets, among the millions of
wide that in 200 years or so the Yanks Americans who never set foot outside
and Britons may actually need inter- this country."
preters. WHILE THE UNITED States con-
ROBERT BURCHFIELD, chief tinues to receive immigrants, Britain to
editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, a greater extent has closed her dooors.
said several factors-among them con- Burchfield noted.
tinuing immigration to the United Once immigration stops, "the
States-are responsible for the dif- language freezes itself, to some extent.
ferences in the way the two peoples Immigration brings linguistic change."
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who will be hired to help implement
Proposal A, according to Wanty.
Proposal A, approved by Michigan
voters in November, 1976, bans non-
returnable containers from store
shelves as of Dec. 3, 1978.
workers, reclamation employees, will
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The contract also calls for union em-
ployees to receive two-and-a-half cents
per picked-up case of empties. Ad-
ditional workers to pick up empties will
not behired under the new contract.
Wanty had some harsh criticism for
the wording of Proposal A. "It was
written half-assed backwards," said
Wanty. "It should have started at the
brewery level. Instead it started with
the final end of the distribution
business." Wanty claimed that if the
bill had required distributors to first
stock returnable containers, then ban-
ned the non-returnables from retailers'
shelves at a later date, a backlog in in-
ventory would be avoided.
"What we need right now is a crystal
ball," said Wanty. "We don'trknow
which packagds people will turn to."
A union representative was
unavailable for comment.
lawyers to ask
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since her ex-husband Paul Miller, Jr.,
initiated proceedings to gain custody of
Jillian. Oakland County Circuit Court
Judge Frederick Ziem ruled that Ms.
Miller's "sexual ambivalence" was a
factor in awarding custody to the father
O'Brien said the case could set a
precedent, if the State Supreme Court
should choose to hear it.
"It could render a decision that would
be persuasive to other state courts,"
4aid O'Brien. But, he added, "Our
primary concern is with this client and
If the state's high court refuses to-
grant a stay, Jillian will have to move
to Sterling Heights. She has lived with
her mother since her parents' divorce.
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