THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001 A3 Election reform slow in coming Though Florida to fix elections, most states are still pondering By ROBERTTANNER . Tlw Associated Press While Florida stepped up last week with sweeping election reform, no other state has gone as far to fix what many say is a national problem made clear during the chaos of Election 2000. Only two states have even come close so far, leaving the threat that the election problems exposed last fall may wind '.up before the federal courts — SEX CHANGE Many await change San Franciscans vllning up to tal<e -advantage of law By MARGIE MASON Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO — The city's, adoption of transgender health benefits has been denounced as reverse discrimination, a bad message to send to children and a waste of taxpayer money But Cecilia Chung cannot wait to take advantage of the nation's only such cover^age. - Born a man, Chung had sex- 'Change surgery in Thailand in "1998. She has since experienced complications, and the measure passed this week by San Francisco means the city's insurance policy will cover most of the cost of correcting those problems. "I'm really excited. It's very reassuring to know that it will definitely be covered," she said. "If someone had a benign i' tumor that was not life threat- ;ening, the medical insurance I would still cover it. My original ' genitals I see as that benign tu- Jmor." ; Chung,' 35, a health-care J worker, is one of 14 San Francisco employees identified as 1 transgender. They would be- tcome eligible for benefits that : pay for everything from sex changes to mastectomies. The benefits, approved 9-2 Monday , by the city's Board of Supervi- ;'sors, await t\ie expected signa- :;ture of Mayor Willie Brown. ' Supervisor Tony Hall is e among those who say the new •;law gives special coverage to "one group. He cast one of the ^two opposing votes, saying it's . "not fair for the city's 37,000 employees and 17,000 retirees to pay an extra $1.70 a month for benefits he views as elective, s "The vote on the board was «more about political correct- Jness than sound fiscal reasoning or reasoning based on equality" Hall said. "It's about, "'Look at us in San Francisco, we know how to do things.'" There is a $50,000 lifetime cap per employee for genital reas- •signment surgery, which I 'uns ; about $37,000 for the male-to-fe- ; male procedure and $77,000 for ; female-to-male. But Hall fears the benefits will create a barrage of additional costs outside that cap related to hormones, , psychotherapy and other proce- ; dures. 'i Employees would have to Iwork for the city at least one I year before becoming eligible. 1 Those wanting sex-change 'surgery would have to pay 15 percent out of pocket if they use a doctor in the city's health , network. I TV NEWS SHOWS I—~—• ; Uneup for Sunday TV news shows: . ABC's "This Week" — Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.; national security adviser Condoleezza Rice; Bob .Jolinson, president of Black Enter- itainment Television. I . CBS' "Face the Nation" — [Defense Secretary Donald H. 'Rumsfeld; Sen. Orrin Hatch, R- Utah; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. • NBC's "Meet the Press" — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. • CNN's "Late Edition" — House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo.; Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C; Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary; Sandy Berger, former national security adviser; Buck Reveli, former FBI associate deputy director; Dick Thornburgh, Iformer attorney general. ' • "Fox News Sunday" — National security adviser Gondoleez- ;za Rice; Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.; Sen. Orrin Hatch, R- Utah. just as the election itself did. "That is certainly hanging over our heads," said Secretary of State Cathy Cox of Georgia, where a lawsuit seeks uniform voting machines. "It's not at all beyond the realm of possibility to see a federal judge stopping our 2002 elections unless we act." Nearly half the legislatures are finished with their work for the year, but only Georgia and Maryland took steps for uniform elections. Neither, however, approved funds for them. Though a few proposals remain alive, observers agree most significant action will wait for another year at least. m States that considered significant reform but failed to act include West Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri. Not off stove; on back burner But don't be so quick to predict that means reform is stalling, as some have told Congress, said Marty Stephens, Utah's Republican House speaker and co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures' task force on reform. "It's inaccurate to say it's sputtering out," Stephens said. "By this year or next, every legislature in the United States will take some action to address the problems raised by the election." Still, money concerns, partisan rivalries and doubt about the best course of action have left the vast majority of the 1,500-plus bills befoi'e state legislatures with little or no chance of passage this year. Congress, which many state legislators hoped would pay for equipment upgrades, has yet to agree on any reforms. "Once the economy did a dip- sy-doodle, and legislators are now having to worry about revenue shortfalls. ... All of a sudden elections take a back seat again," said Doug Lewis, director of the nonpartisan Election Center in Houston. VISIT OUR SUN CENTER Be at the top of jour ^ame with Nike Sun Wear! Protect your eyes from Harmful Rays! Aiutuui/.t:il I JIMILI Lewerenz, Welsh Murphey : Dispensing Experience! 900 Westchester • 785-823-7403 /1-800-246-7403 I Slsilina Jourrial www.salJournal.com t^anuviting'commutxUinn With in/iit-jnalinii " MOTHER'S DAY IS MAY 13TH GIFTS THAT MAKE SCENTS! 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