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• I 1 "»•* . ?' vr^w: Phwnto, Sat., Ang. 15,1970 The Arizona Republic 21 pessimistic on election reform ^L •T&& - Safety rules forgotten Hot weather causes restless children to forget safety rules and take a dip in a canal at 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. Oblivious to a Salt Riv- More about Arms talks in Vienna wind up Continued from Page 1 tends, despite the complexity, to continue the negotiations and seek the necessary results. This, of course, requires efforts on both sides." Ambassador Smith and most of the American delegation took off immediately after the ceremonial windup in a special U.S. Air Force jet for Washington, where he will report to President Nixon early next week. In a brief departure statement, Smith added a few other cautious words of optimism. "We have discussed a broad range of strategic,- nuclear offensive and defensive armaments and the possibilities for their control," he said. "Discussions have been thorough and remarkably free of issues extraneous to the problems at hand. I feel that they have produced better understanding of our respective positions. The two delegations held a total of 32 plenary working sessions in Vienna, totaling more than 40 hours Of talks. In addition then 3 were a good many ad hoc meetings of experts and sideline conversations among individual members of the two delegations. Thus far, the pattern of the work has been almost entirely that of statements and suggestions from the American side with questions from the Russian side. This seems to have covered the whole range of nuclear weaponry. Without hardening on any specific proposals, the United States has suggested a whole range of "possibilities" for agreement. But the Russians have not yet decided or stated exactly where their interests lie. Associated Press WASHINGTON - The chief Senate sponsor of a constitutional amendment to provide for the election of the president by direct, popular vote said yesterday it faced a long, tough, uphill fight. Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., reporting the measure to the Senate from its Judiciary Committee, said he expected some opponents "to use every parliamentary rule in the books" to block action. He filed majority and minority reports from the committee, which approved the proposed amendment by an 11-6 vote on April 23 and has spent the intervening weeks in drafting conflicting recommendations to the Senate. Bayh called the Electoral College system of choosing the president outmoded and dangerous and said its replacement by direct election would "substitute popular choice for political chance." The majority report said direct election was the only system that guarantees the candidate who gets the most votes will be elected and that every vote cast will count equally. . But the minority report said may end bllboniC it would destroy the two-party J system and encourage a host SANTA FE, N.M. (UPI) - of splinter parties, undermine The recent rash of bubonic Republic Pheti »r »o» Ivftm er Project request that Phoenix police arrest anyone found playing in canals, the children swim and ride inner tubes through a tunnel that runs under the road. Cool weather recent plague cases in New Mexico probably will continue until cool weather forces flea - carrying rodents back into the state's forests, according to health officials. The fifth case of the once fatal disease was confirmed yesterday in a 21-year - old Santa Fe woman. A 4-month old Shiprock, N.M., child is undergoing tests in Denver to determine if he has the disease. Residents have been warned to stay away from wild animals and deflea their pets. Political broadcast bill dropped Associated Press WASHINGTON - A thorny bill to put a limit on broadcast spending by major political candidates this year was pulled from the House calendar yesterday when it got caught in a recess rush. Questions were raised about its survival. Democratic leaders made the abrupt decision after poring over a quorum call answered by only 253 of the 430- member House. "We just didn't have the troops," said one top Democrat of the situation facing the House-Senate conference version of the bill which Republicans pledged to fight. Democratic leaders said they would try again, probably soon after the House returns from the recess Sept. 9. It officially started shortly after the broadcast bill was pulled back, leaving the House with no other business for the day. But House Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan said: "I don't think we will see much of it after the recess. I can't be sure it's dead for this year but between Sept. 9 and November (the election) there isn't much time." For a brief time backers thought it might be possible for the Senate, which is taking a recess around Labor Day, to consider the bill next week. However, they discovered the parliamentary situation prevents this. The controversy heated up Thursday when House-Senate conferees agreed on a Senate provision putting the bill into effect 30 days after enactment and then locked in a grandfather clause covering contracts signed with broadcasters after Aug. 12. Republicans promptly protested the Democrats were changing rules in the middle of the ball game. The original House bill would have gone into effect Jan. 1, 1971, cutting out all this year's elections. Even some supporters of the measure suggested that if passed in its existing form the rollback provision on contracts could be the subject of later legal action. But Democrats, short on campaign money in comparison with the Republicans, want the bill to be effective in 1970. The bill applies to candidates for president, vice president, Senate, House, governor and lieutenant governor. Primaries would be covered — except those for president and vice president — beginning in 1971. A ceiling of 7 cents a vote or $20,000, whichever is higher, is set for general elections. Primaries would be half that total. The measure also would repeal the equal time requirements of communications law for president and vice president candidates only. It also would specify that no broadcaster can charge political candidates more than the lowest charge paid by any commercial advertiser for the same time period. Reagan gets bill to ban busing without consent United Press International SACRAMENTO, Calif.- The Senate yesterday approved and sent to Gov. Ronald Reagan legislation banning the busing of school children for any reason without parental permission. In the most emotion- charged debate of the 1970 session, senators endorsed 21-12, the measure by Assemblyman Floyd Wakefield, R- South Gate who campaigned for the legislature in 1966 on an anti-busing campaign platform. Sen. Lewis F. Sherman, the only R-e publican to vote against the measure, noted Berkeley operated a highly successful busing program for racial integration. His son is bused to school there. "What you're doing by this bill then,"Shermaij said, "« you're telling Berkeley the State of California is a big brother and that the City of Berkeley can't solve its problems in its own way." fiut Sen. Clark L Bradley, H-hcd Jw. 1 . UK- upj>er lio-Uie floor manager for the legislation, accused opponents of "complete misstatement of the issues." "This bill does not prohibit busing," he said, "All of the arguments we've heard are predicated on the idea that we are about to pass a bill that prohibits busing. 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He said one reason was the prospect that efforts will be made to attach other pro- posed amendments onto the electoral reform measure. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., assistant majority leader, has said he will try to attach an amendment to give the same representation in Congress to the District of Columbia that it would have as a state. And there are reports that attempts may be made to hook on amendments to lower the voting age to 18, to overturn Supreme Court decisions in the crime field and to permit prayers in the public schools. Bayh said he would resist every effort to attach other amendments to the electoral reform proposal, approved by the House last September by a vote of 339-70 — far in excess of the required two- thirds majority. Referring to the House vote, Bayh told the Senate it was "an incredible show of strength revealing the strong grass-roots support direct election must have throughout the country." But he conceded that to obtain the necessary two-thirds majority in the Senate would be very difficult. "I wish I could say that victory was at hand," he said, "But at this time I admit to an uphill flight ahead." President Nixon endorsed the direct election amendment after the House vote, and Bayh said he hoped the White House will make an active fight for it in the Senate. Bayh, however, said he saw only a slim possibility that the amendment, even if ap- proved by Congress, will be ratified by the states in time to apply to the 1972 presidential election. Under the Senate version of the amendment, ratification by three-fourths of the states would have to be completed by April 15 of next year for it to take effect i n 1972. The House version set a Jan. 20 deadline. The proposed amendment provides that if no presidential candidate receives at least 40 per cent of the popular vote, a run-off election is to be held between the top two contenders. 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