Civil Rights Commission Investigates Impact of Proposal 2

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The state's Civil Rights Commission released its findings of a report aimed at investigating how Proposal 2 will impact Michigan.

Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Linda Parker says, "Eight programs or 18 percent of the 45 state programs we reviewed may be in jeopardy, may be violating Proposal 2." They are tied to and could impact the Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs, higher education, certain collective bargaining agreements, women and minority business owners, foster care and special needs adoptions.

Parker says, "The good news, certainly, is that we have provided what we think are significant, credible, sound recommendations to make amendments."

Some 60 recommendations are in the 70 page report adopted by the commission Tuesday. It was adopted four months to the day Proposal 2 passed. After the ban on most affirmative action practices involving public education, hiring and contract passed in November, Governor Jennifer Granholm quickly requested the commission examine the impact it would have.

They met with 17 of the state's 19 departments and six public agencies too. They found also Proposal 2 doesn't eliminate all affirmative action programs and it doesn't end equal opportunity in the state of Michigan.

After those statements, the former treasurer for the group who brought the ballot initiative forward accused the commission of flip-flopping. Parker replied, "We can work within parameters but it has had a significant impact on what we are able to do as a state."

A spokesperson for the Governor says she's pleased with the work put into the report and she will review it. No word on what, if any, changes to state programs or statutes will be made.

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