Measure to Elect President By Popular Vote Among Those Passed

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A bill that could eventually lead to the election of the U.S. President by a popular vote is on its way to the Governor’s desk.  The measure would lay the groundwork for an inter-state compact.  States who sign on would agree to award electoral votes to the candidate who gets the most popular votes in the nation – regardless of the winner in an individual state.  Another bill on the way to the Governor’s desk would allow county health officers to alert the public about contaminated meat and poultry outbreaks. Other bills that have cleared at least one house include:  a measure hiking the minimum wage to 8 dollars an hour, one requiring big retailers to set up plastic bag recycling programs, and a bill setting up a prescription drug discount program.