PROPOSITION 187: Bustamante Butts Heads with Davis Plan
Placing himself at odds with his boss, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (D) said yesterday he plans to file an amicus brief in federal court asking it to uphold an earlier ruling that Proposition 187 was unconstitutional. While Bustamante last week "angrily took issue" with Gov. Gray Davis' plan to mediate the case, he said yesterday the governor should have dropped the case altogether. "This is an issue of principle and until this matter is resolved I'm not going to back off," Bustamante said. The Sacramento Bee/Capitol Alert reports that since lieutenant governors have no legal staff, Bustamante has found "a couple of law firms in the state" that will represent him free of charge (4/21). Washington Post columnist David Broder today writes that disagreement over Prop. 187 threatens to split the Democratic party in California (4/21).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.