Project Vote Smart's

1996 CALIFORNIA Political Awareness Test

Issues appear in alphabetical order

1) Abortion:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning 
     abortion in California.
___ a) Abortions should always be legally available.                                            
_X_ b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within
        the first trimester of pregnancy.       
___ c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, 
        or when the life of the woman is endangered.
___ d) Abortions should always be illegal. 
_X_ e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification 
_X_ f) California government funding should not be provided to clinics and medical 
        facilities that provide abortion services.

2) Affirmative Action:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) 
     regarding affirmative action in California.
_X_ a) California government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public 
        and private sector.
_X_ b) California government should provide no affirmative action programs.
___ c) Support legislation to require that appointments to government agencies be 
        balanced with respect to various minority groups.
___ d) California state university system should consider preferences to minority 
        students applying for college admission.
e) Do you believe that California government should recognize same-sex marriages?
                                                      ___ Yes _X_ No ___ Undecided
f) Do you support the proposed California Civil Rights Initiative to end most 
    affirmative action in California?                 _X_ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided

3) Budgetary Issues:  Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning 
     levels of funding for the following categories.  Select one number only.

                    Greatly    Slightly  Maintain  Slightly   Greatly 
                    Increase   Increase   Status   Decrease   Decrease   Eliminate
a) Abortion             1         2         3          4         5          XXX
b) Affirmative Action   1         2         3          4         5          XXX
c) Border Security      1         2        XXX         4         5           6
d) Education            1         2        XXX         4         5           6
e) Environment          1         2         3          4         5           6  
f) Health Care          1         2         3          4        XXX          6
g) Law Enforcement      1         2        XXX         4         5           6
h) Welfare              1         2         3          4        XXX          6

4) Children & Families:  Please indicate which principles you support (if 
    any) regarding child & family issues in California.
___ a) Increase funding for family support programs to prevent teen pregnancy and 
        family break-up.
___ b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their 
___ c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are 
        delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.

5) Crime:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address 
     crime in California.
___ a) Increase funds for more state prisons and for hiring of additional prison
___ b) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
_X_ c) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they 
        serve their full sentences without parole.
_X_ d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating 
        to murder.
___ e) Oppose the death penalty.
_X_ f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent 
_X_ g) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
_X_ h) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
___ i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates 
        during and after their prison sentences.
_X_ j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such 
        as marijuana.
___ k) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
_X_ l) Implement a chain gang program for prisoners which requires inmates to 
        perform labor wearing leg irons in chained work groups.
_X_ m) Require affluent prisoners to pay the cost of their incarceration in state
_X_ n) Support laws requiring restitution to victims of violent crime at the 
        personal expense of the criminal.

6) Crime (Juvenile):  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) 
    to address juvenile crime in California.
_X_ a) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as 
_X_ b) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for 
        juvenile first-time felons.
___ c) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in 
        areas with at-risk youth. 
___ d) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as 
        guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
___ e) Support "zero-tolerance" policies requiring expulsion of students 
        who bring weapons to school or sell drugs on school grounds.
___ f) Allow cities to impose mandatory curfews for minors in high crime areas.
___ g) Increase state funding for community programs that focus on preventing 
        youths from joining gangs.
___ h) Allow courts to hold parents accountable for a minor child who possesses a 

7) Economic Development:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any)
    concerning California's economic development.
___ a) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, 
        including major roadways, railways, public transit, and airports.  
___ b) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up or 
        relocating businesses.
_X_ c) Expand legalized gambling (e.g.  casino gambling, slot machines).
_X_ d) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
_X_ e) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits,
        production, and interest rates.  
___ f) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and 
        professionals for product liability or malpractice.
___ g) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
___ h) Increase state taxes on gasoline to pay for mass transit services and safety
        improvements to streets and highways.
_X_ i) Support the phasing out of rent control.
___ j) Create tax incentives for first-time home buyers.
___ k) Support legislation to increase the California minimum wage. 
___ l) Grant employers the legal right to require employees to work more than 
        eight hours per day.

8) Education:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding
    California's education system.
___ a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public 
        school faculty.
___ b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
_X_ c) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school 
_X_ d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any 
        participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
_X_ e) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive state 
        authorization and funding to establish new schools.
___ f) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state 
        public schools.
_X_ g) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets 
        basic state standards.
_X_ h) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
___ i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
___ j) Increase state funds for school security (e.g. metal detectors, 
        truancy officers). 
___ k) Provide state funding for programs which increase students' access to the
        Internet and other telecommunications networks.
_X_ l) Allow teachers to be fired for "unsatisfactory performance" 
        rather than the stricter "incompetence" standard.
___ m) Advocate bilingual education programs in public schools.
_X_ n) Establish single-sex magnet schools as options for parents and students.

9) Environment:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) 
    concerning California's environment and natural resources.
___ a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner 
        burning fuels throughout California.
_X_ b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates immunity 
        incentives for polluting industries to clean up pollution. 
_X_ c) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed to determine the economic 
        impact of any proposed environmental regulations before they are 
_X_ d) Require the state to reimburse citizens limited in utilizing privately 
        owned lands due to state-sponsored environmental regulations.
___ e) Provide funding for recycling programs in California.
_X_ f) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and 
        funding federal environmental regulations. 
_X_ g) Suspend California's participation in unfunded, federally mandated 
        environmental protection legislation.
_X_ h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal 
_X_ i) Promote the sale of pollution credits to encourage industries to 
        decrease the amount of pollution. 
_X_ j) Support legislation which would give more control to states and 
        localities in dealing with environmental issues in border areas.
___ k) Provide state funds for incentive programs that reward farmers for 
        conserving soil and using minimal fertilizers and pesticides.
l)  Do you support the construction of facilities to house commercial low-level 
     radioactive waste in California?           ___ Yes ___ No _X_ Undecided

10) Government Reform
a) Do you support the current law which limits terms of the following 
    California officials?
        1) State Senators (8 years) and Representatives (6 years)
                                                _X_ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
        2) Governor (Two 4-year terms)          _X_ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
b) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced 
    federal budget?                             _X_ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
c) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state 
    legislative candidates?                     ___ Yes _X_ No ___ Undecided
d) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state 
    legislative candidates?                     _X_ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
e) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state 
    legislative candidates?                     _X_ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
f) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance 
    information?                                _X_ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
g) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
                                                ___ Yes _X_ No ___ Undecided
h) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political 
    campaigns?                                  ___ Yes _X_ No ___ Undecided
i) Do you support initiatives to privatize segments of California state 
    government?                                 _X_ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
j) Do you support limits or bans on campaign contributions from out-of-state 
    contributors?                               ___ Yes _X_ No ___ Undecided

11) Gun Issues:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) 
     concerning gun issues.
___ a) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of 
        assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
___ b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
___ c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on 
        possessing firearms.
_X_ d) Ease state registration procedures and restrictions on the purchase and 
        registration of firearms.
_X_ e) Eliminate all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens 
        from obtaining firearms.
_X_ f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally 
        owned and registered. 

12) Health Care:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) 
     concerning California's health care system.
___ a) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in 
        the state, including immunizations.
___ b) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care 
        to their employees.
___ c) Insure that California citizens have access to basic health care through 
        managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
_X_ d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of 
___ e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice 
___ f) Allow otherwise uninsured families and the self-employed to deduct health 
        insurance premium costs from their pre-tax income.
___ g) Assist seniors and disabled persons in having access to home-and 
        community-based health care to enable them to remain at home. 
___ h) Enact legislation which allows citizens and small employers to pool their 
        health insurance purchasing power.
_X_ i) Request a waiver from the federal government to provide Medicaid services 
        through managed care programs.
___ j) Support legislation requiring health insurance providers to cover certain 
        medical services (as in new regulation requiring coverage to domestic 
        violence victims).
___ k) Support programs in schools and workplaces which will provide California 
        residents with AIDS/HIV prevention information.  
___ l) Require reporting of HIV infection by health care professionals in the same 
        manner that other communicable diseases are reported.
___ m) Support increased government regulation of managed care facilities.

13) Immigration:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) 
     regarding issues relating to immigration to California.
_X_ a) States with higher numbers of immigrants should receive extra federal 
        aid to provide necessary medical and social services.
_X_ b) Support legislation to establish English as the official and recognized 
        language of California.
___ c) Provide publicly-funded basic health care (e.g. immunizations) and
        education for undocumented immigrant children.
_X_ d) Follow Proposition 187 requirement that all state benefits for illegal 
        immigrants, except emergency medical assistance, be terminated. 
___ e) Support legislation which would sanction employers who knowingly hire 
        illegal immigrants.

14) State Taxes:  Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) 
        concerning California's tax levels for the following categories.
                    Greatly    Slightly  Maintain  Slightly   Greatly 
                    Increase   Increase   Status   Decrease   Decrease   Eliminate
a) Alcohol Taxes        1         2        XXX         4         5           6
b) Business Taxes       1         2         3          4         5          XXX
c) Capital Gains        1         2         3          4         5          XXX
d) Income Taxes
     (incomes less 
     than $75,000)      1         2         3          4         5          XXX
e) Income Taxes
     (incomes greater
     than $75,000)      1         2         3          4         5          XXX
f) Property Taxes       1         2        XXX         4         5           6
g) Sales Taxes         XXX        2         3          4         5           6
h) State Fees           1        XXX        3          4         5          6
i) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?          
                                                _X_ Yes  ___ No  ___ Undecided

15) Welfare:  Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding 
     California's welfare system.
___ a) Provide child care services for welfare recipients who work or attend 
___ b) Allow welfare recipients with small children to work and still receive 
        state health and child care until they become self-sufficient.
_X_ c) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend 
        school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
_X_ d) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 live with a parent or
        guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
___ e) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional 
_X_ f) Provide two parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as 
        one parent families.
_X_ g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately funded 
        assistance to people in need.
___ h) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able 
        to work.
___ i) Require mothers to identify their child(ren)'s father in order to receive 
        welfare benefits.

16) Legislative Priorities:  On an attached page, in fifty words or less, 
     please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if you are 
     elected to the California State Legislature.  If any of your priorities will 
     require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the 
     additional funding.

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Candidate Signature _s/Gerald J. Klaas__________________________  Date _02-03-98____  
Party _Libertarian________________Candidate Name___Gerald J. Klaas________________  
Chamber __Senate___________  District _6_____________

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