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Mr. GRAHAM. No, sir; not under—my understanding of the Supreme Court's ruling, they have told us in Missouri, unless we reapportion under this one-man, one-vote formula that the Federal courts will do it for us.

Senator HRUSKA. They will do it for you?

You say you simply cannot understand why any man who believes in representative government would not be eager to vote for S.J. Res. 2.

We have had witnesses who have not been very eager, and they have said, "No."

One, for example, said that "Referendums are not necessarily the perfect tools of democracy, as we have seen so recently in a California referendum on fair housing. They may more often be a means by which the controllers of communications and those who are able to pay the huge costs of the TV and newspaper propaganda can manipulate the voters." Do you agree with that view?

Mr. GRAHAM. No, sir.
Senator HRUSKA. Would you like to comment on it?

Mr. GRAHAM. Well, in my statement I said I believe in representative government. I believe that the people, through the ballot box, have the understanding, and with some prodding, perhaps, the motivation to be interested in their government. I have full confidence in their ability under such a proposal, if it is submitted to the people, and it is adopted by three-fourths of the States—that the people will be reasonable in the exercise of their legislative apportionment. And I think they have the right to make this determination. The majority rules, after all. We have not a democracy-we have a republican form of government. We have majority rule, but we recognize minority rights.

Now, there are many who think we should have a democracy. I am not one of those. I like a republican form of government that we are guaranteed under our Constitution. I hope it continues. I don't know whether that answers your question or not, sir.

Senator HRUSKA. Yes, you have. You have indicated your belief on that subject. It certainly is not a cynical belief, nor is it a defeatist belief. The thing that has bothered me in those who evi. dence a lack of faith in the people is if that lack of faith will be implemented, to whom shall we turn for the purpose of making the decisions that are necessary in governing a country? Will it be to six men out of a nine-man Supreme Court, will it be a President, or will it be the Speaker of the House!

Where will it be--if you take it out of the hands of the people? Where is it going to be? The answer has not been forthcoming in a satisfactory way.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, for coming.

This is a clear and direct voice from one of the laboratories of State gorernment out of 50. We are grateful that you have taken the time to be here.

Mr. GRALAN. Thank rou, sir.

Senator Bun. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We would appreciate once again if you can help supplement the record.

Mr. GRALAN. I will see you get the information, Mr. Chairman. Senator BAYH. Thank you. We would appreciate it very much.

I would like to ask unanimous consent to include in the record at this time the letter from our newly elected colleague, Senator Fannin, from Arizona, in which he encloses documents which have been sent to him by the Arizona Legislature. Without objection, that will be included. (The document referred to follows:)

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS,

February 25, 1965,
Hon. BIRCH BAYA,
U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

DEAR BIRCH : Enclosed is a copy of house concurrent memorial 1 which was passed by the 27th Arizona Legislature and signed by the Governor on January 29. 1965.

This memorial reffects the opinion of the representatives and senators elected by the voters of Arizona to serve in the legislature. It is transmitted to you as chairman of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments of the Judiciary Committee.

I trust this memorial ill noted by the subcommittee in its consideration of proposals relating to the reapportionment of State legislatures. In that regard, my office will make no further requests of the subcommittee's time at the bearings you have scheduled next month. Sincerely,

PAUL J. FANNIN,

U.S. Senator. STATE OF ARIZONA,

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY. I'NITED STATES OF AMERICA State of Arizona, 88:

I, Wesley Bolin, Secretary of State, do hereby certify that the attached docudient is a true, correct, and complete copy of House Concurrent Memorial 1, 1st regular session, 27th legislature; that I am the official of the State of Arizona having custody and control of the original of said copy and the legal keeper thereof. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the great seal of

the State of Arizona. Done at Phoenix, the capital, this 2nd day of

February, A.D. 1965. (SEAL)

WESLEY BOLIN,

Secretary of State. HOUSE CONCURRENT MEMORIAL 1

A COXCURRENT MEMORIAL REQUESTING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO CONVENE A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES RELATING TO APPORTIONMENT OF OSE HOUSE OF STATE BICAMERAL LEGISLATURES AND OF MEMBERSHIP OF GOVERNING BODIES OF SUBORDINATE UNITS OF THE STATES

To the Congress of the United States of America: Your memorialist respectfully represents : Whereas the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that membership in both houses of a bicameral State legislature must be apportioned according to rapolation and has thus asserted Federal judicial authority over the basic structire of government in the various States; and

Whereas this rule denies to the people of the respective States the right to stablish their legislatures upon the same pattern of representation deemed drantageous for the Congress of the United States and provided by the Federal Costitution; and

Whereas this action of the Supreme Court goes so far as to restrict the ability of the citizens of the respective States to designate the manner in which they all be represented in their respective legislatures thereby depriving the people of their right to determine how they shall be governed ; and

Whereas the implications of this action by the Supreme Court raise serious ubts as to the legality of the present form of the governing bodies of many bordinate units of government within the States.

Wherefore your memorialist, the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring, prays :

1. That the Congress of the United States convene a constitutional convention for the purpose of proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the l'nie States, as follows:

“ARTICLE "SECTION 1. Nothing in this Constitution shall prohibit any State which shall have a bicameral legislature from apportioning the membership of one hour of such legislature on factors other than population, provided that the plan of such apportionment shall have been submitted to and approved by a vote of the electorate of that State.

"SEC. 2. Nothing in this Constitution shall restrict or limit a State in is determination of how membership of governing bodies of its subordinate units shall be apportioned.

"SEC. 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within 7 years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress." be it further

Resolved, That if Congress shall have proposed an amendment to the Constitution identical with that contained in this memorial prior to June 1, 1965, this application for a convention shall no longer be of any force or effect: and be it further

Resolved, That a duly attested copy of this memorial be immediately trane mitted to the Secretary of the Senate of the United States, the Clerk of the House of Representatives of the United States and to each member of the Codgress from this State.

Passed the House January 20, 1965, by the following vote: 58 ayes, 19 days 3 not voting.

Passed the Senate January 21, 1965, by the following vote : 25 ayes, 1 nap, 2 not voting.

Approved by the Governor, January 29, 1965.
Filed in the Office of the Secretary of State, February 1, 1965.

Senator BAYH. I would also like to point out that the number of witnesses which desire to be heard and the length of time being spen: on each witness has extended beyond what we had originally anticipated. I feel it will be necessary to have additional days of hearing

I will ask the committee staff to prepare a schedule which will be circulated to the members of the committee, and contact the witnesses involved.

We are just having more people that want to testify than we originally anticipated.

Senator IIRUSKA. Mr. Chairman, may I make this observation: I do believe the chairman is doing a terrific job in presiding over the hearings. There hasn't been the slightest bit of evidence of impatience on his part. I am gratified, because this is a weighty and a very important decision. I think in justice to the Senate, as well as the other body and the public generally, this thorough study of this subject is a virtual necessity. I want to commend the chairman for condueting these hearings with such great tenacity and sound judgment.

Senator Baru. As the Senator knows, some of the questions I have asked, to quote the normal communications media statement, do not necessarily represent the interest of the sponsor. But I feel we must make a complete record. And, at the same time, you and I and other members of this subcommittee who have the responsibility of ferreting out the facts have other senatorial duties which preclude us from sitting here every hour of the day. And we will try to take this into consideration.

We will reconvene at 2:15.

(Whereupon, at 11:55 a.m., the subcommittee recessed, to reconvene at 2:15 p.m., the same day.)

AFTERNOON SESSION

Senator Bayh. The committee will please come to order. We are honored to have as our first witness this afternoon the distinguished Senator from Nevada. Senator Bible, we are looking forward to having your thoughts.

STATEMENT OF HON. ALAN BIBLE, A U.S. SENATOR FROM THE

STATE OF NEVADA

Senator BIBLE. Thank you, very much, Mr. Chairman. As a cosponsor of Con. Res. 37, I appreciate the opportunity this committee has given me to speak on the question of legislative apportionment. While I have cosponsored Resolution 37, I offer my support to any similar resolution which will give the people of the individual States the right to determine the composition of at least one house of its legislature.

The State of Nevada has a legislature patterned after our Federal Government. I might interpolate and say it has not always been that way. In recent years, it has been patterned after the Federal system. This system is presently under attack by the Supreme Court which in recent decisions has declared that the system denies a majority of the citizens of Nevada equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the Constitution.

In the landmark case of Baker v. Carr, decided early in 1962, a divided Court, in a plurality of opinions, held that malapportionment of seats in a State legislature, as distinguished from seats in the House of Representatives, is not to be viewed as presenting a political question when the validity of the former is challenged on the basis of the equal protection clause of amendment 14. This decision which paved the way for the succeeding cases on the issue of apportionment, constituted a major departure on the part of the Court from its previously traditional attitude that such issues amounted to “political questions” and were therefore, nonjusticiable. This is to say that until Baker v. Carr, the Court regarded the problem of malapportionment to be strictly of fugislative cognizance, and simply not amenable to judicial development.

Perhaps, the reason for this departure may be best explained as indicial restraint being supplanted by obvious and overriding needs of the individual. The political situations which gave rise to Baker v. Oorr, Reynolds v. Sims, and various other reapportionment cases offered clear-cut examples of a minority exercising political control throngh the device of malapportionment. One can hardly condone a legislative system which has refused to reapportion since 1793 or which allows 5 percent of a population to elect 48 percent of that propulation's representatives. In this respect, my own State of NeTada's record was not good and is not good. The malapportionment there is something that I am certain must be corrected. It may be true that the Court did substantial good in calling public to these injustices. It is also true, it seems to me, that t

of a State's political system is a subject which concerns the people of that State, and is not a logical or legitimate area for Federal judicial intervention.

There is an unquestioned need for reform. However, there also remains the question as to what seat of power shall do the reforming. It is the legislative function to determine the policy, the executive function to implement that policy, and the judicial function to determine the constitutionality of that policy. In the reapportionment decisions the Court has, in effect, if not in fact, attempted to accomplish a political reform by way of amendment to the Constitution. In this regard, my views correspond with those of Mr. Justice Harlan in his various dissenting opinions when he states that,

The vitality of our political system, in which in the last analysis all else depends, is weakened by reliance on the judiciary for political reform and thatwhen, in the name of constitutional interpretation, the Court adds something to the Constitution that was deliberately excluded from it, the Court in reality substitutes its view of what should be so for the amendment process.

Thus, it becomes apparent that the reapportionment decisions represent a two-pronged attack on certain fundamental concepts of American constitutional government as it has been traditionally defined. First, the Court abandons the principle of "checks and balances" by entering an area which, by its own definition, is political and should belong exclusively to the legislative branch.

Second, it abrogates the basic tenets of federalism by patently disregarding a State's sovereign right to determine its own political system. Perhaps, Mr. Justice Stewart correctly states the result of this recent judicial intrusion when he says in the case of Lucas v. Colorado

it stifles values of local individuality and initiative vital to the character of the Federal Union which it was the genius of our Constitution to create.

After taking jurisdiction of State apportionment cases, the Court moved swiftly to the conclusion that the equal protection clause made any legislative scheme unconstitutional which was based on any factor other than population, this being so, even though a majority of people gave their overwhelming support to the contrary as the Colorado case indicates. I am sure you heard on this in depth from Senator Dominick of Colorado, the day before yesterday. As that case indicates, the Court rested its decisions on a single inflexible standardone man, one rote.

I think it is worthwhile to pause and briefly comment on the Colorado case, since that case represents the extreme application of the oneman, one-vote standard. In 1962 the State of Colorado reapportioned and generally reconstituted its legislature. Accordingly, one house was based strictly on the theory of equal representation and clearly comported with the concept of one man, one vote. However, what principle of representation was to prerail in the other house was referred to the people, and they adopted a form which considered factors other than representation; but in no way could frustrate the will of the majority of the electorate. The Supreme Court, nonetheless, struck this down as a device denying equal protection of the laws. This result, though a logical extension of the standard set by the

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