ERIC Number: ED256846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-24
Reference Count: N/A
Remarks of the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, at the Twentieth Anniversary of the Arizona Civil Rights Act Symposium (Phoenix, Arizona, April 24, 1985).
Reynolds, Wm. Bradford
On this 20th anniversary of the passage of the Arizona Civil Rights Act, the State is to be congratulated for its successes in civil rights enforcement. The significance of the passage of the Act is twofold: (1) it added the full weight of State law enforcement to the battle against unlawful discrimination; and (2) it underscored the continuing vitality of the Federalist system of Government. The Reagan Administration is committed to the Federalist system, and has fostered a newer and more lasting appreciation of the sovereignty of State and local governments, insisting that there is more than enough room for effective law enforcement at the Federal level without preempting all State and local powers. Congress, however, does not agree. The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1985 proposed by Congress would introduce more comprehensive Federal civil rights legislation and usurp many of the State law protections already in place. Instead of going ahead with this legislation, Congress should survey the civil rights scene carefully and erect new legislative protections only as needed and only if carefully tailored to meet a demonstrated need. (RDN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.