NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 01, 1969
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(Studio) Since Supreme Court upheld 1 man, 1 vote for state legislature, Senator Everett Dirksen pushes for exemption for 1 body in each state from rule. 34 states must ask for constitutional convention Hasn't been one since constitution approved. Iowa became 33rd state to ask Wednesday
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Des Moines, Iowa) Court order reapportionment gave Democrats token voice in Iowa legislature Republican major wants constitutional convention nullifying 1 man, 1 vote rule. Debate is rural versus urban. [Democrat Michael KENNEDY - says Dirksen amendment would further rural minority dominance over urban major Legis. here to represent people, not business] [Republican Charles STROTHMAN - says cornfields and cows taxed, while people not.] [Republican Robert KREAMER - hopes won't weigh man's vote with how much acreage he owns.] [Republican Nathan SORG - cites migration to urban areas.] [Democrat William GANNON - urges group to defeat resolution.] Resolution passed 69-50. Conv not necessary if Congress passes Dirksen amendment on its own.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs
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