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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Ed Hernandez
Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives.
Bowing to pressure from within their party, Democrats in the Legislature on Monday abandoned an attempt to repeal California's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in the state's higher education system.
The fight over affirmative action in California's higher education system is coming back.
A California legislative committee on Wednesday narrowly approved a bill that would give state officials the power to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, but even some supporters said it will need major changes to survive.
Hernandez's proposal was his fourth attempt to undo that action, which he says harms black and Latino students.
"Rather than create a wedge, my idea is to have a real public debate about this," he said. "What's wrong with talking about race?"