California Voters May Decide on Christmas Music in Schools

California just has to regulate everything. Now there is a movement afoot to draft rules for how Christmas music is heard and performed in public schools. Backers may start collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would require public schools to offer a chance for students to listen to Christmas music, the state says.

The initiative, if it makes it to the ballot and is passed by voters, would tell schools to notify students’ parents or guardians 21 days before the music will be played or performed so that students can opt out of listening to or performing the music, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said in a prepared statement.

The measure provides that a civil lawsuit may be brought to enforce the requirements.

Bowen said proponents Merry Susan Hyatt and David Joseph Hyatt must collect signatures of 433,971 registered voters — the number equal to 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2006 gubernatorial election — to qualify it for the ballot.

Backers have 150 days to circulate petitions for the measure, meaning the signatures must be collected by March 29, 2010.

The state legislative analyst and director of finance estimate the measure would probably result in minor costs to school districts.

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