SACRAMENTO — Carriers of the AIDS virus would be subject to state quarantine under a proposed 1986 ballot initiative that was cleared for circulation Tuesday by Secretary of State March Fong Eu.
She said proponents Khushro Ghandhi, an official of Lyndon LaRouche's Democratic Policy Committee (no connection to the Democratic Party), and Bruce Lutz of Los Angeles must submit 393,385 valid petition signatures by April 18 to qualify the measure for the November, 1986, ballot.
Ghandhi has said the proposed law would authorize the state to identify carriers of the AIDS virus and bar them from jobs in food services, teaching or any work involving physical contact with the public. However, the attorney general's summary of the proposed initiative goes further, stating that AIDS carriers would be subject to "quarantine and isolation statutes and regulations."
Quarantine enforcement is at the discretion of the state health director and can range from keeping children away from school to restricting people to their homes.