Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 8, 1974, Page 7

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February 08, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Frl., Feb. 8, 1974 House Boosts School Aid Sizing If Up Wirechoto George Orr, Iowa highway commission sign foreman at Sioux City, Wed a new No. 5 on for size on a sign along interstate 29 Thursday. Gov. Robert Ray has signed the bill restricting Iowa highway speeds to 55 m.p.h., effective March 1. Lengthy Debafe Seen D'll On Cnme Code Bill By Randy Minkoff DES MOINES (DPI) Sweep- ing legislation rewriting the state's criminal code was ap proved by the senate judiciarj committee Thursday despite predictions of lengthy floor de bate on the proposal. On a 9-2 vote, the committee voted to send the 255-page pro- posal to the floor of the senate for debate, culminating five years of study on the revisions by legislative committees. Voting against moving the bill to the floor were Sens. Ralph McCartney (R-Charles City) and C. Joseph Coleman Sen. Richard Ram- sey R 0 s c e o 1 a voted present. Quick committee action on the proposal came despite strong protests by Iowa Attorney Gen- eral Richard Turner, who claimed another five years of study was needed to adequately rewrite the criminal code. Turner told members of the ju- diciary committee last week that a piecemeal approach to revising the criminal code would have been more prefera- ble than a complete rewrite. However, Committee Chair- man Sen. Tom Riley (R-Cedar Rapids) said there has been ample study on the bill and the measure should be voted "up or down" by the general assembly. "I thought Mr. Turner's ad- vice was helpful, but we've studied this bill for the last five years and we are ready to bring it to the floor for Riley said. Senate Majority Leader Clif- ton Lamborn of Maquoketa said the bill would become a special order for the upper chamber and would be debat- ed later this month. Lamborn predicted that at least one week and possibly more would be needed to fully debate the merits of the legislation. Riley agreed, saying that "five days of debate might be enough" for the senate to reach a final decision on the proposal. The house is likely to await the senate's deliberations before taking up the measure, he said. Other Bills Bills in the Iowa legislature Thursday: Passed by Senuet SF1047, To legalize sporting tournaments and other contests. 41-3. To governor. SF1062, To authorize func- tional classification of high- ways. 45-3. To house. Introduced in Senate SKI 116, To appropriate million to complete the state educational television network. Appropriations. SF1117, To permit in- rlivriiuiiU to retain credit union membership when they leave the association through which they became members. Curtis and four others. SF1118, To permit civil ser vice commissions in cities t hire their own attorneys. An dersen. SF1119, To allow interest o personal injury judgments t accrue from the date of injury McCartney. SF1120, To require count} agricultural extension educa tton funds to include all re- ceipts to the fund. McCartney. S F112 1, To appropriat to the secretary of stat to print copies of the election laws. Appropriations. SF1122, To prohibit shooting of unlicensed dogs if unpro voked. Gluba and four others. SF1123, To place a five-yea moratorium on construction ,o nuclear power plants. Plyma and nine others. SF1124, To require that pub- lic street curbs be constructec ivith 1-amps to enable' handi- capped persons to more easi- y across streets at crosswalks Human resources. SF1125, To require that aV Duildings constructed for the use ot the general public after Jan. 1, 1975, have facilities for the handicapped. Human re Durces. Passed Tjy House HF1121, To increase state aid under the foundation school aid >lan, declare allowable growth n per pupil spending to be jercent for each of the nex wo school years, and provid hat each district will be credit- ed with at least 98 percent o. ts previous year's enrollment 98-0. To senate. Introduced in House HF1142, To transfer depart- ment of public safety lire pro- jection division employes from .he Iowa Public Employes Re- tirement System to the peace officers' retirement system Fischer and 16 others. HF1143, To provide 'tha flowing surface waters in Iowa belongs to the public and may be used for navigation pur- poses. Freeman. HF1144, To require corpora- tions that own or lease agricul- tural lands to file reports on their activities the secre- tary of slate. Fisher and nine others. HF1145, To extend the pro- bationary period for newly hired city civil service em- ployes from six to 12 months and for policemen from 12 to 2-; months. Woods. HF114G, To require the county sheriff to provide law enforcement for all towns o] less than unless the town council votes to provide its own law enforcement. Hansen anc 29 others. HF1147, To exempt public school districts from the state gasoline tax. Brunow and 10 others. HF1148, To abolish the de- partmental rules review com- mittee. Patchett and three others. IIF1149, To require school buses to use stop arms and sig- nal lights when Stopping within city limits as well as rural areas. Bittle and Hill. IIF1150, To exempt cities and towns from the state motor fuel tax. Cusack and three others. II F1 1 5 1, To appropriate for each of the next Iwo years to the }owa Law En- forcement Academy for con- struction of dormitory, training and eating facilities, Edelen and 36 others. HF1152, To repeal the special 15 percent tax imposed on re- tail liquor licenses. Norpcl. RENT A NEW PIANO Pay Increase For Teachers Is Indicated By William L. Ebcrline DES MOINES (AP) A million slate school aid bill de- signed to assure teachers a B. percent cost-of-living pay ii crease has been passed by th Iowa house. The bill, requested by Robert Kay in his supplcmenta budget proposals, was passer 98-0 Thursday and now goes t the senate. In more than four hours of debate, the house struck from the measure a controversial provision that would have al- lowed local school boards-to impose an income surtax without a vote of the people. The amendment to strike tha icctipn was offered by Rep Robert K r e a m e r (R-Des who said lie and seven other sponsors "believe very strongly that the people have to participate in the deci- sion whether there shall (be surtax" for school support. ?25 Million Cost Rep. Delwyn Stromer (R- house education com- nittee chairman, said the mea- sure would cost the state about million. The rest of the money would come from local >roperty taxes. The bill would declare that each school district could in- crease its per pupil spending by 1 percent for the 1974-75 and .975-76 school years. It would assure each school district an increase of at least per pupil. Districts with declining enrollments also would be helped because the bill says that in each of the next two years the enrollment on which state aid is figured will be reduced no more than 2 percent a year. The bill would repeal the 10 Rep. John Patchett ercent per year limit on the eduction in property tax mil- age now in the law. Stromer said this will cost the (ate about million as a one- ime payment to districts which aven't been able to Igain the ull property tax reduction they rere entitled to under the foun- ation school aid formula. Renew Guarantee The -house voted, however, to etain the present law's guaran- ee of at least per pupil in tate aid to all school districts egardless of how the formula vorks out. Rep. Robert Krause (D-Fen- on) said two small school dis- ricts in northwest Iowa are the nly ones affected by the provi- ion and the floor will be phased ut anyway in another year or wo as the school foundation rows. The provision guaranteeing that no district's enrollment will be figured at less than 9S percent of the previous year's enrollment sparked most of the debate. Reps. Reid Crawford (R Ames) and John Patchett (D North Liberty) tried to amen the bill to provide that half o any school district's enrollmen decline would be counted. The; called it "the 50-50 ameiic mcnt." Stromer said Hie 50-50 ap proach would "be the fairest fo most districts but the plan wa aeaten down by representative, who said it would be disaslrou tor any school facing an enroll ment drop of more than 4 per cent. Cites Ottimiwa Rep. Mattie Harper (D-Wes jiwe) said Ottumwa has suf 'ered an enrollment loss of 532 pupils since the Morrell packing ilant there closed. ''It's abso- utely impossible for any dis trict to cut expenses to absorb hat kind of she said. Rep. Charles Poncy (D-Ot umwa) also said the amend- ment would have a "horrid ef- ect" on the Ottumwa school listrict. After cheeking his figures, itromer agreed that Ottumwa vould be hard hit. He said the imendment, if adopted, woulc cost districts with rapidly fall- ng enrollments in chool aid, and Ottumwa would ose more than light Turns Motor vehicles could turn ight after stopping for a red top light under a bill approved Thursday by the senate judici- ry committee. The bill sponsored by Sen. jeorge Kinley (D-Des Moines) ow goes to the senate floor for ebate. Presently, cars may ,turn ight on red lights only if the osted sign permits it. Under ic Kinley bill, cars could turn ight on red unless a sign prohi- ited it. Kinley said the bill is de- igned to speed the flow of traf- Che ffifiatr Saptlus fete Established In 1333 by The Gazelle and published daily and Sunday at 00 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2406. Second Class Postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rates by carrier 85 cents week. By mail: Night edition and unday 6 Issues S2.25 a month, S24 a ear: Afternoon editions and Sunday 7 ssues a month, S25 a year. Other tates and U.S. territories 540 a year. 1o mall subscriptions accepted In areas having Gazette carrier service. The Associated Press Is entitled exclu- Senate Unit To Study Bill On Abortions By Yal G. Corlcy DES MOINES (AP) A sen ale commillcc chairman has an thorized the study of a bill ai anti-abortion group says wil protect the jobs of persons refuse to perform abortions. But at least one member o the subcommittee studying tin measure says it's not necessary. The bill, proposed by lowans for Life, would also protect welfare benefits for persons who refused to have abortions. It would prohibit doctors from iilling fetuses born alive from abortion and prohibit ex periments on fetuses or the sale of fetuses from an abortion. Keep Records It would also require the state department of health to keep records of abortions performed. "This bill was drafted to con- :ur with a resolution ratified bj 'owans for said Carolyn Thompson, lobbyist for the or- [anization she says is composec if about 45 anti-abortion groups. "We call this our protective she said. Sen. Barton Schwieger (R-Wa- chairman of the human elations committee, assignee be measure to a subcommittee eaded by Sen. Cliff Burroughs Sen. John Murray R-Ames) and Sen. Charlei ililler (D-Burlington) also are n the subcommittee. "I want it to be treated fair- Sehwieger said. "I hope the subject can be covered well." Burroughs said he intends to ook "into all research on the ubject. I've heard some rather 'ild stories." Opposes Bill But Murray, chairman of' the ubcommittee that studied an bortion bill last year before the nited States supreme court uled that abortions are legal, aid he opposes the bill. "The bill we tried to put irough human resources com- mittee last year had many of le same Murray aid. "They, (lowans for Life) op- osed it last he said. Murray said since then he has nvestigated abortions in Iowa and I think these protections Iready exist in respect to the ractice of physicians and hos- itals around the state." 20 YEARS AGO The justic epartment announced tha irmer Rep. Joseph E. Casey 0 (ass.) had been indicted on large of making false state ments to defraud the U.S. in c multi-million-dollar s u r p I u anker deal. Valentine Loves Flowers... Cut flowers help you tell your Valentine with just fhe right feeling. 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