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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar luplds G-gtile: Thurs., Mar. M, 1974 Iowa Senate Hedded for Debate on Interest Ceiling By Frank Nye ..DES MOINES The Iowa senate Thursday was headed into debate on one of the most controversial subjects it will face alt session: Whether to set a ceiling on the amount of interest merchants may charge for open-end credit to buy their merchandise, or to., set no ceiling on grounds com- petition will keep rates low. Present ceiling is 9 percent a year. The senate gave an inkling ihat it is in a mood to set a limit somewhere between 12 and 18 percent a year on open end, revolving charge accounts, when it established ceilings on whole" for. some two hours Sen. Curtis Warren 'Media' Debates Urged by Blouin DUBTJQUE A series of three debates, "covered on radio and television" was sug- gested by Michael Blouin of Dubuque, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Sec- ond district congress, Wednes- day. His proposal was in answer to debate challenge issued by Martin Jensen of Cedar Rapids, another candidate for the Dem- ocratic nomination. Blouin, a slate- senator, said duties and previous commitments kept him from ac- cepting Jensen's challenge for debates at civic organization meetings in the district. He proposed that an indepen- dent party arrange the debates after a meeting of the four Democratic candidates with news media personnel "the first week in May." The primary''is June 4. The other candidates are Harry Sullivan of Ryan and C.J. Adams of Dubuque. closed-end credit Wednesday af- ternoon. Unified Code. Interest rate questions are among many involved in the 163-page bill proposing a unified consumer credit code for Iowa. f Wednesday before opening de- bale and promptly beating down amendment by Sen. Warren Curtis which would have tlirottled the pro- ;iposal. The bill proposes to bring v together in a new state depart- mcnt al! existing ajjeiwles w subdivisions that deal with lending institutions. I Curtis' amendment, rejected Sen. James Gallagher year on the unpaid balance or the total of 36 percent a year on the first of unpaid balance, 21 percent on the next to and 15 percent on ail over In a sometimes stirring de- SB to 19, would have left things approved by the senate Wednes sitting as a> "committee of the pretty much as they are. The bill would set up the divisions of banking, savings to base interest charges. loan associations, credil unions, supervised loan licen- :ees and consumer credit in a The senate discussed it while new department, each with its own head and a part-time board. Legislative Notes by Frbnk Nye Rep. Wyckoff Is No. I Filer of Primary Papers DES MOINES Who's No-, i? Notre Dame. UCLA, some team from North Carolina who? None, that's who. No. 1 filer of nomination papers to' run for any state office this fall is Slate Rep. Russell Wyckoff (D-Vin- toh) whose 31st district is composed of parts of Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanffln, Linn and Tama counties. Wyckoff was first in line and! got the No. 1 receipt when Secretary of State'Melvin Syn- horst opened his office last Monday the first day for filing nomination papers. No. 2 is Rep. Frank Crabb seeking re-election to a third term for the 53rd district. Hat's a Must State Rep. Harold Fischer (R- WYCKOFF Wellsburg) says .the reason hei doesn't streak, is because "they" won't let him if he insistsfai wearing his hat Which he does. n n; n Source j "THE way things are going .it appears -thai :the White House' 1 has run out of "unimpeachable'sources" to quote. So don't be surprised if you read a White House story at- tributed to "an impeachable source" one of these days. Limits on closed-end credit as bate, during which the proposal was variously described as "a terrible, rotten, conniving backroom bill" by Sen. James Gallagher (D-Jesup) to a rea- sonable consumer protection bill by its floor manager, Sen. Eliza- day afternoon would give the re- beth Shaw two mUtnU .r lailer two alternatives on which Charges He could charge not to exceec whichever amount was the greater between 18 percent a Joint County School Bill Leaves Committee DES MOINES (UPI) The house education committee Wednesday approved sweeping legislation to scrap all joint county and county school sys- tems in Iowa 'and replace them with area education agencies (AKA) which would also over- see the state's 15 merged area schools. On a unanimous vote, the committee sent the controversi- al bill to the (house floor where battle is .expected over the bill's provision to abolish the county-level school boards. The 15 to 12 amendment lost nedy, Kinley, Miller of Des 28 to 20. 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Voting to set the 18 percent ceiling on closed-end accounts as one alternative were: Repub- licans (25) Andersen, Berg- man, Briles, Burroughs, De- Koster, Griffin, Hansen, Hull- man, Kelly, Lamborn, McCart- ney, Miller of Marshall, Milli- gan, Murray, Nystrom, Potter, Rabedeaux, Ramsey, Rlley, Schwengels, Schwieger, Shaff, Shaw, Taylor, Tieden; Demo- crats (2) Junkins, Robinson. Voting for the 15 percent ceil- ing were: Republicans (3) Curtis, Plymal, Winkelman; Democrats (20) Blouin, Cole- and 18 percent figures to 12. 3es Moines) motion to change the 12 percent figure in Glenn's other amendment to 15 before deciding whether or not to lower :he 18 percent ceiling. Rejected After voting 25 to 24 to substi- to lowering both the 15 percent man. D o d e r e r, Gallagher, Glenn, Gluba, Keying, Hill, Ken- Scott, Van Gilst, Willils. 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