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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Hon., Mar. 25, 1974 House Move Underway To Combine DOT, OEM Bills llll U'ltltort. M f By William L. Eberllne DES MOINES (AP) A move is under way in the Iowa house to convert a slate department of transportation proposed in a senate-passed bill into a department of transportation and energy management Supporters of the move say it would accomplish two of Gov. Robert Ray's recommen- dations in one bill while avoid- ing creation of two full fledged agencies. Amendment Opponents, however, com- plain that it would fall short of setting up a complete depart- ment of transportation (DOT) Rep. Laverne Schroeder as legislation offered earlier in the house would do. An amendment to set up the DTEM has been prepared by the house appropriations com- mi 11oe headed by Rep. Charles Grassley (U-Ncw Hep. Laverne Schroeder (R- McClelland) chairman of the transportation appropriations subcommittee, said he ex- pects to bring (lie sejiaie- passed DOT bill up in the house some time this week. It has been attacked by Rep. Arthur Small (D-Iowa City) as an incredibly weak measure which would do noth- ing to help solve Iowa's press- ing transportation problems, particularly those of railroads. "The senate took a gutless bill and then gutted Small said. As it came from the senate, the bill contains "not one sin- gle solitary word about the he said. Sen. Riley: Criminal Code Revision Passage Turile' DES MOINES What ap- peared to be a foregone conclu- sion last week became a cer- tainty Monday when State Sen. Tom Riley (R-Cedar Rapids) said "it is futile" to try to pass a criminal code revision bill this year. Riley, chairman of the senate judiciary committee which studied the bill, acknowledged it is finished for this session when he decided to move ahead with a separate immunity bill as a result of last week's one-day police strike in Cedar Rapids. Too Many Others "By taking up the immunity bill (SF Riley told The Gazette, "I've decided it is fu- tile to go forward this session with the criminal code revision bill (SF "There are too many, other bills pending that will pass the legislature and that, are needed, so further debate-on SF 1150 Sen. Tom Riley would only prejudice the chances of the other bills." Even so, Riley continued, "the debate on the criminal code revision bill so far has not been wasted. "It has caused a public awareness which, unfortunately, the numerous study committee meetings failed to engender. "Between now and the 1975 legislative anticipate a cohesion on most principal parts of the criminal code bill so Rooming House, Destroyed by Fire LAPORTE CITY Sunday 'destroyed a rooming house and an adjacent building housing three'establishments on the main street of this northeast Iowa community. Firemen said the blaze appar- ently began in a rooming house owned by Mabel Angel and spread to the adjacent Masonic lodge building. That building al- so housed Cline's Electrical Shop and. Gate's Barber Shop. Fire officials said both build- ings were, destroyed. The cause, however, was .unknown: Firemen from Waterloo and Hudson joined LaPorte City fire- fighters in battling the blaze, which-broke out about a.m. Sunday. A skeleton crew remained at the scene for sev- eral hours after 'the fire was brought under control. Cars Demolished DECORAH Two. cars were demolished Sunday in a collision at Freeport. Officers .said a car driven by Philip Hustad, 19, Decorah was struck by an auto driven by'Bavid Thompson, 20, of .Waver Jy, which pulled onto Freeport's main street without stopping. Thompson was charged with entering a thor- o u g h f a r e without stopping. There no injuries. it can be passed in some form at that session." Bill Sidetracked The- senate leadership side- tracked the criminal code revi- sion bill after a few days debate to try to work out something behind the scenes that would be acceptable. It was thought the sidetrack- ing would be temporary but when house leaders made it clear the bill wouldn't have much chance to be considered there this session, that seemed to end hopes of resuming debate on it in the senate. Riley's decision, as judiciary committee chairman, to take up the immunity bill made it defi- nite the revision measure won't be debated, at least in its en- tirety, again in the senate this session. 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Ray said the energy office need not be a permanent agency and could go out of ex- istence if the nation's energy shortage is overcome. The amendment would make the DTEM responsible for developing a comprehen- sive state transportation plan and for1 additional duties in the energy field. It would be headed by a seven member bipartisan commission appointed by the governor with approval of the senate. The commission would hire a director. The state geologist, Iowa commerce commission chair- man, department of environ- mental quality director and slate comptroller would be non-voting advisory members of the commission. First Duties The commission's first duties would be to develop a comprehensive state transpor- tation policy by Jan. 1, 1975, and a comprehensive trans- portation plan to be submitted to the legislature not later than Jan. In the energy field, the director and commission would be empowered to con- tract with fuel suppliers to es- tablish a state-owned emer- gency fuel reserve. That would be similar to the emergency fuel allocation plan which has been operated in Iowa the last two winters by the governor's office and his 'two lop energy advisers, State Geologist Sam Tuthill and Commerce Commission Chairman Maurice Van Nos- trand. The commission also would cooperate with federal of- ficials to implement any fed- erally mandated petroleum allocation and rationing pro- grams. The amendment also would give the governor power to declare fuel or energy emer- gencies during which he could by executive order regulate the operating hours of energy consuming entities, both pub- lic and private, and direct the department director to es- tablish an energy distribution and supply system. H couldn't include a coupon gasoline or fuel oil rationing program, however, unless it is federally mandated. The amendment aiso seeks to compromise a battle that developed in the house last year between those who want- ed to set up a full scale DOT and transfer most of the agen- cies now involved in transpor- tation regulation to it, and those who wanted to create only a study commission to develop a state transportation plan. It says the new commission and director could call upon the highway commission, reci- procity board, state safety de- partment, commerce commis- sion and aeronautics commis- sion for assistance. Employes of those agencies, however, would not be trans- ferred. They would remain in the employ of their respective agencies. Railroads It also seeks to meet criti- cism by Small and others about the bill's shortcomings regarding railroads. The amendment says the commission would be required to plan "an essential rail net- work" for the state. Its plan" would have to iden- tify rail lines not subject to abandonment which, if im- proved, would better serve the public; develop programs to encourage improvement of rail freight service and up- grading of branch lines; and develop programs to maintain and improve safe, economical and energy-efficient transpor- tation o! goods by or other means. It also would be requires to identify locations where there is potential for a public mass transit service and inter-city rail service. BEFORE YOU START DIGGING PLEASE CALLUS AT 364 -51O1 If you are starting a building, building addition or any construction requiring excavation, it's important to play it "safety first." Underground gas facilities may be lo- cated exactly where you plan to dig. This could result in cur- tailed service, property dam- age, even serious in- jury So, please check with us first. Earning money is one thing. Gathering more on what you've earned is another. Sure. 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