Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 23, 1974, Page 7

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April 23, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Kapids Gazette: Tues., April 23, 1974 House Gets Bill Revamping Alcoholism Unit By Val G. Corley I new division under the state DBS MOINES (AP) The'healthdePartment- senate has voted 38-6 to approve Choose Treatment a bill to revamp the state al- coholism program after at- taching a provision io grant property tax relief. The measure now goes to the house. The bill is designed to com- bine the present state coholisin commission and office for gramming. planning and pro- They would be combined in a! The measure would provide that before an intoxicated per- son is arrested for drunkenness he be given a chance to elect treatment for alcoholism, in- stead. But the senate adopted an amendment to provide some county property tax relief by are responsible tor 50 percent of'that without one of the two recognize that "alcoholism is a amendments counties might initially debated have lo their property taxes to pay for the treatment That is because the bill original ly was designed to inject an ad ditional in state funds ti treat alcoholism. amendment to trim the the cost. The senate the measure almost two weeks ago but suddenly stopped after an amendment was adopt- ed to remove counties' responsi- bility to pay for treatment. But backers of the bill agree counties, share would add to increase state payments fo alcoholism treatment, and th compromise amendment assess decreasing the counties, finan- ing a 25 pcrcent cnarge to coun coholism functions of the state c i a 1 responsibility for al- coholism treatment to only 25 percent of the total cost. Under current law, counties ties was adopted. Hike Taxes Some senators said Monday Telephoto GOV. ROBERT RAY discussed the results of the 67th precinct caucus .Virginia Brashaw. Ray, a member of the precinct, listened to several resolutions ranging from ele- mentary and secondary education to nuclear power plants. Four Leave Caucus As Nixon Resolution Made 2 5 0, 0 0 0 more, making the state's total for alcoholism care next year million. The new alcoholism division would provide a comprehensive alcoholism treatment and pre- vention program, Sen. John Murray (R-Ames) said. Murray was floor manager of the bill. Under the bill, the division would approve alcoholism pro- grams conducted by regional centers. "Sickness" Murray said the bill would sickness and must be treat- ed in a dignified way." Sen. Eugene Hill (D-Newton) opposed the bill, contending that alcoholics should continue to be jailed for being drunk in public. And Sen. Richard Ramsey (R- Osceola) said the bill "coddles drunks and is too inflexible and unrealistic." The measure, in addition to lower the percentage of the :reatment that counties would jay, also would set as a ceiling he present rate of county par- icipation in alcoholism pro- ;rams. The measure would require he new alcoholism division to eport to the legislature next 'ear about the first six months f its operation. It would also ecommend changes that might A Friendly Invitation? DBS MOINES Some- thing new has been added to the crowded races for congressional nominations in the Third district. State Sen. Bart Schwie- ger one of five Republican candi- dates, has issued an invi- tation to Nicholas John- son, one of four Demo- cratic candidates, to visit the Schwieger family farm and to bring along the brothers Smothers, Tom and Dick. Johnson, a former mem- ber of the Federal Com- munications Commission, recently moved into the Third district and imme- diately was tabbed a "car- petbagger" by opponents. "It has beai my obser- wrote Schwieger, perhaps with tongue in cheek, "that 'as a newly- arrived resident of the Third district of Iowa no one has really taken the opportunity to properly in- troduce you to Iowa rural life." Thereupon, Schwieger invited Johnson to spend a Wednesday on the Schwieger farm near Dows starting at a.m. He invited the Smothers brothers along since they are coming to Iowa this week to help Johnson in his campaign. "I only ask that the three of you would tome attired in old clothes and overshoes so that you will he better able to get the feel of what farm life is really Schwieger wrote. i Schwieger didn't say what he'll do if the trio shows up. 10 needed in the law. Financial Bind Seen in Implementing Wage Law If It Is a Bug, It Just May Be the IMP Iowa's Republicans held pre- cinct caucuses Monday night, but Watergote and the resigna- tion President Nixon were bypassed for the most part. Most" of the caucuses stuck to routine party-keeping business. An exception came in Jolinso county where a petition was ir traduced calling for Presiden Nixon to resign from the Repub lican party. But caucuses in Black Haw and Woodbury counties passe strong resolutions in support o Nixon. Attendance Low Attendance at the caucuses however, appeared to b smaller than in 1972 and 1970 observers reported. Dorsey Ellis, a University o Iowa law professor, offered th resolution calling for Presiden Nixon to quit the party. The resolution called for th action "on grounds that his con duct has brought disgrace ani ill fame to the Republican party." Four women among the 2; persons in attendance walker, out after Ellis offered the resolu tion, which was defeated on a 13-4 vote. Split Party Opponents argued that such resolution would split the party when unity is badly needed. AUamakee county's Republi- cans operated without benefit of state-level resolutions; they didn't arrive. However, Republicans in that northeast Iowa county adopted a number of resolutions on their own, one of the most significant of which is one calling for rein- statement of capitol punish- ment. Among other resolutions passed at various locations Prize Winners MT. VERNON Jerald Egger, Monticello, a freshman at Cornell college, won first prize in the third annual organ playing contest of the River Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The contest .took place Saturday at First Presbyterian church in Cedar Rapids. Second prize was won by Julie Harlow, Iowa City, a sophomore at the University of Iowa. among the county's 21 precinct were: Revamping of the Iowa Publii Employes Retirement System (IPTRS) and raising minimum monthly benefits to en dorsement of the Allamakei county home addition, support ing the conscience clause in thi bill on abortions. Attendance Range Attendance at the Allamakei sessions ranged from a low o two to a high of 19 at om precinct in Waukon. The Woodbury townshi] caucus in Sioux City passed i resolution in support of Pres ident Nixon and that his right as President be safeguarded. The caucus also commendec him for all he has accomplishec in his five years as President and especially for what he has done for Iowa's farmers. Generally, attendance was la- :eled as light at the 58 caucuses n Woodbury county, which in- :ludes Sioux City. The tone of caucuses in the Bettendorf area was "generally and attendance was ight with four or five persons at meeting. 150 Persons In the Waterloo area, only 150 lersons showed up from Black Hawk county's 28 precincts fo a mass meeting at a Waterlo high school. In the home precinct of Gov Robert Ray, a Republican seek ing his fourth-term, a reslution was offered calling for th White House to "make full dis closure to the house judiciry committee to expedite matter that the house judiciary com mittee is investigating." In Dubuque a joint county wide caucus drew about 110 people, about the same as two years ago. A candidate preference ques tionnaire showed an almosl even split in support for U.S senate and congressional can- didates. Fifty-two caucus-goers saic they preferred state Rep. David Stanley (R-Muscatine) while 48 voted for Milligan. On the race for Second dis- ;rict congressional seat, the vote was 62 for state Sen. Tom Riley (R-Cedar Rapids) and 42 :or Michael Feld of Oelwein. Dubuque County Republican >arty chairman Tom Tauke ashed out at Democrats for ac- cepting in 1971 from the Associated Milk Producers, Inc., or a state-wide voter registra- ion drive. He said the Demo- rats should pay back the money. By Jerry Mursener DBS MOINES (UPI) Th leputy commissioner of th ;tate department of publ iafety said Monday the highwa )atrol is using a variety of un marked vehicles in an effort 1 iirtail speeding on major roa( vays. Robert Holetz said the palro s using pickup trucks, sma oreign cars and other unmark d vehicles in an effort to ap irehend violators of the state' ix-week-old 55-mile-an-hou pe'ed limit. Radar Operation Holetz said the vehicles cur ently being used on an "exper mental basis" to determin heir effectiveness because many veteran highway traveler an easily spot other highwa) atrol units. He said most the entional units are being uset strictly for radar operation, bu a few actually are being uset to patrol the roads. "We have to remain flexibli and as a general rule we are not enthusiastic about the usi of unmarked Holetz said "However, we believe there an more violators and we have t find a way to get the motorists slowed down." Discretion Holetz said the patrol had de termined to use vehicles tha would "not immediately catch the eye of the average motor and added that distric commanders throughout the state have been given discretion to be innovative in trying to apprehend speeders. Holetz said the patrol recog- nizes "the two main arguments' 'or and against use of unmark- ed vehicles. He said one school of thought is that increasing marked cars would give the pa- rol higher, visibility and con- rbl speeding, while the other is hat unmarked cars are more effective because motorists can not adjust their driving habits vhen they spot a patrol vehicle. "To be totally effective, we lave to have a little bit of he said. Not Obeying Holetz said it 5s "apparent hat a sizable number of mo- orisls" are not obeying the 55- mile-an-hour speed limit and the situalion is further compli- cated by the fact that many persons who Iravel the high- way frequently can spot the traditional patrol cars. In addition to the unmarked cars, Holelz said the patrol also has stepped up use of air sur- veillance and placed 26 more radar units on the road. "Unmarked cars are not the total he said. Bond Issue Defeated in W, Dubuque EPWORTH Voters in :he Western Dubuque Commu- il.y school district have turned down a million1 bond pro- posal to finance school consrutc- :ion in four fcities which make up the District. Officials said :an unofficial count showed the proposal re- ceived 45 percent approval, short of the 60 percent needed "or passage. In a heavy voter turnout Monday, more than bal- ots were cast, or more 'than f the registered voters in the district. Money from the issuance of londs would have been used for new high school building at Cascade, a new elementary building at Dyersville and addi- ions to buildings at Epworth, arley and Cascade. By Harrison Weber DBS The state and local units of govern ment are just beginning to fee the impact of the federal fail labor standards act. The act mandates paying min- imum wages and overtime to employes of public agencies. The act was signed into law by President Nixon April 8, and becomes effective May 1. The act covers state employes and most of those employed by a political subdivision. It does not apply to administrative, ex- ecutive or professional em- ployes. Therefore, teachers ap- parently are exempt. Legislation To Aid Handicapped Passes DBS MOINES (AP) The owa senate has given final leg- slative approval to a bill de- igned to make it easier for andicapped perosns io cross treets. The senate Monday concurred nth house amendments and ent the measure to the gover- or on a 47-1 vote. The bill would require, start- ng Jan. 1, 1975, that all curbs long public streets be con- ;ructed with cutouts and ramps i enable those using crutches r wheelchairs to more easily se crosswalks. TOWN AND COUNTRY SHOPPING CENTER Town Country Audio, Ltd. 3705 1st AVENUE, S.E. CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA 52403 PHONE: 362-5400 Lifronix 1100 Calculator (Mar Sopite fc? fit Subscription roles by corrler IS cents a week. 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AC Adapter 54.95 8 1. ac. adapter jack 2. clear all entries 3. clear only last entry 4 eight digit display 5. overflow indicator 6. decimal position selection 7 8. battery compartment. It would apply cities and towns to counties, and certain other public employes, such as a clerical employe of a school board. State Comptroller Marvin Sel- den doesn't foresee any immedi- ate budgetary problems for state agencies since the state has generally met or exceeded [he minimum wage scale and has paid overtime in some in- stances, particularly Jan. Marvin Selden overtime was necessitated by nclement weather. Financial Bind Cities and towns will probably ie placed in a financial bind since .their budgets have been set for 18 months. Starting last Jan. 1 cities and towns have ieen on an 18-month budget vhich runs through June 30, 975. It's part of the change- iver to a fiscal year. Basically all governmental employes will fall under the vage and hour law. Beginning May 1 the minimum wage will be per hour. On Jan. 1, the ate goes to per hour, then to The basic work-week will be 40 hours and public agencies will have to pay time and a half over that. Compensatory time is outlawed. There are some exceptions to the overtime rule. For example, policemen and firemen will be phased in under this system. Corne next January their max- imum work week will be 60 hours; overtime will have to be paid beyond that. Work-Week The work-week for policemen and firemen is reduced to 56 hours in 1976 and to 54 hours on Jan. After that the work- week will be determined by the secretary 'of labor on (Jie basis of a nationwide survey. Robert E. Hays, executive director of the Iowa League of Municipalities, reports that most city fire departments around the state are on a 56- hour work-week. "Revenue for cities and towns 12.20 one year later, and lo ?2.30 was pretty Eix Legislative Notes by Frank Nye Save the Shavings for Ray 'Yul Brynner' Logue DBS MOINES The Iowa house passed a fake resolu- tion the other day, taking note that Rep. Lyle Stephens (R- LeMars) has indicated he's about to shave off his bushy bcard. The resolution called on him to save the excess foliage so it could be used by Rep. Ray "Yul Brynner" Logue (R-Maren- go) for a hair transplant. Logue says the resolution is to be deferred to give balding Rep. Harold McCor- mick (D-Manchester) lime lo lose a little more hair so he can get in on it. D D D Slaughter House AGNES Bertogli, a statehouse elevator oper- ator, has a pet name for the house and senate chambers. She says they constitute the] "slaughter house" floor. Why? Because so many legislators get cut up so badly in the debates that take place there. months Hays said, "based on conditions existing at that lime. They can'l get any more tax money so they will have to concentrate on cutting back." Hays believes cities and towns will have two major options: reducing personnel or cutting back on the purchase of sup- plies. Working Minors There is also some question with respect to the employment of minors, those under 16. Under Iowa law a number of cities and towns have been hir- ing youths under 16 if they had a work permit. They were em- ployed mainly at swimming pools and for park programs. 'This is one of those gray areas where maybe we can't hire Ihem under this act. We just don't Hays said. Penalties for failure to com- ply with the act are up to for Ihe first offense, and impris- onment after the second offense. People like you like Bishops Busy? You can grab a bite and be on your way. Or, if you're ready to relax well you can do that, too. Service, a warm and pleasant atmosphere and a wide selection of delicious foods are reasons why Bishops is a place people like. People like you. 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