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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 41 0 n Knepper fighting Page 9A New Braunfels Herald New Texas Friday March 25 Cents 24 Sections Seat belt bill gets tentative OK AUSTIN AP Senators have tentatively approved a bill that would require persons riding in the front seat of cars and most pickup trucks to strap themselves in with seat The bills Ted Im interested in saving Im interested in saving and Im interested in keeping people from being Thats the bottom said he felt the Senate would have sent the bill to the House on but Bill Hobby misread Lyons hand I made a motion to Lyon moving his and he Hobby thought I meant to hold it so well pass it After the bill was tentatively approved on voice Hobby quickly accepted a motion to adjourn until I looked at him and he so I thought he meant he didnt want to Hobby On a 234 the Senate adopted the Big Bubba amendment to extend the seat belt requirement to three quarter ton pickup The original bill covered only halfton and Bill This amendment will include just about every size pickup that comes Three amendments offered by Republicans including one that would abolish the proposed law if possible federal sanctions The Depart ment of Transportation has said it will require automakers to develop restraints such as air bags if states representing twothirds of the countrys population do not pass laws requiring seat belt You can buckle up right said Bob Mc the amendment you cant get em to unless you pass a responded McFarlands amendment was rejected Chet told I agree with you that everyone should wear a seat and I certainly do whenever I get in a I guess the question I have not heard answered yet from anywhere in the testimony is where do you draw the line I believe at some point the government has to draw the line to say in a free society adults have a right to make decisions for How far do we go protecting See SEAT Page 12A Towering Loeffler accepts award for Tower By PATRICIA YZNAGAKING Wire editor Tom Loeffler accepted the Texan of the Year award for John my former boss and my The former senator was not able to accept his award Thursday night at the Civic He is currently in Geneva for the arms heading talks for control of strategic nuclear the reception for Texan of the Year kicked off the 19th annual Texas Legislative Conference The conference continued this morning at the Civic Loeffler told the audience at the Civic Center had ex pressed his regret during an overseas call from Geneva Thursday Loeffler said Tower insisted that the arms talks were the only thing that would keep Tower away from New Braunfels for the Loeffler called Towers current assignment in the most important encounter in his Loeffler said Towers knowledge and dedication to the eventual elimination of nuclear arms in the world put him in the position to negotiate in The representative said he was confident that Tower will begin the process that will bring world removal of the threat of nuclear Loeffler said he was confident that the nuclear arms reduction plan would work if the Soviets want it to work as much as Loeffler spoke of Towers other The former senator is a family Loeffler who worked to make his Washington staff feel especially during the holidays when no one could go Honesty is another of Towers Loeffler Loeffler told the story of a liberal OERYL Tom Loeffler accepts the Texan of the Year award for John Arrangements Committee Chairman David Lamon looks reporter who disagreed with Tower but continued to vote for him for each The reporter voted for Tower because he always believed Loeffler Towers election strengthened the Republican Party in Texas so that in the party in Texas is no longer a party but a party that is real and Loeffler must face budget Setting the mood for this mornings session on Texas and the dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs challenged the Legislature to meet the budget problems facing the state Max Sherman gave the opening address this morning at the 19th annual Texas Legislative We are faced with a series of great op portunities brilliantly disguised as insoluabie Sherman told the group this mor who served as state senator during the 1970s when tax issues were last addressed by the pointed out that Texas is facing i budget crisis while other states are enjoying the recovery in the Because Texas depends so heavily on oil and gas Sherman the state hasnt seen the benefits of the upswing in the Texas is looking at a projected shortfall of while other states are benefitting from a surplus he And new Texans who came here during their states recession are increasing the demand for governmental Sherman The cost oj services is not met by the revenue gfnjfated by those new The he approaching a period similar to a time in the 1960s when there Is sluggish growth in state tax receipts and an increasing Sherman suggested that Texans remember John Connallys budget address to the legislature in 1963 when he proposed that 52 percent of the states revenue go toward public and higher education and 24 percent to hospitals and special he provided education for the young people of the state and took care of those who could npt do for them The fundamental and philosophical Sherman is what are the needs clour state today Water works Area river interests agree to cooperate ByDANASTELL Staff writer Gathering members of all the interested in this areas rivers in one room was a feat in this the National Parks Service did just that and more it even prodded the group into promising to continue to work It was all part of a twoday workshop conducted by the NPS to develop a local rivers management plan From this weeks meeting emerged plans for a 12member committee to within nine a management plan and set of longrange goals for the What weve done is open the communication among the various interest groups and the people af fected by the Guadalupe and Comal said Joe DiBello of the National Parks They all agreed to work together in the spirit of optimism and thats a good City Council last December asked for assistance from the Recreation Resources Division of the parks service for a river resource assessment plan for this areas Both the city and county river study committees had suggested such a The workshop group of about 50 included members of city and county governmental agen property owners and river By noon the second day of the they had formed an oversight committee to develop an action program for the areas After explaining several ways to structure working NPS representatives suggested the local group keep the current city and county rivers committees using a representative from each on the new In order to keep the oversight committee the workshop group after some to have five landowners and five business representatives on the By April one business representative per group will be chosen from the cam pground citybased resort and water sport and the Chambers of Commerce in New Braunfels and Canyon Landowner representatives will be taken from the Coalition of Rivers Environment Gruene River on the Gruene Area Lower Guadalupe Business and the Lake Dunlap Homeowners such as the Texas extension Corps of and river will serve as or resource and expertise for the com You still need to get back to said NPS represen tative Drew The oversight he is some way to communicate between Parkin explained the oversight group is a shortterm taskdirected Where we want to get is the cadre of to get to the bottom The core already set to meet the week of April is charged with recommending whos going to im plement the when its going to be and what the plan will ac The product of the oversight committee will be action which will represent a common direction of river management for all the river interest said the first day of the the group agreed on the three major goals of the action program manage the use on the See Page 12A Inside Water Watch Comal cfs down 4 Canyon els down 62 Canyon Dam outflow cfs up 101 Edwards up Canyon Lake down Todays Weather New Braunels is headed for a nice weekend as sunny skies and wanner along with southerly winds 1015 are expected It will be cloudy and cool tonight with a low of 52 and partly cloudy and mild Saturday with a high of Todays high should reach about Yesterdays high was 66 and this mornings low was Sunset tonight will be at and sunrise Saturday at Weddington Resigns Sarah Weddington says she never cheated the state out of time or but she chose to quit as the states lobbyist because criticism of her threatened her agencys Page CLASSIFIED 312B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 3B DEAR ABBY 3B DEATHS 3A ENTERTAINMENT 1B OPINIONS 4A RELIGIOUS FOCUS 5A SPORTS 810A STOCKS 12A TV LISTINGS 2B WEATHER 2A Comal County could be affected by suit against LCRA BySANDRAJACKSON Staff writer Comal County residents could be affected once again by the legal actions of the Lower Colorado River along with the City of was bit with a billion lawsuit Wednesday by the Decker Coal LCRA is seeking to be released from a contract to purchase coal from LCRA is committed contractually to purchase coal from Decker for per but can now buy it on the open market for per While attempting to be legally released from the per ton LCRA is not purchasing coal from The authority plans to continue to charge its wholesale customers for the rate and place the difference of per ton in an escrow to be refunded to its customers if it wins a favorble court In Decker filed its lawsuit seeking an injunction to force LCRA to purchase coal from them at the agreed price of If the injunction is not Decker officials have asked for a billion judgment against LCRA to cover their lost Bennie general manager of the Pedernales Electric said if Decker gets the billion it would be a burden of for each PEC consumer to Pedernales furnishes electricity to Comal County residents in the Canyon Lake LCRA is the wholesale supplier for as well as the City of New At the same time the lawsuits with Decker are in LCRA is in the midst of a rate increase hearing at the Public Utilities Commission in where they have requested a million rate
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