New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 17, 1987, Page 3

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March 17, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas State Tuesday. March 17, 1987Senate committee hears cost-sharing MHMR bill AUSTIN (AP) — A proposal that parents share some of the costs of treating their children in state mental health and retardation facilities is being studied by a Senate committee. The measure, by Sen. Flay Farabee, D-Wichita Falls, is expected to surface in about two weeks, probably in a revised form for full Senate debate. If people with substantial means could help support their children in state mental health and retarded facilities, they should do so." Farabee told the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee on Monday. If they do not have the resources, they would pay no fees, Farabee said. I have no doubt this provision will be done away with or at least amended before we are through." said Sen Chet F.dwards. D-Duncanville, chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which recommended fees based on a family 's ability to pay The Sunset Commission periodically reviews state agencies and recommends whether they should be continued Farabee's bill contains 101 recommendations to continue and improve operations of the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Sen Chet Brooks, D-Pasadena. chairman of the committee, said numerous amendments had already been proposed to Farabee's bill and would be considered before the entire committee votes on the revised measure, about two weeks from now Coke Mills, chairman of the MHMR board, said the board supported particularly two portions of Farabee's bill. One would allow a non-physician member to be named state MHMR commissioner, provided the next highest official had a medical license. The other issue, Mills, said was a provision that would allow the department to sell up to $2.5 million of its surplus land. Mills says the board wants proceeds for the sale of any land to go into an improvements trust fund to be used only for construction of MHMR facilities. ‘ We understand the state’s budget crunch, and we know we are not likely to get any general revenue for improvements and repairs," Mills said Charles Cooper of Dallas said the Texas Hospital .Association generally supported Farabee's bill Speaking for the Association of Retarded Citizens. Cooper urged the Legislature to utilize a regional management system to help out community centers. which will be receiving patients discharged by state hospitals and schools Prisons growth industry HL NTS VI LL J- Texas AP The ar" a rd vans and .1 few buses begin »:.ither; .« bef re tin- sun gets a nance to burr ii the mist of a cool F ast Texas ear!) morning leave here way before lay * • t ID y an gel mime, says .iff liree" <n sheriff f Kerr County, ret.'.a: JOO nu .es lo the west 11 Tees ns leputies are deli\ering a »    ’-’.at    s rue lev nbf not st Mr.* Iv ,i> ne f the few growth . lustr.es these ia\s m Texas prison iru If.ere ar* !.* many inmates and f >    The spat e problem ranges ?r rn re im on the bus to room at the penitentiary t Irees n -sed Ic be able lo drive his !w r thret prisoners a wee* to <*u ' » x». Antonio and catch the v.»    SI    <Tiff    s Department is which ::»ake» regular deliveries L the    Texas Department    of i ■rre L •    ‘    I    ’.agnostic    I enter,    the 't s*. ;    *    :    nvi t»    entenng    the state prisons A. a: I alway s get a reservation Lf.' .. a tf ere Im- a use Bexar County is sending >* many, Greeson >.i\> VA ere j ast trying to get our few in there for sure ii .ow : june fur Kerr County depute->    ».    repeated    throughout I eld' as '.'.eriffs try Ut cope with a .s ; system -per. now only two lays a wet * ie a use the population .sa.:., st slantly at c apacity Under a "tat* law prompted by a fe lei...    * r ler    that found Texas or..- ms !    : w led. new inmates are    reffed when    the population ex red- * pen ent f its 40.DUO-convict Ca pal Cit) Ilia I law has led to a fanuliar tetra.;, err the pa^st six weeks on M .-day> prrson officials who worked tile pre vt i .is weekend to get minutes    rele t • I    announce the pris »!.> w.. be* »{H*n T ueviay sherd’ . idatt Iii* prison system with ti*;;    • ..My    jail inmates alit.    st si*    \er *.w    lays in each of the    pad    several    weeks Prison Lead' . Ls ar- made at midnight but lot * b*    rf: la. until midday Hit f ii.-wi: . lay. so prison officials lim t k: w : Wednesday tfiat they went over the Limit Tuesday Prise .> tre sriut Thursday and it takes the    rest of    tilt' week and wee ken . t    get Hie    population below Kl percent again just in lime to start the ' y cie all over again Despite millions of dollars spent on prisons rn recent years and more than ti billion requested by the Corrections Department in the next two years, the outlook is bleak Under a record $1 37 billion budget proposal approved by the Texas Board of Corrections and sent to the legislature last week. two new Maximum security prisons and fi\e minimum security trusty camps would be built, adding nearly 9.950 beds to the prison system over the next two years But the same request notes that the systems projections show the prisons sui! will be more than 10,000 beds short by 1990 The system also is in desperate need of basic equipment purchase." ranging frcni laundry equipment to computers, officials say Some 380 department-owned vehicles cars pickup trucks, vans and ambulances — ha\e at least 100.000 miles on them and need to be replaced I don t know who has the answers. George Bete, a former Texas prison director and now professor f criminal justice at Sam Houston Slate University said Monday It s so complex You need to look at the whole system, but that's not likely to happen " ITison Board Chairman .Alfred Hughes say** he has no idea when the two-da > -a-week prison admissions w ill end I dont foresee it he says Were looking at a long-term problem The board s solution is money which is difficult to come by rn cash-short Texas these day s i>f the people I U.k to. I haven t seen anyone who doesn t support paying to build more prions. Hughes say s I'm not so sure it s money Bete counters I think money as a solution is overemphasized I think creative leadership us the answer Tile prison system in Texas has been without permanent leadership since late last year when O 1. M. Cotter quit as prison director The three top administrators in the prison \\ stem are defined as interim Met.‘utter. recently named to head the prison system in New Mexico, left Texas when tile man who hired him, tio\ Mark White lust a re-election bid to Republican Bill Clements Clements put the heat on Met otter making the handling of the prison system a political issue and The New Braunfels Hera\d-Zeitung is now accepting Visa Et Mastercard for the convenience of our customers. Come place an ad or start your subscription today and use your OR *625-9144 186 S. Casted criticizing what he said were early releases of inmates However. Clements twice in recent weeks has invoked a prison emergency declaration, allowing non-vioient inmates to be transferred to halfway houses Clements has denied the transfer amounts to early releases Meanwhile, board chairman Hughes said last week a new director probably would not be selected until May at the board s next regular meeting Of more immediate concern for the state is a hearing today before a federal appeals court in New Orleans The state is appealing a contempt finding by L'.S District Judge William Wayne Justice, who has ordered the state to pay up to $24 million a month for failing to comply with his prison reforms Justice, in an order Friday temporarily suspended fines against the state He ordered a March 31 hearing to determine what improvements it has n*ade and to consider the state s request for more time to continue improvements Justice ruled Dec' 31 the daily fines if lam. DOC wouid begin April I if the state failed to live up to an agreement that settled the decade-long Run .awsuit named after inmate David Run. whose hand-senbbied suit in 1972 Justice used nine years later as the foundation for sweeping prison reforms While attorneys are arguing the merits of the case the lines will be up at the diagnostic center, which normally ivpens at 8 a rn Sometimes the warden will see them out there and open the gate" and let them in a little early.' (diaries Brown a prison spokesman, said WHY A WIDER LENS? Sometimes the p ace you are ir s too small to photogiapt eas y Sometimes you can t ger everything in one photo Those *»»* the I mea when a 42 or 35MW •ens can save the dav These slightly wider than norma tenses are relatively last 9nd sharp They tass *n from 15 to 25% mo«e died than a 'norma! 50MM tens I* you pav attention to vertical lines tilting the camera till they loofc normal, you woo t see any distortion at all The best thing about a wide' lens is that it has great depth of focus You can set the aperture at til, the focus to 8 feet and everything from 3 feet to near infinity w be rn focus This means that you can shoot from the hip and capture candid expressions impossible for an eye level camera to sue Wide argle lenses are some of the special accessories we have tor your camera at fecibrl (Camera &tiop "Hilt Country Photographic Headquarters " 453 West San Antonio , New Brauntais Texas 78130 Toe-Sat 9AM-8PM • CLOSED lJSUN $ MON* Phona (SU) 525-5624 J VtoppiWMBtoaMwaeeBeaMWHPBBaerLawmakers: AG’s ruling could stymie government AUSTIN AP i — Legislative leaders say an attorney general s ruling requiring the state to make up a $1 billion deficit by Aug. 31 would threaten to bring government to a screeching halt. State Comptroller Bob Bullock, saying he doubts the legality of lawmakers leaving a $1 billion deficit at the end of August, has asked Attorney General Jim Mattox for an opinion on the possibility. Bullock noted last week that state government had. for the first time, borrowed money by issuing “cash management notes. He said when the notes are paid off, as required, on Aug. 31. the state will be an estimated $1 billion in the hole for the 1987 fiscal year, which ends on that day. They've got to balance the books, is what I’m saying,” Bullock told the Austin Amencan-Statesman. A lot of people say ‘no' that's not right as long as they pay for it the deficit) sometime in 1988-89. but to me that stretches the imagination, not to mention the law," Bullock said Hobby told reporters Monday he and Speaker Gib Lewis had asked the Legislative Council to file a legal brief with the attorney general that Texas Constitution's "pay-as-you-go” provision requires balancing the budget at the end of the 1968-89 biennium, but not by Aug 31. Asked if he thought "carrying over a deficit flies in the face of that constitutional pay-as-you-go provision. Hobby replied, "No, I don’t.” "What are the options if the attorney general agrees with Bullock?” Hobby was asked. "I can't imagine,” he replied. Would it be a huge sales tax mr ease0 Well, I think that will occur rn any case, but I really can't imagine any series of circumstances under which government could function were the attorney general's ruling to the effect that no bill was certifiable because of the existence of a going-in deficit,” Hobby said The comptroller certifies whether future revenue should be sufficient to cover the budget approved by the Legislature Mexico law, spring broken as students flock to border MATAMOROS. Mexico AP -Residents of this border city say U S students who drink beer and party in the streets while on spring break are a disgusting sight Authorities concede it's a delicate situation, but say that the rules are bent for the students for the sake of tourism Javier George Pones. Matamoros public safety director, said "spring breakers do not know Mexican laws and probably think they can do it drink in the streets with no problems "We have to be flexible with spring breakers .And even if they become rowdy, we have to still consider their position, he said It is a disgusting scene we have to put up with every year," said Ofelia Lopez. 42 "I just don't like them walking down Lhe street, wearing almost only underwear, talking loud and drinking beer I don t think it s fair that they come here to do just that,' she told The Brownsville Herald Mexicans are not given a lot of concessions when they go to the other side Hordes of students come to Matamoros to buy beer which is cheaper than rn Texas and available to those 18 and older In Texas the drinking age is 21. No tourists have been arrested since spring break began earlier this month, with the exception of a 19-year-old from Oklahoma who fought with two police last week. Pones said. We've had some problems with a bunch of them who had a little too much to drink, but we ended up just helping them get up and sending them back home with their friends." Pones said. Ricardo Martinez, an assistant to Mayor Femado Montemayor, said how to treat students on spnng break is a delicate issue. Police have received orders to discourage students from drinking in public and beer would be confiscated in cases where vacationers become rowdy and loud, he said. But mainly, police will just be aavismg them to behave properly and not to drink in the streets." Martinez said This whole thing about spring breakers is actually beginning to be really hard." he said. "On the one hand we have the pressure of the people who don't like the spnng breakers partying rn the streets. Correction The Nev. Braunfels Band Booster Ad that ran in Sunday s March 15th Heraid-Zeitung inadvertently left off part of a patron s name The following Blue Patron for 1987 is Regan Burrus Dierksen Lannon & Biuntzer. Attorneys. MIC DOC DOC MIC GRAND OPENING PIT STOP Food Mart » IO March 18 thru 21st •Classic •Diet Coke •Sprite •2 I t Bottle Tach Buy One Get One Honey Wheat FREE c lb Blue Bell Ii e t team Mall Gallon Size Limit 2 Lays Potato Chips lr-- S *| 39 rara 1 *    \    ®UV    One    Get 1    '*    “    *    One    Free Havoline Motor Oil 10W 40 But on the other hand we have the merchants and all the businesses involved in tourism asking us not to scare tourists away. "So we can't be too tolerant because then the kids would get out of hand. But we can't act too tough either, because that would scare them away, turning tourist businesses against us " Local resident Cipirano Reyes, a construction worker, said he doesn't think it’s fair the students can drink in the streets but local residents cannot. "It is just not fair that they go around gulping a few beers and screaming down the streets It s unfair, because if it were me or anybody from here, the cops would put us rn jail at once." Reyes said Pones said local police generally enforce reguations prohibiting drinking in public Offenders who are dnnkmg rn public are advised to go somewhere else to finish their beer, he said But if they become rowdy or obnoxious, they are usually arrested and fined Offer Good at This Location Only Starkville at Fm 2673 & PM 3159 Heraid-Zeitung (USPS 377 BOC Putjiisnea Sunday morning Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and Friday afternoons bv New Braunfels Heraia Pud smog Co 186 S Caste Ave or PO Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 78131 1328 Second C ass oostage paid by New Braunfe s Herald Pud sn ng Co at New Braunfe s Texas DAV ID * RAVE R Ed for and PuDi sher JI V AE BRE Managing Editor DEBORAH _AARENCE Office Manager SANDI HUTTER Retai Advertising Va ager CHERYL Mc CAVPBE WW Ciassitiec Manager carol AVE R > Circulate Manager MAGGIE LOMBARDO Composition Foreman GUS elbel Pressroom Foreman DANA OVERSTREET City Editor A AN DA v AS AT ER Lifestyles Edi»or T OM LAB N S X Sports Editor SuDscr.pt.on Rates I includes applicate sates tax» Carrier delivery in Comal Guadalupe Hays Bianco ana Kendall counties three months HO BR Six months $19 02 one year $34 Senior C mens Discount learner delivery only) s » mon ths $15 83 one year $28 69 Mail delivery outside Comal County n Texas three months $19 13 Six months $34 one year $o3 75 Mail outside Te»ds s * months $42 one year $70 It roo have not re-ie'vec your newspaper by 5 30 p rn Tuesday through Friday or by y 30 a rn Sunday call 625    or 658 I YOC i by 7 p rn and ll a rn respective I iv Postmaster Send address changes to PO Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Te»as 78131 1328 34 IC MIC MIC ;

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