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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas March New Texas Texas delegation favored nixing doublenickle limit WASHINGTON AP All but thfee ot the 27member fTexas congressional delegation voted to give states the fight to raise the spefid limit on rural stretches of In Hferslate highways from 55 mph to 65 Blau Boulter of Amarlllo said that driving along fural highways in Texas Is a lot different from driving In jther the and states should be allowed to jfhake speed limits to reflect Let me remind some of my colleagues from urban and tity rural Texas bears few similarities to downtown said the Panhandle jJMore vehicles cross the 14th Street bridge here in in an hour than make the drive between jAmarillo and Wichita Falls in my district in a Boulter was among several Texas lawmakers who In support of a provision tied to an billion highway bill to raise the speed limit on rural interstates jlrom 55 mph to 65 g House members passed the controversial change by a to 206 far closer than an earlier vote on the five year highway funding portion of the bill which passed on fl 40717 The highway funding portion of the which was pushed through the conference committee by Lloyd would pump an extra million federal into the states highway fund during the next Tom RSugar questioned the importance the 55 mph law in saving lives on the nations I dont know of too many people that drive said Most people drive at a speed theyre comfortable and thats 65 mph Youre making criminals out of our Martin svas one of those who voted for 55 mph law because I think it has saved lives and about energy l The other Texas congressmen who opposed the change fwere Mickey Leland and Mike both Houston Democrats Also opposing the speed limit change was House Jim Wright of Fort who was on the En vlronmcnt and Public Works Committee when it passed the 55 mph law in the 1970s The Democratic who did nol vole said he feels the law has saved lives Solomon DCorpus said he sup ported the 65 mph bill because he feels the Increased use of seat belts through statute changes in many stales makes driving less dangerous Speed will but were talking about 65 said who submitted his own 65 mph bill requiring seat belt use My bill offers a little more But even though my bill is in subcommittee I plan to vote for this bill The speed limil sponsored b Sen Steven R Idaho would let states raise maximum speeds to 65 mph on interstate highways outside urban areas with populations ol at least House and Senate who took three weeks to hammer out the compromise highway had agreed that i the House defeated the 65 mph the highway legislation would leave the 55 mph limit intact Lei me remind some of my colleagues from Urban and city rural Texas bears few similarities to downtown Beau Boulter RAmarillo SPEED LIMIT Guadalupe garbage Nonbiodegradable aluminum cans cluster beneath a tree along the banks of the Guadalupe River in New Photo by Leslie Kriewaldt I think it has saved lives and brought about energy Rep Martin Frost DDallas House approval means that the higher maximum speed will become part of the highway bill to be sent to the where It Is expected to be approved within a week Sen Phil said he is confident Presi dent Reagan will ultimately sign the speed limit change into but predicted it wouldnt be before the funding side of the highway bill is reduced All over Texas tomghl people are calling their mamas and sweethearts and While 1 couldnt afford to fly in the Im coming to see you Gramm said is a big day or the working men and women of the nation who cant afford to fh Gramm who in troduced a 65 mph bill in the Senate earlier this year A Reagan administration official said Wednesday the Transportation Department would recommend a veto because of excessive costs One mans art another mans health risk In Texas Texas t AP Alex Ezell says his col lection of driedup Christmas animal paint and poetry is but city officials argue that his yard endangers him and his Im a recognized All my work is Im not just collecting said after receiving a subpoena to appear in His scheduled for was postponed after Beaumont attorney Roger McCabe entered a not guilty plea on the charge that Ezell violated an ordinance regarding fire Officials contend the dried evergreens could easily flame if someone dropped a match or a passing motorist flipped a lighted cigarette butt into their midst He has to realize at the same time that were try ing to save his Fire Marshal Allen Armfield said who gave up painting on canvas years has a yard illed with large crepe myrtle trunks cleared from an old Sections of palm trunks came from dead trees at the Orange House Inn gnarled leafless branches were once hedges at the Catholic The Christmas trees and drying cedars are the ones drawing the citys but Ezell said he is cautious and has set the trees away from his I dont really want to fight this at he I just want to be left If the judge would call me or even come down and see the I would possibly be willing to talk to who has been on the job for about a said Tuesday he knew little about the alleged which was filed by former Fire Marshal Tim an awardwinning works for as long as three years to construct his art structures of tree animal hides and electronic circuit boardsi and When the needles on the evergreens are Ezell can pull them off to leave the skeletons of the trunks and Some of the Christmas trees will be turned into a type of wailing The he have been outside all in the wet and have stayed thev are not a fire he AS A CITV COUNCIL IM FOR CLEAM EMVlROKJMEMT AKIP WHAT ABOUT OPPONENT AWD CLEAM SkCK WHEW UD5LIW6IMC3 Senate committee okays mineral access measure Al ST1N AP A Stnalf committee has approved a would lit the state go to court to get access to hard rock minerals on land that is sur rounded private proper s The Senate Natural Resources ti1 vote to put the measure to a full Senate vote came Wednes day after two meetings Efforts by Sen Bill D San to send u to subcommittee for revision were tabled s2 Land Commissioner Garry Mauro told the group that the state loses up to million annually because stale owned mineral cant be developed Without the adjoining landosmers can either use our land without paying for it or lease it from us at an unreasonably low cost because the lack of access makes our tract unmarketable to anyone Mauro said The measure by Sen Ted would allow the state to start eminent domain proceedings on ly if access agreements could not be negotiated with the surrounding private landowners Lyon said private owners already have the right to sup lor access U their land is surrounded by property them no way in or said tus office currently has no legal means ol access to approximately or 58 of the states surface acreage Another acres are affected where tne state owns mineral but the surface is privately owned He said the state land became surrounded In pmale land in the lyous when land grants to railroads and land sales of stale land tor much of West Texas said the slates mubiliU to develop deposits of a hightech mineral needed b aerospace and electronic was an example ot need for the bill Midland attorney Gary who said he represented ranchers owning acres of surface rights in Presidio and Jeff Davis opposed the saying ranchers should gel a better deal Hardrock mining destroys the surface of the land for any other he said There is nothing left lor a rancher to use This is not just a hobby to these people They are making a living off their land Wisener suggested hardrock mineral rights should be handled in a way similar to a 1919 law that allows owners to act as the stales agent in leasing land for oil and gas development and for sofi such as coal and sulphur In the owners get up to so per cent of ail rentals and royalties want to give these people a percentage ol what is rightfully the properly of the people of said Lyon We should not have given up our rights in 1919 and ought nol to give them up now Wisener said the West Texas ranchers were not ask ing SD percent of proceeds from hardrock a percentage Senate measures aimed against designer drugs AlSTIN AP Senators have approved bills to crack down on designer as well as illegal drug and to require parents of an unmar ried minor to ide clothing and shelter for the minors child The Senate also voted Wednesday to create a com miltee to review state and local taxes and tentativel decided that local lax appraisal boards should be made up of elected officials The Senate on a 28o vote sent to the House a bill aimed at manufacturers of illegal drugs Sen Ray Farabee said his bill is designed to correct a situation where people escape prosecution by alter mg ihe chemical slruclure of a drug so lhal il no longer fits ihe definiiton in the even though the drug would have ihe same braindamaging effect These are socalled designer drugs DWichita said his solution is to in corporate mio Texas law a federal definiiion lhat in cludes drugs similar to certain illegal substances He said requiring the registralion of larger amounts of certain basic chemicals used in speed labs would and most ojeter ihe illegal manufacture of certain drugs If illegal drug manufaciuers he ihe bill would help in identifying where those speed fac tories might be for prosecution purposes Farabee also sponsored a proposal to parenis of an unmarried minor financially responsible for Ihe minors if the minor is unable lo support il according to informalion filed wilh Farabees is second in Ihe nalion in Ihe number of leenage and first in the nation in the number of births to girls under the age of 14 In babies were born to unwed Texas teenagers Farabee said under his the courts would look lo grandparenls on bolh sides for financial support of a minors child until the minor is He said he hoped the bill would encourage parents to guidance to iheir children not to become preg nant and stem the number of children born to 13and Uyearolds Failure to provide support would be a misdemeanor punishable by up lo one year in jail The bill was sent to the House on voice vote A Houseapproved bill to create the Select Commit tee on Tax Equity was returned to the House by the with an amendment lo allow ihe lieute nant governor and speaker to appoint the committee chairman The committee would include lour public members appointed by the tyo public members and two senators appointed by the lieutenant governor iwo public members and two House members ap pointed by the and the state comptroller
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