New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 17, 1987, Page 5

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 17, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zetfung Ne* Braunfels T 'as Thursday December 17 1987 Texas high court to rule on rate case intervention Al'STlN AP High utility rates benefit the state lawyers defending a Public Utility Commission decision to bar the attorney general from par ticipating in rate increase cases told the Texas Supreme Court “The state gets more through the gross receipts tax and sales tax than it costs the state as a utility customer “ Barry Bishop an at tomey with a private law firm the PUC hired for the case said Wednes day Robert Webb an attorney for Houston Lighting ta Power Co also said high rates give a large return to the state Because the Pl C's general counsel is assigned to represent the public in terest and the Office of Public I ttitty Counsel also represents ratepayers in cases NS ebb said it is unnecessary for the attorney general to become involved in rate cases too Arguments were presented by lawyers from different divisions of the attorney generals office on whether it is a conflict of interest for the attorney general to both challenge and defend commission ruling' in rate l ass This is the t**st evidence of the fact that this system can work Assistant Mtorney General Boun t* Hanlon said after the court hear mg stew Baron an assistant attorney general in the offices energy dm Mon argued that it was improper for the attorney general to appeal on t**hulf of the state Purchasing and «iewral Sere ices t ommi'Mon a rate increase granted to MAI by the utility commission A state district judge in the < ase said bt* would not allow the represen tat ion of opposing agencies by At tomey iienerai Jim Mattox t he Pl i later ruled that the at tomey general s office i ould not fight rate irk reuse requests by utility com ponies ut the PI I tnt ause of a i on flu t of interest Atuttox appealed th*- rulings by the judge and Pl C to the supreme < ourt i Hh e a Bs isiofi has been made it S4*ems to me that the attorney general s obit gatwin to represent the state when st has r*«en sued precludes him taking the other sub* Baron said Agen* let tan obtain pm ate at Auto theft sting nets indictments >\N ANTI >M< * AP I* eslrr ai agents who set Up a bogus brokerage firm that Hight stolen t ars base sn dieted Ii people an«1 recovered ai vehic I es worth P* ■* ‘SB* during a two > eat undercover    at ion Charlie Parsons special agent in charge of the san Antonio f BI office said AA ts J * ws» 1.i \ that th* »sr arrested during 'Jvc probe !in of state ark! f«sB*rai grand charges ut auto IN*!! mail fraud and nan otu s distribution and possess Kin T welve cit the- indictments were ut sr a levi Wednesday an*! eight <*t those charged had fem arrested Panama s.ti.i I outteen others have tiern > bal gcs*. abd SI Other* have been cum icted he said In an effort nicknamed < iperatton Honey frog federal agents set up a brokerage firm and bought cals from numerous people including ar salesmen who also offered frugs as part of the stolen * ar p.! tag* Par suns said Hie cars were generally pure hu>«*d for ai«oui lo percent ai then value ami nw»sl ut them were destined for Mexico Centra, arni South America hr said A ou t an t judge ii t»\ tin* W. »i What counts are the' intangibles Parsons said Were talking about <7 mdiv tdlduals win* were taken oft the streets ami it impacted two pruirity c rime problems Bexar county lh st net Attorney f red Rodrigue/ said more than to *. ars are stolen each day in the San Antonio area ami most wind up south of tile twinier !‘hosr indicted included numerous Us al residents and some from Alex leo Nicaragua Guatemala and Hon duras Two people were indicted on charges of making fraudulent claims to an insurance company regarding punporttMly stolen Mercedes Ben/ and Astm Martin c ars i’arsons said Those convicted have received sentences ranging from OIH* lo 12 years I'hose whose « ays have not gone to trial lace prison terms of two to to years on a variety of charges Parsons said tomeys to represent them when ap pealing Pl < ’ decisions Baron said Assistant Attorney General W Scott Met ol lough chief of public agency representation for Mattox. said state agencies do not directly get the increased revenue from high utility rates for their operations Mattox would be abandoning his constitutional duty to represent the state's interest if his office did not represent the state as a ratepayer McCollough said The state has to have some means to protect its pocketbook Mc Uollough said He said the state spends $247 million a year on el*-' trials and telephone service DO YOU HAVE MILD TO MODERATE ASTHMA? 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