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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                10A Q HeratdZeitung g Thursday December Perry pushes tougher AUSTIN AP Rick Perry GOP candidate for lieutenant governor Wednesday called for much tougher laws to punish drunken drivers including a lower legal bloodalochol level mandatory jail time and seizure of the drunks car on a third conviction His likely Democratic opponent John Sharp said hes favored tougher DW1 laws for years Im glad that Rick Perry has now decided to join the efforts I led as a legislator in fighting drunk Sharp said Perry currently the state agriculture commissioner said Texas has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in drunken driving deaths I intend to fight this killer not just during holiday weekends but 365 days a he vowed The lieutenant governor presides over the Texas Senate Calling for punishment the first time and every Perry said that if elected he would push a plan through the Legislature to severely punish any drunken driving conviction with even harsher penalties for second and third offenses He called for lowering the states legal bloodalcohol level from to A bill to do that was killed on a parliamentary maneuver in the Senate this year but Perry said he thinks lawmakers will recognize the publics gettough demand Under his proposal a first conviction would bring a minimum threeday jail sentence and suspension of a drivers license for a minimum of 30 days as a condition of probation Occupational licenses allowing driving to and from work no longer would be issued A second conviction would bring a minimum of 30 days in jail no probation a sixmonth drivers license suspension and confiscation of the vehicles license plates for six months A third conviction would mean ISO days in jail a oneyear license suspension and state seizure and sale Environmental protectionists want more mercury warnings AUSTIN AP Only six of the states more than 800 public lakes and reservoirs have warnings or bans against eating fish or seafood from them because of mercury pollution But environmental groups say that doesnt indicate a clean bill of health for Texas waters In advance of a national report to be issued this week the Sierra Club Public Citizen Texas Clean Water Action and the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition on Wednesday released a report about mercury pollution in Texas lakes The groups said the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission needs to put tighter limits on mercury emissions from power plants municipal and medial waste incinerators landfills and cement manufacturers It also said the Texas Health Department needs to more quickly warn Texans about mercury pollution levels Mike Ordner survey branch chief for the TDHs seafood safety division said the agency considers the amount of pollution rates of consumption and other factors before determining whether to issue a consumption warning or ban Exposure to mercury comes primarily through food It can cause neurological and reproductive damage and can impair brain development in fetuses and children Possessing or eating fish and other seafood with unsafe levels of mercury is banned only from the upper part of Lavaca Bay in southeast Texas Consumption of various fish from waters in the Steinhagen Sam Rayburn and Toldeo Bend Reservoirs and Big Cypress Creek and Caddo Lake is restricted because of mercury levels John Villanacci director of health risk assessment at the TDH said the federal Food and Drug Administration allows up to part per million mercury in fish before it should not be eaten The EPA has a lower standard at which it believes there may be a health risk Villanacci said the Texas standard is around parts per million But he added that if consumption patterns or pollution levels warrant it warnings and advisories can be posted at lower levels of the vehicle the drunk was driving The level of thesesenseless acts has reached a level of staggering Perry said These tough new penalties that Im advocating today are a thoughtful and I think compassionate answer to not only the victims of these crimes but to the offenders who we want to think long and hard about getting into a car after consuming Sharp currently the state comptroller said he has supported tougher DWI laws since his days in the Legislature Sharp said he coauthored legislation in 1983 that was the toughest antiDWI bill ever Recalling that his wifes parked car was hit by a drunken driver traveling nearly 50 mph Sharp called for a constitutional amendment to deny bail to anyone arrested on a felony drunken driving charge These people have proven they are a menace to society and should be locked up not driving while awaiting he said In other developments Republicans Barry Williamson a Railroad Commission member and Tom Pauken former state GOP chairman both officially entered their partys primary for attorney general Also running in the March primary will be John Cornyn a former Texas Supreme Court justice Sharp agrees Several Democrats are said to be considering the race now that incumbent Dan Morales has decided to retire Harriet ONeill of Houston a judge on the 14th Court of Appeals filed fcjr the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Supreme Court Justice Rose Spector Ms ONeill 40 said she will run on her experience as a fair and impartial judge Its a judges function to uphold the law as it is written and not try to legislate from the bench or to be an she told the Austin AmericanStatesman I have a proven record as a conservative ANTHONYS ELECTRONIC SERVICE TV VCR CAMCORDER CO PROJECTION TV LASER AUDIO 6299245 SILK FICUS TREE 10349 104349 WHITE HANDHELD SHOWER SPRAY 3 settings 6 hose 75300WH 162754 DESIGNER TELEPHONE WITH CALLER ID 95 call memory One touch call back PROPOCKET 41 MECHANIC MULTITOOL includes spring loaded pli wire cutter knife blade phillips screwdriver file blade serrated blade can opener 2 screwdrivers and LED 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