Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
House Boosts School Aid
Sizing It Up
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George Orr, Iowa highway commission sign foreman at Sioux City, tried a new No. 5 on for size on a sign along interstate 29 Thursday. Gov. Robert Ray has signed the bill restricting Iowa highway speeds to 55 m.p.h., effective March 1.
Lengthy Debate Seen On Crime Code Bill
By Randy Minkoff I SF1118. To permit civil ser-
nvq MOTVFq n’Pn cu.onn 'vice commissions in cities to DLS MOINES (IPI) - Sweep- hire their own attornevs An.
mg legislation rewriting the dcrscn.
state’s criminal code was ap- SFI 119. To allow interest on proved by the senate judiciary Personal injury judgments to
committee Thursday despite! JggSta^1 the datc °f mJU°" predictions of lengthy floor de- SFI 120.' To require county bate on the proposal. agricultural extension educa-
On a 9-2 vote, the committee 'ion.(“n^ ‘,° Jn2K?S ?U„re'
. , . , ’ ceipts to the fund. McCartney.
voted to send the 2o5-page pro- s F1121, To appropriate posal to the floor of the senate $10,000 to the secretary of state for debate, culminating five to print copies of the election
years of study on the revisions lafirVH«prTPriali°v,vt 1 u 1 ! SFI 122, To prohibit shooting
by legislative committees. 0f unlicensed dogs if unpro-
Voting against moving the bill to the floor were Sens.
Ralph McCartney (R-Charles City) and C. Joseph Coleman (I)-Clare). Sen. Richard Ramsey (R- Osceola) voted present.
Quick committee action on the proposal came despite strong protests by Iowa Attorney Gen-e r a I Richard Turner, who claimed another five vears of. , , , „
study was needed to adequately ferchc“n<Ucap,’*d'
rewrite the criminal code. I' ..... PuKd by House
Turner told members of the JU- HFlm To incrcasc Etate aid diciary committee last week under the foundation school aid that a piecemeal approach to!plan, declare allowable growth revising the criminal code in pupil spending to be 8 would have been more prefera- lp"0c™th0^01ry“c£ and'pro“dc hie than a complete rewrite. that each district will be credit-Howevcr, Committee Chair- ed with at least 98 percent of man Sen. Tom Riley (R-Cedar, Previous year’s enrollment Rapids) said there has been ample study on the bill and the
Pay Increase For Teachers Is Indicated
By William L. Kberline
DES MOINES (AP) — A $45 million state school aid bill de-, signed to assure teachers a ti. percent cost-of-living pay in crease has been passed by the Iowa house.
The bill, requested by Gov Robert Ray in his supplements budget proposals, was passed 98-0 Thursday and now goes to the senate.
voked. Gluba and four others.
SF1123, To place a five-year moratorium on construction of nuclear power plants. Plymat and nine others.
SF112I, To require that public street curbs be constructed j J with ramps to enable handicapped persons to move casi- J Iv across streets at crosswalks. I Human resources.
SFI 125, To require that all buildings constructed for the! use of the general public after Jan. I, 1975, have facilities for!
In more than four hours of debate, the house struck from the measure a controversial provision that would have allowed local school boards to impose an income surtax without a vote of the people. The amendment to strike that section was offered by Rep Robert Kreamer (R-Des Moines), who said he and seven other sponsors ‘ believe very strongly that the people have a right to participate in the decision whether there shall be a surtax” for school support.
$25 Million Cost
Rep. Delwyn Stromer (R Gamer), house education committee chairman, said the measure would cost the state about $25 million. The rest of the money would come from local property taxes.
The bill would declare that each school district could increase its per pupil spending by 8 percent for the 1974-75 and 1975-76 school years.
It would assure each school district an increase of at least $76 per pupil. Districts with declining enrollments also would be helped because the bill says that in each of the next two years the enrollment on which state aid is figured will be reduced no more than 2 percent a year.
The bill would repeal the IO percent per year limit on the reduction in property tax millage now in the law.
Stromer said this will cast the state about $6 million as a onetime payment to districts which haven’t been able to gain the
will be figured at less than 98 percent of the previous year’s enrollment sparked most of the debate.
Reps. Reid Crawford (R Ames) and John Patched (IT-North Liberty) tried to amend the bill to provide that half of any school district’s enrollment decline would be counted. They called it “the 50-50 amendment.’*
Stromer said the 50-50 approach would be the fairest for most districts but the plan was beaten down by representatives who said it would be disastrous for any school facing an enrollment drop of more than 4 percent.
Rep. Mattie Harper (D-West Grove) said Ottumwa has suffered an enrollment lass of 532 pupils since the Morrell packing plant there closed. “It’s abso-utely impossible for any district to cut expenses to absorb that kind of loss,” she said.
Rep. Charles Poncy (D-Ot-tumwa) also said the amendment would have a “horrid effect” on the Ottumwa school district.
After checking his figures. Stromer agreed that Ottumwa would be hard hit. He said the amendment, if adopted, ■would cost districts with rapidly falling enrollments $860,000 in school aid. and Ottumwa would ose more than $200,000.
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full property tax reduction they; . ,
wore entitled to under the foun- Pos,ed S1«n P6™1'5 dation school aid formula.
The house voted, however, to! Kinley said the bill is destain the present law’s guaran- signed to speed the flow of traf-tee of at least $200 per pupil in fjc.
state aid to all school districts!-
regardless of how the formula works out.
Rep. Robert Krause (D-Fen-j ton) said two small school dis-!
98-0. To senate.
Introduced in House
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Senate Unit To Study Bill On Abortions
By Val G. Corley
DES MOINES (AP) - A senate committee chairman has authorized the study of a bill an anti-abortion group says will protect the jobs of persons who refuse to perform abortions.
Rut at least one member of the subcommittee studying the measure says it’s not necessary.
The bill, proposed by Iowans for Life, would also protect welfare benefits for persons who refused to have abortions.
It would prohibit doctors from killing fetuses born alive from an abortion and prohibit experiments on fetuses or the sale of fetuses from an abortion.
It would also require the state department of health to keep records of abortions performed.
“This bill was drafted to concur with a resolution ratified by Iowans for Life,” said Carolyn Thompson, lobbyist for the organization she says is composed of about 45 anti-abortion groups.
“We call this our protective legislation,” she said.
Sen. Barton Schwieger (R-Wa-terloo), chairman of the human relations committee, assigned the measure to a subcommittee headed by Sen. Cliff Burroughs (R-Greene). Sen. John Murray (R-Ames) and Sen. Charles Miller (D-Burlington) also are on the subcommittee.
‘‘I want it to be treated fairly,” Schwieger said. “I hope the subject can be covered well.”
Burroughs said he intends to j look “into all research on the! subject. I’ve heard some rather wild stories.”
But Murray, chairman of the subcommittee that studied an abortion bill last year before the United States supreme court ruled that abortions arc legal, said he opposes the bill.
“The bill we tried to put) through human resources committee last year had many of the same protections,” Murray! said.
“They. (Iowans for Life) op-, posed it last year,” he said.
Murray said since then he has | investigated abortions in Iowa; “and I think these protections,
a* v ic already exist in respect to the
JEhf (Cfittir AttjltuS (NZftif practice Of physicians and hospitals around the state.”
Motor vehicles could turn right after stopping for a red stop light under a bill approved Thursday by the senate judiciary committee.
The bill sponsored by Sen. George Kinley (I>Dcs Moines) now goes to the senate floor for debate.
Presently, cars may 4urn right on red lights only if the it. Under the Kinley bill, cars could turn right on red unless a sign prohi-
only ones affected by the provi-
measure should be voted -up or m”V,77ub.ic safety lire'pm'-by the general assembly, jtection division employes from
down “I thought Mr
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t%su9S $2.50 na month,' $25 a year
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belongs to the public and may I be used for navigation pur-! poses. Freeman.
UFI 144, To require corpora-j tions that own or lease agricul-j tural lands to file reports on 1 their activities with the sec re- j (ary of state. Fisher and nine j ! others.
UFI 145, To extend the probationary period for newly I
Vice was helpful, but we’ve! foment System to the peace
studied this bill for the last five I FischerVnd 1T0ZT years and we are ready to bring iifu43. To provide that it to the floor for debate,” Riley flowing surface waters in Iowa said.
Senate Majority Leader Clifton Lamborn of Maquoketa said the bill would become a special order for the upper chamber and would be debated later this month.
Lamborn predicted that at least one week — and possibly!hired city civil service em-i more would be needed to ployes from six to 12 months!
fully debate the merits of the and for policemen from 12 to 24j . . , .. months. Woods.
legislation. HF1146. To require the,
Riley agreed, saying that county sheriff to provide law j
“five days of debate might be enforcement for all towns of
enough” for the senate to reach !ess Hlan J-500 unless the town .. , council votes to provide its own S
a final decision on the proposal.; law enforcement. Hansen and The house is likely to await the, 29 others, senate’s deliberations before HF1147, To exempt public
taking up the measure, he said. jsrc*K>?.1 districts from the state) ® r I gasoline tax. Brunow and IO
UFI 148. To abolish the departmental rules review com-Iowa legislature mittce. Patchett and three
IIF1149, To require school
out anyway in another year or two as the school foundation
The provision guaranteeing that no district's enrollment
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20 YEARS AGO — The justice department announced that; former Rep. Joseph E. Casey O-Mass.) had been indicted on a charge of making false statements to defraud the U.S. in a multi-million-dollar surplus tanker deal.
Bills in the Thursday:
Passed by Sennet
.SF1047, To legalize sporting buses to use :top arms and sig-i
tournamcnts and other contest; 41-3. To governor.
SFI062, To authorize functional classification of highways. 45-3. To house.
Introduced in Senate SI 1116, To appropriate $2 77 million to complete the state
nal lights when stopping withinj city limits as well as ruraL areas. Bittie and Hill.
IIF1150, To exempt cities and I towns from the state motor fuel! tax. Cusark and three others.
ll F I I 5 I , To appropriate $475,000 for each of the next'
educational television network.; two years to the Iowa I^aw En-
S F 11 I 7 , To permit in-divdiuals to retain credit union membership when they leave the association through which they became members. Curtis and four others.
forccment Academy for con- j •auction of dormitory, training! and eating facilities, Edclen and 30 others.
UFI 152, To repeal the special! 15 percent tax imposed on retail liquor licenses. Norpel.
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