Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Bid To Tap Fuel Funds Set
By Viil ii. Corley
DES MOINES (Al') - Car registration fees and fuel taxes could be used to develop bus, train and barge systems under a |> r o p o s e d constitutional amendment introduced in the senate Tuesday.
Under a 1942 change in the constitution, motor vehicle fees and fuel taxes can be used only for the construction, maintenance and supervision of public highways.
Sen. Minnette Orderer (I). Iowa City), sponsor of the amendment, said the change must be made “if we’re going to actually have a Department of Transportation.’'
The DOT, one of Gov. Robert Ray’s priority measures, would combine the current highway commission, aeronautics commission, reciprocity board and some sections of the public safety department.
Long Range Planning
It would provide long range planning and construction of all forms of transportation, including highway, rail and river transportation.
Mrs. Doderer said the DOT would be unable to operate unless the current road use tax fund could be tapped for other modes of transportation.
“We cannot support mass transportation out of the general fund — there's not enough money,” she said.
Mrs. Doderer said that if the road money could not be used for other means of transportation, “the highways will be so burdened with trucks, the passenger car will be a lost item on the interstate highways.”
“We’ve got to divert some of the money from the highway fund so we can divert some of the needs for roads,” she said.
Mrs. Doderer said the $400,000 Ray has budgeted for the DOT
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would only get the department organized and let it begin planning.
“Hunch of Specialists”
Without releasing the road money, three years from now the DOT will be “nothing except a bunch of specialists frantically planning something with no money,” Mrs. Doderer said.
She said the money would not
need to be released until three
years from now — but it takes
that long to change the constitution.
Roth the house anti senate would have to approve the amendment this year and again in either 1975 or 1976 for it to go on the ballot in the 1976 general election.
Mrs. Doderer believes her proposal has little chance of passing.
“Hunch of Phonies”
“Nobody’s going to be for it, which means we’re all a bunch of phonies,” she stud.
“We’re going to tell everyone we created a DOT and our woes are solved,” she said.
But Mrs. Doderer said three years later there will be an or
ganization with plans and money to carry them out.
Hills in the Iowa legislature Monday:
Passed by Senate
SFI 121, To appropriate $10,000 for the .secretary of stat** to print copies of th(* election laws. 47-0. To house.
SFI 059, To tax forest and fruit tree reservations retroactively for five years if they are taken out of tree preserves. 34-10. To house.
IM ll 13, To amend the constitution relating to the appropriation of fines. 47-0. To be placed on the general election ballot.
SF185, To permit deductions for the cost of sale of real estate for inheritance tax purposes. 46-0. To house.
SFI 101, To delay the home rule act one year. 46-0. To house.
IIF33, To permit retired supreme court justices to serve temporarily on the bench. 45-0. To governor.
Introduced in Senate
SFI 138, To establish an Iowa Housing Development
Authority. Gluba and 30 others, others.
SFI 139, To raise the mileage rate paid legislators and state employes from IO cents to 15 cents per mile. Ways and means.
SFI 140, To require state li-
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Legislative Notes by Frank Nye
Doesn't File a Bill, but Solon Lays Down the Law
DES MOINES — State Sen. Elizabeth Miller (R-Marshall-town) exercised a woman’s prerogative and laid down a little law the other day without even introducing a bill.
She received an invitation to attend the Middlewest Conference on State Land Use legislation: Issues and Opinions, in Chicago, March 14-16, with expenses paid by the sponsoring Conservation Foundation and The Citizens Advisory Committee on Environmental Quality.
Sen. Miller, chairman of the Iowa interim land use policy study committee’s subcommittee on critical areas, was so delighted with the invitation that she marched over to Senate Republican Leader Clifton Lambom (It Maquoketa) to get permission to be absent from the legislature those three days.
“I’m not asking you,” she smiled determinedly, telling you. I’m going.”
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Banquet chairwoman is Mrs. Clifton Lamborn whose husband is senate leader as noted above. So you can be assured the legislature will adjourn on time for this one.
quor stores to accept personal cheeks. Blouin.
SFI 141, To create a state deli a r t rn e n t of transportation. State? government.
Fussed by House
NF80, To require promoters of boxing and wrestling matches to have been Iowa residents for three years, and clubs or c orporations promoting such matches to have at least IO members who have been Iowa residents for one year. 07-27. Returns to senate for action on amendments.
IIF1072, To make it unlawful for persons from other states to buy Iowa resident hunting or fishing licenses. 76-7. To senate.
Introduced in House
UFI 160, To authorize the juvenile court judge in counties of 250,000 population or more to appoint a director of court services and other supervisory personnel. Bittie and six others.
UFI 161, To permit the Iowa civil rights commission to issue subpoenas in investigations, seek temporary injunctions and refer complaints to local civil rights commissions. Hargrave and Readingcr.
IIF! 162, To repeal the statutory right of a respondent to recover damages from the Iowa civil rights commission if a complaint is filed without reasonable grounds. Hargrave and two others.
UFI 163, To permit licensed game breeders to sell any game bird or animal for use as food. Natural resources committee.
HF! 164 To prohibit smoking in public buildings or vehicles. Cusack.
UFI 165, To require the state to contract with Amtrak for rail passenger service between Dubuque and Sioux City or between Dubuque and Council Bluffs. Rapp and 35 others.
UFI 166, To permit a retailer to have both Class B and Class C beer permits. Norpel.
and pay interest of 5 percent a year. Hatchett and three others.
UFI 169, To make it unlawful to deposit litter on public or private property or in lakes arid streams. Freeman.
UFI 170, To bar from evidence in a trial for rape, sodomy or incest estimooy about a complaining witness’ past sexual conduct or reputation. Monroe.
III1171, To require th * Iowa commerce commission to enforce federal railroad safety regulations to the extent necessary to qualify for federal funds. Krause and 15 others.
IIF! 172, To legalize pari-mutuel horse race betting in Iowa. Caf Trey.
UFI I 73, To appropriate $10,000 to the secretary of state to print copies of the election laws. Appropriations committee.
II F I I 7 4, To appropriate $500,000 for repair and reconstruction of the state capitol. Appropriations committee.
ll F I I 7 5 , To appropriate $2,770,200 to extend the Iowa Educational Broadcast Network to all areas of the state. Appropriations committee.
UFI 176. To permit the state fire marshal’s office to issue a conditional certificate of compliance with fire safety regulations to health care facilities that are trying to comply. Human Resources Committee.
UFI 177, To provide for reciprocal enforcement of court orders against insurers, mcrce committee.
Gross Aide Joins Race
For Third District Seat
The Cedar Rapids 5 Gazette: Tues., Feb. 12, 1974
CEDAR FAI LS (AH) Robert E. Case, noting he’s been told ‘that 1974 isn’t an ideal year or a Republican,” said Tuesday ie will run for the Republican mmination for Iowa’s Third dis-rict congressional jxist held by et iring Rep. ll. It. Gross.
Case was a top assistant to Gross, a Republican, for more than 17 years before returning to Iowa in 1971 to become director of the Des Moines field office cf the U.S. department of commerce.
Case returned to Gross’ staff July I, 1972, and has sinee served as the congressman’s district coordinator headquartered at Waterloo.
Case said he will leave Gross’ payroll March I “to campaign full time for the position.”
Case’s announcement in Cedar Falls wasn’t unexpected. He had indicated for several rn inths that he might seek the G O.P. nomination if Gross decided not to run. Gross said Jan. 17 he would not seek re-election to the post he’s held since 1948.
“Some of my friends have suggested that 1974 is not the ideal year for a Republican to seek election to congress,” Case said. “I suspect they are right, but I have too much faith in the intelligence and common sense of Third district voters to
believe that they will hold an individual Republican candidate for congress accountable for the disgraceful activities of a small group of political illiterates in Washington.”
Case said he intends “to work tirelessly during the campaign to establish that I have not only the qualifications bul the zeal to serve the people of this district faithfully and well.”
Case was bom in Iowa and received his elementary and secondary education in Marshalltown, Adel, Cedar Falls and Des Moines. He received a bachelor’s degree with a major in journalism from Drake university in 1949.
Republicans who previously announced they will seek their party’s nomination for the post are Rep. Charles Grassley, New Hartford; Jack Williams, Waverly; and Charlene Conklin, Waterloo.
Democrats who have an-n on need: Rep. Stephen Rapp, Waterloo; James Skaine, Cedar Falls; Hon Masters, Mason City; and Nicholas Johnson.
OXFORD JUNCTION - The! second district American Legion , , .oratorical contest will be held in* * ' rn? the multipurpose room of the el
$4,290 million for dredging of Black Hawk lake. Blue lake and Silver lake. Miller of Rockwell City and 14 others.
HFH68, To require landlords who require a damage deposit to place the money in escrow
ementary school here Wednesday. Students from Linn, Johnson, Jackson, Jones, Scott, Clinton and Dubuque counties will compete.
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