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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - July 7, 1973, Florence, South CarolinaSpecial session a Var or apportionment necessary general Assembly officially adjourns for year Nyji Carr associated press writer Columbia a the South Carolina general Assem Bly officially adjourned for the year Friday leaving the tax payers to foot a Bill for a special session this fall. Faced the necessity of coming up a reapportionment plan for the House legislative leaders had hoped to re Cess the term rather than adjourn. But not a voice was raised in protest As a Resolution to that effect died in committee when the final Gavel fell. The drama or Lack of it unfolded in the House. The sen ate waited patiently throughout the Day for the lower chamber to act on the Resolution. But the action never came. The measure had been referred to committee thursday when a Large group of Legisla tors objected to its immediate consideration. The House rules committee split 5-5 on whether to report it Back to the floor and no one in the House would move to have it recalled. By their silence the lawmakers made it Plain they wanted additional pay for additional work. But they studiously avoided any action that would have resulted in a Roll Call vote on the Issue. House speaker sol onion blast. Who had steadfastly sup ported the recess Resolution finally gave up the ghost and entertained a motion to adjourn at . Senate after tying to Gether the few remaining Loose ends of the year s business Fol Lowed suit at the 77-year-old speaker expressed disappointment after wards that the lawmakers were not willing to continue lie ses Sion. We had a responsibility and an obligation under the Constitution and we failed to live up to said. At the Center of the Issue was Money. Had they recessed and returned in the fall to Deal reapportionment he legislators would have received Only per Day for expenses in addition to their Normal annual salary. Hut fora special session their compensation will be a Day in salary plus the s25 for expenses. Gov. John c. West said last week he would have m Choice but to Call a special session if he general Assembly was not willing to Deal the problem on its on. The necessity of Reapp Oliou ing the House cropped up last week when the . Supreme court ruled the present method of allotting the 124 seats does not satisfy the one Man one vote requirement. A 10-member joint com Mittee chaired by sen. L mar Ion Gressette was formed to study the matter and prepare recommendations. West is expected to Call the lawmakers Back in the fall when the com Mittee has finished its work. Other Senate members of the panel Are Sens. John drum Arnond. A Greem Vood c. Anthony Harris. D Chesterfield Richard w. Kiley. A Green Ville and James p. Harrolson. Representing the House Are reps. Julius ii. Baggy to d Mccormick Marshall Cain h Aiken. Robert k. Kneece d Richtand Kresl a. Kinney or. A Sumter and William ,1. Mcleod. A Dillon. Earlier Friday the House was briefed by Randall t. Bell of the state attorney general s office on the Legal aspects of a new apportionment plan Bell said recent court Deci Sions indicate the number of citizens represented by each House member must not vary by More than 10 per cent be tween the highest and the Low est. If it is under 10 per cent the court will not scrutinize it closely but if you go Over hint you re going to have to justify you the attorney is incl. And in any Case if you go Over 15 per cent you re going to have he told the legislators they have two realigning themselves create 12- single inc bar districts of approximately equal population Dis regarding county lines if Neces sary or Combine counties into both single member and Multi member districts As the Senate plan now does. A requirement that each county have a resident lawmaker would be As would use of a numbered Seal plan. Bell said. The courts frown on them because they tend to dilute the voting strength of racial and political House members con ferry d among themselves throughout the Day. Comparing proposed plans and trying to work out solutions which would preserve their own seats. La s going to be a real Job when we come Back one lawmaker said. We be got 12- seats and Well probably have to consider 124 different Young hits wide Range of topics at conference by Thom Anderson morning news stale editor Cong. De Young. Is. A. Touched on farm problems Job opportunities and watergate among other topics in a wide ranging news conference Fri Day. Speaking to representatives of daily and weekly press and broadcast Media the congressman said he is expecting the suspended Rural environmental assistance program and reforestation programs to be reinstated As a result of a new department of agriculture Bill coming up for debate in the Congress. Young a Florence Farmer and businessman said he is hopeful that approval can he Oratai died for moving poundage quotas across county lines to help some tobacco Farmers who have lost their crops through flood damage reduce their losses. He said Clarendon. Williamsburg. Lee and Sumter counties have seen Large scale losses because of flooding recently. I be said if they could sell pails of their quotas across county lines to banners in other areas Hal areas getting Good crops it would i reduce their losses. Rep. Wilmer Mizell o North Carolina an influential Mem Ber where tobacco matters Are concerned has agreed to help gel temporary Auto airily for Hal. Young said although opposes it As permanent policy. In response to a question. Young said he would not shut the door on possibly backing economic Aid for North Viet Nam sometime in the future. Young said he absolutely would oppose it As Long As War continues in Indochina bul if fighting ended he said. I would not categorically say i would t support it in the Young said the farm Bill s target Price concept Marks a new Era for banners in terms of their share of the National income. Economic growth continues in so Columbia University of South Carolina Bureau of business and economic research said Friday the state s Economy continues to grow no indication of a slowdown. The Bureau said Smith Caro Lina s total unemployment rate was in May. Compared to the National level of 5 per cent. Also there was an increase of 10.000 in the number of persons employed during May and the Bureau said this is a remarkable increase considering the tight Bank debits another indicator of a state s health reportedly surged loan other record level. The vigor of the state s Economy relative to that of the nation As a the Bureau said is Best reflected in the construction Industry residential housing starts have declined in Many parts of the county but in South Carolina continue at a record the Bureau said a personal income Index showed the Pur chasing Power of South Carolin ians has More than 40 per cent since 1967. Bridge collapses Sao Paolo. Brazil api a Bridge in a Small Southern Brazil cily collapsed while it was being inaugurated killing three persons and injuring about 20. According to re polls reaching Hern monday. He said the Bill also includes a Boll Weevil eradication program Hal could make the Region competitive in Colton production again by cutting the Cost of production greatly. The congressman said president Nixon had agreed loan aug. 15 deadline for bombing Cambodia because it was included in a Bill Hal included key govern Cal financing authority. However. Young said while the aug. 15 deadline is imposed by he Bill if the situation requires. The president May return to Congress to seek extended authority when the Lime comes. Looking at watergate. Young said he thinks a closer relation ship by twin the White House and Congress is emerging. He said the addition of former congressman and Secretary of defense Mclvin to the White House staff has resulted in better communication since congressmen have Confidence in Laird and feel be is More available to them than other Nixon aides have been. Young said regardless of watergate problems the nation still must be ran and we should get on Young said of about a half million government officials in the Nalion. About 50 or 60 arc under suspicion not a very percentage. Young expressed admiration for a South Carolina legislative Rule that the budget to balanced and the South Carolina concept of passing a general appropriation Bill to cover All slate departments. He said the Federal budget Bills that Deal different departments lend to make the Congress lose Irack of sending and Revenue and result in deficits. Department budgets piecemeal us to he said. Blatt sees last Day As speaker stall photo by sunny a mlle sixth District congressman de Young gestures to make Point Young held press conference Friday to go Over his work in Washington Columbia when Spca Kei Sill bind when to he Senate Chi Imbior Friday for inc last Lime to ratify acts showing the had received approval of Bolt legislative houses it developed Inlo a mini joint session of the general Assembly honouring lip on his last Day in he Job while the legislature is in session. Gov. Karl Morris announced to the Senate after he and Beall had finished ratifying that Likit had signed his last Bill As speaker the Mcconnico county Supply Hill and gave the speaker the Senate floor for remarks Beall the Only legislator now Flor care it of Niue a local state area Florence morning news saturday july 7, reapportionment panel plans late july meeting Alf photo by Sonny Smith Cong. Young and assistant Rose Smith talk after conference Young will use camper in background to tour District in August nuclear waste leakage denied Aikin . Man Ager of the. Atomic Energy commission s Savannah River Plant denied Friday that leak age of highly radioactive nuclear wastes is jeopardizing the safely of residents. The Savannah facility is among several named by the los Angeles times As threat ening the safety of thousands of americans because of mis management by the acc. Nathaniel Stetson Plant Man Ager at the Savannah River Plant said some seepage was selected in 1959 bul that in had nol filtered through to ground water. We have nol det cycled even minuscule evidence of any seepage into the water said Stetson who added Hal the Public was apprised of the leakage at the time. The times said it Learned of the dangers through interviews consultants to the acc. Correspondence unnamed dec officials a 1972 arc re port and a secret 1968 report to the joint committee on atomic Energy by he . Controller general. The newspaper said the acc is unwilling Load it the Gravity of the problem and is intent on pursuing its policies of risk despite credible opinion in the scientific Community that acceptable solutions Are Avail Able. The times said he leaks which occurred at the Savannah River Plant in one instance at least allowed radioactive ele ments to filter through to the water table. Other nuclear incidents re ported by the times included the leakage of More than 500.000 Gallons of deadly radioactive liquid from huge storage tanks at the arc s Hanford facility Nea Richland Wash. It also warned of possible leakage from buried quantities of plutonium in Ordinary steel Drums Al the National reactor testing Lalion near Idaho Falls. Idaho. Stetson said extensive tests which were conducted in 1959 in determine if leakage had occurred beyond the outer con Crete Wall showed in arc had been set wheat allotment Columbia Al South Carolina wheat growers have been allowed 167.060 acres for their 1974 season. This was announced Friday by state director w. K. Bar More of the agricultural stabilization and conservation serv ice. The new allotment More than triples this year s55.b32 acres. morning news state Columbia the special if member committee to study re apportionment of inc House will hold a meeting july 26. And rep. . Mel Ood of Dillon expects the committee i quickly come up a plan to recommend to the general Assembly. Mcleod said he did not know when to expect a special session to Slart bul he said coming up a Multi scat District plan May be accomplished quickly by inc committee. He said the committee has not Lal cd about possibility of amending the cons Lillion to put More seals in the House and said he though the committee May be in numbered scats As a Means of giving members closer touch their constituencies. Mcleod said he did not expect a residency requirement to he recommended since the courts have indicated that works against inc aim of Crapp prion men. However. Rep. .i.h. A Figella of Liny Mccormick county the stale s smallest county said he feels inc courts May feel War Mer Loward a residency requirement in House a captor lion ment. Since the smallest Nii Ulics would possibly wind up without residents in either House. I think Lilicy May look differently at it As a Means of helping residents of the smallest counties get said. Jig get laughed at the idea Hal he May be the Star of inc special session expected to to called by gov. John c. West for re apportionment of the House since he is the member the smallest constituency. I had t thought Aboul he said. Maybe Johnny Waller and i will be Waller from Marion county is the representative of the largest one seat county in the stale. House members talking Afler the session ended said in May be that the legislature would move toward longer terms and higher pay As a result of reapportionment. One suggested District is Florence my Willian Isburg counties. They agreed that was an unreasonably Large District. For a House candidate to run in. They said Mayhe House terms would be made four years and Senate terms six because of the big areas and greater expense of running. They said the Public May feel boiler Aboul higher pay for legislators under the circus lances. Too. Sen. Floyd of Williana Surg said he fell the legislature was justified in adjourning rather than recessing which Means they get special session pay for their return in the fall. The court order just came Down and in is nil the Ingi Lalure s fault that we have had this come up now. A couple of years ago. We had to come Back because we just had t gotten it done and that might have been our Floyd said. The Williamsburg senator said the members did not run the feeling they were gel Ling a 12-Monlh Job in Colum Bia. Columbia Al Willie l. Watson a psychology teacher at Strom Thurmond school in Johnston has become the first Black elected president of the South Carolina association of classroom teachers. Watson assumed the Post july i. Replacing Nancy Nelson a Leac Herat Chusler school. A graduate of Benedict col lege in Columbia. Watson received his master s degree from South Carolina stale col lege and look additional work Al the universities of Georgia. South Carolina and Florida. Serving Walson will he pics Ideal elect Frank l. 011 Bert. Director of guidance Al Wilson school of Florence. Lone gunman robs Branch Bank in Myrtle Beach still sought Myrtlf. Sirach a a gunman robbed the dunes Branch of the South Caro Lina National Bank in Myrtle reach Friday and escaped in a Bank employee s ear. Authorities said the Man was armed a .38-Ca Liber snub nosed revolver. The amount of Money taken was not known immediately. Authorities said he gunman reportedly locked several Hank employees in a vault. Ihen fled. The car was found abandoned five blocks away. Robbery. Police chief w. C. Newton said a White Man of medium build whose clothing included a floppy hat and a Green plaid jacket. Approached p. C. Winstead. Branch manager As wins Lead walked Oul of the Hank to raise he american Flag in Franl of the institution. The Man was carrying a Rake and a he chief Sard but when lie got to Winstead. He dropped them. Pulled a pistol and said let s walk inside there. Newton said. Inc Man donned a mask and made the four employees lie on the vault floor while he took such Cash As was in sight before leaving without hurling anyone. Customers coming to the Bank and finding it locked finally called the main Bank and the workers were released Aboul oho Newton reported. To said inc robber appeared to be in his from the Small county of barn Well since his colleague. Sen. Edgar Brown retired after last session said his heart is heavy Over leaving his Long Lime Post As speaker. However. Blat said he was grateful for the help in had received Over 40 years from the Senate and said their giving him the floor for remarks from the president s desk thursday was greatly appreciated. I Hope i have made a contribution to my stale and its Beall said in the chamber where senators made emotional tributes to Brown the other key part of the so called liar Well ring a year ago. A lilt said he voluntarily step Ped Down Froin his Ghisi but said he Hopes to continue serving in the House As a member for More years to come. He expressed gratitude for having been Able to serve during a Long career Good health. Sen. Remh Crl Dennis second ranking senator in he absence of scale president pro Temporo Marion arc svelte. Sard he had served for four years in the House while Lilwall was speaker and said nobody in the slate could Excel Blat As a Leader. the Senate and a Good number of House members who had drifted across the Hall listening Dennis called Blat a dedicated Brilliant and concerned on return to the House. Rep. Arnold Goodstine. A Young Charleston legislator who often has been Al Odds Willi Blatt on legislation took the floor to report that he had been in the Senate when Blat was speaking. Coo Slein said he had read Blat s biography As a boy and had chosen inc Barnwell Man As an idol. Lie said Blat s life was an inspiration to him and called it inc american dream in action Hal Lilart. The son if a jewish immigrant has risen to such a position of leadership in he state. Inn Stein credited Beall helping to Lead he state into the mainstream of american the speaker who has held his office longer than any other men has presided Over a parliamentary body in America spoke again to the House in emotional tones before he declared sine die adjourn ment for the last time. His remarks Drew prolonged standing applause from the House and spectators and was one of the rare occasions when the press gallery joined in applause. Blast told the House he would go Home a heart full of gratitude and expects to return As a member who will be influential on the floor although retired As speaker. He said he was glad the House would be left in the hands of a capable new speaker. Rex car Ter of Greenville and speaker pro Tern. Clator arrants of Ker Shaw county. Blatt said his retirement As speaker was brought on by health and family consideration

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