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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 20, 1974, High Point, North Carolina State government reorganization voted by Noel Yancey associated press writer Raleigh a the democratic majority of the House overrode Republican objections tuesday on legislation to reorganize state government. With the vote following strict party lines the House voted 7134 to Amend a reorganization measure to give the state personnel Board greater authority Over state workers and reducing the Power of the governor and state department Heads. A the amendment by rep. Howard Twiggs a Wake would authorize the personnel Board to a Issue binding orders reinstating an employee or employees who have been discharged for discriminatory reasons or without just cause.�?�. A similar provision was contained in a Bill passed by the House last year and pigeonholed by a Senate committee. The Twiggs amendment also would give the personnel Board authority to adopt without the governors approval a policies and rules on the classification hiring firing or demotion of state workers. Under present Law state department Heads can ignore recommendations of the personnel Board for reinstatement of workers it says were fired unjustly. The Twiggs amendment came As the House passed three state government reorganization measures a and sent them to the Senate. The other two Bills would i reorganize the depart ment of administration the department of natural and economic resources and the department of social rehabilitation and control and 2 abolish the department of Commerce. In other action during a Busy legislative Day tuesday the House election Laws committee approved a Senate passed Bill to tighten North Carolina Law regulating Campaign finances. The committee action set the stage for a lengthy House debate on the Bill. This was indicated As rep. Ernest Messer a Haywood told the committee he knew of several amendments that would be offered by House members who Are not on the committee. He asked the committee members to save their amendments for consideration on the House floor. The Bill abolishing the department of Commerce would leave the state utilities commission Industrial commission employment Security commission banking commission state alcoholic beverage control Board and several others to operate As Independent state agencies. Under an amendment approved last week the state Abc Board would be expanded from three to six members with the governor naming three including the chairman one by the House speaker and two by the lieutenant governor. The House killed by tabling on motion of rep. David Bumgardner a Gaston an amendment by rep. David Jordan a Mecklenburg to eliminate the provision abolishing the department of Commerce. A the department of Commerce never should have been created said rep. Sneed High a Cumberland As he spoke against the Jordan amendment. Rep. William Hiatt a Surry said the change a increasing the membership of the Abc Board had made the measure a a partisan Bill which would give the democrats a control of the Abc the Senate judiciary 2 committee meanwhile approved a House passed Bill which would add the crime of extortion to North Carolina Law. The action came after rep. H. M. Michaux Ddurham sponsor of the measure told the committee there had been cases in Durham and other cities involving threats to extort Money. The offence would be a felony punishable by up to to years in prison a $1,000 Fine or both in the discretion of the court. A Bill by sen. Charles b. Deane jr., a Richmond to spell out which state officials could be impeached also won the committees approval. The Deane Bill would make impeachment proceedings. Applicable to the governor members of the Council of state justices of the state supreme court and to judges. They would be liable to impeachment for commission of any felony any Misdemeanour involving moral turpitude malfeasance in office or for wilful neglect of duty. The Senate insurance committee voted by 5-4 to kill a Bill that would have allowed Auto insurance companies in North Carolina to set their own competitive Premium rates. The measure sponsored by sen. Gordon Allend person had nearly uniform support from the states insurance Industry. The committee had voted 4-4 to give the Bill a favourable report but chairman sen. John Henley a Cumberland cast a tie breaking vote to reject the measure. Reward posted Raleigh a the state has offered a $3,000 Reward for information leading to conviction in the slaying of a Roxboro convenience store operator. The operator Aubrey Long rudder was found in the store with four Bullet wounds last dec. 29. The office of gov. Jim Holshouser announced the Reward tuesday. It said sources of information furnished to Pearson county sheriff w. L. Graves or to the state Bureau of investigation would be kept confidential. High Point Enterprise wednesday March 20,1974 15a Stevenson wins renomination Chicago apr sen. Adlai e. Stevenson has won nomination to another term and gov. Daniel Walker claims Victory in a. Intr party squabble with mayor Richard j. Daley. Five incumbent congressmen who faced primary challenges in tuesdays voting won renomination. Stevenson a Democrat who was elected in 1970 to fill the unexpired term of the late Republican Everett m. Dirksen piled up a 4-to-l margin in defeating w. Dakin Williams a brother of playwright Tennessee Williams. With 8,595 of 11,312 precincts counted Stevenson had 658,302 votes to 143,760 for Williams. George Burditt a lawyer and businessman captured the Republican nomination easily and will Challenge Stevenson in november. Burditt Defeated Lar Daly a Chicago furniture upholsterer and perennial candidate who has been unsuccessful in 42 tries for Public office ranging from the presidency Down. With 8,579 precincts counted Burditt had 271,848 votes to 52,767 for Daly. Only a third of the states More than five million registered voters turned out tuesday a about Normal for an off year primary. There was no solid evidence that watergate or political corruption at the local level caused voter apathy but the democrats appeared to take More interest than republicans. There were several state legislative races billed As skirmishes in the reported Battle Between Walker and Daley for control of the democratic party in the state legislature. Walker told newsmen a i count it As a Victory. A majority of the people i endorsed Many Daley candidates also won but the mayor delivered his usual election night Unity message. A we did no to teach anyone a lesson. The primary is the time to differ. 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