New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
A statewide water plan is headed for the Senate.
Lawmaker attacks state arts commission
AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Commission on the Arts could be more productive by backing Willie Nelson concerts than spending state money on ballet and opera, according to a state lawmaker.
Rep. Foster Whaley, D-Pampa, long has had his budget-cutting knife honed for the arts commission. It’s an agency that Whaley views as providing welfare for the wealthy.
Whaley loosed his latest salvo on the agency during a Wednesday hearing at the House Appropriations Comnittee. Whaley is a committee member.
The commission wants a $16 million appropriation for 1986-67, but now would settle for the $8.9 million two-year appropriation recommended by the Iiegislative Budget Board, which is about what the agency is getting now.
Jocelyn Straus of San Antonio, commission chairman, said she would back a state tax hike to give her commission and other agencies the money they need.
But Whaley said state money is not well spent on the arts.
"Why should you subsidize the people who are the most financially able? The fact is ifs been described as the only welfare program the socially and economically elite backs,” he said.
"You don’t come down here and back aid for dependent children,” Whaley said. "You come down here and ask for aid for the group that doesn’t need it.”
Commission money is spent to subsidize locally sponsored performances, Executive Director Richard Huff of the arts commission told the committee. Whaley interpreted that to mean the agency spends state money on events that could not support themselves, meaning Texans don’t care to see those events.
Senate addresses bingo, convicts, cancer
AUSTIN (AP) — Proposals to warn Texans of the danger signals of cancer and to stake out a trail for state auditors to follow in regulating bingo have cleared the Senate.
Senators also voted Wednesday to punish convicts who commit crimes in prison by adding their new sentence to the old prison sentence.
The Senate approved and sent to the House on a 31-0 vote one of a series of bingo regulation bills requested by State Comptroller Bob Bullock.
The bill by Sen. O.H. "Ike” Harris, R-Dallas, would establish an "audit trail” requiring prizes to be in the form of checks, not cash or merchandise.
In response to complaints that proceeds from bingo games are slow getting to the charities, Harris’ bill would require charitable distributions to be made quarterly, rather than yearly.
The bill would prohibit manufacturers and distributors of bingo equipment from running bingo games, and also would authorize the comptroller to delay approval of a bingo license until all necessary information had been furnished.
A resolution by Sen. Chet Brooks, D-Pasadena, would put the legislature on record as supporting public and private school instruction from kindergarten through the 12th grade that tells of the effects of smoking and nutrition on cancer.
The resolution directs the Texas Education Agency to assess health education curriculum requirements
Priority water plan ready for Senate debate
AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Senate is ready to debate a statewide water plan, an issue that was labeled priority lawmaking before this legislature convened in January.
The Senate Natural Resources Committee approved the package 11-0 on Wednesday and Sen. John Montford, D-Lubbock, said he would bring it up for debate next week.
"There are significant differences but we do not consider them insurmountable,” said Montford. "The final version will be written in a conference committee for sure ."
Montford said he felt “very good” about quick passage of the Senate package on Tuesday.
Montford said the main differences of the Senate and House bills include:
— The Senate bill con ta ms $1.2 billion for water bonds while the House measure contains $800 million. The Senate bill has $200 million for flood control bonds not in the House bill and authorizes another $200 million for agriculture conservation of water if shown necessary by a pilot program.
— The Senate bill deletes a $250 million bond insurance program in the House bill that experts said would jeopardize the state’s bond ratings.
— The Senate bill controls surface
for students and teachers, focusing especially on cancer information, and to report to the 1987 legislature.
Sen. J.E. “Buster” Brown’s bill to stack the sentence for a crime committed in prison on the inmate’s previous sentence also was approved on voice vote.
Now, according to a printed bill analysis, inmates who commit a crime while serving a sentence often are allowed to serve their new sentence concurrently with the old.
three trucking bills
AUSTIN (AP) — Texans would be better served by state law that makes it easier for truck lines to get Railroad Commission permits to make shipments within the state, says a Houston-area lawmaker.
Kingwood Rep. Ed Emmett complained Wednesday that the current law requires applicants to prove that truck lines already serving an area are doing a bad job.
"Entry is too restrictive. Too few carriers dominate the market and Texas’ intrastate rates are not competitive with interstate rates,” said Emmett.
The GOP House member filed three trucking industry bills, including measures providing for stricter safety standards, easier entry into the business and more flexible rate-setting by the Railroad Commission.
The current permit process is ridiculous, he said at a news conference.
“This requires an applicant to prove a negative — to bring in shippers who probably are only being served by one carrier to testify that the carrier is doing a poor job,” Emmett said.
Under his proposal, the Railroad
Commission would no longer use "adequacy” of existing service as a measure of whether a permit should be issued to a competitor.
Bastrop commissioner says he's innocent
BASTROP (AP) - Bastrop County Commissioner Tom “T.J.” Adams has pleaded innocent to an official misconduct charge.
Prosecutors accused Adams, 46, of using his o “with intent to harm" Judy Edwards while she was an investigator for the Bastrop County district attorney.
An indictment returned Feb. 6 alleged that Adams misapplied county funds "to adversely affect” Edwards’ employment as an investigator.
Sources told the Austin American-Statesman that $1,200 was allegedly paid to a security agency to investigate Edwards last fall.
Visiting State District Judge
Tom Blackwell set a pretrial hearing for Feb. 27.
"I expect a fairly lengthy trial based on what my attorney tells me,” Adams said after the brief session Wednesday at the Bastrop County Courthouse. “To prove an innocent man guilty is a very difficult process.”
Adams, 46, is serving his first term as county commissioner.
Bill White, Adams’ attorney, said he and Adams want the trial to be held in Bastrop County so those who elected the commissioner can attend and hear that the charge is unjustified.
The felony misconduct charge carries a maximum punishment
of IO years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
water flows about 150 miles inland to protect bays and estuaries compared with about IOO miles in the House bill.
— The State bill provides for state control of ground water districts if a local district refuses to establish controls in critical situations.
The Senate bill calls for a statewide election on the plan in November 1985 which, if successful, would automatically put into effect any controls finally approved by this legislature.
"This legislation places particular emphasis on achieving conservation gains in the agricultural industry, which uses about 70 percent of the state’s water,” Montford said.
The Senate package was voted out of committee Wednesday after it considered 82 amendments the previous week. Sen, Tat! San-tiesteban, D-El Paso, said 51 of the amendments were adopted
The House vote on the statutory bill earlier this month was 134-11.
Gov. Marti White, Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and Speaker Gib Lewis agreed even before the legislature began that a statewide water plan would be the No. I priority of the 140-day session White declared it an emergency so it could be considered ahead of other matters.
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OU auction offers variety of remnants
ODESSA (AP) — From Rolls Royces to restaurants, from airplanes to oil rigs, remnants of the Permian Basin’s tattered oil economy are gaing on the auction block.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., as part of its plan to recoup losses from three area bank failures, is auctioning a spectacular array of assets today and Friday that rode into West Texas in the 1970s and early ’Ms on an oil-fat economy.
The First National Bank of Midland, for instance, believed like many that oil prices would continue spiraling upward. In early 1980, the bank directors decided to ride the boom for all it was worth, and by the
end of 1981, the bank’s assets had doubled to $1.4 billion.
But in 1982, oil prices began falling and oil-related industries began bellying up. The death toll eventually included the Midland bank as well as two others.
Those banks’ fates were mirrored in the private community, where oil fortunes evaporated as quickly as they’d come and left many oil barons unable to maintain their spreading estates.
The remnants to be auctioned include a 12-ton cherry picker, a private school, two restaurants, a Rolls Royce dealership, 120 autos, $250,000 worth of sporting equipment, two metal Mud Pits and a four-legged oil derrick.
Two Texas sites in running for base
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Phil Gramm said today Houston-Galveston and Corpus Christi are among the six finalists for location of a proposed new Navy base.
“Obviously I’m delighted that at this stage, we still have two sites that are being considered,” he said at a news conference today. “I share the sadness of those who were not selected.”
Although Gramm, R-Texas, said the Navy will announce the other four finalists at a later date, the office of Rep. Jack Fields, R-Humble, said the other sites are Lake Charles, La.; Mobile, Ala.; Pascagoula, Miss.; and Pensacola, Fla.
In addition, the Key West, Fla. is still being considered as a possible site for a reserve fleet, Fields’ office said.
Seven Texas cities were among the 16 cities in five states who bid for the battleship base. Houston and Galveston submitted a joint proposal.
oil Wednesday, Texas Gov. Mark White, Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Gramm met with Navy Secretary John Lehman.
After the meeting, Lehman said he was “confident that Texans want the Navy as part of their community.” “The decision will not be political,”
Lehman said. “Dollar costs will determine the outcome of the decision. The lowest cost to the taxpayer that provides the capability that is needed is going to be where the battleship ends up.”
Hobby said the state has pledged up to $25 million for road construction and education facilities for the base.
Gramm said Texas has “been married to the military for a long time.”
The other Texas cities who bid on the base were Port Arthur, Freeport, Port Lavaca and Brownsville.
Orange is seeking part of the unit, two frigates assigned to the NavyPhil Gramm
reserve. The rest of the “strategic action group” includes the to-be-restored battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin, a cruiser, a destroyer and another frigate.