New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Senate schedules vote on SA man's nomination
AUSTIN (AP)—Senators were scheduled to vote today on L. Lowry Mays, San Antonio broadcast executive, as a new Texas AAM University regent but action on two other nominations for the board has been delayed at least aweek.
Senators also will vote today on Gov. Mark White nominations to state adjutant general, Texas University System Board, the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Dispposal Authority.
The Senate Nominations Committee appproved Mays Wednesday by 6-0 but postponed a hearing on appointee John Mobley of Austin until next Wednesday, at the request of Sen. Kent Caperton, D-College Station.
Caperton told reporters he hoped to either get a Senate resolution calling on the governor to consult with senators involved by the appointment or to get ll votes that would Mock Mobley’s final approval Thursday before the full Senate.
Caperton said blocking Mobley’s appointment would be the “least desirable’’ of his options.
“I think that’s the principle now and that is that we’ve got to clearly establish that Gov. White will comdt with the Senate,” Caperton ntold reporters.
Caperton had complained previously that White did not ask his advice, as the senator of the AltM district, before making the AAM appointments. Caperton said he thought the name of Mobley should be returned to White.
Sen. Ed Howard, D-Texarkana, committee chairman, said White’s reappointment of Royce E. Wisenbaker of Tyler to the AAM board also was postponed until next week because Wisenbaker was unable to appear Wednesday because of bad weather.
Mays, 49, president of Clear Channel Communications Inc., which is building a new TV station in College Station, said he favored a “significant” college tuition increase such as the $4 to $8 per semester hour proposal made by Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby.
Mays also said he hoped the Legislature would be very careful in making cutbacks in higher education funds.
AUSTIN (AP) - Highlights of Wednesday’s legislative session:HOUSE
SBS3, prohibiting the sale of human organs, postponed until Monday.
HB51, redefining intoxication in the DWI law, tentatively approved on voice vote.
Adjourned until IO a.m. Thursday.SENATE
SCB17, supporting health education school programs that
tell about the effects of smoking and nuitrition on cancer, approved on voice vote, sent to House.
SCR18, supporting a statewide network of information among cancer treatment facilities, approved on voice vote, sent to House.
SB97, requiring judges to take 30 hours of family law courses before being assigned to a district court that specializes in family law matters, approved 24-4, sent to House.
SB186, stacking the sentence for a crime committed in prison on the inmate’s old sentence, approved on voice vote, sent to House.
SB299, tightening regulation of bingo games, approved 31-0, sent to House.
SB351, changing the name of the Texas Department of Human Resources to the Texas Department of Human Services, approved 31-0, sent to House.
SB397, creating the position of deputy assistant adjutant general in the Texas Army National Guard, approved 30-1, sent to House.
SB398, changing the name of the Veterans Affairs Commission to the Texas Veterans Commission, approved on voice vote, sent to House.
Adjourned until ll a.m. Thursday.
Dog racing bill sparks debate
AUSTIN (AP) - A biU on parimutuel greyhound racing would allow four coastal counties to build dog tracks, with some of the proceeds contributing to a welfare program.
Bill co-sponsors Reps. Lloyd Criss, D-LaMarque and Paul Ragsdale, D-Dallas, told the House Urban Affairs Committee Wednesday evening that four dog tracks would contribute $12 million to Aid to Families with Dependent Families in 1987. By 1990, the bill would have contributed $48 million to the program, Criss said.
The bill, left pending, has a statewide referendum and calls for an initiative and referendum clause to create race tracks in four Texas counties — Galveston, Jefferson, Nueces, and Cameron. The bill would allow tracks to operate 300 days a year plus 150 matinee races.
Voters through initiative and referendum would authorize (me location in the county to have a dog racing site. Initiative permits voters to have a measure placed on the ballot while referendum refers to voters approving a constitutional amendment.
A.R. “Babe” Schwartz, former state senator from Galveston, said the four coastal counties depend on tourism for their economy and the counties would benefit from the race tracks. The tracks would also create 600 jobs for Texans, he said.
But Phil Strickland, director of Christian Life Commission for the 'Texas Baptist Convention, said the proponents were “missing the real profits.”
“When you implement any kind of pari-mutuel wagering, ...the issue is pari-mutuel gambling. When you institute pari-mutuel gambling you have indeed made it in the interest of the state of Texas to create as many losers as possible/’ Strickland testified.
Strickland said the bill’s intent to contribute money to the welfare program is a gamble in itself. He said AFDC officials are not ready to gamble its program’s future.
George Fulton of Nueces County, president of the Texas Greyhound Association, said dog racing produced $168 million in revenues nationwide in 1983.
Robbers take $2 million in diamonds
ODESSA (AP) — Authorities are searching for traces of two men who robbed an antiques store of an estimated $2 million worth of diamonds.
Capt. Gene Kloss of the Ector County Sheriff’s Department said the men entered the Barn Door Antiques store in northwest Ector County shortly after it opened at 9 a m. Wednesday and posed as customers far several minutes before taking control of the store.
Kloss said the robbers took loose stones ami diamond rings from a jewelry display case but did not take any cash.
“They came in and were just browsing and then pulled guns,” Kloss told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
He said five female employees were forced to lie face down on the floor and were handcuffed by the bandits. None of the women were harmed by their captors The employees managed to free themselves after the robbers fled the scene. No customers were in the store when the robbery occurred, Kloss said.
Law enforcement officers are not sure of the exact value of the diamonds, but employees estimated the value of the diamonds at about $2 million, Kloss said.
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