New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Legislature battles two final issues in session
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House finally approved and sent to the Senate Saturday a bill to create a new state agency to handle employment discrimination complaints.
House supporters said the measure was “severely crippled" but Sen. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, said there would be an attempt to change the House version and get the issue into a 19-member conference committee.
Meanwhile, both House and Senate members were stalled over proposals to put farm workers under workers compensation insurance that many Texas employees have.
“Unless there is some agreement somewhere, we are not going to run anywhere with it,” said Rep. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, author of the House version of the farm workers bill.
The two issues remained the final controversies of the special session originally called last Wednesday by Gov. Mark White to consider brucellosis controls and continuation of the Texas Employment Commission.
'Hie cattle disease control and TEC bills were approved Friday and sent to White for signature, then he opened the session to several other subjects.
The preliminary House vote on the bill to create a Texas Commission on Human
Rights was 66-59.
Representatives at first refused to take a final vote to send it to the Senate Saturday but after a long lunch hour changed their minds and approved it 61-60.
Among the numerous House amendments made to the bill, supposedly a compromise drawn up by minority lawmakers and the Texas Association of Business, was one to limit the measure to two years, bringing it back before the 1985 Legislature.
Another amendment would give the new agency only $24,000 a year in state money for its operations.
Earlier, the House approved and sent to voters for consideration this November a proposed constitutional amendment that would let agricultural organizations make assessments on sale of their products to help promote them. The vote was 100-24.
The House also passed 102-28 and sent to the governor a bill appropriating $15 million for construction at Texas Southern University in Houston.
The House approved on voice vote and sent to the Senate a bill that would require all hotels, motels and boarding houses to maintain smoke detectors in all sleeping quarters.
Still another bill passed on voice vote and sent to the governor would appropriate $120,000 for the State Ethics
Advisory Commission, which was created by the regular legislative session.
The House bill to create a Texas Commission on Human Rights would have six members appointed by the governor, including one member from industry, one from labor and four at-large members.
It first had been proposed a human rights division be added to the Texas Department of tabor and Standards but that was changed in negotiations between the TAB and representatives of minorities.
The bill provides that employers of more than 15 workers could not engage in employment-related discrimination on the basis of race, color, handicap, religion, sex, national origin or age. Complaints of any violations would filed with the coin-nussion, which could hold hearings and file civil action against the employer, if necessary.
Under present federal law similar complaints are made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Rep. Hon Wilson, D-Houston, the sponsor, told the House there were 8.200 such complaints in Houston and Dallas alone last year.
Another amendment attached by Hep. Bill Cerverha, R*Richardson, would prevent the commission from accepting any private money or grants.
Lucas may be responsible for IH-35 deaths
MONTAGUE, Texas (AP) — taw enforcement officials, who are investigating Henry la* Lucas' claim that he killed IOO women, say the former mental patient may be responsible for some of the so-called “1-35 murders.”
About 20 young women who were hitchhiking or had car trouble along Interstate 35 were slain in a string of killings that stretched from Austin to northern Oklahoma dunng the late 1970s and 1980
Lucas was released in 1975 from a Michigan prison, where he was sentenced for murdering his mother two decades ago.
Lucas, who is being held under $1 million bond, has been charged with three slayings, has talked about as many as 60 murders and claims he killed about IOO women in Texas and 15 other states.
A New Jersey investigator said he would fly to Texas Saturday to talk to tacas about the death of "Princess Doe," an unidentified teen ager whose body was found in Blairstown, N.J., last July.
On Thursday. Lucas laughed when State District Judge Frank Doutlutt set his bail at $1 million, but he pledged to help solve the cases of the IOO women he claims to have killed.
“I will finish what I have started. I will finish giving back the dead that I have taken," tacas told Douthitt
Travis County Sheriff's detective Gary Cutler and Montague County Sheriff WF Conway conf inned Thursday that they believe the drifter is responsible for at least some of the “1-35 murders “
Texas Ranger Carl Weathers of tabbock said he is skeptical af tacas’ claims I Aiea* has been “definitely linked" to only four killings, Weathers said
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