New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
State__Workers’ comp ‘unconstitutional’
EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — Supporters of the Texas workers’ compensation system said they are confident the Texas Supreme Court will overturn a state district judge’s ruling declaring the law unconstitutional.
But critics of the new compensation system said the ruling by Judge Rey Perez of Maverick County exposed the law as the unfair statute it is. The Texas AFL-CIO and several workers filed the suit.
“The court declares the entire enactment unconstitutional and void,’’ Perez said in his decision Thursday. The judge said the law uses 4 ‘arbitrary and unreasonable’’ impairment guidelines for injured workers and limits employees’ access to the courts.
Attorneys for the state immediately gave notice they would appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.
Attorney General Dan Morales said his office anticipated the ruling and believes the state’s position will be upheld by the higher court.
“My office is not just defending the specific details of the new workers’ comp system in Eagle Pass,’’ he said. “We are defending the integrity of legislative intent and seeking to avoid dismantling the progress made in addressing the crisis in workers’ comp rates.’’
The Texas Legislature passed the business-backed workers’ comp reform bill in 1989 after two grueling special sessions. Then-Gov. Bill Clements signed the measure into law.Judge won’t dismiss Census suit Special screening
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A judge’s refusal to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the use of allegedly flawed Census data in Legislative redistricting “sends a strong message to the Legislature,’’ says an attorney who filed the suit.
“That message is that they must redistrict according to sound constitutional principles, and it’s their job to do that, not to protect their incumbency,” said .James Harrington, legal director for the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin.
State District Judge Mario Ramirez ruled Wednesday against attorneys for the state of Texas, who had filed motions asking the judge to dismiss the 'lawsuit.
The suit was filed Feb. 7 in the 332nd District Court on behalf of minorities and rural residents who were not counted in the 1990 Census. It seeks lo force the Legislature to use revised figures to account for people never counted, before redrawing legislative districts.
State attorneys had sought to have the case in Ramirez’s court dismissed, describing it as “unprecedented judicial interference with state legislative processes.”
They argued that the lawsuit would violate the separation of legislative and judicial powers in the state constitution; that there were no grounds for the suit until a redistricting plan is passed; that it duplicated federal suits previously filed in Brownsville and New York state and that it is the role of the federal government, not the stale, to revise Census figures.
Gray McBride, spCtcsman for Attorney General Dan Morales, said Ramirez’s ruling Wednesday was not unexpected and only allows discovery to proceed. No injunction was issued to block the Legislature from continuing with redistricting, he said.
Nothing can stand in the way of Project Graduation. When wet weather threatened a recent benefit movie screening at New Braunfels High School’s football stadium, organizers simply moved it indoors. A variety of fundraising projects will benefit each of the county’s three high schools as parent committees join with students and area businesses to generate funds for Project Graduation. For the fifth year, the program will provide substance-free graduation night parties. (Photo by Karla Wenzel)
Fifth South Korean sets self on fire
Bush will slow down, but just a bit
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush is cutting back his hectic schedule because of his thyroid problem — but only a little.
A day after Bush’s doctor told him to slow down, Bush was flying to New Jersey today to dedicate two new buildings at Princeton University.
Aides said Bush most likely would make the trip with the heart monitoring device he has worn since Monday still strapped to his waist.
Although the president decided to continue with the trip, and a commencement address on Sunday at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., on Sunday, he canceled a planned trip on Monday to Chicago.
Bush’s chief physician suggested Thursday that the president slow down while he is undergoing treatment for the overactive thyroid gland that caused his heart disorder.
But Bush’s press secretary, Marlin Fit/water said the president ’’'ould only cut one or two public events from his schedule per day, would not go home and rest and would not cut back on his private schedule of meetings and staf f lime.
Food prices up
WASHINGTON (AP) — A record surge in vegetable costs and increases in other food prices pushed wholesale prices up 0.2 percent in April, the government reported today.
Last month’s rise in the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index, which measures inflation before it reaches consumers, was the first increase in wholesale prices in five months.
Prices had fallen in each of the previous four months, largely because of tumbling oil prices. But analysts said the recession, which started last July, has also been holding back prices.
In April, there were further declines in gasoline and home healing oil prices, but they were much smaller decreases than earlier months.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fifth protester poured paint thinner over his body and set himself on fire today to protest the beating death of a student by police, a news report said.
The national news agency Yonhap said Yoon Yong-su, 20, was rushed to the Chonnam University Hospital in southern Kwangju city and was in critical condition.
Yonhap quoted witnesses as saying Yoon set himself on fire in a restroom at the university, then rushed out towards an auditorium yelling “Down with (President) Roh Tac-woo” and “Drive out yankees.”
Yoon is the fifth activist in two weeks to commit self-immolation. Three have died.
A woman student from the same university was the first self-immolation victim and remains in critical condition. Yonhap said about IOO radical students armed with metal pipes were guarding the hospital where both of the students are being treated.
Nationwide protests were triggered by the April 26 fatal beating by police of a student protester in Seoul. Tens of thousands of students, workers and dissidents have staged rallies and violent protests demanding Roh fire his Cabinet and institute broader economic and political reform.
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Roh today rejected demands he fire his Cabinet to cope with escalating nationwide protests, and warned demonstrators the government would not tolerate further violence.
He stopped short of threatening military intervention, but made it clear the government will use more force if necessary to halt unrest.
“We cannot indefinitely tolerate acts by an extremely small number of radical groups trampling law and order and making the entire population uneasy,” he said in a speech.
Opposition and governing party lawmakers fought one another in Parliament today, pushing, shoving and shouting insults after the governing Democratic Liberal Party rammed through police and security law amendments in 40 seconds.
Opposition lawmakers claim national security and police laws have been misused in a crackdown on political dissent.
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