New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, May 18, 1983 11ATexas has five millionairesin House
WASHINGTON AP) Texas has lived up to its reputation as a land of wealth and swagger by sending the U S. House nearly a quarter of its millionaires.
Of the 435 House members, 21 reported minimum assets last year of more than $1 million Five of the 21 were Texans, according to financial disclosure reports released T uesday
The reports also showed that at least six of the 27 Texas congressmen had income, not including congressional salaries, of 550,000 or more last year And ten received more than $5,000 each in honoraria generally payments for speeches to interest or constituent groups The five Texans with more than ll million in
assets are all Democrats: Sam B. Hall of Marshall, Ralph M Hall of Rockwall, Jack Brooks of Beaumont, Marvin I .oath of Marlin and Tom Vandergriff of Arlington Sam Hall reported assets of at least $1.56 million, Ralph Hall of $2 14 million. Brooks of $1 69 million, loath of SI 16 million and Vandergriff of SI >2 million.
In each instance, the figure is a minimum tally of assets and the actual figure could range much higher.
Congressmen are not required to precisely disclose their financial resources, only to provide figures showing a minimum and maximum limit .Assets of the five included stock in a wide range of companies, land holdings, oil and gas
royalties, or partnerships in various firms The five also reported rather extensive liabilities, ranging from at least $165,(XKI for I oath to at least $ I 27 million for Vandergriff.
Texas congressmen reporting liabilities of $500.04X1 or more were Charles Wilson. D-Lufkin, at lea^t $605,000; Ralph Hall, $815,000, and Vandergriff At the other end of the scale, two Texas congressmen. Kika de la Garza, D-Mission, and Henry B Gonzalez, IV San Antonio, listed no assets on their financial disclosure reports The reports do not require disclosure of assets such as a personal automobile or home, or of any asset with a fair market value of less than $1,000.
Texans reporting non-congressional income
of $50,(KXI or more last year were John W. Bryant. D-Dallas, at least $309,000; Brooks, $132,000; I .oath, $232,000; Kent Hance. EV Lubbock, $108.(KXI; Mike Andrews. D-Houston, $112,000 and Vandergriff, $332,000.
As with the figures for assets, the income figures are a minimum and could range much higher Bryant. Andrews and Vandergriff were first elected last November, and were n>»t members of Congress for the period when their income was received
The biggest recipient of honoraria was House Majority leader Jim Wright of Fort Worth, who reported that he received $20,550 in speaking and writing fees, of which he contributed $1,350 to charity Others receiving more than $5,000 in
honoraria were Wilson, $7,588; Phil Grannie R-College Station, $17,650; Jake Pickle, EV Austin. $5.0lH); De I*i Garza, $10,500; Charles Stenholm, IVStamford, $11,740; Mickey Iceland, IVHouston, $6.5<X); Tom Daffier, K-Hunt, $11,600; Roil Paul, R-l-ike Jackson. $7,500 and Hance, $19,750, of which he contributed $1,560 to chanty
One Texas congressman, Bill Batman, IV Ganado, did not file his financial disclosure report by the May 16 deadline. A spokesman said Batman had received an extension until June I to file his report.
Reports for Texas’ two senators. Democrat Lloyd Benison and Republican John Tower, are expected to fie released on Thursday
Governor hits the road to stump for teachers
AUSTIN Apt Gov Mark White, bucking a May 30 deadline and hostile lawmakers, took las tax show on the road and found solid, unswerving support from Jerry Townsend
Taxes collected to increase teacher pay raises would be well spent, according to Townsend, a Western Hills Klementary School fifth-g: ador
' The teacher has to come in here every morning and put up with us for eight flours, so I figure they should have more money paid to them,” Townsend told tile governor "Putting up with all us little kids. I know that's going to have to tie torture ”
While White s classroom pitch won the student's support, tile governor's $1 27 billion luxury tax hike package remains in trouble in the House He acknowledged that Speaker Gib Lewis is tile prime obstacle to the 24 percent pay raise plan
"He has kind of gone off one way and Eve gone off another,” he said, calling l<ewts the "one more vole” fie needs to give his plan.» chance
"I think if we get one yes’ from tile speaker of the House it will go through very clearly I just need urn more vote," he said
governor plan as does House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Stan Schlueter of nearby Killeen
Both fun« said they might be more sympathetic to leacher pay raise demands made by parents, instead of teachers
White has mounted a SHRUNK) television ad t ampaign to try to stir that support
I want the parents to speak out about this I think this is a parent issue It s not just a teacher salary issue This is something that every parent and every person in this state should take a direct interest in," fie told the students, teachers, parents and reporters who crowded into the classroom.
We can't wait for economic recovery in order to see to the education of these children I hey demand education now They have one chance for .in education and it's now,' said White
We ( annot wait two years We cannot wait for belier tunes, fie said Those are always the (ties wi bear from those who are unwilling to shoulder
responsibility of leadership."
\ little later in bis talk be focused his comments on I ew e . w hosedistru t fie visited later Tuesday
White s Tuesday trip took him to Belton Ri p Messer’s Central Texas district Messer oppose
Blit , the
the speaker of the House to
give his UK," fa* said
San Antonio police chief fired
SAN ANTONIO I Apl Poilu* Chief Robert Hem k has been fired for lack of "aggressive leadership' in implementing hundreds of recommendations made almost nine months ago in a city-commissioned study. the city manager say s
We need a chief who will pursue the recommendations with more energy than I feel Bob Hem k will put to that," City Manager Lou Tov said Tuesday
Tux, wtio fired Hcuck. also cited an "element of disenchantment' toward tile chief among pollee officers
Houck, a1, will return Monday to his former job av deputy chief and take a cut in his $j5,(XX)-a-year salary
I find it embarrassing, especially for my family
to see tfit* old man get fired from his job," Hem k
I realized when I took the job three v eat s ago that the average lit** span of a pollee chief in tile United States is 2L years, he said "At least I made it to three "
I X'putv Chief Frank I loyal k will serve as interim chief for 60days. Fox said
We will (onduct a nationwide search ti* find qualified candidates. I* ox said, adding that the city also will consider present members of tile department
Fox s.ml any new chief would "pursue with more aggressiveness' the more than itoo recommendations listed in tin $150,(NX) Police Management Study couunissioucd bs (he i ilv
City Council members and San Antonio \i ch bi shop Patrick Flores liad criticized Hem k appointment in Manti LMI, saying a Hi spa im should be named to job
But Fox said Tuesday lie would refuse to hunt his search, w fin ti will begin iii two weeks, to minorities I think the City Council wants me to find the iwst police chief." he said lf that s a minority, fine "
I leu* K joined the department in 1956 a* a patrolman and worked in the burglary patrol vice and accident prevention departments liefer** rising to deputy chief
When he aceepted tile police chiefs jot) thro* years ago, Hem k said it was tin* "dream of every police officer
AUSTIN AIG Here are
I highlights of floor action in the Legislature on Tuesday
HH2227. allowing cities to annex into the Gulf, approved 96-36, sent to Senate
SB232, continuing (tic Cubit* Utility Commission, approved bv voice vote, writ to th** Senate for consideration of amendments SB928, continuing the State Board of Insurance, tentatively approved by voice vote SBlBn. continuing Hie Industrial Accident Board, tentatively ajc proved by voice vote SBI 141, regulating motor vehicle manufacturers, tentatively ap proved on voice vote SBI, increasing DW I penalties, tentatively approved 142-3
Adjourned until IO a in Wednesday
SH413, asking Congress not to locate a high-level nuclear waste disposal site in West Texas, adopted 24-6
SB 109, reorganization of State Health Department, concurred with House amendment 15-7, sent to governor SB 149, continuation of State Savings and Durn Department, refused to concur with House amendments, asked for conference committee SH 161, restricting public disclosure of oral histories, approved 27-0, sent to House SB295, continuation of Finance Commission, concurred on voice vote with House amendments, sent
to gov el not SB.187, administration of 'Lexa College of Osteopath!* Medicine, concurred wit)) House amendment on voice vote. sent to gov ernor SB397, regulating monopolm.. tentatively approved 2.3 SB436, regulation of landscape architects, concurred with House j amendments on voice vole, sent to > governor SB4V2, temporary licenses to ell t>eei and win* approved on voice vote sent to Hou a SB612, higher education ; authorities, conferee* «* committee approxed on von e vote S14836, videotape testimony of I abused children, approved ’8-1, s, nt i to House
SB 1241, control of pills of hazardous substances approved on voice vote, sent to ll oust SH 1361, farm winery permit* approved 28-1, sent to Holist*
HLR26, directinj (k-partmcnt of ! Human Besour** to s**« k waiver of Medicaid lest!. ' ‘ : Wiley
Bailey, adopted on v on e \ ole BJRI, authorizing garnishment til i wages, approved 27-3, returned to House wilt)amendments HB2, enforcing child-support payments, approved 28 2, returned to House w ith amendments HB6u8, creation of restitution centers, approved 3(H), returned to House for consideration of Senate amendments HH1438, waivers of small businesses from Deceptive Trade Practices Act, approved 21-10, sent to governor HB2437, pilot program for experimental liver transplants, ap-proved 22-3, sent to governor.
Adjourned until IO a in Wednesday
Bank climber in trouble for probation violation
HOUSTON AP \ JI year-old man who «.lied tta* glass exterior of Houston's se* on*! tallest skyscraper and parachuted to the ground may have violated an lBntonth probated sentence for a similar offense, a CS magistrate in ( aliform;* said
David Adcock remained jailed t im lay iii lieu of $20,000 in bonds on one count of criminal trespassing and one of evading arrest, said Harris < 'aunty Sheriff * Ma j < W Rust
Nine months ago, Adcock w as placed on 18 months' probation after
in parachuted aff a
3.OOO-foot peak in Yosemite National Park in northern California, C S Magistrate Donald Pitts said Adcock could be reprimanded for violating his probation, Pitts said
Adcock, wearing a mask, a blue jumpsuit and a blue fright wig, leaped from the 68th flour of the Allied Bank Tower in downtown Houston Monday night
He used three suction cups in his 15-hour ascent and spiraled around the face of th** 7 I - story, 9 7 0-f o o t
Ad* (o k was th** se* ond ut I* "urban mountaineer" here iii less than three months Un March 14. Hon Broyles, a Hollywood stunt man, scaled th** 75-stui \ Texas < 'ommerce I * * w »• i th** tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River Adcock, who called himself the ' Blue Bandit," paused st* VO a1 minutes, unfurled th** CS and l**xas flags, donned a pantsuit and inserted a wooden platform iii a slut in the building Finally he stood on the board, waved to th** * i ow *1 below and jumped lit* floated several blocks away and ran int*) a parking garage, where he was ai Iested Adm* k said he climbed th** skyscraper purely for satisfac-ion but admitted the jump was premature because the platform cracked
Cd like to say I jumped, but I kind of fell," he said.
Just as I turned around, the board broke, so I just pushed as (lard as I could, he said Tuesday "I had to kick my legs around to keep my balance."
Ad* oi k's ii Carol Stanley ut Houston, said her sun refused to Jet h**i bail turn out Sh** said Ad cock was delighted with his newfound fame I think it served th* purpose," she said of (tie climb "it was fix notoriety lh* wa- very happy about it Assistant District Attorney John Petruz.zi said Adcock faces up to six months in th** Harris County jail and a SI .(NNI fille oil each of Iii** two charges Bul Adcock may hav * more to worry about than th** charges filed iii Houston He was ai rested Aug 23, 1982, after he
jiarachuted off Isl Capitan, a 3,000-foot peak, Pitts said
Nuclear waste burial spawns bitter opposition at hearing in Tulia
TULIA AIG The government’s unpopulai proposal to bury high-level nuclear wastes under fertile Panhandle farmland lias met with threats of violence from the residents of this traditionally conservative region.
LSI H’partment of energy officials hold hearings Monday in Hereford and her** Tuesday and planned a third arui final Texas meeting tonight iii Vlist in Gov Mark White and Attorney General Jim Mattox were scheduled to testify
We don't want violence but guns wun the West, W’y Ile Byrd, a Swisher I aunty manufacturer bitterly op posed to the proposal, told the federal affinals Tuesday night "You are 20 miles from the last Indian fight iii \iiieri* a. which was only HO years ago."
Bv rd. owner of Roll-a-Cone, was cfn ring t*i a sweep across the High Plane, of t exas in 1874 by Col Ranald Ma* kenzie, who 1***1 troops of th** 4th (.iv.illy on a surprise raid of a ( man* lo Indian camp. burning their village and slaughtering most of their 1,400 horses.
In a similar hearing on Monday night in Hereford, a farmer warned th* Knergy Department representatives to Im* prepared for "guerrilla warfare if they tried to take nuclear wastes to a proposer! site iii Deaf Smith County, 12 miles northeast of Hereford
Tulia and Hereford, ImiIIi in the Panhandle, are among nine sites flu* I tin gy I s par tim id is considering fix
an $8 billion project, in which almost 1.5 million |>ounds of nuclear waste each year would In* buried in shafts drilled a half mile underground
Opponents of the project are concerned that heat from the radioactive wastes would rise through the earth and eventually penetrate the Ogallala Aquifer, a large, underground water formation that is the main supplier of water both for irrigation and drinking purposes for the
Panhandle and South Plains
A resolution passed Monday by the Texas Senate called on Congress not ti> allow the Knergv Department to authorize any high-level nu* lear waste repositories in Texas.
Under a bill passed this spring by tin* Senate, any projeet sueh as the DDK's proposed drilling near Hereford must guarantee that no wastes be leaked into th** aquifer, which supplies irrigation waters for farmers from Nebraska to New Mexico
The bill, sponsored by Canyon Democ*rat Bill Sarpaltus, requires th** state Department cf Water Resources to approve any plan to drill shafts through Texas’ part of the aquifei The measure is (lending iii tilt* Texas House
Otis Harman, president of the Texas Wheat Growers Association, said th** group adopted a resolution opposing the storage of nuclear waste in the Panhandle. which produces 25 million bushels of wheat each year much of it irrigated by water from the (igallala Aquifer
Would-be victim to testify
I 'I 'seculars planned to ■ all a 14 year-old girl lo
II )• stand today to !* Illy against the mail
h< sav she eseajM'd tram aftei her sister and mother were murdered
I be testimony of th** Kt i nut teen-ager, Selena Kilns, bellied conv let Michael Kugene Shat p last November iii I .ubbock fix til** murder it bel 8 year-old sister, i ’bristle Sharp, a former odessa oil worker, i ct civ cd a bf** sentence bx the killing The prosecution is seeking the death penalty for Sharp iii connection with th** knife-slaying of (tic mother, Brenda Hay Broadway This trial was moved to (izona txi a change of venue Ms Broadway, 31, and her daughters were abducted from a car wash in Kermit last June and taken to a remote area southeast of town, where they were disrobed and
a bused sexually , jxo.se* utors say
Selena testified in November that sin* escaped iii the early morning hours of June ll, 1982 while Sharp was stabbing her uiothei and sister Naked and her arms hound, she ran five miles across th** rough West Texas plain lief ore sin* found help from an oil rig ck w slit* said
A welder testified 'Tuesday that he called police on June 14 aftei he saw a composite drawing on television
that dos* ! died a killer as liav mg a tattoo on his left u|>p* r chest
Sam Cuhine, who worked with Michael Kugene Sharp the day liefer** the murders, said he told pollee that Sharp was the man they w ere looking for
After receiving a tip til at Sharp wa*-ti av ( ling by bus from Brownfield to Morgan, la., police arrested Sharp without incident as he stepped tiff a bus iii Sweetwater June 16
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