Page 8 May 30, 1955 THE TEXAS OBSERVER ‘LET’S GO HOME’ Lawmakers Hope To Close Doors AUSTIN Texas legislators, moving into their fourth week of payless labor, are tired and want to go home. The questions of taxes, spending and water aren’t settled yet, but an early windup was predicted by some members as a result of the sudden passage of the tax bill in the Senate Friday. Some even expect ,”sine die” by mid-week, although gas and beer lobbyists are almost certain to beseige the House with arguments against accepting the Senate tax bill. If the House concurs with the Senate, there won’t be a conference committee and unfinished business could be cleaned up in a hurry. The House took action on Rep. J. 0. Gillham’s proposal to double tuition at state supported colleges and universities last week. The bill was passed and was sent to a conference committee, after members got an amendment tacked on which would except working students. The Senate passed and sent back to the House the “remnants” of the Trinity River Bill. Rep. Barefoot Sanders of Dallas, the author, asked for and got a conference committee to administer first aid to the crippled legislation. The House also passed a controversial measure, already okayed in the Senate, which would give the Board of Control final say on what purchases by the state meet “specifications.” The proposal rose out of an argument between the Board of Control and the State Hospital Board over the quality of some 6,000 dresses purchased for state hospital patients. The Hospital Board said they didn’t meet specifications and were not delivered on time. Travis County Rep. Pearce Johnson pushed the bill through the House despite suggestions that the final decision on specifications be made by the Governor. Rep. D. B. Hardeman complained t ha t if spoiled meat is ever delivered to a state hospital kitchen, the hospital will not have time to write the Board of Control and “tell ’em the meat they bought smells bad.” Governor Shivers issued a veto last week on a bill raising speed limits on state highways from 60 to 70 miles an hour for passenger cars. The Governor’s water program is still far from passage. It has passed the Senate, but it still hasn’t found the 100 votes needed for a constitutional proposal in the House. Called “Stockholder Profit Sharing Plan”, and available only to ICT Group stockholders, this plan offers: 1.INCOME-PRODUCING INVESTMENT 2.SAVINGS BANK SECURITY 3.LIFE INSURANCE PROTECTION All who participate in the Stockholder Profit Sharing Plan create profit for themselves in two ways: 1.FROM CASH DIVIDENDS PAID ON UNITS OF THE PLAN 2.AS STOCKHOLDERS IN ICT IN-SURANCE COMPANY OR ICT DIS-COUNT CORPORATION, YOU SHARE IN THE PROFITS MADE BY ICT LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY. Gentlement I understand the Stockholder Profit Sharing Plan offers me as an ICI Group stockholder many exclusive,unprecedented benefits. I want to be among the first ICY stockholders to hear all about the Plan and receive my Allotment Certificate. So, please have o Horn. Office Representative call on me as soon as possible. Nome Address City State probation system and the Commission on Alcoholism. Opposition was first voiced when the committee reported out the bill, and since then a number of “corrections” have been issued in hopes of soothing the legislators by giving them a little more money for their favorite institutions. It still seems certain that the University of Texas will have to restrict enrollment as a result of the drastic ‘cuts in requested appropriations. \(Governor Shivers is reported to have commented to a friend that the appropriations bill is “niggardly.” Just the other day someone asked him what he thought the Senate would do about taxes and appropriations. He just shook his Homer Leonard, chief lobbyist for the Texas Brewers’ Institute, Andrew Howsley, the kingpin of the oil lobbyists, and other lobbyists packed the gallery through most of the day’s debate on the tax bill. Once, Phillips passed around a resolution to the press table. He said Corbin had written it, and he was looking for someone to introduce it. It was a “courtesy resolution,” which members use to recognize visiting school children from their home districts. It read: “Whereas, we are honored in the gallery today by a group of fine Texas citizens accompanied by Lobbies Shift Attack To House labor forces in an all-out 1956 election campaign. Austin Ten new indictments were returned against former Land Commissioner Bascom Giles by a Travis County grand jury last week. They are joint charges with B. R. Sheffield for forgery in connection with land matters, theft, and conspiracy to commit theft. Trial of their cases is aimed at the criminal court term beginning June 6, and District Attorney Les Procter says he will contest any defense motion for delay. Giles won a delay until September in his bribery trial in San Antonio. Austin It’s said that there’s nothing Governor Shivers likes better than a good fight, and he’s got a good new one on his hands with the student senate and student body president at the University of Southern California. Bill Van Alstyne, student body chief at USC, urged graduating seniors last week to boycott their own graduation ceremonies June 11where Shivers will be the speakerafter school officials refused a request from the student senate to replace Shivers with another speaker. The Senate said in a resolution: “The historic purpose of a graduation addrbss is to inspire graduating seniors to recognize the importance of tolerance, integrity and intelligence. Governor Shivers has consistently demonstrated lack of these ideals.” Governor Shivers’s secretary says: “I’m certain he will make the address.” NEWS NOTES This ole House once rang with speeches This ole House once stayed up late, This ole House once paid attention To debaters and debate. Now the taxes can’t get voted And the bad bills pile up high, So we might as well forget it And go on and sine die. Chorus Ain’t a-gonna need this House no longer, Ain’t a-gonna need this House no more Ain’t no use to signal Lindsey, Ain’t no use to lock the door, Ain’t no use in shoutin’ “Record!” Nor in verifyin’ votes Ain’t a-gonna need this House no longer, Might as well go harvest oats! This ole House cleaned up insurance. This ole House looked into files, This ole House raised state tuition And investigated Giles. This ole House refunded buses. This ole House passed T. R. A., This ole House worked on the Railroad In the good ole Texas way! their sponsors, Andrew Howsley and Homer Leonard; and “Whereas, they are on an educational tour of the Capitol and observing first-hand the workings of their state government … “Therefore be it resolved that the Senate of Texas recognize this fine group of Texas citizens and commend them on their interest …” Phillips found no sponsor for the resolution. The big fight last week was on the beer issue. After Hazlewood’s proposal had passed. some members remembered that the beer lobby had successfully fought off beer tax proposals in committee the week before. Cracked one member: “They could’ve gotten off much easier then. Now they’re stuck with a penny a bottle.” The most crucial vote came in the morning session when Strauss who said he comes from the “wettest and countryest” district in Texasmoved to strike out the beer tax. The vote went 22 to 9 against the motion. Voting for striking out the beer tax were Senators Ashley, Hardeman, Kazen, Latimer, Parkhouse, Johnnie B. Rogers, Strauss, Wagonseller, and Weinert. Many of the beer tax opponents stood their ground because of “regional” reasonsthey came from “beer drinking districts.” Others opposed the tax because it would “hurt the industry.” If that was the case, Senator Doyle Willis of Fort Worth wanted toput them out of business. He suggested an amendment which would have made the tax two cents a bottle instead of a penny. After opponents of the one-cent beer increase failed to get it knocked out, Hazlewood s supporters charged that they tried to “gook it up” so badly that the House wouldn’t accept it. Hardeman introduced a series of amendments which Hazlewood insisted would “only mix things up good.” He said the House would not accept them, “and we’ll be here another 60 days.” The Senate did accept one of Hardeman’s amendmentsa token one-twentieth of a cent on “dedicated” natural gas going into long pipelines. It is expected o bring in about $2 million. Hardeman said he introduced it to determine the constitutionality of such a tax. Hardeman lOt on an attempt to add a gross receipts tax on chemicals, 11 to 18. The Senate also turned down a tax on trading stamps by Senator William T. Moore of Bryan and an amendment b y Senator Frank Owen III of El Paso levying a tax of one-half cent per 1,000 cubic feet on gas going into long lineslines moving out of Texas. Corbin proposed an amendment which he said was the last of his “natural resources” suggestions. He wanted a tax on salt water at the rate of one-cent per 1,000 gallons. This was a gig at supporters of the Administration’s water program, Chorus Ain’t a-gonna need this House no longer, Ain’t a-gonna need this House no more! Ain’t got time for Jerry Sadler, Ain’t got time for Curtis Ford, Ain’t got time for Douglas Bergman Nor for Maverick or Berlin Ain’t a-gonna need this House no longer, Let’s go back and run again! This ole House took care of water, This ole House took care of beer, This ole House banned sneaky comics From the Texas atmosphere. This ole House took House Bill Seven, Turned its picture to the wall, Sent some members to the races- And raced ’em back into the Hall! Chorus Ain’t a-gonna need this House no longer, Ain’t a-gonna need this House no more! Ain’t no use to answer Shivers, Ain’t no use to work the floor, Ain’t no use to watch the Senate Filibuster on the Tax Ain’t a-gonna need this House no longer, Let’s go home and face the facts! which will tax West Texans for dams and reservoirs built elsewhere in the state. 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