Higher Charges Assailed at UT Carr Names Goal, Tax Plan AUSTIN As an outgrowth of efforts of students at the University of Texas to test the legality of the new “student fee bill,” a lawsuit, as it was being tentatively shaped this week, would name President Logan Wilson as a defendant, Rev. Weldon Hines, student spokesman, said. Hines, a graduate divinity student, said “the campaign to secure 200 ‘paid in protest’ receipts from students haS been successfully concluded and the next step is to go to court.” Hamilton Lowe, Austin lawyer to whom the students have referred the case, said, “I haven’t yet completed my study of the case but if the students have a cause of action, and I can be of any help, I will.” Hines said the campaign to enlist 200 or more students as paying “under protest” was prompted by legal advice that cases had to involve more than $100 to be carried to the Court of Appeals level. The suit would challenge the legality of a new $2 matriculation , fee and a new $7 student services fee. He said he had been advised by University vice president Lanier Cox that students under 21 could not file a suit, so had endeavored to get “far in excess” of the minimum number of student protestors. Hines said there was “no statutory law” to provide a basis for the matriculation fee and “no statutory authorization”‘ for the student services fee. He added that Cox had discussed with him his efforts to challenge the legality of the fees. He said Cox explained to him that University officials had at first opposed the increased fees but had changed their minds when, as Hines quoted him, ” ‘It appeared the legislature was not going to give the colleges the money they needed.’ ” Hines said he endorsed the University’s stated purpose of becoming a “university of the first class” but said he did “not think levies on students were in accord with that concept.” THE ORIGIN of the controversy dates to the regular session of the 56th legislature when the fee bill was advanced by Chairman William Heatly of the House Appropriations Committee THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 8 October 9, 1959 and Senator William Fly, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Companion bills, authorizing college governing boards to levy student fees in lieu of the $30 matriculation fee then authorized, were introduced in both. houses and ran into rousing floor opposition, led. by Senators Culp Krueger and Henry Gonzalez in the Senate and Reps. Bob Eckhardt and Zake Zbranek in the House. In one of the most personal attacks of the entire seven month session, Gonzalez accused Fly of being a “hypocrite” for using his control of college appropriations as a “blackjack” to get approval of colleges for a bill “the college presidents oppose in principle.” Said Gonzalez, on the floor of the Senate, \(Obs. June for college governing boards when he himself has shown contempt for their activities by ruthlessly slashing their budget requests.” University of Texas budget officer Frank Grayden explained to the Observer how the fees were Increased under the new legislation. “Because the bill did not get a two-thirds majority for immediate effect,” said Grayden, “it didn’t go into effect until October 15th. Because of this legal technicality, we charged a $2 student matriculation fee to cover the period between Sept. 15th and Oct. 15th and also will charge a $7 student services fee under the new bill to run from Oct. 16th to January 31. In the spring, we will just have one fee of $9 for student services.” John Potter of the Texas Legislative Council said the new bill did not authorize any matriculation fees. “As Iunderstand it,” said Potter, “the word ‘matriculation’ has been taken out of the bill …I would say no, you can’t charge it.” Potter’ said the old law authorized a $30 matriculation fee and a $15 blanket tax on a voluntary basis. The effect of the new bill, he said, was to raise authorized compulsory student fees that could be charged by colleges to $30, replacing the voluntary $15 levy and the matriculation fee. The University’s budget officer said the school was relying on a 1955 opinion of Attorney General John Ben Shepperd which, said Grayden, “removed from matriculation the concept that it was a fee collected only for educa / House Speaker Waggoner v Carr stated in El Paso he will run for attorney general and will not seek re-election to the House. He told the El Paso Chamber of Commerce: “Everyone agrees that a sales tax will be in the Texas picture sometime. The only difference of opinion is about when it will come. … At present Texas citizens pay the load for new citizenspeople who come here from elsewhere to enjoy our state without paying their fair share of taxes.” This is as close as Carr has come to endorsing a state sales tax. In Austin he named four conservativesReps. Ramsey, Heatly, Huebner, and Latimerto the legislative budget board. / Rep. James Turman., Gober, is v flipping through pledge cards heavily sprinkled with liberal representatives as he campaigns for House Speaker in 1961. Rep. Byron Tunnell, Tyler, added his name to the candidates for the job. ‘Daddy of State Parks’ Sirs: Your account, in the Observer of Aug. 28, of your visit to the .Mother Neff State Park reminds me of a “thought provoking homily” about how short fame is, but I can not recall the exact words. It would seem from your story that you possibly do not know the history of the Mother Neff State Park, possibly even you do not know the story about the state park system. Surely you do know something about Pat Neff.’ Pat Neff was born a few miles from the park toward our town of McGregor and grew up there, I think until he was grown. His mother owned the ground where the park now is, and while Pat was Governor he was responsible for getting his mother to donate a small tract of a few acres for the first state park. At least that is the way I remember it now, that this was the first stateowned park. On this small piece of ground Pat managed to send some convicts from the state prison to build the wooden taberna tional purposes and broadened its meaning to include non-educational activities.” Grayden said it’s “a fine line, it’s not a court decision, it’s an opinion of the attorney general.” / El Paso Herald-Post and a weekly, the Fort Bend Reporter, opposed Gov. Daniel announcing for a third term. The Herald-Post gave two reasons: Gov. Allan Shivers and President Franklin Roosevelt. The Reporter said Daniel has not been a strong leader. Political Intelligence 7 Michigan’s Gov. G. Mennen Williams will speak to the Texas AFL-CIO convention Nov. 16. Sen. Hubert Humphrey will address the Texas Farmers’ Union Dec. 5. Labor also invited Sen. John Kennedy but he declined. / Sen. Stuart Symington said in Marshall Monday night, at a dinner honoring Rep. Wright Patman, that Sen. Lyndon Johnson would make “a great president.” Allen Duckworth, copyrighting his Dallas News story, said Johnson will be a candidate if “a real ‘moderate’ movement cle, and he selected and had painted on the boards the “homilies” you mentioned. Sometime later Pat gave a large tract of land, some 160 acres adjoining the small park, to the state, which by that time had taken some Steps to set up a state park system and perhaps had already acquired other tracts, due to Pat’s initiative. And about that time the Civilian Conservation Corps was organized and secured one of the camps which was set up on the tract he had given, up ,on the hill out of the river bottom. The large concession building, picnic units, roads, etc., were built by the C.C.C. The collection of artifacts, loom, cattle yokes, etc., were placed there by Pat Neff or some of his friends, and it is strange that there is nothing to tell the visitor anything at all about how all this came about, and stranger that the caretakers did not, possibly could not, give you any more information. It seems to we the Park Board should do something about placing some sort of inscription . in memory of Pat Neff. And it also seems to me that Pat develops in the Democratic Party” and if he is convinced “that the people of his state and moderates of other states really want to battle the liberal element in the Democratic Party.” 7 Daniel was guest at Johnson’s ranch last weekend when the flood struck. A Bell Aircraft helicopter flew Daniel and Mrs. Daniel over the flood waters Sunday so they could get back to Austin, reported Duckworth, evidently a weekend guest, himself. /Daniel and Atty. Gen. Will Wilson left Friday for Washington to argue the Texas tidelands case starting Oct. 12. /Sen. Ralph Yarborough and research assistant Bob Bray visited Padre Island with two Senate TV technicians to make a film boosting the island as a park area. Rep. Joe Kilgore, McAllen, announced he opposes Yarborough’s plan for a park on. most of the island; Kilgore wants 25 miles at each end reserved for private development, he said. Neff’s children would see to it that there is some sort of memorial in his honor there. If something isn’t done soon we old timers who knew Pat Neff very well will all be gone and youngsters like you and my son, who says he knew you in the University, will soon forget him and the rest of us. I can imagine what you experienced with the mosquitoes. I own a pecan grove of some forty acres across the Leon River near the park and have had the mosquitoes give me a fit in the daytime sometimes. Pat Neff had some faults like most of us, but he deserves to be remembered as the daddy of the state park system of Texas. He acquired considerable other land near the park while he was president of Baylor and made frequent visits out here and took a great interest in the park. He made provision in his will, so I understand, for many more acres to go to the state to enlarge this park at some time in the future. 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