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A bank doesfirt have fobs A bank is in business to serve you, not to intimidate you. You trust us with your money, the very least we can do is make you feel welcome. Some welcome fresh air from Austin’s unstuffy bank. INION NATIONAL BAN 11th and Interregional In Union there’s strength. Rich men The top four officials in state government have filed financial disclosure statements showing that all four are wealthy men indeed. Gov . Dolph Briscoe, who provided only the information required by law, has a net worth estimated at $40 million. Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby filed more detailed information, listing a net worth of $599,483 and assets of $3.9 million. Atty. Gen. John Hill also provided information not required by the ethics statute, showing a net worth of $3.2 million and assets of $3.4 million. House Speaker Billy Clayton filed a copy of his income tax returns along with a detailed list of assets and liabilities. He is worth $733,049 and controls assets of $1.1 million. At the same time, Clayton called the present disclosure law a “sham,” pointing out that it does not “indicate much about an elected official’s business investments.” \(It should be pointed out that last session Clayton voted at least twice to allow disclosure documents to be There will be no indictment of National Democratic Committee Chairman Robert Strauss for accepting illegal campaign gifts from the Ashland Oil Co. in 1970. Even if the lawyers in the Watergate special prosecutor’s office had decided the matter was worth pursuing they couldn’t. Last summer Rep. Philip limitations on violations of the Campaign Spending Act reduced from five to three years. Strauss and Burton both insist that the legislation had nothing to do with Strauss’ difficulties. Quiz time. What Texas city has a 30-year-old Jewish mayor and a council consisting of a black man, a brown man, a blind millionaire, and three women? You’re right, it sure ain’t Dallas. In the May runoffs, John Trevino, who works for a carpet company, and Margret Hofmann, a naturalized German-American with an affinity for trees, beat out their conservative opponents to give the new Austin City Council a 5-2 liberal majority. Texas has never seen anything like this before. Comptroller Bob Bullock pulled another first recently by sending employees of his Austin and San Antonio offices \(along with personnel from the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the AG’s office, the DPS, and the San Antonio Antonio liquor concern. The three-store chain has been evading sales taxes to the tune of $300,000 or so, according to Bullock, who also noted that the raids marked “the first time in modern history” that the comptroller’s power of seizure had vote. Well, Sam Kinch, Jr., of The Dallas Morning News was on it like a chicken on a june bug, and News readers were treated to a five-day front page series \(“Ghost Rider Clears Retirement Pay Hike,” “Legislators until the House voted, 139-2, for a resolution recommending that Governor Briscoe sign the bill. That, explained Rep. Jim Nugent, should do for a record vote on the thing. 8 The Texas Observer The Outpost Austin’s Best Barbecue 11:30-7:30 Daily, Except Sunday David and Marion Moss 345-9045 Highway 183 North MARTIN ELFANT SUN LIFE OF CANADA LIFE HEALTH DENTAL 600 JEFFERSON SUITE 430 HOUSTON, TEXAS 224-0686 It didn’t, of course. Rep. Frank Gaston, control, and the people where I come from a Dallas Republican, suggested that the don’t want gun control.” News pay for the time the House spent on the follow-up resolution, and complained that Kinch had not emphasized the fact that only a few legislators would ever qualify for the maximum pension mentioned so prominently in the News. And Sen. Bill Moore made an angry speech accusing Kinch of being a “frustrated member of the Legislature” \(of being bitter because he could not dictate policy to last year’s Constititutional Convention as he did, according to Moore, to Price Daniel’s House in 1973. The Senate approved a resolution favoring the bill, too. The House has passed a bill prohibiting smoking in certain public places, including elevators, theaters, movie houses, libraries, museums, hospitals, public schools, trains, and airplanes. Smokers will be allowed to congregate in designated areas within the otherwise smoke-free halls. They will also be allowed to puff away at the Capitol, thanks to a 14-vote margin that defeated an amendment to extend the ban to the statehouse. The bill goes back to the Senate, which had previously passed it, for action on House amendments. The House tentatively approved, then killed, Rep. Ben Reyes’ bill to outlaw the manufacture and sale of “Saturday night specials.” The first time around, Reyes talked the bill through a 66-61 squeaker as a “law’n’order bill,” claiming that 73 percent of the policemen shot to death in the last decade were killed with cheap handguns. Two days later, the House voted with Rep. Bob Hendricks of McKinney, who said, “I am against this bill for one reason. It opens the door to gun 1.4,0,901. :