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been used. It was also the kind of action that has been getting Bullock good press lately. Both The Houston Post and The Austin American Statesman have done pieces on him recently. Jon Ford of the Austin paper commented, “On his better days, he has been known to make more hard news than all the other major officials put together,” and went on to list the “hot ones” that Bullock has taken on, including public superport ownership, the Texas presidential primary, and the possibility that legislators will have to pass a $2 billion tax bill next session. Which led naturally to Bullock’s telling Ford, “Who knows? I might run for governor.” Mar 23, 1975 9 LBJr.’s bill passes Austin Texas will have itself a presidential primary in 1976, unless Gov. Dolph Briscoe confounds everyone by vetoing the thing. Both the House and the Senate have approved the “Bentsen bill,” which sets up a one-time-only primary for the benefit of U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s presidential campaign. Rep. Tom Schieffer of Fort Worth, the bill’s House sponsor \(see Obs., last as permanent state policy, saying he would try to re-enact it in 1977. The bill had spent a month in conference committee, during which time exactly two meetings of the committee were held. One was at 8:30 a.m. of the day the bill was reported out; the other was at 12:30 p.m. the same day. There might have been only one meeting, except that Sens. Bob Gammage of Houston and Raul Longoria of Edinburg voted against the proposed conference committee report at the morning session because they had not read it. \(Two votes were enough to block Senate conferees’ approval because one of the five senators, Peyton McKnight, was ill Rep. Sarah Weddington of Austin, a House conferee, also had not read the report. In fact, she had to ask Schieffer for a copy at the first meeting. Schieffer had not provided her with a copy because, as he said, “Mrs. Weddington is never going to support the bill.” Under questioning from newsmen between the two meetings, Schieffer expounded further on his notions about fairness in conference committees. He said he saw nothing wrong with his furnishing advance copies only to those House conferees who he thought would support his proposed report. He explained that he had talked to Weddington the day she was appointed to the committee, and that “my door has been open” ever since. He denied that he had tried to exclude Weddington from consideration of the proposed report by not giving her a copy of it. He denied that it was unfair to ask members to vote on a report they had not read. “I’m just trying to pass something,” he said. “Mrs. Weddington is opposed to it. That’s her right . . . I don’t see why I have to help her.” After that interlude, the second meeting was an anticlimax. Weddington, having read the bill, asked a series of questions and got a minor amendment adopted. Then she joined the other eight conferees in voting out the report, 9-0. The bill, as finally passed, retains the Senate’s “self-destruct” clause, which provides that after the 1976 primary the Legislature will have to pass another bill or let the idea of a Texas primary wither. In the 1976 primary, 75 percent of Texas’ delegates to the national party conventions will be chosen on a winner-take-all basis in each senatorial district. The other 25 percent would be chosen by party conventions at the state level, using whatever method the respective parties think is appropriate. Schieffer and Senate sponsor Don Adams of Jasper say that the bill will meet Democratic Party rules on delegate selection. They produced a letter from Mark Siegel, executive director of the Democratic National Committee, which said, “I have concluded that to the best of my knowledge, the final version of the bill is in conformity” with Democratic rules. Liberal organizer Billie Carr responded immediately with a press release calling Siegel “an errand boy and pencil-pusher who will write anything on Democratic Party letterhead Bob Strauss tells him to.” State Comptroller Bob Bullock weighed in with an estimate that the primary would cost the state $200,000 and that “there are at least 200,000 better ways to use that money.” Carr intends to ask the national party’s Compliance Review Commission to take a look at the bill. \(There was a difference of opinion among the conferees as to whether or not that request had already been made. Schieffer and Adams said they had asked for a commission opinion on the bill. 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