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uhc 3 - Utah's Legislators Face 3-Week Push (Continued...
Utah's Legislators Face 3-Week Push (Continued From Page 1) public education and social services before we'll know where we're going," he said. Those three subcommittees, comprised of both senators and House members, deal with the greatest bulk of state spending. The total budgets in each area exceed $100 million, and public education is nearly $200 million. Se. Reed Bullen, R-Logan, chairman of higher education, predicted the subcommittee would wind up its work today, with a recommendation for each institution of higher learning in the state. Sen. Kzra Clark, R-Bountiful, chairman of social services, said welfare and medical assistance budgets are the stumbling blocks in his sub-committee. "We have to decide if we are going to increase the allowance for welfare payments, as the governor has asked, or keep it down," Clark said. The Social Services Department now pays on the basis of 75 per cent of what is called the minimum needs budget.Gov. Rampton has asked the legislature to increase the allowance to 80 per cent of minimum need. Public Education is also expected to wind up this week, with a recommendation for the public schools in the coming year. The Senate hopes to get into some of the big bills which haven't been discussed on the floor yet. Several pollution bills are ready for floor action, while others are still being worked on in the committees. Two bills which would have set up strict regulations for subdivides have had a bad time in committee and will be reported to the Senate with an unfavorable recommendation. The bills, sponsored by Sen. Dixie Leavitt, R-Cedar City and Sen. Ernest Dean, D-American Fork, are companions of the Utah Land Use Act, which is still in committee. Other measures which may come out of the committees soon include no-fault insurance for automobiles, the Provo- Jordan River Parkway and a bill to consolidate manpower planning activities. Important bills in the House include one to regulate the relations between landlords and tenants, one to eliminate the state property tax and the Uniform Consumer Practices Act. The state property tax of 4.6 mills should be eliminated, says Gov. Rampton, who has the measure tied in with some new methods of financing the public school system. The Uniform Consumer Practices Act has the backing of Attorney General Vernon B. Romney, and would give his office some new powers to act against unscrupulous businesses. It would also outlaw certain trade practices.

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 20 Feb 1973, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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