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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 4

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, March 24, 1998
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At 4A THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 s&StoiUS Panel rejects plan to have committee draw districts that survived to give counties the right to regulate gun shows, but her abstention killed a proposal that would have required government to show a "compelling interest" before interfering in religion. That last proposal had been separated from a larger group of proposals but failed on its own. That left the commission with 33 proposed changes in nine groupings for voters to approve or reject on the Nov. 3 ballot. The commission, which gathers once every 20 years, is scheduled to meet for a final time May 5. It is supposed to be largely a ceremonial occasion, with no substantive changes, but then again, Monday's meeting was originally to be only about grouping, not killing, proposals. "We've still got May 5," said National Rifle Association President Marian Hammer, who vowed to try to defeat the gun-control measure. By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Staff Writer TALLAHASSEE Last-minute lobbying by lawmakers killed a constitutional amendment Monday that would have required that an appointed commission not active politicians draw election districts. Gun control and "little ERA" measures survived, and a religious-freedom measure died, as the Constitution Revision Commission met to decide the final groupings and language for changes to appear on the November ballot. The defeat of the appointed-commission proposal, so late in the process, came as a bitter disappointment to groups who hoped it would help take politics out of the process of drawing election . districts. The state legislature too often skews the system to protect incumbents, week since the last vote, with two members James Madison Institute chairman Stanley Marshall, who switched sides, and Miami-Dade state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, who abstained. All involved denied there were any deals cut. "I was troubled as I looked at this issue more carefully," Marshall said. "The commission was not really as independent as I thought it was." He noted a 17-member commission would have been "political" too appointed by the House speaker, the Senate president, and minority leaders in both chambers yet not directly accountable to voters. Rundle said she abstained because of the concerns of black and Hispanic legislators, who felt they would get better representation under the current system. Rundle figured prominently in two other measures: She sponsored a proposal no excuse to cut your conversation short. Introducing AT&T Digital PCS for as low as 9i a minute and $40 off digital phones. For the text of the proposed amendments, go to Palm Beach Interactive: they said. "We fought clean. They fought dirty. They won," said Sally Spener, executive director of Common Cause Florida, a voter group favoring an appointed commission. Spener said she referred to the personal lobbying of House Speaker-designate John Thrasher, who could be seen lobbying commission members minutes before the meeting began. "Just because I'm a legislator doesn't mean I've lost my right to talk to the Constitution Revision Commission," Thrasher said. "The legislature obviously let members know how we felt about it." Thrasher acknowledged talking, in the bw there's MWgjf BifetW. Him.' better time to sign up for AT&T digital phones, there's automatic largest digital wireless network Beach Post Staff and Wire Reports a Quarter mil lion Floridians sailed through another House committee Monday, carrying $88 million of the $100 million in tax cuts chamber lead-ers have promised for mm !3 'CAPITAL NOTEBOOK 2fi?xt vear. Zz he statp s inrancfib es tax jurrently kicks in for singles who SfSvn more than $25,000 in stocks J-'apd bonds or couples who own v'fiiore than $45,000. The bill raises K-tfat threshold to $80,000 for sin-Slgle "filers and $100,000 for cou-Jrples. S; Shlrlsh Date telemarketers beware TAT T ATTARR Nr. mnrp fE-2flnoying phone calls from politi-fe'clans looking for your vote or Jtiiarities looking for your money, 'according to a bill sponsored by Kep. Mark Ogles, R-Bradenton, it'nd Sen. Ron Klein, D-Boca Rail ton..The two legislators said their Tt,lll would increase the restric-;Iipns in the state's "No Sales So- lieitation Calls" list. Residents pay i20 to get on the list, which pro-Jrtects them from telemarketers. J:Ahout 84,000 Floridians have al-;rady joined. The new bill says K-Miticians, educational institu- telis, charities, religious organi-lzations, political parties and fiewspaper subscription depart-f tnjents can no longer call anyone imlthelist Organizations can still IjCall anyone who owes a debt, or Jtaflyone with whom they've done I;lJsiness in the past year. Mary Lou Pickel &Bill would Kijut interest ft)r title loan companies t;4ders say that slashing interest rates gfrpm 264 percent to 30 j;;p&rcent would drive i:jfje'm out of business. ;'0y;Shirish Date 'Pmeach Post Staff Writer jg5;TALLAHASSEE Business-fce?&ho can almost double their jjjjfctments legally in just four jjvjSojiths by lending against car ti-rIeS niay be closer to extinction. rOC', bill cutting the allowable ptrttefest rate for most such "title kKfaWs" from the current 264 per-CHiefit per year down to 30 percent $d-peC year easily cleared the House iKKhancial Services Committee on HMoiJday on a 9-1 vote. fHT-v-lndustry lobbyists say that the iTDO outfits in the state writing the fcldans can't possibly remain prof-p-Hfable charging 30 percent per vK!It doesn't regulate the in-jjJduSby. It just puts them out of tJjbjismess," said Don Tucker, a tw former House speaker and now a fj'ljobTjyist for Atlanta-based Title fil Loans of America, j Hi-! Critics, such as House bill jip'onsor Rep. Bill Sublette, R-1"tfelindo, said that the interest S.-rate; the industry wants 22 Sfcefeent per month for the first iiiW& months, 1.5 percent per P' month thereafter is still much Hkhigh. jjHKAccording to Tucker's own t-Jteajrnony, the typical loan P nicker said there have been mil-C EonS since 1995 is worth about tJ $409 and lasts four months, pro Jt .;ducmg $352 in interest H'jpi Because the average loan is 'Virth between one fourth and j Mehalf of the value of the car, the i Justnesses also make a huge IfTfrtifit even in the 5 percent of Jhoses where the car is repos-Jf .ic5sed, critics said. Under the 5 jturrent law, the lender is allowed pHo keep all the proceeds from the p'lsale of the car, not just enough to Cirpay the loan. STjT--- !For a thousand dollars, they jK)t 3 5i4.uuu truck, complained ipeimis Harris, a computer ensji-fleer from Orlando who borrowed ;.;'gainst his 1992 Isuzu Rodeo to -tay some bills between jobs. He -aid he didn't realize he was late J " on a payment until he woke up P. Christmas Eve to find his truck X- missing. Tou miss a payment, I'.- your car is gone." 'v Although there is a Senate companion to Sublette's proposal by Sen. Charles Williams. D-Live Oak. the version more likely to pass that chamber is the measure sponsored by Sen. W.I). Childers, RPensacola. That proposal would still continue to allow the 22 percent per mor.'h for the first four months. 12 5 1 HTALLAHASSEE A plan to eA ffitinate a tax on investments for tltiX"'. a Quarter mil- 233000900000 S E ' iniillss - i mm rfif'WWPlil'w There couldn't be a and a great deal on fee. All that on the Digital PCS. Besides low home airtime rates credit programs available and no activation in North America. AT&T Wireless Services The following rates apply for the first three months: Customer 200 500 1200 2000 c . . f mmutts for minutes for minutes for minutes for Grantee $292- $49.?5L $99., $49.??. It's all within your reach. 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