Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 6, 1968 · Page 4
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PAGE 4 BETWEEN HOUSE, SENATE T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N Budget Maneuvering Apparent PHOENIX (AP) - The appropriations committees of the House and Senate were jockeying for position with each other today. House Chairman John Pritzlaff, R-Maricopa, says his forces have finished shaping up the budget and are chomping at the bit for a confrontation with the Senate committee. Senate Chairman Thomas Knoles, D-Coconino, argues that his committee is just as ready as the House. But the earliest probable joint appropriations meeting would be tomorrow night. "It will be at least next Wednesday before we can have the budget bill ready for the floor if we don't have a joint m e e t i n g before Thursday night," Pritzlaff says. It's also expected to be next week before the House has finished work rewriting a Senate- passed bill to revamp the Arizona Industrial Commission. The House Commerce and Industry Committee heard testimony Tuesday from a national authority on industrial insurance. Andrew Kalmykow of New York City, counsel for the American Insurance Associ- ation, discussed the problems with the legislators. A hearing was held this morning by the House Labor and Management Committee on an industrial safety code which is proposed as a part of the bill. The House Appropriations C o m m i t t e e apparently shot down one Senate-passed measure which would have provided $60,000 in state funds to help pay for iocal treatment centers for alcoholics and drug addicts The bill, which would have called for a 10 per cent surcharge on all fines for drunken driving to help pay for the pro- gram, failed to get enough votes to clear the committee. A surprising attempt to raise the annual vehicle registration fee apparently fizzled out Tuesday night in the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee. Yavapai County Assessor Joe Baldwin suggested that a bill be On Politics Waiting Game Under Way By Dick Casey, Citizen Political Writer PHOENIX - This final week of the Arizona Legislature when lawmakers draw pay for their work has been unusually quiet. On the surface, that is. Last week was an unusually active six days with both the Senate and House busy with committee work, bill-passing and debate. But the ninth week, which began Monday, seems to have turned into a wait-and-see-what- the - other - guy - has - up his - sleeve proposition. Senate President Marshall Humphrey complains that the House has been sending lots of its own bills over to the Senate but very few Senate bills. "That's not the way to get out of here in a hurry," he said. He referred to the fact (hat Sunday is the 63rd day of the present regular session. If lawmakers work after that -- and it looks like a week of overtime at this point -- legislators won't get paid. What is developing is that both houses are lining up in position to put the pressure on the other house for their pet bills. For instance, one of the pel House bills is the state merit system bill which is now in conference committee after the Senate cut up the bill with amendments. . The author is Rep. Scott Alex- ander, R-Pima, chairman of the House State Government Committee. It isn't by chance that Alexander's committee is sitting on several bills important to the Senate. There were a Few scattered committee meetings this week but as of the middle of the week not a whole lot of activity worth noting. This, too, is typical of the end of a session, primarily because a lot of behind-closed-doors work is being done. Both the House and Senate appropriations committees are engaged in ultra-secret sessions, whipping the state operating budget into shape. amended so that the registration fee would go up from the current $6.25 to $7 per vehicle. He said the money is needed to bring the handling of the licensing out of the red. Several committee members objected to such a proposal late in the season, and especially idea of "jacking up" another bill to get the measure to the floor. One bill was ready for delivery to the governor today. Passed by the House was a Senate bill to set the liquor import quola of the state at the same as the federal limit, which currently is one quart every 31 days. The bill also requires that a person must physically bring the liquor across the border himself and be an adult. The Senate today received a complex House bill to set up new procedures for handling trials of persons who plead innocent of criminal charges because of insanity. This cleared the House by a narrow 32-18 margin Tuesday. Otepka Hearing Set Tomorrow WASHINGTON (UPI) -Otto F. Otepka will get a hearing before a U.S. Civil Service Commission examiner Thursday in a new appeal of his demotion from a top security job at the State Department. The examiner will prepare recommendations for submission to the commission's appeal board, which in turn will report to the full commission. Otepka was demoted to nonsecurity duties and officially reprimanded by Secretary of State Dean Rusk last Dec. 9 after an investigation that lasted four years. He was charged with giving confidential documents to the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee in violation of a Presidential order. V/EDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1968 Countess, City Visitor, Dies On Trip To Coast LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) Lady Margaret Howard, countess of England's Suffolk and Berkshire counties, died Tuesday of a heart attack suffered during a flight to Los Angeles. The 88-year-old dowager countess, en route from her winter home near Tucson, to visit her younger son, Cecil J.A. Howard of Beverly Hills, complained of faintness shortly after takeoff, said Elfada Pohl, Lady Margaret's personal nurse. The countess, the former Marguerite Leiter of Chicago, purchased a ranch near Oracle in 1957. Clinton Moser, pilot of her twin-engine plane, radioed Fox Field's tower in Lancaster that a medical emergency was aboard and an ambulance was needed. Just before landing Miss Pohl said, Lady Margaret lost consciouness. She was rushed to Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, some 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Her son said funeral plans are indefinite. The countess was christened Marguerite but used the name Margaret. Since the death of her husband in 1934, Lady Margaret had spent her summers in London and occupied a winter home in Arizona. High School Choral Event Set Tomorrow The Tucson High School Area Choral Festival will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the THS boys' gymnasium. Participating schools include THS, Mansfeld, Safford and Spring Junior Highs and choral groups from 11 elementary schools. Directing will be Carroll Rinehart, coordinator of elemenatry music in School District 1, and Dr. Max Ervin, music education director for the district. Ambassador Quits W A S H I N G T O N (AP) ~ Franklin H. Williams has resigned as U.S. ambassador to Ghana effective June 1. Hearing Due March 19 On Licavoli Rezoning After four attempts in nine years, Pete Licavoli appears closer than ever before to getting the rezoning he wants for residential and apartment development of his Grace Ranch. The County Board of Supervisors yesterday set March 19 for a final decision. Chairman Thomas Jay said the board wants to get the case decided as soon as possible. One thing in Licavoli's favor is that the Tanque Verde Valley Association is willing to see whether it can find a solution acceptable to its members. The association has opposed the rezoning flatly in the past. Robert Hillock, legal adviser to the supervisors, told the board Licavoli had agreed to conditions designed to stave off protests from neighbors in the Wrightstown Road area. This includes working out a drainage problem. The supervisors four times have turned down rezoning asked by the former Detroit mobster, the last time in May. Licavoli then went to court. The matter is still in court and a trial date is set for May. Before the board is a compromise to end the suit. A reduced residential density and solution of the drainage problem is basis for the compromise. Why juggle a lot of credit cards? You only need one credit card in Arizona when you buy a box of the world's best food protection! Saran Wrap clings best, seals best, protects your food best. No other wrap measures up. No bag does, either. Buy Saran Wrap* food wrap-and save a lot of food. 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