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A-10 TOE STATE JOLR.VAL Thurs., Dec. 12, 1963 Ltniinii Miehiian House Kills County Officer Holdover Hopes Democrats Forestall Bill Vote Strange'g Tho Extra . Years Service Plan " Doomed by Caucus t By BEN BURNS United Press International . The House killed county offi cers' hopes of getting two extn years -in office Wednesday with out ever debating "the $64 ques tion." ; Rep. Russell Strange, R-Clare, the bill's sponsor, faced by a Democratic caucus position op posing the measure, decided there was no point in continuing the battle and the bill went back to committee without ever coming to a vote. "The Democrats decided to make a partisan issue out of this," Strange said. "I could have named 15 Democrats who Vere going to vote for the bill before the caucus and when .they walked out I didn't have any." College By Any Other Name 'Costs Us More9 Journal Capitol Bureau Veteran State Sen. Frank D. Beadle, R-St. Clair, tends toward nostalgic sentimentality when it comes to changing the names of state colleges and universities. After the Senate voted Wednesday to change Michigan College of Mining and Technology to Michigan Technology University, Beadle stood up with one of his famous poems. "I'm one of those sentimental old fools "Who's moved by changing the names of these schools. "They're top schools now, the best in their line, "They'll be no better, new names to assign. "They'll do a good job, as they've always done, "They'll add to the honors already won. "Not due to their names history proves the real score, "With these status symbols they'll just cost us more." Kelley Charges 'Plot' To Subvert Document Rights Pay Row Splits Senators Approve Komney's Bid to Restore Cut In Director Salary Journal Capitol Bureau The Senate split 11-10 and 18 14 after a snarling floor fight over restoring the $19,000 salary requested by Gov. Romney for the new Civil Rights Commis sion staff director. Approved was an increase of $4,000 over the salary recommended by the Senate Appropriations Committee. In the House, a Senate-approved basic Civil Rights bill, outlining the statutory authority and procedures for the commis sion, went to the House State Affairs Committee graveyard of civil rights legislation in pre vious years. It seemed doubtful, however, that the House committee head ed by Rep. Lloyd Gibbs, R-Port-land, would make substantial changes in the bill which passed the Senate Tuesday by a thump ing 33-0 vote. As far as I m concerned. DETROIT (AP) Atty. Gen.lpected, followed by two days Frank Kellev has chartred that his charge that an effort was Strange said that he hadlsome members of the Michigan'undcay bv some lawmakers counted about 45 RepublicansLegislature are trying-in theom uer legislative1 said Gibbs. "the language in the who would have gone along w.thspedal sessio ,0 impicment control g constitution on this subject is Jonh KowaNki Detroit the new constitution-to 'ignore,! He also criticized proposals'a kind of twilight zone. I don't H V L'i hiv am nn i evade and even subvert" the to hold county officials in office, know if we could even make rule. There just wasn't very much sentiment favoring the bill." Strange said the implements- tion committee would review all the alternatives and see if it can come up with a palatable solution early next year. An alternative might be to pass a referendum which would say "notwithstanding the provi sions of the constitution, the 1964 election of county officers would be for two years. The constitution provides for the election of the county offi cers every four years at the same time as the governor. It also provides for the governor's first four-year election to take place in 1966, which leaves a two year gap to fill for county officers. In other action during the final day for passage of bills in the House of origin, the House passed 37 measures and killed four by sending them back to committee. ' The four other bills that were killed in the House by sending them back to committee, dealt with township officers and their election dates; a county auditor bill which would have incorpa-rated a four-year term provision and two bills which would have changed the Detroit spring election to the fall. Classroom Approvals Top 1962 Class room construction ap provals for the first 11 months of 1963 already have passed the 1962 total, reports the State Department of Public Instruc tion. The department has approved - the construction of 3,668 elementary, secondary and higher education classrooms for both public "and non-public schools so far this year. The total for 1962 was , 3.562. ; Lynn Bartlett, State Superin "tendent of Public Instruction, said this was the second year in a row that school construction has not only met current requirements but also cut into the back log of needed school facilities, Bartlett said 60,493 public ele mentary and secondary classrooms are now in use in Michigan. An additional 3,072 will be completed this year. - He estimated the state still has an immediate shortage of 5,500 to 6,000 classrooms and will need an additional 2,000 to 2,500 each .year to meet enrollment in- - creases and replace obsolete . classrooms. meaning of the document. ian extra two years and to give The attorney general said incumbency labels to appointed these legislators whom he did: judges running for election. not name are attempting to Both of these were beaten 'make the constitution their in the House Wednesday, and personal captive, kidnaping it Kelley hastened to "congrat- from the people of Michigan to whom it belongs." In the process, he told an organization of retired FBI agents here Wednesday, the "rule of law is. showing some wear around the edges. Kelley s blast, though unex ulate the majority of the leg islators for these actions. He also praised Gov. George Romney for insisting on "fol lowing the constitutional mandates of the people." Kelley has ruled formally that the Civil Rights Commission powers cannot be ab rogated by the Legislature, and that the county officials hold over and the incumbency desig nation for appointed judges would be unconstitutional. "There are those in the Leg islature, however, who though sworn to uphold the constitution. are turning their backs upon it and endeavoring to take actions which the constitution pro hibits," said Kelley. Judge Bout Hangs Fire Journal Capitol Bureau The House and Senate faced each other today from opposite sides of a hot political quarrel over incumbency designation for appointed judges on the nonpartisan judicial ballot. The ballot label is considered to give an advantage to judges seeking reelection and the Constitutional Convention attempted to restrict its use to judges who earned their Incumbency by election. But despite the Con-Con record and an opinion by Atty. Gen. Frank J. Kelley, the Senate voted 21-7 on straight party lines Monday to grant the label to judges appointed to fill court va cancies. This would be of assistance to judges appointed by Gov. Rom ney over the past 11 months who will be seeking election next year. A bloc of House Republicans failed in a bid to match the Senate's action, however. The House passed a bill Wednesday restricting the label to elected judges only. Between now and next Tuesday's deadline for passing all bills, each house will have the chance 4o change the other's bill. Some lawmakers predicted bers on existing 1-96 in Berrien the dispute will be settled finally Van Buren and Allegan counties in a House - Senate conference will be replaced by 1-196 mark-committee, ers. Goussy to Take Genesee Post Robert Goussy said Wednesday he is quitting his job with the criminal division of the attor ney general's office to become chief trial lawyer for Genesee County Prosecutor Robert Leonard. Goussy, who will resign Jan. 1. has been a member of the attorney general's staff since 1960. Route Number Changes Slated Route number changes in Western Michigan approved recently by the American Association of State Highway Officials will take effect the second week in January, state spokesmen said today. The present 1-196 from Grand Rapids to Muskegon will be designated 1-96 and route num- Bipartisan Highway Measure Left Stranded Journal Capitol Bureau mittee by Wednesday's deadline A Senate bill to authorize Gov. Romney to appoint the four-member, bi-partisan State Highway Commission created in the new Constitution to replace Democratic State Highway Commissioner John C. Mackie was left stranded and dead in com- Justice Fee System Kept, Salary Plan Abandoned ' Journal Capitol Bureau expects the fee system to be V, The Senate - Judiciary Com- challenged soon after the new Tmittee . abandoned its plans constitution takes effect and the Wednesday to replace the fee Legislature should provide for system of paying justices of the peace with a salary to be fixed by trustees in each township. j Sen. Farrell E. Roberts, R-Pontiac, committee chairman, and Sen. William D. Ford, D-.Taylor, sponsor of the bills, said "this is too big a legal bite for the Legislature to chew" in the limited time 'remaining in the . current special session. Both agreed, however, that 'the bills will be held ready for - emergency action in the regular . legislative session which con-- venes Jan 8. '- The question was raised be-1 ' cause of a provision in the new state constitution wnicn torDios paying any judge on the .basis - of court fees. Atty. Gen. Frank J. Kelley ruled earlier this year the fee i system for justices of the peace .could remain in effect until the Legislature replaces the JP courts with a new lower court ? system within the next five years as required by the consti- ' tut ion Salmon Given Fishy Look Game Men Want Trout First in Great Lakes an alternative system of nay. "There are 48 counties in cal University Michigan with no municipal, passed a similar bill. for passing bills. Sen. Garry E. Brown, R Schoolcraft, proposed that the commisson be appointed after Jan. 1 to sit as a sort of ad visory board to Mackie until the incumbent commissioner's term expires June 30, 1965. A companion bill to pay the commissioner's $25 a day for meetings during the 18 months before they take full charge of the department also died in committee Wednesday. The Senate did clear all its bills from the calendar, how ever. Approved were bills to: Change the name of Mich igan College of Mining and Tech' nology to Mihcigan Technologi- The House any changes." NO CHANGES GREEN House Speaker Allison Green R-Kingston, said: "It would be my hope that no further changes would "be necessary. Before the Senate passed tne bill, it made certain that rules drawn up by the commission would be subject to legislative review by bringing the commission action under the State Administrative Procedures Act. Both Romney and Atty. Gen. Frank J. Kelley said they doubt the Legislature has the authority to so restrict the commission which is created by the new state constitution. Sen. Garry E. Brown, R- Schoolcraft, a member of the House-Senate committee which drafted new laws to implement the constitution said he even has doubts about the Legislature's authority to fix the salary of the commission s siaii director. But partisan unity disap peared as both parties split over a move by Sens. Stanley G. Thayer, R-Ann Arbor, and Garland B. Lane, D-Flint, to raise the salary to $19,000. The amendment was aproved 11-10 during preliminary debate A motion by veteran senate economy watchdog Elmer K Porter. R-Blissfield. to scrap the Thayer - Lane amendment just before the final vote on the bill was defeated in a 14-18 roll call vote. Four Democrats and 10 Republicans voted for For ter's amendment. Six Demo crats and 12 Republicans were opposed. REQUESTED SALARY Thayer said the higher salary was requested by the men appointed by Romney to sit on the commission Jan. l, because of the difficulty of attracting competent and experienced men for the job He said New York state pays its commissioners $19,000 a year (compared to $25 a day proposed for Michigan commissioners) and its director is paid $23,000 a year. Sen. John T. Bowman, D- Roseville, said the $19,000 salary is out of line with other comparable staff jobs in state govern ment and the differential would be unfair to other state em ployes and Porter and Sen. Clyde H. Geerlings, R-Holland warned that the higher salary only sets a pattern for raising all state salanes. The salary increase added only $2,000 to the six -month budget for the commission. Thayer agreed to committee cuts which eliminated seven civ il service employes and a Grand Rapids office from the budget asked by the governor. The final budget approved by the Senate was $175,135 com' pared to $180,000 asked by Rom ney. About $91,575 will be trans ferred from the Fair Employment Practices Commission ac count. The FEPC is abolished by the law establishing the new commission By BOB VOGES Associated Press Writer A proposal by a state Senator that the Great Lakes be stocked with salmon has received only a fishy look of disapproval from the State Conservation Depart ment. Sen. Charles Blondy, D-De- troit, made the suggestion in a resolution introduced Wednes day. He asked that the State Con servation Department be re quested to "revive and acceler ate a vigorous program of plant ing the Great Lakes with vari ous species of salmon." If the salmon thrive, said Blondy, it would mean a major boost for both the Commercial fish industry and a tourist at traction for game fishermen. M. J. DeBoer, chief of field management for the fish di vision of the conservation de partment, threw cold water on the idea. "A salt water species usually doesn't do as well in fresh wa ter," DeBoer explained. "I don't think this is a suitable fish for the Great Lakes or that it ever would be abundant enough to become a sports fish." The recent flurry about sal mon in the Great Lakes was caused, DeBoer said, because some pink salmon accidentally escaped from a fish hatchery at Port Arthur, Ont., in 1956. They found their way into Lake Ontario and a few survived and have spawned. These salmon spawn every two years and the descendants of the fish fugitives now are in their tmra generation. There have been 10 known catches, DeBoer said, nine inj Vlinnesota and Ontario waters and one in Michigan. The Michigan catch was a 13-inch pink salmon taken by an agler last spring at the mouth of the Falls River at Keweenaw Bav. The fish were due to spawn again this fall. Some were seen in Minnesota streams but there were no recorded catches. The main concern of Great Lakes fish experts now is the rehabilitation of the once-abundant population of lake trout, badly hit by the sea lamprey. The lake trout is a member of the salmon family that has adapted itself to fresh water Canada also is doing some work with the plantine of the brook trout and the lake trout that shows a good potential for adopting itself to Great Lakes waters. DeBoer said Michigan, Wis consin and Minnesota have a pact that no exotic fish species will be planted in the Great Lakes without prior discussion and agreement. "I don t think we d again any thing by trying to plant any exotic species," DeBoer said. "We'd rather have the moneyi to help the lake trout program." , Honor Volunteers Gov. Romney has proclaimed Dec. 16 as Michigan United Fund spiaKe. mis is a cross between Volunteers Day. Compromise on Dunes Faces Rough Going GLEN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) The compromise bill for crea tion of a Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore park in Northwest Michigan still faces opposition from those who op posed the original plan. Ove Jensen, chairman of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Citizens Council, said Wednesday he is still opposed to the compromise plan approved by a Senate subcommittee in Washington be cause it provides for condemnation of private property. Jensen said that provision should be stricken because the federal government should not resort to Governor Looks to Next Year Gov. George Romney, after seeing that the present special legislative session on constitutional implementation is rolling along in smooth fashion, is looking forward to next year and the work the lawmakers will have theji to make Michigan's new constitution fully operative. Romney held a meeting with Republican legislative leaders Wednesday and urged them to hold a bipartisan meeting before the end of the special session to discuss reorganization of state government. The new constitution gives the Legislature two years to consolidate Michigan's various agen cies, departments, boards and commissions into a network of no more than 20 major departments. Estimates of how many departments now exist in state government range from 115 to more than 150. If the Legislature does not comply the job of reorganiza- condemnation of private proper ty for recreation purposes. The compromise plan would j tion falls to the governor's of- create a 40,000 acre park, ajfice for handling by executive little more than half the size of i fiat. the proposal made by Michigan bens. Philip Hart and Pat Mc Namara, but 3,000 acres larger than a rival plan proposed by Kep. Robert P. Griffin R-Mich. It would have a 33-mile shore line but would extend inland on ly between one and two miles, It would not take in either Glen Lake or Platte Lake, center of much of the opposition by homeowners to the Hart-McNa mara bill. "Reorganization is one of the big matters for the next regular session," Romney said. The governor said, Reorgan ization is initially a legislative and not an executive matter. The interim committee on implementation and its staff are working to prepare recommen dations. Before this session adjourns I would hope to see some meetings for making recommendations," Romney said. Ford said, however, that he fiscal year. courts so that if the justice courts closed down because of no pay, citizens would be denied their constitutional right in those counties to be arraigned forth with on criminal charges," Ford said. Generally, the bills before the Judiciary Committee propose: Salaries for justices of the peace to be fixed by township trustees in each township. Court costs and other fees collected in each justice court and paid to the county would be reunbursed to the township gen- eral fund to be used for paying salaries and court administra tive costs. Where salaries and adminis trative costs exceed the fee col lections, the township general fund would make up the difference. Fee money not used for court administration and jus tices salaries would revert to the county at the end of each Declare by statute that ar chitects, engineers and land surveyors are members of the same profession for licensing pur poses. P e r m i t corporations and building and loan associations to take advantage of the provi sion in the new state constitu tion which removes the present 30-year limit on corporate life. Implement language in the new constitution placing Mich igan Tech, Ferris State College and Grand Valley State College under constitutionally autono mous boards of control. Remove the statutory authority of the State Board of Education over the regional univer sities and repeal the board's degree and teacher certificate-granting powers at these uni versities Provide laws governing the use and custody of the Great Seal of Michigan to replace con City-Township Population Pact Approval Given Journal Capitol Bureau A city and township can by mutual agreement officially rec ognize a change in the distribution of population as between themselves following a n n e xa- tion of territory by petition and resolution where no election was held, Atty. Gen. Frank J Kelley said today. m an opinion requested by Secretary of State James W. Hare, Kelley said such an agreement on population changes between the city and township is binding on state agencies. An agreement of this type "constitutes ' a legally effective metnod for determining the basis on which refunds to local units of state-collected taxes will be apportioned between a city and township following an stitutional language deleted by annexation of territory, the at the Constitutional convention, torney general said, ROBERT HALL tsaW RfflflSSE (COOT'S, COATS. (gularly 17.95 to 21.95 reduced to - o)(o r o)ccj J, oArrilirOYSi suburDansm s, warm pile mng. - MM a to 18l COlors car coats in fake iurs, putty quilt n!nfll every wanted style and HERE'S WHY YOU SAVE AT ROBERT HALL ... m m xv ve. We sell for cash onfyl There are no credit charges 1 We have no credit losses! You save because we save I PLENTY OF FREE PARKING r EST. 1840 "1 m ' w """" vv 2919 S. CEDAR ST. Coffer of Paris A ve. 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