The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 23, 1986 · Page 15
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 15

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, January 23, 1986
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Local/Kansas 2 The Salina Journal Thursday, January 23,1986 Page 15 Speakers say transient merchants law should be relaxed TOPEKA (AP) - A proposal to exempt some temporary merchants in Kansas from licensing requirements would help correct a legislative mistake last year that costs the state tourism dollars and prestige, speakers told a Senate committee Wednesday. The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee is considering a bill that would waive license requirements for so-called transient merchants, who sell goods at trade shows, expositions, conventions or at fairs, auctions and bazaars operated by church, school or charitable organizations. The licensing law that the Kansas Legisla- ture approved last year requires transient merchants, with some exceptions, to get licenses to operate in the state. The law also requires that merchants prove their state property taxes have been paid. That provision triggered the use of a 70- year-old, virtually ignored statute that requires all transient merchants to pay a full year of state property taxes on their inventories. "What has happened was not supposed to happen," said Bud Grant, a lobbyist for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "We found ourselves with a real monster on our hands in July, when it went into effect." Rep. Robert Vancrum, R-Overland Park, and chairman of an interim committee that studied the law last fall, said requiring licenses for transient merchants puts a burden on trade show operators, convention hall operators and the merchants. Vancrum said the problem was made worse by the property tax requirements. He said the law gave Kansas a poor image in trade show circles and cost the state money because merchants were encouraged to take business to other states. Grant said the purpose of the licensing law is to deal with merchants who enter a community and leave the next day, often selling substandard goods. The law, he said, was seen as protection for retailers and consumers. Vancrum said the Legislature was unaware of the effects of the bill when it passed. Committee members said the proposal to exempt some merchants from licensing is tied to another bill that would exempt those same merchants from the property tax on inventories. The Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee conducted a hearing on the inventory tax bill Tuesday. Sen. Ben Vidricksen, R-Salina, said if only the licensing requirement was passed, merchants still would have to pay the property taxes. But others said the licensing bill needs more work. Joe Boyd, president of the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the bill should include an exemption for merchants who sell goods at shows sponsored by visitors bureaus. Boyd said he is concerned that the committee can not come up with enough exemptions to prevent further problems. Lottery plan blasted by Rev. Taylor TOPEKA (AP) - Nearly a dozen speakers decried state lotteries as legalized criminal-style operations and implored a House committee Wednesday not to approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would establish a lottery in Kansas. "If gambling is a proper activity for raising state revenue, why is it not a proper activity for raising revenue for the mob," asked the Rev. Richard Taylor, director of Kansans For Life at Its Best!, a statewide anti-gambling, anti-liquor group. "Those who say a lottery is a painless way of raising money haven't known a compulsive gambler or the family of a compulsive gambler," said Taylor. He charged that a statewide lottery would be "an operation that is criminal in nature." Taylor's remarks to the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs were bolstered by a fiery speech from former Wichita State University President Emory Lindquist, and remarks by Rep. Arthur Douville, R- Overland Park. He called gambling "not only a sin but also a crime." The chairman of the committee, Rep. Robert H. Miller, R-Wellington, said after the hearing the panel would debate the proposal during a meeting this afternoon. If the committee votes in favor of the resolution, it next would have to gain two-thirds approval — 84 votes — in the 125-member House before being submitted to voters in November. The measure received a two- thirds majority in the Senate last year. Although the Senate-passed version would dedicate the estimated $30 million to $35 million in annual lottery revenues to reducing property taxes, Gov. John Carlin has said he wants the money to be earmarked for economic development. However, Lindquist, also a former president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, called the proposed Kansas lottery "economic development in reverse." Charges filed against Bledsoe Charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer have been filed against a Salina man who is in satisfactory condition at St. John's Hospital. The charges against Sam Bledsoe, 35,1017 Gypsum, were filed Tuesday afternoon in Saline County District Court. Bledsoe will not be formally charged until he is able to appear in court to hear the charges. Bledsoe is recovering from injuries received during a seven-hour siege with police on Jan. 14 and 15 at his home. He suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns before being pulled from his burning house. Police were called to his home at 7:30 p.m. after a caller told police Bledsoe had shot at someone who approached the front door. Bledsoe is accused of firing a shot at Salina Police Lt. Errol Douglas as he and another officer approached the door. He also is accused of attempting to murder Det. Ron Downing, who with another detective tried to enter the house four hours after the incident started. Downing escaped serious injury after a shotgun blast struck the lower portion of a heavy-duty bullet-proof vest he was wearing. Bledsoe was removed from the intensive care unit during the weekend, a supervising nurse said. It's not known when he'll be released, she said. His bond has been set at $75,000. ONE STOP LIFE»HEALTH«CAR»HOME AT SHELTER. ITS A MATTER Of PERSONAL FRIDE. mgrn • mjw>-«"«. • ~-"^|-^ DON MOSIER Crawford & Ohio — Salina 825-6227 Hurry In! Only A Few Days Remain Gigantic Clearance Further markdowns have been taken in every afaiL.. department to help *«\ make the necessary room for merchandise recently ordered at the Dallas Winter Market. Savings of up to 60% on name brand merchandise. 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