The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 1, 1986 · Page 17
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Local/Kansas 2 The Salina Journal Saturday, February 1,1986 Page 17 Property tax proposal to aid farmers introduced in House TOPEKA (AP) - A proposal designed to bolster declining farm land values through property tax refunds was among a dozen bills introduced Friday in the Kansas House. The so-called Family Farm Preservation Act would allow the tax refunds on newly sold farm land of between 80 acres and 320 acres. It was sponsored by 26 House members, including House Speaker Mike Hayden and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Lloyd Poison, R-Vermillion. "The idea is to stimulate family farmers back into the market of buying land and to shore up these land values," Hayden, an announced gubernatorial candidate, said at a news conference. Farm officials have said declines in the value of farm land are one of the leading causes of farmers' financial troubles. Other bills introduced Friday would require most restaurants to provide non-smoking areas upon a customer's request and tighten loopholes in a law the Kansas Legislature passed last year to restrict "happy hour" drink promotions. The farm land measure would require family farmers who purchase between 80 acres and 320 acres after enactment of the legislation to pay local property taxes on the property and then file for a refund from the state for the taxible amount, which could not exceed $3 per acre. The proposal would allow the refunds for three years. "It would ... assure a market for those who find it necessary to sell their property," Hayden said. "This bill provides property tax relief "It would ... assure a market for those who find it necessary to sell their property." — Mike Hayden without eroding the base of local taxing units." Poison said in a statement that the measure would be a vital tool to help stabilize land values and to encourage both established and beginning farmers to invest in agricultural land. "Stabilizing land prices would be beneficial in maintaining adequate security with existing farm land loans," said Poison. The smoking proposal would apply to all restaurants in the state that seat 10 or more people, and would require the display off signs that reads, "Non-Smoking Area Available Upon Request." Rep. Sandy Duncan, R-Wichita, the sole sponsor of the bill, said food service operators would not be required to maintain permanent nonsmoking areas but would .have to arrange for one upon a customer's request. "The benefit of this is it's flexible," said Duncan, who does not smoke. "Restaurants would only have to maintain a non-smoking area that is as large as requested." Duncan said the bill was requested by other non-smokers and the result of some of Duncan's personal experiences in restaurants. "Many restaurants already rec- ognize this need and have established non-smoking areas voluntarily," Duncan said. "But there are a few holdouts and some have flat refused when I've asked for non-smoking." The "happy hour" bill is aimed at strengthening a 1985 law that banned hourly drink specials and so-called "drink and drown" nights. Rep. Robert H Miller, R- Wellington, is chairman of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, which introduced the bill. He said the proposal was drawn up after officials of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control divison told legislative leaders that loopholes in the happy hour law should either be closed or the law should be scrapped. The proposal would forbid sales of drinks at prices less than the "acquisition cost" to the tavern or club, allow price changes on drinks only once a week instead of once a day and ban free drinks with meals. Other bills introduced in the House Friday would: • Exempt all church properties from taxation, generally without restrictions. The bill, by Rep. Clyde Graeber, R-Leavenworth, is much shorter than a similar but highly restrictive measure to exempt church parsonages, currently under consideration in a House committee. AAM calk for foreclosure aid Panel OKs branch banking bill TOPEKA (AP) - The Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee unanimously endorsed Friday a bill that would permit solvent banks to take over failed banks in small towns of Kansas and operate them as branch facilities. However, the bill would allow branch banking only in a town of fewer than 1,000 people whose only bank went under. Branch banking would only be permitted if nobody stepped forward to take over the failed bank and reopen it under a new charter. Branch banking is illegal in Kansas. Banks may operate only three detached facilities each within the city limits of their home cities. The measure, offered by the Kansas Independent Bankers Association as a solution to the problem of little towns left without banks, now goes to the full Senate for debate. Kansas had 13 bank failures last year, seven the year before that and already has had one this year. Of those that failed in 1985, three were in small towns left without a bank. They are Bronson, Dexter and Herndon. An alternative proposal offered by the Kansas Bankers Association rests in the House Commercial and Financial Institutions Committee, which may amend the Senate bill if it is passed and sent to the House. Everyone seems to agree legislation is needed to insure small towns are not left without banking facilities. But the two banking associations disagree over whether only nearby banks should be allowed to operate the branch facility, or whether any bank in the state should be allowed to do it. The bill approved by the Senate committee would allow only banks in the geographic area of the failed bank to operate the failed bank as a branch facility. The pool of banks that could bid to operate the branch would have to come from counties in the first, second or third tiers of counties contiguous to the failed bank's home county. The KBA proposal resting in the House committee would allow any Briefly Sexual exploitation charge filed MARION — A Florence man accused of taking pornographic pictures of two pre-teenage girls is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday in Marion County District Court. Lyle W. Manka, 46, is charged with a felony offense of sexual exploitation of a child. Marion County Attorney Ed Wheeler said photographs of the girls were sent to authorities through the Crimestopper's program. Crimes- toppers is a private organization that gives cash rewards for information that helps solve crimes. Manka made his first court appearance Thursday. He is free on $7,500 bond. Big Brothers-Sisters orientation set Salina Big Brothers/Big Sisters is having an orientation session for new volunteers at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 2234 Melrose Lane. Richard Burnett, director of treatment for St. Francis Boys' Home, will lead the session. For information about the program or to register for the orientation, call the Big Brothers/Big Sisters office in the Salina YWCA at 8254626. Marymount Library given grants The Marymount College library has received two grants totaling $2,000 from the Kansas Library Network board. The board has funded the Marymount Interlibrary Loan Development Program grant proposal of $1,000, which will provide books on Christian spirituality. Also provided was a $1,000 grant for books and non-print items, such as films and video materials, for Marymount's Drug Abuse Program on Family Violence. The Interlibrary Loan Development Program provides state funds to build local library collections within designated subject areas, with the understanding that recipient libraries make their collections available statewide through interlibrary loan. Marymount was the only Kansas Catholic college to share in this year's loan program. Arson trial ends in hung jury McPHERSON — The jury in a trial of a McPherson man accused of starting a fire that destroyed three downtown businesses could not reach a verdict after deliberating for more than nine hours. A mistrial in the case of John Mulligan, 18, was declared and a new trial for April 8 has been scheduled in McPherson County District Court. Mulligan was charged with arson in connection with a July 13 fire that caused an estimated $466,000 damage to four businesses. About 20 firefighters spent six hours battling the blaze. Kansas bank to bid to operate a failed bank as a branch facility. "I want to keep it as localized as possible and still address the problem," said Sen. Neil Arasmith, R- Phillipsburg. Arasmith, chairman of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, guided his panel toward approving the more restrictive version of the bill. Under amendments approved by the Senate panel: • The population cutoff for defining how small a town must be to allow the branch banking facilities was increased from 750 to 1,000. There are about 250 one-bank towns in Kansas with less than 1,000 population. Sen. Merrill Werts, R-Junction City, tried to get the cutoff at 3,000 but his motion failed, 3-6. • The measure was made retroactive, making the Bronson, Dexter and Herndon banks eligible for other banks to bid to operate them as branch facilities if the legislation is enacted. Mental illness bill comes under fire TOPEKA (AP) - Advocates of rights for the mentally ill described a bill that would revamp laws regarding mental illness as unconstitutional and "totalitarian," during a Senate committee hearing Friday. But supporters of the proposal, including several former mental patients, described the bill as necessary to get treatment for mentally ill people who refuse to get help. They said the law now does not allow parents or guardians to commit mentally ill children or dependents to state hospitals. Hearings on the bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee ended Friday and a subcommittee is scheduled to begin a review of the bill Tuesday. The measure, which has passed the House, would change the legal definition of mental illness in the law. Instead of the current definition that a mentally ill person is someone who is "dangerous to self or others," the bill change the wording to say mentally ill people are those who cannot make an informed decision about treatment and are "likely" to harm themselves and others. Ken Carpenter, a Topeka attorney who is a guardian for more than 20 mentally ill persons, said the bill would be "multiple steps backward" to make it easier to have people committed against their wills. Carpenter said the bill would take away a person's right to determine whether he or she needs treatment. He also said the Kansas Legislature would "open a Pandora's box of litigation," and he vowed to fight such a law in court. Louis Frydman, a researcher who has studied national and international laws regarding the mentally ill, went further, telling the committee that the bill resembled laws in the Soviet Union. '< TOPEKA (AP) - Stephen Anderson, spokesman for the Kansas branch of the American Agriculture Movement, today called for a six-month moratorium on all foreclosures to allow a "cooling off period" while lawmakers work out solutions to farm economic woes. And he challenged Doyle Rahjes, president of the Kansas Farm Bureau, to a debate over problems facing fanners, saying the bureau was out of touch with small family farmers. "While rural America hemorrhages on the verge of economic collapse, the farm bureau has operated on the policy of "There is no farm crisis,'" Anderson said, refering to a statement last year by a national farm bureau leader. "How could a farm organization that claims to represent more farmers than any other organization have failed to recognize the terrible harvest of shame being reaped across rural America — the harvest of bankruptcies and foreclosures, hopelessness and despair, suicides and alcoholism, broken homes and broken hearts?" Anderson, a farmer from Alma, said a foreclosure moratorium would help farmers and put pressure on Congress to come up with real solutions to the farm crisis. The Church... 7.. THE HOPE OF OUR COMMUNITY, OUR NATION! Sunday Numbers 6:22-27 Monday Proverbs 3:11-26 Tuesday Isaiah 26:1-9 Wednesday Matthew 8:23-34 Thursday Matthew 11:20-30 Friday Romans 5:1-11 Saturday Romans 8:1-17 But wherever it shines. . . there are shadows. Wherever there are golden opportunities there are also sombre tragedies. Some fail to grasp their blessings. Ours is a nation which guarantees to every child the opportunity for religious training. Yet ours is a nation which smarts under the scourge of a moral disease — juvenile delinquency. In blessing you with a son or daughter, God has entrusted to you a precious soul. You are required by law to give your child a secular education. But, despite the scourge of delinquency, a free nation must leave to your conscience the question of your child's moral and religious education. God has blessed America. With a nearby Church or Synagogue ready and eager to provide Christian training for your child, and religious foundation for your family's life — the Sun shines bright. But there are Shadows. YOU mUSt decide! Scriptures Selected by Copyright 1986, Keister-Williams Newspaper Services, P. 0. Box 8005, Charlottesville, VA 22906 The American Bible Society The Sponsors Of This Feature Do So With The Hope That More People Will Attend The Church Or Synagogue Of Their Choice On A Weekly Basis! Waddell ft Reed, Inc. Doug Champan & Staff Twin Valley Garden Center, Inc. Marvin Prater & Staff American Fire Equipment Co. Headquarters for Fire and Safety Equipment Gary L. 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