Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 4, 1976 · Page 17
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 17

Greeley, Colorado
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Thursday, March 4, 1976
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Arts Council bill approved Th«ri.,M«rch4,l»M CREELEY (Ctlo.) TRIBUNE 17 DENVER (DPI) - The Colorado Senate Slate Affairs Committee has approved a House-passed bill which would allow the State Council on the Arts and Humanities to spend any federal funds it receives for authorized purposes. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Arie Taylor, D-Denver, and Sen. William Comer, D- Colorado Springs, essentially allows the council to bypass General Assembly approval of the federal funds it acquires. The 5-3 committee vote came over the objections of Sen. Hugh Fowler, R-Littleton. He said there was no reason to treat the Council on the Arts and Humanities differently from all other state agencies which must get their funds funneled through the Joint Budget Committee and the General Assembly. House bocks mandatory sentencing bill House lawmakers plan two Saturday sessions Catch 6 Fish Fillets 16 Peg Legs Fryes for Four or Fryes for Four Keg of Slaw Keg of Slaw or 0^- 3 Fish Fillets 8 Peg Legs Fryes for Four Keg of Slaw ·Mix or match meals that feed four for $5.55 SEAF OOD SHOPPES 2435 W. Tenth St. (Across from "Ted Chefs") DENVER (UPD-Amanda- lory sentencing bill up for final approval in the Colorado House today would require a minimum 10-year prison term for the most violent criminal offenses below first degree murder. The measure also imposes a minimum eight-year term for class three felony cases in which a deadly weapon is used. The legislators, through floor debate, passed amendments which make mandatory sentences even more strict than proposed by its sponsor, Rep. Gerald Kopel, D-Denver. "The philosophy of the bill is to get to the violent and repeat offenders," said Rep. Kenneth Kramer, R-Colorado Springs, who supported the more strict provisions. 'The original bill would actually lower the maximum sentences now required and that's contradictory to what we are trying to do." The amendments were offered Wednesday by Rep. Dorothy Witherspoon, D-Lakewood, who chaired a special committee appointed two weeks ago to study the bill and consider the ability of the Department of Institutions to handle the increase in inmates the measure is likely to produce. Witherspoon's amendments impose mandatory 10-50-year terms for class two felonies and mandatory 5-40-year prison terms for class three felonies. Kopel's bill called for mandatory 8-30-year terms for class two felonies and 4-20-year sentences for class three felonies. Other provisions in the original bill, unchanged on the House floor, call for minimum mandatory two-and-one-year terms for the less serious class four and five felonies in which a deadly weapon is threatened but not used. Rep. Witherspoon also was successful with an amendment which inserted tlie words "deadly weapon" into 'the definition of weapons used in violent crimes. She said a broken bottle or chain could be considered a "deadly weapon" but would not be included in Kopel's bill'unless they caused "serious bodily harm." House Majority Leader Bob Leon Kirsct, D-Pueblo, supported broadening the bill to include any device which could be considered a deadly weapon in the commission of a violent crime. "A lot of people are using the bill as a deterrent to crime," said Kirscht. "If we Just outlaw guns and knives, people will resort to using clubs or chains or whatever they can find." Kopel succeeded in killing another Witherspoon amendment that would have deleted a section of the bill allowing a 90- day review of the mandatory sentences in unusual circumstances. "Adoption of this amendment would kill the bill in the Senate," Kopel argued. "If you take out the diagnositic period you shut the door totally on extreme cases where the mandatory sentence might not app'ly." Nuclear liability biff shof down by GOP DENVER (UPD - A bill passed by the Colorado House which would have made operators of nuclear power facilities strictly liable for any accidents which cause damage to outlying areas has been killed by the Republican-dominated Senate Judicary Committee. Rep. Pat Burrows, D-Broomfield, who steered the bill to House passage, predicted the 52 committee vote Wednesday to kill the bill would give impetus to petition drive seeking a constitutional amendment on nuclear facilities. "They (the senators) apparently accepted the Public Service Co.'s argument that this would create a psychological climate In Colorado against nuclear facilities," Mrs. Burrows said. "Tint simply is not the case." Mrs. Burrows said her bill would have applied only to the Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Power plant near Platteville, Colo., and the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Broomfield since they were the only ones operating under contract with the federal government. Sen Harold McCormick. R- Canon City, said he did -not know how the state could get away with telling the federal government it had absolute liability in accidents that might occur at Rocky Flats or St. Vrain. "It is impossible for us to even talk to the federal government when it comes into Colorado and says we will do this or that," McCromick said. "If we can't get them to hear us on these other things how are we going to gel (hem to let us sue them?" Bill Cohen, the legal advisor on the Lamm-Wirth task force to study the operations of Rock Flats, accused the senators of turning a non-partisan issue into a political one. He noted the committee vote was along party lines, with the two Democrats supporting Mrs Burrows. "Since they've put this in the political arena, the people of Colorado should speak to it at the next election," Cohen said. "This will give more impetus to the petition drive because of the failure of the legislators to act responsibly." The petitions sponsored by the Coloradoans for Safe Power would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment dealing with nticlpar power It would require two-thirds approval of the state legislature before any nuclear power plant could be built. 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SEE THESE SALESMEN REX FAULES, 353-0216 WAYNE BURRIS, 356-6266 KEN HIBLER,352-«65 NEWT BOMGARDNER, 356-1151 CHUCK FAGERBERG, JR., WILLARD SPENCER, 351-6157 352-2760 JOHN VALENCIA, 353-7890 Garnsey Wheeler 1108 8th Ave. Ph. 352-9174 Your Complete Ford Center Since 1922 On The Spot Financing Available With Approved Credit DENVER AP)-TheFeder- al Aviation Administration (FAA) has asked the Denver federal court to force Frontier Airlines to turn over a flight data recorder that might reveal if a Frontier jet flew too close to a Wyoming mountain last September. The Denver-based airline had refused to release the night Instrument, which would show the altitude and heading of Frontier night 527 from West Yellowstone, Mont., to Jackson, Wyo., on Sept. 11. The airline maintains that flight data recorders are not intended for use in anything but accident investigations. The FAA is investigating a report from the chief ranger at Yellowstone National Park that a Frontier Convair CV-580 jet had flown at low altitudes in the vicinity of 10,000-foot Mount Sheridan in northwestern Wyoming. Specifically, the FAA w»nts to know if Frontier violated federal regulations forbidding passenger aircraft from flying below certain altitudes. Frontier spokesman Bob Schulman Wednesday said the flight carried seven passengers and a crew of three and "at no time was flight safety jeopardized by our pilots." Schulmin said his company would not discuss details of the flight. - By K.C. MASON DENVER (UPD - Colorado legislators will take a break from such issues as mandatory sentencing and corporate. income taxes today for another bi-centen'nial celebration--'this one presented by cadets from the Air Force Academy, at Colorado Springs. A joint session of the House and Senate was called 'to hear the cadets present excerpts from the play "1776." Members of the Pikes Peak or Bust Bicentennial Commission also were asking legislators to sign a copy of the original Declaration of Independence. the lawmakers Wednesday plunged into floor debate on a backlog of bills that piled .up during a two-week recess for committee hearings. Dominating more than four hours of the House debate was the mandatory sentencing hill for violent and repeat criminal offenders. Floor amendments which were accepted make the measure even more strict than proposed by its sponsor, Rep. Gerald Kopel, D-Denver. The amended bill -would impose mandatory 10-M-ycar prison terms for the most violent criminal offenses below first degree murder and mandatory 8-40-year sentences for class three felony 'cases in which a deadly weapon is used. Up for preliminary debate today was the measure Increasing Colorado's corporate income tax from five to six per cent for all corporate profits over $50,000. Minority Republicans in the House have taken a caucus position against the bill. Other major bills approved by the House Wednesday would require the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to investigate complaints of job discrimination based on marital status and age; authorize the Colorado Housing Finance Authority to make loans for thermal performance Improvements: and set up programs for convicted criminals to make restitution to the victims of their criminal acts. House Speaker Ruben Valdez, D-Denver, said the House definitely would hold a session .this Saturday. He said the work load would decide whether another Saturday session would be,required on March 13, the deadline for floor action of bills from the originating chamber. The Senate gave preliminary approval to 14 bills, many of them making more changes in Colorado's liquor code. Killed, however, was a bill making it a police power to prohibit gambling in any business holding a liquor license. The senators decided, instead, to retain the currently law which simply prohibits. gambling and requires police to enforce the law. A major bill approved 'by the Senate allows certain special districts to use one chapter of the federal bankruptcy law to renegotiate debts on bonds. Sen. Joe Schieffelin. R-Lakewood, said the districts would not be declaring bankruptcy but would be allowed to pay off their debts over a longer period of-lime. Denver police, firemen token by clever con man DENVER (AP) - Even DO- Testimony showed Jona of- llcemen aren't immune to the fered potential buyers cycles it pitch of · clever con nun. about half of the wholesale Denver service service sta- price. lion operator Fred Jona wn Deputy Diit. AUy. William convicted Wednesday of 22 counts of felony theft In what authorities allege wai a scheme in which he offend motorcycles at cut-rate prices to customers willing to piy In advance. 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