Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 18, 1973 · Page 2
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Greeley, Colorado
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Wednesday, April 18, 1973
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2 UKEULKY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Wed., April 18,1973 Senate approves House's no-fault insurance bill By CARL MILLIARD Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Senate completed its third day of debate on the question of no-fault automobile insurance Tues. by voting its approval to a House bill and killing a rival measure which was introduced in its own chamber. Winning approval by a standing vote of 19-10 was a measure introduced by Rep. Carl Gustafson, R-Denver, which passed the House in February. The bill voted down was introduced by Sen. Richard Plock, R-Denver, and was receiving i(s first debate. Although no formal vote was announced, there appeared to be 10 senators standing in support of the measure and 13 against. Later, on a roll-call vote the Gustafson bill was approved 2110. Three lawmakers were absent. They were Sens. George Brown, D-Denver, Ben Klein, D-Denver and Sam Taylor, D- Walsenburg. The two bills differed substantially. The Gustafson bill -- even though labeled "no-fault" -isn't a true no-fault bill because it allows law suits to be filed for damages, including pain and suffering, above a certain level or "threshold." The Plock bill preserved the full right to sue for damages or pain and suffering at any level. The two bills were similar in that they carried a basic requirement that every motorist musl have bodily injury insurance and every insurance com- Absence penalty bill killed DENVER (AP) -- A bill of work early in the session be- which would have penalized cause of major surgery and legislators financially if they habitually are absent from was absent today for medical reasons. The bill's sponsor, in arguing for the measure's passage said "We are an employer ... any employer who fails to show up sets a bad example. All this bill says is if you don't show up for work--you don't get paid." The Greeley lawmaker said are floor sessions or committee meetings was killed in the Colorado Senate Tuesday, 13:18. The bill, introduced by Sen. Hank Brown, R-Greeley, would have applied only if legislators were absent for more than one- third of the sessions. They could have been penalized one- he thinks it is inappropriate to third of the legislative pay at be compensated for work you the end of the session and could don't perform, have been penalized of up to Sen. Roger Cisneros, D-Den- two-thirds of their pay if they ver, who introduced a motion to , missed two-thirds of the meet- kill the bill said the measure ings. makes no provision for law- The bill was criticized last makers to be paid for legisla- week by Sen. George Brown. D- Uve work they do outside the session. He said some consideration should be given that also. Sen. Allen Dines, D-Denver, noted attendance is a problem, but the bill makes no provision for those lawmakers who serve on the Joint Budget Committee, a group which he said meets on rather short notice. He said the problem is more complex than most people realize. Denver, who said it would hurt those lawmakers who became ill or physically unable to attend the sessions. Brown missed several weeks House approves DOT measure DENVER (AP) - Colorado's House of Representatives voted Tuesday to set up a statewide Transportation Commission of 11 members, two of which would come from the Western Slope area. The House accepted an amendment by Rep. Sandy Arnold, R-Boulder, to the bill establishing a Department of Transportation. It rejected two proposals by Mesa County representatives regarding the commission size. Rep. Tilman Bishop wanted it to be made up of fifteen members and Rep. John Baer had an 11-member plan with three members at large. The House quit for the day without taking any vote on the bill. The Department of Transportation would incorporate the present Division of Highways and the State Patrol along with other agencies. Massari wants tougher penalty for concealed gun DENVER (AP) - Rep. Phillip Massari, D-Ttinidad, offered a bill in Colorado House of Representatives Tuesday making it a felony punishable by one to five years in the penitentiary for anyone to carry a firearm concealed illegally. The crime is now punishable by a jail sentence. Massari's bill would make it a misdemeanor to carry knife concealed illegally. Bill forbidding sex discrimination wins approval , DENVER (AP) -- A bill forbidding sex discrimination in employment and membership in labor organizations won final passage in the Colorado House of Representatives Tuesday. The measure was sent lo the Senate. It was one of nine bills given final House approval. A dispute broke out over the bill when the discrimination bill came up for initial debate Monday over separate restroom facilities for men nnd women. It finally was resolved by providing (hat nil companies with 10 or more employes should provide separate facilities. Narrow gauge railroad bills approved DENVER (AP) -- Colorado's legislature gave its final approval Tues. to two bills opening the way for continued operation of the narrow gauge railroad which the state owns with New Mexico. The Senate passed both bills on final reading, sending them to Gov. John Love for signature. One bill provides for adoption of the interstate compact, which still must be ratified by congress. The other bill allows leases as long as 99 years to be signed for the railroad. Both measures were sponsored by Rep. Clarence Quinlan, Antonito Republican whose home is the Colorado terminous of the scenic narrow gauge line. The other end of the line is at Chama, N.M. The House of Representatives passed both measures previously. The railroad is known as the Cumbres and Toltec. It former ly was a part of the Rio Grande line between Alamosa and Durango. The tracks west of Chama have been ripped up. The bills were two of seven given quick final Senate approval. One of the others enacts part of a measure once killed by the Senate for regulation of weather modification activities. The bill, also by Quinlan. was modified to provide only for publication and reporting procedures. After it was killed originally by the Senate, it was recalled from the House, was stripped down and was reconsidered. AUTO GLASS For All Cars A M GLASS 424 13lh St. Ph. 352-6248 SALES... SERVICE' 711 lOlh St. . 3H-J005 pany must pay its own policyholders promptly after an accident without going through the procedure'to determine who as at fault. The Gustafson bill is "mandatory" in that if a motorist fails to carry insurance he assumes all the responsibilities of an insurer in the event of an accident in which he is at fault. Plock's bill was amended Tues. to include a section making mandatory coverage enforceable through the inspection sticker program. Under the proposal the state insurance commissioner would provide the proper forms to insurance companies and they would include the forms with their policies. The.motorist would submit the forms along with.his certificate of registration when his car underwent its six-month inspection. He could receive no safety sticker if his insurance had lapsed or canceled. The Plock measure required minimum coverage of $3,500 for everything, ranging from hospitalization costs to time lost from work. Plock argued that the figure would cover the average accident in Colorado. Gustafson's bill, which would go back to the House for consideration of Senate changes; a final vote expected Wednesday, sets higher minimums for coverage, $25,000 each for medical payment and rehabilitation plus a formula for repaying lost wages -- 100 per cent or wages of up to $125 a week. It limits the right to sue for "pain and suffering" to persons whose medical expenses exceed $1,500. The Gustafson bill carries no property damage provision under no-fault but regular property damage insurance may be obtained in connection with a no-fault plan and policyholders could include extra coverage in nearly any section they want. Prior to the preliminary vote, Plock urged lawmakers not to base their vote on whether they think the bills will increase or decrease premium rates. Sen. Ted Trickland, R-Wes- lminster,introducedsuccessful- ly an amendment which would strike from the legislative declaration of the Gustafson bill any reference to premium reduction of stabilization. At the same time, Strickland criticized newspapers for what he called "ballyhooing" the no- fault plans. The Senate began debate on no-fault about 9:25 a.m. and Brotzman urges White House cooperation WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Donald G. Brotzman, R-Colo., said .Tuesday the White House should cooperate fully with Senate investigators in the Watergate bugging case. "I call on the President to cooperate fully with' the Senate committee" investigating last year's electronic bugging of the' Democratic National Committee headquarters," Brotzman said in a statement. "Political espionage cannot be tolerated in a free society," he said. Commenting on the refusal of White House aides to testify before the Senate committee, Brotzman said: "Executive privilege should be confined to communications between the President and his assistants which involve the national defense or which involve preliminary policy determinations." Legislative limit bill submitted Love wants quick action on compromise school bill DENVER (AP) - A, bill which would limit the length of didn't take the preliminary vote any Colorado legislative session on either bill until about two to 120 days was offered TUBS. hours later. . in the House of Representatives Sen. Joe Shoemaker, R-Den- by Reps. William J. Hybl, R- ver, who was serving as chair- Colorado Springs and John C. man of the committee of the whole told spectators in the gallery several times that a vote on the issue was imminent, but By GORDON G. GAUSS Aiiocialed Press Writer DENVER (AP) -- Gov. John Love called Tuesday for quick action by the Colorado House of Representatives on the compromise school aid bill being sponsored by Rep. Austin Moore, R-Englewood, chairman of the Education Committee of the House. The bill is scheduled fqr committee debate Wednesday afternoon. "I hope the Moore school bill is going to move," the governor said. "I hope it will be on the floor in the near future." Love said "it is still a contest" between his plan for state aid to schools and a $60 million income tax rebate plan proposed by Sen. Joe Shoemaker, R-Denver, and other members of the Joint Budget Committee. The proposal backed by the governors call for increasing state aid to schools- by $140 million yearly to $312 million. Part of the money would go for property tax cuts in local districts. The governor, responding to a news conference question, said he is "no less optimistic" over chances of the school bill he favors. "1 am not certain," Love said, "but it is the kind of thing which can be won." Love said-the homestead exemption bill is being deferred pending answers to five questions by Atty: Gen. John P. Moore. The answers are expected by the end of the week, he indicated. Love, responding to another question, said he isn't certain he understands fully the reasons House Republicans want to adjourn the legislature for two weeks in May. "I-wish both houses would take care of the school bill, the land use bill and the Long Appropriations Bill and adjourn," the governor commented. House Republicans came up with a tentative agreement at their caucus to quit for two weeks beginning May 4, and to cleanup all matters except'the three bills mentioned by Love before going home. They would return to pass the three major . measures, then end the session. · The idea did not meet with immediate favor of Republican leaders i'n the Senate who said they thought it would be better to stay on the job until the major bills were passed. Love said he had not yet received from the legislature a $201,000 appropriations to pay lOS.Colorado newspapers forle- -i 1 gal advertising prior lo the No- ·. vember election. The bill final- '.. ly cleared the House of Representatives Tuesday morning. The governor also said he has .' on his desk a bill by Sen. Fred '; Anderson, R-Loveland, declar- ': ing maintenance of stream flow 'to be a beneficial use of water. ... several groups had departed before the vote was eventually cast. Buechner, R-Boulder. The legislature was in its 105th day when the proposal was introduced. Leaders are talking of a session lasting until June, possibly with a two-week recess. Upttctu Lo. Jerir Powers, Ophthilmfc Optician 919 16th St.' 353-9284 I II * f f greeley mall ^ Shopping Hours Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 11a.m. to 5p.m. THIS EASTER SPLASHY...SPBINGY THE COTTON VOILE JACKET DRESSES Soft cotton voile jackets team with Polyester dresses . . . an Faster fashion in springy colors. UPPER: Printed jacket over solid White dress. 30.00 LOWER: Printed Tie-waist Jacket over solid dress, 30.00. All machine washable. 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