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Page 22-THE HERALD, Provo, Utah, Sunday, April 13, 1975 Tax Questions Proposed For Agenda at Special Utah Legislative Meet By PETER GILLINS SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) Ulah lawmakers want to talk about taxes during a special June session of the legislature- gasoline taxes, sales taxes and property taxes. The legislature's newly created Management Committee met for the first time Thursday and asked Gov. Calvin Hampton to expand the agenda of the special session to include three items in addition to a proposed hike in the state's motor fuel tax. One of the bills recommmended by the committee would clarify a one quarter cent local sales tax increase passed during the recent general session of the legislature. House Minority Leader Lorin N. Pace, R-Salt Lake, said legislators thought they were giving counties the option of retaining the current half-cent local sales tax or hiking it to three-fourths of a cent. But the state attorney general has ruled the law acutally forces them to hike the tax to three-fourths of a Challenge Of Veto Right Set SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The Utah Legislature Management Committee will seek a court ruling on whether the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House can pocket- veto bills. The 16-member committee, made up of the leadership of both houses, voted Thursday to challenge the ruling of Attorney General Vernon B. Romney that a bill does not become law unless signed by both the president and the speaker. The question arose when Secretary of State Clyde Miller rejected a new anti-litter law because it did not bear the signature of Senate President Ernest Dean, D-American Fork. Dean said he signed the bill, but through a clerical error, the copy that reached the secretary of state was unsigned. Miller requested the opinion and after he received it warned that the decision could create a means for the leaders of the legislative houses to pocket veto bills they didn't like —by just omitting their signatures. "We don't want the president or the speaker to have that power," said Sen. W. Hughes Brockbank, R-Salt Lake. "It's bad enough that the governor has that power." cent or drop it al! together. "I wonder if we wouldn't be justified in bringing that bill back," Pace said. "I have no strong feelings about it, but some legislators voted for it with the understanding it was an optional increase." The other tax bill would let counties levy property taxes on leased heavy equipment. Sen. Warren E. Pugh, R-Salt Lake, said a loophole in state law permits large mining operators to escape property taxes by leasing heavy machinery from owners who live outside Utah. The third measure recommended by the committee sets up a rangeland reclamation loan fund. Both the property tax bill and the rangeland act passed the Senate, but died when the House ran out of time in the regular session. The 16-member committee- created in a sweeping reorganization of the legislature's between session operations— also disagreed with the date Hampton picked for the special session, June 26. They recommended having it three days earlier because of conflicts with the Mormon Church's June Conference and the State Republican Party Convention scheduled for June 28. A spokesman for the governor said Rampton would be willing to change the date. Rampton decided several weeks ago to call the special session in June after Congress has time to act on pending legislation that could deteri- mine how big a gasoline tax increase the state needs to adequately fund its highway maintenance program. Utah now has a seven cents per gallon motor fuel tax. The governor has said the tax must be increased three cents immediately—and another two cents in the coming two years if the Utah Department of Transportation is to bear the pressures of inflation. Rampton sent a memo to the legislators saying he would include a safe walkways bill on the special session agenda as part of the DOT budget. That bill—also lost in the closing hours of the session—allocates one- fourth cent of the gasoline tax for the construction of sidewalks along routes children must walk to school. The governor included one other item on the agenda—a measure permitting the state engineer to consider the public good when allocating water rights. It, too, died on the final hectic night of the regular session and Rampton said, "I feel this bill is urgent, and should be considered." Earthquake-Caused Hole Found at East Millcreek SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) Geologists have discovered their second "cultural collapse" caused by the March 27 earthquake that shook northern Utah and southern Idaho. Bruce R. Kaliser, state engineering geologist, said, "I'm kind of embarrased about this second find. It was practically in my back yard. We discovered the void on the edge of an orchard in the East Millcreek area of Salt Lake County." "And there is positive evidence this hole was caused by the quake or its aftershocks.'' The hole measures four feet in diameter and is slightly more than five feet deep—about half the size of the first hole found 70 miles to the north in the back yard of a farm near Tremonton. Kaliser said both "cultural OUR BOARDING HOUSE collapses" show signs of "artifacts" in the surrounding earth. "This leads us to believe that earlier inhabitants had excavated a hole here many years ago. The area was then filled in, but the earthquake caused the moist soil to break down." "We'll keep investigating here and in Tremonton to find out how the holes were formed, but the chances of discovering what actually happened aren't too good." The geologist is still hoping to find some linear cracking as a result of the march quake that registered 6.3 on the Richter scale, but both of the holes—the only surface breaks thus found —are circular. The quake was the largest in Utah in 41 years, but caused only minor damage. with Mqjor Hoople PEWEY, YOU TEACHERS -SH0ULP EMPHASIZE PI5CIPLINE MORE! H0W WILL A B0Y LEARN TO WRK IF EVERYTHING \f> FUN,FUN,FUN? ' C I'VE WRITTEN A PAPER OH EPUCATIONAL PSYCH0LOSY — POSSIBLY I COULD SCHEPULE AN APPEARANCE AT THE TEACHERS' CONVENTION! 3 '^, . TEACHERS JUST WANT CHEERING UP IN SPRINGTIME, MAJOR! PERSONALLY. IF I SURVIVE TdE SEMESTER I'M TAKING A LIVE-IN JOB AT THE OLP-FOLKS' HOME.' 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