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Arkansas' Roli Call Report Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Sept. 18, 1974 FAYITTEV1LLE, ARKANSAS House Votes On Patent Rights Of Tax Financed Invent ions WASHINGTON _ Hero's how Arkansas members of Congress were recorded on innjor roll call vote Sept. 5 through Sepl 11. The Senate met iill week and the House relumed from recess on Sept. 11. IN THE HOUSE P A T E N T RIGHTS -- Removed, 182 for a n d 142 a- gainsl, language aimed at resolving the question of whether the government or private enterprise is entitled to ownership of energy-related inventions that were financed by taxpayers' money. Killed by the vote was a provision that- the government generally would o w n rights to technological discoveries made by private industry under contract with the new Energy Research Development Administration (ERDA), ERDA, however, would have had authority to waive government ownership under certain conditions. ERDA will become the chief federal agency for developing non-nuclear sources of energy in order to make the U.S. independent of foreign energy suppliers. The vote put the House on record as favoring p. six-months study of the issue, with the possibility that Congress will not set patent rules tor ERDA. The Senate disagrees and a conference is scheduled. Supporters of removing the language argued that ERDA need the full and en- husiaslic c o o p e r a t i o n of private industry. They said that agencicis such ;is the Atomic Energy commission have solved the patent question by giving imited exclusivity to private nventors. Opponents argued that private industry should not reap ·iches from the investment of axpaycrs' money. Rep. Peter Rodino (D.-N.J.) s a i d : "The mils of all the government's energy research funds may well end up in the exclusive control oi a few dominant firms contrary to the interests of the taxpayers who paid for the research." Reps. Ray Thornton (D-4) and Wilbur Mills (D-2) voted "yea." Rep. Bill Alexander (D- 1) and John Hammerschmidt (R-3) did not vote. IN THE SENATE TELEVISING S P O R T S -Tabled, HC for and 24 against, an amendment directinig ' the Federal Communications Commission to determine the extent to which cable television c a n broadcast professional sporting events. The amendment was proposed to the Copyright Revision Law bill (S. 1361) which was later passed and sent to the House. One major issue was bow far the government should go in keeping competition from cable television from undercutting commercial television contracts, Most supporters of the tabling amendment favored the maximum possiiblc cable pickup of games televised commercially. Supporters argued that the pro-posed FCC Study would lead to undue restrictions on cable television, which in turn would create sports blackouts in regions which have no other television access to major sporting events. "The guts of what we are talking about is sports blackout and hot FCC rulemaking," said Sen. Edward Gurney (R- Fla.) Opponents of the tabling motion argued that FCC expertise needed to resolve deep and hitler conflicts between cable interests on the one hand and commercial television interests on the other hand. Clouding debate was the fact that the FCC already has begun separate rulemaking proceedings on cable tcleyisinig of sporting events. Sen. John McClellan (D) voted "nay." Sen. J.W. Fulbright (D) did not vote. OIL SHIPMENTS -- Passed, 42 for and 28 against, t h e Energy Transportation Security Act of 1974 .(H.R. 8193) requiring that a specified portion ol imported oil be carried in United States flag ships. American flag tankers now carry five per cent of the nation's oil imports. The proposed quota would raise ,hal figure to at least 30 percent oy June 30, 1977. One supporter, Sen. Uussell Long (D - La.), said the b i l l would generate business for the American shipping industry and thus strengthen the U.S. bal- lancc-of-paymcnls p o s t u r e . This, in turn, would case inflation, lie said. Long added that the bill would be an environmental plus by increasing the number of ships subject to American environmental standards, a n d would bolster national defense by raising the supply of tankers for use in times of crisis. Sen. Morris Cotton (R- N.H.) warned that the legislation would cause inflation by prompting the oil-producing countries .0 raise prices. He doubled thai, .he bill would help American labor outside of the shipping industry and said that any labor gains would be erased by the penalty of of more inflation for American consumers. McClelland voted "nay." Fulbright did not vote. SPEED LIMITS -- Rejected, 22 for and G3 against, amendment to raise to 6[ m.p.h. the speed limit s t a t e s must set to qualify for fcdera" highway funds. It was proposed to S. 3934, which authorizes money for federal highway con struction in fiscal years 1975 and 1976. The amendment would have ivcn states the option of raising speed liimits by as much as five m.p.h. over the nalioinal speed limit of 55 m.p.h. lhat was imposed during the height of the energy crisis. Sen. Robert Dole (R - Kan.) the sponsor, citied statistics showing that less-populous western slates can make their highways safer by raising limits to GO m.p.h. He s a i d / t h a t because of geogranhical and population factors 60 m.p.h. in western stales is the cquivalen! of 55 m.p.h. in New Jersey ami New York. One opponent of the amend ment, Sen. Robert Stafford (R- Vt.), countered: "The reduced speed limit,..has been saving about 1,000 lives a month on. our nation's highways... How can we consider any increase above the 55 m.p.h. limit when we know such an increase means more people will be killed?" McClellan voted "nay." Fulbright did not vote. EVEREST 4 JENNINGS FOLDST010" BENTW.S t SALES FayettevllleDnir K Side Square -UJ-734S Washington State Governor Continues 'Town Meetings' COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) -The blond boy in jeans and T- shirt emblazoned with a beer label nud'ged his smaller companion knowingly: "That's him. That's the governor." Gov. Dan Evans spotted them, smiled broadly, shook hands and exchanged a few words before moving on. Evans, the first third-term governor in the state's history, was on another of his meet-the- public "Town Meeting" tours of Washington's main streets. They are similar to Ihe folksy elcclion tours Nelson A. Rockefeller used to make when he was governor of New York. This trip brought Evans to Smftty's restaurant in Cplville, a major social center in Ihe town of 4,050 in northeastern Washington. Inside were about 80 people waiting lo ask him questions and tell him what they think. And before the session of over an hour was fin ished, more than two dozen more had edged chairs into the crowd in the restaurant's ba room. Aides who traveled with him exchanged glances as the crowd grew. It wasn't a bad turnout for their Republican boss for a weekday afternoon at the height of summer in a town in the middle of an area regarded as conservative and Democratic. Evans has been holding such "Town Meetings" for almost two years now. They have no standard format, but they usually .include an open meeting for questions and answers, or just plain harangues. They have often been in conjunction with civic club lunch meetings but the trend lately -- and on this day -- is toward more gen eral meetings and confabs dur Ing industrial plant breaks. They also usually include a walk down "Main Street." LUNCH SESSION Earlier there had been t lunchbreak session with abou 350 employes of an aluminum plant at Mead, a Spokane sub urb. There followed a bumpy 21 minutes in the slate's six-plac turboprop plane Colville. Evans was introduced by state Rep. William Sehumaker a conservative Republican campaigning for re-election S c h u m a k e r often oppose Evans's usually liberal pro grams in ths legislature, bu was seldom out of his sigh throughout the visit. "Bill and I don't always agree, but that makes hirr Woman Convicted Of Bank Robbery LOS ANGELES (AP) - womnn who admitted she rob bed 10 banks within 18 days bu said she did it to bankrupt th federal government and to fee the poor in predominant! black Watts has been convictei of bank robbery. Leaster Smith, onetime com mon law wife of "Soledad bro thcr" John Cluchette, was con victed Monday in the court o U.S. District Judge M a t Byrne. She will be sentence next Monday. Miss Smith, of Los Angeles pleaded innocent by reaso of insanity. It w;is her sccon trial on charges stemming from the robbery spree in 1972. She was sentenced to si years in prison in the first trial bnt the conviction was ove; turned by the U.S. 9th Circu Court of Appeals. Miss Smith testified at 'th first trial that the .robberie were an attempt to b,inkrup the federal government becaus banks are government Insured She gave most of the $12,00 taken in the robberies to th parents of needy children in th Watts district, she said. The spree ended July 1' 1072, when Miss Smith was a rested after four rapid ban hoklups in a row that day. lore valuable," said Evans. In a town where a special roperly tax levy for schools ad irrevocably failed for the icoming year, forcing prob- i)le cutbacks in school pro- rams, the questions inevitably urned to taxes. One of several neatly dressed omen quoted a local news- aper report that the state had ranted a five-year deferral of lies taxes in connection with uilding of a new magnesium lant nearby. Although it will e a major area industry, the rojcct has sparked statewide ontroversy from the start over ossible air pollution and its cavy power use. "In California, in nearly ev- ry olber'state, they'd 'get some ind of tax break in the early ears to encourage building," .van s said. "Here they get othing,' and they have to pay a usiness and occupation tax, ie property lax whether they Tiake money or not." WOMAN ADAMANT But the woman was adanant: "It still doesn't seem roper to me that they're get- ng an interest-free loan when ie schools aren't." An e l d e r l y woman asked bout the fate of all towns ike Colville. Evans plunged in vithoul hesitation: "I know it's controversial, ut it has to be said: Washing- on has to face up to adequate and use legislation. Don't be (raid of land use planning; be afraid of not having it when you iced it." Earlier, at .the aluminum plant, the questioning had ouched other subjects. Evans characteristically downrated an upcoming ballot proposal for a state lottery, which he has consistently opposed, blamed in- lation on "Arab oil kings and heir high prices" and defended he state's welfare programs. At one point at the Colville meeting, the woman with the lax deferral question said the 'Town Meetings" were a good dea. There were several loud 'amens" throughout the room and a smattering of applause. iVhen it was all over, the crowd stood and applauded, with individuals walking over to shake ivans's hand or pursue some questions still further. In the late afternoon the plane left for Olympia. "The questions in both places were pretty good," Evans said to aides before settling down to ;o over appointments with his secretary. "It's odd that the questions weren't all that dif- "erent. I guess there's just not ,hat much difference between ;he things bothering people everywhere." Students Take Awards At UAMC Seven students from the Northwest Arkansas area were awarded Barton Scholarships today while attending the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. Those receiving the awards from the School of Medicine are Richard P. Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Garland Wheeler and Stephen P. Johnson son of Mrs. Eleanor J o h n s o n both of Fayclleville. Michael D. Hightower, son of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Hightower and William C. Kendrick, son of Mr. .and Mrs. Clyde Kendrick, both of Springdale. Billy G. Swindell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Condrey Swindell of Gravette and Cynthia A. Netherton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom J, Netherton of Maysville. Receiving her award from the School of Nursing was Debra Studyvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Studyvin of Gravette. Fifty-eight students received $22,350 in scholarships from the Barton Financial Fund, established for financial assistance to outstanding students. 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