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tin, yarn, straw, and terracotta
Christmas ornaments; copper, straw,
brass, and cast iron bells; and creches
are only part of our Christmas
collection from Latin America.
going to ^all for youl
Always 30%-60% off casual women's wear
Kinda Krazy has such a
great variety of fabulous
fall fashions you'II fall
over when you see
them. Famous brand -
name misses and junior
ladies clothing... always 30-60% below
normal retail. Are we
taking a fall by selling
for less? Not really because we buy from well
who have over produced, or, are closing
out their first quality fall
garments... some with
original labels, some
without. So we sell merchandise you don't
have to wait to wear.
At Kinda Krazy we're
always in season ...
always in style. So fall
into Kinda Krazy s fashion fallout.
Sizes 3-15 Jr. 6-18 Misses
13192 MeTnorial Drive • 7435 S.W Freeway at Fondren
2352 FM 1960 and Kuykendahl • I 59 and FM 1960
2112 Central Plaza. Galveston • Stores also in Austin, San
Antonio. Srireveport and Albuquerque
House District 80
Rep. Lance Lalor (D) lists a variety ot
bills he is considering for this session;
Ethics, conflicts of interest, and financial disclosure law for public officials.
State funding for urban parks, recreation and open spaces.
An increase in state funding for the
arts and a "percent-for-art" bill.
"Whistleblowers" legislation to protect
state employees who reveal corruption,
waste or incompetence from retaliation
by their superiors.
New disclosure requirements for real
estate agents and automobile dealers,
combined with easier procedures for consumer complaints against such businesses.
New, streamlined small claims court
procedures to help resolve consumer complaints, landlord/tenant disputes.
A fair, simple and direct proportional
representation presidential primary bill.
A bill allowing elderly homeowners to
defer payment of property taxes until
they sell or transfer their homes.
A bill to prohibit smoking in public
Legislation to create a department of
Inter-American affairs which would consolidate existing agencies and work to improve relations between Texas and the
governments of Mexico and Latin
A bill requiring the Texas Turnpike
Authority to hold public site hearings and
to prepare an environmental impact statement before building any new toll roads.
Religious holidays without salary deductions for teachers.
House District 82
Rep. John Whitmire (D) responds, "I'm
in the process of researching and kicking
a few ideas around, especially in the area
of property tax relief legislation. We need
property tax relief. But weTl have to balance our approach. We can't expect public employees to not have adequate benefits and pay. But it's tough for public
agencies to compete with private enterprise with good pay. I'm a former public
employee, and I understand the problems
involved. The district I represent, the
Northwest end of Houston, was particularly upset last spring with tax increases
of 300 to 500 percent.
"I may go after the pay toilet bill
again, but I'll take a different approach
this time. Since I know it can get through
the House, I may find a Senate sponsor
for this and go from that direction first.
It passed in the House last time, but not
the Senate. This bill is especially of benefit to women, children and the handicapped."
House District 83
Rep. Chase Untermeyer (R) has four bills
nearing the final stages and his office is
working on a number of areas that may
result in legislation later in the session.
Refinancing rural or urban homesteads
is a priority issue for Untermeyer, says a
legislative aide; he believes that people
should be able to borrow against property
that is rightfully theirs. Fewer than five
states prohibit such action, but the idea
that property should be left alone is a tradition deep in the history of Texas. Untermeyer points out that such legislation
works well in other states, with a few
Alternatives to the property tax. This
would allow a unit of government to
"vote in" alternatives to the property tax,
such as sales tax, excise tax, or gross receipts tax, on a local option in order to
reduce or eliminate property taxes. Untermeyer is particularly interested in this
legislation because he thinks the citizens
of a political subdivision should have tax
alternatives and should be able to determine what kind of taxation they receive.
Non-partisan election of judges. Currently, judges are elected along with other
Litter and bottle bill. This would combine the "best" of both the Washington
state model litter bill, which makes a general assessment to manufacturers and distributors of cans and bottles, and the
Oregon state model bottle bill, which includes a deposit on containers and provides incentive for recycling.
Tax credits for elderly people. Now,
persons over 65 years of age can claim a
homestead tax exemption, which means a
small decrease in property tax payments.
But if they rent an apartment, they do
not have that option. This bill would allow the elderly person who rents to receive
tax credit as well.
Legislation to lessen construction delay costs. Developers and those buying
homes in Houston realize that houses
here are more expensive than in many
other areas of the country. Costs here are
higher than the national average, and one
reason for this is increasing local, state,
and federal regulation. Regulation which
often leaves a developer waiting mid-project, with money and equipment tied up,
for paperwork to come back with government approval. Untermeyer's bill would
alleviate many of these delays.
House District 84
Rep. Herman Lauhoff's (D) legislative
plans will focus, to a great extent, on
transportation issues such as mass transit
and improving the traffic flow on highways and freeways. In other areas, he says,
"I'll introduce some legislation that
would do two things in the law enforcement field;
A bill that would make it a felony for
law enforcement officers to knowingly
commit unlawful acts that end in death
or result in serious injury of a person.
A bill to make all law enforcement a-
gencies maintain written rules and procedures in the areas of search and seizure,
use of force, use of firearms.
"I'll have a bill regulating emergency
medical services, mandating training and
the type of equipment used.
"And I'll have some other legislation
concerning regulation, such as minimum
fines for overweight trucks, which grew
out of the transportation study."
House District 85
Rep. Al Edwards (D) will take Anthony
Hall's seat in the House. He could not be
reached by telephone during this survey.
House District 86
Rep. Craig Washington (D) could also not
be reached for comment.
House District 87
Rep. Ben T. Reyes (D) could not be contacted during this survey.
House District 88
El Franco Lee (D) will take Mickey Le-
land's seat in the House. "Right now, I'm
researching several areas-housing, especially "redlining," and health care, specifically the second part of the generic drug
legislation that Mickey Leland introduced
last session," said Lee. "We're looking especially at the effect redlining (or the
practice of financial institutions eliminating loans to a geographical area because
of its economic and racial character) has
on housing in low-income areas.
"I'm also attempting to find information on day care—what's available, how
it's funded. There's a severe shortage of
day care service in my district, public and
private. We're doing assessments in low-
income areas across the state to see whether it is feasible to introduce legislation
that would have an effect on day care services."
candidates on the ballot, but judicial duties usually have no relation to partisan
politics. Untermeyer's staff is working
out the details of how to achieve non-partisan election of judges, perhaps by put-
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