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Transcript 3 enator Walter Mengden will introduce about 125 bills. ting the election in an off-year ballot, in a separate election completely. Thus the judicial candidates could be elected outside partisan politics and hopefully on a more informed basis. Twenty or so states handle judicial elections this way. Redesign of home tax deferral which would eliminate penalties for taking a porperty tax deferral. (Co-sponsor with Rep. Lalor.) House Disrtict 89 Rep. Senfronia Thompson's (D) office staff reports quite a bit of legislation in the works. Included are a number of bills relating to higher education and a bill dealing with abuse against spouses. A bill concerning the performance of minorities on professional exams, such as law and pharmacy. This bill would authorize the Commissioner of Education to conduct an in-depth study and then report the problems identified and recommended solutions. A bill on executuve management inters programs. To encourage people to. enter state government and to upgrade public policy in Texas, this bill would provide jobs in an intern program for 50 of the best graduate students in public management. A bill removing Prairie View A&M University from the A & M system. In the business area, a bill to establish a state office of trade to encourage trade between Texas and foreign countries. (Rep. Thompson's special interest has been Africa.) A measure that would remove automobiles that are three years or older from ad valorem taxation. A bill which doubles the money an individual can receive as judgement in tort claim cases. A spouse abuse bill, funding the Department of Human Resources to develop a program dealing with wife abuse and family violence. A bill making Martin Luther King's birthday a state holiday. House District 90 Rep. Brad Wright (R) proposes referendum power on tax increases at all levels of government. "This is my primary legislative interest because I want people—tax- payers-to have control over government taxation and spending," Wright said. "I'm also sponsoring a Constitutional Amendment that would give Texans initiative and referendum power on more than tax- related matters." A "small but important" bill will require sand and gravel trucks to cover their loads when they are on the highways. Another interest is a Presidential primary. "We've got one bill prepared and are waiting to determine whether legislation will be necessary. We want to be sure political parties can have presidential preference primaries in 1980." House District 91 Rep. W. J. (Bill) Blythe (R) told Breakthrough "I will introduce a bill with Rep. Caraway for stronger financial disclosure on the part of the mayor and city council. I think we're really getting down to the nitty gritty as to what runs City Hall. "Also, I'll carry a series of bills on strengthening and providing protection for public pension plans for state and city employees-teachers, policemen, firemen, etc. I hope we can prevent disasters such as are happening in other states. Houston, Dallas and San Antonio are actuarily unsound. "I'll probably be carrying bills with Caraway, concerning annexation limits on cities that freely annex as of now. "I'm co-sponsoring, with Gerald Hill of Austin, a bill to delete discrimination against sex and age in auto insurance rates. "I'll probably carry a bill and Constitutional Amendment to set up a procedure by which county auditors can be investigated and reviewed as far as professional and ethical standards are concerned. "I'm going to introduce a bill that will require that when you re-evaluate a city, you evaluate the city as a whole, not by parts, or year by year." House District 92 Rep. Frank Hartung (R) could not be reached. House District 95 Rep. R. E. (Gene) Green (D) has prefiled 26 bills, most having to do with auto insurance. He said, "Many of these bills are a result of my work as Chairman of the Automobile Insurance Interim Subcommittee. The report didn't go as far as I thought it should have gone. I've been on the insurance committee for six years, three terms. A number of these bills are left from what we didn't get done in '75." He mentioned three of these as being the most important: House District 93 Rep. Milton E. Fox's (R) legislative interest at the beginning of the session will be two bills that he introduced last session, says an administrative assistant. The oil field unitization bill would help oil companies recover large amounts of oil and gas under the ground which cannot legally be tapped now because of above-ground lease problems. Complex, technical and significant, the bill could authorize the recovery of over a billion barrels of oil. An election law change that would prohibit people from running for state and national office at the same time is Fox's other interest. House District 94 Rep. Don Henderson (R) has two main pieces of legislation that he is concentrating on now;others will come later. To implement the tax limitations part of the Tax Relief Amendment that voters passed in the November election. Henderson will presen^ a bill, similar to one he introduced in the last session, which would limit the total amount of taxes the state could levy to no more than a percentage of the aggregate income of Texans. That way, state expansion would be in line with the state economy. As the economy grows, the state will have more money for its own expansion. Likewise, the state will have a safeguard against runaway growth. Self-insurance of workers' compensation. All workers' compensation claims in Texas must be insured through the insurance industry, with the exception of government agencies, which are authorized to self-insure workers' compensation claims. This bill will allow private industry to self-insure. The bill will not apply to small companies, which will still go through insurance companies. Henderson is also interested in the issue of parklands around urban areas. He believes that more money should be spent for state parks and that available land a- round Houston should be bought and put in reserve. A bill that would base a person's insurance rate on his or her driving record, not age, sex, physical handicap. "This bill would prohibit discrimination over what people don't have control over," he said. The "mandatory liability bill," requiring liability insurance for all registered vehicles. A bill allowing group auto insurance to be sold. House District 96 Rep. Tony Polumbo's (D) office staff said that Rep. Polumbo would "rather not make a statement concerning any legislation right now." House District 97 Rep. Ralph Wallace (R) could not be reached. House District 98 Rep. Henry Allee (D) has prefiled four bills: H.B. 11, to require all motorcyclists to wear a motorcycle helmet. Rep. Allee's fact sheet on motorcycle fatalities, based on Texas Department of Public Safety figures, points out that deaths from motorcycle accidents have increased more than 50 percent since the Mandatory Safety Helmet Law was repealed in August, 1977. H.B. 12, relating to an additional standard for determining death. His primary interest is this "definition of death" bill, his office in Austin said. He's especially concerned about this because he believes a change in the law here could help dying people and relieve mental anguish for parents and families in certain cases. This bill would not eliminate the "cardi-vascu- lar" criteria of defining death; it would merely provide an additional and nonexclusive standard of death to be used only when advanced machines make the present common law standard unsuitable. He thinks the Texas legislature should update the law to make a distinction between spontaneous functions and artificially produced respiratory and circulatory functions and should implement "brain death" legislation as a means for determining when death occurs. H.B. 13, requiring title certification for construction equipment of certain types. H.B. 14, relating to the duty of landlord and tenant to maintain a residential rental premise in a fit and habitable con- dition-a bill "a little more fair to the landlord." House District 99 Rep. Jim Clark (D) could not be reached. House District 100 Rep. Bill Caraway (D) will co-sponsor two bills, according to aide Ed Martin. The first will introduce single member districts for city councilmen, which is still in the drafting stages. The second bill to be co-sponsored will address the problem of city departments that make contracts with relatives of city officials, Martin said. "Caraway wants to introduce a bill that will upgrade the quality of teaching in colleges," Martin said. Caraway also wants to prohibit personal income tax. "He doesn't feel that working-class people should have any more money taken out of their salaries." Martin said. "We have more bills that will be developed over the next few weeks, but another important one is a bill that makes sure Clear Lake City and other areas in southeast Houston will be de-annexed," Martin said. Senate District 11 Senator Chet Brooks (D) has been in the State Senate since 1966; prior to that he served in the House of Representatives from 1962 to 1966. He is Chairman for the Committee on Human Resources, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the State Affairs Committee. According to aide Steve Renfro, the Senator will primarily be concerned with health care and social services. They will be trying for a major revision of the Nurse Practice Act. which according t,o Renfro, is "an old ^ct that was written early in the century and has been patch- worked since then. It is terribly antiquated." Brooks tried to get this bill through the last session, but failed. According to Renfro, Brooks will be meeting with the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Health Association and some of the nurse specialty groups. "The new bill will define the practice of nursing in a different way and will give the board of nurses a better way to monitor the profession. Also," Renfro said, "it will provide different and stricter tests for out-of-state nurses." Brooks will be studying nursing home conditions and will be pushing for a change in the nursing home laws. He also hopes to pass a bill on Alternate Care, which involves meals-on-wheels, day care and housekeeping service, designed to reduce costs and keep the patient at home, Renfro said. This bill is being introduced for the first time, he added. About 40 states have passed bills on generic drug substitution, which means that unless a physician otherwise indicates on a prescription, the pharmacist can substitute a less expensive version of the same drug (e.g. another label). Brooks will be strongly pushing for a bill like this in Texas. "Right now," Renfro said, "clinical labs can hire a high school dropout who will perform critical tests on patients without the proper qualifications. We want to pass a licensing act that provides criteria for these essential employees." Brooks will be trying a different version of his sex offender bill which was not passed at last year's session. Right (continued on page 25} DECEMBER/JANUARY 1979 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 23