Senate Adopts Bill
on Designer Drugs
MARCH 20, 1987 / MONTROSE VOICE 3
By Mark Langford
UP I Capitol Reporter
AUSTIN—The Texas Senate this week
passed bills that would crack down on
so-called designer drugs and speed labs
and require the parents of unwed teenage children to be financially responsible for their grandchildren.
The Senate also passed a House resolution Wednesday creating a Tax
Sen. Ray Farabee, D-Wichita Falls,
sponsor of the child support bill, said
the measure was not only designed to
make parents financially responsible
but also help prevent teenage pregnancies.
'It would discourage parents from
putting their teen children and their
children out on the street," he said. "It
would involve parents to a greater
degree to influence their children not to
Under the bill, the parents of unwed
teenagers who have children would be
financially responsible for those children, until they reach age 18, and their
The bill, adopted on a voice vote,
would not apply to the parents of married teenage parents or those teenage
parents who can provide their own
Farabee said Texas has the second
highest number of teenage pregnancies
in the nation and is first in the nation in
the number of births to girls under age
In 1985, 18,600 babies were born to
unwed Texas teenagers, Farabee said,
adding that 80 percent of all pregnant
teenage girls do not finish high school.
Despite a current law that makes par
ents financially responsible for children
under age 18, Farabee said many teen
mothers are being forced to seek public
assistance for herself and her child or go
without any financial support.
Farabee also sponsored a bill that
would amend the Controlled Substance
Act to reduce the proliferation of "speed
labs" and designer drugs.
The bill, adopted on a 28-0 vote, would
require chemical manufacturers and
retailers to keep records of sales transactions of certain "raw" chemicals
used in the manufacture of methamphe-
Farabee said the measure would
allow law enforcement agencies to find
out who is buying the chemicals and
trace them to the illegal manufacturing
facilities. The bill would also reduce the
manufacture of illegal designer drugs
that can be made legal by slight
changes in their chemical makeup.
The bill adopts language in current
federal law that makes illegal any drug
that is substantially similar in chemical
makeup and has the same effect as the
The Senate also unanimously
adopted the House-passed Tax Equity
Commission, which will conduct a comprehensive study of the state tax system
and make recommendations for possible changes.
"In today's changing economy ... we
need to study what would be in the best
interests of the state as a whole," said
Sen. Grant Jones, D-Temple, the bill's
The Senate added an amendment providing that the lieutenant governor and
House speaker jointly choose the commission's chairman.
Survey: Americans Favor
Contraceptive Ads on TV
By Aurelio Kojas
LOS ANGELES (UPI)—A majority of
Americans believe television portrays
sex as "all fun and no risk" and that
broadcasters should encourage the use
of contraceptives, a Harris Poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood says.
Planned Parenthood Federation of
America will use the findings of the poll
in an effort to influence the television
networks to broadcast contraceptive
commercials, President Faye Wattleton
told a news conference Wednesday.
Seventy-four percent of the respondents favored contraceptive advertising
on television after being reminded that
the surgeon general had called for the
increased use of condoms to reduce the
spread of AIDS.
Sixty-three percent ofthe 1,250 adults
surveyed nationwide Jan. 28-Feb. 1 said
they believed that most television programs give the impression that sex is
"all fun and no risk."
Wattleton said 64 percent of those
polled believe that watching television
encourages teenagers to be sexually
active and contributes to the fact that
the United States has the highest teen
pregnancy rate of any industrialized
country—more than 1 million a year.
"We know that the networks air more
than 20,000 sexual references in one
year, but birth control is mentioned only
on rare occasions," Wattleton said.
"Consequently, the message our teenagers get is that sex is fun and exciting,
but that there are no consequences to
The survey also found that 83 percent
of Americans believe TV exaggerates
the importance of sex.
Wattleton said it also rebuts the contention of many local television stations
and the three major networks that have
refused to air commercials for contraceptives on the grounds they would
"Our poll shows that a clear majority
of Americans, 60 percent, believe that
television stations should be allowed to
air contraceptive advertising," she said.
"Sixty-four percent disagree with the
statement that contraception is too controversial to be mentioned in television
programs, and a large majority of the
American public—72 percent—would
not be offended by contraceptive advertising on television."
The survey reported that "... there is
more support for contraceptive advertising than there is for the advertising of
beer and wine (53 percent to 45 percent),
and for feminine hygiene sprays (58 percent to 39 percent), both of which are
frequently advertised on television."
Wattleton called on the networks to
show a more realistic picture of the
world in their programming and commercials, and said the networks were
"completely out of step with the great
majority of the American people" on the
subject of contraception.
Wattleton said that only 11 percent of
Americans have a religious or moral
objection to birth control and family
Sports News from Montrose & Community Groups
HMorris Stays On Top of
Houston Tennis Club Ladder
Andrew Morris defended his No. 1 ranking in recent Houston Tennis Club action with a 6-1.
6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 2 Mark Pack. Pack went on to defend his No. 2 position with a 6-4,
6-2 win over No. 6 Spike Siegel.
In other action Mike Houston defeated No. 10 Rich Corder 6-3,3-6.7-6 (7-2). Corder was
able to defeat Armi Alabanza 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. No. 14 Ronnie Moss won over Randy Lunsford
6-4,6-4. New challenger Thalia Thompson fell to Gary Schwartz 6-4,7-5. Shawn Paulk held
onto his No. 13 ranking with a 6-2. 6-4 defeat over Schwartz. Lunsford met the challenge
from Eff Reyes for the No. 16 rung of the singles ladder 7-5, 6-2.
New doubles team Mark Pack and Spike Siegel took over the No. 2 doubles ranking from
Bruce Willis and Rich Corder. 6-2, 6-2.
The club is making good use of the early spring weather with some good challenge
matches during regular club play from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and 7:30-9:00
p.m. Wednesdays. For more inforamtionon the Houston Tennis Club, call Rich at 524-2151.
HGarage Sale to Benefit Tournament
A Trash & Treasure Garage Sale will be held in the parking lot of The 611 on March 28-29,
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Donations will help sponsor the Houston Billiards Invitational to be held
May 23-25, 1987.
Persons needing items picked up may call 529-7438 or 772-2895.
If s The Place to
Daily 4pm-2am; Sat. & Sun. noon-2am
We're not ready but we're open!
We Hope Houston's ready!
To Celebrate, Join Us For
Happy Hour All Day/All Night
Fri. March 20- Thurs. March 26
2517 Ralph Street
It's fine to park across the
street at Ralph's parking lot
until ours Is finished.