Weekly Legislative Summary
tWI Is one In a series of weekly sum
maries prepared by tbs legislative staff
oS the institute of Uovefnjaeat on the
work of the North Carolina. General
Assembly of I‘Jfil. It is emltined to
jastiasslous of mutters of general in
terest aud major importance.
Appropriations and Finance
A long-drawn-out process of
stem-by-item study of the Ad
ministration’s school budget sud
denly collapsed into a blanket]
endorsement Thursday, as the
Appropriations Subcom t abrupt
ly voted to appirove the Sanford
program. Before the motion]
was made, the subcommittees
had deleted provisions granting
tjvo. extra days’ pay to teachers
and a $5 per month increase for
school bus drivers; the subcom
mittees also cut a recommended
increase for bus mechanics from
15% to 3%. The total of the
reductions amounted to $3.8 mil
lion. The action of the sub
committees undoubtedly short
ens the time which will elapse
before the whole budget-tax
pro jlem comes before the Gen
era Assembly lor final action.
Stil be for a the subcommittees
are the budgets for higher edu
cati|n, welfare, and permanent
improvements. ‘ >_>
House passed HB 23, in
creajcing legislative subsistence
payments to a flat sl2 per day
after amending. the bill to in
crease to sl2 the maximum sub
sistence allowance for members
of state boards and commissions
generally. The amendment was
an attempt to meet the "limita
tion imposed by Article 11, Sec
tion 28 of the State Constitution,
which prohibits legislative al
lowance in excess of that al
lowed to state boards and com
missions. , t , n
Administration forces won an
other battle Thursday when the
Senate Finance Committee vot
ed to refer tax measures to a
10-rriember subcommittee. This
subcbmmittee and the House
suibeummittce, which was au
thorked last week, will proba
bly ]be appointed early next
weels' Present plans art? appar
ently for the two subcommittees
to meet separately. A- new tax
bill, SB 263, by Sjen, Currie
would increase the sales tax to
4% «n the present bq£e. Thi
bill differs from HB 31p, intro
duced March 28, only ‘in the de
tails of the bracket system of
collection. Introduction of the
bill places the 41 "proposal be
fore the Senate subcpdjjniiteei
HB 234, which extends the
coverage of the 75c minimum
wage law to establishments em
ploying three or more persons,
was seriously but not necessari
ly mortally wounded by the
House Committee c*i il anufac
turers and Labor. By a 16-9
vote the committee voted to
give the bill an unfavorable re
port; this report normally would
place the bill on the unfavor
able calendar where it would
die* without further action un
less it was removed from that
calendar by a 2/3'vote of the
House. Proponents rescued the
bill from this virtually certain
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death by means gt a minority
report—a parliamentary device
employed when supporters of a
bill feel that the whole body is
likely to have a more favorable
attitude toward the bill than
does the committee. Under the
rules When an unfavorable re
port is accompanied by a mi
nority report—favorable to the
bill —the question when the re
port is acted upon is “Shall the
minority report be adopted?” If
a simple majority vote “aye”
the bill is placed on the regu- 1
lar calendar for routine consid
eration. To avoid time-consum-1
ing and useless tactics by _ die
hard members, the rules require
that a minority report must be
signed by at least V 4 at the
members of the committee who
voted on the bill; this number
was obtained with some diffi
fulty by sponsors of HB 234.
While this maneuver was tak
ing place in the House, Sen.
Burrow introduced SB 271 which
would extend the coverage of
the minimum wage law in the
same way -as would HB 234, and
would, in addition make the law
apply to concession attendants
and cashiers in theaters. The
other side of the minimum wage
?oin was represented by Rep.
Newman who introduced HB 646
to repeal the minimum wage law
in its entirety.
HB 601, introduced April 28
by Rep. Hardy and other east
ern legislations, approaches the
problem of Congressional redis
tricting by pitting Republican
Charles R. Jonas against Demo
crat Basil Whitener in a district
■omprised of Alleghany, Ashe,
\vsry, Burke, Catawba, Cleve
'and, Gaston. Lincoln, Mitchell,
Rutherford and Watauga coun
’ies. Mecklenburg, a Jonas
Stronghold, would be placed in
a new Bth district embracing An
ion, Lee, Mecklenburg, Moore,
Richmond, Scotland and Union.
Efforts to establish an east-west
llliance to operate against the
Piedmont in favor of some ver
sion of the Hardy proposal have
been reported, with results still
uncertain. Rumors continue to
be heard concerning a proposal
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THE CHOWAN HEBAUL EPOrrOH. NORTH. CAROLINA. THURSDAY. MAY IL 198 L
Flo delegate the redistricting job'
to a special comnil&ldn." ' Vi
’ The Senate passed SJ&-143, t»!
amend the CeAetitwlion to
change- the basis of seairtorial
districts from population to “re
lated geographical, population
and area interests”, and .to limit
any one county to ona. senator.
The bill was amended to require
redistricting after each'decennial
census, rather than* at the time
the House reapportions its seats,
I HB 224, strengthening the
point system for suspension or
revocation of drivers’ licenses,
was amended to exclude offens
es committeeed in other states,
and in effect to remove a retro
action feature, and was passed t
by the House. SB 98, the * mo-,
tor vehicle inspection bill, ns on
the House calendar for Tuesday,
as is SBV 92, vrhieh- delates the
provision thatr anr, appeal from'
the .eCbmmissionef's - - idnder Z sus
pending a license : automatically
suspends the operation; of the
Commissioner’s Order;' SB: 93,
permitting suspension of a driv
er’s-license for commission with
in a,.12-month period ,of two ‘or
more offenses of speeding, has
passed the Senate and js in the
House Committee on.. Roads and
Highway Safety., HB. 279, re-*
qujring automobile liability -in
surers to'offer coverage which
will, allow ap insured' to protect
himself against ■?/ damage for
which an uninsured motorist is
legally responsible, was amend
ed to extend the coverage- to
damage done by hii-and-ruft mo
torists, and was passed by the
House Thursday; the extra - cov
erage, which would' be optional
with the insured, is estimated to
cost about $5 per year.
The House Cerrpmittee on
Banks and Banking has- approv
ed a modification .of the Bras
well small loans bill;.the amende
ment would limit to S2O the fi
nance charges of the first SIOO
of a loan, with $lB allowed on
the second SIOO, and sl2 on
the third SIOO. SB 250 rewrites
the statutes governing real es
tate title insurance companies.
SB 251 proposes a Mutual Trust
Investment Company Act which
would authorize five or more
fiduciary companies in North
Carolina to incorporate mutual!
trust investment companies. The
companies would be regulated;
and inspected by the Commis
; sinner of Banks. SB 267 limits
Khe right of members of sav
ings and loan associations to in
spect the records of the associa
-tion other than those relating
to the members’ own accounts,
and sets up rules governing
mailing by the association of
communications between mem
bers relating to matters to be
considered at the annual associa
tion meeting. HB 608 makes it
a misdemeanor for a lending in-.
stitution to require a borrower
to purchase insurance from a
company, agent or broker desig
i nated by the lender. HB 647
regulates retail installment sell
ing of everything from automo
biles to zithers and authorizes
finance changes of up to sl2
[per SIOO per year on the first
S3OO, and $7 per SIOO on the bal
ance above $1000; the Comfois
i sioner of Banks is empowered
to administer the act.
HB 290, which would have al
lowed police officers to go be
yond city limits in hot pursuit
of an offender,, was defeated on
-*he Senate floor Wednesday . . .
HB 567, making the state eligi
ble to receive federal funds for
aid to dependent children of un
employed fathers, passed the
House Wednesday . . . Man’s
best friend was among friends
in . the Senate Friday as that
body after stirring debate sent
back to committee SB 258 which
oermijts a person to kill a dog
which kills cattle, hogs, goats or
poultry, without incurring civil
liability to the dog’s owner; the
debate indicated that at least
some Senators do not feel that
killing a chicken should be a
capital offense, even for a dog.
[Merry Hill News]
* By LOUISE B. ADAMS
Mrs. Van Dempsey, Jr., and
children, Nancy and Butch, Mrs.
Frances Edwards and daughter,
Ann of Scotland Neck, visited
Mrs. Dempsey’s grandmother,
Mrs. C. T. Baker and aunts, Mrs.
Viola Cowan and Mrs. Louise
Adams Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. George Davis
and children, George, Jr., Becky
i Del and Christine of Elizabeth
j City spent Sunday with Mr. Da-
I'vis’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ar-
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Airman E. C. Toppin, son of
Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Toppin, Route
1, Edenton, has completed his
initial course of Air Force basic
military training at Lackland
Air Force Base in Texas. He
has been selected to attend the
technical training course for air
craft control and warning opera
tor at Keesler AFB, Miss.
Airman Toppin is a graduate
of Chowan High School and
majored in mathematics at East
Basic airmen at Lackland are
selected for specialized training
at technical schools on the basis
of their interests and aptitudes.
They are reassigned to the school
after five weeks of basic train
ing. At the technical schools
they are given additional mili
tary training along with the
Upon completion of special
technical training at an Air
Force Technical Training Cen
ter, airmen are assigned to op
erational units of the USAF
The Air Force recruiter for
this area is located in Ahoskie.
He visits Room 201 at the Post
Office in Elizabeth City, and
will visit Edenton any time upon
Kermit Mizelle of Edenton
visited his grandmother, Mrs. C.
T. Baker and family Saturday
Mr. and Mrs. Chet White and
daughter, Marion, Mrs. H. G.
Evans, Jr., and Joyce Evans
spent the week-end at Farm
ville, Va., visiting Mr. and Mrs.
White’s daughter, Anna Raye, a
student at Longwood College and j
also attended the “May Day-
Festivities" on Saturday.
Mrs. J. P. Love and Mrs. Chet]
White were in Williamston Fri
.Mrs. W. T. Davis and Mrs.
Arthur Davis visited Mr. and]
Mrs. James Davis in Windsor]
Monday morning and also didj
Mrs. Rufus Baker and Mrs. |
Viola Cowan were in Windsor
Friday on business.
Misses Vannie Mae ana Fran
ces Cowand spent Sunday in
Norfolk as the guest of their
sister, Mrs. Nettie Bartlett.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Winborne
were the guests of her brother
and family, Mr. and Mrs. D. E.
Bowen of Cburchland, Va., Sun
day and also visited Mrs. Fred
White and Mrs. Alden Deyoe of
Harrellsville Sunday night. Mrs.
Deyoe is from San Jose, Cali,
forma and has been spending
several weeks with her mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Collie White of
Elizabeth City spent Sunday
with Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Pierce.
Mrs. S. V. Cowand and Jerry
Cowand spent Friday in Rocky
Mount with Mr. and Mrs. H. A.
Miss Nancy Pruden of Wilson
spent night with Mr.
and Mrs. B. G. Willis at Willis
Mrs. E. J. Pruden, Sr., return
ed to her home Friday morning,
somewhat improved after be
ing a patient in Bertie Memor
ial Hospital at Windsor for sev
eral days last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Williams
and daughter, Lynn, Mrs. Archie
Rhea of Ahoskie visited their
mother, Mrs. Lloyd Cobb Sun
Harvey Williams of Norfolk,
Va., spent the week-end at
home with his wife, Mrs. Wil
liams and children, Julie and
Nina Love spent the week-end
at Nags Head with a group of
friends from Windsor.
Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Smith-
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wick of Newport News, Va.,
spent the week-end with their
parents, Mr. and 1 Mrs. Gilbert
Layton and Mr. and ’Mrs. Ber
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Thomas White of Newport
News, Va., spent the week-end
at home with his parents, Mr.
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Fonda Smithwirk, student at
East Carolina College, Greenville
spent the week-end at home
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs,
J. Britt Smithwick.
Gary Taylor of Rocky Mount
visited his parents, Mr. and Mrsi
R. L. Taylor on Sunday.