The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 8, 1978-Page'7
By KEITH RICHBURG
An ordinance proposed by Mayor,
Albert Wheeler would have revived a
citizens commission on human
rights, but an unexpected rally by the
Republican caucus Monday night
managed to get the Mayor's proposal
In response to the tabling, Wheeler
quipped, "They (the Council Republi-
cans) either couldn't read or didn't
Wheeler was referring to objec-
tions from the Republican caucus
that the proposal for the commission,
as written, was vague and hard to
THE TABLED proposal was an at-
tempt 'by Wheeler, a strong human
rights advocate, to resurrect the
citizens civil rights commission. The
new commission would have in-
creased the membership from seven
persons to nine, and would have
given the Mayor the power to appoint
the commission chairperson.
Under the proposal, the commis-
sion would not be allowed to investi-
gate individual cases of discrimina-
tion, but it could hear appeals of any
of the protected groups in the
proposed new human rights ordin-
That ordinance, which was sup-
posed to be discussed Monday night,
is still up in the air.
MAYOR PRO TEM Louis Belcher,
speaking for the Republican caucus,
objected to the increase in members,
questioned why the Mayor had the
sole voice in deciding the commission
head, and resented the prospect of
giving the commission investigative
"I think city council should have a
say in choosing the head," Belcher
said. "And we have a problem with
nine members as opposed to seven.
We feel that seven members would
be more effective."
Belcher also said he was speaking
for the Republican caucus when he
commented, "T h e commission
should not be a court of appeals. It
has no business being in the appeals
business at all."
"WHEELER, forced into the posi-
tion of defending the proposal, said,
"The commission is only a hearing'
board. They don't make any deci-
sions. They make recommendations
to the Council and the City Adminis-
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"I don't think that gives the
commission any more than a hearing
power," Wheeler said.
Councilman Wendell Allen (R-
First Ward) questioned the point in
having the commission at all, if
Wheeler was correct in that its only
power would be to make recommen-
"WHAT IS the purpose of bringing
this thing up?" Allen said. "We
already have a human rights depart-
Allen also called the Mayor's
proposed new human rights ordin-
ance "a mockery." It's a waste of
time. Right now, in a court of law, it
wouldn't stand up."
Councilman Gerald Bell (R-Fifth
Ward) joined in the partisan lam-
basting of the proposed Wheeler
commission. "I particularly don't
think a lot of thought has gone into
this ordinance," he said. "I think
there's got to be some work done on
COUNCILWOMAN Leslie Morris
(D-Second Ward) made an appeal to
save the commission.
"We are trying to move away from
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It was Councilman Ronald Trow-
bridge (R-Fourth Ward), however,
who sealed the commission's fate.
"By setting up a human rights 'What is the urpose
commission, we are setting up a 's p p
commission that is more powerful bringing this thing up
than the legislature or the school We already have a huma
board. I'm not sure at this point we
know what we're doing legally." rights department.'
AFTER WATCHING his proposal
gutted during the debate, Wheeler
told the Council "This is just abso-
lutely ridiculous," and called for a
roll call vote on the motion to indefi-
nitely table the bill.
The motion passed seven to four,
with Councilman Jamie Kenworthy
(D-Fourth Ward) voting with the
Wheeler promised later that he
would bring the proposal back,
possibly with compromise amend-
ments suggested by Kenworthy.
"But if it's going to get cut up,
won't reintroduce it," Wheeler said;
"I'll read it to them word by word'
next time. Maybe that way they'l1l"
By MARK PARRENT
Michigan Student Assembly (MSA)
last night voted to send MSA President
Jon Lauer to Washington to testify on
University students' behalf before the
House Ways and Means Committee on a
proposed tuition tax credit.
MSA allocated $200 to partially cover
Lauer's expenses during the trip. Lauer
said he will fund the rest of the expected
$300 total cost himself.
THE HOUSE committee is con-
sidering the Packwood-Moynihan Tax
Credit Act of 1977 which would allow up
to $500 to be credited against a student's
federal income tax.
Lauer is scheduled to speak before
the committee next week. Michigan
State University's student government
also plans to send a representative to
"I will be speaking in favor of the
bill," Lauer said, but added that he will
acknowledge opposing points of view.
Lauer said he has investigated the pros
and cons of the bill and plans to make
clear to the committee that he is
familiar with the downfalls of the bill.
THE BILL, WHICH Lauer said would
cost the U.S. Treasury $4.7 billion in lost
revenues, has been opposed by the Car-
President Carter plans to propose a
different aid program for middle-
income families with college students
today. (See story, page 1.)
MSA also passed a resolution in favor
of the bill.
The resolution, which was introduced
by 14 members, says, in part: "... The
benefits of this bill include substantial
financial savings to students, which
help to offset today's high cost of
education, and.. . the tax credit would
be available to every tuition-paying
student; . . . MSA does support the
Packwood-Moynihan Act of 1977
because of its proposed benefits to the
students of this University..."
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average of 1.6 visits per person. The
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Snow, winds and floodwaters brought
a second day of misery to millions in the
blizzardplagued Northeast yesterday,
while residents of some Midwestern
are'as suffered bitter cold and new
Trouble spots ranged from
Massachusetts - where a power black-
out and some looting in Boston com-
pounded the blizzard problems - to
Montana, which was struck by snow on
Monday and faced continued blizzard
warnings yesterday. Even Anchorage,
Alaska, had to close its schools, for the
first time since 1964, because of snow
which started Saturday and was still
falling heavily. I
MORE THAN two dozen weather-
related deaths, some from over-exer-
tion shoveling snow or struggling
through drifts, were reported across
Like most disasters, the storms
brought out good and bad. New Jersey
officials described public cooperation
as "marvelous." In Boston, however, at
least 10 persons were arrested in the,
Roxbury and Dorchester areas after
windows of two supermarkets were
smashed and half a dozen other stores
Police Commissioner Joseph Jordan
ordered all off-duty police to report to
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THE SNOW in the Northeast began
Sunday night - barely two weeks after
the last blizzard - and was still falling
in some parts ,at noon yesterday,
although it was less severe than earlier
and was expected to taper off during
theday. The storm in New York City
was officially declared ended at 3:30
p.m., about 40 hours after it began. Ac-
cumulations ranged from 1 to 2 feet.
Transportation wag at a near stan-
dstill. Airports in the Northeast were
closed and there was doubt as to
whether normal operations could
resume today. Airports in other parts of
the country were jammed with passen-
gers unable to reach their snowbound
destinations. Roads remained impass-
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