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2-Friday, October 7, 1977-The Michigan Daily

State pot reform: RIP

State court rules 'U' Cellar
must pay personal property taxes

The Michigan House of Represen-
tatives gave the pot reform law its
final kick in the teeth yesterday,
ending any consideration of the bill
for the rest of this legislative session.
,Although the bill was voted down
Wednesday, 51-48, the House voted to
reconsider it yesterday following the
addition of several"amendments. It

favor of the reform: the bill would
allow the $20 million being spent
enforcing pot laws to go to police to
enforce other laws; it will stop jailing
people for the same "type of offense
as drinking beer and wine;" it would
prevent youth from getting criminal
records that would handicap them in
later life.

bill, said he was not totally opposed
to pot reform. "I don't want a kid to
have a record, but I shouldn't have a
right to give a drug to a minor. I think
he (Bullard) went too far. Maybe we
can compromise. It was too drastic a
step to take without experimenta-
Bullard's bill would have reduced
penalties for possession of an ounce
or less from a year in jail and a maxi-
mum $1,000 fine to a maximum $100
fine and no jail term. Sale of an ounce
or less would have drawn a year in
jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. The
present penalty is a maximum $2,000
fine and maximum four years in jail.

then failed, 52-47 yesterday. FESSLER SAID that as far as he '
knows, no one in his home county,
REP. PERRY Bullard (D-Ann Oakland, has been jailed on a pot
Aibor) said that the bill he sponsored charge for three years.'
is finished for a year and a half. Bullard, Fessler, and House Speak-
Although yesterday's vote was er Pro Tem Matthew McNeely 1
52-47, Bullard needed 56 votes for the (D-Detroit) all emphasized the need
bill to succeed. to move on to other bills.
: Rep. Richard Fessler (R-Union "We began to make this bill the
,Lake), a major opponent of the bill, most important of the session," said
said the bill would be "giving the McNeely. "There's other problems,
.-green light to youth to try it, then like schools. We've spent too much
slapping them on the wrists." time on the issue."
Bullard cuited three arguments in .McNeely, who voted against the
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The University Cellar must pay
personal property taxes like any
other privately-owned business the
State Supreme Court ruled yester-
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said cutting paper towels is a "really
stupid" idea. "The amount of money
they think, they are saving just
doesn't seem to be worth it," he said.
BUT MEMBERS of the student-
composed University Housing Coun-
cil aren't so angered. "We've come to
the conclusion that nothing can be
done about it this term,' said Doug
Steinberg, president. He said all
students can do now is request funds
for paper towels be returned to the
budget at the cost of even higher
dorm rates.
So students continue to roam their
dorms - angry and wet. As Mosher-
Jordan junior Leslye Sklar conclud-
ed: "It's ridiculous that we have to
do without something so everyday, so
five times everyday."

The high court overturned a Court
of Appeals decision which said the
student bookstore was tax-exempt
because it was owned by the Univer-
sity. Yesterday's 4-3 Supreme Court
ruling said the University does not
legally own the store.
THE CELLAR is more closely
related to the student government
council than to the University, the
court said, because the council
controls the bookstore's board of
The three justices who voted

against the decision countered that
the bookstore is on University prop-
erty and making the property of a
non-profit group operating for the
benefit of students tax-exempt does
not constitute a violation of tax law
University Cellar manager Tudor
Bradley said last night he had
received "no notification" of the
ruling. "We've checked with our
lawyers, but we don't have anything
delivered to us."
Bradley refused to comment furth-
er on the decision.

Senate deals another


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It also rejected the administra-
tion's plan to levy a stiff tax on
factories and power plants that use
oil and natural gas.
AFTER WEEKS of efforts,' Sen.
Russell Long, (D-La.), chairman of
the committee, concluded there was
no way the panel could agree on an
energy-tax program. So he proposed
that the panel quit trying and leave
the whole question to a Senate-House
conference committee.,
For that to work the full Senate
would have to approve whatever
minor tax.credits its committee
endorses, including one to help
improve home insulation. A confer-
ence committee then would decide
between the no-tax approach of the
Senate and the House version of the
energy bill, which includes major
There is no assurance the Senate
would go along with such a plan, even
if Long's committee does, because it
would amount to turning over to the
House the responsibility of writing
energy taxes.

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THE ISSUE that has split the
Senate panel so badly is whether
energy producers should get greater
tax incentives to stimulate new
production. The administration and
the House want virtually no new aid
for the industry. .Although most
members of the committee appear to
'favor more incentives, they can't
agree on how to do it.
Carter's energy proposal included
four major taxes. The first, a new tax
of up to 50 cents on a gallon of
gasoline, was rejected by the House
and is not being considered by the
Senate committee.
The House approved weakened
versions of the other three: a tax
aimed 'at forcing conservation by
raising the price of domestic oil to the
world level; a tax on fuel inefficient
cars, and the factory tax.
THE SENATE committee killed all
three. The last to fall, the tax on
factories and utilities, was rejected
yesterday, 14 to 4. The Carter
administration viewed that tax as
having more potential for conserva-
tion than any part of the program.
The Carter administration has
noted that unless Congress approves
the domestic crude-oil tax, the
President could impose a $5-per-
barrel tariff - or import tax - on all
foreign oil. That would have essen-
tially the same effect as Carter's
original proposal, and would force up
the price of gasoline by about eight
cents a gallon.
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