The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 10, 1978-Page 5
COMMITTEE MOVES TO BLOCK PROJECT:
Seafarer suffers another blow
LANSING (UPI)-The House Appropriations Com-
mittee, at the behest of Committee Chairman
Dominic Jacobetti, yesterday approved legislation
Jacobetti hoped would keep the U.S. Navy's proposed
Project Seafarer out of his Upper Peninsula (U.P.)
The five bills simply declare that the state does not
consent to the acquisition of any Michigan land for the
underground antenna which many U.P. residents fear
would harm the environment and posea health threat.
CRITICS OF THE measures say Michigan cannot,
under the U.S. Constitution, bar military installations
from the state and claim the antenna - a com-
munications link for submerged submarines-is vital
to the national defense.
Among the 10 committee members who agreed to
send the measures to the House floor were at least two
who vowed to cast "no" ballots on the final vote.
The committee also aproved and sent to the House
floor yesterday a Senate-passed $5 million youth jobs
program to provide employment for some 6,500 young
people this summer.
THE PROGRAM-involving jobs on state Depar-
tment of Natural Resources conservation-oriented
projects as well as municipal jobs-was started last
year and is merely being continued.
The Navy's plans to locate Seafarer-which it has
scaled down and renamed ELF-in the U.P. have been
controversal for several years.
Gov. William Milliken "vetoed" Seafarer after it was
rejected by substantial margins in advisory votes held 'Governor illiken is
in several U.P. counties.
"GOVERNOR MILLIKEN is against it, Senator
Donald Riegel is against it, Robert Griffin is against it Riegle is against it Senator
and everybody I talk to is against it, but still the Depar-
tment of the Navy insists they're going to push the Robert Griffin is against it
project down our throats," said Jacobetti, a Negaunee
Democrat. and ey talktoi
"Each time, they change the name-from
Sanguine to Seafarer to ELF," said Jacobetti, who against it .
lept to his feet, denouncing the Navy's tactics. "Pretty
soon, it will be a muskrat."-J
Rep. Edward Mahalik (D-Romulus), questioned
whether Mchigan can or should bar the pro ject. State House
"IF THE PRESIDENT of these United States were to
decide to build it ... I think he has the authority to Appropriations
move," Mahalak said.
He also warned that rejecting ELF would be Committee chin
"another step toward reducing our capacity and
making us a little weaker as far as national defense is
Mahalik was one of four committee members who
voted against the bill.
Geralds awaits expulsion vote
By MICHAEL ARKUSH Geralds won't be expelled," Forbes
State Rep. Monte Geralds (D- said. Geralds denounced Forbes' assertion, Forbes said he expecte
adison Heights), accused of embez- Forbes said he could not envision any claiming the House would realize the Milliken to call for a newe
in $24,000 from a former law client, more than 15 of the 509 state represen- people had made their choice with after today's vote. He sai
sterday saido he expects the state tatives voting foro Geralds.tHeoaddd complete knowledge of the circumstan- knw hedn t thed goves
ouse to vote to oust him today. that he did not expect today's ces. schedule it but predicted
But Geralds predicted the outcome of discussion to be a long, bitter struggle. "IF I AM re-elected, I don't think I'll before the August primary.
e expected balloting will be a lot Attorney General Frank Kelley has House. I think people will realize that I
oser than he had earlier anticipated. ruled that Geralds could still run for re- amw tesadGrd.
"I BELIEVE I will lose tomorrow, election even if he is expelled. Kelley am wanted," said Geralds.
t not as badly as I once thought," he said Geralds' crime occurred in the Geralds is scheduled to be sentenced
id yesterday. private sector and was not a violation of on May 11. He has stated that he will
A two-thirds majority is required to the public trust. appeal any sentence even if it is only D ISC
A Ge-thrds d mot sorure cloe GERALDS AGAIN indicated yester- probation. However, any jail sentence
pel Geralds, and most sources close would eliminate Geralds' chances for
the legislature predict the House will day he will run for re-election even if he wu-elimn e ralds' hanes for Lessons at
t overwhelmingly to remove the 43- is removed from office. He said he re-election, even if he appeals the
ar-old lawmaker, who has maintaned believes his chances are "50-50" and decision.
s innocence. says it "would be a very difficult race". "If he is sentenced to jail, he's had
Rep. Joseph Forbes (D-Oak Park), , The Madison Heights Democrat said it,GFo sis particularly upset at
airman of the House Policy Commit- if he is re-elected it would prove to the his fellow lawmakers who he chargesSP
e which last week approved a House that the "people recognize his with voting to "satisfy their constituen- 314% S. Sin)
easure to recommend Geralds' ex- leadership and still support him". . ts"
lsion, yesterday said. he would be Forbes said a Geraldstvictory in "It is a lot easier to explain to your CRLL 995-4
ry surprised if the House elected to November would not end the House supporters how you voted to expel a
'tain the Madison Heights Democrat. fight against the legislator. Forbes said convicted embezzler than to explain for schedule
"UNLESS THINGS change very the House could still vote to refuse to convited ee hn oepin for sedule
ipidly I cannot see any way that seat Geralds if he should be re-elected. how you voted to keep him in office. and registrati.
People from other districts just won't information.
understand their representatives while
Milliken to fiht move to people from my district know me," said
d he did not
it would be
BAY CITY (UPI) - Gov. William
Milliken said yesterday he will resist
the call for a convention to rewrite
Michigan's 1963 Constitution.
Michigan voters will decide in the
November election whether to call a
constitutional convention under its
provisions requiring a public vote every
DEMOCRATS HAVE made ex-
pressions of support for a convention -
and in fact have branded the 1963
document and brainchild of former
Gov. George Romney a Republican
Constitution. Republicans have
generally resisted the move.
Milliken said that the number of
times - 18 - that Michigan residents,
have been called upon to vote -on
proposedechanges in 'the Cnstitution
a'dhnot 'irid Ate- that it is a flawed'
"In fact, I have concluded, after a
very careful review, and in spite of the
changes which I would like to see, that
Michigan does not need a new Con-
stitution," Milliken said.
"There are several reasons for my
decision. Most important is my feeling
that, in spite of the need for several
specific changes in the Constitution, the
sum of these deficiencies does not
warrant wholesale reconstruction of
our entire Constitution"
Milliken said it would be a mistake
"to negate so quickly 14 years of
judicials and legislative interpretation
and begin the process all over again."
However, he said changes are needed
in the process of selecting judges, in
financing schools,.in the structure of
- nigher. education and in t heain-
tento some stt4epartment heads
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