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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 25, 1978-Page 9
Don't stockpile those beer cans

LANSING (UPI) - Stockpiling bot-
tles and cans now in hopes of reaping a
minor windfall when Michigan's "bot-
tle ban" goes into effect this December
won't pan out, according to beer and
soft drink manufacturers.
"We hav been receiving scattered
reports that some people already are
saving cans in hopes of turning them in
after December 3 and collecting the 10-
cents deposit," said James Hallan,
head of the Michigan Soft Drink
hoarders, their cans will be valuable
only as scrap. "When the returnable
container system goes into effect, all
soft drink cans will be stamped with the

word 'Michigan' and the amount of
Cans not carrying the special iden-
tification will not be redeemable, he
The same will hold true for beer con-
WHEN THE LAW goes into effect, a
dime deposit will be required on non-
reusable bottles and cans and reusable
bottles will carry a nickel deposit.
Similar bottle bans already are law in
Vermont and Oregon.
Empty cans will be returned to bot-
tlers for recycling and reusable bottles
will be refilled.
The special labeling will prevent
redemption of unmarked cans and bot-
tles and prevent "dumping" of con-

tainers from nearby states on Michigan
retailers who only will be obliged to
redeem deposits on Michigan con-
drink manufacturers battled against
the bottle ban when it was on the 1976
ballot, Hallan said his association does
not support efforts to delay its effective
"We recognize that the all-returnable
system may inconvenience some
customers, add to beverage costs and
reduce total little by only a small
amount, but we recognize also that a
great majority of Michigan citizens
voted for this law and our industry is
prepared to follow that mandate," he

Gay rights ordinance repealed
in Ore.; backers continue fight

EUGENE, Ore. (AP)--Supporters of
a repealed gay rights ordinance an-
nounced plans yesterday to create a
fund to help defend homosexuals again-
st discrimination. They asked the group
that opposed the measure to contribute.
The ordinance was repealed by almost
a 2-1 margin in a referendum Tuesday,
22,898 to 13,427. Almost 50 per cent of
the city's registered voters went to the
supporter of the ordinance, said chur-
ches and other orgahizations will be
asked to contribute to a "fund for
justice," to finance court costs.
Huneke called on leaders of Volun-
teer Organization Involved in Com-
munity Enactments (VOICE) to help
build the fund. VOICE, which led the
successful drive for repeal, argued that
homosexuals' civil rights are protected
by the same laws that protect civil

rights for all citizens.
Larry Dean, a VOICE spokesman,
said he didn't see anything wrong with
" such a fund, "but I don't think we've got
anything left to give."
"WE ARE AGAINST unfair treat-
ment-against bigotry and prejudice of
any kind," said Dean. "We think there
should be more understanding.
Anybody who is familiar with the sub-
ject knows there have been isolated in-
stances of discrimination against
homosexuals, but that's not the case on
a broad base."
The margin in Eugene wasn't as
large as in other successful repeal votes
within the last year in Dade County,
Fla., St. Paul, Minn., and Wichita, Kan.
VOICE shunned a Bible-quoting
campaign style of previous gay rights
referendums, but a telegram of
congratulations came Wednesday from
Anita Bryant, who led the successful

challenge to gay rights ordinances in
Dade County and helped in the St. Paul
and Wichita challenges.
Christian public and all the citizens of
Eugene who worked and voted against
legalized immorality."
Dean feels there will be more
referendums and "I suspect we'll see
these gay rights laws falling one by one
across the country. . . . If they couldn't
win in Eugene, they can't win any place
else, except maybe San Francisco."
Tuesday's vote repealed an amen-
dment, approved by the City Council,
which had added discrimination based
on sexual orientation to the kinds of
discrimination prohibited by the city's
human rights ordinance. The amen-
dment never took effect after being
adopted last November because
signatures were quickly gathered to put
it to a popular vote.

"The soft drink industry is working
rapidly to comply with both the letter
and the spirit of the new law when it
takes effect December 3."
Legislation is under study to delay for
six months the law's effectiveness and
to impose a $70 million "litter tax" on
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Energy conferees compromise

(Continued from Page i )
along with the natural gas legislation -
although some minor, mostly technical,
issues must be settled first by con-
may take several months before the
legislation is drafted and ready for floor
The fate of the crude oil and other
energy tax proposals remains in doubt.
But House Speaker Thomas O'Neill told
reporters Wednesday he believes this
section has a good chance of enactment
this session along with the other parts
of the energy package.
Three Republican senators - Pete
Domenici of New Mexico, Mark Hat-
field of Oregon and James McClure of
Idaho - joined seven Senate
Democrats in voting for the gas-pricing
plan, breaking ranks with other GOP
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Republicans on the conference panel
voted against the proposal, claiming it
didn't go far enough toward deregula-
tion. Democrats split their votes, with
those opposing the plan arguing that it
was too generous to gas producers.
The plan allows either the President
or Congress to re-impose price controls
for a single 18-month period and re-
quires industrial users to hear the brunt
of the price increases.
The conference chairman, Rep. Har-
ley Staggers (D-W. Va.), and the Senate
conference leader, Henry Jackson (D-
Wash.), both originally supported the
administration plan. They said they

weren't happy with the compromise but
said it was the best that could be nego-
"I would like to give one message to
the gas producers of this nation in as
clear and unequivocal words as I can,"
Staggers said. "This bill is generous to
you who produce the gas that our nation
needs and I will personally consider it
treason against the interests of Amer-
ica if you withhold gas from the mar-
ketplace in the future."
About 62 percent of the U.S. popula-
tion, or 133 million Americans, were
licensed to drive motor vehicles in 1976.

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