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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, July 31, 1980-Page 11

Standby
gas plan
survives
challenge

WASHINGTON (AP)-President Carter's standby
gasoline rationing plan survived its final
congressional challenge yesterday as both House and
Senate voted to allow it to become law.
By a 60-31 vote, the Senate buried a final effort by
rationing opponents to block the plan from taking ef-
fect as scheduled at midnight. It empowers the
president to impose rationing on his own ina gasoline
shortage of 20 per cent or greater.
MOMENTS LATER, THE House joined the Senate
in supporting the president, but by a much narrower
209-205 margin.
However, since the 1979 law under which Carter
submitted the plan requires a vote by both houses to
scuttle the plan, the earlier Senate action made the
House vote a moot issue.
Senators rejected a motion by Sen. Charles Percy
(R-Ill.) that would have blocked the standby plan
from taking effect.
He called the rationing scheme "an elaborate and

expensive paper mache defense against a very real
threat."
BUT SEN. BENNETT Johnston (D-La.) urged the
Senate to allow the rationing plan to go on the nation's
energy shelf, arguing that some way of distributing
scarce supplies of gasoline was needed "should the
crunch come."
In the House, the move to dump the rationing plan
was led by Rep. Clarence Brown (R-Ohio).
In both chambers, Republicans had sought to forge
a coalition with Democrats rationing foes to pile up
enough votes to bury the plan.
If the standby plan were invoked, gasoline would be
rationed by coupons-with the amount of the fuel to
be rationed depending on the severity of the shortage.
COUPONS WOULD BE distributed based on the
number of vehicles registered to a household or
business. Businesses could get additional allotments
based on historical gasoline consumption.
The coupons wopld be collected at service stations
at the time of the gasoline purchase.
City hurt
by federal
storm aid
refusal
(Continued from Page 3)
ALTHOUGH ADDITIONAL damage
reports were still coming in, Belcher
estimated at last Monday's City Council
meeting that storm damage would cost
the city upwards of $100,000.
Gov. Milliken filed the state request
for aid last week, saying the thunder-
storms which rampaged through 10
southern Michigan counties July 15, 16,
and 20 caused $177.3 million in public
and private property damage.
The governor specifically asked for
federal aid for storm clean-up
operations and low-cost interest loans
to farmers, businessmen, and
homeowners hit hard by the storm.
Word on the loan requests is expected
soon.
IN ASKING FOR the declaration,
Milliken said the economically
AL devastated state cannot foot the bill for
clearing away tons of debris left by the
storms on its own.
According to local administrator
AP Photo Collins, the city has been forced to rent
equipment and pay workers for "long
hours overtime" to clear alway the
n Miss brush still lining some Ann Arbor
streets.
"We have kept the landfill open extra
hours at no charge," he said, "and just
the landfill portion of clean-up
operations has already cost the city
over $10,000,', he added.
The refusal of federal aid could
qualify many local governments for
debris clearance aid under Milliken's
3s July 21 disaster declaraton. Funds will
./ not be available, however, unless Lan-
sing lawmakers approve a supplemen-
tal appropriation, because the state's
aid. Disaster Contingency Fund was
be "really drained by the Kalamazoo tornado
earlier this year.
last year For the second time this year,
ve persons Milliken has been turned down on an
their own emergency fund request. Earlier, he
had asked for aid to clean up PBB con-
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Kissy-kissy
President Carter took time out from distributing Olympic medals yesterday to receive two kisses-one fror
Universe, Shawn Weatherly (left) and another from Miss USA, Jineane Ford.
J ail suicides lnked to
alcohol program decinc

LANSING (UPI) - Jail suicides are on the rise, and
state -officials said yesterday Michigan's underfunded
alcohol treatment programs may be partially to blame.
Thirteen persons have committed suicide in Michigan
jails so far this year, nearly double the seven who took their
own lives during the same period in 1979. An estimated one-
third of those desths were alcohol related, said Jeff Eubank
of the state Department of Corrections.
UNDER THE state's five-year-old law decriminalizing
such alcohol-related infractions as public drunkenness,
police are required to take intoxicated persons to hospitals or
special treatment centers to be dried out rather than jailing.
them.
But treatment centers are few and far apart and gover-
nment funding has evaporated for temporary hospital care of
intoxicated persons.
Rep. David Hollister (D-Lansing) said police in some
areas have been forced to utilize a so-called "escape clause"
io the law to jail drunken persons for abusive or threatening
conducet.

"IT'S A COMPLETE reversal of the law," hes
For those hauled into jail, the experience can1
traumatic," Hollister said.
Eubank said a pattern has developed over the
showing that alcohol-related suicides usually invol'
who have never been jailed before and often take
lives during their first two hours of incarceration.
Hollister, said although efforts are being m
crease the state tax on liquor to fund the long-ter
treatment centers operated by the state Office of
Abuse Services, funds for 72-hour hospital care of it
persons are unlikely to be restored.
Hollister, a member of the legislative commit
oversees the office, predicted the state's curre
crisis will lead to the eventual elimination of about
existing 100 treatment centers. Those centers trea
9,000 cases last year, 10per cent of those referred b3
Another 2,000 persons received hospital treat
year.

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