The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, April 06, 1947, Page 10, Image 10

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    10-The Statesman, Salem. Oregon, Sunday. April 6. 1947
Taxation, Schools Top Big List
Of Subjects Tackled by Session
, By Wendell Webb
Nearly 600 new laws were approved for the statute books of
Oregon by the record-long legislature which closed yesterday, touch
ing on such vital subjects as taxation, schools, social welfare, veterans,
labor, .forestry, liquor, highways and 6tate-county-federal affairs.
.Alany of the issues went "Undecided until the final day of the 44th
Fession (story on page 1), but others evolved so gradually during the
83-day meeting that the full lm
Laws EiraacSedl by Loungesft Legfela'taire
port or accompusnmenis oecomes
evident only in summary. :
. The major issues finally approv
ed, divided into classifications,
were 'those:
Taxation: Calling for a referen
dum on a -3 per cent sales tax;
levying a , 2-cents-a-package tax
on cigaxets in event the sales tax
fails: making a 1 per cent with
holding tax on wages , effective
next January 1 in event the sales
tax fails; providing for1 increased
income tax - exemptions if the
sales tax passes, decreased ex
emptions if it fails; boosting the
state's take ' from pari-mutuel
betting; taxing coin-in-the-slot
amusement devices; providing for
a vote to levy up to $8,000,000 on
property in the fall of 1948 if a
state deficit is faced; sending to
referendum a plan to -restrict ap
plication of the 6 per cent tax
limitation solely to property, and
making Oregon a community
property state so that families can
split income to stay in lower
brackets for federal income tax
purposes. i
Schools: Apportioning the $18,
000,000 annual basic school sup
port fund; boosting minimum sal
aries of teachers from $1200 to
$2100 and $2400 after two years'
experience (the lower figure for
those without BA degrees); al
lowing school . districts to equip
homes for teachers; making the
rural school district law opera
tive next January 1; authorizing
school boards to let schools be
used for other activities, includ
ing dancing. - :J
Ciiiea-ConnUes: Increasing from
$3,800,000 to an estimated $9,000,
CK) the biennial share of cities
and counties In state highway
funds Tor street and road work;
permitting. county zoning by vote
of people; basing limits of city
bond issues on 60 per cent of
actual value, -regardless of as
sessed valuation; boosting salaries
of officers of most counties pro
viding for Referendum on letting
cities and - counties vote new tax
,bses. .
Labor-Industry: Prohibiting sec-
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ondary boycotts, hot-cargo issues
and; jurisdictional disputes; re
quiring secret elections to deter
mine existence of valid disputes;
increasing unemployment com
pensation from $18 for 20 weeks
to $20 for 20 weeks; limiting to
one year all actions for back over
time and premium pay, but not
regular wages or salary; increas
ing industrial accident benefits
nearly 50 per cent; letting em
ployers pay seasonal workers on
regular paydays rather than im
mediately on severance; setting
up as state policy the discour
aging of discrimination, as to hir
ing, in regard to race, religion, sex
or union membership.
Health: Allowing one or more
counties to merge health depart
ments; authorizing licensing of
hospitals; providing .for accep
tance of federal cancer-control
funds; asking physicians to report
epilepsy cases, in regard to driv
ers licenses; requiring supervi
sion of ice plants; prohibiting
cross-connections between safe
and unsafe water supplies; requir
ing inspections of tourists camps,
and tightening plumbing-inspection
laws. '
Social Welfare: Authorizing a
$43,700,000 biennial program
(30 over the previous period);
appropriating $150,000 for a camp
for delinquent boys at Timber;
requesting segregation of the
senile from the mentally-diseased
at state hospitals; requiring fire
escapes on buildings used for
sleeping purposes, except private
homes; authorizing state liens on
property of public assistant ben
eficiaries and barring title-trans
fers of it
Highways: Legalizing continu
ance of big trucks allowed in war
time; setting up a new highway
transportation code to base fees
on a ton-mile basis; tightening
laws regarding drivers' licenses;
authorizing m the state highway
commission "to construct limited
access through ways; letting the
highway commission require joint
use of utility poles along rights-of-way.
Forestry: Authorizing referen
dum vote on bonds up to thcee
fourths of one per cent (about
$7,500,000) of the state's assessed
valuation, for reforestation; levy
ing a 5-cents-per-1000-feet tax on
timber to provide $250,000 a year
for six years as a research fund.
Veterans: Appropriating $620,
000 for state-acquisition of Kla
math Marine barracks as a voca
tion school; doubling the $3000
loan limit on farms and homes;
exempting $3000 of military pay
from state income tax; allowing
counties to help finance buildings
for veterans; authorizing use of
parks for veterans' housing..
Courts: Increasing judges sal
aries and pensions; making dis
trict courts of the justice of the
peace districts in Salem, Eugene
and Oregon City; making the at
torney generals office a depart
ment of justice with supervision
over all state civil actions and
over district attorneys' criminal
cases on direction of the gove
providing that constables shall be
appointed, instead of elected. .
uuiiues: Limiting to general
elections the vote on whether to
form PUDs; prohibiting the state
from taking over private hydro
electric . projects during the life
of a projects license, except by
Sports: Providing punishment
regarding bribes in sports con
tests; boosting fine for hunting
with artificial light; requiring
deer tags separate from- hunting
licenses; removing requirement
for tags on every piece of wild
game; boosting non-resident fish
ing and hunting license fees; in
creasing cost of guide licenses
from $3 to $15; requiring reports
of elk kills.
State; Increasing pay of most
top executives, unclassified em
ployes and state police; author
izing new buildings including $2,
500,000 office building in Port
land; $2,000,000 in Salem, and a
$750,000 highway commission
building in Salem; creating a state
parks department under the high
way commission.
Liquor: Allotting $130,000 for
rehabilitation of alcoholics.
Miscellaneous: Providing for
statues of Dr. John McLoughlin !
and the Rev. Jason Lee in statu- ;
ary hall in Washington; continu- ;
in the Willamette river basic
commission; authorizing continued !
use of butter substitutes in state j
institutions; prohibiting the wear-
ing of uniforms similar to those !
of the state police; lowering grade '
requirements for filberts and wal- j
nuts; "boosting the pay of circuit S
jurors from S3 to $5 a day; tight- '
ening restrictions and penalties j
under aeronautics laws; letting ,
voters get absentee ballots, if;
they are ill or reside 15' or more;
miles from the polls, i without a
notarized statement; broadening
powers of the fish commission;
authorizing a state bank of $50,000
cash capital in the Hollywood
district of Salem; setting up means
for Mill City to incorporate as
a two-county town, and specify
ing the Willamette river as a
common boundary s that Salem
and West Salem could merge.
Many Issues Defeated
The major issues which failed
of passage included those provid
ing for state-acquisition of Camp
White for hospital use. (vetotkl);
letting state prisoner .make li
cense plates and highway signs;
appropriating. $50,000 for a home
for the governor; prohibiting sale
and use of fireworks; letting non
property owners vote in school
elections; letting dealers in game
licenses charge and retain 25
cents for handling: boosting the
$4-a-day pay of election clerks
and judges; voidingc ompensation
for the first three days of an in
jury unless disability extends 10
days, under workmen's compen
sation law; providing for a refer
endum on an amendment prohib
iting use of the initiative and pe
tition method of specifying spe
cial uses of state money.
Many other issues died in com
mittees including those to abol
ish the stale police act and the
joint ways and means committee,
which were introduced by Speak
er John Hall in an effort to force
action on the police salary bill.
Central Howell Unit
Elects New Officers
Central Howell Farmers Union
auxiliary met Tuesday with Mrs.
Earl DeSart. The project, "Care
of the Feet, was presented by
the leaders, Mrs. Carl Snyder and.
Mrs." Jofin Van Laanen. -Mrs. Paul
BassefL Dresident! . conducts the
feMiT?tearmeeting when final plans J
for the Spring Festival in Salem
April 9 were made.: ;
New officers to be Installed at
the May meeting are Mrs. Leon
ard Hammer, president: Mrs. Mil
ton Kephart, vice president; Mrs.
Ted Kuenzi, secretary. Mrs. John
Cage, chairman of the ACWW, re
ported several members have re
ceived letters from English wom
en. Mrs. Samuel tsnieman, jr. and
Rueben Klopfenstein were visitors.
A covered dish luncheon was
served by the hostess, assisted by
Mrs. Ted Kuenzi, Mr. Robert
Bye, Mrs. Amy-Beer, Mr. Lawr
ence Hammer and Mrs., CUxtnce
Espe. .
Other-members attending were
Mrs. George Plane, Mrs. Lee Dow,
Mrs. Emery Goode, Mrs. Clyde
DeSart Mrs. Leon Flux, Mrs. El
ton Watts, Mrs. Cleo Keppinger,
Mrs. Carl Snyder. Mrs. John Van
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John Schaffer, Mrs. Louii Wamp
ler, Mrs. Lewis Patterson. , Mrs.
Lena Bartruff, Mrs. Frank Way,
Mrs. August Otjen, Mrs.. Frank
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