The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 04, 1966, Image 2
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College Station, Texas
Wednesday, May 4, 1966
Senate Combatants Discuss Issues
Editor’s Note: Redistricting of the Texas
Legislature has created one of the hottest state
political battles of the year in this area. Battling
for reelection in the newly-formed Fifth Senatorial
District are veteran Sens. Bill Moore of Bryan and
Neveille H. Colson of Navasota. Both legislators
have been campaigning heavily and have stepped
up the pace as Saturday’s elections approach. To
help decide on the choice for senator, The Battalion
asked both solons for views on pertinent topics.
Their replies appear below.
Did you favor the abolishment of the poll tax?
Do you think the FBI was justified in investigating
voting procedures in Texas?
COLSON — I voted to submit both amend
ments to let the people decide. I am a states
righter, but we cannot have the tax on voting
because of the court’s decision that you can’t tax
a basic freedom. I think officers elected by the
people should have the right to ask for an investiga
tion if they deem it necessary.
MOORE — It is now an accomplished fact, a
moot question. There has never been, to my knowl
edge, any voting irregularity in my area . . . not
in my Senatorial district since World War II when
I was elected.
Are you in favor of coeducation at A&M?
Where do you think A&M is headed under its
new programs and current trends?
COLSON — I understand the Board if Direc
tors has already adopted a policy that any girl
who meets the admission requirements may now
attend Texas A&M.
MOORE — That’s another moot question,
they’re here. I leave that question to the board,
and board questions have no place in the Legisla
Do you agree with the new redistricting plans?
What do you think will be their effect on the
state? Will the Legislature become more liberal,
perhaps instituting liquor by the drink and/or
legalized gambling? Will the Legislature become
divided along city vs. city lines?
COLSON — I think it would be better to have
the Legislature like the Congress in Washington,,
with one house elected by population and the other
on the basis of geography. This gives a better
checks and balances system. The Legislature will
most surely be more liberal. There could develop
the city versus city issue, but it’s too early to say.
I don’t think it’s likely for some time.
MOORE — This is the third time in four years
I’ve had to run for a four-year term, so I’d be
less than honest to say I’m for it.
Do you think the state constitution should be
rewritten, or is it adequate for our needs?
COLSON — It should be left alone for the
present. Our forefathers were wise, I believe, and
knew what they were doing. It’s tedious to change
by amendment, but I think that is the best way.
MOORE — There is, of course, a lot that could
be rewritten, but as a practical matter it serves
our needs well. It contains a lot of safeguards
I’m afraid we couldn’t be sure would be written
into it if we rewrote it today.
Are you optimistic about the work of the
Coordinating Board, and about progress in Texas
higher education in general? What are the most
needed developments in higher education in this
COLSON — It’s too early to say about the
Coordinating Board, but we’re all hopeful of getting
some good out of it. I voted for it. The greatest
need in today’s higher education is academic excell
ence. We should keep up with other states and
keep striving to excel.
MOORE — I sponsored the bill creating the
board and I continue to endorse it. The number
one higher education problem is finance. There
is a great competition for quality, and its costs
Is teacher’s pay high enough in the public
schools? Do you expect teachers to demand a
a pay raise in the next Legislature?
COLSON — I don’t like Texas to lag in any
worthwhile field, and our Texas teacher’s pay is
below the national average. We must pay teachers
salaries commensurate with their responsibilities.
MOORE — There is not as great a competition
for public school teachers, so salaries will naturally
be lower, and of course they will never be high
enough. Yes, the teachers will be at the Legisla
ture — they have been now for the last 20 years.
Where do you stand on liquor by the drink
and legalized gambling?
COLSON — I am against both.
MOORE — The Legislature will be more
liberal, and I expect both issues to be reintroduced.
Whether or not they pass depends on the makeup
of the Senate. There will be a lot of new faces.
Do you favor longer terms for representatives
and senators? For governor? Will you favor a
pay raise for legislators?
COLSON — I vote to let the people decide
these issues. There are two sides to every ques
tion, but pay is a drawing card for additional
qualified people to run for office.
MOORE — I voted for these issues last time.
I think higher pay for senators and representatives
would be desirable. It would enable young men to
enter state politics and stay.
Do you believe the state sales tax is adequate
for our needs, or does it need to be raised or
lowered? How do you feel about a state income
COLSON — The sales tax is a growth tax, so
with the growing population there is more buying
and more revenue. We’ll have to see about any
increase at the beginning of the session. I’m
not for a state income tax.
MOORE — The need for a sales tax depends
on new appropriations. Right now we’ve got a
$50 million surplus, but what’s going to happen
in January, I couldn’t say. I’m opposed to a
state income tax.
Do you support the Federal War On Proverty
program? How can the state bes't help carry
out this program and what local measures can be
taken without Federal assistance? Do you think
the state should take the responsibility for its
COLSON — We don’t vote on it, and we’ll
be in a better position to know what action the
state should take next January. I’m for states
rights, and the dollars we send to Washington are
deflated when we get them back. Texas was ful
filling its duty, but because some states failed
in theirs, all came under the Federal program.
MOORE — There are so. many Federal pro
grams I don’t know what they all are, so I can’t
comment on them. I think the state caring for
its own is the ideal, but right now we’re not doing
Are you for the repeal of Section 14-B of the
Taft-Hartley Act? Do you think Texas is too
strict in its regulation of labor unions? Do you
expect a change in this control with the cities
exercising more control over the Legislature?
COLSON — I voted for the Texas right-to-
work law, and I don’t think we are too strict in
controlling them. I do feel there will be more
labor influence in the new makeup of the Legisla
MOORE — I am definitely against the repeal
of 14-B. I think our present laws are working well.
I can’t tell now what influences will be present in
the new Legislature. No one can.
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