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the major points of the committee's report, and Pepper in the House
and Staggers introduced the bill. We have on the Senate side 24 sponsors
now. Of course the bill will have to be re-introduced because
Yarborough will not be there and Williams will be chair man. We want to
get 51 sponsors in the Senate. We have a little trouble, because Mrs.
Judith Randal of the STAR questioned the desirability of an independent
agency. Now, actually I think her questions can easily be answered,
and I'm hoping that we'll get this legislation by early summer.
Were there any hearings on it?
We hope there will be hearings this spring. There haven't been,
because you see between December 4th and now there's been too much
business that came before so that it's been impossible tohold any
hearings. But I think we'll get early hearings. Mr. Schmidt is very
interested and very active, and other members of the commission are
active, Mary Lawrence, the head of Wells, Rich and Green, a major
agency, advertising agency. She's interested in publicizing the needs.
This is the work of 1971, to get this passed and to get funds for it.
Actually if one reviews the history of it, going back to early
last spring, you've been the chief protagonist in this area, haven't
Yes. But I haven't appeared as anything in it. Everything I've
done is behind the scenes. I haven't been on the Panel. Yarborough-
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