Car insurance play rapped by Townsend

December 22-25, 1959 That new automobile insurance law going into effect Jan. 1 “clearly was not the intent of the Legislature,” State Rep. Terry Townsend says. “The Legislature passed a resolution last spring directing the Insurance Commission to give credit to the good driver, but it was not our intention that the commission would take the ball and go running the other way.” Townsend frankly called the new law “an injustice’It gives a little credit to the good driver and then penalizes others tremendously for minor infractions.” In response to opposition which has developed to the law in recent weeks, the Insurance Commission agreed Monday to hold a public hearing on the law Jan. 14. The commission added, however, that the law will still go into effect as scheduled on Jan. 1. Strong opposition has come from State Senator Grady Hazlewood of Amarillo. In a letter to the commission he attacked the penalties for “moving traffic violations: and the retroactive features whereby drivers are penalized for violations taking place within the three-year period before the law becomes effective.” Townsend said several people in Brady have questioned him about the plan, and he recommended that they write to the Insurance Commission. “The sad thing is that unless there is a special session of the Legislature there is no chance to correct it until the next regular session in January of 1961.” But he offered hope that if the people “get a flood of mail down there” they may be able to persuade the Insurance Commission to make changes in the law. He predicted there will be a considerable opposition from the public, “when their insurance premiums start going up.” The new insurance program has the effect of law, although it was not passed by the Legislature, and such “legislation without legislation sets a dangerous precedent,” Townsend said, for other state agencies which later might draw up their own regulations without approval of the Legislature. Townsend was particularly opposed to the premiums levied for traffic violations, running a stop sign or a red light, etc. “That gets me, too!” he smiled. ” I doubt there are three drivers in this town who aren’t affected.” For others who might want to voice their opposition to the insurance plan, Townsend suggested that they might write Senator Louis Crump in San Saba. “People know how I feel about it now,” he added. * * * Judge Newman leaving court; candidate files A Brownwood man entered the race Wednesday as District Judge A.O. Newman announced that he will not be a candidate for re-election. Judge Newman has presided over the 35th District Court for 19 years and has never had an opponent since the first time he ran for office. The district includes McCulloch, Brown and Coleman Counties. Before being elected judge, he also served as district attorney for the same district. Judge Newman said he is retiring because of his health and the “pressure of the grave duties and responsibilities” of the office. William O. Breedlove of Brownwood is the first to announce as a candidate to be Newman’s successor. He now is county attorney for Brown County, being appointed to the office last January to fill the unexpired term of Gordon Griffin, Jr., of Brownwood. Griffin resigned after he was elected 35th District Attorney, succeeding Bill Allcorn who became state land commissioner. Breedlove, 48, lives at Lake Brownwood, received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1938, and served as county judge of Brown County for six years. During World War II he served five and a half years, two years overseas as an Allied Military Government officer. In Brownwood he is a member of the First Baptist Church, the Lions Club, the VFW, the American Legion and the Brown County Sportsmen’s Club. He is an officer in the Air Force Reserve and last year took his two-week tour of active duty with the 832nd Air Division at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, N. Mex. He also was called to Washington, D.C., for two weeks last spring to attend a Communist Strategy School at the Foreign Service Institute conducted by the Department of State. Breedlove’s wife is the former Hariet Baines. They have a son and two daughters. * * * Lohn News Mrs. David Hemphill and daughter, Jeanie were hostesses for a 4-H party at their home last Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. The girls sang Christmas carols and partook of refreshments. Mrs. G. A. Rudolph left by bus Saturday to go to Monahans to visit her daughter and family, the Roy Ogdens. She attended the wedding of her granddaughter, Sandra Ogden Monday evening. Sgt. and Mrs. G. Arvis Newton and children, Tommy and Karen of Storrs, Conn., arrived Friday morning for a holiday visit with the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Newton. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Here from Austin Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hayden and children of Austin are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Jordan during the Christmas holidays. * * * Visit with mother Mrs. C.H. Arnspiger had as her weekend guests, her sons, Carl and wife and daughter Mary Ann of Brownwood, and Charles and wife of Temple. Both former Brady boys, Carl now teaches in Brownwood High School, and Charles is chief clerk for the division freight department of Santa Fe at Temple. He and his wife really enjoyed seeing the Brady Bulldogs defeat Jasper in the quarterfinals at Temple earlier this month. * * * Guests of Nelins Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Tucker of University Park, N. Mex., are spending the holidays as guests of Mrs. Tucker’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Nelin and Elizabeth. * * * Here from San Antonio Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kensing and son, Gary, of San Antonio, will be in Brady for the holidays as guests of Mrs. Kensing’s mother, Mrs. H.H. Behrens.

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