Legislature(1995 - 1996)

04/03/1996 02:05 PM FIN

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                    SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                   
                          3 April 1996                                         
                            2:05 P.M.                                          
  TAPES                                                                        
                                                                               
  SFC-96, #66, Side 2                                                          
  SFC-96, #67, Side 1                                                          
                                                                               
  CALL TO ORDER                                                                
                                                                               
  Senator Rick  Halford, Co-chairman, convened the  meeting at                 
  approximately 2:05 P.M.                                                      
                                                                               
  PRESENT                                                                      
                                                                               
  Co-chairman Halford  along with co-chairman  Frank, Senators                 
  Phillips and Rieger were present  when the meeting convened.                 
  Senator Donley arrived later.                                                
                                                                               
  Also Attending:  Senator John  Torgerson; Deb Davidson, aide                 
  to  Senator  Torgerson; Lamar  Cotten,  Deputy Commissioner,                 
  Department of Community and Regional Affairs;  Senator Robin                 
  Taylor;  Geron Bruce,  Legislative  Liaison,  Office of  the                 
  Commissioner,  Department  of  Fish  &  Game;  Kevin Brooks,                 
  Director, Administrative  Services,  Department  of  Fish  &                 
  Game;  Sara Hannan, Alaska Environmental Lobby; Senator Mike                 
  Miller; Anthony Crupi, Alaska  Environmental Lobby; Daniella                 
  Loper,  aide   to   Representative   Brian   Porter;   Chris                 
  Christensen, Staff Counsel, Alaska Court System;  Jeff Bush,                 
  Deputy  Commissioner,  Department of  Commerce  and Economic                 
  Development;  Deborah  Behr,  Legislation   and  Regulations                 
  Section,  Civil   Division,  Department  of   Law;  Virginia                 
  Stonkus, Fiscal  Analyst, Division  of Legislative  Finance;                 
  and aides to committee members.                                              
                                                                               
  SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                          
                                                                               
  CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 280(CRA)                                              
  "An Act relating  to the mandatory incorporation  of certain                 
  boroughs in the unorganized borough."                                        
                                                                               
  Continued testimony was given by  Senator John Torgerson and                 
  his  aide Deb  Davidson.   Senator  Rieger testified  to his                 
  amendment #2.   Lamar Cotten,  Community & Regional  Affairs                 
  explained  difference between  detachment  and section  2 of                 
  bill.   Senator  Torgerson  asked that  bill  be held  until                 
  tomorrow pending further consideration of amendment #2.  Co-                 
  chairman Halford held the bill in committee.                                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL NO. 247                                                          
  "An Act relating to  the fish and game fund;  amending Rules                 
  79(b) and  82(b)(2), Alaska  Rules of  Civil Procedure;  and                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  providing for an effective date."                                            
                                                                               
  Senator Robin  Taylor, sponsor,  testified on  behalf of  SB
  247.  Geron Bruce  and Kevin Brooks from Department  of Fish                 
  and  Game  testified before  the  committee.   Sarah Hannan,                 
  Alaska  Environmental Lobby  testified in opposition  to the                 
  bill.  Senator Frank moved work draft CSSB  247() and it was                 
  adopted  for  work  purposes.    Senator  Frank  moved  CSSB
  247(FIN)  and  without objection  it  was reported  out with                 
  individual  recommendations  and   zero  fiscal  note   from                 
  Department of  Public Safety;  zero fiscal  notes with  fund                 
  source   changes  from   Department   of   Fish  and   Game,                 
  Administrative  Services,  Wildlife  Conservation and  Sport                 
  Fish divisions.                                                              
                                                                               
                                                                               
  CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 262(RES)                                              
  "An  Act  relating  to management  of  game  populations for                 
  maximum sustained yield for human  harvest and providing for                 
  the replacement of areas closed to consumptive uses of game;                 
  relating to management of fish and game  areas; and amending                 
  Rules 79(b) and 82(b)(2), Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure."                  
                                                                               
  Senator Mike Miller, sponsor, testified on behalf of SB 262.                 
  Geron Bruce, Department of Fish and Game said the department                 
  opposes   this   legislation.      Anthony   Crupi,   Alaska                 
  Environmental Lobby  stated their  opposition  to the  bill.                 
  Senator Frank moved  CSSB 262(RES) and without  objection it                 
  was reported  out with  individual recommendations and  zero                 
  fiscal note with fund source  change from the Department  of                 
  Fish and Game, Wildlife Division.                                            
                                                                               
                                                                               
  CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 158(JUD)                                               
  "An Act relating to civil actions; amending Alaska  Rules of                 
  Civil  Procedure 49,  68, and  95;  amending Alaska  Rule of                 
  Evidence 702; and providing for an effective date."                          
                                                                               
  Daniella   Loper,  aide   to  Representative   Brian  Porter                 
  summarized  this  bill.   Chris  Christensen,  Alaska  Court                 
  System said  that under  section  12, mandatory  arbitration                 
  would also  apply to small  claims and they  should consider                 
  the substantial cost of arbitration.   Jeff Bush, Commerce &                 
  Economic Development testified that there was a problem with                 
  the  statute  of repose  under  section  9.   Deborah  Behr,                 
  Department of  Law answered questions  of committee members.                 
  Co-chairman  Halford continued  this  matter until  tomorrow                 
  9:00 A.M.                                                                    
                                                                               
                                                                               
       CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 280(CRA)                                         
       "An  Act relating  to  the  mandatory incorporation  of                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  certain   boroughs in the unorganized borough."                              
                                                                               
  Co-chairman Halford continued SB 280.  Senator Torgerson was                 
  invited  to  join the  committee.   He  referred  to section                 
  29.05.031  there is  a prohibition  against starting  third-                 
  class boroughs.  This amendment  would basically delete that                 
  out of the statutes  so the statute and SB 280  would not be                 
  contradictory.    Senator  Phillips moved  amendment  #3 and                 
  without  objection it was adopted.  Senator Rieger moved his                 
  re-drafted amendment #2  and said the changes were to change                 
  "3%" to "5%" and delete "250  residents or".  He referred to                 
  proposed borough number three and said they were not part of                 
  the municipality of Ketchikan.  If they were they would have                 
  to have a larger  threshold.  Co-chairman Halford said  this                 
  posed  a  problem.    Senator Rieger  said  a  large  enough                 
  percentage was wanted so the detachment  petitions are not a                 
  dime a dozen; on the other hand it should be small enough to                 
  allow self-determination.  He said eventually there would be                 
  a vote.  Of  the area that constituted the 5%+  at least 15%                 
  of  the  people  within that  area  who  voted  in the  last                 
  election must sign  a petition to put it on the next ballot.                 
  Then  residents  of the  area  proposed for  detachment were                 
  eligible to vote.   Senator  Torgerson said Senator  Zharoff                 
  would have been better off with the 250 standard than in the                 
  3%  in  his  example.    As   Senator  Rieger  pointed  out,                 
  annexation is not before the committee.  Senator  Frank felt                 
  the amendment was  not germane to  the issue.  Getting  into                 
  the detachment issue would cause a need for the committee to                 
  gather more information.   That would need  another bill and                 
  more discussion not just an attachment or  amendment to this                 
  bill.  He said he would support the bill as it came into the                 
  committee but that he was  uncomfortable with the detachment                 
  issues.  Senator  Rieger explained why he  thought the issue                 
  was  germane.   If  mandatory corporations  are going  to be                 
  proposed they have  to be  balanced with  self-determination                 
  abilities.   Co-chairman Halford  concurred.  Senator  Frank                 
  said he  knew the issue was germane legally but did not feel                 
  it was  germane from  a political  point of  view.   Senator                 
  Phillips concurred with Senator Rieger.  He  asked about the                 
  Lake Louise detachment.                                                      
                                                                               
  Lamar Cotten, Department  of Community and Regional  Affairs                 
  was invited to  join the committee.   He said the  permanent                 
  residents of Lake  Louise filed  a petition to detach.  They                 
  were not allowed  to vote.  He  said that the LBC  staff had                 
  not really gone  through this but  the commission does  have                 
  broad  authority.   Senator  Halford  said in  would require                 
  another  education  process  to  understand  the  detachment                 
  question.   He asked  what  would happen  if the  detachment                 
  process   in   Senator   Rieger's  amendment   were   to  be                 
  implemented.   Mr. Cotten  said this  matter had  not really                 
  been investigated.  He explained there  was a series of nine                 
  standards the LBC looked  at when it comes to  detachment in                 
  order to make a decision.   There have been eleven petitions                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  to detach that have  been accepted.  Six have  actually been                 
  accepted.  Co-chairman Halford asked if they could guarantee                 
  access by petition that would result in a vote based on some                 
  threshold.  He referred to Eagle River and Anchorage in that                 
  they had been continuously turned down by the local boundary                 
  commission.    The  legislature  passed,  by  a  significant                 
  margin,  legislation  to  specifically   let  the  community                 
  separate.  After the separation and  after there was no vote                 
  available on  the  unification charter,  the  community  was                 
  reunited by Court order because  the legislation was special                 
  legislation and the Court said the boundary commission could                 
  have done this.  That, in  terms of population, was probably                 
  the  biggest boundary  issue since statehood.     Mr. Cotten                 
  said  that he and  his staff would  be willing to  meet with                 
  committee members and go through this matter.                                
  Senator Rieger  commented and  said LBC  could consider  all                 
  petitions  that are submitted and use  their own judgment on                 
  what  they  allow  or do  not  allow.    A municipality  may                 
  initiate  a  detachment on  their  own but  that  is through                 
  action of the  local governing body which  oftentimes is the                 
  problem.  Mr. Cotten  felt further review of the  matter was                 
  necessary.   Senator  Torgerson said it  would be  better to                 
  hold  the   bill   until  tomorrow   pending   his   further                 
  investigation.                                                               
                                                                               
  Co-chairman Halford said he would hold the bill in committee                 
  until  tomorrow pending further investigation and receipt of                 
  new draft CS.                                                                
                                                                               
                                                                               
       SENATE BILL NO. 247                                                     
       "An Act relating  to the fish  and game fund;  amending                 
  Rules     79(b)  and   82(b)(2),  Alaska   Rules  of   Civil                 
  Procedure; and      providing for an effective date."                        
                                                                               
  Senator Robin Taylor  was invited to join  the committee and                 
  testified on behalf of the bill.   He referred to CSSB 247()                 
  work draft and  explained the amendments that  it contained.                 
  He said these  were significant  changes but had  assurances                 
  from Department of Fish and Game they would not oppose these                 
  amendments.     Senator  Frank  asked  that  Senator  Taylor                 
  reiterate his  advocation  of  the  "preservation"  feature.                 
  Senator Taylor  commented on  his visit to  the 4-H  program                 
  being  put  on in  conjunction with  the  local gun  club to                 
  receive training and instruction on how to handle a firearm,                 
  clean it, how  to walk with it  and carry it.   Over seventy                 
  youngsters showed up from the community with their families.                 
  They had commented on the difficulties of getting a rifle or                 
  pistol  range  constructed and  then  to  make sure  it  was                 
  protected in the future.  He said the drafters had suggested                 
  the use of the term "preservation".                                          
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Senator  Rieger  referred  to  another  phrase used  by  the                 
  sponsor  "manipulation  of  habitat" and  asked  that  it be                 
  described for the committee.   Senator Taylor said the  best                 
  example  was  the AWACS  crash  at Elmendorf.    Because the                 
  Department  of  Fish  and  Game  and the  Anchorage  Airport                 
  Authority failed to  do anything  about a significant  known                 
  risk of geese to aircraft, and had refused to do any habitat                 
  manipulation  at  the  end  of  the  runway  which had  been                 
  recommended  over  fifteen  years  before  by both  FAA  and                 
  pilots, when that flock  of geese took off all  those people                 
  were killed.   Habitat manipulation  could very easily  have                 
  changed the make-up of that area  immediately off the end of                 
  the runway by making it an area not preferred by water fowl.                 
  Habitat manipulation  can be  helpful for  human beings  and                 
  also the animals.                                                            
                                                                               
  Mr. Geron Bruce, Department of Fish  and Game was invited to                 
  join the committee.  He said  it was important to understand                 
  the effect of this bill on wildlife in a whole.  The Federal                 
  Aid and Wildlife Restoration Act,  passed in 1937 formed the                 
  basis  for  all   modern  scientific    fish   and  wildlife                 
  management that the states conduct.  It is a federal program                 
  that collects money at the national  level and then sends it                 
  back to the states on a formula basis.  As a requirement for                 
  receiving  that  money  the states  have  to  dedicate their                 
  revenues  from  their  hunting and  fishing  licenses.   The                 
  primary  motivation for  this act  was  the wildlife  in the                 
  country was  in a  very depressed  state due to  unregulated                 
  hunting and major habitat degradation.  Therefore, the state                 
  dedication  of  the license  fees  had  to go  to  support a                 
  management fish and wildlife agency.  Two basic ideas behind                 
  this legislation  were to  provide a  stable and  continuous                 
  source of funding for fish and  wildlife management, and  to                 
  put fish and  wildlife management on  a scientific basis  by                 
  setting up state agencies that were staffed by professionals                 
  in the  field.   This has had  a major  impact resulting  in                 
  wildlife  populations and sport  fish populations  that were                 
  depressed at the time.   This bill would have a major impact                 
  on the  way this act works.  At  this time budgets are built                 
  based on scientific training and programs which are in  turn                 
  based  on  a multiple  year  goal.   Each  item  would be  a                 
  separate  appropriation  with  constituents and  legislators                 
  from  different  parts  of  the   state  competing  for  the                 
  particular programs  they wanted to  see funded  out of  the                 
  available monies.   This would present many difficulties for                 
  maintaining any consistent long term program that was trying                 
  to achieve specific goals over a number of years.  This also                 
  causes  a  concern  with the  consequence  of  the budgeting                 
  process.   In  addition there are  major concerns  about the                 
  particular fiscal impacts to this  legislation.  He referred                 
  briefly   to  the  testimony   presented  before  the  House                 
  Resources committee.                                                         
                                                                               
  Kevin Brooks,  Department of  Fish and Game  was invited  to                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  join the committee.   He said he was testifying particularly                 
  on the impact  to his division.   It would seriously  affect                 
  the ability  to provide centralized services  for personnel,                 
  accounting, budgeting  and procurement.   Another major item                 
  would  be   administering  the  licensing  program.     This                 
  legislation would not  allow for  the cost of  administering                 
  the licensing program.  There  is approximately $1.3 million                 
  in  fish  and game  funds of  which  over $700,000.  is paid                 
  directly to the vendors  for selling licenses.  Since  FY 92                 
  the division's entire  budget was general funds.   Presently                 
  the division is  one third  fish and game  funds, one  third                 
  federal  funds and one  third general funds.   The licensing                 
  program  has  been the  most  heavily affected.    Rates for                 
  administrative costs of running the programs, getting people                 
  paid and paying the vendors  are negotiated with the federal                 
  government.    There are  a number  of federal  programs and                 
  grants  the division is involved with  which are required by                 
  statute.  He said these were indirect by nature and would be                 
  prohibited as the bill is currently written.  The net effect                 
  would be just under $1 million in lost federal receipts that                 
  is collected and $1.3 million in lost fish and game funds.                   
  Senator  Taylor asked  which  form  of  the bill  was  being                 
  referred  to  and Mr.  Brooks advised  it was  the CS.   Co-                 
  chairman Halford advised  Senator Taylor  to be thinking  of                 
  either  amendments  that  could  be  presented  or  possible                 
  conceptual amendments.                                                       
                                                                               
  Sarah Hannan,  Alaska Environmental  Lobby   was invited  to                 
  join the committee and testified  in opposition to the bill.                 
  She said  she was  not opposed  to hunting  and fishing  but                 
  asked that one should consider what  is implied in the bill.                 
  A hunting or  fishing license is  not a user  fee.  It  is a                 
  regulatory  permission   to  harvest  a  resource   that  is                 
  collectively owned and belongs to all.   There needs to be a                 
  more  comprehensive  measure  for   equitable  distribution,                 
  including a series  of user fees for  non-consumptive users.                 
  The majority of  Alaskans that appreciate fish  and wildlife                 
  are  not licensed  sport fish/hunters.   She  said the  sole                 
  reason for this bill  was because the sponsor did  not agree                 
  with management decisions made by the department of fish and                 
  game  and therefore  wanted  to intimidate  them.   This  is                 
  manipulative,  short-sighted management  that is  bad public                 
  policy.  The issue  of wolf management and  predator control                 
  comes in a variety of legislation this year and in all cases                 
  this is strongly  opposed.  Fish and game  management should                 
  be based on science.  She said this bill  would only further                 
  increase   animosity  between   the   legislature  and   the                 
  department and  encouraged the  committee to  not pass  this                 
  bill out.                                                                    
                                                                               
  Senator Taylor advised he would  work with the department on                 
  an amendment if one is necessary and would present it on the                 
  floor.  Senator Frank moved work draft CSSB 247() and it was                 
  adopted for work purposes.  He  then moved CSSB 247(FIN) and                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  without  objection  it  was  reported  out  with  individual                 
  recommendations and zero fiscal note  from the Department of                 
  Public Safety, zero  fiscal notes with fund  sources changes                 
  from  the  Department  of  Fish  and  Game,   Administrative                 
  Services, Wildlife Conservation and Sport Fish divisions.                    
                                                                               
                                                                               
       CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 262(RES)                                         
       "An Act relating to management  of game populations for                 
  maximum   sustained  yield for  human harvest  and providing                 
  for the   replacement of areas closed to consumptive uses of                 
  game;     relating to management of fish and game areas; and                 
  amending  Rules 79(b)  and 82(b)(2),  Alaska Rules of  Civil                 
  Procedure."                                                                  
                                                                               
  Senator Mike Miller was  invited to join the committee.   He                 
  explained SB 262 and said the  RES version was a combination                 
  of  many concerned parties.  The main thrust of the bill was                 
  to guarantee that the game populations  in the state will be                 
  managed  for  maximum sustained yield for  consumptive uses.                 
  The  bill would  require  any areas  closed  to hunting  for                 
  consumptive   uses,  with   the   exception  of   biological                 
  emergencies, a new area three times the size to be opened up                 
  in the  state for  those species  that was  closed in  those                 
  particular  areas.  The state has set  up a public trust for                 
  fish  and  game management  areas.    The  monies  used  are                 
  generated through taxes, license fees and other fees paid by                 
  sportsmen.   This trust  would be  breached if  there was  a                 
  restriction of public  access into  those areas where  those                 
  monies  are used,  if  there is  a  restriction of  fishing,                 
  hunting and trapping activities in  those areas and if those                 
  revenues generated from  taxes, license fees and  other fees                 
  paid by sportsmen, or federal funds  from the sports fish or                 
  wildlife restoration  fund in  areas where consumptive  uses                 
  would  not  be  permitted  or  for  management  of  non-game                 
  species.  Another important aspect of the bill is the Senate                 
  RES  version  is  a  compromise   put  together  by  several                 
  consumptive user groups and the Tanana Chiefs Association in                 
  Fairbanks.  It  has been worked on by a wide range of groups                 
  and  the  Tanana   Chiefs  Association  does  support   this                 
  particular bill.                                                             
                                                                               
  Geron Bruce, Department of Fish and Game was invited to join                 
  the committee.   He  said the  department opposed the  bill.                 
  Biologists do not believe specific  levels of harvest can be                 
  sustained.  The department uses the majority  of the revenue                 
  generated through the  Federal Aid and Wildlife  Restoration                 
  Program  and from  the  Fish and  Game  Fund for  activities                 
  related  to hunting.   The  federal aid  authority is  quite                 
  broad and it would  be consistent to spend all  license fees                 
  on other  uses and  not on  hunting.   In this  state it  is                 
  recognized that hunting is a very important activity however                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  it  is  important  to  support  a  balanced  program.    The                 
  department felt  the net  effect of  this bill  would be  to                 
  prevent closure of  areas to  consumptive uses, which  would                 
  remove an important tool used  by the Board of Game  and the                 
  department for  maintaining wildlife  populations.   He said                 
  this was  a serious  issue causing  their concern  with this                 
  legislation.                                                                 
                                                                               
  Anthony Crupi,  Alaska  Environmental Lobby  was invited  to                 
  join the committee  and testified in opposition to the bill.                 
  He  said  this bill  was  managing Alaska's  game population                 
  solely  on a biological  basis and  that consumptive  use of                 
  game is the highest and best use  of game.  If Alaska's game                 
  population is  being managed on a biological basis, why does                 
  this bill attempt to manage our game on an acreage an solely                 
  consumptive  basis?     This  bill   would  not  take   into                 
  consideration the overall status of  the eco-system in which                 
  these uses  are  imposed.   Only  a healthy  eco-system  can                 
  adequately  sustain  both  consumptive  and  non-consumptive                 
  uses.  He said the finance committee's responsibility should                 
  be  to  realize the  magnitude  of revenue  that potentially                 
  would  be  lost.   He  said Alaskans  and  Alaskan resources                 
  deserve more thoughtful governing than SB 262.                               
                                                                               
  Senator Frank moved  CSSB 262(RES) and without  objection it                 
  was reported  out with  individual recommendations  and zero                 
  fiscal note with  fund source change from the  Department of                 
  Fish and Game, Wildlife Division.                                            
                                                                               
                                                                               
       CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 158(JUD)                                          
       "An  Act relating  to  civil  actions; amending  Alaska                 
  Rules of  Civil  Procedure 49,  68, and 95;  amending Alaska                 
  Rule of   Evidence  702;  and  providing  for  an  effective                 
  date."                                                                       
                                                                               
  Daniella  Loper, aide  to  Representative  Brian Porter  was                 
  invited to join the committee  and summarized the bill.  She                 
  clarified statutory limitations and said there was a limited                 
  cap for certain specified injuries.    She further said this                 
  bill would ask for  an eight to ten year  statute of repose.                 
  They  have  re-iterated the  State  of Alaska  Supreme Court                 
  regarding the definition  of punitive damages and  a formula                 
  for making awards.  The Court  could also require posting of                 
  security on payments for mandatory insurance.   Fault should                 
  be allocated to  all parties.   Any offer of judgement  made                 
  within  5%  of  the  judgment  that  is rendered  the  party                 
  declining the  offer will  have  to pay  the other  parties'                 
  attorney  fees and  actual  costs.   A  provision for  civil                 
  liability for hospitals for non-employees has been included.                 
  Another provision has  been included  to help guard  against                 
  lawsuits.  She  referred to a mandatory  arbitration section                 
  and a mandatory insurance rate if the bill should pass.                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
  Co-chairman  Halford posed  a question  on section  9 as  it                 
  applied to the breakout of  liabilities by percentages.   No                 
  percentage could be allocated to any party or to the problem                 
  that is  prohibited or protected  by the statute  of repose.                 
  He related a hypothetical case.  Senator Frank said he would                 
  assume that portion  that could  not be  assigned under  the                 
  statute of repose would just go unassigned.                                  
                                                                               
  (Miscellaneous  conversation  between committee  members and                 
  Ms.  Loper  regarding hypothetical  cases.)   She  said that                 
  Representative Porter does not support  section 9 because it                 
  deletes  a portion  of  the fault.   But  this was  what the                 
  voters  voted  for.    She  further  said if  section  9  is                 
  implemented it would not change much to current law.                         
                                                                               
  Chris Christensen  was invited to  join the  committee.   He                 
  said  the Court System did not support section 12, mandatory                 
  arbitration.  He  said the state  will also have to  pay for                 
  arbitration if the plaintiff is indigent.                                    
                                                                               
  Jeff Bush, Commerce  & Economic  Development was invited  to                 
  join the committee.   He said there  was a problem with  the                 
  statute of repose under section 9.                                           
                                                                               
  Deborah Behr, Department of Law was also invited to join the                 
  committee and testified regarding allocation  of fault.  She                 
  explained that in 1994  a Supreme Court ruling there  was an                 
  apportionment  of   fault  among   all  defendants.     "All                 
  defendants" means "all persons joined in  a legal action".                   
  If they  are not  joined,  fault to  that particular  person                 
  cannot  be allocated.    Co-chairman Halford  continued this                 
  matter until tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
  Co-chairman Halford  adjourned the meeting  at approximately                 
  3:45 P.M. until tomorrow morning.                                            
                                                                               
                                                                               

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