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GOVERNOR CALLS SPECIAL SESSION ON FISCAL CRISIS

May 19, 2003 – Gov. Charles W. Turnbull has called a special session of the Legislature for 10 a.m. Thursday to address the territory's financial situation.
The Senate Finance Committee chair, Sen. Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg, announced Monday afternoon that he had postponed a hearing scheduled for Tuesday at the request of the governor. The committee was to take testimony from the government's top financial officers, the same officials scheduled to testify in Thursday's special session. (See "Fiscal officials scheduled to testify on crisis".)
The governor asked that the officials — Bernice Turnbull, Finance commissioner, and Ira Mills, director of the Office of Management and Budget — be excused from the Tuesday hearing in order to prepare for Thursday's session, Donastorg said.
Turnbull wrote Donastorg asking that the senator excuse his cabinet members from the hearing because "my financial team is finalizing their recommendations to address the government's financial situation."
Donastorg said he anticipates that "remedies to some of the government's cash-flow problems will be offered at this special session." He added, "If we don't get the information we require on Thursday, the Finance Committee meeting will be rescheduled at the earliest possible date."
Government House spokesman Lee Vanterpool said Monday afternoon that legislation to be introduced at Thursday's session is being drafted.
Vanterpool also said that the Rules Committee meeting that had been scheduled for Thursday has been postponed because of the special session. The nominations of Carver Farrow Sr. to the Government Employees Retirement System board and of Daryl Lynch and Roy Anduze to the Water and Power Authority board were to have been considered.

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