MILK MARKETING BOARD
Hearing and Presubmission Schedule; Milk Marketing Area No. 2
[32 Pa.B. 4289]
Under the Milk Marketing Law (31 P. S. §§ 700j-101--700j-1302), the Milk Marketing Board (Board) will conduct a public hearing for Milk Marketing Area No. 2 on October 2, 2002, commencing at 9 a.m. in Room 202 of the Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.
The purpose of the hearing will be to receive testimony and exhibits concerning cost replacement in Milk Marketing Area No. 2. Evidence will be limited to the following: annualized processing, packaging, and delivery costs; current costs for containers, ingredients, and Class II products; updated labor, utility and insurance costs based on comparisons between costs for corresponding quarters of calendar years 2001 and 2002, or annualized comparisons based on the most current available data; value for shrinkage and sales of bulk milk and bulk cream, and cream processing costs; and a reasonable rate of return to milk dealers and stores. Ingredient cost evidence shall include ingredient costs for eggnog. Evidence shall be based on the audited costs of a cross section of milk dealers doing business in Area No. 2.
The staff of the Board is deemed to be a party to this hearing, and the attorney representing staff is deemed to have entered his appearance. Other persons that may be affected by the Board order fixing prices in Area No. 2 may be included on the Board's list of parties by:
1. Having their counsel file with the Board, by 4 p.m. on September 10, 2002, a notice of appearance substantially in the form prescribed by 1 Pa. Code § 31.25 (relating to form of notice of appearance), which shall identify by name and address the party on whose behalf the appearance is made. Thereafter, documents and other written communications required to be served upon or furnished to that party shall be sent to the attorney of record.
2. If unrepresented by counsel and wishing to appear on their own behalf under 1 Pa. Code § 31.21 (relating to appearance in person), filing with the Board, by 4 p.m. on September 10, 2002, an address to which documents and other written communications required to be served upon them or furnished to them may be sent.
The parties shall observe the following requirements for advance filing of witness information and exhibits. The Board may exclude witnesses or exhibits of a party that fails to comply with these requirements. In addition, the parties shall have available in the hearing room at least 20 copies of each document for the use of nonparties attending the hearing.
1. By 4 p.m. on September 18, 2002, each party shall file with the Board six copies and serve on all other parties one copy of:
a. A list of witnesses who will testify for the party, along with a statement of the subjects concerning which each witness will testify. A witness who will be offered as an expert shall be so identified, along with the witness's area or areas of proposed expertise.
b. Each exhibit to be presented, including testimony to be offered in written form.
2. By 4 p.m. on September 25, 2002, each party shall file and serve as set forth in paragraph 1 information concerning rebuttal witnesses and copies of rebuttal exhibits.
Parties who wish to offer in evidence documents on file with the Board, public documents, or records in other proceedings before the Board, or who wish the Board to take official notice of facts, shall comply with, respectively, 1 Pa. Code § 35.164, § 35.165, § 35.167 or § 35.173. Whenever these rules require production of a document as an exhibit, copies shall be provided to each Board member and to all other parties; in addition, at least 20 copies shall be available for distribution to nonparties attending the hearing.
Requests by parties for Board staff to provide data pertinent to the hearing shall be made in writing and received in the Board office by 4 p.m. on September 11, 2002.
The filing address for the Board is Milk Marketing Board, Room 110, Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Individuals who require this information in an alternate format should call (717) 787-4194 or (800) 654-5984 (PA Relay Service for TDD Users).
LYNDA J. BOWMAN,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-1546. Filed for public inspection August 30, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]
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