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5/30/2003



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STB could function as single-member body, but bi-partisan, multi-member board is best, says Nober


In May 20 testimony before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Railroads, Surface Transportation Board Chairman Roger Nober addressed the board's ability to function as a one-member body.


Commissioner Wayne Burkes resigned in March to campaign for Mississippi's treasurer post and Commissioner Linda Morgan resigned May 15.


"While I have the legal power to act as a single member, whether I can act and whether I should act alone are different matters," said Nober, according to a prepared statement. "It is my hope that new board members will be nominated and confirmed quickly, before the August recess."


It wasn't Congress' intention to create a unilateral decision-maker when it established STB predecessor Interstate Commerce Commission, said Nober.


"On the one hand, I am mindful that Congress created the board
as a bi-partisan, multi-member board so that its decisions would reflect consensus among different points of view," he said. "[But] the industry must have an agency that can continue to function."


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