Hearing and Presubmission Schedule; Milk Marketing Area No. 4
[45 Pa.B. 6771]
[Saturday, November 21, 2015]
Under the provisions of 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. 4 on January 6, 2016, at 11 a.m. in Room 202, Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.
The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony and exhibits concerning cost replacement in Milk Marketing Area No. 4. Evidence will be limited to the following: annualized processing, packaging and delivery costs; updated costs for containers, ingredients and Class II products; updated labor, utility and insurance costs based on comparisons between costs per point for the first halves of calendar years 2014 and 2015; skim and butterfat contents of products regulated by the Board; adjustment for shrinkage, sales of bulk products and cream processing costs; monthly adjustments to in-store handling costs; and a reasonable rate of return to milk dealers and stores. In accordance with OGO A-937, evidence and testimony will be considered regarding the heating fuel adjuster in Milk Marketing Area No. 4. In accordance with OGO A-939, evidence and testimony will be considered regarding the diesel fuel cost adjuster in Milk Marketing Area No. 4.
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 who wish to present evidence may be included on the Board's list of parties by: (1) having their attorney file with the Board on or before 3 p.m. on December 3, 2015, a notice of appearance substantially in the form prescribed by 1 Pa. Code § 31.25 (relating to form of notice of appearance); or (2) if unrepresented by counsel, filing with the Board on or before 3 p.m. on December 3, 2015, notification of their desire to be included as a party. Parties should indicate in their notices of appearance if alternate means of service, that is, e-mail or fax, are acceptable. Notices of appearance filed electronically should be directed to email@example.com.
The parties shall observe the following requirements for advance filing of witness information and exhibits:
1. By 2 p.m. on December 9, 2015, Board staff shall file with the Board, in person or by mail, one original and four single-sided copies and ensure receipt by all other parties of 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. For expert witnesses there shall also be filed a statement of the substance of the facts and opinions to which the expert is expected to testify and a summary of the grounds for each opinion.
b. Each exhibit to be presented, including testimony to be offered in written form.
2. By 2 p.m. on December 23, 2015, each responding party shall file and serve as set forth in paragraph 1 information concerning rebuttal witnesses and copies of rebuttal exhibits.
3. By 2 p.m. on December 30, 2015, each party shall file and serve as set forth in paragraph 1 information concerning surrebuttal witnesses and copies of surrebuttal exhibits.
Parties that 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 twenty 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 1 p.m. on December 28, 2015.
The filing address for the Board is Milk Marketing Board, Room 110, Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 15-2077. Filed for public inspection November 20, 2015, 9:00 a.m.]
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