The sun likely won't set on the Gas Industry Standards Board
until at least the end of 2001. After about an hour of debate last
Thursday, the GISB board of directors voted to extend GISB's sunset
clause from Dec. 31, 1998 to Dec. 31, 2001. Had the board not
extended the clause, GISB would have ceased to exist at year-end.
The original resolution called for extending the clause to Dec. 31,
2000. Some on the board wanted to do away with the clause. Had
there been enough support for that, future disbanding of GISB could
result only from a majority vote by the board. Others wanted the
sunset clause not to come up again for four or five years. GISB
Executive Director Rae McQuade said she was happy with the board
"It means a vote of confidence because it was two; now it's
three [years]," McQuade said. "I think that the board is more
comfortable with the effectiveness of our organization, but clearly
they feel that the sunset provision is one that affords them a
level of security to maintain the focus of the organization. I
think that three years is a good compromise. I think that two years
tends to be disruptive to the organization as the sunset provision
Joe Fisher, Houston
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