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property is now being occupied by the post of Veterans of Foreign Wars referred to in the bill, under revocable license, issued by the Department, which does not expire until December 31, 1940. In a letter of November 8, 1937, from the adjutant quartermaster of the post to Senator F. Ryan Duffy, it is stated that the post has repaired, remodeled, and improved the building by about $4,000; that the sale value as estimated on November 30, 1937, is approximately $5,600 including the repairs referred to; that the property has not as yet been reported surplus to the Procurement Division and clearance for its disposition has not been obtained, but the Department would have no objection to the enactment of the proposed legislation.

The letter of Assistant Secretary of Commerce Johnson, dated March 22, 1938, follows:

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,

Washington, March 22, 1938. Hon. S. O. BLAND, Chairman, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: In your letter dated March 3, 1938, you requested the views and recommendations of the Department concerning H. R. 9707, a bill to authorize the conveyance of the old lighthouse keeper's residence in Manitowoc, Wis., to the Otto Oas Post, No. 659, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Manitowoc, Wis.

The keeper's residence referred to in the bill is no longer required by and is surplus to the needs of the Lighthouse Service, since a more satisfactory site has been provided where the keepers now reside. This property is now being occupied by the Otto Oas Post, No. 659, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Manitowoc, Wis., under the revocable license issued by this Department, which does not expire until December 31, 19-10. In letter of November 8, 1937, from the adjutant quartermaster of this post to Senator F. Ryan Duffy, it is stated that the post has repaired, remodeled, and improved the building by about $4,000. The sale value thereof as estimated on November 30, 1937, is approximately $5,600, including the repairs which have been made by the Otto Oas Post. This property has not as yet been reported surplus to the Procurement Division and clearance for its disposition has not been obtained, but the Department would have no objection to the enactment of the proposed legislation.

It is recommended that if the bill is to be reported favorably it be modified by inserting in line 8, after the word "thereto," the following: "being lots one (1) and two (2) in block one hundred and seventy-eight (178), southwesterly corner of Fifth and York Streets,” and that another section be added to provide:

“Should the Otto Oas Post, Numbered 659, Veterans of Foreign Wars, cease to occupy the property for club headquarters or alienate or attempt to alienate such property, title thereto shall revert to the United States."

The Bureau of the Budget has advised that while the proposed legislation would not be in accord with the program of the President, it would not be in conflict therewith if amended, in addition to the amendment above recommended de scriptive of the property, so as to provide for the sale thereof to the Otto Oas Post by, and upon terms satisfactory to, the Director of Procurement at a price not less than 50 percent of its value as of the date when possession under lease was taken by the post, said value to be estimated and determined by the Director of Procurement. Cordially yours,

J. M. JOHNSON, Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

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INSURANCE OF TAXICABS IN THE DISTRICT

OF COLUMBIA

APRIL 25, 1938.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. PALMISANO, from the committee of conference, submitted the

following

CONFERENCE REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 7084)

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 7084) to provide that all cabs for hire in the District of Columbia be compelled to carry insurance for the protection of passengers, and for other purposes, having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendments of the Senate numbered 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18; and agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 2:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 2, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In addition to the matter proposed to be stricken out by the Senate amendment, on page 2, line 7, of the House bill strike out surety or”; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 6:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 6, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In addition to the matter proposed to be stricken out by the Senate amendment, on page 2, line 17, of the House bill strike out “bond or undertaking or”; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 10:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 10, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

On page 2, line 15, of the Senate engrossed amendments strike out "at” and insert and; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 13:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 13, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

On page 3, line 13, of the House bill strike out "twenty" and insert ten; and on page 3, line 14, of the House bill, strike out "or termination”; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 19:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 19, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the Senate amendment, insert the following:

Sec. 3. Any corporation, company, association, joint-stock company or association, partnership or person, and any lessee, trustee or receiver, who violates any of the provisions of this Act, or the regulations lawfully promulgated thereunder, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $300 or by imprisonment for not more than ninety days, and by cancelation of license. For violations of this Act, the Commissioners of the District of Columbia are authorized to suspend or revoke licenses issued under paragraphs 31 (c), (d) and (e) of section 7 of the Act entitled "An Act making appropriations to provide for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1903, and for other purposes, approved July 1, 1902, as amended; and any such suspension or revocation may be without prior conviction.

And the Senate agree to the same.

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate to the title of the bill, and agree to the same.

VINCENT L. PALMISANO,

JACK NICHOLS,
Managers on the part of the House.

M. E. TYDINGS,
HERBERT E. HITCHCOCK,

H. STYLES BRIDGES,
Managers on the part of the Senate.

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STATEMENT OF THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

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The managers on the part of the House at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 7084) to provide that all cabs for hire in the district of Columbia be compelled to carry insurance for the protection of passengers, and for other purposes, submit the following statement in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon by the conferees and recommended in the accompanying conference report:

Amendments Nos. 1, 2, 6, 7, 11, 15, and 17: The House bill provided that every person operating a motor vehicle for hire in the District of Columbia should be required to file with the Public Utilities Commission for each such vehicle a bond or policy of liability insurance or certificate of insurance in a solvent and responsible surety or insurance company authorized to do business in the District. It was also provided that any owner of a public vehicle required to file such a bond or policy might in lieu thereof file a blanket bond or policy in an amount not to exceed $75,000 or create and maintain a sinking fund not in excess of that amount. The blanket bond or policy, or the sinking fund if that was created, was to cover all vehicles operated by the same owner.

The Senate amendments provided merely for the filing with the Public Utilities Commission of insurance policies, and the provisions of the House bill with respect to bonds, blonket bonds, blanket policies, and sinking funds were eliminated. The conference adopts the policy of the Senate amendments.

Amendments Nos. 4, 5, 12, 14, and 16: These amendments are purely clarifying. The House recedes.

Amendment No. 3: This amendment added a provision that any insurance company authorized to do business in the District which issued insurance policies for the purpose of the bill should be a company subject to the act of March 4, 1922, relating to the organization and operation of mutual insurance companies. The House recedes.

Amendments Nos. 8 and 9: The House bill provided that the bond or policy issued for the purposes of the act might limit the liability of the surety or insured on any one judgment to $5,000 for bodily injuries or death and $1,000 for damage to or destruction of policy.

These Senate amendments provide that the insurance policy shall limit the liability of the insurer on any one judgment to “not less than" $5,000 for bodily injuries or death and "not less than" $1,000 for damage to or destruction of property. The House recedes.

Amendment No. 10: The House bill provided that any policy of liability insurance should be issued only by insurance companies authorized to do business in the District and that any surety bond or undertaking should be insured by a corporate surety approved by the Superintendent of Insurance of the District. The Superintendent of

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Insurance was also authorized to make reasonable rules and regulations relating to the rating of taxicab insurance and was empowered to determine the maximum rates to be charged on such insurance. This amendment requires each insurance company authorized to do business in the District or the rating organization of which it is a member or subscriber to file with the Superintendent of Insurance every rate manual, schedule of rates, rating plan, and other information concerning insurance required by this act. It also prohibits unfair discrimination in cases where the risks are essentially the same. The Superintendent is also authorized after notice and hearing to order the removal of any unfair discrimination in rates and to order an adjustment of rates whenever he finds that an excessive, inadequate, or unreasonable profit will be produced. The House recedes with a clarifying amendment.

Amendment No. 13: The House bill provided that no bond or insurance policy should be canceled unless not less than 20 days prior to such cancelation notice of intention was filed in writing with the Public Utility Commission. This amendment strikes out 20 days and inserts 10 days, and the House recedes with a further clarifying amendment.

Amendment No. 18: This amendment requires all vehicles subject to the provisions of the act to be kept in a clean, sanitary, good mechanical condition at all times, subject to regulations of the Public Utilities Commission, and the Traffic Act of March 3, 1925. The House recedes.

Amendment No. 19: This amendment, in addition to the penalties provided by the House bill, provides for canceling the license of any person violating the act. The Commissioners of the District are also authorized, in cases of violation of the act, to suspend or revoke licenses issued under paragraphs 31 (c), (d), and (e) of section 7 of the act of July 1, 1902, as amended, and any such suspension or revocation may be without prior conviction. The House recedes with clarifying amendments.

The House recedes from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate to the title of the bill.

VINCENT L. PALMISANO,

JACK NICHOLS.
Managers on the part of the House.

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