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HEARING

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

UNITED STATES SENATE

SEVENTY-FIRST CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

S. 4066

A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE MERGER OF THE GEORGETOWN GASLIGHT COMPANY WITH AND INTO THE WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY, AND

FOR OTHER PURPOSES

APRIL 15, 1930

Printed for the use of the Committee on the District of Columbia

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COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

ARTHUR CAPPER, Kansas, Chairman WESLEY L. JONES, Washington.

WILLIAM H. KING, Utah. ARTHUR R. GOULD, Maine.

CARTER GLASS, Virginia. JOHN J. BLAINE, Wisconsin.

ROYAL S. COPELAND, New York. ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan. MILLARD E. TYDINGS, Maryland. HAMILTON F. KEAN, New Jersey.

COLE, L, BLEASE, South Carolina. DAVID BAIRD, Jr., New Jersey. JOHN M. ROBSION, Kentucky.

W. H. SOUDERS, Clerk

JAMES RING, Assistant Clerk

MERGER OF GAS COMPANIES

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 1930

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, D. C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 2 o'clock p. m., in the committee room, Capitol Building, Senator Arthur Capper, chairman, presiding.

Present: Senators Capper (chairman), Gould, Blaine, Robsion, Glass, and Copeland.

The committee had under consideration S. 4066, which is here drinted in full, as follows:

(S. 4066, Seventy-first Congress, second session) A BILL To authorize the merger of the Georgetown Gaslight Company with and into the Washington

Gas Light Company, and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Public Utilities Commission of the District of Columbia is given jurisdiction and power to permit and authorize the Georgetown Gaslight Company and Washington Gas Light Company to consolidate or merge upon such conditions as may be approved by the said commission, provided the said commission shall determine that such consolidation or merger will be in the public interest; and upon such consolidation or merger said the Georgetown Gaslight Company shall thereby and thereupon, without further proceedings, be and become forthwith dissolved and merged into the said Washington Gas Light Company; and all the property of every kind, character, and description, rights, privileges, and franchises of said the Georgetown Gaslight Company shall, subject to encumbrances or liens thereon to secure the bonds or other securities issued by said the Georgetown Gaslight Company, and to the payment of any and all other valid claims against or indebtedness of the Georgetown Gaslight Company existing at the time of such merger, pass to and unto and become and be vested in the said Washington Gas Light Company as its property, with all the powers, rights, privileges, and franchises now possessed by either or both of said companies, including the right in the said Washington Gas Light Company to institute and prosecute in its own name any action or actions in connection therewith: Provided, however, That pending actions against the Georgetown Gaslight Company may continue against the Georgetown Gaslight Company until the merger of said companies. Actions or claims against said the Georgetown Gaslight Company filed after the said merger shall be brought against the Washington Gas Light Company.

Washington Gas Light Company, after such merger, shall have the right and franchise to lay and construct, and to extend, matintain, renew, replace, relocate, remove, and/or repair, whether now or hereafter laid or constructed, gas pipes and mains together with all appurtenances, connections, attachments, and appliances, in, under, along, and/or across the streets, avenues, roads, alleys, lanes, and other public places and ways in all parts of the District of Columbia for the transmission, distribution, and/or sale of gas within and/or through the limits of the District of Columbia för heat, light, refrigeration, fuel, power, and any other purposes for which gas or any by-product thereof is now or may hereafter be used; subject, however, to the provisions of the act of June 11, 1878, entitled "An act providing a permanent form of government for the District of Columbia”; to the provisions of the act of March 3, 1893, entitled “An act making appropriations for the expenses of the government of the District of Columbia

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