SENATORS QUESTION Y2K FLIP-FLOP

Two senators have criticized Gov. Roy L. Schneider for vetoing legislation in July to create a Year 2000-complaince task force, then seeking a $32.4 million loan last week to ensure Y2K compliance.
On Monday the governor warned senators that the territory's computer system would "shut down" without immediate action on his loan request. But last summer when he vetoed Sen. Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg's legislation, he said everything was under control, according to Sen. Lorraine Berry.
Schneider said in July that the administration already had a Y2K compliance task force working on an action plan, according to the Daily News. His veto did not address any urgency in developing or funding the plan.
According to Nicole Bollentini, Donastorg's public affairs director, when Donastorg said in July that "failure to make necessary changes would result in chaos," his immediate concern was establishment of an oversight committee. Research indicated this had helped other states solve their Y2K problems, Bollentini said.
She said Donastorg would not support Schneider's request for a special Senate session on the Y2K loan.

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