Jan. 7, 2004 – Gov. Charles W. Turnbull will not be delivering his 2004 State of the Territory address on Jan. 12, the second Monday in January.
Some people think that the second Monday of the new year is traditionally the time for the speech, but James O'Bryan, St. Thomas-Water Island administrator and the governor's spokesman, said on Wednesday that this is not the case. "It would be, when a new Senate takes office," he said, "but not in a non-election year."
Be that as it may, Turnbull has delivered all of his State of the Territory addresses since taking office in 1999 on the second Monday of January, except for in 2001. (That year, he asked to have the date rescheduled to Jan. 16, after he returned from a trip off island. The incoming Senate president, Almando "Rocky" Liburd, said that wasn't acceptable, and the date ultimately agreed upon was Jan. 29.)
O'Bryan also said that at Government House there are "a whole lot of things going on now. There are bills coming from the Legislature which the governor must study. When he gets the bills out of the way, that will trigger a timetable." He added: "Thursday or Friday, we will be making an announcement about the address."
Several bills, including legislation creating a Waste Management Authority, are expected to reach the governor's desk on Thursday.
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