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  • SYNAR BILL HEADED FOR FLOOR, BUT NO VOTE COMING SOON

         "Congress fired a couple of warning shots" at baseball
    owners and players yesterday, saying that if the season-ending
    strike was not ended by next spring, "lawmakers would step in and
    do it for them."  Players "took comfort" from efforts in the
    House by the Judiciary Committee and a Labor subcommittee to
    "goad owners into reopening stalled talks."  But the players were
    also cautioned about their own responsibility to "bargain in good
    faith and not continue to rely on Congress for help."  The
    Judiciary panel approved Rep. Mike Synar's (D-OK) bill that would
    enable players to go to court to challenge baseball's antitrust
    exemption and try to stop the owners from declaring an impasse
    and unilaterally imposing a salary cap (David Hess, PHILADELPHIA
    INQUIRER, 9/30).  Synar:  "The death toll is on for the antitrust
    exemption.  The question is, do we do it this session or next?"
    (Whiteside & Zuckman, BOSTON GLOBE, 9/30).  Still, the chances of
    Synar's bill moving through both House before adjournment on
    October 7 "are still doubtful" (Claire Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 9/30).
    Sen. Connie Mack (R-FL), who favors lifting the exemption:  "I
    don't think we've got the votes to pass it" ("Sports Center,"
    ESPN, 9/29).
         OTHER HILL ACTION:  Rep. Pat Williams (D-MT) called on an
    Education and Labor subcommittee hearing to consider "compulsory
    arbitration for the sides."  He used the forum to "chide both
    sides about their non-negotiations" (Mike Dodd, USA TODAY, 9/30).
    

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