ACBL Laws Commission Minutes

ANAHEIM, CA      12 AUGUST, 2000


Ralph Cohen and Chip Martel, Co-Chairmen

Ron Gerard, Sami Kehela, Henry Lortz, Jeff Polisner,

George Rosenkranz, Peggy Sutherlin, Bobby Wolff


Chris Patrias, Secretary

Gary Blaiss, Rich Colker, Bob Hamman, Olin Hubert,

Matt Smith, HowardWeinstein, Adam Wildavsky


The meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m.

The minutes of the Spring meeting in Cincinnati were amended to reflect the attendance of Ron Gerard. The amended minutes were approved.

The Commission discussed the meanings of "likely" and "at all probable" in Law 12 but did not suggest a non-numerical definition.

Although the Commission is generally not satisfied with the current definition of "logical alternative", there were no suggestions offered for improvement. It is generally accepted, however, that "seriously considered" must imply that some number of one's peers would actually make the call considered.

When discussing possible actions by offender's partner after unauthorized information becomes available, the Laws Commission felt that the Director should consider the case as if the the player had heard a complete and correct explanation rather than present the hypothetical case of the player hearing nothing.

The Commission agreed that Sponsoring Organizations should not ignore their resposibility to provide an appeals committee. The Laws seem to clearly guarantee the right for a player to have a review of a Director's decision.

The Laws Commission does not think it wise to change the Laws to allow a player at any level the option of referring to their own convention card.

Management inquired about the use of "may" in Law 24 ("declarer may treat every such card as a penalty card"). The Laws Commission agreed that declarer must be given the option to either leave it as a penalty card or allow defender to pick it up and restore it to his hand.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.