In Case No. 2003-0827, Petition of Governor and Executive Council, the court on January 7, 2004, issued the following order:

Case is accepted for briefing and oral argument.

The petition reflects that it was served upon the President of the New Hampshire Senate, the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the New Hampshire Department of Justice and the Honorable John T. Broderick, Jr. The court will treat such persons and entities as parties to this case unless notified that by such a person or entity that the person or entity does not wish to be a party to the case. Any such notification shall be provided in writing to the clerk of this court by January 22, 2004.

The brief of petitioners and any party supporting the petitioners’ position must be filed on or before January 22, 2004. Opposing briefs must be filed on or before February 6, 2004. Oral argument is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, 2004, at 10:00 a.m.

Johnson, J., retired, specially assigned under RSA 490:3, concurred; Murphy, C.J., and Gray, Hollman, and Temple, JJ., retired superior court justices, specially assigned under RSA 490:3, concurred.

                                                                        Eileen Fox,