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NO. R-168. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE DESIGN OF A FUTURE CORRECTIONS POLICY FOR THE STATE OF VERMONT.

(J.R.S. 57)

Offered by:Senator Riehle of Chittenden County, Senator Barry of Chittenden County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County and Senator Sears of Bennington County.

Whereas, this General Assembly declares that state government should develop a new approach to the design of future corrections policy, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That a Joint Committee on the Design of Future Corrections Policy is created to consist of one member each from the Senate and House committees on Appropriations, Education, Health and Welfare, Institutions, and Judiciary, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Committee on Committees, respectively, and be it further

Resolved: That the committee shall cease to exist upon July 1, 1998, and be it further

Resolved: That the committee shall elect a chair and a vice-chair, shall meet at the call of the chair, and a majority of the members of the committee shall constitute a quorum, and be it further

Resolved: That the committee may meet as needed while the legislature is in session, plus no more than eight times each during the 1996 and the 1997 interims, and no more than three times during the 1998 interim, and that the members of the committee are entitled to per diem compensation and reimbursement as provided by section 406 of Title 2, and be it further

Resolved: That Legislative Council staff shall assist the committee, and be it further

Resolved: That agencies of the executive branch shall assist and cooperate with the committee as requested by it, and that these executive branch agencies shall include the Departments of Corrections, Education, Employment and Training, Health, Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Social and Rehabilitation Services, and Social Welfare, and the Offices of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Defender General, the Governor, and the Secretary of Human Services, and be it further

Resolved: That the committee shall:

(1) undertake hearings, investigation, and other activities which focus attention within the executive branch and the legislature on the need for, and on the creation of, the systems approach to designing future corrections policy for Vermont outlined in AThe Design of Future Corrections Policy@, the report of the Interim Committee on Future Corrections Policy and Practice, submitted to the General Assembly on January 15, 1995;

(2) determine the most effective methods of fostering new and expediting existing relationships between institutions of higher education and state government to achieve the academic research goals outlined in the same report, AThe Design of Future Corrections Policy@;

(3) recommend to the General Assembly how the legislature and the executive branch should conduct ongoing oversight of the design of future corrections policy; and

(4) report to the General Assembly by January 15, 1997, and again by January 15, 1998, and be it further

Resolved: That the provisions of this joint resolution shall take effect upon its adoption by this General Assembly.