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Journal of the Senate

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2000

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by the Reverend Gerry Piper of Lunenburg and East Concord.

Message from the House

A message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Palmisano, its First Assistant Clerk, as follows:

Mr. President:

I am directed to inform the Senate the House has passed a bill of the following title:

H. 837. An act relating to assuring a livable income for all working Vermonters.

In the passage of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

The House has adopted Joint Resolutions of the following titles:

J.R.H. 218. Joint resolution honoring Miriam E. Nelson on her 51 years of extraordinary service as Norton Town Clerk and Treasurer.

J.R.H. 219. Joint resolution congratulating Chantal McKeage and Marissa Domanico on each scoring over 1,000 points as members of the phenomenal Canaan Eagles girls' basketball team.

In the adoption of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

The House has considered a Joint Resolution originating in the Senate of the following title:

J.R.S. 99. Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment.

And has adopted the same in concurrence.

Message from the House

A message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Bertrand, its Second Assistant Clerk, as follows:

Mr. President:

I am directed to inform the Senate the House has passed bills of the following titles:

H. 310. An act relating to tobacco use prevention, cessation and control, and the master settlement agreement.

H. 854. An act relating to fees.

In the passage of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

The House has adopted Joint Resolutions of the following titles:

J.R.H. 220. Joint resolution congratulating the Rice Memorial High School 2000 Division I Championship girls' basketball team.

J.R.H. 221. Joint resolution congratulating the Rice Memorial High School 2000 Division I championship boys' basketball team.

In the adoption of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

The House has considered a Joint Resolution originating in the Senate of the following title:

J.R.S. 97. Joint resolution congratulating Rabbi Solomon and Mrs. Marilyn Goldberg on the 40th anniversary of their spiritual and community leadership of the Rutland Jewish Center.

And has adopted the same in concurrence.

The Governor has informed the House of Representatives that on the thirty-first day of March, 2000, he approved and signed a bill originating in the House of the following title:

H. 620. An act relating to school district purchase of items through the state purchasing process.

The Governor has informed the House of Representatives that on the fourth day of April, 2000, he approved and signed bills originating in the House of the following titles:

H. 597. An act relating to children working at baseball games.

H. 832. An act relating to access for nonmotorized boats.

Bills Referred

House bills of the following titles were severally read the first time and referred:

H. 310. An act relating to tobacco use prevention, cessation and control, and the master settlement agreement.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.

H. 837. An act relating to assuring a livable income for all working Vermonters.

To the Committee on General Affairs and Housing.

H. 854. An act relating to fees.

To the Committee on Finance.

Joint Resolutions Placed on Calendar

Joint resolution originating in the House of the following title was read the first time and is as follows:

J.R.H. 218. Joint resolution honoring Miriam E. Nelson on her 51 years of extraordinary service as Norton Town Clerk and Treasurer.

Whereas, in 1949 Judge Edward J. Norton suddenly died while he was serving as the Norton Town Clerk and Treasurer, and

Whereas, the Norton Selectboard, recognizing the trust that the town's citizens had in the Nelson family, designated Judge Nelson's daughter Miriam E. Nelson to complete her father's unexpired one year term, and

Whereas, in 1950, the voters expressed their confidence in Miriam's performance by electing her to the positions of Town Clerk and Treasurer, and

Whereas, the Norton town office is undoubtedly unique in Vermont as it literally straddles the international border with Canada, has an entrance in each nation, and until a few years ago also housed the Nelson family's general store, and

Whereas, throughout her public service career, Miriam has strongly relied on the invaluable aid of her sister Ruth, who ably serves as the Assistant Town Clerk, and

Whereas, Miriam E. Nelson holds the distinct honor as Vermont's longest serving Town Clerk and Town Treasurer and she is among the longest serving in these positions, in the state's history, and

Whereas, she was one of the town clerks profiled in a special story in the Spring 1999 issue of Vermont Life Magazine, and

Whereas, in 1999, on the occasion of her 50th anniversary as Norton Town Clerk and Treasurer, the town report was dedicated in her honor, and

Whereas, when not tending to town matters, Miriam is an active congregant at the Morgan Four Corners Church, and

Whereas, she helped to establish a residential facility for persons with special needs in nearby Dixville, Quebec, and

Whereas, the voters of Norton recently expressed their full confidence in Miriam's management of the town's official business when, at the 2000 Norton Town Meeting, she was overwhelmingly reelected to her 51st consecutive term as the municipality's highly respected and admired Town Clerk and Treasurer, now therefore be it

RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

That the General Assembly is delighted to honor Miriam E. Nelson, an extraordinarily dedicated public servant, who has faithfully served the Town of Norton as its esteemed Town Clerk and Treasurer for 51 years, and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Norton Town Clerk and Treasurer, Miriam E. Nelson.

Thereupon, in the discretion of the President, under Rule 51, the joint resolution was placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow.

Joint resolution originating in the House of the following title was read the first time and is as follows:

J.R.H. 219. Joint resolution congratulating Chantal McKeage and Marissa Domanico on each scoring over 1,000 points as members of the phenomenal Canaan Eagles girls' basketball team.

Whereas, during the past decade, the Canaan High School Eagles girls' basketball team has been the shiny star in Division IV competition, and

Whereas, since February 2, 1993, the team has not sustained a home court loss, and

Whereas, the team has repeatedly won the Central Valley League's northern divisional title and triumphantly clinched the Vermont Division IV championship in 1994, 1995 and 1998, and was one of two finalists in 2000, only to lose the championship game after a most valiant effort on the Barre Auditorium basketball court to their formidable opponents, the Danville High School Indians, and

Whereas, without doubt, two of the most spectacular players, among the cavalcade of outstanding Canaan Eagles, have been seniors Chantal McKeage and Marissa Domanico, and

Whereas, each of these superb young women has displayed remarkable talent on the basketball court, and

Whereas, Chantal and Marissa's offensive proficiency has been permanently enshrined in the school's athletic history by virtue of their each scoring in excess of 1,000 points over their four year careers as Canaan girls' basketball Eagles, and

Whereas, Chantal completed the 2000 championship game with an impressive personal tally of 1,066 points, and

Whereas, Marissa concluded her tenure in an Eagle's uniform having scored an unbelievable 1,362 career points, and

Whereas, both these fine players, as well as the entire team, are to be congratulated for performing so magnificently on a consistent and continuing basis, and

Whereas, their great coach, Margaret Lima, is to be commended for her unparalleled ability to teach and inspire the Eagles, both individually, and as a team, now therefore be it

RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

That the General Assembly congratulates Chantal McKeage and Marissa Domanico for each scoring over 1,000 points as members of the phenomenal Canaan High School Eagles girls' basketball team, and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chantal McKeage, Marissa Domanico and Coach Margaret Lima at Canaan High School.

Thereupon, in the discretion of the President, under Rule 51, the joint resolution was placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow.

Joint resolution originating in the House of the following title was read the first time and is as follows:

J.R.H. 220. Joint resolution congratulating the Rice Memorial High School 2000 Division I Championship girls' basketball team.

Whereas, the Rice Memorial High School girls basketball team, the defending 1999 Division I Champions, sought to repeat this achievement in the year 2000, and

Whereas, with each succeeding Rice victory, the team's many fans recognized that another divisional title, and second perfect season, were achievable objectives, and

Whereas, the Rice girls basketball team earned a spot in the final divisional playoff, and was athletically and psychologically prepared for a challenging contest against the Essex High School Hornets, and

Whereas, the large and enthusiastic crowd at St. Michael's College witnessed a thrilling basketball match-up that was certainly worthy of the appellation Division I Championship, and

Whereas, initially, the two Chittenden County teams appeared evenly matched as the Rice women held a 16-15 lead at the first quarter's conclusion, and were tied at 43 points apiece as the buzzer sounded, announcing the third quarter's completion, and

Whereas, in the fourth, and final, quarter, Rice, propelled forward by leading scorers Morgan and Ashley Valley and Melody Bongiorno, easily outscored the Hornets 20-4, and squelched any doubt of the game's outcome, and

Whereas, the Rice women's stunning 63-47 triumph was the crowning jewel of the 1999-2000 effort as their twin hopes of retaining the Division I title, and playing another perfect season, were in the record books, and

Whereas, each of the Rice players, including Jilby Danis, Becky McCormick, Colleen Davidson, Katie Brennan, Michele Lareau, Jean Papillo, Tara Fehr, Jamie Walker and Kate McCormick, and team manager Kate Rabidoux, is to be congratulated for her role in leading the Rice Memorial High School girls' basketball team to victory, and

Whereas, the inspirational courtside leadership of Coach Paul Rabdioux and Assistant Coaches Tim Rice and Jen Rock was essential for the team's magnificent performance, and

Whereas, the Rice women have earned seventh place in the U.S.A. Today ranking of girls' high school basketball teams in the east, now therefore be it

RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate the Rice Memorial High School 2000 Division 1 Championship girls basketball team, and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Coach Paul Rabidoux at Rice Memorial High School.

Thereupon, in the discretion of the President, under Rule 51, the joint resolution was placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow.

Joint resolution originating in the House of the following title was read the first time and is as follows:

J.R.H. 221. Joint resolution congratulating the Rice Memorial High School 2000 Division I Championship boys' basketball team.

Whereas, the Rice Memorial High School boys' basketball team, though seeded first in the 2000 Division 1 playoffs, was paired against traditional rival Burlington High School, which twice defeated the Rice team and had prevented Rice from achieving a perfect season, and

Whereas, hardly daunted by the prospect of this formidable crosstown rival, the men from Rice High School entered the basketball court at St. Michael's College prepared to win their first championship title since 1985, and

Whereas, as the game reached the halfway mark, the initial Rice lead of 22-10 had temporarily evaporated as the two crosstown competitors exited from the court with the Burlington Seahorses holding a very narrow 39-37 edge, and

Whereas, as the second half commenced, Rice junior Mike Cioffi scored a three-point play that was the start of a 12-point personal offensive drive during the third quarter and a game total of 23 points, and

Whereas, Cioffi's scoring extravaganza set the pace for an overwhelming 78-62 Rice victory, and

Whereas, an impressive offensive prowess was ably demonstrated throughout the evening by Rice players Andrew McDonald, Alex Lloyd and Nick Landrigan who tapped into the basket 16, 14 and 12 points respectively, and

Whereas, Coach Kevin Cieplicki thoughts were with his father, former Rice boys' Basketball coach, Bernie Cieplicki, who died last year, and would have been very gratified by the team's wonderful season, and

Whereas, the Division I crown was earned through the dedication of the outstanding Rice players such as Chris Gosselin, Kyle Cieplicki, Mike Fitts, Lance Besaw, Nick Tipson, Matt Montange, Pat McDonald, Mike Clark, Jeremy Reis and Lee Greenberg, and

Whereas, Assistant coaches Frank Papillo and John Galle provided invaluable aid to Coach Cieplicki, now therefore be it

RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

That the General Assembly congratulates the outstanding players and coaches of the 2000 Rice Memorial High School Division I championship boys' basketball team, and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Coach Kevin Cieplicki at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.

Thereupon, in the discretion of the President, under Rule 51, the joint resolution was placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow.

Bill Passed

Senate bill of the following title was read the third time and passed:

S. 228. An act relating to distinguished service medals.

Bill Passed in Concurrence

House bill of the following title was read the third time and passed in concurrence:

H. 712. An act relating to captive insurance companies.

Bill Passed in Concurrence with Proposal of Amendment

House bill of the following title was read the third time and passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment:

H. 838. An act relating to workforce reports.

Rules Suspended; Bills Messaged

On motion of Senator Shumlin, the rules were suspended and the following bills were ordered messaged to the House forthwith:

S. 228, H. 712, H. 838.

Adjournment

On motion of Senator Shumlin, the Senate adjourned until eleven o'clock and thirty minutes in the morning.