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Journal of the Senate

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002

The Senate was called to order by the President pro tempore.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by the Reverend Benedict Kiely of Montpelier.

Pledge of Allegiance

The President then led the members of the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Joint Resolutions Placed on Calendar

J.R.S. 130.

Joint Senate resolution of the following title was offered, read the first time and is as follows:

By Senators Doyle, Cummings and Scott,

J.R.S. 130. Joint resolution in memory of former Representative John P. Connarn of Northfield.

Whereas, John Connarn served his community in a variety of civic roles and the state of Vermont in all three branches of government, and

Whereas, a native of Brattleboro, he resided nearly all his life in Northfield, and

Whereas, John Connarn graduated from Northfield High School, and he was a cadet at Norwich University from which he graduated in 1941, and

Whereas, after meritorious service in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Theater in World War II, in which he was severely wounded in France, he earned a law degree from the University of Maine, and

Whereas, in 1956, the citizens of Northfield elected this able attorney to represent their town in the House of Representatives where he faithfully served for four terms, and

Whereas, in 1964, his reputation for integrity and legal skill prompted the voters of this state to elect John Connarn to the office of attorney general, and

Whereas, recognizing his outstanding professional qualifications, in 1967 the General Assembly elected him to a seat on the Vermont District Court, and he presided with great distinction in both district and superior courtrooms until his retirement from the bench in 1985, and

Whereas, after retiring from the bench, he performed volunteer legal work at the Northfield Development Corporation, and

Whereas, John Connarn greeted guests at the Margaret Holland Inn in Northfield where he was the owner and innkeeper, and

Whereas, he had served two terms on the Northfield School Board, and

Whereas, aside from serving in public office, he had volunteered as a local scout master, and

Whereas, throughout his life, he remained loyal to his alma mater, serving as president of the Norwich University Alumni Association and as District Captain of the Norwich University 2000 Fund Drive, and

Whereas, John Connarn was a member of St. John The Evangelist Church and the Sorrell Maynard American Legion Post 63, both in Northfield, and

Whereas, he was the husband of Barbara Connarn, and the father of two daughters, Julie and Patricia, a son Michael, and the stepfather of four stepsons, Marcin, William, Robert and Ronald, and

Whereas, his presence in Northfield will be missed, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends condolences to the family of former Representative, Attorney General and Judge John P. Connarn, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Barbara Connarn in Northfield.

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

J.R.S. 131.

Joint Senate resolution of the following title was offered, read the first time and is as follows:

By Senator Bloomer,

J.R.S. 131. Joint resolution congratulating Ray Burke on his stellar career as the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s indomitable dispatcher.

Whereas, thousands of Vermonters rely on Ray Burke to determine their travel routes to work and school on icy winter mornings as he broadcasts road conditions over radio and television stations around the state in his own special and much appreciated style, and

Whereas, his duties as the voice of Vermont’s wintertime road conditions represents the tip of the iceberg of his important responsibilities as the Agency of Transportation’s dispatcher, and

Whereas, in his dispatcher’s role, a position he has held with distinction for 32 of his 40 years of state service, Ray has directed the assignment of the state’s highway crews to plow and clear the roads in stormy weather, and

Whereas, during the brunt of the fiercest blizzards, nor’easters and other emergencies, regardless of the hour, he is on duty to assure that crews are dispatched promptly to the most severely inundated locales on the state highway system, and

Whereas, Ray’s efforts have not been restricted to alleviating storm-related impediments on the state’s highways as he has provided essential emergency assistance to state airport managers, and

Whereas, after four decades of dedicated public service, he will be retiring this spring from his duties at the Agency of Transportation, and

Whereas, highway dispatchers far and wide know Ray Burke has mastered their craft as no one else can, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Ray Burke on his four decades of outstanding and most necessary public service on behalf of the citizens of Vermont, and wishes him the very best in the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ray Burke at the Agency of Transportation.

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

Consideration Postponed

H. 728.

House bill entitled:

An act relating to domestic violence fatality review commission.

Was taken up.

Thereupon, without objection consideration of the bill was postponed until the next legislative day.

Proposals of Amendment; Third Reading Ordered

J.R.H. 124.

Senator Bloomer, for the Committee on Rules, to which was referred joint House resolution entitled:

Joint resolution amending the joint rules of the Senate and House of Representatives related to joint congratulatory, commendatory and condolence resolutions.

Reported recommending that the Senate propose to the House to amend the joint resolution as follows:

First: In the first resolved clause, in Rule 16a, last sentence, by striking out the words "unless it has been treated as a bill, subject of a roll call vote, or upon a three-fourths’ majority vote of the Senate or House," and inserting in lieu thereof the words unless it has been treated as a bill or subject of a roll call vote,

Second: In the second resolved clause, in Rule 16b, after the following: "Upon introduction," by inserting the following: if not treated as a bill,

And that the joint resolution ought to be adopted in concurrence with such proposals of amendment.

Thereupon, the joint resolution was read the second time by title only pursuant to Rule 43, the proposals of amendment were collectively agreed to, and third reading of the joint resolution was ordered.

Joint Resolutions Adopted in Concurrence

Joint House resolutions entitled:

J.R.H. 247.

Joint resolution congratulating the Green Mountain Prevention Projects on its 20th anniversary.

J.R.H. 248.

Joint resolution congratulating the Catamount Elementary School of Bennington on winning a national Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award.

J.R.H. 249.

Joint resolution in memory of Peter Donovan, Jr. of Bennington.

J.R.H. 250.

Joint resolution congratulating Amy Marie Johnson on her being named Miss Vermont for 2001.

J.R.H. 252.

Joint resolution congratulating the Windsor High School Yellow Jackets 2001 Division II field hockey team.

J.R.H. 253.

Joint resolution in memory of former Representative and Senator Gertrude R. Mallary of Fairlee.

Having been placed on the Calendar for action, were taken up.

Thereupon, the resolutions were adopted collectively in concurrence.

Adjournment

On motion of Senator Mazza, the Senate adjourned until one o’clock and thirty minutes in the afternoon on Wednesday, April 10, 2002.