NO. R-165.† Joint resolution designating the first week of May 2003 as Public Service Recognition Week in Vermont.

(J.R.H.20)

Offered by:† Representatives Tracy of Burlington, Anderson of Woodstock, Aswad of Burlington, Audette of South Burlington, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Endres of Milton, Flory of Pittsford, Gervais of Enosburg, Haas of Rutland City, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kenyon of Bradford, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Klein of East Montpelier, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Masland of Thetford, McLaughlin of Royalton, Molloy of Arlington, Nease of Johnson, Nitka of Ludlow, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Perry of Richford, Pugh of South Burlington, Schiavone of Shelburne, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of Morristown, Starr of Troy, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Winters of Williamstown and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, since 1985, the first week of May has been celebrated as Public Service Recognition Week in honor of the men and women who serve the United States as federal, state, and local government employees, and

Whereas, Congress and President Bush have designated Public Service Recognition Week to educate citizens concerning the essential nature of the services which public employees perform and provide the citizenry, and

Whereas, public employees serve Vermonters every day, and our citizens have consistently endorsed the quality and accessibility of Vermontís public services, and

Whereas, public sector employees maintain our roads and bridges; deliver essential services to families, the elderly, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other Vermonters in need; ensure quality education for our children; preserve our natural environment and historic heritage; guarantee the public safety through law enforcement activities and emergency response services; promote economic development, including assisting Vermonters in finding jobs and improving their employment skills; safeguard our public health; and care for the most vulnerable in our society, and

Whereas, without dedicated civil servants, there would not be any continuity of governmental services when changes occur within the elected leadership structures of our democracy, and

Whereas, recognition of governmental employees encourages more persons to consider public service as an honorable career choice, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to recognize the dedication and outstanding contributions of all Vermontís federal, state, and municipal employees on behalf of the citizens of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:† That the General Assembly designates the first week of May 2003 as Public Service Recognition Week in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Governor James Douglas, the Vermont State Employees Association, the Vermont NEA, and the Vermont AFL-CIO as the representatives of these dedicated public servants.