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NO. R-163. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE USE OF THE STATE HOUSE FOR A CELEBRATION OF ELECTED AND APPOINTED WOMEN IN LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT.

(J.R.H. 117)

Offered by: Representative Pugh of South Burlington.

Whereas, women are elected town clerks in 89 percent of Vermont's cities and towns, and

Whereas, nine women currently have been appoined to serve as town and city managers in the State of Vermont, and

Whereas, the percentage of women appointed to state level boards and commissions has risen from 22 percent in 1979 to 40 percent in 1998, and

Whereas, the Vermont House of Representatives has 48 women (32 percent of the total membership), and

Whereas, the Vermont Senate has 12 women (40 percent of the total membership), and

Whereas, the United States Congress has 535 members and only 59 (12 percent) are women, and

Whereas, the Governor's Commission on Women and the Vermont State Nurses' Association are sponsoring a celebration of appointed and elected women in local and state government on Thursday, March 12, 1998 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate:

That the Sergeant at Arms is directed to make the House lobby, the State House cafeteria and the Cedar Creek Room available for use by the Governor's Commission on Women for the celebration of elected and appointed women from 4:30 p.m. until

7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 1998.