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( J.R.H. 37)

Offered by:Representatives Helm of Castleton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Angell of Randolph, Baker of Randolph, Barney of Highgate, Bjerke of Burlington, Bohi of Hartford, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Bouricius of Burlington, Buchdahl of Georgia, Buckland of Newport Town, Carmolli of Rutland City, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Coleman of Londonderry, Corren of Burlington, Costello of Brattleboro, Crawford of Burke, Darrow of South Newfane, Deen of Westminster, Deuel of West Rutland, Dominick of Starksboro, Dwyer of Thetford, Edwards of Swanton, Fyfe of Newport City, Freed of Dorset, Gervais of Enosburg, Ginevan of Middlebury, Grant of Groton, Gray of Barre Town, Gretkowski of Burlington, Hallowell of Burlington, Hathaway of Barton, Hill of Milton, Hoag of Woodford, Holmes of Bethel, Houston of Ferrisburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hudson of Lyndon, Hyde of Fayston, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kendall of Woodstock, Kinsey of Craftsbury, Knox of Northfield, Koch of Barre Town, Kristensen of Guilford, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Larrabee of Danville, Lindgren of Springfield, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Maslack of Poultney, Mazur of South Burlington, McGrath of Ferrisburg, Milkey of Brattleboro, Nelson of Ryegate, Palmer of Pownal, Pike of Mendon, Ranney of Castleton, Richardson of Weathersfield, Robb of Swanton, Rose of Williston, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Sheltra of Derby, Sherman of St. Johnsbury, Simpers of Colchester, Sinnott of Bennington, Steele of Waterbury, Suchmann of Chester, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Weiss of Northfield, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Williamstown, Wisell of Bristol, Yarnell of Colchester, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, deer hunting season is a special time of year that is eagerly anticipated by thousands of Vermonters, and

Whereas, to deprive an avid deer hunter of the opportunity to enthusiastically partake in the rituals of deer camp camaraderie, and the thrill of the opening morning’s initial foray into the wooded depths would constitute cruel and unusual punishment, and

Whereas, Kermit S. Spaulding has faithfully observed the opening day’s rituals with all the appropriate observances for many years, and

Whereas, with his recent retirement from a successful banking career, he was looking forward to devoting more time to this special avocation which conveniently does not conflict with the legislative schedule, and

Whereas, the Vermont General Assembly, on February 20, 1997, elected Kermit S. Spaulding to the exalted position of Sergeant at Arms, and

Whereas, the first day of hunting season has not been declared a state holiday and Kermit could be required to attend to his State House duties on this very special day, and

Whereas, in selecting him to oversee life at the State House, his legislative colleagues never intended to deny Kermit the joys of going off in search of the big one on the 12th day prior to Thanksgiving which is the first day of the regular deer season, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly, after considerable deliberation and forethought, declares that the Sergeant at Arms shall be granted a special leave, each year on the 12th day before Thanksgiving, in order that the holder of this office may avail him or herself of all the advantages that are associated with this momentous occasion, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly reserves the right to review this special privilege being afforded the Sergeant at Arms should a future holder of this office not be inclined to exercise this special employment benefit, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly extends every best wish to Representative Kermit S. Spaulding as he embarks on his new career, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Representative Kermit S. Spaulding, to the Sergeant at Arms’ Office and to the Governor.