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NO. R-31. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING NORRIS "NORRIE" HOYT ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM STATE GOVERNMENT.

(J.R.H. 26)

Offered by: Representatives Seibert of Norwich, Costello of Brattleboro, Deen of Westminster, Mackinnon of Sharon, Moore of Rutland City, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham and Valsangiacomo of Barre City.

Whereas, Norris "Norrie" Hoyt was born in the land of Lincoln and spent his formative years in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and

Whereas, after earning degrees from Amherst College and Harvard and Boston University Law Schools, he accepted former Governor Deane Davis' offer to assume the position of Vermont's Deputy Tax Commissioner, and

Whereas, upon the election of Governor Thomas Salmon, the State's new chief executive appointed Norrie to be his legal counsel, and

Whereas, after outstanding service as a much respected figure in both Republican and Democratic administrations, Norrie decided to unfurl his own political sails by seeking election to the Vermont General Assembly, and

Whereas, in pursuit of this noble goal, in 1974, Norrie Hoyt stood for election from the Orange-Windsor District whose voters on four consecutive occasions sent him to Montpelier to represent them under the golden dome, and

Whereas, in recognition of his leadership capabilities and astute legal acumen, he was named to chair the House Committee on Judiciary, and

Whereas, realizing that Norrie's services were sorely missed at the Tax Department, in 1983, Governor Richard Snelling reappointed him as Deputy Tax Commissioner and Governor Madeleine Kunin, in 1985, named him as Tax Commissioner, in which position he served with great distinction until 1991, and

Whereas, in 1992, after a brief respite from appointed office, during which time Norrie served as an able draftsperson on the staff of the Legislative Council, Governor Howard Dean called him back to the executive branch to head the Department of Liquor Control, and

Whereas, as Commissioner of Liquor Control, Norrie once again demonstrated his mastery of the administrative and political processes, and

Whereas, after nearly three decades as an extraordinary public servant, whose wisdom and guidance has been much appreciated by legislators and governors of all political parties, Norrie Hoyt has decided to conclude his state government career, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the members of the General Assembly wish Norris "Norrie" Hoyt a fond farewell and personally satisfying life in the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Norris Hoyt.