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(J.R.H. 80)

Offered by: Representatives Kehler of Pomfret, Keenan of St. Albans City, Anderson of Woodstock, Colvin of Bennington, Dakin of Colchester, Larocque of Barnet, Mazur of South Burlington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moore of Rutland City, Partridge of Windham, Rivero of Milton, Smith of Sudbury, Vincent of Waterbury and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, the General Assembly and the State of Vermont have been well served by the competent, fair and knowledgeable leadership of Richard H. Cowart as chair of the Public Service Board for the past 12 years, and

Whereas, the leadership of Richard Cowart has been recognized by his colleagues in Vermont, regionally and nationally as a leading and farsighted utility regulator, and

Whereas, Richard Cowart earned an honors degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and then journeyed to the University of California, Berkeley, from which he graduated with dual degrees in law and city planning, and

Whereas, he accepted a judicial clerkship with United States District Court Judge Albert W. Coffrin, Jr., and was subsequently appointed as the chief executive officer and general counsel of the Vermont Environmental Board, and

Whereas, in 1981, Richard Cowart embarked on an academic career as an assistant professor of the University of California and then in 1984, as the acting director of the Vermont Law School Environmental Law Center, and

Whereas, in 1986, Governor Madeleine M. Kunin, recognizing the many accomplishments of Richard Cowart in the fields of planning and environmental law, appointed him to a seat on the Vermont Public Service Board, and, in 1987, appointed him to a six-year term as chair of the board, a position to which Governor Howard Dean reappointed him for a second term in 1993, and

Whereas, in 1996, he was awarded the Patricia Walton Award for his outstanding public service to the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, in 1997, United States Senators Patrick Leahy and James Jeffords jointly recommended Richard Cowart for a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and

Whereas, after two very successful and productive terms as chair of the Vermont Public Service Board, Richard Cowart has decided to pursue a new career path, and

Whereas, while he will be departing from his position at the Vermont Public Service Board, Richard Cowart will continue to make his home in Calais, Vermont where he is active in local civic activities and is an avid Christmas tree farmer, and

Whereas, the standing committees of the General Assembly with jurisdiction over public service legislation in particular have been most fortunate to experience Richard Cowart's intelligence, integrity, dedication to public service, courtesy, civility and humor for many years, and

Whereas, the standing committees of the General Assembly with jurisdiction over public service legislation will sorely miss Richard Cowart's thoughtful and constructive assistance in crafting public policy designed to promote the public good of the people of the State of Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to recognize and honor the exemplary role that Richard H. Cowart has played as chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board in seeking a system of state utility regulation that is fair and equitable to all Vermonters, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly expresses its gratitude for Richard Cowart's dedicated public service to the State of Vermont, and for his intelligence, understanding and good humor as he has worked with legislators in advancing the interests of the public, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly wishes Richard Cowart the best of success in his future endeavors, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard H. Cowart.