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NO. R-134. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING REPRESENTATIVE KAREN KITZMILLER ON BEING DESIGNATED AS THE WOMEN'S LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR.

(J.R.H. 106)

Offered by: Representatives Milne of Washington, Alfano of Calais, Anderson of Woodstock, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Barbieri of Wallingford, Blanchard of Essex, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Bouricius of Burlington, Bristol of Brattleboro, Brooks of Montpelier, Buckland of Newport Town, Carmolli of Rutland City, Cleland of Northfield, Colvin of Bennington, Corren of Burlington, Costello of Brattleboro, Cross of Winooski, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Newfane, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Deuel of West Rutland, Doyle of Richmond, Dunne of Hartland, Edwards of Swanton, Emmons of Springfield, Flory of Pittsford, Follett of Springfield, Fox of Essex, Freed of Dorset, Fyfe of Newport City, Gervais of Enosburg, Ginevan of Middlebury, Gray of Barre Town, Gretkowski of Burlington, Hathaway of Barton, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Holmes of Bethel, Houston of Ferrisburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hummel of Underhill, Jordan of Middlesex, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kehler of Pomfret, Kinsey of Craftsbury, Koch of Barre Town, Krasnow of Charlotte, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kreitzer of Rutland City, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Lafayette of Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Lehman of Hartford, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Mallary of Brookfield, Maslack of Poultney, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, Mazzariello of Rutland City, McGrath of Ferrisburg, McNamara of Burlington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Moore of Rutland City, Morrissey of Bennington, Mullin of Rutland Town, Neiman of Georgia, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon,Osman of Plainfield, Palmer of Pownal, Paquin of Fairfax, Parizo of Essex, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pembroke of Bennington, Perry of Richford, Pike of Mendon, Poirier of Barre City, Postman of Brownington, Pratt of Castleton, Pugh of South Burlington, Quaid of Williston, Randall of Bradford, Richardson of Weathersfield, Rivero of Milton, Rusten of Halifax, Schaefer of Colchester, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Sheltra of Derby, Sherman of St. Johnsbury, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Sudbury, Starr of Troy, Steele of Waterbury, Stevens of Newbury, Suchmann of Chester, Sullivan of Burlington, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Valsangiacomo of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Waite of Pawlet, Weiss of Northfield, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Burlington, Winters of Williamstown, Wisell of Bristol, Wood of Brandon, Woodward of Johnson, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, concerned that the Vermont tradition of citizen legislators was in grave peril, given that the cost of running for public office has become ever more costly, Representative Kitzmiller was a cosponsor of legislation that became Act No. 28 of the 1997 Biennial Session that introduced public financing to the campaigns for governor and lieutenant governor and limited the costs of legislative races, and

Whereas, disturbed that health care has become unaffordable for thousands of working persons, the elderly and disabled, she has been in the forefront of efforts to make health care a basic right and lower costs to be within the economic means of all Vermonters through her promotion of legislation to lower the costs of prescription drugs and reform the health insurance system, and

Whereas, acutely aware, based on her own heroic fight against breast cancer, that essential treatments of this dread disease are not covered under many health insurance plans, Representative Kitzmiller successfully worked to expand cancer care coverage to include medically necessary chemotherapy treatment, and

Whereas, Representative Kitzmiller has been instrumental in enhancing the quality of life in the city of Montpelier through her role in securing the establishment of the tourist information center and the construction of the beautiful new bike path, and

Whereas, she has always set an independent course, remaining steadfastly loyal to her ideals, and

Whereas, Representative Kitzmiller has been at the forefront of the emerging Women's Legislative Caucus which has brought the bipartisan perspective of women legislators to many issues of great importance, and

Whereas, she has continued her pivotal role in the legislative arena during the 1999 Biennial Session despite an unfortunate necessity to resume chemotherapy treatments to combat a spreading cancer that the members of this legislature, her constituents, and many friends across the country had hoped and prayed was under long-term remission, and

Whereas, Karen Kitzmiller has exhibited a shining example of an indomitable spirit, courage under pressure and a grace and compassion for her fellow legislators which has been an inspiration, and

Whereas, it is most appropriate that the Women's Legislative Caucus honor Representative Kitzmiller for her many public policy accomplishments and for the inspiring leadership that she has repeatedly shown in the House of Representatives, often at enormous personal sacrifice, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Representative Karen Kitzmiller of Montpelier on her designation as the Women's Legislative Caucus first Woman Legislator of the Year and wishes her the very best in the months and years ahead, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Representative Karen Kitzmiller.