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(J.R.S. 71)

Offered by: Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County, Senator Backus of Chittenden County, Senator Bahre of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Brownell of Chittenden County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Chard of Windham County, Senator Costes of Franklin County, Senator Crowley of Rutland County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator McCormack of Windsor County, Senator Morrissey of Bennington County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Ptashnik of Windsor County, Senator Ready of Addison County, Senator Riehle of Chittenden County, Senator Rivers of Windsor County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shumlin of Windham County and Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, Charles A. "Charlie" Bristow and Claudia Horack grew up on the same street in the balmy semitropical city of New Orleans, and

Whereas, after marrying, and completing their respective degree programs at divisions of the city's foremost institution of higher education, Tulane University, Charlie in law and Claudia in political science at Newcomb College, Charlie began to practice law and Claudia assumed responsibilities as a mother of three boys, and

Whereas, longing for the invigorating life that can only be experienced in Vermont's Green Mountains, the Bristows migrated northward when Charlie accepted a post as a Vermont Assistant Attorney General, and

Whereas, despite their shock at the truly arctic conditions that can prevail in Montpelier during the winter, they persevered as Charlie Bristow blazed a distinguished career path that included service as a district court judge, Deputy Attorney General, Commissioner of Public Safety, a law school professor at both Vermont Law School and New England School of Law, counsel to the Department of Environmental Conservation and ultimately as the much respected and admired counsel to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and

Whereas, Claudia Bristow, recognizing the virtues of a life at the legal bar, sought to follow her husband's impressive footsteps as she enrolled in Vermont Law School from which she graduated in 1978, and

Whereas, she embarked on an equally distinguished legal career that has included a long and respected tenure as a legislative counselor where she developed a special expertise in the fields of administrative, electoral, municipal, professional regulatory and retirement law, and

Whereas, her work in the General Assembly was briefly interrupted, as she served a term as Deputy Secretary of State, where she gained important firsthand experience implementing many of the laws that she had drafted, and

Whereas, the Bristows have decided that as the 20th century concludes, it is also time for them to put down their drafting quills, and bicycle and ski into the sunset, and

Whereas, the members of the General Assembly will miss the Bristows' wise counsel, cordiality, and, most significantly, their distinctive Louisiana drawls, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding contribution that Charlie and Claudia Bristow have made to the clarity and layperson's comprehension of the laws enacted by this legislature and wishes them the very happiest of times in the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House are directed jointly to present a copy of this resolution to Charles A. Bristow and Claudia Horack Bristow at a reception to be held in their honor, on the afternoon of January 6, 2000, in the State House.