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NO. R-183. JOINT RESOLUTION EXTENDING BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO ROBERT GENSBURG OF ST. JOHNSBURY.

(J.R.H. 144)

Offered by: Representative Vincent of Waterbury.

Whereas, Robert Gensburg of St. Johnsbury has been a respected member of the Vermont Bar for many years, and

Whereas, he has devoted much of his legal career defending persons whose causes and goals are not the most popular, and who might, consequently, be denied due process of law, and

Whereas, during the last few years, he has become best known as the lead counsel for Amada Brigham of Whiting and others, who turned to the courts in their effort to require the state to adopt a school funding system that was truly equitable and fair to the poorest of school districts as well as the wealthiest, and

Whereas, in its landmark ruling of Brigham v. State, the Vermont Supreme Court held that the existing system of basing the funding of public elementary and secondary education on the local property tax was inherently unconstitutional, and

Whereas, since the Brigham decision was announced, Robert Gensburg has enthusiastically and energetically defended the holding's validity, both in the courts of this state and at many public forums, and

Whereas, members of the General Assembly were saddened to learn that this very special legal trail-blazer has been diagnosed with leukemia, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its hopes and wishes to Robert Gensburg for a return to good health, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Robert Gensburg in St. Johnsbury.