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NO. R-327. JOINT RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE STAFF OF THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY WORK PERFORMANCE DURING THE 2000 LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

(J.R.H. 264)

Offered by: Representatives Hudson of Lyndon, Bouricius of Burlington, Corren of Burlington, Doyle of Richmond, Freed of Dorset, Johnson of Canaan, LaBarge of Grand Isle and Tracy of Burlington.

Whereas, the Office of the Sergeant at Arms is directed, pursuant to section 62 of Title 2 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, to perform many important legislative duties, including the maintenance of order among spectators in the House and Senate chambers, scheduling the use of rooms for committee meetings, and other tasks assigned by the legislative leadership, and

Whereas, pursuant to section 70 of Title 2 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, the Capitol Police Department, which is under the jurisdiction of the Sergeant at Arms, is directed to keep the peace, and provide security within the State House and on its adjacent grounds, and

Whereas, the unusually large crowds that have attended committee meetings and legislative sessions at the State House during the 2000 session, and the extraordinarily large amounts of traditional and electronic mail, and phone messages, that have inundated the office of the Sergeant at Arms, have all in combination, placed unexpected pressures on the Sergeant at Arms and his relatively small staff, and

Whereas, the professional and support staffs of the legislative council have been working under unusually hectic conditions, fielding many more inquiries and performing extra tasks at a level far exceeding a typical legislative session, and

Whereas, despite these extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances, the Sergeant at Arms and legislative council staffs have performed their duties professionally, efficiently, and with good cheer, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commends the outstanding performance during the 2000 legislative session, especially during the third week of March, Sergeant at Arms Kermit Spaulding, and his excellent staff, including Assistant Sergeant at Arms Jean Herring and primary office staffer Gerry Tousignant; Head Doorkeeper Cornelius Reed, and Assistant Doorkeepers Roger Lissor, James E. Ross and Teresa Randall; Capitol Police Chief David Janawicz and his very able assistants; day custodial staff Roger Bowley, Gus Gola, Sid MacRitchie, and night custodial staff Heidi L. Coon and Glenn M. Dixon who are employed through the Patton Janitorial Service; and last but hardly least, the 30 pages who have worked during the 2000 legislative session under circumstances unimagined by any of their predecessors, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly commends the extraordinary effort during this time put forth by Chief Counsel Bill Russell, Chief of Operations Claudette Marinelli, and professional and support staffs of the Legislative Council, and be it further

Resolved: That the Clerk of the House shall prepare a copy of this resolution for display in the office of the Sergeant at Arms and the Legislative Council.