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NO. R-329. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING REPRESENTATIVE MARION MILNE ON HER DESIGNATION AS THE WOMEN’S CAUCUS’ 2000 WOMAN LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR.

(J.R.H. 266)

Offered by: Representatives Mazzariello of Rutland City, Sweaney of Windsor, Alfano of Calais, Anderson of Woodstock, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Barbieri of Wallingford, Barney of Highgate, Blanchard of Essex, Bouricius of Burlington, Bristol of Brattleboro, Brooks of Montpelier, Buckland of Newport Town, Carmolli of Rutland City, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Cleland of Northfield, Colvin of Bennington, Corren of Burlington, Costello of Brattleboro, Cross of Winooski, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Deuel of West Rutland, Dominick of Starksboro, Doyle of Richmond, Edwards of Swanton, Emmons of Springfield, Flory of Pittsford, Follett of Springfield, Fox of Essex, Fyfe of Newport City, Gervais of Enosburg, Ginevan of Middlebury, Gretkowski of Burlington, Hathaway of Barton, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hoag of Woodford, Hooker of Rutland City, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hummel of Underhill, Hyde of Fayston, Johnson of Canaan, Jordan of Middlesex, Kainen of Hartford, Kehler of Pomfret, Kinsey of Craftsbury, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Krasnow of Charlotte, Kreitzer of Rutland City, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Lafayette of Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Lehman of Hartford, Levin of Hartland, Lippert of Hinesburg, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Mallary of Brookfield, Marron of Stowe, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, McNamara of Burlington, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Morrissey of Bennington, Mullin of Rutland Town, 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, Perry of Richford, Poirier of Barre City, Postman of Brownington, Pugh of South Burlington, Richardson of Weathersfield, Rivero of Milton, Rogers of Castleton, Rusten of Halifax, Schaefer of Colchester, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Sudbury, Starr of Troy, Stevens of Newbury, Suchmann of Chester, Sullivan of Burlington, Sweetser of Essex, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Valsangiacomo of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Waite of Pawlet, Weiss of Northfield, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Burlington, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Williamstown, Wisell of Bristol, Woodward of Johnson and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, since 1921, when former Representative Edna Louisa Beard was sworn into office, the women members of the General Assembly have produced an indelible record of outstanding leadership, innovation and creativity, and

Whereas, no women member has so forthrightly and courageously served her constituents, and all the citizens of Vermont, than Representative Marion Milne, the member from Washington, and

Whereas, Marion Milne proudly graduated from Goddard College at the ripe young age of 40, and commenced her career as the proprietress of the highly successful Milne-American Express Travel Agency, and

Whereas, she could have had a full life between her business, her children and her grandchildren, and

Whereas, always looking for new challenges, in 1994, she successfully stood for election to the House of Representatives from the legislative district encompassing her adopted hometown of Washington and the other Orange County municipalities of Chelsea, Orange, Tunbridge, Vershire and Williamstown, and

Whereas, she quickly emerged as a leader of the new legislative women’s caucus and one year sparked the fuse that helped to conclude a lingering closing session that appeared to have lost its path towards a timely adjournment, and

Whereas, as a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, she has proven to be an effective and diligent colleague, and

Whereas, most importantly, in the Well of the House, Marion Milne has eloquently implored the General Assembly to pay heed to those Vermonters most in need of a voice of their own, and

Whereas, she truly speaks from her heart, ever conscientious of the British political theorist Edmund Burke’s edict that a legislator must perform her duties as she believes to be in the public’s best interest even if her legislative opinions and votes place her in the center of a controversy, and

Whereas, in recognition of these many outstanding attributes, the legislative women’s caucus is designating Representative Marion Milne as its 2000 woman legislator of the year, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate Representative Marion Milne, the member from Washington, on her designation as the legislative women’s caucus’ 2000 woman legislator of the year, and be it further

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