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Journal of the House

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1999

At nine o'clock and thirty minutes in the forenoon the Speaker called the House to order.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Reverend Gerry Piper, serving the Northeast Kingdom Methodists.

Memorial Service

The Speaker placed before the House the following name of a member of past sessions of the Vermont General Assembly who had passed away recently:

Patrick J. Candon

Member of the House 1973-1980

Thereupon, the members of the House rose for a moment of prayer in memory of the deceased member. The Clerk was thereupon directed to send a copy of the Journal to the bereaved family.

Message from the Senate

A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Marshall, its Assistant Secretary, as follows:

Mr. Speaker:

I am directed to inform the House that the Senate has on its part passed Senate bill of the following title:

S. 17. An act relating to motor vehicle dealers.

In the passage of which the concurrence of the House is requested.

The Senate has on its part adopted a joint resolution of the following title:

J.R.S. 21. Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment.

In the adoption of which the concurrence of the House is requested.

House Bills Introduced

House bills of the following titles were severally introduced. Pending first reading of the bills, on motion of Rep. Tracy of Burlington, the rules were suspended and the bills were read the first time by number and referred as follows:

H. 300

By Reps. Dunne of Hartland, Milkey of Brattleboro, Corren of Burlington, Emmons of Springfield, Holmes of Bethel, Hummel of Underhill, Krasnow of Charlotte, Lehman of Hartford, Masland of Thetford, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Stevens of Newbury, Suchmann of Chester and Sweaney of Windsor,

An act relating to exemptions of the sales and use tax in downtown development districts;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 301

By Reps. Keenan of St. Albans City, Dakin of Colchester, Kehler of Pomfret, Mazur of South Burlington, Milkey of Brattleboro and Moore of Rutland City,

An act relating to unfair methods of competition;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 302

By Rep. Paquin of Fairfax,

An act relating to designating the state pie and the state fruit;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 303

By Reps. Holmes of Bethel, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Mazur of South Burlington and Richardson of Weathersfield,

An act relating to community rating and healthy lifestyle insurance discounts;

To the committee on Health and Welfare.

H. 304

By Reps. Howrigan of Fairfield and Schiavone of Shelburne,

An act relating to pharmacological treatment of sex offenders;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 305

By Reps. Schiavone of Shelburne and Keenan of St. Albans City,

An act relating to school district collaboration in purchase of goods and services;

To the committee on Education.

H. 306

By Reps. Colvin of Bennington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Baker of West Rutland, Barbieri of Wallingford, Cross of Winooski, Krawczyk of Bennington, Molloy of Arlington, Moore of Rutland City, Morrissey of Bennington, Palmer of Pownal and Pembroke of Bennington,

An act relating to filing school transportation policies and attendance records;

To the committee on Education.

H. 307

By Rep. Lippert of Hinesburg,

An act relating to reasonable attorney fees for workers' compensation cases;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 308

By Reps. Emmons of Springfield and Nitka of Ludlow,

An act relating to good time reduction of an inmate's sentence;

To the committee on Institutions.

H. 309

By Reps. Houston of Ferrisburgh and Koch of Barre Town,

An act relating to creating a 20-year statute of limitations for enforcement of municipal land use permits and to providing that noncompliance with or failure to obtain these permits does not create a cloud on title;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 310

By the committee on Health and Welfare,

An act relating to tobacco use prevention, cessation and control, and the master settlement agreement;

Under the rule, placed on the Calendar for notice on the next legislative day.

House Resolutions Adopted

H.R. 6

Reps. Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Partridge of Windham and Obuchowski of Rockingham offered a House resolution, entitled

House resolution congratulating Gerald Dennis on his retirement as Assistant Superintendent of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union school district;

Whereas, Gerald Dennis has devoted his life to teaching young Vermonters and serving as an educational administrator, and

Whereas, his professional career began in 1963 as a teacher at the Lyndon Institute and when his tenure concluded at that illustrious institution, he had risen to the position of headmaster, and

Whereas, in 1981, Gerald Dennis was honored as Vermont Principal of the Year, and

Whereas, since 1981, he has been an outstanding member of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union School District's administration, having served as assistant superintendent, and

Whereas, Gerald Dennis has decided to retire at the end of the 1998-1999 school year and pursue his many athletic pastimes which include skiing, golfing and running, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate Gerald Dennis on the completion of an exemplary career in public education and extends best retirement wishes to him and his wife Marianne.

Which was read and adopted.

H. R. 7

Reps. Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Partridge of Windham and Obuchowski of Rockingham offered a House resolution, entitled

House resolution congratulating Hugh Haggerty on his retirement as Superintendent of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union School District

Whereas, Hugh Haggerty has been one of Vermont's outstanding educational administrators, having served as Assistant Superintendent of the Lamoille South Supervisory Union School District from 1970 until 1978 and since 1978 as the Superintendent of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union School District, and

Whereas, he is greatly admired for his repeated success in obtaining state construction grants for projects in his district, and

Whereas, Hugh Haggerty has contributed enormously to the field of educational administration through his membership on both the New England School Development Council and the Board of Directors of the New England Superintendents' Association, and

Whereas, aside from his school district-related duties, he is an active leader in the Bellows Falls Rotary Club, and

Whereas, Hugh Haggerty has decided to complete his career in educational administration at the close of the 1998-1999 school year and looks forward to devoting more time to his passion for fly fishing, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate Hugh Haggerty on the occasion of his retirement from the Superintendency of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union School District and wishes both him and his wife Betty many future joyous years in which to share their lives.

Which were read and adopted on the part of the House.

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 21

The Speaker placed before the House a joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment;

By Senator Shumlin,

RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

That when the two Houses adjourn on Friday, February 19, 1999, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, February 23, 1999, at ten o_clock in the forenoon.

Which was read and adopted in concurrence.

Senate Bill Referred

S. 17

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to motor vehicle dealers;

Was taken up, read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered

H. 179

Rep. Hube of Londonderry, for the Committee on Commerce, to which had been referred House bill, entitled

An act relating to unemployment compensation;

Reported in favor of its passage when amended as follows:

First: On page 2, line 3, by striking the following: "Section 3306(b)", and inserting in lieu thereof Section 3306(b)(2)

Second: On page 4, by striking lines 6 through line 10

The bill, having appeared on the Calendar one day for notice, was taken up, read the second time, report of the Committee on Commerce agreed to and third reading ordered.

House Resolution Adopted

J.R.H. 5

House resolution urging the United States Congress not to authorize trailer or semi-trailers in excess of 53 feet in length nor increased vehicle weight on the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and its approaches;

Was taken up and adopted on the part of the House.

Adjournment

At ten o'clock in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Suchmann of Chester, the House adjourned until Tuesday, February 23, 1999, at ten o_clock in the forenoon, pursuant to the provisions of J.R.S. 21.