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NO. R-191. JOINT RESOLUTION relating to establishment of a committee to study out-of-school programs.

(J.R.S. 75)

Offered by: Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County.

Whereas, research shows that children and youth who, during nonschool hours, cannot go to either a home with a caring adult in it or another safe, nurturing environment, are most likely to engage in unsafe and unhealthy activities, and

Whereas, many Vermont communities are already providing safe, appropriate activities for children and youth in fifth grade through high school during nonschool hours, using federal grants which are about to expire or other one-time or limited funds, and

Whereas, many of these community organizations are working hard to become funded entirely by local funds, but need another year or two of state assistance in order to keep operating as they make the transition, and

Whereas, other communities would also like to begin to provide similar activities, and are also in need of funds to begin such programs, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Legislative Council shall gather information about Vermont community-run programs which currently provide out-of-school services to youth from fifth grade through high school, using federal or state funds, including information about how many children are served, cost of each program, whether each program involves young people in program planning and implementation, and whether each program has the potential capacity to continue programming without state funds in the future, and be it further

Resolved: That the general assembly shall establish a committee made up of one member from each of the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, and Senate and House Committees on Education, and one other member from each house, all Senate members chosen by the Committee on Committees and all House members chosen by the Speaker of the House, and be it further

Resolved: That the committee may meet up to three times to review the information-gathering work of the legislative council, to provide further direction to the council about its information-gathering, and to determine appropriate legislative action to support the work of communities which are providing successful programs; and that the committee members shall receive per diem and expenses pursuant to 2 V.S.A. 406, and be it further

Resolved: That the committee shall present the results of the information gathered by the council and its recommendations for legislative action to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations and on Education on or before January 15, 2002.