Journal of the House

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2007

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

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Representative Francis K. Brooks of Montpelier.

Message from the Senate No. 9

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

Madam Speaker:

I am directed to inform the House that the Senate has on its part adopted a joint resolution of the following title:

J.R.S. 8.  Joint resolution urging Congress to appropriate as quickly as possible federal funds for payment of agricultural disaster relief to Vermont’s financially pressed farmers.

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

Message from the Senate No. 10

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

Madam Speaker:

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

S. 32.  An act relating to appointments and terms for energy coordinators.

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. 9.  Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment.

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

 

Communication from Governor

“January 16, 2007

The Honorable Gaye R. Symington

115 State Street  Drawer 33

Montpelier, VT  05633

Dear Speaker Symington:

     I have the honor to inform you that I have appointed Cynthia T. Martin to serve in House District Windsor1-2.

                                                           Sincerely,

                                                           /s/James H. Douglas

                                                           Governor

JHD/ms

cc:     Deborah Markowitz, Secretary of State

          Donald Milne, Clerk of the House”

New Member Seated

Rep. Martin of Springfield, the newly appointed member, having previously taken and subscribed the oath administered by the Clerk, as required by the Constitution and laws of the State, was conducted to her seat by the Sergeant at Arms, Kermit Spaulding.

House Bills Introduced

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

H. 56

By Reps. Heath of Westford, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Hunt of Essex Jerman of Essex, Myers of Essex and Potter of Clarendon,

An act relating to transitional aid for school district consolidation;

To the committee on Education.

H. 57

By Reps. Maier of Middlebury and Nuovo of Middlebury,

An act relating to triathlons;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

 

H. 58

     By Reps. Hosford of Waitsfield, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Deen of Westminster, Grad of Moretown, Jewett of Ripton, Lorber of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, Randall of Troy, Sharpe of Bristol, Spengler of Colchester, Sweaney of Windsor and Weston of Burlington,

An act relating to idling school bus engines on school property;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 59

By Reps. Ancel of Calais and Helm of Castleton,

An act relating to hunting with a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 60

By Reps. Jewett of Ripton, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Haas of Rochester and Klein of East Montpelier,

An act relating to noncompliance with the no child left behind act;

To the committee on Education.

H. 61

By Reps. Sweaney of Windsor and Adams of Hartland,

An act relating to appropriating funds to the town of Windsor for the Windsor Heritage Days Commemorative observances;

To the committee on Appropriations.

H. 62

     By Reps. Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Brooks of Montpelier, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Hutchinson of Randolph, Obuchowski of Rockingham and Shand of Weathersfield,

An act relating to designating counterpoint as the state choral chamber music ensemble;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 63

By Rep. Rodgers of Glover,

An act relating to expanding lemon law coverage;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 64

By Rep. Rodgers of Glover,

An act relating to motorcycle helmets;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 65

By Rep. Trombley of Grand Isle and Johnson of South Hero,

An act relating to a permit exception for Grand Isle cemetery;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 66

By Rep. Jewett of Ripton,

An act relating to internet publication of state agency rules;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 67

By Rep. Dostis of Waterbury and Minter of Waterbury,

An act relating to homeowner’s insurance and domestic dogs;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 68

By Rep. Jewett of Ripton, Donahue of Northfield, Flory of Pittsford and Grad of Moretown,

An act relating to a notice of mortgage;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 69

By Reps. Hosford of Waitsfield, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, French of Randolph, Head of S. Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, McFaun of Barre Town, Minter of Waterbury, Mrowicki of Putney, Sharpe of Bristol, Spengler of Colchester and Weston of Burlington,

An act relating to the idling of motor vehicles;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

 

H. 70

     By Reps. Klein of East Montpelier, Ancel of Calais, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Jewett of Ripton, Maier of Middlebury, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Minter of Waterbury, Morley of Barton, Mrowicki of Putney, Nuovo of Middlebury, Pellett of Chester, Rodgers of Glover, Sharpe of Bristol, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Trombley of Grand Isle and Zuckerman of Burlington

An act relating to establishing a streamlined process for permitting small, renewable energy facilities;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 71

By Reps. Klein of East Montpelier, Ancel of Calais, Botzow of Pownal, Cheney of Norwich, Deen of Westminster, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Minter of Waterbury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Peltz of Woodbury, Randall of Troy, Sharpe of Bristol and Spengler of Colchester,

An act relating to establishing residential electricity surcharges upon large new residential units that are hooked up to the grid and upon large residential electricity users;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 72

By Reps. McDonald of Berlin, Monti of Barre City and Valliere of Barre City,

An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the city of Barre;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 73

By Rep. Deen of Westminster,

An act relating to water management types for state waters;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 74

By Rep. Deen of Westminster,

     An act relating to landowner liability;

     To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 75

By Rep. Deen of Westminster,

An act relating to the registration and inspection of dams;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 76

By Reps. Grad of Moretown, Brooks of Montpelier, Corcoran of Bennington, Donahue of Northfield, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Krawczyk of Bennington and Moran of Wardsboro

 An act relating to hunting and fishing licenses for Vermont veterans;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 77

By Rep. Deen of Westminster,

An act relating to giving certain easement holders notice of development applications under Act 250 and the planning and zoning chapter;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 78

     By Reps. Grad of Moretown, Dostis of Waterbury and Minter of Waterbury,

     An act relating to reconsideration or rescission of votes in local elections;

     To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 79

     By Rep. Brennan of Colchester,

     An act relating to registering taxidermists;

     To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 80

     By Reps. Grad of Moretown, Donahue of Northfield, Brooks of Montpelier, Corcoran of Bennington, Howrigan of Fairfield, Moran of Wardsboro and Shand of Weathersfield,

     An act relating to special motor vehicle registration plates for disabled veterans;

     To the committee on Transportation.

H. 81

     By Reps. Keogh of Burlington, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Bissonnette of Winooski, Donovan of Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, Pearson of Burlington, Weston of Burlington, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington,

     An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the city of Burlington;

     To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 82

     By Reps. Grad of Moretown, Milkey of Brattleboro, Westman of Cambridge, Brooks of Montpelier, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, French of Randolph, Haas of Rochester, Heath of Westford, Johnson of South Hero, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Leriche of Hardwick, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Pearson of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington,

     An act relating to health insurance plan reimbursement for covered services provided by naturopathic physicians;

     To the committee on Health Care.

H. 83

     By Reps. Grad of Moretown, Brooks of Montpelier, Donahue of Northfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Krawczyk of Bennington and Moran of Wardsboro,

     An act relating to military pension income tax exemption;

     To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 84

     By Rep. Klein of East Montpelier (by request),

     An act relating to bear damaging property;

     To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 85

     By Reps. Minter of Waterbury, Barnard of Richmond, Grad of Moretown, Hosford of Waitsfield, LaVoie of Swanton and Spengler of Colchester,

     An act relating to prohibiting cellular telephone use by a person with a learner permit or junior operator license;

     To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 86

     By Rep. Deen of Westminster,

     An act relating to verification of personal identity prior to the suspension of a motor vehicle operator’s license;

     To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 87

     By Reps. Milkey of Brattleboro and Jewett of Ripton,

     An act relating to the uniform transfers to minors act;

     To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 88

     By the committee on Ways and Means,

     An act relating to education property tax rate adjustments;

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

Senate Bill Referred

S. 32

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to appointments and terms for energy coordinators.

Was taken up, read the first time and referred to the committee on Government Operations.

House Resolutions Placed on Calendar

The Speaker placed before the House the following resolutions which were read and in the Speaker’s discretion, placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow under Rule 52.

H.R. 4

House resolution supporting a Taiwan-U.S. free trade agreement (TUFTA)

Offered by: Representatives Nease of Johnson and Kilmartin of Newport City, and Partridge of Windham

Whereas, Taiwan and the United States share an important economic and strategic international relationship, and

Whereas, TUFTA advances the national interests of both Taiwan and the United States, and

Whereas, both countries are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and TUFTA would expand on the principles advanced by the WTO and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and

Whereas, Taiwan and the United States share and promote a mutual belief in freedom, democracy, antiterrorism, and market principles, and

Whereas, the level of mutual investment between Taiwan and the United States is quite high, whereby Taiwan is the eighth largest trading partner of the United States and, in 2005, United States exports to Taiwan totaled $22 billion, and

Whereas, United States exports to Taiwan under TUFTA would expand by an estimated  $3.4 billion, and

Whereas, two-way investment flow would create new business and employment opportunities and foster closer ties between Taiwanese and United States firms, and

Whereas, streamlined foreign investment procedures developed under TUFTA would lead to further investment by firms in both Taiwan and the United States, and

Whereas, TUFTA would stimulate joint development of advanced technology and new high-tech applications and promote new cooperative ventures, and

Whereas, a 2002 study by the U.S. International Trade Commission supports the negotiation of a Taiwan-United States Free Trade Agreement, and

Whereas, TUFTA would build on the existing strong relations between Taiwan and the United States to boost  simultaneously Taiwan's security and democracy and serve the broader interests of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives

That this legislative body supports the negotiation of a Taiwan‑United States Free Trade Agreement, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President, to U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation, to President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan, and to K.T. Yang, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston.

 

H.R. 5

House resolution in support of the Crown Point Road Association’s application to the National Park Service to list two segments of the Crown Point Road on the national register of historic places

Offered by:  Representatives Devereux of Mount Holly, Baker of West Rutland, Potter of Clarendon, Andrews, Bray of New Haven, Courcelle of Rutland City, Fallar of Tinmouth, Jerman of Essex, Shand of Weathersfield, Stevens of Shoreham and Sunderland of Rutland Town

Whereas, in the summer of 1759, during the French and Indian War, British General Jeffrey Amherst ordered the construction of a new 77-mile-long military road (the Crown Point Road), following an existing Indian trail, to bring supplies from Fort Number 4 (Charlestown, New Hampshire) on the Connecticut River to Crown Point on Lake Champlain’s western shore for use in a campaign against French-controlled Montreal, and

Whereas, two large construction parties worked intensively until winter’s harshness forced them to suspend their work until the spring of 1760, and

Whereas, although the road might be considered a primitive path by today’s standards, it became a major military support thoroughfare for the balance of the French and Indian War and later during the American Revolutionary War, and

Whereas, during the early decades of Vermont statehood, the Crown Point Road was a major commercial connector between the eastern and western sides of the state and its presence served as the impetus for the development of towns along its right-of-way, and

Whereas, by the middle of the 19th century, the Crown Point Road was abandoned in many sections as more modern highways and railways assumed this pioneer thoroughfare’s commercial role, and

Whereas, during the years 1909–1914, the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a series of granite markers along the road, and a number of towns along the route initiated supplementary marker projects, and

Whereas, in 1958, the Crown Point Road Association (CPRA) was established and started a marker restoration program, and since then it has published an annotated and illustrated guide to the markers, and

Whereas, in 1996, Congress directed the National Park Service to conduct a comprehensive Revolutionary War and War of 1812 historic preservation site review that identified the Crown Point Road as a location worthy of further study, and

Whereas, in 2000, the Vermont Agency of Transportation awarded the CPRA an enhancement grant to study the feasibility of listing the Crown Point Road on the National Register of Historic Places, and

Whereas, after an in‑depth analysis of the best method for preserving the entire Crown Point road corridor, the CPRA has submitted an application to the National Park Service to list two segments of the Crown Point Road, located in the former New York grant town of Socialborough, on the National Register of Historic Places, and

Whereas, the Socialborough South Line to Otter Creek crossing Road segment extends for 1.25 miles in the modern town of Clarendon “between the south line of the former New York grant of the Socialborough [107 feet southeast of the intersection of Creek Road and Horton Road] and an historic Otter Creek crossing [the creek’s western bank],” and

Whereas, this segment is located entirely on agricultural fields, and the National Register designation would not necessitate any alterations to the land, and

Whereas, the Stevens Site South Road segment extends for 0.5 mile in the modern town of Proctor and “begins 900 feet northwest of the Gorham Bridge and follows (in a southerly direction) the edge of the 480–580 foot high terrace that is generally consistent  with modern topographic map contours,” and  

Whereas, the Stevens Site South Road segment now “appears as a well‑worn woods road,” and, as with the Socialborough South Line to Otter Creek Crossing Road segment, National Register designation would not necessitate any alterations to the land, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That this legislative body urges the National Park Service to act favorably on the Crown Point Road Association’s application to list each of two of the Crown Point Road segments described in this resolution on the National Register of Historic Places, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the clerk of the House be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Elaine Purdy, president of the Crown Point Road Association, to Kathleen Callum and Robert Sloma at Geoarch Inc. in Leicester, to the Vermont division of historic preservation, to secretary of transportation Neale Lunderville, to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

 

 

H.R.  6

House resolution recognizing National Nurse Anesthetists Week in Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Acinapura of Brandon, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Heath of Westford, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Larson of Burlington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury and Morley of Barton

Whereas, nurse anesthetists were the first professional group to provide anesthesia in the United States and are the oldest recognized group of advanced practice registered nurse specialists, and

Whereas, prior to entering this medical field, an individual must complete a graduate-level educational program in a nationally accredited program of nurse anesthesia and pass the national certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA) examination, and

Whereas, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, more than 65 percent of all rural hospitals rely on CRNAs to provide anesthesia care, and

Whereas, without these advanced practice nurses, 1,500 health care facilities would be unable to maintain trauma stabilization, surgical, and obstetrical capabilities, forcing many rural Americans to travel long distances for these services, and

Whereas, annually, CRNAs working in Vermont, and throughout the United States in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, physician’s offices, and the medical facilities of the military, the United States Veterans’ Administration, and the United States Public Health Service, are the hands-on providers of approximately 65 percent of all anesthetics given to patients, and, in rural communities, the percentage is even higher, and

Whereas, in Vermont, CRNAs work with all levels of patients in 10 of the 13 hospitals in which surgical services are provided, and

Whereas, the week of January 22, 2007 has been designated as National Nurse Anesthetists Week, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes National Nurse Anesthetists Week in Vermont and the importance of Vermont’s certified registered nurse anesthetists and their role in providing quality health care to the public, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

H.R. 7

House resolution commemorating the 34th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v Wade legalizing a woman’s right to reproductive choice

Offered by:  Representatives Donovan of Burlington, Ancel of Calais, Brooks of Montpelier, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jewett of Ripton, Larson of Burlington, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McDonald of Berlin, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Westman of Cambridge and Weston of Burlington

Whereas, on January 22, 1973 in a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic ruling in Roe v Wade which affirmed that every woman has the right to weigh the personal, moral, and religious considerations involved in deciding when or whether to have children, and

Whereas, one of the most private and difficult decisions is whether to begin, prevent, continue, or terminate a pregnancy, and

Whereas, Vermonters have a proud tradition of trusting women in consultation with their families and doctors to make personal decisions about their reproductive lives, and

Whereas, this legislative body has been a reliable advocate for women and families, and

Whereas, families are strengthened by encouraging and promoting access to comprehensive family planning services, and

Whereas, women and men should have more meaningful access to family planning services that prevent unintended pregnancies, thereby reducing the need for abortion, and

Whereas, legal and practical barriers to the full range of reproductive services endanger women’s health and lives, and

Whereas, after the Roe v Wade decision, access to safe and legal abortions has protected the health and lives of thousands of American women and virtually eliminated the risk of death and complications caused by unsafe and illegal abortions, and

Whereas, despite the strong history of the Roe v Wade decision, there are increasing threats to reproductive health and freedom emerging from all branches and levels of government, and

Whereas, true equality in education, employment, and society can only be achieved if women have the ultimate decision to control their reproductive lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That this legislative body reaffirms the right of every Vermont woman to privacy, autonomy, and safety in making personal decisions regarding reproduction and family planning, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each member of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

Joint Resolution Referred to Committee

J.R.S. 8

The Speaker placed before the House a joint resolution, entitled

     Joint resolution urging Congress to appropriate as quickly as possible federal funds for payment of agricultural disaster relief to Vermont's financially pressed farmers;

   By the Committee on Agriculture,

Whereas, during May 2006, Vermont experienced extremely heavy rainfall inundating fields and causing major damage to growing crops on farms across the state, and

Whereas, this extremely damaging precipitation occurred at the same time that milk prices were low and well below farmers’ product costs, and

Whereas, as a result of the terrible May weather, in June 2006, Governor Douglas requested that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Vermont prepare a damage assessment report for all crops in all counties in the state, and 

Whereas, the report tallied $53, 955,513.00 in crop damage in Vermont, and the Vermont USDA-FSA office submitted it in June 2006 to United States Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, and

Whereas, based on this report, on June 23, 2006, Secretary Johanns declared all counties in Vermont as agricultural disaster areas because each county had sustained at least 30 percent crop damage, and

Whereas, dairy farmers face severe problems due not only to the continuing low price for milk but also on account of the limited availability of feed for their herds due to the wet weather that persisted throughout the spring and summer of 2006, and

Whereas, because of the combination of low milk prices and extremely poor crop yields, many Vermont farmers are carrying a large debt burden that is hampering their ability to purchase seeds and fertilizers for 2007 Spring planting, and

Whereas, compounding the problems associated with poor crop yields in Vermont, its farmers are confronted with feed prices that have risen 25 to 30 percent or more in just the last two or three months due to the increased demand for corn for ethanol production in the Midwest, and

Whereas, the continuing high energy costs only add another burden for Vermont’s farmers to confront, and

Whereas, Vermont farmers need federal agricultural disaster aid  immediately in order to assist them to purchase seed for the rapidly  approaching 2007 Spring planting and to pay other debts resulting from the abnormal weather conditions of the last year, and

Whereas, the state of Vermont responded quickly and generously this past Summer when the Emergency Board authorized the expenditure of $8.6 million for agricultural disaster assistance, but this sum is far from enough to meet the basic financial requirements of the Vermont’s farmers, and

Whereas, the immediacy of this crisis cannot be overemphasized; and without federal assistance, future prospects are bleak for many Vermont farmers and the associated infrastructure of the state’s farm economy, now therefore be it  

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges Congress to appropriate federal funds, as quickly as possible, for payment of agricultural disaster relief to Vermont’s financially pressed farmers, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to United States Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns; to United States Senators Tom Harkin and Saxby Chambliss, chair and ranking minority member, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; to United States Representatives Collin Peterson and Bob Goodlatte, chair and ranking minority member respectively, of the House Committee on Agriculture; and to the members of the Vermont Congressional delegation.

Which was read and, in the Speaker’s discretion, treated as a bill and referred to the Committee on Agriculture.

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 9

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, January 19, 2007, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, January 23, 2007.

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

Remarks Journalized

On motion of Rep. Kitzmiller of Montpelier, the following remarks by Rep. Brooks of Montpelier were ordered printed in the Journal:

”Making Pancakes

    There is a time and place for everything under the sun.

    Six-year-old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor. He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar leaving a trail of flour on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten. Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad. He didn't know what to do next, whether to put it all into the oven, or on the stove, and he didn't know how the stove worked!  Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor. Frantically he tried to clean up this monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky. And just then he saw Dad standing at the door.

    Big tears welled up in Brandon's eyes. All he'd wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But his father just watched him. Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process! That's how God deals with us. We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend, or we can't stand our job, or our health goes sour. Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we can't think of anything else to do. That's when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess gets all over Him. But just because we might mess up, we can't stop trying to "make pancakes" for God, or for others. Sooner or later we'll get it right, and then they'll be glad we tried.  I was thinking. I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that need rekindling because of the pancakes I have tried to make. How many times were three little words needing to be said and were never uttered. Sometimes, those three words "I love you" can heal & bless! Remind every one of your friends that you love them. Even if you think they don't love back, you would be amazed at what those three little words, a smile, and a reminder like that can do to fix the mess that you make when making pancakes. 

    So as I remember my 24 years here and the messes I made I say to you “I love you.”

Message from the Senate No. 11

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

Madam Speaker:

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

S. 2.  An act relating to bail and to eligibility for public defender services for defendants charged with retail theft.

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

     The Senate has on its part adopted Senate concurrent resolutions of the following titles:

     S.C.R. 1.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring David “Dave” and Dorothy Stevens of Wells River.

     S.C.R. 2.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring Dr. Harry Rowe of Wells River for his six decades of outstanding service as a family physician.

     The Senate has on its part adopted concurrent resolutions originating in the House of the following titles:

     H.C.R. 16.  House concurrent resolution honoring Allison Hicks for her self-initiated campaign to prevent and eradicate cervical cancer in Vermont.

     H.C.R. 17.  House concurrent resolution in memory of the American military personnel who have died in the service of their nation in Iraq from December 20, 2005 to December 29, 2006.

     H.C.R. 18.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Norwich Women’s Club on its centennial anniversary.

     H.C.R. 19.  House concurrent resolution honoring Norwich fire chief Howard D. “Jack” Fraser for his half century of outstanding local, state, and national public service.

     H.C.R. 20.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Woodstock Union High School Wasps Division III championship football team.

     H.C.R. 21.  House concurrent resolution in memory of United States Army Colonel (Ret.) and former Vermont state historian John A. Williams of Colchester.

Adjournment

At ten o’clock  and ten minutes in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the House adjourned until Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at ten o’clock in the forenoon, pursuant to the provisions of J.R.S. 9.