Journal of the House

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2007

At three o'clock in the afternoon the Speaker called the House to order.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Reverend James Zuccaro, Associate Pastor of St. Monica Church, Barre.

Message from the Senate No. 25

     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. 18.  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. 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. 354

By Rep. Obuchowski of Rockingham,

An act relating to providing that the public trust doctrine as applied to rivers and streams extends to the 10-year high watermark;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 355

By Reps. Morley of Barton, Rodgers of Glover, Heath of Westford and Myers of Essex,

An act relating to the posting and size of campaign signs;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 356

By Reps. Lippert of Hinesburg and Orr of Charlotte,

An act relating to burial;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 357

By The committee on Government Operations,

An act relating to registration of lobbyists;

Under the rule, placed on the Calendar for notice tomorrow.

H. 358

By Reps. Kilmartin of Newport City, Andrews of Rutland City, Barnard of Richmond, Donovan of Burlington, Errecart of Shelburne, French of Randolph, Grad of Moretown, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jerman of Essex, Koch of Barre Town, LaVoie of Swanton, Marcotte of Coventry, McDonald of Berlin, Morrissey of Bennington, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Pugh of S. Burlington, Shaw of Derby, Valliere of Barre City, Wheeler of Derby and Zuckerman of Burlington,

An act relating to interference with or cruelty to a service animal;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 359

By Reps. Heath of Westford, Evans of Essex and Myers,

An act relating to the warranty obligations of suppliers and machinery dealerships;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 360

By the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs,

An act relating to employment protection and training period for Vermont National Guard members;

Under the rule, placed on the Calendar for notice tomorrow.

H. 361

By the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs,

An act relating to pay scale, death benefit, and tuition benefits for members of the National Guard;

Under the rule, placed on the Calendar for notice tomorrow.

H. 362

     By Reps. Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Bissonnette of Winooski, Branagan of Georgia, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Corcoran of Bennington, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Howard of Rutland City, Keogh of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, Minter of Waterbury, Otterman of Topsham and Sharpe of Bristol,

An act relating to railroad vandalism prevention;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 363

     By Reps. Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Bissonnette of Winooski, Branagan of Georgia, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Howard of Rutland City, Keogh of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, Minter of Waterbury, Otterman of Topsham and Sharpe of Bristol,

An act relating to railroad trespass;

To the committee on Transportation.

Senate Bill Referred

S. 83

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to delinquent tax penalties;

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

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 18

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 23, 2007, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, February 27, 2007.

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

Favorable Report; Third Reading Ordered

H. 313

Rep,. Lippert of Hinesburg spoke for the committee on Judiciary.

Rep. Sharpe of Bristol, for the committee on Ways and Means, to which had been referred House bill, entitled

An act relating to the administration and enforcement of fines within the judicial bureau;

Reported in favor of its passage.  The bill, having appeared on the Calendar one day for notice, was taken up, read the second time and third reading ordered.

Joint Resolution Adopted

J.R.H. 16

Joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution recognizing February 22, 2007 as hunger awareness day and supporting efforts to eliminate hunger in Vermont by maximizing the use of federal nutrition programs;

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

Adjournment

At three o’clock and thirty minutes in the afternoon, on motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the House adjourned until tomorrow at nine o’clock and thirty minutes in the forenoonError! No bookmark name given..