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H.549

Introduced by   Committee on Government Operations

Date:

Subject:  Commerce; international trade; state sovereignty

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to create a study committee on international trade and state sovereignty.

AN ACT RELATING TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  STUDY COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE

(a)  There is created a study committee on international trade and state sovereignty, to consist of the following:

(1)  Two members of the House Committee on Commerce to be appointed by the Speaker;

(2)  Two members of the House Committee on Government Operations to be appointed by the Speaker;

(3)  Two members of the Senate Committee on Finance to be appointed by the Committee on Committees;

(4)  Two members of the Senate Committee on Government Operations to be appointed by the Committee on Committees;

(5)  The attorney general or his or her designee;

(6)  The secretary of administration or his or her designee;

(7)  The secretary of commerce and community development or his or her designee; and

(8)  The person designated as the state point of contact.

(b)  The committee shall consult with the governor and the executive branch to assess and monitor the legal and economic impacts, benefits, and disadvantages of trade agreements on state and local laws, state sovereignty, working conditions, and the business environment.  It shall provide a mechanism for citizens and legislators to voice their concerns and recommendations and make policy recommendations to the general assembly and to the trade representatives of the United States government, which shall be designed to protect Vermont’s jobs, business environment, and state sovereignty from any negative impact of trade agreements.  It may recommend legislation or preferred practices.

(c)  The committee shall be entitled to staff services of the agency of commerce, the attorney general, the legislative council, and the joint fiscal committee.

(d)  For attendance at a meeting when the general assembly is not in session, legislative members of the committee shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation and reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses as provided members of standing committees under 2 V.S.A. § 406.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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