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S.47

Introduced by   Senator Condos of Chittenden District and Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Legislature; homeland security committee; creation

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to create the legislative homeland security committee which shall study and review homeland security issues, including funding availability and coordination of effort to establish additional trauma centers around the state and coordination between the state’s national guard, local and state law enforcement agencies, and state agencies; and to make recommendations to the general assembly to assure the state’s readiness in case of terrorist attacks.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE CREATION OF THE LEGISLATIVE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE

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

Sec. 1.  2 V.S.A. chapter 23 is added to read:

Chapter 23.  Legislative Homeland Security Committee

§ 751.  LEGISLATIVE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE;

  CREATION

(a)  The legislative homeland security committee is created whose membership shall be appointed at the beginning of each biennial session of the general assembly.  The committee shall consist of four members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house, and four senators, appointed by the committee on committees.

(b)  The committee shall elect a chair, vice chair, and clerk and shall adopt rules of procedure.  The committee may meet at any time at the call of the chair or a majority of the members of the committee.  A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum.

(c)  For attendance at a meeting when the general assembly is not in session, 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.

(d)  The staffs of the legislative council and joint fiscal office shall provide professional and clerical assistance to the committee.

§ 752.  FUNCTIONS

The legislative homeland security committee shall study and review homeland security issues, including funding availability and coordination of effort to establish additional trauma centers around the state and coordination between the state’s national guard, local and state law enforcement agencies, and state agencies, and make recommendations to the general assembly to assure the state’s readiness in case of terrorist attacks.

Sec. 3.  SUNSET

Chapter 23 of Title 2 shall expire on July 1, 2009.



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