Introduced by Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District and Senator Leddy of Chittenden District
Subject: Corrections; continuation of legislative oversight committee
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to allow the work of the joint legislative corrections oversight committee to continue beyond its scheduled expiration date of June 30, 2005.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE CORRECTIONS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. REPEAL
Secs. 170d and 170e of No. 142 of the Acts of the 2001 Adj. Sess. (2002) (joint legislative corrections oversight committee) are repealed.
Sec. 2. 2 V.S.A. chapter 22 is added to read:
Chapter 22. Joint Legislative Corrections
§ 801. CREATION OF COMMITTEE
(a) There is created a joint legislative corrections oversight committee whose membership shall be appointed each biennial session of the general assembly. The committee shall exercise oversight over the department of corrections and work with and provide assistance to other legislative committees on matters related to corrections policies.
(b) The committee shall be composed of eight members: four members of the house of representatives, who shall not all be from the same party, appointed by the speaker of the house; and four members of the senate, who shall not all be from the same party, appointed by the committee on committees. In addition to one member-at-large appointed from each chamber, one appointment shall be made from each of the following house and senate committees: appropriations, judiciary, and institutions.
(c) The committee shall elect a chair, vice chair, and clerk from among its members and shall adopt rules of procedure. The chairmanship shall rotate biennially between the house and the senate members. The committee shall keep minutes of its meetings and maintain a file thereof. A quorum shall consist of five members.
(d) When the general assembly is in session, the committee shall meet at the call of the chair. The committee may meet four times during adjournment, and may meet more often subject to approval of the speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate.
(e) For attendance at a meeting when the general assembly is not in session, members of the committee shall be entitled to compensation for services and reimbursement of expenses as provided under subsection 406(a) of this title.
(f) The professional and clerical services of the joint fiscal office and the legislative council shall be available to the committee.
§ 802. DUTIES
(a) In addition to the general responsibilities set forth in subsection 801(a) of this title, the committee shall:
(1) Review and make recommendations regarding the department of corrections' strategic, operating, and capital plans.
(2) Review and make recommendations to the house and senate committees on appropriations regarding departmental budget proposals.
(3) Provide general oversight on departmental policy development.
(4) Encourage improved communication between the department and other relevant components of the administrative branch and the criminal justice system.
(b) At least annually, the committee shall report its activities, together with recommendations, if any, to the general assembly.
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