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S.311

Introduced by   Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Appropriation; family counseling services; continued funding

Statement of purpose:  This bill would provide funding for the remainder of state FY 2006 and state FY 2007 for continued mental health and related support services to members of the Vermont National Guard and their families.

AN ACT RELATING TO AN APPROPRIATION TO CONTINUE VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD FAMILY SUPPORT AND COUNSELING SERVICES

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

Sec. 1.  APPROPRIATION; VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD; FAMILY

             SUPPORT AND COUNSELING SERVICES

(a)  There is appropriated in fiscal year 2006 from the general fund the amount of $250,000.00 to the Vermont National Guard to fund family support and counseling services to Vermont National Guard members and their families through June 30, 2007.  The funds shall be expended for:

(1)  Continuation of the Veterans’ Administration programs for family support and counseling services, including preventive and educational services to family members and Vermont National Guard members, and training for other community leaders and guard commanders, chaplains, and others; and

(2)  Other initiatives that meet this programmatic need.

(b)  The Vermont National Guard may negotiate with the U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans’ Administration a sharing agreement as necessary and appropriate to allow existing programs to continue.

Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect from passage.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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