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Senate Calendar

friday, january 28, 2005



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Action Calendar

Concurrent Resolutions for Action

(For text of Resolutions, see Addendum to January 27, 2005 Calendar)

SCR 10  In memory of Ray E. Davison of Vergennes........................................ 50

HCR 28 In memory of Roderick C. Marcotte of South Burlington..................... 51

HCR 29 Mount Snow ski resort in Dover 50th anniversary................................ 52

HCR 30 Retiring and former justices of the peace serving Bennington................ 54

HCR 31 Prenatal care and smoking cessation programs of March of Dimes....... 55

HCR 32 State champion Essex Junction Little League All-Stars......................... 56

HCR 33 In memory of Vermont National Guard Specialist Alan Bean, Jr........... 58

Notice Calendar

Committee Bill for Notice

S. 55       Increasing minimum wage.................................................................... 42

Judicial Nominating Board Election

By the Committee on Committees, pursuant to 4 V.S.A. §601............................ 42






Concurrent Resolutions for Adoption Under Joint Rule 16

     The following concurrent resolutions will be adopted automatically unless a Senator or Representative requests floor consideration before the end of today’s legislative session.  Requests for floor consideration in either chamber should be communicated to the Secretary’s office and/or the House Clerk’s office, respectively.

S.C.R. 10

     Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Ray E. Davison of Vergennes.

H.C.R. 28

House concurrent resolution in memory of Roderick C. Marcotte of South Burlington.

H.C.R. 29

House concurrent resolution honoring the Mount Snow ski resort in Dover on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

H.C.R. 30

House concurrent resolution honoring retiring and former justices of the peace serving the town of Bennington.

H.C.R. 31

House concurrent resolution honoring the prenatal care and smoking cessation programs of the March of Dimes.

H.C.R. 32

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2004 state champion Essex Junction Little League All-Stars.

H.C.R. 33

House concurrent resolution in memory of Vermont National Guard Specialist Alan N. Bean Jr. of Bridport.


Committee Bill for Notice

S. 55

An act relating to increasing the minimum wage and other economic stimuli for low income taxpayers and bottle return businesses.

By the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

Judicial Nominating Board Election

The Committee on Committees has nominated the following Senators to be elected by the Senate, pursuant to  4 V.S.A. §601, to serve on the Judicial Nominating Board:

Senator Welch of Windsor District

Senator Kittell of Franklin District

Senator Scott of Washington District


     The following appointment will be considered by the Senate, as a group, under suspension of the Rules, as moved by the President pro tempore, for confirmation together and without debate, by consent thereby given by the Senate.  However, upon request of any senator, any appointment may be singled out and acted upon separately by the Senate, with consideration given to the report of the Committee to which the appointment was referred, and with full debate; and further, all appointments for the positions of Secretaries of Agencies, Commissioners of Departments, Judges, Magistrates, and members of the Public Service Board shall be fully and separately acted upon.

Lindy E. Caslin of Bennington – Member of the State Board of Education – By Senator Wilton of Rutland for the Committee on Education.  (1/20)

Paul L. Rieber of Chittenden – Chief Justice, Vermont Supreme Court – By Senator Sears of Bennington for the Committee on Judiciary.  (2/1)


Tuesday, February 1, 2005 – Room 10 – 7:00 P.M. – House and Senate Committees on Transportation.  Re:  Reorganization of Transportation Maintenance Districts.

Tuesday, February 1, 2005 – Room 11 – 7:00 P.M. – Joint Judicial Retention Committee.  Re:  Hon. Richard Norton, Superior Court; Hon. John Wesley, Superior Court; Hon. Brian Burgess, District Court; Hon. Theresa DiMauro, District Court; Hon. Harold Eaton, District Court; Hon. Mark Keller, District Court; Hon. Michael Kupersmith, District Court; Hon. Linda Levitt, District Court.

Thursday, February 3, 2005 – Room 11 – 7:00 P.M. – Joint Judicial Retention Committee.  Re:  Hon. Paul Reiber, Chief Justice, Supreme Court; Hon. John Dooley III, Supreme Court Justice; Hon. Denise Johnson, Supreme Court Justice; Hon. Marilyn Skoglund, Supreme Court Justice.

Joint public hearing on Fiscal Year 2006 budget

on Vermont  Interactive Television

Appropriations Committees

Monday, February 14, 2005, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. - The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will hold a joint public hearing on Vermont Interactive Television (V.I.T.) to give Vermonters throughout the state an opportunity to express their views about the State’s budget for fiscal year 2006.  All VIT sites will be available for the hearing:  Bennington, Brattleboro, Canaan, Castleton, Colchester, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, Waterbury and White River Junction.  VIT’s web site has an up-to-date location listing, including driving directions and telephone numbers:

For further information about the format of this event, call the House Appropriations Committee office at 802/828-2251.  Requests for interpreters should be made to the office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 4.

Joint Assembly

Thursday, February 17, 2005 – 10:30 A.M. – House Chamber – Election of a Sergeant at Arms, of an Adjutant and Inspector General, and of three (3) trustees for the University of Vermont, and Vermont and State Agricultural College. 

Candidates for the positions of Sergeant at Arms and of Adjutant and Inspector General, and legislative candidates for UVM trustees must notify the Secretary of State in writing of their candidacies not later than Thursday, February 10, 2005, by 5:00 P.M., pursuant to the provisions of 2  V.S.A. § 12(b).  Otherwise their names will not appear on the ballots for these positions.

The following rules shall apply to the conduct of these elections:

First:            All nominations for these offices will be presented in alphabetical order prior to voting.

Second:       There will be only one nominating speech of not more than three (3) minutes and not more than two seconding speeches of not more than one (1) minute each for each nominee.


Pursuant to the provisions of 2 V.S.A. §20(c), one (1) copy of the following reports is on file in the office of the Secretary of the Senate:

45.          Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Annual Report.  (January 2005).

46.          Tobacco Compliance Tests Conducted During Calendar Year 2004 Report.  (Department of Liquor Control).  (January 2005).

47.          Analysis of Transportation Fund Revenues.  (Joint Fiscal Office).  (January 2005).

48.          Legislative Report on Hybrid Electric Vehicles.  (Joint Fiscal Office).  (January 2005).

49.          Report on the Implementation and Availability of Joint Fiduciary Accounts.  (Joint Fiscal Office).  (January 2005).

50.          Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Legislative Report.  (January 2005).

51.          Report on Reciprocal Fishing License for Lake Champlain.  (Department of Fish and Wildlife).  (January 2005).

52.          Lead Sinker Report.  (Department of Fish and Wildlife).  (January 2005).

53.          Fire Services Fee Study Committee Report.  (Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration).  (January 2005).

54.          Act 129 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force Report.  (Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration Division of Health Care Administration).  (January 2005).

55.          Report on a Proposal for a Health Insurance Plan for Small Businesses in Vermont.  (Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration).  (January 2005).

56.          Office of the State Treasurer Annual Report.  (January 2005).

57.          Information Technology Five-Year Plan.  (January 2005).

58.          Mercury Pollution Annual Legislative Report.  (Advisory Committee on Mercury Pollution).  (January 2005).

59.          National Guard Educational Assistance Program Report.  (Office of the Adjutant General).  (January 2005).

60.          Corrections Facts and Figures FY 2004.  (Department of Corrections).  (January 2005).

61.          Health Advance Directive Accessibility Study.  (Department of Health).  (January 2005).

62.          Collaborative Approach for Permitting Large Farms (CAFOs).  (Agency of Natural Resources; Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets).  (January 2005).

64.          Report on Act 117, An Act to Strengthen the Capacity of Vermont’s Education System to Meet the Educational Needs of all Vermont Students.  (Department of Education, Student Support Team).  (January 2005).

65.          Report on Act 150 of 2000, Public School Choice in Grades 9-12.  (Department of Education).  (January 2005).

66.          Seventeenth Annual Report on the Status of the Petroleum Cleanup Fund.  (Petroleum Cleanup Fund Advisory Committee).  (January 2005).

67.          Vermont Center for Geographic Information Annual Report.  (January 2005).

68.          Research Findings on Broadcast Public Service.  (Vermont Association of Broadcasters).  (January 2005).

69.          Gross Operating Revenues of Regulated Utilities for FY 2004.  (Public Service Board).  (January 2005).

70.          Human Services Caseload Management Reserve.  (Agency of Administration; Agency of Human Services).  (January 2005).

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