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Senate Calendar

tuesday, february 8, 2005



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Action Calendar

Consideration Postponed until Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Third Reading

H. 61      Reduction of education property tax rates............................................ 60

                        Senators Shepard and Maynard amendment............................... 60

Notice Calendar

Favorable with Amendment

S. 62       Dept. of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Adm................ 60

                        Finance Committee Report........................................................ 60

Committee Bill for Notice

S. 80       Relating to increasing the minimum wage.............................................. 61




Consideration Postponed until Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Third Reading

H. 61

An act relating to reduction of education property tax rates.


Senators Shepard and Maynard move that the Senate propose to the House to amend the bill in Sec. 1, subsection (a)(1) on line 15, by striking out the figure “$1.51” and inserting in lieu thereof the figure $1.50; and in subsection (a)(2) on line 17, by striking out the figure “$1.02” and inserting in lieu thereof the figure $1.01


Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 62

An act relating to the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration.

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Welch for the Committee on Finance.

The Committee recommends that the bill be amended as follows:

First:  In Sec. 12, 8 V.S.A. § 6006(m)(1), after the words "and at" by inserting the word all

Second:  After Sec. 15, by adding a new Sec. 16 to read as follows:

Sec. 16.  8 V.S.A. § 8207(e) is added to read:

(e)  The commissioner may modify or waive the notice, consent, and other requirements of this chapter where the transfer of the obligations or risks on contracts of insurance pursuant to an assumption reinsurance agreement is part of a voluntary plan of dissolution by the transferring insurer, and where the commissioner is satisfied the transfer will adequately protect the interests of the affected policyholders.

and by renumbering the remaining sections to be numerically correct

Third:  In the new Sec. 18, Effective Date, after the word "except" by striking out “that this section and"

(Committee vote: 5-0-2)

Committee Bill for Notice

S. 80

An act relating to increasing the minimum wage.

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


     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 for the Committee on Education.  (1/20)

John Hashagen, Jr. of Brattleboro – Member of the Vermont Economic Development Authority – By Senator Maynard for the Committee on Finance.  (2/9)

Edward T. Ogorzalek of Rutland – Member of the Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Financing Agency – By Senator Maynard for the Committee on Finance.  (2/9)


Notice of Hearing

Note:  This is not a public hearing.  Thursday, February 10, 2005, 4:00 p.m.House Committee on Ways and Means:  Re:  Legislators’ suggestions to address increase in property values. 

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.

Reminder for Introduction of Senate Bills

Senators are reminded to submit to Legislative Council drafting requests for introduction of bills as soon as possible, and, pursuant to Senate Rule 39, no later than Wednesday, February 16, 2005.


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:

80.          Department of Taxes Biennial Report 2003-2004.  (January 2005).

81.          Management of the Deer Herd.  (Department of Fish and Wildlife).  (January 2005).

82.          Department of Buildings and General Services Report to the General Assembly.  (February 2005).

83.          Workers’ Compensation Adjuster Performance Standards and Techniques to Stabilize Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premiums.  (Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration).  (February 2005).

84.          Report on the Use of Social Security Numbers, Pursuant to Act No. 155 Sec. 5, An Act Relating to Identity Theft.  (Agency of Administration).  (February 2005).

85.          Response to Statement of Legislative Intent of Act 122 of 2004-Re:  Potential savings of refinancing the long-term capital debt of community mental health centers property used as housing for low-income Vermonters with physical or mental disabilities.  (Department of Health; Department of Housing and Conservation Board; Vermont Housing Finance Agency).  (February 2005).

86.          Report on Current Reach Up Caseload.  (Department for Children and Families Economic Services Division).  (February 2005).

87.          Workers’ Compensation Analysis of:  Coverage Compliance and Fraud; Heart Attacks by Firefighters; Ombudsman Position; Apportionment; Medical Cost Control Mechanisms and Savings; Strategies for Reducing Prescription Drug Costs.  (Department of Labor land Industry).  (February 2005).

88.          Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Review Board Report.  (February 2005).

89.          Vermont Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pollution Control Revolving Fund Report.  (Agency of Natural Resources).  (February 2005).

90.          Vermont Labor Relations Board Annual Report.  (February 2005).

91.          Impact of Premiums on the Medicaid Program-Second, Third and Fourth Quarter 2004 Reports.  (Agency of Human Services, Department for Children and Families, Economic Services Division).  (February 2005).

92.          Conservation License Plate Program Report.  (Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife).  (February 2005).

93.          Privacy of Medical Records in Vermont.  (Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration; Department of Health).  (February 2005).

94.          Council on Education Governance Report.  (February 2005).

95.          Jurisdiction and Duties of Assistant Judges Report of the Legislative Study Committee.  (February 2005).

96.          Lottery Commission Annual Report.  (February 2005).

97.          Program Development-Structures Section.  (Agency of Transportation, Structures Section/Bridge Management Unit).  (February 2005).

98.          Medicaid Enrollment and Adverse Selection Report/Disenrollment Report.  (Agency of Human Services, Department for Children and Families, Economic Services Division).  (February 2005).


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