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Senate Calendar

thursday, march 31, 2005

86th DAY OF BIENNIAL SESSION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                                Page No.

ACTION CALENDAR

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2005

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

Second Reading

S. 56       Relating to restructuring the agency of natural resources..................... 399

                        Natural Resources Committee report....................................... 399

                        Appropriations Committee report............................................. 405

NEW BUSINESS

Third Reading

S. 63       Transfer of certain functions from Dept. of Labor & Industry............. 405

S. 113     Authorizing nonprofit hospitals to convert charitable assets................. 405

Second Reading

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 66       Relating to the welfare of animals....................................................... 406

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable

JRS 21   Establishing a foreign trade zone in Brattleboro.................................. 408

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 18       Use of genetically engineered seeds and plant parts............................ 408

                        Agriculture committee report.................................................... 408

                        Judiciary committee report....................................................... 408

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

H. 71      Unemployment compensation contribution rate manipulation.............. 411



Concurrent Resolutions for Notice Under Joint Rule 16

(For text of Resolutions, see Addendum to March 31, 2005 Calendar)

SCR 21  Honoring Jamie Guth........................................................................ 139

HCR 77 Cabot High School Huskies championship boys’ basketball team....... 140

HCR 78 Honoring Arlo K. Sterner Lamoille County firefighter......................... 141

HCR 79 Arlington High School championship girls’ basketball team................. 142

HCR 80 Honoring Margaret Elizabeth Lillie of Pownal.................................... 143

HCR 81 Honoring Donald B. Keelan the host of “Q & A Live”....................... 145

HCR 82 Mount Mansfield Union High School girls’ alpine ski team................. 146

HCR 83 Mount Mansfield Union High School boys’ basketball team............... 147

HCR 84 Mount Mansfield Union High School boys’ alpine ski team................ 148

HCR 85 Amanda Mitteer 2005 Miss Vermont USA....................................... 149

HCR 86 Frank Plumley for service to Brown Public Library in Northfield........ 150

HCR 87 North Hero Volunteer Fire Department ............................................ 151

Ordered to Lie

S. 157     Relating to rulemaking for Vermont origin.......................................... 412


 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF TUESDAY, MARCH 29,2005

Second Reading

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 56

An act relating to restructuring the agency of natural resources.

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Bartlett for the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

The Committee recommends that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND PRINCIPLES

The general assembly finds:

(1)  The agency of natural resources affects the lives of all Vermonters in carrying out its duties to protect and responsibly manage Vermont’s precious natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

(2)  The following obstacles currently prevent the agency of natural resources from consistently meeting its statutory obligations:

(A)  Agency of natural resources programs in the three agency departments (the department of environmental conservation, the department of fish and wildlife, and the department of forests, parks and recreation) are not sufficiently well integrated.

(B)  A significant number of agency of natural resources staff work in regional offices throughout the state.  These staff are familiar with and focused on meeting the unique natural resources challenges of their regions.  However, there is also a need to ensure that the practices implemented in the regions are connected to basic agency-wide policies and to the agency management system.  The lack of coordination between regional and central agency staff can result in the inconsistent application of agency policies.

(C)  The following examples attest to the challenges faced by the agency of natural resources in meeting state and federal statutory mandates in a timely manner:

(i)  The agency has not completed the basin planning requirement in state and federal law.

(ii)  The agency has not completed basic, minimal groundwater mapping for aquifers serving public water systems as required by state law.

(iii)  The agency has not completed implementation of key components of the federal Clean Water Act, such as developing total maximum daily loads (TMDL) and developing an antidegradation implementation policy.

(D)  Appeals of agency decisions reveal that, on occasion, those decisions are inconsistent with state law.

(E)  The problems faced by the agency of natural resources may be the result of a lack of agency resources, an inefficient use of existing resources, inefficiencies in the agency management structure, or any combination of these and other factors.

(F)  Currently, there is not a clear and consistent connection between the agency’s own policy, planning, and implementation work and core environmental issues being addressed by other state agencies (including state long-range transportation planning, energy planning, and planning to address global climate change).

(G)  State agencies, in general, fail to comply with the “Act 200” planning requirements of 24 V.S.A. § 4302.  Therefore, it is difficult for the agency of natural resources:

(i)  to assure that it acts in a manner consistent with its own Act 200 plans;

(ii)  to coordinate its plans with the Act 200 plans of other agencies; and

(iii)  to assure that its actions are consistent with the Act 200 goals. 

(3)  Good policy and planning are vital to any large agency’s ability to efficiently carry out its responsibilities.  The agency’s planning and policy efforts must be well connected and communicated to the staff who implement these policies.  The agency’s internal policy must be coordinated with planning efforts in the individual departments.

(4)  The agency must have a clear, well articulated vision to implement the state’s environmental policy as established by law.  This will be done in a manner that connects to the work of all the departments and guides staff implementation.

Sec. 2.  TIMELINE AND PROCESS

The secretary shall engage in the following process as part of a restructuring of the agency:

(1)  In order to implement state environmental policy for the benefit of current and future generations, the secretary shall:

(A)  Collaborate with agency staff, advocacy groups, other state agencies, municipalities, and other stakeholders to receive input on organizational models and the design of the agency.  This process may include focus groups, public meetings, newsletters, surveys, and the use of a website and shall continue through December 2005.

(B)  Collaborate with agency staff, advocacy groups, other state agencies, municipalities, and other stakeholders to determine specific accountability indicators needed to measure the success and performance of agency restructuring.

(C)  Examine areas where consultation may be needed, such as information technology design, federal cost allocation, and organizational development.

(D)  Identify and implement staff development programs necessary to assist the agency staff to carry out their responsibilities in the restructured agency.

(E)  Compile all procedures and rules that govern any part of the agency and publish them on the agency website by July 1, 2006, along with a user-friendly index and table of contents.

(2)  A statewide advisory group, the Agency Reorganization Committee (ARC), is created to advise the secretary on the design of the restructured agency.  It shall consist of no more than 12 members, who shall be appointed by the legislative oversight committee, in consultation with the secretary of natural resources, as follows: two representing regulated business and development interests; two representing environmental organizations; one representing fish and wildlife interests; one representing the interests of forests and parks; one representing recreational interests; one representing local government; one representing regional government; one representing the Vermont State Employees Association; and two representing citizens’ groups.  Appointments shall be made no later than June 1, 2005, and shall be for terms of one year.  The secretary shall convene the first meeting of ARC no later than July 1, 2005, and establish regular meetings thereafter.  The ARC shall hold public hearings with respect to the functions of the agency, and the issues identified in this act, in each of the agency’s five administrative districts and provide public notice of each public hearing.  The secretary and the consultant, in consultation with ARC, shall establish a process to solicit input from agency staff.  For purposes of this act only, the provisions of the collective bargaining contract article on whistle blower, as printed in the agreements between the State of Vermont and the Vermont State Employees’ Association, are extended to all employees in the agency not covered by these agreements.  Members of the ARC not receiving compensation for service on the advisory group from another source are entitled to compensation under section 1010 of Title 32.

(3)  The secretary shall examine functions, such as administrative support and supervision, and space requirements necessary to establish an agency that is responsive and helpful to permit applicants, neighbors, and others interested in and affected by the permitting process.

(4)  On or before December 1, 2005, the secretary shall prepare and present a draft report to the ARC on natural resources restructuring for review and comment. ARC members shall provide comment based on review no later than December 15, 2005.

(5)  On or before January 15, 2006, the secretary shall prepare and present to the legislative oversight committee on natural resources restructuring established in Sec. 2 of this act:

(A)  a report containing initial recommendations for restructuring the agency, including:

(i)  a plan for making the agency’s permit process, enforcement actions, and other functions more accessible in order to increase efficiency, transparency, and accountability.  This shall include a detailed articulation of the resources and time frame needed for implementation of the plan;

(ii)  agency action to meet statutory obligations under 10 V.S.A. § 1253(d) regarding basin planning including plan updates every five years;

(iii)  standardization and integration of the agency’s permit programs to make them more user‑friendly to applicants and to others concerned with natural resource management and the environment, while at the same time protecting the state’s natural resources to the full extent of the law;

(iv)  accountability mechanisms to ensure that alleged permit violations are forwarded to the agency’s enforcement division and that there is a sufficient enforcement presence to give the resources the protection anticipated by the pertinent underlying legislation and to assure that those who do not comply with the law are not given an unfair advantage over those who do;

(v)  documentation procedures to ensure that agency decisions are made in compliance with applicable law and that they adhere to sound, generally accepted scientific principles and methods; and

(vi)  provision of policy guidance from the agency’s planning efforts to coordinate between the agency’s many departments and divisions in a manner that protects the state’s resources while responding to legitimate interests of applicants and others involved in the permitting process;

(B)  draft legislation necessary to eliminate contradictions in existing statutes and to authorize the reorganization proposed by the agency;

(C)  a report on the budgetary impacts and transitional costs of restructuring; and

(D)  recommendations for improving coordination of functions that are shared with, or that overlap with, those of other state agencies and units of local government.

Sec. 3.  THE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES RESTRUCTURING

(a)  There is created the legislative oversight committee on natural resources restructuring to oversee the restructuring of the agency of natural resources.  The committee shall be composed of four members from the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker of the house, not all from the same party, and four members from the senate to be appointed by the committee on committees, not all from the same party.  Initial appointments shall be made by July 1, 2005. 

(b)  The committee shall review whether agency restructuring achieves the goals of this act effectively and efficiently.  Specifically, the committee shall:

(1)  solicit input from the ARC and from individuals served by the agency, whether as permit applicants, neighbors, or persons who use and enjoy the state’s natural resources;

(2)  monitor the restructuring process and timeline; and

(3)  measure the efforts of the agency against the goals and principles described in this act.

(c)  The committee may meet up to six times per year while the general assembly is not in session to perform its functions under this section.

(d)  The secretary of the agency of natural resources shall report to the committee as required by the committee.

(e)  Members of the committee shall be entitled to compensation and reimbursement for expenses under section 406 of Title 2.

(f)  The committee may prepare and propose draft legislation which amends the Vermont Statutes Annotated to conform to the restructuring of the agency.

Sec. 4.  RESTRUCTURING; AUTHORIZATION

After filing the report required in subdivision (5) of Sec. 2 of this act, the secretary of natural resources shall have the authority to restructure the agency of natural resources, including the authority to make organizational changes according to the goals, principles, and processes set forth in this act.  For the purposes of this act:

(1)  The secretary may transfer appropriations within the agency in order to carry out the purposes of this act, provided that the total amount appropriated to the agency shall remain the same.  The secretary shall not transfer an appropriation without the approval of the joint fiscal committee.  Prior to transferring an appropriation, the secretary shall submit a written proposal for the transfer to the legislative oversight committee on natural resources restructuring and to the joint fiscal committee.  The legislative oversight committee shall have up to 45 days to review the proposal and provide its recommendation on the proposal to the joint fiscal committee.  The joint fiscal committee shall meet within 30 days of the date of its receipt of the recommendations from the legislative oversight committee to review and act upon the proposal.  However, the joint fiscal committee shall not act upon the proposal until it receives a recommendation from the legislative oversight committee or after the passage of 45 days from the date of its receipt of the proposal.  The transfer shall be deemed approved by the joint fiscal committee and the secretary may implement the transfer if:

(A)  the joint fiscal committee fails to act within its 30-day period for review, in case a timely recommendation is received from the legislative oversight committee; or

(B)  if the joint fiscal committee fails to act within 75 days of receipt of the proposal, in the absence of a timely recommendation from the legislative oversight committee.

(2)  The secretary may transfer or reallocate personnel, functions, and programs consistent with this act, subject to personnel laws, rules and contracts.  The secretary shall identify personnel laws and rules, and contracted services which affect the agency’s ability to meet the goals and principles set forth in this act.

(3)  The secretary may use pilot programs or action research initiatives to facilitate the development of agency protocols.

Sec. 5.  STRATEGIC PLAN

On or before May 1, 2006, the secretary shall prepare a strategic plan to implement state environmental policy, which shall be updated biennially and presented to the general assembly and to members of the house and senate committees on natural resources and energy.  The strategic plan shall set and clarify goals; describe the process for engagement of agency staff, permit applicants, advocacy groups, advisory groups, and other affected agencies; provide an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the plan in implementing state environmental policy; and establish and describe milestones for development of the plan.

Sec. 6.  APPLICATION

Nothing in this act, nor any action taken pursuant to this act, shall affect the validity of agency of natural resources rules in effect, assets owned, or contracts or other agreements entered into by the agency.  Rules in effect on the effective date of this act shall remain in effect until amended or repealed by the secretary.

Sec. 7.  SUNSET

Sec. 2, subdivision (2) (ARC), Sec. 3 (legislative oversight committee on natural resources restructuring), and Sec. 4 (restructuring authorization) of this act are repealed on July 1, 2008.

Sec. 8.  APPROPRIATION

The sum of $50,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the agency of natural resources in fiscal year 2006 for the purpose of hiring a consultant‑facilitator to assist in implementation of this act.

Sec. 9.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.

(Committee vote: 5-0-0)

Reported favorably by Senator Bartlett for the Committee on Appropriations.

(Committee vote: 5-0-2)

NEW BUSINESS

Third Reading

S. 63

An act relating to the transfer of certain functions from the Department of Labor and Industry to the Department of Public Safety.

S. 113

An act authorizing nonprofit hospitals to convert charitable assets.

Second Reading

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 66

An act relating to the welfare of animals.

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Dunne for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

The Committee recommends that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  STUDY COMMITTEE OF THE PET MERCHANT INDUSTRY

(a)  A committee is established to study the sale, exchange, and donation of animals by merchants in the state of Vermont under chapters 194 and 199 of Title 20.  The committee shall determine the best approach to long-term regulation of the sale, exchange, and donation of animals by pet merchants in the state of Vermont.  The committee shall study:

(1)  Administration of the licensing or registration of pet merchants, including whether Vermont should follow the regulatory framework utilized in New Hampshire;

(2)  Enforcement of any licensing or registration of pet merchants and any prohibition on the unlicensed sale, exchange, or donation of animals, including whether to require proof of licensing prior to advertising the sale, exchange, or donation of animals;

(3)  Funding available for the enforcement of pet merchant licensing or registration requirements; and

(4)  Delegation of some or all enforcement duties to humane societies, sheriff’s departments, or other local or municipal entities.

(b)  The committee shall consist of the following members:

(1)  The secretary of agriculture, food and markets or his or her designee;

(2)  A  member of the senate to be appointed by the committee on committees;

(3)  A member of the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker of the house;

(4)  The commissioner of taxes or his or her designee;

(5)  A member of the Vermont humane federation appointed by the society;

(6)  A member of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs appointed by the federation;

(7)  A member of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns appointed by the league;

(8)  A member of the American Kennel Club appointed by the club;

(9)  A member of the Vermont cruelty task force appointed by the task force;

(10)  A member of the Vermont sheriffs’ association appointed by the association;

(11)  A veterinarian from the Vermont veterinary medical association appointed by the association;

(12)  A representative of the Vermont federation of dog clubs to be appointed by the club; and

(13)  A pet breeder working from the breeder’s home to be appointed by the secretary of agriculture, food and markets.

(c)  The committee may elect a chair and a vice chair and may hold public hearings.  The legislative council shall provide professional and administrative support for the committee.

(d)  All members of the committee shall serve on the committee for the duration of the study unless circumstances dictate a permanent replacement.  Vacancies shall be appointed in the same manner as original appointments.

(e)  The committee shall report its recommendations in the form of proposed legislation by January 15, 2006 to the house committees on agriculture; judiciary; and government operations; and the senate committees on agriculture; economic development, housing and general affairs; judiciary; and government operations.  The report shall include recommendations by the committee for the regulation of the pet merchant industry in Vermont.

(Committee vote: 4-0-2)

NOTE:

The above amendment has been revised by the committee to add subsections (b)(2) and (3), and to specify that (b)(11) have a veterinarian as a member of the study committee.


NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable

J.R.S. 21

Joint resolution in support of establishing a foreign trade zone in Brattleboro.

Reported favorably by Senator Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

(Committee vote: 4-0-2)

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 18

An act relating to liability resulting from the use of genetically engineered seeds and plant parts.

Reported favorably by Senator White for the Committee on Agriculture.

(Committee vote: 5-0-0)

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Campbell for the Committee on Judiciary.

The Committee recommends that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

This act shall be known and may be cited as the Farmer Protection Act.

Sec. 2.  FINDINGS; PURPOSE 

The general assembly finds that agriculture is a central and vital component of our state's economy.  Vermont has a unique, national reputation for producing high quality crops, and its agricultural heritage is dependent on maintaining this reputation.  Vermont is a leading producer of organic crops.  Vermont’s economy is also dependent on tourism that results from maintaining the state’s reputation as a state with a pure and preserved natural environment.  Genetically engineered crops have been shown to be dispersed into the environment, including through pollen drift, seed mix‑ups, inadvertent transfer of seeds by humans and animals, and extreme weather events.  The liability for the effects of genetically engineered crops has unfairly fallen on farmers who do not plant genetically engineered crops as well as farmers who do plant genetically engineered crops, and it can be expected that the liabilities associated with the growing of genetically engineered crops in Vermont will be passed by the manufacturer to the grower of the crop and farmers who do not plant genetically engineered crops.  Genetically engineered crops cannot be successfully segregated from crops that are not genetically engineered in current agronomic science, agricultural practices, and agricultural infrastructure.  Therefore, it is the purpose of this act to ensure that farmers are not harmed by this technology and to place the liability for any harm on the manufacturer of the genetically engineered crops.

Sec. 3.  6 V.S.A. chapter 35, subchapter 3 is added to read:

Subchapter 3.  Liability Resulting from the Use of

Genetically Engineered Seeds and Plant Parts

§ 650.  DEFINITIONS

As used in this subchapter:

(1)  “Genetically engineered crop” means a crop grown from genetically engineered seed as defined in subdivision 641(9) of this title or genetically engineered plant part as defined in subdivision 641(10).

(2)  “Injury” includes:

(A)  loss of any price premium that would have accrued to a farmer by contract or other marketing arrangement or that would have been otherwise reasonably available to the person through ordinary commercial channels;

(B)  any reasonable additional transportation, storage, handling, or related charges or costs incurred by the contaminated farmer that would not have been incurred in the absence of crop contamination;

(C)  any judgment, charge, or penalty for which the farmer of nongenetically engineered products is liable because of breach of contract, including loss of organic certification for failure to deliver a crop or shipment free of genetically engineered material or for delivering a crop or shipment exceeding any contractually agreed tolerances for the presence of genetically engineered material;

(D)  market price reductions incurred by a farmer resulting from loss of crop exports, including foreign and domestic markets; and

(E)  a farmer’s loss of livelihood or reputation caused by genetically engineered crops.

(3)  “Manufacturer” means a person producing and commercializing genetically engineered seeds or plant parts.

§ 651.  LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS

(a)  The manufacturer of a genetically engineered seed or plant part is liable to any person who has suffered injury by the release into Vermont of a genetically engineered crop produced from such seed or plant part.  The prevailing plaintiff in an action under this subsection may recover compensable damages, reasonable attorney’s fees, and other litigation expenses. 

(b)  The liability created by this section may not be waived or otherwise avoided by contract or other means other than insurance.

(c)  A manufacturer shall have an affirmative defense to liability under this section if:

(1)  the farmer acted in gross negligence to cause the release of the genetically engineered crop that resulted in injury;

(2)  the farmer had received and signed a contract with the manufacturer;

(3)  the farmer had received a training manual from the manufacturer; and

(4)  by following the manufacturer’s contract and training manual, the farmer would not have caused injury through the use of the genetically engineered crop.

§ 652.  SEED CONTRACTS GOVERNED BY VERMONT LAW

(a)  A seed contract for the purchase of seeds or plant parts in Vermont is governed by the laws of Vermont.  If a seed contract purports to choose the laws of a jurisdiction other than Vermont to govern the contract, such provisions of the contract are void and unenforceable. 

(b)  The venue for an action under this subchapter shall be in the county in which the injury is alleged to have occurred.

§ 653.  LIMITATION OF ACTION

An action brought pursuant to this subchapter shall be brought within three years after the cause of action accrues and not after.

Sec. 4.  SEVERABILITY

If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid or in violation of the constitution or laws of the United States, the invalidity or the violation shall not affect other provisions of this act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end, the provisions of this act are severable.

(Committee vote: 5-1-0)

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

H. 71

An act relating to unemployment compensation contribution rate manipulation.

Reported favorably with recommendation of proposal of amendment by Senator Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

The Committee recommends that the Senate propose to the House to amend the bill by striking out Sec. 2 in its entirety

(Committee Vote: 4-0-2)

(For House amendments, see House Journal for February 17, 2005, page 223.)

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice Under Joint Rule 16

(For text of Resolutions, see Addendum to March 31, 2005)

Concurrent Resolutions

     The following concurrent resolutions have been introduced for approval by the Senate and House and will be adopted automatically unless a Senator or Representative requests floor consideration before the end of the session of the next legislative day.  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. 21

     Senate concurrent resolution honoring Jamie Guth.

H.C.R. 77

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Cabot High School Huskies 2005 Division IV championship boys’ basketball team.

H.C.R. 78

House concurrent resolution honoring Arlo K. Sterner for his outstanding service as a firefighter in Lamoille County.

H.C.R. 79

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Arlington High School Eagles’ 2005 Division III championship girls’ basketball team.


H.C.R. 80

House concurrent resolution honoring Margaret Elizabeth Lillie of Pownal.

H.C.R. 81

House concurrent resolution honoring Donald B. Keelan for his outstanding role as the host of the “Q & A Live” public access cable television program.

H.C.R. 82

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Mount Mansfield Union High School 2005 Cougars girls’ alpine skiing state championship ski team.

H.C.R.  83

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Mount Mansfield Union High School 2005 Division I boys’ basketball team.

H.C.R. 84

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Mount Mansfield Union High School 2005 Cougars boys’ alpine skiing state championship ski team.

H.C.R. 85

House concurrent resolution congratulating Amanda Mitteer on her winning the 2005 Miss Vermont USA title.

H.C.R. 86

House concurrent resolution honoring Frank Plumley for his extraordinary public service on behalf of the Brown Public Library in Northfield.

H.C.R. 87

House concurrent resolution congratulating the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department on receipt of the Keep Going Award.

ORDERED TO LIE

S. 157

An act relating to rulemaking for Vermont origin.

PENDING ACTION:  Second reading  of the bill.

CONFIRMATIONS

     The following appointments 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.

Kathryn Boardman of Shelburne – Member of the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank – By Senator Ayer for the Committee on Finance.  (3/16)

Ruth Stokes of Williston – Member of the State Board of Education – By Senator Starr for the Committee on Education.  (3/17)

Nancy Price Graff of Montpelier – Member of the Board of Libraries – By Senator Doyle for the Committee on Education.  (3/17)

John Ewing of Burlington – Member of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board – By Senator Illuzzi for Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (3/23)

Roy Folsom of Cabot – Member of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board – By Senator Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (3/23)

Leo O. Larocque of Whiting – Member of the Electricians Licensing Board – By Sen. Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (3/23)

Timothy Watkins of East Middlebury – Member of the Electricians Licensing Board – By Sen. Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (3/23)

Robert Williams of Poultney – Member of the Electricians Licensing Board – By Sen. Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (3/23)

John LaBarge of South Hero – Member of the Travel Information Council – By Sen. Starr for the Committee on Transportation.  (3/29)

David Brown of Williston – Member of the Vermont Economic Development Authority – By Sen. Maynard for the Committee on Finance.  (3/30)

Jeffrey N. Wennberg of Rutland – Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation – By Sen. Ayer for the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.  (3/31)

R. Tasha Wallis of Stowe – Commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services – By Sen. Scott for the Committee on Institutions.  (3/31)

Martha O’Connor of Brattleboro – Member of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees – By Sen. Doyle for the Committee on Education.  (3/31)

Frank Mazza of Brandon – Member of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees – By Sen. Wilton for the Committee on Education.  (3/31)

Marie Duquette of Stowe – Member of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees – By Sen. Starr for the Committee on Education.  (3/31)

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Friday, April 1, 2005 – Room 11 – 12:00 noon – Agricultural water quality – Senate Committee on Agriculture.

Thursday, April 7, 2005 House Chamber – 7:00 P.M. – Dry cask storage at Vermont Yankee – Senate and House Committees on Natural Resources and Energy.

Thursday, April 14, 2005 – Brattleboro Union High School Gym, Fairground Road, Brattleboro – 6:00 P.M. – Dry cask storage at Vermont Yankee – Senate and House Committees on Natural Resources and Energy.

REPORTS ON FILE

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:

116.        Management of Stormwater Impaired Waters in VermontAn Implementation Report to the Vermont Legislature”.  (Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation).  (March 2005).

 



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