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Senate Calendar

Friday, JANUARY 6, 2006

4th DAY OF ADJOURNED SESSION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                                Page No.

ACTION CALENDAR

Third Reading

S. 190.    Relating to the number of witnesses required to attest to a will................ 9

S. 202.   Relating to sex offender registration for offenders under

               the age of 18........................................................................................ 9

NOTICE CALENDAR

House Proposal of Amendment

S. 18.      Relating to liability for genetically engineered seeds and plants................ 9

ORDERED TO LIE

S. 112     Relating to the practice of optometry................................................... 11

S. 157     Relating to rulemaking for Vermont origin............................................ 11

CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Adoption

(For text of Resolutions, see Addendum to January 5, 2006 Calendar)

S.C.R. 43.       Honoring Theodore Manazir of South Burlington........................ 11

H.C.R. 183.    In memory of Arthur Silvester of Vershire................................... 11

H.C.R. 184.    In memory of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Benson........ 11

H.C.R. 185.    Welcoming home VT National Guard Green Mountain Task

                        Force 2nd/172nd Airborne Battalion............................................ 12

H.C.R. 186.    In memory of Thomas J. Donovan of Burlington......................... 12

H.C.R. 187.    In memory of Rep. Edward S. Soboleski................................... 12

H.C.R. 188.    In memory of American Military Personnel................................. 12

H.C.R. 189.    Honoring the Polaris Project...................................................... 12

H.C.R. 190.    Congratulating Southeastern Vermont Community Action........... 12

H.C.R. 191.    Congratulating Coach Spaulding “Bis” Bisbee............................. 12

H.C.R. 192.    Congratulating Dr. Roger G. Reckis........................................... 12

H.C.R. 193.    Comm. 100th Ann. of the first Rockingham Meeting House......... 12

H.C.R. 194.    Congratulating Bellows Falls Braves........................................... 12

H.C.R. 195.    Congratulating Danville School Indians Baseball Team................ 13

H.C.R. 196.    Congratulating Danville School Girls Soccer Team...................... 13

H.C.R. 197.    Congratulating U-32 H.S. Raiders Soccer Team........................ 13

H.C.R. 198.    Congratulating U-32 H.S. Raiders Girls’ Cross Country............. 13



 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

Third Reading

S. 190

An act relating to the number of witnesses required to attest to a will.

S. 202

An act relating to sex offender registration for offenders under the age of 18.

NOTICE CALENDAR

House Proposal of Amendment

S. 18

An act relating to liability from genetically engineered seeds and plants.

The House proposes to the Senate to amend the bill by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS; PURPOSE 

(a)  Vermont’s farmers and agriculture are vitally important to sustaining the economy and maintaining the traditional values of our state.  Building on our long history of cooperation among farmers and protecting the viability of all types of farming are critical to keeping agriculture a healthy part of life in Vermont.

(b)  In balancing the interests of all farmers, it is important to ensure that they retain the greatest possible flexibility as they make decisions as to how best to run their farms.  They also need as much protection as possible against having liability unfairly shifted to them for the actions of others.

(c)  Vermont law has recognized the economic and cultural importance of agriculture.  Vermont has defined farmers as consumers under our Uniform Commercial Code and Consumer Fraud Act, and federal case law has allowed farmers to be compensated for economic loss caused by the wrongful action of others.  Vermont courts also furnish fair forums for resolving agricultural disputes which may arise in this state.  These protections would be jeopardized if anyone selling products to Vermont farmers is able to compel disputes with those farmers to be heard in other states, under another state’s laws, and before non-Vermont juries.

Sec. 2.  INTENT

It is the intent of the general assembly to:

(1)  codify farmers’ ability to recover economic losses caused by the wrongful action of others;

(2)  confirm farmers’ status as consumers with all the protections that provides;

(3)  provide Vermont farmers with a Vermont forum and choice of law when legal disputes arise.  

Sec. 3.  6 V.S.A. chapter 210 is added to read:

Chapter 210.  Farmers and Agricultural Goods Liability Actions

§ 4715.  DAMAGES IN ACTIONS

In any action in which liability for damages against a manufacturer of goods for agricultural use has been established in this state, the damages recoverable by a prevailing party may include economic losses.

§ 4716.  FARMERS ARE CONSUMERS

(a)  Vermont farmers are consumers for the purpose of actions in product liability.

(b)  Goods purchased by farmers for agricultural use are consumer goods.

§ 4717.  CHOICE OF LAW

If a contract for agricultural goods which are used in Vermont purports to choose the laws of a jurisdiction other than Vermont to govern the contract, such provisions of the contract are void and unenforceable.  Any disputes involving such contracts shall be decided using the law of Vermont.

§4718.  FORUM AND VENUE

     (a) The forum for an action relating to goods for agricultural use in Vermont shall be the courts of the state of Vermont.

(b) The venue for an action relating to goods for agricultural use in Vermont shall be the Vermont county in which one of the parties resides.  If neither party resides in the state, the venue may be any county in Vermont.

§ 4719.  PROVISIONS MAY NOT BE VARIED

The provisions of this chapter may not be varied or waived by agreement of the parties.


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 or the state of Vermont, 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.

     And that after passage, the title of the bill be changed to read as follows:

     AN ACT RELATING TO FARMERS AND AGRICULTURAL GOODS LIABILITY ACTIONS.

ORDERED TO LIE

S. 112

An act relating to the practice of optometry.

PENDING ACTION:  Second reading of the bill.

S. 157

An act relating to rulemaking for Vermont origin.

PENDING ACTION:  Second reading of the bill.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Adoption Under Joint Rule 16a

     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 today’s adjournment.  Requests for floor consideration in either chamber should be communicated to the Secretary’s office and/or the House Clerk’s office, respectively.  For text of resolutions, see Addendum to Senate Calendar of Thursday, January 5, 2006.

S.C.R. 43

     Senate concurrent resolution honoring Theodore Manazir of South Burlington for his exemplary career in state government.

H.C.R. 183

     House concurrent resolution in memory of Arthur Silvester of Vershire.

H.C.R. 184

     House concurrent resolution in memory of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Benson.


H.C.R. 185

     House concurrent resolution welcoming home the Kuwait members of the Vermont National Guard’s Green Mountain Task Force, 2nd/172nd Airborne

Battalion.

H.C.R. 186

     House concurrent resolution in memory of Thomas J. Donovan of Burlington.

H.C.R. 187

     House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative Edward S. Soboleski.

H.C.R. 188

     House concurrent resolution in memory of the American military personnel who have died in the service of their nation in Iraq from May 28, 2005 to December 19, 2005.

H.C.R. 189

     House concurrent resolution honoring the Polaris Project for its innovative and continuing efforts to abolish modern-day slavery.

H.C.R. 190

     House concurrent resolution congratulating Southeastern Vermont Community Action on its 40th anniversary.

H.C.R. 191

     House concurrent resolution congratulating Bellows Falls Union High School football Coach Spaulding “Bis” Bisbee on the conclusion of his extraordinary coaching career.

H.C.R. 192

     House concurrent resolution congratulating Dr. Roger G. Reckis on the 25th anniversary of his Bellows Falls dentistry practice.

H.C.R. 193

     House concurrent resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first Rockingham Meeting House pilgrimage.

H.C.R. 194

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the Bellows Falls Braves on winning the 2005 Fall Mountain Independent Babe Ruth League championship.

H.C.R. 195

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2005 Danville School Indians Division IV championship baseball team.

H.C.R. 196

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the Danville High School Indians 2005 Division IV championship girls’ soccer team.

H.C.R. 197

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2005 U-32 High School Raiders Division II championship soccer team.

H.C.R. 198

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the U-32 High School Raiders 2005 Division II girls’ cross-country championship team.

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:

1.       Expenditures from the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund.  (Agency of Administration).  (July 2005).

2.       Civil Commitment of Dangerous Predators Report  (Agency of Human Services).  (August 2005).

3        Annual Report of the Insurance Commissioner Year Ended December 31, 2004)  (August 2005).

4.       FY 2006 Unified Health Care Budget and FY 2006 UHCB forecast.  (Dept. of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration).  September 2005).

5.       Vermont Board of Medical Practice Annual Report.  (Department of Health).  (October 12, 2005).

6.       National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Annual Report.  (Dept. of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration).  (October 2005).

7.       Vermont Health Care Quality Report.  (Vermont Program for Quality Health Care, Inc.).  (October 2005).

8.       Boards and Commissions Authorized to Receive Per Diems.  (Agency of Administration).  (November 2005)

9.       Commission on Funding the Vermont State Teachers’ Retirement System Report.  (Office of the State Treasurer).  (December 2005).

10.     Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel Combined Annual Reports 2003 and 2004.  (Dept. of Public Service).  (December 2005).

11.     Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance in Vermont/ Supplemental and Concurring Report to the General Assembly) Vermont Medical Malpractice Study Committee).  (December 2005).

12.     Status of Capital Projects Funded in Whole or in Part by State Capital Appropriations.  (University of Vermont).  (December 2005).

13.     Proposed Amendments to the Charter of the Town of Jericho.  (Secretary of State).  (December 2005).

14.     Office of Professional Regulation Report to the General Assembly on the Vermont Optometric Formulary Committee.  (Secretary of State).  (December 2005).

15.     Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Annual Reports.  (Agency of Human Services, Department of Health).  (December 2005).

16.     Collaboration of FAHC and DHMC to Identify Fields of Excellence or Discrete Areas of Specialty Focus for the Respective Health Care Institutions.  (Dept. of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration; Division of Health Care Administration).

17.  Consolidated Executive Branch Fee Report. (Dept. of Finance and Management)

18.  Annual report of the Vermont Department of Liquor Control (Dept. of Liquor Control)

19.  Vermont By Design Challenges and Recommendations on Improving the Structure of Planning in Vermont (Vermont Council on Planning)

NOTICE OF JOINT ASSEMBLY

     Joint Assembly – 2:00pm Tuesday, January 17, 2006, to receive the Governor’s Budget message.



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