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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, january 26, 2006
CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice under Joint Rule 16

     The following joint 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.

   By Senators Kitchel and Coppenrath,

     By Representatives Larocque of Barnet and Peaslee of Guildhall,

S.C.R.  47.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Lake View Grange #359 on its centennial anniversary.

Whereas, the Grange (officially known as The Order of Patrons of Husbandry) was established in 1867 as a fraternal organization dedicated to promoting the interests and well‑being of farmers, and

Whereas, although national agricultural issues have always played a significant role in the Grange’s activities, the organization’s core structure is based on more than 3,000 local or subordinate Granges which exist in more than 30 states across the country, including Vermont, and

Whereas, the local Granges focus on community-based programs designed for both adults and children, and

Whereas, these local Granges are organized into regional or Pomona Granges, and serve as components of State Granges and the National Grange, which larger organizations center their efforts on public policy matters, and

Whereas, an outstanding example of a local Grange is Lake View Grange #359 located in the village of West Barnet, and

Whereas, 2006 marks Lake View Grange’s centennial anniversary, and

Whereas, in celebration of this momentous occasion, a special celebration featuring period attire will be held at the Grange Hall in West Barnet on April 22, 2006, and

Whereas, the farming community in and around the village of West Barnet has been the beneficiary of the Grange’s many outstanding services and programs for an entire century, and it looks forward to the Grange’s local presence for many years to come, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Lake View Grange #359 on its centennial anniversary, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Natalie Fuller in North Concord the great-granddaughter of Joseph W. Roy, who, with Governor Charles J. Bell, founded Lake View Grange # 359.

   By Senators Kitchel and Leddy,

     By Representatives Koch of Barre Town and Westman of Cambridge,

S.C.R.  48.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the Milbank Memorial Fund on its centennial anniversary.

Whereas, since its establishment in 1905, the mission of the Milbank Memorial Fund has been “to broker practical knowledge to decision makers in health so that they can make more effective policy,” and

Whereas, a special focus of the fund is individuals who are at the greatest risk of death or disease, and

Whereas, this innovative and socially conscious health research and support organization “is an endowed national foundation that supports nonpartisan analysis, study, and research on significant issues in health policy,” and

Whereas, the majority of the fund’s work is collaborative with decision-makers in the public and private sectors, and

Whereas, the fund supports many aspects of health policy both in the United States and abroad, and

Whereas, it operates in an unusual manner, not by issuing grants to beneficiaries but by having individuals and partner institutions join the fund and contribute time, expertise, experience, and other resources, and

Whereas, in the fund’s early years, its activities were centered in New York City, and during the 1920s, the organization’s geographic parameters extended throughout New York State, where it developed the prototype for neighborhood health centers, and

Whereas, in the 1930s, the fund became a national foundation, promoting reform in policy for financing health services and sponsoring research on nutrition, demography, and epidemiology, and

Whereas, in the 1960s, the fund inaugurated the Milbank Scholars Program, supporting young professionals in the field of community medicine, and       

Whereas, in the 1970s, the fund established a commission to assess the work of schools of public health, and

Whereas, in the 1980s, the fund created a fellowship program dedicated to developing new models for providing health services to migrant workers, and

Whereas, in the 1990s, the fund helped to create and has since sustained the Reforming States Group (RSG), a nonpartisan group of legislative and executive leaders in the field of health care policy, of which the state of Vermont was an original member, and

Whereas, the proceedings of the RSG have inspired numerous improvements in health care policy in Vermont, and

Whereas, more recently, the fund has engaged in various projects to improve the quality of health care and its methods of delivery, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly thanks and congratulates the Milbank Memorial Fund on its centennial anniversary, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Samuel Milbank, chair of the Milbank Memorial Fund’s board of directors, and Daniel Fox, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund in New York.

     By  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of  Windham,

H.C.R. 216.

House concurrent resolution congratulating The Falls Playschool in Bellows Falls on its 35th anniversary.

     Whereas, The Falls Playschool has been serving youngsters in Bellows Falls and its environs for 35 years as an ideal place for them to learn social and intellectual skills that will enable them to ease their paths into kindergarten, and

     Whereas, the school’s relatively small and separate classes of three- and  four‑year‑olds afford the children a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the company of their peers in a supervised setting, and

     Whereas, The Falls Playschool grew out of a playgroup whose participating youngsters’ parents sought to develop “a place for their children to learn and experience things with other children,” and

     Whereas, the parents took responsibility for organizing the school on a more formal basis, drafting bylaws and hiring the school’s first director, and

     Whereas, during its early years, some of the parents referred informally to The Falls Playschool as a community generational school, and

     Whereas, for the school’s first 33 years, the classes were held at the Immanuel Episcopal Church, and more recently, when the church needed to reclaim the space for its own activities, the school was fortunate to relocate to the Bellows Falls First Baptist Church for its new location, and

     Whereas, parents have the opportunity to be involved in the school’s operation and are made aware of their children’s progress, and

     Whereas, under the leadership of school director Heather Waryas, only its fifth in 35 years, and board president Amy Tuttle, the Playschool is commemorating this special anniversary year through a calendar displaying the photos and words of current and past students, and

     Whereas, among the school’s former directors was Edie Derosia who held this post for 19 years, and

     Whereas, this wonderful community educational institution has brightened the lives of hundreds of area youngsters, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the General Assembly congratulates The Falls Playschool in Bellows Falls on its 35th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Heather Waryas at The Falls Playschool in Bellows Falls.

By  Representatives Flory of Pittsford, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Dates of Shelburne, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington,

By  Senators Maynard, Mullin, Wilton, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Dunne, Flanagan, Gander, Giard, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Leddy, Lyons, MacDonald, Mazza, Miller, Scott, Sears, Shepard, Snelling, Starr, Welch and White,

H.C.R.  217.

House concurrent resolution in memory of Representative Robert “Bob” Wood of Brandon.

Whereas, Bob Wood’s life focused on his family, farm, and his civic service in public education and as a 13-term member of the General Assembly, and

Whereas, a life-long resident of Brandon, he graduated from Brandon High School and the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, Bob Wood represented the third generation to operate his family’s farm and its retail affiliate, Wood’s Market Garden, and

Whereas, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and after his honorable discharge, he joined the Vermont National Guard, and

Whereas, Bob Wood was committed to public education, having served on the Neshobe and Otter Valley school boards and the University of Vermont Board of Trustees, and was a Vermont Educational Television founding director, and

Whereas, Representative Wood’s tenure as the member from Brandon spanned a quarter of a century, encompassing the leadership of House Speakers Stephen Morse, Timothy O’Connor, Ralph Wright, Michael Obuchowski, Walter Freed, and Gaye Symington, and

Whereas, when representing his constituents, he was always willing to assist them, regardless of their political affiliation, and

Whereas, Representative Wood was long associated in the minds of many persons with the colorful suspenders that became an essential part of his wardrobe, and

Whereas, he exhibited a commanding mastery of legislative process and ritual that was second to none, and

Whereas, his extraordinary parliamentary and political acumen was best displayed during the many years he chaired the House Committee on Institutions and cochaired the often dramatic and lively Capital Bill conference committees, and

Whereas, Representative Wood was the recipient of many awards in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a citizen public servant, and

Whereas, beyond his roles in the legislature and public education, he served as a director of the First Brandon National Bank and was a founding member of the Small Fruit & Vegetables Growers’ Association, and

Whereas, Bob Wood and his wife, Sally, were married for 49 years, and they are the parents of a son Mark, a daughter Patricia, and two grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its most sincere condolences to the family of its long‑time colleague Representative Robert Wood of Brandon, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sally Wood in Brandon.


By  Representatives Flory of Pittsford, Acinapura of Brandon, Jewett of Ripton and Young of Orwell,

H.C.R.  218.

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2005 Division IV championship Otter Valley Union High School football team.

     Whereas, in 2005, the Otter Valley Union High School football team captured its first championship and was the only team that remained undefeated throughout the year’s high school football season, and

     Whereas, the Otters triumphed in their season finale by defeating the championship savvy U-32 Raiders, and

     Whereas, although the first half concluded with the Raiders in command with a 20-14 lead, the Otters were determined to make the most of this opportunity, and

     Whereas, a second half precision pass from Otter quarterback Corey Robinson to wide receiver Colby Hutchinson proved to be a turning point in the Otters’ fortunes, as he carried it to the five yard line, and

     Whereas, Otter Ross Jakubowski then grabbed the loose ball and his short touchdown sprint tied the game at 20-all, and

     Whereas, with just 20 seconds remaining in regulation play, and the score still tied, Otter Kyle Pinkham kicked a successful field goal from the 28-yard line to clinch the Division IV championship, and

     Whereas, the entire Otter Valley football team, including Ryan Owen, Kyle Pinkham, Tim Shields, Ryan Faber, Ed Carter, Chris Blais, Corey Robinson, Zach Mortensen, Shane Blackmer, Derek Quesnel, Ross Jakubowski, Parker Howland, Nick Trombley, Cameron Clark, Andrew Stewart, Nick Pattis,  Derrick Taft, Tim Abare, Colby Hutchins, Kenny Parsons, Thomas Cole,  Mike Hanfield, Tyler Gregorek, Nick Hornbeck, Seth Fillioe, Sam Palmer, Patrick Kane,  Dustin Lajoie, Justin Brown, Bret Williams, Matt Dunn, Christian Fjeld, Joe Fredette, Ray Cook, Ryan Schembeck, Ian McElroy, Jon Kimball. Cody Hesse, Jason New, Joe Clifford, Grant Jakubowski, Jon Wyman, Alex Sienkiewicz, Kurtis Gutzmann, Ryan Fiske, and Josh McDonough, displayed a true team effort, and

     Whereas, Head Coach Dennis Perry and assistant coaches Bill Charron, Jim Hill, Tony Freson, Buddy Brown, Brian Grady, Dick Nordmeyer, and D.J. Perry provided the instruction needed to guide the team to victory, now therefore be it

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:  

     That the General Assembly congratulates the 2005 Division IV

championship Otter Valley Union High School football team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dennis Perry at Otter Valley Union High School.

By  Representatives Howard of Rutland City, Allaire of Rutland City, Chen of Mendon, DePoy of Rutland City and Louras of Rutland City,

H.C.R.  219.

House concurrent resolution honoring St. Peter’s Parish in Rutland on its 150th anniversary.

Whereas, adherents of the Roman Catholic faith have resided in the Rutland area since at least the 1820s, and

Whereas, in 1830, at a private residence, the Reverend Jeremiah O’Callaghan celebrated the first mass in Rutland, and

Whereas, by the 1850s, Rutland’s Catholic population had outgrown the confines of private homes, and Father John B. Daly celebrated mass at the Ball Alley building and in the old courthouse, and

Whereas, in 1855, Father Zephyrin Druon purchased a plot of land on Meadow Street for the first Catholic Church in Rutland, which was named St. Peter’s, and a Catholic school and parish rectory soon followed, and

Whereas, in 1856, Father Francis Picart succeeded Father Druon at St. Peter’s, and Father Charles Boylan, who was a pivotal figure in the 19th century Catholic community in Rutland, was appointed Father Picart’s assistant, and

Whereas, in the late 1850s and early 1860s, smaller mission settlements associated with the parish were spread through much of southwestern Vermont, but by 1869, they were separated as the parish became centered on the immediate Rutland area, and

Whereas, the original building soon proved inadequate, and funds were raised for the current St. Peter’s Church which was dedicated in 1873, and

Whereas, today, the St. Peter’s Parish complex, located at the intersection of Meadow Street and Convent Avenue in Rutland City, includes the imposing church edifice, with its flat-roofed steeple installed in 1951 after the original pointed steeple was destroyed in a 1950 storm, a rectory, and a parish center; the Mt. St. Joseph Assisted Living Residence and Academy; and the Loretto Home for seniors, and

Whereas, the interior of the church is undergoing a major and colorful renovation, and

Whereas, 2005 marked the 150th anniversary of St. Peter’s Parish, and its history of service to Rutland’s Catholic community, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates St. Peter’s Parish in Rutland on its 150th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rev. W. Andre Houle at St. Peter’s Parish in Rutland. 

By  Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Morrissey of Bennington, Acinapura of Brandon, Allaire of Rutland City, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Donovan of Burlington, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Endres of Milton, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, Haas of Rochester, Heath of Westford, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Marcotte of Coventry, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nuovo of Middlebury, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Reese of Pomfret, Seibert of Norwich, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Westman of Cambridge, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington,

H.C.R.  220.

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the Girl Scout Council of Vermont’s 2005 Girl Scout Gold Award and Silver Award winners.

     Whereas, in order to be presented the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scouts ages 11-14, the scouts must:  complete three interest projects and the Girl Scout Leadership Award or a leadership interest project; earn the Dreams to Reality patch or complete career activities from three different interest projects; and design and carry out a Girl Scout Award project requiring at least 30 hours of meaningful community work, and

     Whereas, the industrious and creative 2005 Vermont Girl Scout Silver Award winners and their community projects include: Courtney Ferris of Tunbridge, who designed a trash recycling education project; Amanda Greenslet, Corina Fusco, Hillary Estes, and Renee Noel of Bennington, who established a Monday fun day dancing class; Crystal Connelly of Lower Waterford, who made improvements to the local elementary school’s nature trail, and Julie Longley of Eden, who volunteered at a diabetes screening clinic and participated in related educational activities, and

     Whereas, the most prestigious honor that may be bestowed on Girl Scouts ages 14-17 is the Girl Scout Gold Award which requires:  completing four interest projects, the Girl Scout Leadership Award, and the Girl Scout Challenge; earning the Career Exploration pin; and most significantly, planning and implementing a 50-hour community service project, and

     Whereas, the energetic and innovative 2005 Vermont Gold Award winners and their community service projects are:  Monique Rogals of Orwell, who designed and helped build improvements to the children’s area at her local library; Alison DeGraff of Middlebury, who worked with the Center for Donation & Transplant in Albany, New York to connect organ donors and recipients, and organized a panel discussion on the topic and arranged for its presentation on cable television; Emily Fuchs and Katie Trumbull of Essex, who took the lead in designing and constructing the Essex Free Library gazebo; Natalie Smith of Essex, who developed an intergenerational project focusing on younger individuals assisting older persons and who also designed an accompanying informational website; Lila Fuller of Middlebury, who organized a Community Volunteer Fair to bring together community organizations and potential adult and high school age volunteers; Megan Barnes and Eileen Beebe of Essex, who developed a resource guide to organizing and maintaining a food shelf and conducting a food drive; and Kelsey Hanf of Fairfax, who organized an interfaith youth group to facilitate discussion between teens of different faiths, and

     Whereas, all of the Girl Scout Gold Award and Silver Award winners were recognized at a special ceremony held in Mendon on November 13, 2005, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the General Assembly congratulates the Girl Scout Council of Vermont’s 2005 Girl Scout Gold and Silver Award winners, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the award winners and to the Girl Scout Council of Vermont in Essex Junction.              


By  Representatives Flory of Pittsford and Acinapura of Brandon,

H.C.R.  221.

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Supreme Court Justice and Representative Wynn Underwood.

Whereas, Wynn Underwood graduated from Brandon High School and attended Dartmouth College, and

Whereas, in the midst of the Second World War, he left college to enlist as a ski trooper in the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, the predecessor unit of the U.S. Army’s famous 10th Mountain Division, and

Whereas, after his military discharge, Wynn Underwood became one of the youngest members of the General Assembly when his hometown of Sudbury elected him to the House of Representatives, and

Whereas, legislative service sparked Wynn Underwood’s interest in a legal career, and he subsequently earned a law degree from Boston University, and

Whereas, he practiced law for many years, developing a reputation as an outstanding litigator, and

Whereas, through the course of these years, Wynn Underwood was an active public servant, serving as Addison County state’s attorney, chair of the Middlebury Selectboard, and legal counsel to U.S. Senator Aiken in the development of the federal legislation that established the Tri-Town Water District, and

Whereas, in recognition of his contribution in drafting the water legislation, President Lyndon Johnson invited him to the White House bill signing ceremony, and

Whereas, in 1971, nearly a quarter century after concluding his legislative duties in Montpelier, the citizens of Middlebury elected him to return to the House of Representatives, and

Whereas, the newly elected Representative Underwood’s tenure in the House was brief as his fellow legislators selected him to sit on the Superior Court bench, and

Whereas, Wynn Underwood reached the pinnacle of the legal profession in 1980 when Governor Richard Snelling appointed him to a seat on the Vermont Supreme Court, and

Whereas, during the course of his legal career, his professional colleagues elected him to head the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association and both the Addison County and Vermont bar associations, and

Whereas, when not engaged in his duties as a private attorney or in one of his public sector roles, Wynn Underwood was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, and

Whereas, his death has brought great sadness to his family, including his wife, Sharry, to whom he was married for 56 years, his five children, Sky, Joel, Andrea, Darcy, and Margot, and his five grandchildren, and to his many friends, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its most sincere sympathy to the family of former Supreme Court Justice and Representative Wynn Underwood, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sharry Underwood in Shelburne.    

By Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Cross of Winooski, Donahue of Northfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Howard of Rutland City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, McLaughlin of Royalton, Nitka of Ludlow, Pugh of S. Burlington, Smith of Morristown and Young of Orwell,

By Senator Lyons,

H.C.R.  222.

House concurrent resolution recognizing national nurse anesthetists' week.

Whereas, nurse anesthetists were the first medical professionals to provide anesthesia in the United States, and they are the oldest recognized group of advance practice registered nurse specialists, and

Whereas, nurse anesthetists must complete a graduate level educational program in a nationally accredited program of nurse anesthesia, and after graduation, they are qualified to take the examination to become certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and

Whereas, CRNA serve an extremely important health care role, and they provide anesthesia services in all settings in which anesthesia is delivered, and

Whereas, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, more than 65 percent of all rural hospitals rely on CRNAs to provide anesthesia care, and without these advance practice nurses, some 1,500 facilities would be unable to maintain trauma stabilization, surgical, and obstetrical capabilities, forcing many rural Americans to travel long distances for these vital medical services, and

Whereas, each year, CRNAs working in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, physicians’ offices, and the medical facilities of the U.S. Veterans’ Administration, and the U.S. Public Health Service, are the hands-on providers of approximately 65 percent of all anesthetics given to patients in the United States, and in rural communities, the percentage is even higher, and

Whereas, CRNAs serve Vermonters by providing needed anesthesia care in hospitals, medical facilities, and physicians’ offices, and

Whereas, in Vermont, CRNAs work with all levels of patients in 10 of the state’s 13 hospitals that offer surgical services, and

Whereas, the week of January 23, 2006 has been designated nationally as nurse anesthetists week, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the week of January 23, 2006 as Nurse Anesthetists Week in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Association of Nurse Anesthetists.



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