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Senate Calendar

friday, march 24, 2006

81st DAY OF ADJOURNED SESSION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                                Page No.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2006

S. 297     Comp. for members & managers of limited. liability companies.......... 882

                  Pending Question:  Shall the bill pass?

Second Reading

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

H. 238    Minimum service retirement for state employees & teachers............... 882

                  Government Operations Committee Report.................................... 882

                  Appropriations Committee Report................................................. 882

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2006

Second Reading

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 291     Tax increment financing districts for Milton, So. Burl., & Milton......... 885

                  Ec. Dev., Housing & General Affairs Committee Report................. 885

                  Finance Committee Report............................................................ 891

                  Senator Cummings amendment...................................................... 898

House Proposal of Amendment

S. 164     Relating to elections and voter registration......................................... 899

NEW BUSINESS

Third Reading

S. 142     Mitigation of the loss of prime agricultural soils under Act 250............ 902

                  Senators Wilton and Starr amendment............................................ 902

S. 314     Relating to early childhood education................................................. 903

Second Reading

Favorable

H. 576    Reorganization of the Vermont department of labor........................... 903

                  Government Operations Committee Report.................................... 903


Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

JRH 57  Proposed rules under the western hemisphere travel initiative............. 904

                  Ec. Dev., Housing and General Affairs Committee Report.............. 904

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable

H. 630    Depression and risk of suicide in public schools................................. 904

                  Education Committee Report......................................................... 904

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

H. 841    Relating to underground utility damage prevention system................... 904

                  Ec. Dev., Housing and General Affairs Committee Report.............. 904

ORDERED TO LIE

S. 112     Relating to the practice of optometry................................................. 906

S. 157     Relating to rulemaking for Vermont origin.......................................... 906

S. 315     Relating to creation of the Vermont Land Bank program.................... 906

S. 316     Relating to access to broadband services throughout Vermont........... 906

S. 319     Relating to expanding the scope of the net metering program.............. 906

Concurrent Resolutions for Adoption

(For text of Resolutions, see Addendum to March 23, 2006 Calendar)

SCR    58  Charles Shackleton “Woodworker of the Year”............................. 130

SCR    59  Former Woodstock town clerk Frederick Doubleday..................... 131

HCR 260  Colchester High School championship boys hockey team............... 132

HCR 261  Colchester Lakers Division II championship girls hockey team........ 133

HCR 262  Travis St. Hilaire outstanding high school wrestling career............... 134

HCR 263  Honoring Vermont’s museums during the year of the museum......... 135

HCR 264  Recently certified master loggers & master logger of the year.......... 136

HCR 265  Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary on its centennial anniversary......... 138

HCR 266  Roger and Rosie Wilson outstanding citizens of Grafton.................. 139

HCR 267  Enosburg High School basketball championship team..................... 140

HCR 268  Honoring the American Red Cross and its VT volunteers................ 142

HCR 268  In memory of VT National Guard Sgt. Scott P. McLaughlin............ 145



 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2006

S. 297

An act relating to workers’ compensation coverage for members and managers of limited liability companies.

Pending Question:  Shall the bill pass?

Second Reading

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

H. 238

An act relating to minimum service retirement allowance for state employees and teachers.

Reported favorably with recommendation of proposal of amendment by Senator Kitchel for the Committee on Government Operations.

The Committee recommends that the Senate propose to the House to amend the bill by as follows:

First:  In Sec. 1, 3 V.S.A. § 459(f), by striking out “July 1, 2005” and inserting in lieu thereof September 1, 2006

Second:  In Sec. 1, 16 V.S.A. § 1937(b)(4), by striking out “July 1, 2005” and inserting in lieu thereof September 1, 2006

(Committee Vote: 6-0-0)

Reported favorably with recommendation of proposal of amendment by Senator Kitchel for the Committee on Appropriations.

The Committee recommends that the Senate propose to the House to amend the bill by adding Secs. 3 - 6 as follows:

Sec. 3.  3 V.S.A. § 477a(a) is amended to read:

(a)  Any member who has rendered 15 years of creditable service and who has, prior to becoming a member of the system, served a minimum of one full year of full-time service in the military or one full year of full-time service as a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps in World War II, the Peace Corps, or VISTA for which the member has derived no military pension benefits, may elect to have included in the member’s creditable service all or any part of the member’s military, Cadet Nurse Corps, Peace Corps, or VISTA service not exceeding five years.  Any member who so elects shall deposit in the annuity savings fund by a single contribution the amount or amounts determined by the system’s actuary to be cost neutral to the system.  Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, any member shall, upon application, be granted up to three years of credit for military service during the periods June 25, 1950 through January 31, 1955, February 28, 1961 through August 4, 1964 if service was performed in what is now the Republic of Vietnam, and August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 and shall not be required to make a contribution, provided the member has rendered 15 years of creditable service and, prior to becoming a member, served a minimum of one full year of full-time service in the military for which he or she has derived no military pension benefits.  The provisions of this subsection shall also be available to state employees who are not members of the classified system and who elect to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan under chapter 16A of this title.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of a conflict between the provisions of this subsection and the provisions of 10 U.S.C. § 12736 concerning the counting of the same full-time military service toward both military and state pensions, the provisions of the United States Code shall control.

Sec. 4.  MILITARY SERVICE CREDIT; ONE-TIME MILITARY STIPEND

A beneficiary of the Vermont state retirement system who retired prior to July 1, 2006 and who, prior to retirement, would have been otherwise eligible for credit for military service in what is now the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 through August 4, 1964, may apply to the retirement board for a one-time military stipend by December 31, 2006.  Upon a determination that the beneficiary was eligible prior to retirement for a grant of military service credit for service under this section, the beneficiary shall be entitled to a stipend of $500.00 for each year served, up to a maximum of  $1,500.00.  The stipend shall be pro-rated for partial years of service.

Sec. 5.  16 V.S.A. § 1944(b)(8) is amended to read:

(8)  Any group A or group C member who has rendered 15 years of creditable teaching service and who has, prior to becoming a member of the system, served a minimum of one full year of full-time service in the military, one full year of full-time service as a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps in World War II, the Peace Corps, or VISTA for which the member has derived no military or other pension benefits, may elect to have included in the member’s creditable service all or any part of the member’s military or Cadet Nurse Corps or Peace Corps or VISTA service not exceeding five years.  Any group A member who elects credit under this subdivision shall deposit in the annuity savings fund by a single contribution an amount computed at regular interest to be sufficient to provide at age 60 an annuity equal to one-one hundred and twentieth of the member’s average final compensation multiplied by the number of years of he service rendered for which the member elects to receive credit.  Any group A member who elects credit for service in the Cadet Nurse Corps under this subdivision and any group C member who elects credit under this subdivision shall deposit in the annuity savings fund by a single contribution an amount computed at regular interest to be sufficient to provide at normal retirement an annuity equal to 1-2/3 percent of the member’s average final compensation multiplied by the number of years of the service for which the member elects to receive credit.  Notwithstanding the provisions of this subdivision, any group C member who was a group B member and any group A member shall, upon application, be granted up to three years of credit for military service during the periods June 25, 1950 through January 31, 1955, February 28, 1961 through August 4, 1964 if service was performed while in what is now the Republic of Vietnam, and August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 and shall not be required to make a contribution, provided the member has rendered 15 years of creditable teaching service and prior to becoming a member served a minimum of one full year of full-time service in the military for which he or she has derived no military pension benefits.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of a conflict between the provisions of this subsection and the provisions of 10 U.S.C. § 12736 concerning the counting of the same full-time military service toward both military and state pensions, the provisions of the United States Code shall control.

Sec. 6.  MILITARY SERVICE CREDIT; ONE-TIME MILITARY STIPEND

A beneficiary of the state teachers’ retirement system of Vermont who retired prior to July 1, 2006 and who, prior to retirement, would have been otherwise eligible for credit for military service in what is now the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 through August 4, 1964, may apply to the retirement board for a one-time military stipend by December 31, 2006.  Upon a determination that the beneficiary was eligible prior to retirement for a grant of military service credit for service under, the beneficiary shall be entitled to a stipend of $500.00 for each year served, up to a maximum of $1,500.00.  The stipend shall be pro-rated for partial years of service.

(Committee Vote: 6-0-1)

(No House amendments.)


UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2006

Second Reading

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 291

An act relating to tax increment financing districts for Milton, South Burlington, and Berlin.

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Illuzzi 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.  FINDINGS

The general assembly finds that:

(1)  The creation of a TIF district in the area of the town of Berlin, including the Berlin Mall and surrounding area, created pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1892 and more specifically described as being bounded by Route 62, Paine Turnpike North, and Fisher Road, will provide financing for improvements to create a vibrant business and community center that will: 

(A)  Connect the Berlin Mall with the Central Vermont Hospital, schools, transportation systems, businesses, and housing with the surrounding lands and open spaces.

(B)  Improve the aesthetics and the character of the area.

(C)   Foster the multi-model potential of the town center district.

(D)  Resolve a long‑ standing groundwater contamination problem.

(E)  Enhance the quality of life for residents and workers in the town center.

(F)  Develop infrastructure that will accommodate the needs of the town center district.

(G)  Preserve and enhance the town’s tax base.

(H)  Reduce pressure to develop open land in the region for commercial and residential uses.

(I)  Reduce traffic congestion and protect existing interstate exchanges.

(2)   The authorization by VEPC to extend the previously approved and existing TIF districts in the town of Milton known as the Catamount Industrial Park and the Husky campus will provide a total of 20 years to service the debt for the improvements and development in those two TIF districts.  

(3)  The creation of a new TIF district in the town of Milton in the area known as the Milton town core created pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1892 and more specifically described as being bounded on the north by the southern property lines of parcels abutting Raspberry Lane and Strawberry Lane, then the southern boundary of the High School, then Rebecca Lander Drive and Villemaire Lane, bounded on the east by 1,640 feet of Railroad Street, south of Villemaire Lane, then along Middle Road from Railroad Street to Bombardier Road, the eastern boundary being mostly the western property lines of the parcels on the eastern side of Middle Road, but not including the cemetery on Railroad Street and Middle Road, including the parcels at the end of Shirley Avenue, extending deeper than abutting properties on Middle Road, bounded on the south by Bombardier Road for approximately 1,650 feet west of Middle Road, then along Route 7, with the southern boundary being the southern property lines of the parcels on the southern side of Route 7 from Bombardier to the west for approximately 1,200 feet, bounded on the west by the Winterberry development, as indicated on the Proposed Town Core TIF map prepared on February 16, 2006, will permit financing of improvements that will: 

(A)  Revitalize a significant downtown area.

(B)  Enhance employment opportunities within the town of Milton.

(C)   Encourage business stability and growth incentives.

(D)  Preserve and enhance the town’s tax base.

(E)  Encourage the creation of high-density affordable housing in the commercial center.

(F)  Reduce pressure to develop open land in the region for commercial and residential uses.

(G)  Reduce traffic congestion.

(H)  Assure integration in and compatibility with regional development and capital plans.

(3)  The creation of a TIF district in the city of South Burlington in the area of the city center district created pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1892 and more specifically described as lying east of Interstate 89, north of Kennedy Drive, west of Vermont route 116, south of Centennial Brook, and zoned central District or Commercial 1‑Residential 15 on the South Burlington official zoning map, will help to create a vibrant, mixed-use center and will also:

(A)  Create a new town center consistent with the goals of 24 V.S.A. § 2793b.

(B)  Enhance housing and employment opportunities within the city of South Burlington.

(C)  Encourage business stability and growth incentives.

(D)  Preserve and enhance the city’s tax base.

(E)  Develop high-density housing, including affordable housing within the new town center.

(F)  Reduce pressure to develop open land in the region for commercial and residential uses.

(G)  Assure integration in and compatibility with regional development and capital plans.

Sec. 2.  TAX INCREMENT FINANCING; BERLIN; MILTON; SOUTH BURLINGTON: LIMITS; DURATION

(a)  In order to furnish appropriate and effective means of financing the developments described in Sec. 1 of this act, bonds may be issued pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1897 for the following:

(1)  The development or redevelopment of the portion of the town of Berlin described in subdivision (1) of Sec. 1 of this act.  The bonds issued for the town shall have a total principal amount of no more than $20,000,000.00.

(2)  The development or redevelopment of the portion of the town of Milton known as the Milton town core described in subdivision (3) of Sec. 1 of this act.  The bonds issued for the Milton town core shall have a total principal amount of no more than $50,000,000.00.

(3)  The development or redevelopment of the portion of the city of South Burlington described in subdivision (4) of Sec. 1 of this act.  The bonds issued for the city of South Burlington shall have a total principal amount of no more than $50,000,000.00.

(b)  For the purposes of this act:

(1)  “Improvement” means the installation, new construction, or reconstruction of municipal facilities, including municipal buildings, streets, utilities, and other infrastructure needed for telecommunications, transportation, wastewater treatment and water supply, parks, playgrounds, land acquisition and improvement, parking facilities, brownfields remediation, and other public improvements necessary to carry out the objectives of this act.

(2)  “Related costs” means the expenses incurred to meet the goals of the TIF development, other than the debt incurred for issuing bonds, and includes administration fees paid to a coordinating agency, finance costs, real property assembly costs, professional services, organizational costs such as costs for appropriate studies and public notification, or other costs found to be necessary or related to the creation of a tax increment financing district or implementation of the district plan approved by the voters of the municipality. 

(c)  The tax increment financing districts referenced in subsection (a) of this section shall continue until the date and hour all bond indebtedness is retired.  The bonds shall be issued within 20 years of the effective date of this act and shall have a maximum maturity of 20 years from the date of issue, but may be refunded from time to time.  In addition to the uses permitted under 24 V.S.A. § 1896, tax increment revenue may be used for related costs.  The incremental revenue shall be used to fund reserves and accounts deemed necessary or convenient to secure the payment of bonds issued under 24 V.S.A. § 1897 to provide for the scheduled payment of debt service due on those bonds and to redeem, discharge, pay, or defease those bonds at or prior to maturity and for related costs.

(d)  The tax rate assessed on the excess value of property within the districts shall be the same rate as that assessed on property outside the districts.  In the tax increment financing districts described in Sec. 1 of this act and authorized by the Vermont economic progress council, 25 percent of the excess valuation within the district of the value of the grand list shall be included in the education property tax grand list under 32 V.S.A. § 5404 as taxable property and shall be subject to the education property tax under 32 V.S.A. § 5402 until bonds issued under 24 V.S.A. § 1897 are released, discharged, defeased, or fully reserved.  The remaining 75 percent of excess valuation of the value of the grand list shall be taxed at the same rate, but those revenues shall be pledged and appropriated for debt service on bonds issued for improvements under 24 V.S.A. § 1897 and for related costs. 

(e)  When all bonds issued under 24 V.S.A. § 1897 with respect to a comprehensive redevelopment initiative have been paid in full or when the bonds have been fully redeemed or defeased through fully funded reserves and accounts attributable to those bonds, all property within the tax increment financing districts not otherwise tax exempt shall be included in the education property tax grand list as taxable property pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5404 and shall be subject to the education property tax imposed under 32 V.S.A. § 5402.  This subsection shall be operative on April 1 following the date that all bonds have been fully paid, redeemed, or defeased.

(f)  A special assessment imposed under chapter 87 of Title 24 against property in an urban renewal area, as defined in 24 V.S.A. § 3201(17), or in a tax increment financing district designated under 24 V.S.A. § 1892(a) shall not be deemed to be a property tax for determining the applicability or eligibility of any general or special property tax exemption.

(g)  Any allocation or appropriation of a tax increment approved pursuant to this act shall be in addition to any other payments to the municipality under chapter 133 of Title 16.  Allocations and tax increment appropriations shall affect the property tax liability of the municipality under this chapter beginning April 1 of the year following approval.  Allocations and tax increment appropriations authorized pursuant to this act shall remain available to the municipality for the full period authorized and shall be restricted only to the extent that the real property improvements giving rise to the increased value to the grand list fail to occur within the authorized period.  To approve utilization of incremental revenues, the Vermont economic progress council shall do all the following:

(1)  Review each application to determine that the new real property improvements would not have occurred or would have occurred in a significantly different and significantly less desirable manner but for the proposed utilization of the incremental tax revenues.

(2)  Verify that each application meets all the following criteria:

(A)  The municipality has held public hearings, and there has been substantial public involvement in the development of concept plans for the proposed tax incentive financing district in establishing the incremental financing district in accordance with 24 V.S.A. §§ 1891 – 1900, to the extent those sections are not in conflict with this act.

(B)  The project clearly requires substantial public investment over and above the normal municipal operating or bonded debt expenditures.

(C)  The municipality has developed a tax increment financing district plan, including a project description, a development financing plan, a pro forma projection of expected costs and revenues, a statement and demonstration that the project would not proceed without the allocation of tax increment financing, evidence that the municipality is actively seeking or has obtained other sources of funding and investment, a development schedule, including a list, a cost estimate, and a schedule for public improvements and projected private development to occur as a result of the improvements.

(D)  The proposed infrastructure improvements and the projected development or redevelopment are compatible with approved municipal and regional development plans, and the project has clear local and regional significance for employment, housing, and transportation system improvements.

(E)  The use of incremental education tax revenues for tax increment district purposes will not result in the net loss of preexisting tax revenues to the municipality, state, or other taxing jurisdictions.

(F)  The development or redevelopment will reduce pressure for industrial, commercial, or residential development on open lands and ensure development or redevelopment of an area within a downtown, village center, or new town center.

(G)  The development or redevelopment will enhance employment opportunities within the municipality and the surrounding region.

(H)  The development or redevelopment will preserve and enhance the tax base for the municipality and the state.

(I)  The development or redevelopment will create or enhance public benefits such as:

(i)  Access to open spaces.

(ii)  Community facilities.

(iii)  Preservation or rehabilitation of historic structures or buildings.

(iv)  Reduction of traffic congestion.

(v)  Improvements to or development of public transportation.

(vi)  Development of multifamily housing at densities greater than would occur without the infrastructure development proposed and that contributes to overall housing supply and affordability in the municipality.  

(J)  The district encompasses an area that has been identified by the municipality as a priority for development or redevelopment.

(h)  The provisions of this act are in addition to any power, authority, or prerogative conferred by general law or municipal charter.

(i)  The Vermont economic progress council and the department of taxes shall report to the general assembly on the impact of the allocations and tax increment financing districts on the education property tax grand list of the municipalities and the state as part of the annual reporting requirement under 32 V.S.A. § 5930a. 

Sec. 3.  EXISTING TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS; TOWN OF MILTON; HUSKY; CATAMOUNT

Notwithstanding the limitations in 32 V.S.A. § 5404a(e) and (f), the town of Milton may expand for an additional ten years beyond the initial ten years approved the two existing tax increment financing districts identified and described in subdivision (2) of Sec. 1 of this act, known as the Husky campus and the Catamount Industrial Park, and collect all state and local property taxes on properties contained wholly or partly within the tax increment financing districts and apply 75 percent of the increase in the value and liability assessed under 32 V.S.A. § 5402 on new real property improvements to repayment of debt issued to finance improvements within the tax increment financing district and for related costs, upon application by the town of Milton.

Sec. 4.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.

(Committee vote: 5-0-1)

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

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.  24 V.S.A. § 1891 is amended to read:

§ 1891.  DEFINITIONS

When used in this subchapter:

(1)  “Municipality” shall include means a city, town, or incorporated village.

(2)  “TIF” or “district” means a tax increment financing district.

(3)  “Legislative body” means the mayor and board of aldermen of a city alderboard, the city council, the board of selectmen of a town selectboard, and the president and trustees of an incorporated village.

(3)(4)  “Improvements” shall include its ordinary signification, such as installations, means the installation, new construction, or reconstruction of streets, utilities, and other infrastructure needed for transportation, telecommunications, wastewater treatment, and water supply, parks, playgrounds, land acquisition, parking facilities, brownfields remediation, and other public improvements necessary for carrying out the objectives of this chapter.

(5)  “Original taxable property” means all taxable real property located within the district on the day the district was created.

(6)  “Related costs” means expenses, other than debt for issuing bonds, incurred to meet the goals of a TIF development not to exceed pro forma costs, which are costs directly related to the administration of the district, approved by the Vermont economic progress council. 

Sec. 2.  24 V.S.A. § 1893 is amended to read:

§ 1893.  PURPOSE

The purpose of tax increment financing districts shall be is to provide revenues for improvements located wholly or partly within the district and related costs, which will encourage stimulate development or redevelopment within the district, provide for employment opportunities, improve and broaden the tax base, or enhance the general economy economic viability of the municipality, the region, or the state.

Sec. 3.  24 V.S.A. § 1894 is amended to read:

§ 1894.  POWER AND LIFE OF DISTRICT

(a)  A municipality may incur indebtedness against revenues of the tax increment financing districts for a period of ten up to 20 years following the creation of the district.  The ten-year 20-year borrowing period of the district shall commence at 12:01 a.m. on April 1 of the year so voted, and shall end at midnight on March 31 ten years thereafter. Any indebtedness incurred during the ten-year borrowing period may be retired over any period authorized by the legislative body of the municipality under section 1898 of this title.  The district shall continue until the date and hour all such the indebtedness is retired.

(b)  Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, any district created to use education tax increment financing that has not incurred indebtedness within five years following the creation of the district, shall request reapproval from the Vermont economic progress council in order to utilize education tax increment financing following that period. 

Sec. 4.  24 V.S.A. §1895 is amended to read:

§ 1895.  ORIGINAL TAXABLE VALUE

On or about 12:01 a.m., April 1, of the first year the lister or assessor for the municipality shall certify the assessed valuation of all taxable real property within the district as then most recently determined, which is referred to in this subchapter as the "original taxable value," and shall certify to the legislative body in each year thereafter during the life of the district the amount by which the original taxable value has increased or decreased, and the proportion which any such increase bears to the total assessed valuation of the real property for that year or the proportion which any such decrease bears to the original taxable value.  Upon creation of the district, the listers or assessor for the municipality in which the district is located shall certify the most recent appraisal value of the original taxable property of the district.  In each year thereafter during the life of the district, the listers or assessor shall determine the amount by which the appraisal value of the original taxable property has increased or decreased.

Sec. 5.  24 V.S.A. § 1896 is amended to read:

§ 1896.  TAX INCREMENTS

In each subsequent year the lister or assessor shall include no more than the, original taxable value of such real property in the assessed valuation upon which he computes shall be used to compute the rates of all taxes levied by the municipality, the school district and every other taxing district in which the tax increment financing district is situated; but he shall extend all rates so determined against the entire assessed valuation of such real property for that year.  In each year for which the assessed valuation appraisal value of all real property within the district exceeds the original taxable current appraisal value of the original  taxable property including its increased appraisal value, the municipality treasurer shall hold apart, rather than remit to the taxing districts, that proportion of all taxes paid that year on the real property in the district which such that are in excess valuation bears to the total assessed valuation of the current appraisal value of the original taxable property.  The amount so held apart each year is referred to in this act as the "tax increment" for that year for the purposes of this subchapterSo much of the The tax increments received with respect to the district and pledged and appropriated under section 1897 of this title for the payment of debt service on bonds issued for improvements shall be segregated by the municipality in a special account on its official books and records until all capital indebtedness of the district has been fully paid.  Such The final payment shall be reported to the lister or assessor, who shall thereafter include the entire assessed valuation of the district in the assessed valuations upon which tax rates are computed and extended and taxes are remitted to all taxing districts.

Sec. 6.  24 V.S.A. § 1897 is amended to read:

§ 1897.  TAX INCREMENT FINANCING

The legislative body may pledge and appropriate any part or all of the tax increments received from properties contained wholly or partly within the tax increment financing district for the payment of the principal of and interest on bonds issued for improvements contained wholly or partly within the district Such bonds; provided, however, that if any tax increment utilization is approved pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5404a(g), no more than 75 percent of the state property tax increment and no less than 75 percent of the municipal tax increment may be used to service this debt.  Bonds shall only be issued if the legal voters of the municipality, by a majority vote of all voters present and voting on the question at a special or annual municipal meeting duly warned for the purpose, shall give authority to the legislative body to pledge the credit of the municipality for the purpose these purposes.

Sec. 7.  24 V.S.A. § 1898(e) is amended to read:

(e)  Prior to the resolution or ordinance of the local governing body authorizing the bonds issued under this section, the legislative body of the municipality shall hold one or more public hearings, after public notice, on a financial plan for the proposed improvements to be funded, including a statement of costs and sources of revenue, the estimates of assessed values within the district, the portion of those assessed values to be applied to the proposed improvements, the resulting tax increments in each year of the financial plan, the amount of bonded indebtedness and related costs to be incurred, other sources of anticipated revenues, and the duration of financial plan.  A municipality that has approved the creation of a district under this chapter may designate a coordinating agency to administer the district to ensure compliance with this chapter and any other statutory or other requirements.  

Sec. 8.  24 V.S.A. § 1900 is amended to read:

§ 1900.  DISTRIBUTION

In addition to all other provisions of this chapter, with respect to any tax increment financing district, any municipal tax increment received which in any tax year that exceeds the amounts pledged for the payment on principal and interest on the bonds issued for improvements or other related costs in the district shall be distributed to the city, town, or village budget and school district budget, in proportion that each budget bears to the combined total of both the budgets unless otherwise negotiated by the city, town, or village and school districtAny state education tax increment received in any tax year that exceeds the amount pledged for the payment on principal and interest on the bonds issued for improvements or related costs in the district shall not be remitted to the towns but shall be used only for prepayment of principal and interest on the bonds issued, placed in escrow for bond payment, or paid to the state education fund.

Sec. 9.  32 V.S.A. § 5404a is amended to read:

§ 5404a.  TAX STABILIZATION AGREEMENTS; TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS

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(e)  A municipality may apply to the Vermont economic progress council for an allocation of the education grand list value for up to ten years, of a portion of the increase in the value and liability assessed under section 5402 of this title on new economic development that is subsequently approved by the Vermont economic progress council pursuant to this section and section 5930a subsections 5930a(c) and (d) of this title.  Allocation to a municipality pursuant to this subsection shall be in addition to any other payments to the municipality under chapter 133 of Title 16.  If allocated, the allocated portion of the education fund liability shall be used by the municipality to support economic development through the purchase or financing of for infrastructure including, but not limited to that includes wastewater treatment, water supply, transportation, and telecommunications and utility connections.

(f)  Municipalities which have existing tax increment financing districts under subchapter 5 of chapter 53 of Title 24 shall have the authority to expand those districts and to collect all state and local property taxes on properties within the tax increment financing district and apply those revenues to repayment of debt issued to finance improvements within the tax increment financing district to the extent approved for this purpose by the Vermont economic progress council upon application by the district under procedures for approval of tax stabilization agreements under this section, and that any such action shall be included in the annual authorization limits provided in section 5930a(d)(1) of this title. A municipality that establishes a tax increment financing district under subchapter 5 of chapter 53 of Title 24 shall collect all property taxes on properties contained within the district and apply up to 75 percent of the increase in the value and liability assessed on the new real property development pursuant to section 5402 of this title to repayment of debt issued to finance the improvements or related costs for up to 20 years, if approved by the Vermont economic progress council pursuant to this section.

(g)  Any allocation approved pursuant to subsection (e) of this section or utilization of tax increment approved under subsection (f) of this section shall be in addition to any other payments to the municipality under chapter 133 of Title 16.  Allocations and tax increment utilizations approved pursuant to subsections (e) and (f) of this section shall affect the education property tax grand list and the municipal grand list of the municipality under this chapter beginning April 1 of the year following approval.  Allocations and tax increment utilizations authorized pursuant to subsections (e) and (f) of this section shall remain available to the municipality for the full period authorized and shall be restricted only to the extent that the real property development giving rise to the increased value to the grand list fails to occur within the authorized period.

(h)  Criteria for approval.  To approve utilization of incremental revenues pursuant to subsection (f) of this section, the Vermont economic progress council shall do all the following:

(1)  “But For” test requirement.  Review each application to determine that the new real property development would not have occurred or would have occurred in a significantly different and less desirable manner but for the proposed utilization of the incremental tax revenues.  A district created in a designated growth center under 24 V.S.A. § 2793c shall be deemed to have complied with this subdivision.

(2)  “Process requirements.”  Determine that each application meets all the following five requirements:

(A)  The municipality held public hearings and established a tax increment financing district in accordance with 24 V.S.A. §§ 1891–1900.

(B)  The municipality has developed a tax increment financing district plan, including:  a project description; a development financing plan; a pro forma projection of expected costs; a projection of revenues; a statement and demonstration that the project would not proceed without the allocation of tax increment; evidence that the municipality is actively seeking or has obtained other sources of funding and investment; and a development schedule that includes a list, a cost estimate, and a schedule for public improvements and projected private development to occur as a result of the improvements.

(C)  The municipality has approved or pledged the utilization of incremental municipal tax revenues for purposes of the district in the same proportion as the utilization of education property tax revenues approved by the Vermont economic progress council for the tax increment financing district.

(D)  The proposed infrastructure improvements and the projected development or redevelopment are compatible with approved municipal and regional development plans, and the project has clear local and regional significance for employment, housing, and transportation improvements.

(E)  The municipality has demonstrated that over the life of the district, the aggregate amount of income sensitivity payments received by homestead taxpayers and rental rebates received by renters will not exceed 25 percent of the amount of the tax increment determined under 24 V.S.A. § 1896 which is not allocated or pledged to the tax increment financing district under section 5404a of this title.  The Vermont economic progress council may make this determination based on information from the applicant provided in subdivision (B) of this subdivision (2) and the average amount of homestead sensitivity payments and renter rebates in the state in the year of application.

(3)  Location criteria.  Determine that each application meets one of the following three criteria:

     (A)  The development or redevelopment is compact, high density, and located in or near existing industrial, commercial, or residential areas.

     (B)  The proposed district is within an approved growth center, designated downtown, or new town center.

(C)  The development will occur in an area that is economically distressed, which for the purposes of this subdivision means that the area has experienced patterns of increasing unemployment, a drop in average wages, or a decline in real property values.

(4)  Project criteria.  Determine that the proposed development within a tax incentive financing district will accomplish at least three of the following five criteria:

     (A)  The development within the tax increment financing district clearly requires substantial public investment over and above the normal municipal operating or bonded debt expenditures. 

(B)  The development includes new housing that is affordable to the majority of the residents living within the municipality and is developed at a higher density than at the time of application.  “Affordable” has the same meaning as in 10 V.S.A. § 6001(29).

(C)  The project will affect the mitigation and redevelopment of a brownfield located within the district, which for the purposes of this section means an area in which a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant is or may be present, and that situation is likely to complicate the expansion, development, redevelopment, or reuse of the property.

(D)  The development will include at least one entirely new business or business operation or expansion of an existing business within the district, and this business will provide new, quality, full-time jobs that meet or exceed the prevailing wage for the region as reported by the department of labor.

(E)  The development will enhance transportation by creating improved traffic patterns and flow or creating or improving public transportation systems. 

(j)  The Vermont economic progress council and the department of taxes shall make an annual report to the general assembly on or before January 15.  The report shall include, in regard to each existing tax increment financing district, the year of approval, the scope of the planned improvements and development, the equalized education grand list value of the district prior to the TIF approval, the original taxable property, the tax increment, and the annual amount of tax increments utilized.

Sec. 10.  TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS; CAP

     Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Vermont economic progress council may not approve the use of education tax increment financing for more than ten tax increment financing districts and no more than two newly created tax increment financing districts in any municipality within the period of five fiscal years following the passage of this act.  Thereafter, no tax increment financing districts may be approved without further authorization by the general assembly.

Sec. 11.  EXISTING TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS; MILTON

Notwithstanding the limitations under 32 V.S.A. § 5404a(e), the town of Milton may extend for an additional ten years beyond the initial ten years approved the two existing tax increment financing districts identified and known as the Husky campus and the Catamount Industrial Park, and collect all state and local property taxes on properties contained wholly or partly within the tax increment financing districts and apply 75 percent of the increase in the value and liability assessed under 32 V.S.A. § 5402 on new real property improvements to repayment of debt issued to finance improvements within the tax increment financing district and for related costs, upon application by the town of Milton.

The committee further recommends that after passage, the title of the bill be amended to read:  "AN ACT RELATING TO IMPROVING THE PROVISIONS FOR TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS"

(Committee vote: 6-0-1)

AMENDMENT TO S. 291 TO BE OFFERED BY SENATOR CUMMINGS ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Senator Cummings, on behalf of the Committee on Finance, moves that the recommendation of the Committee on Finance be amended as follows:

First:  In Sec. 5, in § 1896 of 24 V.S.A., in the second sentence, following the words  “original taxable property” the first time they appear, by striking out the words:  “including its increased appraisal value”; and following the words  “original taxable property” the second time they appear, by inserting the words   and that are authorized under section 1897 of this title

Second:  In Sec. 9, in § 5404a(f) of 32 V.S.A., in the last sentence, following the words  “75 percent of the” by striking out the words “increase in the value and liability assessed on the new real property development pursuant to section 5402 of this title” and by inserting in lieu thereof the words tax increment as defined in section 1896 of Title 24

Third: In Sec. 9, in §5404a(h)(1)(E) of 32 V.S.A., in the first sentence, following the words “homestead taxpayers”, by inserting the words who are residents of new real property development in the district, and following the word “renters”, by inserting the words who are renters of new real property development in the district

House Proposal of Amendment

S. 164

An act relating to elections and voter registration.

The House proposes to the Senate to amend the bill as follows:

First:  In Sec. 1, § 2124 of 17 V.S.A., by striking subdivision 2124(a)(5) up until the old period, by striking “; and” at the end of subdivision 2124(a)(4), and by adding the word “and” following the semi-colon in subdivision 2124(a)(3)

Second:  In Sec. 2, § 2144(a) of 17 V.S.A, by striking the second sentence and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

“The town clerk’s office in each municipality shall be kept open on the second Monday preceding the day of the election from no later than 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. until 12:00 noon, 5:00 p.m. or for the last two hours of the normal business day on that Monday for the purpose of receiving applications for addition to the checklist.”

Third:  In Sec. 3, § 2144a of 17 V.S.A., subdivision (4), in the third sentence, by inserting after the phrase “to produce the required information” the following “or if an election official questions the legitimacy of the information presented by the person seeking to register at the poll on election day”  and by  adding a new Sec. 3a to read:

Sec. 3a.  17 V.S.A. § 2145a(e) is amended to read:

(e) The secretary shall promptly transmit applications received under this section to the clerks of the appropriate municipalities not later than 10 days after the date the application was received by the secretary.  In the case of a voter registration application received within five days before the checklist is closed under section 2144 of this title, the application shall be transmitted to the clerk of the appropriate municipality not later than five days after the date of receipt.

Fourth:  In Sec. 5, § 2546 of 17 V.S.A., subsection (b), in the third sentence, by striking the term “precisely” where it appears and adding “previously

Fifth:  In Sec. 7, by striking “2007” where it appears and adding “2009

Sixth:  By adding two new sections to read as follows:

    Sec. 7a.  17 V.S.A. § 2454 is amended to read:

§ 2454.  ASSISTANT ELECTION OFFICERS

(a)  Prior to the day of the election, the board of civil authority shall appoint a sufficient number of voters from each voting district to serve as assistant election officers in their respective polling places.  As far as possible, the board shall attempt to appoint an equal number of persons from each major political party.  Each assistant election officer shall be sworn prior to entering on the performance of his or her duties.  An assistant town clerk may serve as an assistant elections officer, regardless of his or her residence.

* * *

(c)  The board of civil authority may bill the secretary of state for the cost of appointing additional assistant election officers in polling places in order to comply with the voter registration requirements of subdivision 2144a(4) of this title.

Sec. 7b.  STATEWIDE VOTER CHECKLIST REPORT

By no later than January 15, 2007, the secretary of state shall report to the house and senate committees on government operations regarding the status of implementation of the statewide voter checklist required by 17 V.S.A. § 2154.  In preparing the report, the secretary shall survey each town clerk of the state regarding the efficacy of, problems associated with, and ease of use of the checklist.  The report shall include a summary of the town clerk survey and an assessment by the secretary of state regarding the success of implementation of the checklist.

Seventh:  By inserting four new sections to read:

Sec. 8.  17 V.S.A. § 2011 is  amended to read:

§ 2011. PERJURY BEFORE BOARD OFFICIAL MAKING CHECK LIST

A person who knowingly swears falsely to a fact or matter which may be the subject of inquiry by the board of civil authority, town clerk, presiding officer, or their designees or deputies acting on their behalf, in considering an application to vote, adding to the checklist, or revising the check list as provided in this title shall be guilty of perjury and imprisoned not more than fifteen years and fined not more than $1,000.00, $10,000.00, or both.

Sec. 9  17 V.S.A.§ 2011a is added to read:

2011a. MISREPRESENTATION

A person who knowingly misrepresents on an application to be added to the checklist any fact or matter material to his or her eligibility to vote in an election, or in a meeting of the municipality in which the application is made, shall be imprisoned for a period of not more than ten years or fine not more than $7,500.00, or both.

Sec. 10.  17 V.S.A. § 2011b is added to read:

§ 2011b. MULTIPLE ELECTION VOTING

A person who votes in any election in Vermont and who also votes in any election in another state, or the District of Columbia, on the same day shall be imprisoned for a period of not more than ten years or fined not more than $7,500, or both.   

Sec.11.  SUNSET

Secs. 2(b) and (e) (same day voter registration, 3 (same day voter registration), 7 (survey of elections expenses for same-day voter registration) 7a (additional election officer expenses), of this act shall be repealed if the secretary of state fails to receive a waiver of the relevant requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (motor voter act), 42 U.S.C. §§ 1973gg to 1973gg-10, as they apply to the state of Vermont, within 180 days of January 1, 2008.

Ninth: By striking Sec. 8 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 12.  EFFECTIVE DATE

(a)  This section and Secs. 1 (voter’s oath), 4 (write-in candidates), 5 (deposit of early voter absentee ballots), and 6 (voter participation) shall take effect July 1, 2006.

(b)  Secs. 2 (deadline for voter application), 3 (same-day voter registration), 7 (survey of elections expenses for same-day voter registration), 7a (additional election officer expenses) shall take effect January 1, 2008.

     (c)  Secs. 8, 9 and 10 shall take effect from passage.


NEW BUSINESS

Third Reading

S. 142

An act relating to mitigation of the loss of prime agricultural soils under Act 250.

AMENDMENT TO S. 142 TO BE OFFERED BY SENATORS

WILTON AND STARR BEFORE THIRD READING

Senators Wilton and Starr move to amend the bill as follows:

First:  In Sec. 2, 24 V.S.A. § 2791(12), by striking out subdivision (A) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

(A)  “Growth center” means an area of land that contains substantially the characteristics specified in subdivision (B) of this subdivision (12) or that is located in one or a combination of the following: a designated downtown, village center, or new town center.

Second:  In Sec. 8, 10 V.S.A. § 6093(a), by striking out subdivisions (2) and (3) in their entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

(2)  Project located outside designated growth center.   If the project tract is not located in a designated growth center, the applicant shall be required to obtain affirmative findings on subdivisions 6086(a)(9)(B)(ii) – (iv) of this title.  In addition, the applicant shall be required to provide suitable mitigation either on-site or off site, whichever will best further the goal of preserving primary agricultural soils for present and future agricultural use, with special emphasis on preserving prime agricultural soils.  Preservation of primary agricultural soils shall be accomplished through innovative land use design resulting in compact development patterns which will maintain a sufficient acreage of primary agricultural soils on the project tract capable of supporting or contributing to an economic or commercial agricultural operation.  The number of acres of primary agricultural soils to be preserved shall be derived by:

(A) determining the number of acres of primary agricultural soils impacted by the proposed development or subdivision; and

(B) multiplying the number of impacted acres of primary agricultural soils by a factor based on the quality of those primary agricultural soils, and other factors as the secretary of agriculture, foods and markets may deem relevant, including the soil’s location; accessibility; tract size; existing agricultural operations; water sources; drainage; slope; the presence of ledge or protected wetlands; and the infrastructure of the existing farm or municipality in which the soils are located; and the  N.R.C.S. rating system for Vermont soils.  This factor shall result in a ratio of no less than 2:1, but no more than 3:1, protected acres to acres of impacted primary agricultural soils. 

(3)  Mitigation flexibility.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section and regardless of the location of the project tract, the district commission, in order to further the goal of preserving primary agricultural soils for present and future agricultural use, may approve suitable onsite or offsite mitigation, including the use of mitigation fees or preservation of primary agricultural soils on other lands owned or controlled by the applicant in the town or district where the project tract is located, in accordance with this section, or some combination of those measures, if that action is deemed consistent with the agricultural elements of local and regional plans, and the goals of section 4302 of Title 24. In appropriate circumstances, the secretary may recommend to the district commission and the district commission may require that specified primary agricultural soils be preserved, with special emphasis on preserving prime agricultural soils, notwithstanding the fact that they are located within a growth area.  However, all factors used to calculate suitable mitigation acreage or fees under this subdivision shall be determined by the location of the project tract.

Third:  In Sec. 8, 10 V.S.A. § 6093(b), by striking out the following: “Easements required for protected lands.” and inserting in lieu thereof the following: “Protecting primary agricultural soils by permit conditions and conservation easements.  All primary agricultural soils preserved for commercial or economic agricultural use under this section shall be protected, at a minimum, by permit conditions that are issued by the district commission.

S. 314

An act relating to early childhood education.

Second Reading

Favorable

H. 576

An act relating to a reorganization of the Vermont department of labor.

Reported favorably by Senator White for the Committee on Government Operations.

(Committee vote: 6-0-0)

(No House amendments)


J.R.H. 57

Joint resolution opposing the implementation on the proposed rules under the western hemisphere travel initiative.

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

The Committee recommends that the Senate propose to the House to amend the title of the resolution by striking out the words, “OPPOSING THE IMPLEMENTATION” and inserting in lieu thereof the words URGING MODIFICATION

(Committee Vote: 5-0-1)

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable

H. 630

An act relating to teaching about signs of and responses to depression and risk of suicide in public schools.

Reported favorably by Senator Condos for the Committee on Education.

(Committee vote: 4-0-1)

(For House amendments, see House Journal for March 3, 2006, page 626)

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

H. 841

An act relating to underground utility damage prevention system.

Reported favorably with recommendation of proposal of amendment by Senator Gander 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 all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 7004(e) is added to read:

(e)  Notice of excavation activities shall be valid for an excavation site until one of the following events occurs:

(1)  The markings become faded, illegible, or destroyed; or

(2)  The company installs new underground facilities in a marked area still under excavation.

Sec. 2.  30 V.S.A. § 7008(a) and (b) are amended to read:

(a)  Vermont Dig Safe Program.  Any person who violates any provisions of sections 7004, 7006a, 7006b, or 7007 of this title shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000.00 for a first offense or up to $5,000.00 for a second or subsequent offense, in addition to any other remedies or penalties provided by law or any liability for actual damages.

(b)  Any company which does not mark the location of its underground facilities as required by section 7006 or 7006a of this title shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000.00 for a first offense or up to $5,000.00 for a second or subsequent offense.

Sec. 3.  30 V.S.A. § 2816(a) is amended to read:

(a)  Gas Pipeline Safety Program.  Any person who violates any statute, rule, regulation, or order of the public service board relating to safety standards or safety practices applicable to transportation of gas through gas pipeline facilities subject to the jurisdiction of the public service board is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $10,000.00 $100,000.00 for each violation for each day that the violation persists.  However, the maximum civil penalty shall not exceed $500,000.00 $1,000,000.00 for any related series of violations.  The penalty may be imposed by the board after notice to the offending person of the alleged violations and opportunity for hearing.

Sec. 4.  30 V.S.A. § 7001(4) is amended to read:

(4)  “Excavation activities” means activities involving the removal of earth, rock, or other materials in the ground, disturbing the subsurface of the earth, or the demolition of any structure, by the discharge of explosives or the use of powered or mechanized equipment or hand tools, including but not limited to digging, trenching, blasting, boring, drilling, hammering, post driving, wrecking, razing, or tunneling, within 100 feet of an underground utility facility.  Excavation activities shall not include the tilling of the soil for agricultural purposes, routine gardening outside easement areas and public rights of way, or activities relating to routine public highway maintenance.

and that after passage, the title be changed to read as follows:  “AN ACT RELATING TO THE VERMONT DIG SAFE PROGRAM AND THE FEDERAL GAS PIPELINE SAFETY PROGRAM”

(Committee Vote: 5-0-1)

(No House amendments.)

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.

S. 315

An act relating to creation of the Vermont Land Bank program.

Pending Action:  Second Reading of the bill.

S. 316

An act to accelerate access to broadband services throughout Vermont.

Pending Action:  Second Reading of the bill.

S. 319

An act relating to expanding the scope of the net metering program.

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, March 23, 2006.

S.C.R. 58

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Charles Shackleton on being named the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association’s “Woodworker of the Year”.

S.C.R. 59

     Senate concurrent resolution in memory of former Woodstock town clerk Frederick A. Doubleday.


H.C.R. 260.

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Colchester High School Lakers Division II championship boys hockey team.

H.C.R. 261.

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Colchester Lakers Division II championship girls hockey team.

H.C.R. 262.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Travis St. Hilaire on the completion of his outstanding high school wrestling career.

H.C.R. 263.

House concurrent resolution honoring Vermont’s museums during the year of the museum.

H.C.R. 264.

     House concurrent resolution congratulating recently certified master loggers and congratulating the 2005 Vermont master logger of the year.

H.C.R. 265.

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary on its centennial anniversary.

H.C.R. 266.

House concurrent resolution honoring Roger and Rosie Wilson as outstanding citizens of Grafton.

H.C.R. 267.

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Enosburg High School Hornets 2006 girls basketball Division III championship team.

H.C.R. 268.

House concurrent resolution honoring the American Red Cross and its Vermont volunteers during American Red Cross Month.

H.C.R. 269.

House concurrent resolution in memory of Vermont National Guard Sgt. Scott P. McLaughlin of Hardwick.


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.

     Robert Alberts of Bridport – Member of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency – By Sen. Ayer for the Committee on Finance.  (2/10)

     John Valente of Rutland – Member of the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank – By Sen. Maynard for the Committee on Finance.  (2/24)

     Paul Andrew of South Burlington – Member of the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank – By Sen. Ayer for the Committee on Finance.  (3/15)

     Thomas James of Essex Junction – Member of the State Board of Education – By Sen. Collins for the Committee on Education.  (3/15)

     Dagyne Canney of North Clarendon – Member of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency – By Sen. Maynard for the Committee on Finance.  (3/27)

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:

112.   “Year in Review”, Vermont Program Quality in Health Care, Inc.  (March 2006).



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