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NO. R-67.  Senate concurrent resolution thanking the state employees who work in the Bennington state office building.


By Senators Sears and Hartwell,

By Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Browning of Arlington, Corcoran of Bennington, Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Manwaring of Wilmington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Mook of Bennington and Moran of Wardsboro,

Whereas, there are 135 Vermont state employees in the executive and judicial branches who work in the Bennington state office building located on Route 7 near the municipality’s downtown, and

Whereas, since June 2006, these state employees have continued to work at this building despite their knowledge that an increasing number of their co-workers were being diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a rare and debilitating auto‑immune disease, and

Whereas, typically one in 10,000 individuals is afflicted with this ailment, but occurrence of sarcoidosis among these state employees has been eight times higher than the Bennington County average and 9.5 times higher than the state of Vermont as a whole, and

Whereas, simultaneous with the incidents of sarcoidosis, the rates for asthma and other respiratory diseases have also risen far above the national average, and

Whereas, these state employees have been working under extremely difficult conditions as potential risks to their health have been of prime concern each day they enter the Bennington state office building, and

Whereas, despite these legitimate health-related anxieties, these state employees continued to perform their work-related duties at the building and provided uninterrupted and high quality service to the residents of Bennington County, and

Whereas, as the relocation process has commenced to move these state employees to alternative work locations, it is most appropriate to thank them for their special effort since the building-related problems arose, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly thanks the state employees who work in the Bennington state office building for their dedicated public service under extremely challenging circumstances, and be it further

Resolved:  The Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Charles Gingo, Bennington field director of the Agency of Human Services, to the clerk of the Bennington District Court, and to Anne Noonan, executive director of the Vermont State Employees’ Association in Montpelier.  

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont