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BILL AS PASSED BY HOUSE 2007-2008

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H.535

AN ACT RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT STUDY COMMITTEE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT STUDY COMMITTEE

(a)  A state law enforcement study committee is created with the following members:  the chairs of the house and senate committees on government operations; one member of the house committee on appropriations appointed by the speaker of the house; one member of the senate committee on appropriations appointed by the committee on committees; the commissioner of public safety; the director of the Vermont state employees’ association or his or her designee; the director of the Vermont state police or his or her designee; the commissioner of fish and wildlife or his or her designee; the chief warden; the commissioner of motor vehicles or his or her designee; the director of the enforcement and safety division of the department of motor vehicles; and the commissioner of liquor control or his or her designee; and the director of the enforcement division of the department of liquor control.  The chairs of the house and senate committees on government operations shall serve as co-chairs of the committee.

(b)  The committee shall:

(1)  review and evaluate options for making state policing and enforcement services more effective;

(2)  identify the various state policing and enforcement services, their respective core missions and priorities, areas of specialized training and expertise, and the operational and fiscal relationships among these services;

(3)  file a report of recommendations by January 1, 2008;

(4)  focus its recommendations on:  the need for a higher volume of police and enforcement services; lowering response times; reducing overtime; eliminating duplication of effort; lowering overall operating expenses; enhancing training opportunities; tightening coordination, strengthening communications, and sharing information; and enhancing the overall quality of state policing and enforcement services.

(c)  The committee may meet up to four times.  Members of the general assembly shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation and reimbursement for necessary expenses as those provided to members of standing committees under section 406 of Title 2.

(d)  The staff of the legislative council and the joint fiscal office shall provide professional and administrative support to the committee.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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