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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.280

Introduced by Representatives Grad of Moretown, Donaghy of Poultney, Hosford of Waitsfield, Lippert of Hinesburg and Marek of Newfane

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public safety; study commission

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to create a public safety study commission to conduct a comprehensive review of issues related to law enforcement coverage.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A PUBLIC SAFETY STUDY COMMISSION

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

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS

The general assembly finds that:

(1)  there are approximately 1,200 full‑time and approximately 600 part‑time law enforcement officers that have been certified by the Vermont criminal justice training council, of which approximately 95 percent are actively employed in Vermont;

(2)  there is a lack of law enforcement coverage 24 hours a day statewide;

(3)  municipalities receive unequal law enforcement coverage;

(4)  highway fatalities have increased.

Sec. 2.  PUBLIC SAFETY STUDY COMMISSION; CREATION

(a)  A public safety study commission is created with the following members:  the commissioner of public safety; the commissioner of fish and wildlife; the commissioner of liquor control; the commissioner of motor vehicles; the executive director of the department of state’s attorneys and sheriffs; one representative from the Vermont league of cities and towns; one member of the house committee on judiciary and one member of the house committee on government operations, appointed by the speaker of the house; and one member of the senate committee on judiciary and one member of the senate committee on government operations, appointed by the committee on committees.

(b)  The commission shall conduct a comprehensive review of the following:

(1)  law enforcement coverage;

(2)  expanding the jurisdiction of law enforcement officers of state agencies;

(3)  the number of municipal police departments;

(4)  consolidation of police departments;

(5)  practices in other states;

(6)  regionalization of police departments; and

(7)  any other issue the commission deems necessary.

(c)  The commission shall file a report of its recommendations with the general assembly by January 15, 2008.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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