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S.293

Introduced by Senator White of Windham District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  State government; local government; balance of powers

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to create a study commission to consider the nature of decision-making in the state, including the nature of the decisions currently made at the state level, the nature of those made at the local level, and whether some decentralization of decision-making authority is appropriate and advisable.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A STUDY COMMISSION TO EXAMINE STATE AND LOCAL              DECISION-MAKING

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

Sec. 1.  STATE AND LOCAL DECISION-MAKING; STUDY

             COMMISSION

(a)  A study commission is created to examine the nature and relationship of state and local decision-making in Vermont.  Among other things, the commission shall identify and create a matrix of the major categories of decisions currently made at the state level and the categories made at a more local level.  The commission shall consider scenarios in which some centralized decision-making power would be shifted to appropriate local entities and the potential effect such shifts might have on decision-making and the delivery of public services.   

(b)  The commission shall consist of the following members: 

(1)  The chairs of the senate committees on government operations, on appropriations, and on finance, or the chairs’designeea.

(2)  The chairs of the house committees on government operations, on appropriations, and on ways and means, or the chair s’ designees.

(3)  Three members of municipal selectboards, to be selected by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and to be representative of communities that are diverse as to geography and population.

(4)  Three members of district school boards, to be selected by the Vermont school boards association and to be representative of districts that are diverse as to geography and population.

(5)  The secretary of administration or the secretary’s designee.

(6)  The Vermont state auditor or the auditor’s designee.

(7)  The executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns or the director’s designee.

(c)  The commission shall consult with and may take testimony from all entities and individuals it believes will inform its work, including the secretary of any agency and the commissioner of any department within the Vermont executive branch, private entities and associations, members of local

decision-making bodies, and members of the public.

(d)  The office of legislative council shall arrange for the first meeting of the commission to occur by September 1, 2008.  At the first meeting, the commission members shall elect a chair and vice chair, identify the initial avenues of inquiry, and establish a timetable for the first year of work.  The office of legislative council shall provide administrative support.

(e)  On or before January 15, 2011, the commission shall report to the general assembly regarding the results of the work required in this section.  The committee shall provide a comprehensive description of its work together with any recommendations for changes to the current structure of

decision-making and an outline of the actions necessary to achieve those changes.

Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect from passage.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us