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SENATE PROPOSAL OF AMENDMENT 2007-2008

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H.560

 

An act relating to elimination of the offender work programs board

     The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  28 V.S.A. § 751b(d) is amended to read:

(d)  The labor, work product, or time of an offender may be sold, contracted, or hired out by the state only:

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(2)  To any state or political subdivision of a state, or to any nonprofit organization which is exempt from federal or state income taxation, subject to federal law, to the laws of the recipient state and to the rules of the department. The director of work offender programs shall annually, by January 1, submit to the chairs of the senate and house committees on institutions and to the offender work programs board a list of any such nonprofit organizations receiving goods or services in the prior and current fiscal year.  Five Three members of such board at a scheduled and warned board meeting may vote to disapprove any future sales of offender produced goods or services to any nonprofit organization and such vote shall be binding on the department.

(3)  To any private person or enterprise not involving the provision of the federally-authorized federally authorized Prison Industries Enhancement Program, provided that the offender work programs board shall first determine that the offender work product in question is not otherwise produced or available within the state. Five Three members of such board at a scheduled and warned board meeting may vote to disapprove any future sales of offender produced goods or services to any person or entity not involving the provisions of the federally-authorized federally authorized Prison Industries Enhancement Program and such vote shall be binding on the department.

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Sec. 2.  28 V.S.A. § 761 is amended to read:

§ 761.  OFFENDER WORK PROGRAMS BOARD

(a)  Offender work programs board established.  An offender work programs board is established for the purpose of advising the commissioner on the use of offender labor for the public good.  The board shall base its considerations and recommendations to the commissioner on a review of plans for offender work programs pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and on other information as it deems appropriate.

(1)  The board shall consist of nine five members, each appointed by the governor for a three-year term or until a successor is appointed, as follows:

(A)  four two representatives of customers of the products and services of offender work programs, two one of whom shall represent public sector customers, and two one of whom shall represent private nonprofit organization customers;

(B)  three two representatives of private business organizations; and

(C)  one representative of labor or labor organizations; and

(D)  one at large member.

(2)  The governor shall appoint a chair and vice chair, each of whom shall serve for one year two years or until a successor is appointed.

(3)  The board shall report to the commissioner on its activities at the request of the commissioner, and at least annually to the commissioner and to the joint fiscal office.

(4)  The board may, with the commissioner's approval of funds, hire by contract such persons the board deems necessary to provide it with administrative and staff support.

(5)  All board members shall be reimbursed from the special fund established by section 752 of this title for per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to section 1010 of Title 32.

(6)  The board shall meet at the request of the commissioner, an affected business member, a member of the general public, or a member of the board.

(b)  Review of the annual report and two-year plan. In reviewing The board shall review the annual report and two-year plan submitted by the director of offender work programs as required by subsection 751b(f) of this title, and forming its recommendations concerning them to the commissioner, the board shall:

(1)  assure itself that forward its recommendations to the commissioner concerning whether the plan is informed by thorough and accurate analysis of private business activity in the specific market segments concerned, for which purpose the board may, with the commissioners' commissioner’s approval of funds, hire by contract such persons the board deems necessary to assist it in analyzing the plan.  The board shall also may conduct public hearings to hear from members of the public or from potentially affected private businesses and labor groups; and

(2)  forward annually by January 1 to the joint fiscal office a maximum level of offender work program activity in each market segment during the term of the plan; and

(3)  make publicly known and available its recommendations for offender work programs operations.

(c)  Offender work programs expansion.  The Vermont correctional industries component of the offender work programs shall not expand into an existing market until the commissioner has done all of the following:

(1)  evaluated the impact of expansion on private sector business;

(2)  notified the offender work programs board of the proposal; and

(3)  obtained the board's written suggestions, comments and recommendations concerning the proposal.  Five Three members of the such board at a scheduled and warned board meeting may vote to disapprove any proposed expansion not involving the provisions of the federally-authorized federally authorized Prison Industries Enhancement Program, and such vote shall be binding on the department.

and that upon passage, the title of the bill shall be:  “AN ACT RELATING TO THE ROLE OF THE VERMONT OFFENDER WORK PROGRAMS BOARD”



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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