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House Calendar

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2007

21st DAY OF BIENNIAL SESSION

House Convenes at 10:00 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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ACTION CALENDAR

H.  19  Amendment to St. Albans  Charter....................................................... 24

               Rep. Martin of Wolcott of Government Operations

H.  23  Amendment to Stowe Charter.............................................................. 24

               Rep. Evans for Government Operations

For Action Under Rule 52

H.R. 4  Taiwan-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.................................................... 24

H.R. 5  Crown Point Road Association’s Application....................................... 24

H.R. 6  National Nurse Anesthetists Week...................................................... 24

H.R. 7  34th Anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision........... 24

NOTICE CALENDAR

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H.  88  Education Property Tax Rate Adjustments............................................ 25

               Rep. Peterson for Ways and Means

J.R.S. 8  Urging Federal Payment of Agricultural Disaster Relief....................... 25

               Rep. Stevens for Agriculture

CONSENT CALENDAR

 (See Addendum to House and Senate Calendar)

H.C.R. 16  Honoring Allison Hicks for Cancer Prevention Campaign............... 27

H.C.R. 17  In Memory of American Military Personnel.................................... 27

H.C.R. 18  Congratulating Norwich Women’s Club on 100th Anniversary........ 27

H.C.R. 19  Honoring Norwich Fire Chief Howard D. ‘Jack’ Fraser................. 27

H.C.R. 20  Congratulating Woodstock UHS Football Team............................ 27

H.C.R. 21   Memory of USA Col. (Ret.) John A. Williams, State Historian...... 27

S.C.R.   1  Honoring David and Dorothy Stevens of Wells River...................... 27

S.C.R.   2  Honoring Dr. Harry Rowe of Wells River...................................... 27


 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

Favorable

H. 19

     An act relating to approval of amendment to the charter of the city of St. Albans.

Rep. Martin of Wolcott, for the Committee on Government Operations, recommends the bill ought to pass.

( Committee Vote: 10-0-1)

H. 23

     An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the town of Stowe.

Rep. Evans of Essex, for the Committee on Government Operations, recommends the bill ought to pass.

( Committee Vote: 10-01)

For Action Under Rule 52

H. R. 4

     House resolution supporting a Taiwan-U.S. free trade agreement (TUFTA).

H. R. 5

     House resolution in support of the Crown Point Road Association’s application to the National Park Service to list two segments of the Crown Point Road on the national register of historic places.

H. R. 6

     House resolution recognizing National Nurse Anesthetists Week in Vermont.

H. R. 7

     House resolution commemorating the 34th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade legalizing a woman’s right to reproductive choice..

(For text of resolutions see House Journal for January 19, 2007)

 

NOTICE CALENDAR

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 88

An act relating to education property tax rate adjustments.

(Rep. Peterson of Williston will speak for the Committee on Ways and Means.)

Favorable with Amendment

J. R. S. 8

Joint resolution urging Congress to appropriate as quickly as possible federal funds for payment of agricultural disaster rilief to Vermont’s financially pressed farmers.

Rep. Stevens of Shoreham, for the Committee on Agriculture, recommends that the House propose to the Senate that the bill be amended by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Whereas, during May 2006, Vermont experienced extremely heavy rainfall causing delayed planting and late harvests which resulted in poor crop yields and low quality feed, and

Whereas, this extremely damaging precipitation occurred at the same time that milk prices were low, and well below dairy farmers’ production costs, and

Whereas, as a result of the terrible May weather, Governor Douglas requested that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Vermont prepare a damage assessment report for all crops in all counties in the state, and 

Whereas, the report tallied $53,955,513.00 in crop damage in Vermont, and the Vermont USDA-FSA office submitted it in June 2006 to United States Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, and

Whereas, based on this report, on June 23, 2006, Secretary Johanns declared all counties in Vermont as agricultural disaster areas because each county had sustained at least 30 percent crop damage, and

Whereas, dairy farmers face severe problems due not only to the continuing low price for milk but also on account of the limited availability of feed for their herds due to the wet weather that persisted throughout the spring and summer of 2006, and

Whereas, because of the combination of low milk prices and crops of decreased quality and quantity, many Vermont farmers are carrying a larger debt burden that is hampering their ability to purchase seeds and fertilizers for the 2007 spring planting, and

Whereas, compounding the problems associated with poor crop yields in Vermont, livestock farmers are confronted with feed prices that have risen 25 to 30 percent or more in just the last two or three months, and

Whereas, the continuing high energy costs only add another burden for Vermont’s farmers to confront, and

Whereas, Vermont farmers need federal agricultural disaster aid  immediately in order to assist them to purchase seed for the rapidly  approaching 2007 spring planting and to pay other debts resulting from the abnormal weather conditions of the last year, and

Whereas, the state of Vermont responded quickly and generously this past Summer when the Emergency Board authorized the expenditure of $8.6 million for agricultural disaster assistance, but this sum is far from enough to meet the basic financial requirements of Vermont’s farmers, and

Whereas, the immediacy of this crisis cannot be overemphasized; and without federal assistance, future prospects are bleak for many Vermont farmers and the associated infrastructure of the state’s farm economy, now therefore be it  

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges Congress to appropriate federal funds, as quickly as possible for payment of agricultural disaster relief to Vermont’s financially pressed farmers, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to United States Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns; to United States Senators Tom Harkin and Saxby Chambliss, chair and ranking minority member, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; to United States Representatives Collin Peterson and Bob Goodlatte, chair and ranking minority, member respectively, of the House Committee on Agriculture; and to the members of the Vermont Congressional delegation.

(Committee vote: 11-0-0)

(For text see House Journal of January 19, 2007)


CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Adoption Under Joint Rule 16

     The following concurrent resolutions will be adopted automatically unless a member requests floor consideration before the end of today’s legislative session.  Requests for floor consideration should be communicated to the Clerk of the House or to a member of his staff

 (For text of Resolutions, see Addendum to Senate Notice Calendar for Thursday, January, 18 2006)

H.C.R.  16

House concurrent resolution honoring Allison Hicks for her self-initiated campaign to prevent and eradicate cervical cancer in Vermont

H.C.R.  17

House concurrent resolution in memory of the American military personnel who have died in the service of their nation in Iraq from December 20, 2005 to December 29, 2006

H.C.R.  18

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Norwich Women’s Club on its centennial anniversary

H.C.R.  19

House concurrent resolution honoring Norwich fire chief Howard D. “Jack” Fraser for his half century of outstanding local, state, and national public service

H.C.R.  20

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Woodstock Union High School Wasps Division III championship football team

H.C.R.  21

House concurrent resolution in memory of United States Army Colonel (Ret.) and former Vermont state historian John A. Williams of Colchester

S.C.R. 1

  Senate concurrent resolution honoring David "Dave" and Dorothy Stevens of Wells River.

S.C.R. 2

  Senate concurrent resolution honoring Dr. Harry Rowe of Wells River for his six decades of outstanding service as a family physician.

 

HOUSE  DEADLINES

To All House Members:

Request Deadline -  All requests for  introduction of bills drafted in standard form must be submitted to the Legislative Council by Wednesday, January 31, 2007.

During the first year of the biennium, a member may  request introduction of a bill drafted in short form and submitted to the Legislative Council anytime during the session.

         Introduction Deadline - Except with prior consent of the Committee on Rules, all bills drafted in standard form, shall be introduced by February 28,2007.

     During the first year of the biennium Committee bills may be introduced at anytime.

JOINT ASSEMBLY

     Tuesday, January 23, 2007   2:00  PM   Governor’s Budget message

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Thursday, January 25, 2007 – Room 11 – 6:30 – 8:00 PM  - Prekindergarten Education Study Committee  - Public comment on their final report.

Revised Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Schedule

Wednesday, January 24, 3:30 to 5:00 – Room 10

Friday, January 26, 1:30 to 3:00 – Room 11

Wednesday, January 31, 3:30 to 5:00 – Room 10

 Subject:  Sexual Harassment Training Sessions

Participants:  All Members of the House and staff. [Please confirm with Alexandra Maclean, Assistant to the Speaker. The sessions are most effective with no more than 50 participants in each.]

Presenter:  Susan M. Sussman, Esq., employment law consultant



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