Favorable with Amendment
J.R.H. 1 Requesting Congress to Ban Exportation of Mercury........................ 39
Rep. Courcelle for Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources
For Action Under Rule 52
(See Addendum to House and Senate Calendar)
H.C.R. 22 Honoring Dr. Gilles Bouchard of Stanstead, Que............................ 41
H.C.R. 23 Honoring the Republic of VT-Windsor Heritage Days 2007........... 41
Favorable with Amendment
J. R. H. 1
Joint resolution to request Congress to ban exportation of elemental mercury.
Rep. Courcelle of Rutland City, for the Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, recommends that the resolution be amended by striking the resolution and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
Whereas, mercury and mercury compounds are highly toxic to humans, ecosystems, and wildlife, and
Whereas, as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age in the United States have mercury in their blood at a level that could put a baby at risk, and
Whereas, as many as 410,000 children born annually in the United States are at risk of neurological problems related to mercury, and
Whereas, the most significant source of mercury exposure to people in the United States is ingestion of mercury-contaminated fish, and
Whereas, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that, as of 2004:
(1) 44 states have fish advisories, covering more than 13,000,000 lake acres and more than 750,000 river miles,
(2) the freshwater advisories are statewide in 21 states, and
(3) the coastal advisories are statewide in 12 states, and
Whereas, since uncontaminated fish represent a critical and healthy source of nutrition worldwide, the long-term solution to mercury pollution is not to reduce fish consumption, but rather to minimize global mercury use and releases and thereby eventually to achieve reduced contamination levels in the environment, and
Whereas, mercury pollution is a transboundary pollutant, depositing locally, regionally, and globally, and affecting water bodies near industrial sources (including Lake Champlain) and remote areas (including the Arctic Circle), and
Whereas, the free trade of mercury and mercury compounds on the world market, at relatively low prices and in ready supply, encourages the continued use of mercury outside of the United States, often involving highly dispersive activities such as small-scale gold mining in developing countries, and
Whereas, although the intentional use of mercury is declining in the United States as a consequence of process changes in the manufacturing of products (including batteries, paints, switches, and measuring devices), those uses remain substantial in the developing world, where releases from the products are extremely likely due to the limited pollution control and waste management infrastructures in those countries, and
Whereas, the member countries of the European Union collectively are the largest source of mercury exports globally, and
Whereas, the European Union is in the process of enacting legislation that will prohibit mercury exports by not later than 2011, and
Whereas, according to the United States Geologic Survey, during the period of 2000 through 2004, the United States exported 506 metric tons of mercury more than it imported, making it a net exporter of mercury, and
Whereas, banning exports of mercury from the United States will have a notable effect worldwide on the market availability of mercury and will facilitate switching to affordable mercury alternatives throughout the developing world; and
Whereas, since 2001, the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) has supported the stockpiling of mercury, as opposed to its release on the global market; and
Whereas, the Department of Defense has completed an environmental impact statement and has decided to store its mercury, and not sell it into the global market; now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly urges the Congress to enact legislation:
(1) prohibiting the sale, distribution, or transfer of elemental mercury by the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to any other department or agency of the federal government, any state or local government, or any private person or entity;
(2) prohibiting the export of elemental mercury from the United States;
(3) authorizing the President, subject to notification and justification requirements, to prohibit the export of any mercury compound from the United States, as necessary to avoid subversion of the export ban;
(4) requiring the President to establish storage capacity sufficient to store safely quantities of elemental mercury and any mercury compounds covered by the prohibitions that are in excess of quantities necessary for domestic consumption and to establish necessary regulations with respect to the establishment and operation of these storage facilities and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States and to the Vermont Congressional Delegation.
(Committee vote: 9-0-0)
(For original text see House Journal January 9, 2007; page 31)
For Action Under Rule 52
H. R. 8
House resolution relating to House rules.
(For text see House Journal of January 26, 2007)
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 25, 2007)
House concurrent resolution honoring the medical career of Dr. Gilles Bouchard of Stanstead, Quebec
House concurrent resolution honoring the Republic of Vermont Celebration–Windsor Heritage Days as the 2007 official Vermont celebration of Vermont’s independence
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.
Thursday, February 15, 2007 – Vermont Department of Labor; 5 Green Mountain Drive – 6:00 – 9:00 PM -Joint Judicial Retention Committee - Judicial retention for Hon. James Crucitti, Hon. Ben Joseph, Hon. M. Patricia Zimmerman, Hon. William Cohen, Hon. Matthew Katz and Hon. M. Katherine Manley. (Will also be on Interactive TV)
Joint Public Hearing on Fiscal Year 2008 budget
on Vermont Interactive Television
Monday, February 5, 2007, 4:15-5:45 p.m. – The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will hold a joint public hearing on Vermont Interactive Television (V.I.T.) to give Vermonters throughout the state an opportunity to express their views about the State budget for fiscal year 2008. All V.I.T. sites will be available for the hearing: Bennington, Brattleboro, Castleton, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, Waterbury, White River Junction and Williston. V.I.T.’s web site has an up-to-date location listing, including driving directions, addresses and telephone numbers.
For information about the format of this event, interested parties may call the House Appropriations Committee office at 802/828-2251. Requests for interpreters should be made to the office by 12:00 noon on Friday, January 26.
Revised Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Schedule
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
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street