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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2007

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

39th DAY OF BIENNIAL SESSION

House Convenes at 3:00 PM

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                               Page No.

ACTION CALENDAR

     Action Postponed Until Thursday, February 15, 2007

H. 137    Department Restoration  and A Commissioner of Mental Health...84

Third Reading

H. 254  Transfer of Payroll Functions to Finance and Management.................. .85

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 274  Adult Foster Care............................................................................... 85

               Rep. Mrowicki for Human Services

Favorable with Amendment

H. 157  Home-Fermented Beverage Competitions........................................... 85

               Rep. Moran for General, Housing, and Military Affairs

Favorable

H. 128  Amendment to Charter of town of Bradford......................................... 87

               Rep. Evans for Government Operations

H. 131  Amendment to Charter of Village of North Troy.................................. 87

               Rep. Clark for Government Operations

NOTICE CALENDAR

Committee Bills for Second Reading

H. 294  Relating to Executive Branch Fees....................................................... 87

               Rep. Branagan for Ways and Mean.......................................................

H. 302  Relating to Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Adjustments................................ 87

               Rep. Heath for the Committee on Appropriations

Favorable with Amendment

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

               Rep. Larson for Appropriations

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

Action Postponed Until Thursday, February 15, 2007

Favorable with Amendment

H. 137

     An act relating to the restoration of a Department of Mental Health and a Commissioner of Mental Health.

Rep. Devereux of Mount Holly, for the Committee on Government Operations, recommends the bill be amended as follows:

First:  By adding a new Sec. 1 to read:

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS; PURPOSE

(a)  The general assembly finds that there is a need for a separate department of mental health to improve the consideration of mental health issues, for direct access to mental health services, and for advocacy on mental health issues by the executive branch before the general assembly.

(b)  By this act, the general assembly intends that the department of health and the department of mental health continue the coordination and integration of their respective duties.

and by redesignating the existing Sec. 1 as Sec. 1a 

Second:  By striking Sec. 13 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 13 to read:

Sec. 13.  18 V.S.A. § 7207 is added to read:

§ 7207.  COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH; APPOINTMENT; QUALIFICATIONS

The secretary shall appoint a commissioner of mental health, as provided in 3 V.S.A. § 3051, who shall be a mental health care professional who has had educational and practical experience in the field of mental health.

Third:  By adding a new Sec. 23 to read:

Sec. 23.  REPORT

On or before January 15, 2008, the secretary of human services, the commissioner of health, and the commissioner of mental health shall jointly report to the general assembly.  The report shall describe the relationship between the commissioner of health and commissioner of mental health and shall evaluate how effectively they and their respective departments cooperate and how effectively the departments have complied with the intent of this act.

 (Committee vote: 11-0-0)

     Third Reading

H. 254

An act relating to the transfer of payroll functions from the Department of Human Resources to the Department of Finance and Management.

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 274

An act relating to adult foster care.

(Rep. Mrowicki of Putney will speak for the Committee on Human Services.)

Favorable with Amendment

H. 157

An act relating to home-fermented beverage competitions.

Rep. Moran of Wardsboro for the Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs, recommends the bill be amended as follows:

Sec. 1.  7 V.S.A. § 65 is amended to read:
§ 65.  HOME‑FERMENTED MALT AND VINOUS BEVERAGES;

          TASTING EVENT

(a)  A person of legal age may, without obtaining a license under this title or paying state taxes or fees, produce malt or vinous beverages, or both, at home provided that the amount of home‑fermented beverages produced by that person does not exceed the quantities limitation in 26 U.S.C. §§ 5053 and 5042.

(b)  Home‑fermented beverages produced pursuant to this section may be transported to and offered for tasting at an organized event, exhibition, or competition held for home‑fermented beverages, provided all the following conditions are met:

(1)  The sponsor provides written notice of the event to the department no later than 10 days prior to the date of the event.  The notice shall include a description of the delineated area in which the tastings will be offered, and in the case of a competition, the names of the judges hired by the sponsor.

(2)  The public is not charged a fee for the tastings or for admission to the event, exhibition or competition.  However, the sponsor may charge a fee to the producers of home‑fermented beverages for their participation in the event.

(3)  Tastings of home‑fermented beverages are offered only within the delineated area specified in the notice to the department.

(4)  The No home‑fermented beverages are served only to individuals of legal age may be sold or offered for sale to the public, and all unused home‑fermented beverages shall be disposed of by the permit holder.

(5)  No home‑fermented beverages are served to any individual who is apparently under the influence of alcohol  The event will be conducted in compliance with all the requirements of this title.

(6)  No more than two ounces of any single vinous beverage and no more than four ounces of any single malt beverage is provided to any individual for tasting.

(7)   The sponsor has provided an individual who has successfully completed the department’s enforcement seminar within the preceding three years to be present at all times to monitor the event and ensure compliance with applicable rules and provisions of this chapter.

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Sec. 2.  7 V.S.A. § 225 is amended to read:

§ 225.  EDUCATIONAL SAMPLING EVENT PERMIT

(a)  The liquor control board may grant an educational sampling event permit to a person to conduct an event that is open to the public and at which malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors or all three are served only for the purposes of marketing and educational sampling, provided the event is also approved by the local licensing authority.  Attendees at the educational sampling event shall be required to pay an entry fee of no less than $5.00.  At least 15 days prior to the event, an applicant shall submit an application to the department in a form required by the department.  The application shall include a list of the alcoholic beverages to be acquired for sampling at the event, and the application shall be accompanied by a fee in the amount required pursuant to section 231 of this title.  No more than four educational sampling event permits shall be issued annually to the same person.  An educational sampling event permit shall be valid for no more than four consecutive days.  The permit holder shall assure all the following:

(1)  Attendees at the educational sampling event shall be required to pay an entry fee of no less than $5.00. 

(2)  Beverages for sampling shall be offered in glasses that contain no more than two ounces of beverage.

(3)  The event will be conducted in compliance with all the requirements of this title.

(b)  An educational sampling event permit holder:

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(3)  Shall be subject to the requirements of this title.

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Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.

 (Committee vote: 8-0-0)

Favorable

H. 128

     An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the town of Bradford.

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

( Committee Vote: 11-0-0)

H. 131

     An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the village of North Troy.

Rep. Clark of St. Johnsbury, for the Committee on Government Operations, recommends the bill ought to pass.

( Committee Vote: 11-0-0)

NOTICE CALENDAR

Committee Bills for Second Reading

H. 290   

An act relating to executive fees.

(Rep. Branagan of Georgia will speak for the Committee on Ways and Means.)

H. 302

An act relating to fiscal year 2007 budget adjustments.

(Rep. Heath of Westford will speak for the Committee on Appropriations.)

Favorable with Amendment

H. 88

     An act relating to education property tax rate adjustments.

Rep. Larson of Burlington, for the Committee on Appropriations, recommends the bill be amended as follows:

     On page 1, line 19, by striking "$1.39" and inserting in lieu thereof "$1.38" and on page 2, line 1, by striking "$0.90" and inserting in lieu thereof "$0.89"

(Committee vote: 11-0-0)

JOINT ASSEMBLY

Thursday, February 15, 2005,  10:30 A.M. – House Chamber – election of a Sergeant-at-Arms, and Adjutant and Inspector General, and three (3) Trustees for the University of Vermont and Vermont and State Agricultural College.

Candidates for the position of Sergeant-at-Arms, candidates for the position of Adjutant and Inspector General, and legislative candidates for UVM Trustee positions are reminded that they must notify the Secretary of State in writing of their candidacy not later than Thursday, February 8, 2005, by 5:00 P.M., pursuant to the provisions of 2 V.S.A § 12(b).  Otherwise their names will not appear on the ballot for this position.

The following rules shall apply to the conduct of these elections:

First:       All nominations for these offices will be received by the Chair prior to voting, presented in alphabetical order.

Second:  There will be only one nominating speech of not more than three (3) minutes and not more than two seconding speeches of not more than one (1) minute each for each nominee.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 – Room 10 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM – House Committee on Transportation – Transportation Projects and Issues.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 – Room 11 – 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)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 – Room 11 – 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. –Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty – International Trade and State Sovereignty.

 

 

Public Hearings on Fiscal Year 2008 State budget

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 11 & Friday, February 23, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Room 10 – The House Appropriations Committee will hear from Vermont citizens, including representatives of advocacy groups and other organizations, on the subject of Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations.  Testimony will be scheduled in advance for 10-minute intervals (or shorter, depending on the amount of requests).  To reserve a time slot, please call the Committee office at 802-828-2251.



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