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House Calendar

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2007

107th DAY OF BIENNIAL SESSION

House Convenes at 1:30 P M

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                               Page No.

ACTION CALENDAR

     Action Postponed Until Thursday, April 19, 2007

S.   78  Cost of Picking Up and Hauling Milk Paid by Purchaser..................... 899

          Rep. Lawrence for Agriculture

Third Reading

H. 540  Relating to Public Transit................................................................... 901

               Reps. Helm and Flory Amendment

               Rep. Rodgers Amendment............................................................... 901

Favorable with Amendment

H.  47  Amendments to Charter of South Burlington School District................ 902                                Rep. Manwaring for Government Operations

               Rep. Condon for Ways and Means.................................................. 902

 H. 48  Amendments to So. Burlington Charter Imposing Taxes...................... 903

               Rep. Devereux for Government Operations

               Rep. Hube for Ways and Means

S.  13   Idling of Motor Vehicle Engines on School Property........................... 904

               Rep. Hosford for Education

S.  173  High School Diploma’s to Veteran’s of Vietnam Era ......................... 904                                Rep. Gilbert for Education

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Amendment

H. 453  The Job Start Program...................................................................... 905

               Rep. Botzow for Commerce

               Rep. Larson for Approriations

S. 94  Energy Efficiency and Reducing Green House Gases............................. 907

               Rep Klein for Natural Resources and Energy

Senate Proposal of Amendment

H. 400  Health Insurance Benefits Group C VT Retirement System................. 925

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

(See Addendum to House and Senate Calendar)

H.C.R. 117  Congratulating Evelyn Weeks B.F. Person of the Year............... 926

H.C.R. 118  Honoring Philip R. Benedict....................................................... 926

H.C.R. 119  Congratulating Harwood UHS Jazz Ensemble............................ 926

H.C.R. 120  Congratulating Mt.Abraham UHS Boys’ Basketball Team.......... 926

H.C.R. 121  Honoring MiddleburyUMS 2007 VT MATHCOUNTS Team... 926

H.C.R. 122  Honoring Director Robert DeCormier and  Counterpoint........... 926

S.C.R.   20  Congratulating Steve Locke and David Rowlee VPFA................ 926

S.C.R.   21  Honoring Pati Papineau for Religious & Charitable Activities....... 927

 


 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

     Action Postponed Until Thursday, April 19, 2007

S. 78

An act relating to having the cost of picking up and hauling milk paid by the purchaser.

Pending Action: Second reading of the bill.

Rep. Lawrence of Lyndon, 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:

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS

The general assembly finds:

(1)  Dairy farmers contribute $1 million a day to the economy of Vermont, provide about 7,500 farm jobs, account for $426 million annually in sales for Vermont businesses that interact with dairy farmers, and support businesses, including veterinarians, grain dealers, equipment sales, farm insurance, and other dairy suppliers;

(2)  In January of 2007, there were 1,137 dairy farms with 142,000 milking cows, generating over $2 billion annually in Vermont’s economy through production, employment, and business interaction.

(3)  Vermont's conventional dairy farmers have lost purchasing power in recent decades because the farm gate price paid for their milk has not kept pace with inflation. In 1980, the average price paid was $13.06, which, when adjusted for inflation, is equivalent to $30.95 in 2006 dollars. The average price for milk in 2006 was $12.88.

(4)  The pricing system for payments to farmers for their milk is broken; farmers continue to receive a price for their milk that is below the cost of production.

(5)  Milk and milk products are used as ingredients in thousands of foods, including baked goods, snack food, baby formula, and pet food.  Milk products are used in sit-down and fast food restaurants.  Dairy products are featured in a large proportion of the space in supermarkets.

 

Sec. 2.  PURPOSE

The purpose of this act is to enable Vermont dairy farmers, processors, and retailers and their supporting infrastructure to achieve a positive return on their labor and investment.  The act also intends to ensure the continuing economic vitality of the dairy industry by stabilizing the price received by farmers for their milk at a level allowing them an equitable rate of return.

Sec. 3.  VERMONT MILK COMMISSION ESTABLISHING AN OVER                                        ORDER PREMIUM

The Vermont milk commission shall establish by rule, pursuant to its authority under chapter 161 of Title 6, an over order premium on Class I fluid cows’ milk, consistent with accepted pricing mechanisms at the farm gate.

Sec. 4.  6 V.S.A. § 2936 is added to read:

§ 2936.  ANNUAL REPORT

The commission shall report annually on its activities to the house and senate committees on agriculture on or before January 15, beginning in 2009.

Sec. 5.  EFFECTIVE DATE; RULE; REPORT

(a)  This act shall take effect on passage.

(b)  The milk commission shall commence the rulemaking process necessary to implement the provisions of this act within 60 days of the effective date.

(c)  The rule shall take effect only if, by rule or legislation, New York and Pennsylvania have enacted substantially comparable provisions for their dairy farmers.

(d)  The milk commission shall report the progress being made on implementing this act to the house and senate agriculture committees on or before November 1, 2007.

and that, upon passage, the title shall read “AN ACT RELATING TO THE VERMONT MILK COMMISSION ESTABLISHING AN OVER ORDER PREMIUM”

(Committee vote: 11-0-0)


Third Reading

H. 540

An act relating to public transit.

Amendment to be offered by Reps. Helm of Castleton and Flory of Pittsford to H. 540

     Move to amend the bill by inserting a new section, to be numbered Sec. 13, to read as follows:

Sec. 13  23 V.S.A. § 1201 is amended to read:

§ 1201. OPERATING VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR OR OTHER SUBSTANCE; CRIMINAL REFUSAL

(a) A person shall not operate, attempt to operate, or be in actual physical control of any vehicle on a highway:

(1) when the person's alcohol concentration is 0.08 or more, or 0.02 or more if the person is operating a school bus as defined in subdivision 4(34) of this title; or

(2) when the person is under the influence of intoxicating liquor; or

(3) when the person is under the influence of any other drug or under the combined influence of alcohol and any other drug to a degree which renders the person incapable of driving safely; or

(4) when the person's alcohol concentration is 0.04 or more if the person is operating a commercial motor vehicle as defined in subdivision 4103(4) of this title.

* * *

(g)  For purposes of this section and section 1205 of this title, “vehicle” shall include a tractor as defined in subdivision 4(39) of this title and a farm tractor as defined in subdivision 4(68) of this title. 

Amendment to be offered by Rep. Rodgers of Glover to H. 540

     Moves to amend H.540 by adding a new Sec. 8 to read as follows:

Sec. 8.  .23 V.S.A. § 1259(f) is amended to read:

(f) The penalty for violation of this section shall be as follows:

(1) $25.00 for a first violation;

(2) $50.00 for a second violation;

(3) $100.00 for third and subsequent violations $25.00.

 

Favorable with Amendment

H. 47

     An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the city of South Burlington which require voter approval of city and school district budgets.

Rep. Manwaring of Wilmington, for the Committee on Government Operations, recommends the bill be amended as follows:

In Sec. 11 by striking the word “upon” and inserting in lieu thereof “six months after

Rep. Condon of Colchester, for the Committee on Ways and Means, recommends the bill ought to pass when amended as recommended by the Committee on Government Operations and when further amended as follows:

     First:  In Sec. 1 on page 1, by striking the words " The proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on November 7, 2006." and inserting in lieu thereof " The original proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on November 7, 2006."

     Second:  In Sec. 6, on page 3, by striking subsection (a) on lines 13 through 20, and inserting a new subsection (a) to read:

(a)  Upon adoption of the budgets for the city and the South Burlington school district by the council and board of school directors, respectively (and by the voters in the event that the provisions of section 1309 are applicable), the amounts stated therein as the amount of the budget for the city to be raised by property and poll taxes shall constitute a determination of the amount of the levy for the purposes of the city and school district in the corresponding tax year and the council shall levy such taxes on the grand list furnished by the assessor for the corresponding tax year.  The amounts stated therein as the amount of the budget for the South Burlington school district shall be used to determine the education property tax rates in accordance with 32 V.S.A. § 5402.

     Third:  In Sec. 7, on page 4, line 16, by striking the words "as approved by the" and on line 17 by striking the word "voters"

     Fourth:   In Sec. 9, on page 6, after line 14, by inserting a new subsection (8) to read:

      "(8)  Non-governmental revenue."

and on page 7, after line 10, by inserting a new subsection (g) to read:

     "(g)  Non-governmental revenue includes funds donated to the City or school district by private individuals or organizations, or like items."

     and that, when amended as recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means, the bill ought to pass.

 (Committee vote: 10-0-1)

H. 48

     An act relating to approval of amendment to the charter of the city of South Burlington authorizing the imposition of a sales, rooms, meals, and alcoholic beverage tax.

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

     In Sec. 2, 24 App. V.S.A. chapter 13 § 1506(a), by striking “a” and inserting in lieu thereof “up to a one percent”:

Rep. Hube of Londonderry, for the Committee on Ways and Means, recommends the bill be amended as follows:

     First:  In Sec. 1 on page 1, by striking the words " The proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on November 7, 2006." and inserting in lieu thereof " The original proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on November 7, 2006."

     Second:  By striking Sec. 2 and inserting a new Sec. 2 to read:

Sec. 2.  24 App. V.S.A. chapter 13 § 1506 is added to read:

§ 1506.  SALES, rooms, MEALS, AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TAX

(a)  The city council may impose a tax on those transactions in the city involving sales, rooms, meals, and alcoholic beverages which are subject to taxation by the state of Vermont.  The authority of the city council to impose a tax on these transactions was approved by the voters on November 7, 2006.  Imposition of any tax by the city council under this section shall be at the rate or rates specified in section 138 of Title 24, and shall be imposed in accordance with the requirements of subsections 138(a)(2), (c) and (d) of Title 24.

(b)  The city council shall impose a tax authorized by this section by adopting an ordinance in the manner provided by sections 106‑109 of this chapter.

(c)  Sales tax revenue received by the city shall be used to reduce the municipal property tax collected on the city grand list and shall not be used to increase total city revenues.

(d)  Rooms, meals, and alcoholic beverage tax revenues received by the city may, at the sole discretion of the city council, be used in any of the following ways:

(1)  to deposit in a reserve fund established by the city council to fund the purchase of land or for construction or reconstruction of city buildings and infrastructure;

(2)  to reduce the municipal property tax collected on the city grand list without increasing total city revenues; or

(3)  any combination of subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection.

(Committee vote: 8-2-1)

S. 13

An act relating to idling motor vehicle engines on school property.

Rep. Hosford of Waitsfield, for the Committee on Education, 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:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1282(f) is added to read:

(f)  Subject to department of education rules, which may provide for limited idling in cold or otherwise inclement weather or to ensure the safety of students, the operator of a school bus shall not idle the engine while waiting for children to board or to exit the vehicle at a school and shall not start the engine until ready to leave the school premises.  The department, in consultation with the agency of natural resources, the department of health, and the department of motor vehicles, shall adopt rules to implement this subsection.

Sec. 2.  SCHOOL BOARDS; VEHICULAR IDLING

Nothing in this act or in department of education rules shall prevent a school board from adopting idling policies for motor vehicles other than school buses when present on school premises.

Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.  The rules required by this act shall take effect beginning in the 2007–2008 academic year.

(Committee vote: 9-1-1)

S. 173

An act relating to the awarding of high school diplomas to veterans of the Vietnam era.

Rep. Gilbert of Fairfax, for the Committee on Education, recommends that the House propose to the Senate that the bill be amended in Sec. 1, by striking the following: “from February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975

(Committee vote: 10-0-1)

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Amendment

H. 453

     An act relating to the Job Start Program.

Rep. Botzow of Pownal, for the Committee on Commerce, recommends the bill be amended as follows:

First:  Before Sec. 1, by adding a new Sec. 1 to read as follows:

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS; PURPOSE

(a)  The general assembly finds:

(1)  Beginning in 2002 the Job Start Board began a process of evaluation and consultation with stakeholders to chart a course of sustainability and relevancy for the Job Start Program.

(2)  As part of this process in January 2005 the Vermont economic development authority (VEDA) and Central Vermont Community Action Council jointly funded a report,  Job Start Analysis and Recommendations, by consultant Sleeping Lion Associates. The report found: “Statewide access to flexible character-based lending is both desirable and needed for microenterprises.” One of the recommendations for making Job Start viable and sustainable was that clear ownership and accountablitiy for the entire program needed to rest in a single entity committed to serving low-income people with credit and financial services.

(3)  In response to the presentation of the report to a meeting of stakeholders in June of 2005, two entities, Community Capital of Vermont and Opportunities Credit Union, expressed interest in administering Job Start.

(4)  In October 2005 the Job Start board sent out a request for information proposals (RFI) to stakeholders. RFI’s were received from Community Capital of Vermont and Opportunities Credit Union.

(5)  In January 2006 the two entities presented their proposals to the Job Start Board.

(6)  In July 2006 the board approved a motion to ask Community Capital of Vermont to develop a plan to restructure Job Start in consultation with Opportunities Credit Union, the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and the Job Start staff.

(7)  In September 2006 the board approved Community Capital’s proposal.

(b)  In response to these findings, it is the purpose of this act to ratify the agreement to restructure Job Start by moving the program from VEDA to OEO who will appoint a nonprofit as the program administrator that has met the criteria in Sec. 2 of this act and has the recommendation of the Job Start Advisory Board  and VEDA.

and by renumbering the following sections to be numerically correct

Second:  In Sec. 1, to be Sec. 2, 3 V.S.A. § 3721(b)(1), by striking subdivisions (C) and (H) and by renumbering the remaining subdivisions to be alphabetically correct

Third:  By striking Sec. 4, to be Sec. 5, in its entirety and inserting a new Sec. 5 to read as follows:

Sec. 5.  OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY GRANT FOR MICROENTERPRISE LENDING

After the effective date of this act, the office of economic opportunity may issue a one-time grant of no more than $40,000.00 from the job start revolving loan fund to a community development financial institution for the purposes of making microenterprise loans with the same criteria and performance requirements as the job start program.

(Committee vote: 10-0-1)

Rep. Larson of Burlington, for the Committee on Appropriations, recommends the bill ought to pass when amended as recommended by the Committee on Commerce and when further amended as follows:

     First:  In Sec. 1, 3 V.S.A. §3721in subdivision (b)(2), on page 3, line 10, by deleting the word “its” and on line 11, by deleting the word “as

     Second:  In Sec.  1, 3 V.S.A. §3721in subdivision (b)(4), on page 4, by striking the final sentence that begins on line 6 and inserting in lieu thereof:

The house committees on commerce and appropriations and the senate committees on economic development, housing and general affairs and appropriations shall also receive a copy of this report annually.

 

 

 

S. 94

An act relating to relating to establishing an expanded efficiency utility and other matters relating to energy conservation and decreasing the generation of greenhouse gases.

Rep. Klein of East Montpelier, for the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, 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:

* * * Energy Efficiency Services Fund * * *

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 203a is added to read:

§ 203a.  ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES

(a)  Purpose.  The general assembly finds and determines that:

(1)  it is the policy of the state to assure the efficient use of energy resources and cost‑effective demand management, as specified in section 202a of this title;

(2)  a comprehensive state energy plan, as is specified in section 202b of this title, must be developed to implement this state energy policy;

(3)  it is appropriate to build upon the work in reducing energy costs for Vermonters already done by the existing efficiency entity established under the authority of section 209 of this title, and to integrate that work into a broader program implemented through an expanded energy efficiency entity that will serve the needs of the people of the state in an even better manner;

(4)  current energy efficiency programs are not designed to meet fully the thermal efficiency needs of consumers who rely on heating oil, kerosene, propane, and coal, as they are funded through efficiency charges that are currently assessed only on electricity and natural gas providers regulated by the board;

(5)  with the scientific consensus that global climate change is caused in significant part by human activities that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it is particularly important to reduce the extent to which these emissions result from the inefficient use of carbon‑containing fuels, regardless of the nature of the source;

(6)  it is desirable for the state to lower the risk of high fuel prices and vulnerable supplies, while at the same time strengthening the Vermont economy by establishing a system to promote all forms of energy end‑use efficiency, comprehensive sustainable building design, and integrated renewable energy installations.

(b)  Non-electric energy efficiency services fund.  The public service board shall establish a non-electric energy efficiency services fund to be managed by a fund administrator appointed by the board under this section and subdivision 209(d)(3) of this title.  The non-electric energy efficiency services fund shall contain such sums as appropriated by the general assembly or as otherwise provided by law.  Balances in the fund and interest earned shall be carried forward and remain in the fund at the end of each fiscal year.

(c)  Use of the fund.  The non-electric energy efficiency services fund shall be used to support the delivery of energy efficiency services to Vermont fuel consumers of oil, kerosene, propane, coal, and wood; and to carry out cost‑effective efficiency measures and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from sectors other than, or in addition to, transportation and the regulated electricity and natural gas use sectors.  These energy efficiency services shall be provided by the energy efficiency entity appointed by the board under subsection 209(d) of this title and operating in accordance with section 209  of this title.

(d)  Review of adequacy of the fund. 

(1) On or before January 15, 2011, the public service board shall report to the legislature on the expenditure of funds from the non-electric energy efficiency services fund to meet the public’s needs for energy efficiency services.

(2)  The report shall include a funding adequacy evaluation and funding recommendations which shall be developed through a collaborative process involving representatives of heating fuel dealers, electric and gas utilities, the expanded energy efficiency entity, the department of public service, residential and business consumer representatives, environmental advocates, the building industry, entities currently engaged in delivering weatherization services, and other stakeholders identified by the board. 

(3)  The funding adequacy evaluation shall address:  the need for and availability of alternative revenue sources that may be dedicated to the non‑electric energy efficiency fund; the resources dedicated to energy efficiency purposes provided through electric and natural gas rates; an evaluation of potential cost‑effective energy efficiency investments and programs designed to meet the need for energy services through efficiency or conservation in all customer classes and areas of opportunity; the amount of funding necessary in order to realize all reasonably available, cost‑effective energy efficiency savings; and other factors to assure consistency with the purposes of this section and the goals of section 202a of this title.

(4)  The funding recommendations shall be developed in a manner that accords an appropriate balance among the following objectives:  reducing the size of future heating and process-fuel purchases; reducing the generation of pollution, including greenhouse gases; providing efficiency and conservation as a part of a comprehensive resource supply strategy; providing the opportunity for all Vermonters to participate in efficiency and conservation programs; providing that residential and commercial sector benefits generally shall be proportional to sector contributions to the extent such proportion can be determined; and targeting efficiency and conservation efforts to locations, markets, or customers where they may provide the greatest value.

* * * Revised Efficiency Entity Structure * * *

Sec. 2.  REPORT ON REVISED STRUCTURE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY ENTITY

By no later than December 15, 2007, the public service board shall present a report to the house and senate committees on natural resources and energy, the senate committee on finance, and the house committee on ways and means that contains a proposed revised energy efficiency entity structure, together with any proposed legislative changes that in its judgment will assist in the effective implementation of the revised efficiency entity.  The  board shall develop the proposal in a manner consistent with the provisions of 30 V.S.A. § 209 and in collaboration with representatives from heating fuel dealers, electric and gas utilities, the energy efficiency entity, the department of public service, consumer representatives, environmental advocates, the building industry, entities currently engaged in delivering weatherization services, and other stakeholders identified by the board.  The report shall include options for ongoing funding of the expanded fossil fuel efficiency responsibilities of the energy efficiency entity.  The identified funding source options shall be adequate to provide a significant funding level for fossil fuel efficiency in relation to the potential for cost‑effective savings for each of the years 2009 and 2010.  The funding source options shall be capable of providing sustained funding of the fossil fuel efficiency measures.

* * * Existing Efficiency Entity * * *

Sec. 3.  30 V.S.A. § 209 is amended to read:

§ 209.  JURISDICTION; GENERAL SCOPE

* * *

(d)(1)  The public service department, any entity appointed by the board under subdivision (2) of this subsection, all gas and electric utility companies, and the board upon its own motion, are encouraged to propose, develop, solicit, and monitor energy efficiency and conservation programs and measures, including appropriate combined heat and power systems that result in the conservation and efficient use of energy and meet the applicable agency of natural resources' air quality standards.  Such programs and meas­ures, and their implementation, may be approved by the board if it determines they will be beneficial to the ratepayers of the companies after such notice and hearings as the board may require by order or by rule.

(2)  In place of utility‑specific programs developed pursuant to section 218c of this title, the board may shall, after notice and opportunity for hearing, provide for the development, implementation, and monitoring of gas and electric energy efficiency and conservation programs and measures including programs and measures delivered in multiple service territories, by appointing one or more entities appointed by the board for these purposes a qualified entity as an energy efficiency entity.  An appointment of an energy efficiency entity shall be made under this section and section 203a of this title, on a schedule that provides the energy efficiency entity adequate time to prepare for the delivery of relevant services no later than January 1, 2009.  Despite this appointment, however, the board may allow the Burlington Electric Department and the Vermont Gas Systems, Inc., and any successors in interest, to continue to provide efficiency services within their respective service territoriesThe As part of this appointment, the board may shall include as eligible measures appropriate combined heat and power systems that result in the conservation and efficient use of energy and meet the applicable agency of natural resources’ air quality standards.  The Except with regard to a transmission company, the board may specify that the implementation of these programs and measures appointment of an energy efficiency entity to deliver services within an electric entity’s service territory satisfies a that electric utility’s corresponding obligations, in whole or in part, under section 218c of this title and under any prior orders of the board.

(3)  In addition to its existing authority, the board may establish by order or rule a volumetric charge to customers for the support of energy efficiency programs that meet the requirements of section 218c of this title.  The charge shall be known as the energy efficiency charge, shall be shown separately on each customer's bill, and shall be paid to a fund administrator appointed by the board and deposited into an electric efficiency fund.  When such a charge is shown, notice as to how to obtain information about energy efficiency programs approved under this section shall be provided in a manner directed by the board.  This notice shall include, at a minimum, a toll free telephone number, and to the extent feasible shall be on the customer's bill and near the energy efficiency charge.  Balances in the electric efficiency fund shall be ratepayer funds, shall be used to support the activities authorized in this subdivision, and shall be carried forward and remain in the fund at the end of each fiscal year.  These monies shall not be available to meet the general obligations of the state.  Interest earned shall remain in the fund.  The board will annually provide the legislature with a report detailing the revenues collected and the expenditures made for energy efficiency programs under this section.

(4)  The charge established by the board pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection shall be in an amount determined by the board by rule or order that is consistent with the principles of least cost integrated planning as defined in section 218c of this title. As circumstances and programs evolve, the amount of the charge shall be reviewed for unrealized energy efficiency potential and shall be adjusted as necessary in order to realize all reasonably available, cost-effective energy efficiency savings. In setting the amount of the charge and its allocation, the board shall determine an appropriate balance among the following objectives; provided, however, that particular emphasis shall be accorded to the first four of these objectives: reducing the size of future power purchases; reducing the generation of greenhouse gases; limiting the need to upgrade the state's transmission and distribution infrastructure; minimizing the costs of electricity; providing efficiency and conservation as a part of a comprehensive resource supply strategy; providing the opportunity for all Vermonters to participate in efficiency and conservation programs; and the value of targeting efficiency and conservation efforts to locations, markets or customers where they may provide the greatest value.  The board, by rule or order, shall establish a process by which a customer may apply to the board for an exemption from some or all of the charges assessed under this subdivision. The board shall establish criteria by which these applications shall be measured. Any such exemption shall extend for a period of time not to exceed one year. In addition, the board may authorize exemptions only if, at a minimum, a customer demonstrates that, during the preceding year, it implemented an extraordinary amount of cost-effective energy efficiency at the customer's own expense or incurred extraordinary costs on those measures and the customer did not and will not receive reimbursement for those measures from the entity designated by the board under this section who pays an average annual energy efficiency charge of at least $5,000 may apply to the board to self-administer energy efficiency through the use of an energy savings account which shall contain a percentage of the customer’s energy efficiency charge payments as determined by the board.  The remaining portion of the charge shall be used for system-wide energy benefits.  The board shall establish criteria for approval of these applications.

(5)  Effective January 1, 2009, an energy efficiency entity shall have the same unrestricted term of appointment and process for termination of appointment as is most common for electric and gas utilities in the state.

(e)  The board shall:

(1)  Ensure that all retail consumers, regardless of retail electricity or, gas, or heating or process fuel provider, will have an opportunity to participate in and benefit from a comprehensive set of cost‑effective energy efficiency programs and initiatives designed to overcome barriers to participation.

(2)  Require that continued or improved efficiencies be made in the production, delivery, and use of energy efficiency services, including the use of compensation mechanisms for any energy efficiency entity that are based upon verified savings in energy usage and demand, and other performance targets specified by the board.  The linkage between compensation and verified savings in energy usage and demand (and other performance targets) shall be reviewed and adjusted not less than triennially by the board.

(3)  Build on the energy efficiency expertise and capabilities that have developed or may develop in the state.

(4)  Promote program initiatives and market strategies that address the needs of persons or businesses facing the most significant barriers to participation.

(5)  Promote coordinated program delivery, including coordination with low income weatherization programs, other efficiency programs, and utility programs.

(6)  Consider innovative approaches to delivering energy efficiency, including strategies to encourage third party financing and customer contributions to the cost of efficiency measures.

(7)  Provide a reasonably stable multiyear budget and planning cycle and in order to promote program improvement, program stability, enhanced access to capital and personnel, improved integration of program designs with the budgets of regulated companies providing energy services, and maturation of programs and delivery resources.    

(8)  Approve programs, measures, and delivery mechanisms that reasonably reflect current and projected market conditions, technological options, and environmental benefits.

(9)  Provide for delivery of these programs as rapidly as possible, taking into consideration the need for these services, and cost-effective delivery mechanisms.

(10)  Provide for the independent evaluation of programs delivered under subsection (d) of this section and those delivered under section 203a of this title.

(11)  Require that any entity approved appointed by the board under subsection (d) of this section deliver board‑approved programs in an effective, efficient, timely, and competent manner and meet standards that are consistent with those in section 218c of this title, the board’s orders in public service board docket 5270, and any relevant board orders in subsequent energy efficiency proceedings.

(12)  Require verification, on or before January 1, 2003, and every three years thereafter, by an independent auditor of the reported energy and capacity savings and cost-effectiveness of programs delivered by any entity appointed by the board to deliver energy efficiency programs under subdivision (d)(2) of this section and under section 203a of this title.

(13)  Ensure that any energy efficiency program approved by the board shall be reasonable and cost-effective.

(14)  Consider the impact on retail electric rates of programs delivered under subsection (d) of this section and the impact on fuel prices of programs delivered under section 203a of this title.

(15)  Establish a building efficiency program to be run by the energy efficiency entity that shall be designed to make continuous progress by promoting all forms of energy end‑use efficiency and comprehensive sustainable building design.

(f)  Appointment of, oversight of, and revenue determinations for such an energy efficiency entity shall fall within the regulatory powers and jurisdiction of the board and, as is the case regarding the regulation of the revenues, terms, and conditions of service and compensation of gas and electric utilities, shall not be considered a contractual activity of the state.

 (g)  No later than January 1, 2009, consistent with the provisions of subsections (d) and (e) of this section, the board shall adopt a revised structure for an efficiency entity in order to:

(1)  establish processes for the appointment and revocation of  appointment to serve as the energy efficiency entity similar to those in effect for regulated utilities in Vermont;

(2)  provide for regulatory oversight by the board and the department of public service that is appropriate to the structure and purpose of the expanded energy efficiency entity;

(3)  base some of the expanded energy efficiency entity’s compensation on verified savings in energy usage and demand and on other performance targets specified by the board and consistent with the provisions of section 202a of this title;

(4)  clarify the relationship between the energy efficiency entity and the City of Burlington Electric Department and Vermont Gas Systems, Inc., or any successors in interest, under which the city and the Vermont Gas Systems, Inc., or any successors in interest, may continue to provide some or all energy efficiency services in their respective service territories if approved by the board;

(5)  continue the delivery of electric efficiency programs consistent with the relevant provisions of subsection (e) of this section;

(6)  expand the energy efficiency entity’s responsibilities to include thermal efficiency and the development of comprehensive building efficiency strategies to promote all forms of energy end-use efficiency and comprehensive sustainable building design;

(7)  provide for appropriate notice to customers on means to obtain information about energy efficiency programs approved under this section;

(8)  determine what, if any, regulatory authority over fuel dealers that the board or department of public service, or both, may require in order to implement the expansion of the energy efficiency entity’s responsibilities set forth in this section and section 203a of this title; and

(9)  permit the energy efficiency entity independently to report and recommend to the board, the general assembly, and the public measures and policies intended to achieve the purposes of section 202a of this title, and, more generally, the purposes of this title.

(h)  The public service board may prescribe, by rule or order, standards for the labeling of electricity delivered or intended for delivery to ultimate consumers as to price, terms, sources and objective environmental impacts, along with such procedures as it deems necessary for verification of information contained in such labels.  The public service board may prescribe, by rule or by order, standards and criteria for the substantiation of such labeling or of any claims regarding the price, terms, sources and environmental impacts of electricity delivered or intended for delivery to ultimate consumers in Vermont, along with enforcement procedures and penalties.  When establishing standards for the labeling of electricity, the board shall weigh the cost, as well as the benefits, of compliance with such standards.  With respect to companies distributing electricity to ultimate consumers, the board may order disclosure and publication, not to occur more than once each year, of any labeling required pursuant to the standards established by this subsection. Standards established under this subsection may include provisions for:

(1)  the form of labels;

(2)  information on retail and wholesale price;

(3)  terms and conditions of service;

(4)  types of generation resources in a seller's mix and percentage of power produced from each source;

(5)  disclosure of the environmental effects of each energy source; and

(6)  a description of other services, including, but not limited to, energy services or energy efficiency opportunities.

* * * Coordination with Efficiency Entity * * *

Sec. 4.  30 V.S.A. § 218c(b) is amended to read:

(b)  Each regulated electric or gas company shall prepare and implement a least cost integrated plan for the provision of energy services to its Vermont customers.  In preparing the efficiency portion of an integrated plan, a regulated company shall consult with any entity appointed by the board to deliver energy efficiency services under subdivision 209(d)(2) of this title or under section 203a of this title.  Proposed plans shall be submitted to the department of public service and the public service board.  The board, after notice and opportunity for hearing, may approve a company’s least cost integrated plan if it determines that the company’s plan complies with the requirements of subdivision (a)(1) of this section.

* * * Low Income Weatherization * * *

Sec. 5.  33 V.S.A. § 2501(d)–(i) are added to read:

(d)  This fund shall be used solely for the purpose of funding weatherization services to low income Vermonters.  Borrowing from the fund to provide cash flow assistance to LIHEAP, or enhancement of the LIHEAP program if unmet need is determined to be critical, may be authorized by the general assembly if it is determined that such borrowing will not affect cash flow to the weatherization contractors.  Provisions for repayment of borrowed funds must be made by the end of the fiscal year in which they were borrowed.

(e)  A full annual accounting of the revenues and expenditures of the weatherization trust fund will be provided by the agency of administration to the house and senate committees on appropriations and on natural resources and energy.

(f)  The low income weatherization program will be guided by a five‑year plan that is drafted with the specific purpose of improving continuously the comfort, safety, and affordability of low income housing and to reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas generation in that housing.  The plan shall describe a five‑year strategy, with a three‑year detailed work plan.  Each year, the strategy and the work plan shall be updated by one year.  The initial plan and subsequent updates will be developed by the office of economic opportunity, in consultation with the following: weatherization contractors; community action programs; the energy efficiency entity provided for in 30 V.S.A. § 209; fuel dealers; the Vermont low income advocacy council; the department of public service; a private utility; the Vermont housing finance agency; a local and a regional nonprofit land trust that develop affordable housing; the office of home heating assistance; renewable energy installers; persons with expertise in climate change reduction; and the workforce development council. 

(g)  The initial plan shall be completed and provided to the general assembly by December 20, 2007.  The plan shall include the following:

(1)  A five‑year strategy to ensure stable financing and capacity‑building in the regional weatherization programs, including a plan for ramp‑up of services consistent with sound management practices.

(2)  A full examination of the effect of the federal Department of Energy rules guiding the federal portion of weatherization funds that now also guide the use of state funds, and steps that could be taken with the state funds to improve the economic and environmental cost effectiveness of the program.  This will include, where appropriate, the potential for revisions in eligibility, both statewide and by region.

(3)  A comprehensive strategy to use the weatherization program to reduce the rapidly increasing annual requirements for LIHEAP funds.

(4)  A full discussion of efficiencies and improved services to be gained in continuing coordination with Efficiency Vermont, with energy efficiency programs of the Burlington electric department and Vermont Gas Systems, Inc., and any successors in interest, and with any other partnerships that could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the program.

(5)  Full consideration of strategies and documentation that may be required to secure any greenhouse gas cap‑and‑trade revenues for furtherance of the program.

(6)  Strategies for appropriate use of renewable energy technologies to secure long‑term affordability for low income households.

(7)  Financing strategies that might leverage other funds to increase efficiency and renewable energy investment in low income housing.

(8)  Estimation of job training requirements to implement the plan, how they may be met, and the role of weatherization programs in providing training for their own programs and for the expanded efficiency entity program as well.

(9)  A comprehensive plan for evaluation of the program, documentation of savings and other benefits, and regular reporting to the general assembly.

(h)  On or before January 30 of each year, the office of economic opportunity shall make a report to the house and senate committees on appropriations and on natural resources and energy utilizing existing resources within state government available in the office of economic opportunity’s weatherization data management system that compiles performance data available on households weatherized in the past year to include: 

(1)  number of households weatherized;

(2)  average program expenditure per household for energy efficiency;

(3)  average percent energy savings;

(4)  energy and nonenergy benefits combined;

(5)  benefits saved for every dollar spent;

(6)  average savings per unit for heating fuels;

(7)  gallons of oil saved related to equivalent number of homes heated;

(8)  projected number of households to be weatherized in the current program year; and

(9)  projected program expenditures for the current program year ending March 31.

(i)  The office of economic opportunity may implement administrative changes to the operation of the low income weatherization program that are within its authority to make, prior to submitting the plan.  All such changes will be described in the plan.

* * * Energy Planning * * *

Sec. 6.  30 V.S.A. § 202 is amended to read:

§ 202.  ELECTRICAL ENERGY PLANNING

(a)  The department of public service, through the director for regulated utility planning, shall constitute the responsible utility planning agency of the state for the purpose of obtaining for all consumers in the state proper utility service at minimum cost under efficient and economical management consistent with other public policy of the state.  The director shall be responsible for the provision of plans for meeting emerging trends related to electrical energy demand, supply, safety and, conservation, and environmental impacts, including those involved in the generation of greenhouse gases.

(b)  The department, through the director, shall prepare an electrical energy plan for the state.  The plan shall be for a 20‑year period and shall serve as a basis for state electrical energy policy.  The electric energy plan shall be based on the principles of “least cost integrated planning” set out in and developed under section 218c of this title.  The plan shall include at a minimum:

(1)  an overview, looking twenty 20 years ahead, of statewide growth and development as they relate to future requirements for electrical energy, including patterns of urban expansion, statewide and service area economic growth, shifts in transportation modes, modifications in housing types and design, conservation, environmental impacts including those involved in the generation of greenhouse gases, and other trends and factors which, as determined by the director, will significantly affect state electrical energy policy and programs;

(2)  an assessment of all energy resources available to the state for electrical generation or to supply electrical power, including among others, fossil fuels, nuclear, hydro‑electric, biomass, wind, fuel cells, and solar energy and strategies for minimizing the economic and environmental costs of energy supply, including the production of pollutants and greenhouse gases, by means of efficiency and emission improvements, fuel shifting, and other appropriate means;

(3)  estimates of the projected level of electrical energy demand and the projected level of pollution, including greenhouse gases, generated;

(4)  a detailed exposition, including capital requirements and the estimated cost to consumers, of how such demand shall be met and how the generation of pollutants, including greenhouse gases, may be continually reduced, based on the assumptions made in subdivision (1) of this subsection and the policies set out in subsection (c) of this section; and

(5)  specific strategies for reducing electric rates and for reducing the generation of pollution including greenhouse gases to the greatest extent possible in Vermont over the most immediate five‑year period, for the next succeeding five‑year period, and long‑term sustainable strategies for achieving and maintaining the lowest possible electric rates and generation of pollution including greenhouse gases over the full 20‑year planning horizon consistent with the goal of maintaining a financially stable electric utility industry in Vermont.

(c)  In developing the plan, the department shall take into account the protection of public health and safety; preservation of environmental quality, including reductions in the generation of greenhouse gases; the potential for reduction of rates paid by all retail electricity customers; the potential for reduction of electrical demand through conservation, including alternative utility rate structures; use of load management technologies; efficiency of electrical usage; utilization of waste heat from generation; and utility assistance to consumers in energy conservation. 

(d)  In establishing plans, the director shall:

(1)  Consult with:

* * *

(J)  an entity designated to meet the public’s need for energy efficiency services under subdivision 218c(a)(2) of this title or designated under section 203a of this title;

* * *

(2)  To the extent necessary, include in the plan surveys to determine needed and desirable plant improvements and extensions and coordination between utility systems, joint construction of facilities by two or more utilities, methods of operations, and any change that will produce better service or, reduce costs, or reduce pollution, including the generation of greenhouse gases.  To this end, the director may require the submission of data by each company subject to supervision, of its anticipated electrical demand, including load fluctuation, supplies, costs, the generation of pollution including greenhouse gases, and its plan to meet that demand and reduce that pollution including greenhouse gas emissions, together with such other information as the director deems desirable.

(3)  Work in conjunction with the energy efficiency entity designated under subsection 209(d) of this title or under section 203a of this title to develop 20‑year projections for efficiency programs administered by that entity and to incorporate those projections into the state electrical energy plan.

* * *

Sec. 7.  30 V.S.A. § 202a is amended to read:

§ 202a.  STATE ENERGY POLICY

It is the general policy of the state of Vermont:

(1)  To assure, to the greatest extent practicable, that Vermont can meet its energy service needs in a manner that is adequate, reliable, secure, and sustainable; that assures affordability and encourages the state’s economic vitality, continuing and substantial reductions in the generation of pollution including greenhouse gases, the efficient use of energy resources and cost effective cost‑effective demand side management; and that is environmentally sound.

(2)  To identify and evaluate on an ongoing basis, resources that will meet Vermont’s energy service needs in accordance with the principles of least cost integrated planning; including efficiency, conservation and load management alternatives, wise use of renewable resources, continuing and substantial reductions in the generation of pollution including greenhouse gases, and environmentally sound energy supply.

Sec. 8.  30 V.S.A. § 202b is amended to read:

§ 202b.  STATE COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY PLAN

(a)  The department of public service, in conjunction with other state agencies designated by the governor, shall prepare a comprehensive state energy plan covering at least a 20‑year period.  The plan shall seek to implement the state energy policy set forth in section 202a of this title.  The plan shall include:

(1)  A comprehensive analysis and projections regarding the use, cost, supply, and environmental effects of all forms of energy resources used within Vermont and regarding all pollution including greenhouse gases generated within the state, including the state’s progress in meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals established in 10 V.S.A. § 578.

(2)  Recommendations for state implementation actions, regulation, legislation, and other public and private action to carry out the comprehensive energy plan.

* * *

* * * Smart Metering * * *

Sec. 9.  SMART METERING INVESTIGATION

(a)  The public service board shall investigate opportunities for Vermont electric utilities cost‑effectively to install advanced “smart” metering equipment capable of sending two‑way signals and sufficient to support advanced time‑of‑use pricing during periods of critical peaks or hourly differentiated time‑of‑use pricing. 

(b)  The scope of the investigation shall include the following:

(1)  The current status of implementing either advanced time‑of‑use rate designs or advanced metering by Vermont utilities.

(2)  Analysis of experience from other state jurisdictions and individual utility experience in planning and implementing programs that promote advanced time‑of‑use rate designs or advanced metering.

(3)  Opportunities for exploring ways to design pilot programs and share experience among Vermont utilities with the deployment of advanced meters and rate designs.

(4)  Analysis of all costs and benefits of installing advanced metering equipment, giving due consideration to the circumstances that differentiate Vermont utilities.

(5)  Analysis of opportunities for reducing rates in the short and long term or mitigating rate impacts of investments in advanced metering and ancillary equipment through advanced time‑of‑use rate designs enabled by these investments.

(6)  Analysis of constraints or barriers to implementing this subsection, and of opportunities presented by further deferring plans or commitments toward advanced metering equipment or rates.

(7)  Analysis of all supporting and ancillary equipment, equipment standards, and efficiency programs necessary to ensure that customers are adequately and effectively empowered to use and respond cost‑effectively to price signals made possible through advanced metering equipment.

(c)  After investigation, in utility territories where the board concludes it appropriate and cost‑effective, the board shall require each Vermont utility to file plans for investment and deployment of appropriate technologies and plans and strategies for implementing advanced pricing with a goal of ensuring that all ratepayer classes have an opportunity to receive and participate effectively in advanced time‑of‑use pricing plans.

(d)  By January 15, 2008, the public service board shall report interim progress in its investigation to the senate and house committees on natural resources and energy.

(e)  By June 15, 2008, the board shall issue a final report and plan for implementation. 

  * * * Biodiesel * * *

Sec. 10.  USE OF BIODIESEL IN STATE OFFICE BUILDINGS, STATE
               GARAGES, AND THE STATE VEHICLE FLEET

(a)  Definitions.  As used in this section:

(1)  “Biodiesel blend” means a blend of biodiesel fuel and petroleum diesel fuel or petroleum heating fuel that contains at least two percent biodiesel fuel by volume.

(2)  “Biodiesel fuel” means a renewable, biodegradable, mono alkyl ester combustible liquid fuel derived from vegetable oil or animal fat which meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification D6751‑02 for Biodiesel Fuel (B100) Blend Stock for Distillate Fuel.

(b)  On or before January 15, 2008, the department of buildings and general services, department of public service, and agency of transportation jointly shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on institutions, the house and senate committees on natural resources and energy, the house and senate committees on transportation, the house and senate committees on agriculture, the house committee on commerce, the house committee on ways and means, and the senate committee on finance with recommendations on increasing the use of biodiesel blends in state office buildings, state garages, and in the state transportation fleet. 

(1)  The portion of the report prepared by the department of buildings and general services shall contain:

(A)  A summary of the current use of biodiesel blends in state office buildings.

(B)  Recommendations on how to increase the use of biodiesel blends in all state office buildings, wherever feasible, to at least five percent biodiesel (B5) by December 31, 2008, and to at least 10 percent biodiesel (B10) by 2012.

(C)  A summary of any obstacles to increasing biodiesel use in state buildings.

(D)  A proposed work plan to increase biodiesel use.

(2)  The portion of the report prepared by the department of public service shall contain:

(A)  A summary of the biodiesel fuel production capacity, storage facilities, and distribution facilities currently available in Vermont.

(B)  Recommendations for increasing biodiesel fuel production, storage facilities, and distribution facilities.

(C)  A summary of current information on the performance of biodiesel blends for use as heating fuel and as a motor vehicle fuel.

(D)  A summary of the national and regional quality assurance and quality control measures in use for blending biodiesel fuel.

(E)  A proposed work plan to increase biodiesel use.

(3)  The portion of the report prepared by the agency of transportation shall contain:

(A)  A summary of the current use of biodiesel blends in state garages and the state transportation fleet.

(B)  Recommendations on how to increase the use of biodiesel blends in state garages and in the state transportation fleet, wherever feasible, to at least five percent biodiesel (B5) by December 31, 2008, and to at least 10 percent biodiesel (B10) by 2012.

(C)  A summary of any obstacles to increasing biodiesel use in state garages and the state transportation fleet.

(D)  A proposed work plan to increase biodiesel use.

(c)  The department of public service, with representatives of the department of buildings and general services and the agency of transportation present, shall conduct at least one public hearing to review the draft report and to solicit comments prior to finalizing the report.

* * * Right to Conserve Energy * * *

Sec. 11.  9 V.S.A. chapter 138 is added to read:

Chapter 138.  Right to CONSERVE ENERGY

§ 4481.  LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND PURPOSE

The general assembly finds that prohibiting or limiting the ability of people voluntarily to conserve energy is contrary to the public interest.  It is the purpose of this chapter to encourage energy conservation by discouraging governmental regulations and practices and private contracts which restrict the use of solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy saving devices, or that impede non-motorized transportation on state and town highways. 

* * * Green Building, Efficiency, and

Renewable Energy Workforce Development * * *

Sec. 12.  GREEN BUILDING, EFFICIENCY, AND RENEWABLE ENERGY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PLAN

(a)  Legislative Findings.  Vermont must implement a comprehensive green building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy workforce development plan in order to fill the well-paying jobs that will stay in Vermont and are essential to meeting the needs of the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry in order to meet our goals in regard to global climate change. 

(b)  The commissioner of labor shall develop a green building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy workforce development plan, in consultation with representatives to include the following:  the apprenticeship program; the building trades; the Vermont workforce development council; the association of weatherization contractors; Efficiency Vermont; Vermont Technical College; the association of general contractors; associated industries of Vermont; Vermont fuel dealers association; the coalition for workforce solutions; Renewable Energy Vermont; Vermont small business development centers; the  association of vocational-technical schools; the association of adult service coordinators; builders for social responsibility; and the green institute for the advancement of sustainability.   

(c)  The plan developed under this section shall be included in a written report that shall be presented on or before March 1, 2008 to the house committees on commerce and on ways and means and to the senate committees on economic development, housing and general affairs and on finance.  The plan shall include:

(1)  Comprehensive recommendations for recruiting and training individuals for employment in the green building and renewable energy and energy efficiency fields.  The recommendations shall include goals for secondary and post-secondary schools, other educational institutions, workforce development organizations, and apprenticeship programs.

(2)  Recommendations for expanding certification programs for green builders and designers and installers of energy efficiency and renewable energy devices and systems.

(3)  Recommendations for incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy training into apprenticeship and other training programs for electricians, plumbers, and other skilled trades persons.

(4)  Curricula for business development training and technical assistance for businesses that include green builders, energy efficiency designers and developers, and manufacturers of renewable energy and energy efficiency products.

(5)  Enhanced training programs for green builders and designers and weatherization professionals, including how to utilize state-of-the-art tools and materials.

Sec. 13.  RULES ON OUTDOOR WATER STOVES

Notwithstanding rulemaking authority vested in the secretary of natural resources pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 558, the secretary may not adopt rules that prohibit retail sale of outdoor water stoves that are in inventory on the retail premises prior to March 1, 2008 or that are sold at retail within the state before June 1, 2008.

Sec. 14.  COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY PLAN UPDATE

As part of the next update to the state comprehensive energy plan required by 30 V.S.A. § 202b, the department of public service shall evaluate and make specific recommendations on:

(1)  How to increase the energy efficiency of Vermont’s built environment, including strategies to increase the efficiency of new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, including industrial processes.

(2)  How to assure or facilitate the installation of appropriate and substantial weatherization, particularly with regard to multiple dwellings, rental property, and other instances in which the owner may lack incentives to weatherize because energy costs are paid by a tenant; including the advisability of creating weatherization requirements that must be met at the time of sale.

(3)  How to encourage or require better disclosure of building energy efficiency and weatherization leading up to the time of sale of the  building.

(Committee vote: 7-4-0)

Senate Proposal of Amendment

H. 400

     An act relating to recapture of health insurance benefits by group C members of the Vermont state retirement system.

     The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by adding a new Sec. 1a to read:

Sec. 1a.  3 V.S.A. § 477a(d) is amended to read:

(d) Any member may elect to have included in the member's creditable service all or any part of the member's service as a permanent state employee for which the member received no credit. Any member who so elects shall deposit in the annuity savings fund by a single contribution the amount or amounts determined by the system's actuary to be cost neutral to the system. Any group F member may elect to increase his or her retirement allowance for years of service as a group E member prior to January 1, 1991, for 1-1/4 percent of average final compensation to 1-2/3 percent of average final compensation. A member making an election under this subdivision shall deposit in the annuity savings fund by a single contribution an amount computed at regular interest to be sufficient to provide at normal retirement an annuity equal to 1-2/3 percent of the member's average final compensation multiplied by the number of years of service for which the member elects to increase his or her retirement allowance.  Any group F member who is actively employed on June 30, 2007, and who was a member of the group B plan prior to June 30, 1998, may elect to convert some or all of his or her group B service to group C service.  A member making an election to convert shall deposit in the fund by a single contribution an amount computed by the actuary to pay for the additional liability incurred by the increase in benefits between the group B and the group C plan multiplied by the number of years of service which the member elects to convert.

(No House Amendments)

CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice under Joint Rule 16

     The following joint concurrent resolutions have been introduced for approval by the Senate and House and will be adopted automatically unless a Senator or Representative requests floor consideration before the end of the session of the next legislative day.  Requests for floor consideration in either chamber should be communicated to the Secretary’s office and/or the House Clerk’s office, respectively.

H.C.R. 117

House concurrent resolution congratulating Evelyn Weeks of Bellows Falls on her selection as the 2007 Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year

H.C.R.  118

House concurrent resolution honoring Philip R. Benedict for his 36 years of exemplary service at the Vermont agency of agriculture, food and markets

H.C.R.  119

House concurrent resolution congratulating Harwood Union High School students’ award-winning jazz musicianship

H.C.R.  120

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Mount Abraham Union High School Eagles Division II championship boys’ basketball team

H.C.R.  121

House concurrent resolution honoring the Middlebury Union Middle School 2007 MATHCOUNTS® Vermont state championship team

H.C.R.  122

House concurrent resolution honoring the musical choral ensemble Counterpoint and congratulating Robert De Cormier on his receipt of an honorary degree from Middlebury College

S.C.R. 20.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Steve Locke and David Rowlee on the completion of their leadership service at the Vermont Professional Firefighters Association.

 

 

 

S.C.R. 21. 

     Senate concurrent resolution honoring Pati Papineau for her leadership roles as a mentor for young women, a broadcast journalist, and for her religious and community-based charitable activities.

 

 

 

SPECIAL MESSAGE

To all House Members:

Please turn  your HCR Resolutions in to Michael Chernick by April 26, 2007.   Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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