H. 575 Small Eligible Telecommunications Carriers........................................ 106
H. 665 Political Party State Committee Membership...................................... 106
H. 669 Relating to the Vermont Historic Downtown...................................... 106
H. 691 Relating to Executive and Judicial Branch Fees................................... 106
H. 737 Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Adjustments............................................... 106
Rep. Heath Amendment
Favorable with Amendment
H. 267 Relating to Industrial Hemp................................................................ 107
Rep. Stevens for Agriculture
Committee Bill for Second Reading
H. 750 Prescription Drug Pricing and Information.......................................... 110
Rep. Chen for Health Care
(See Addendum to House and Senate Calendar)
H.C.R. 199 Inn Memory of Former Rep. Theodore Riehle, Jr....................... 110
H.C.R. 200 In Memory of Rutland Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh............ 110
H.C.R. 201 In Memory of Washington Cty Side-Judge Paul H. Guare......... 110
H.C.R. 202 Congratulating Vergennes HS Commodores Baseball Team....... 110
H.C.R. 203 Congratulating Poultney HS Blue Devils Football Team.............. 111
H.C.R. 204 Wishing Good Luck To New England Patriots at Super Bowl.... 111
H.C.R. 205 Honoring Tom Frazier for Service to Town of Roxbury.............. 111
S.C.R. 27 Congratulating S. Burlington HS Rebels Girls Lacrosse Team ...... 111
S.C.R 28 Congratulating S. Burlington HS Rebels Boys Tennis Team........... 111
S.C.R. 29 Congratulating S. Burlington Rebels Baseball Team....................... 111
An act relating to small eligible telecommunications carriers.
An act relating to political party state committee membership.
An act relating to the Vermont Historic Downtown.
An act relating to executive and judicial branch fees.
An act relating to fiscal year 2008 budget adjustments.
First: By striking out Sec. 5 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 5 to read as follows:
Sec. 5. Sec. 20 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:
Sec. 20. Buildings and general services-information centers
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(a) Of the above appropriation, $50,000 in special funds is appropriated to facilitate private fund raising for improvements to the state house in accordance with the conceptual plan dated January 13, 2006. No naming opportunities shall be offered in connection with fund raising efforts. These funds may not be used to supplant any existing personal service or operating expenses in state government.
Second: In Sec. 79(a)(1), at the end of the fund line “21993 VT Film Production Incentive 36,731” by adding the word: Approx.
Third: In Sec. 82, subsections (a) and (b) by striking out the words “for expenditure”
Fourth: In Sec. 83, in the last sentence, by striking out the words “deficit spending” and inserting in lieu thereof the words: spending in anticipation of receipts
Favorable with Amendment
An act relating to industrial hemp.
Rep. Stevens of Shoreham, for the Committee on Agriculture, recommends the bill be amended by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
Sec. 1. INTENT
The intent of this act is to establish policy and procedures for growing industrial hemp in Vermont so that farmers and other businesses in the Vermont agricultural industry can take advantage of this market opportunity when federal regulations permit.
Sec. 2. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS
The general assembly finds:
(1) Industrial hemp is a suitable crop for Vermont, and its production will contribute to the future viability of Vermont agriculture.
(2) Allowing industrial hemp production will provide farmers an opportunity to sell their products to a marketplace that pays them a reasonable rate of return for their labor and capital investments. Farmers in Canada report an $800.00 per‑acre return for the crop.
(3) The infrastructure needed to process industrial hemp will result in increased business opportunities and new jobs in our communities.
(4) As a food crop, industrial hemp seeds and oil produced from the seeds have high nutritional value, including healthy fats and protein.
(5) As a fiber crop, industrial hemp can be used in the manufacture of products such as clothing, building supplies, and animal bedding.
(6) As a fuel crop, industrial hemp seeds can be processed into biodiesel, and stalks can be pelletized or flaked for burning or processed for cellulosic ethanol. Industrial hemp also expands opportunities for on-farm renewable energy production.
(7) The production of industrial hemp can play a useful agronomic role in farm land management as part of a crop rotation system.
Sec. 3. 6 V.S.A. chapter 34 is added to read:
CHAPTER 34. INDUSTRIAL HEMP
§ 560. DEFINITIONS
As used in this chapter:
(1) “Grower” means any person or business entity licensed under this chapter by the secretary as an industrial hemp grower.
(2) “Hemp products” means all products made from industrial hemp, including but not limited to cloth, cordage, fiber, food, fuel, paint, paper, particle board, plastics, seed, seed meal, seed oil, and certified seed for cultivation if such seeds originate from industrial hemp varieties.
(3) “Industrial hemp” means varieties of the plant cannabis sativa having no more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, whether growing or not, that are cultivated or possessed by a licensed grower in compliance with this chapter.
(4) “Secretary” means the secretary of agriculture, food and markets.
§ 561. INDUSTRIAL HEMP: AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT
Industrial hemp is an agricultural product which may be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in Vermont pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
§ 562. LICENSING; APPLICATION
(a) Any person or business entity wishing to engage in the production of industrial hemp must be licensed as an industrial hemp grower by the secretary. A license from the secretary shall authorize industrial hemp production only at a site or sites specified by the license.
(b) A license from the secretary shall be valid for 24 months from the date of issuance and may be renewed but shall not be transferable.
(c) Any person with a prior felony conviction is not eligible for licensure.
(d) When applying for a license from the secretary, an applicant shall provide information sufficient to demonstrate to the secretary that the applicant intends to grow and is capable of growing industrial hemp in accordance with this chapter, which at a minimum shall include:
(1) Filing a set of the applicant’s fingerprints, taken by a law enforcement officer, and any other information necessary to complete a statewide and nationwide criminal history check with the Vermont criminal information center for statewide processing and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for federal processing. Criminal history records provided to the secretary under this section are confidential and shall only be used in determining an applicant’s eligibility for licensure.
(2) Filing with the secretary documentation certifying that the seeds obtained for planting are of a type and variety compliant with the maximum concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol set forth in subdivision 560(3) of this chapter.
(3) Filing with the secretary the location and acreage of all parcels sown and other field reference information as may be required by the secretary.
(e) To qualify for a license from the secretary, an applicant shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the secretary that the applicant has adopted methods to ensure the legal production of industrial hemp, which at a minimum shall include:
(1) Ensuring that all parts of the industrial hemp plant that do not enter the stream of commerce as hemp products are destroyed, incorporated into the soil, or otherwise properly disposed of.
(2) Maintaining records that reflect compliance with the provisions of this chapter and with all other state laws regulating the planting and cultivation of industrial hemp.
(f) Every grower shall maintain all production and sales records for at least three years.
(g) Every grower shall allow industrial hemp crops, throughout sowing, growing season, harvest, storage, and processing, to be inspected by and at the discretion of the secretary or his or her designee.
§ 563. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY
The secretary shall, no later than December 31, 2008, adopt rules to provide for the implementation of this chapter, which shall include rules to allow for the industrial hemp to be tested during growth for tetrahydrocannabinol levels and to allow for supervision of the industrial hemp during sowing, growing season, harvest, storage, and processing.
§ 564. REVOCATION AND SUSPENSION OF LICENSE;
(a) The secretary may deny, suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the license of any grower who:
(1) Makes a false statement or misrepresentation on an application for a license or renewal of a license.
(2) Fails to comply with or violates any provision of this chapter or any rule adopted under it.
(b) Revocation or suspension of a license may be in addition to any criminal penalties or fines imposed on a grower under other state law.
Sec. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect on passage.
(Committee vote: 11-0-0)
Committee Bill for Second Reading
An act relating to prescription drug pricing and information.
(Rep. Chen of Mendon will speak for the Committee on Health Care.)
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 House and Senate Notice Calendar for Thursday, January 31, 2008)
House concurrent resolution in memory of former South Burlington Representative Theodore Riehle Jr.
House concurrent resolution in memory of Rutland City Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh
House concurrent resolution in memory of former Washington County side judge Paul H. Guare of Montpelier
House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vergennes High School Commodores 2007 Division II championship baseball team
House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Poultney High School Blue Devils Division III championship football team
House concurrent resolution wishing the New England Patriots good luck in Super Bowl XLII
House concurrent resolution honoring Tom Frazier for his quarter‑century‑plus of outstanding local and regional public service on behalf of the town of Roxbury
Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels girls' lacrosse Division I championship team.
Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels Division I championship boys' tennis team.
Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels Division I championship baseball team.
On Monday, February 4, 2008, the House Chamber will be used by the U-32 eighth grade class. You might not want to leave items on your desk.
The Clerk of the House has received the following reports, copies of which may be ordered from his office:
83. Juvenile Justice Commission Report. Vermont Agency of Human Services. 241-2100
84. Substantial Cost Overruns annual report. Policy & Planning Division. 828-3441
85. Vermont Health Care Expenditure Analysis & Three-Year Forecast 2006. Division of Health Care Administration. 1-800-631-7788
86. Funds Expended & Required to Treat Eligible Children, Adolescents and CRT Beneficiaries with Coo-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders. Department of Mental Health. 652-2000
87. Coordinated Healthy Activity Motivation and Prevention Programs. Department of Health. 863-7280
88. Vermont Pension Investment Committee Report. Office of the state Treasurer. 828-2305
89. Progress Report on River Basin Water Quality Management Planning During 2007. Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. 241-3808
90. Implementation of Federal Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) permit program. Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. 241-3808
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