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House Calendar

THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2008

80th DAY OF ADJOURNED SESSION

House Convenes at 1:00 P M

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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ACTION CALENDAR

     Third Reading

H. 888  Miscellaneous Tax Amendments...................................................... 1382

          Rep. Helm Amendment....................................................................... 1382

          Rep. Pearson Amendment.................................................................. 1383

          Rep. Fisher Amendment..................................................................... 1384

          Rep. Errecart Amendment.................................................................. 1384

          Rep. Morrissey Amendment............................................................... 1385

          Rep. Flory Amendment....................................................................... 1386

Favorable

J.R.H. 52  Urging Congress to Establish Office of National Nurse................ 1388

          Rep. O’Donnell for Health Care

For Action Under Rule 52

J.R.H. 57  U. S. Military Veterans and Traumatic Brain Injury..................... 1388

J.R.H. 58 Authorizing Green Mtn Boys’ State Use of State House............... 1388

NOTICE CALENDAR

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 889  Relating to the State’s Transportation Program................................. 1388

          Rep. Westman for Transportation

Favorable with Amendment

H.  11  Relating to the Commissioner of Health............................................. 1389

          Rep. Donahue for Human Services

H. 545  Relating to the Agency of Human Services....................................... 1390

          Rep. Evans for Government Operations

          Rep. French for Human Services......................................................... 1390

 

H. 887 Relating to Health Care Reform........................................................ 1392

          Rep. Leriche for Health Care

          Rep. Hunt for Appropriations.............................................................. 1393

         

Favorable

H. 862  Amendments to Charter of Village of Waterbury.............................. 1395

          Rep. Pearson for Government Operations

H. 876  Amendments to Charter of Town of Middlebury.............................. 1395

          Rep. Martin of Wolcott for Government Operations

Ordered to Lie

H. 549  Establishing Buffer Zones Along Waterways.................................... 1395

H. 689  Utility Prescriptive Rights................................................................. 1395

CONSENT CALENDAR

(See Addendum to House and Senate Calendar)

H.C.R. 248  Congratulating Woodstock UHS Boys’ Alpine Ski Team......... 1396

H.C.R. 249  Congratulating Lake Region UHS Boys’ Basketball Team........ 1396

H.C.R. 250  Congratulating Proctor HS Boys’ Basketball Championship..... 1396

H.C.R. 251  Congratulating Twinfield Girls’ Basketball Team....................... 1396

H.C.R. 252  Congratulating Kelley Tully “Person of the Year”...................... 1396

H.C.R. 253  Congratulating Mt. St. Joseph Academy Hockey Team............ 1396

H.C.R. 254  Honoring Greg McClallen Rutland HS Coach.......................... 1396

 

 


 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

     Third Reading

H. 888

An act relating to miscellaneous  tax amendments.

          Amendment to be offered by Rep. Helm of Castleton to H. 888

Moves to amend the bill by adding Sec. 41a. to read:

Sec. 41a.  32 V.S.A. § 3481 is amended to read:

(1) "Appraisal value" shall mean, with respect to property enrolled in a use value appraisal program, the use value appraisal as defined in subdivision 3752(12) of this title, multiplied by the common level of appraisal, and with respect to all other property, the estimated fair market value. The estimated fair market value of a property is the price which the property will bring in the market when offered for sale and purchased by another, taking into consideration all the elements of the availability of the property, its use both potential and prospective, any functional deficiencies, and all other elements such as age and condition which combine to give property a market value. Those elements shall include a consideration of a decrease in value in nonrental residential property due to a housing subsidy covenant as defined in section 610 of Title 27, or the effect of any state or local law or regulation affecting the use of land, including but not limited to chapter 151 of Title 10 or any land capability plan established in furtherance or implementation thereof, rules adopted by the state board of health and any local or regional zoning ordinances or development plans. In determining estimated fair market value, the sale price of the property in question is one element to consider, but is not solely determinative.

For residential rental property that is subject to a housing subsidy covenant or other legal restriction, imposed by a governmental, quasi-governmental, or public purpose entity, on rents that may be charged, fair market value shall be determined by an income approach using the following elements:

(A) market rents with utility allowance adjustments for the geographic area in which the property is located as determined by the federal office of Housing and Urban Development or in the case of properties authorized under 42 U.S.C. § 1437, 12 U.S.C. § 1701q, 42 U.S.C. § 1485, 12 U.S.C. § 1715z-1, 42 U.S.C. § 1437f, and 24 CFR Part 882 Subpart D and E, the higher of contract rents (meaning the amount of federal rental assistance plus any tenant contribution) and HUD market rents;

(B) actual expenses incurred with respect to the property which shall be provided by the property owner in a format acceptable to the commissioner and certified by an independent third party, such as a certified public accounting firm or public or quasi-public funding agency;

(C) a vacancy rate that is 50 percent of the market vacancy rate as determined by the United States Census Bureau with local review by the Vermont housing finance agency; and

(D) a capitalization rate that is typical for the geographic area determined and published annually prior to April 1 by the division of property valuation and review after consultation with the Vermont housing finance agency.

Amendment to be offered by Rep. Pearson of Burlington to H. 888

Moves to amend the bill the bill by striking Sec. 21 of the bill and inserting new Secs. 21, 21a, 21b, 21c and 21d and subsection 42(12) to read:

Sec. 21.  32 V.S.A. § 5811(21)(B) is amended to read:

(B)  Decreased by the following items of income (to the extent such income is included in federal adjusted gross income):

(i)  income from United States government obligations; and

(ii)  40 percent of adjusted net capital gain income as defined in Section 1(h) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Sec. 21a.  32 V.S.A. § 435(b)(5) is amended to read:

(b) The general fund shall be composed of revenues from the following sources:

 (5) Individual  98.4 percent of the income taxes levied pursuant to chapter 151 of this title;

Sec. 21b.  16 V.S.A. § 4025(a)(8) is added to read:

(a) An education fund is established to be comprised of the following:

          (8)  0.8 percent of the revenues from income taxes levied pursuant to chapter 151 of this title.

Sec. 21c.  19 V.S.A. § 11(9) is added to read:

§ 11. TRANSPORTATION FUND

The transportation fund shall be comprised of the following:

          (9)  0.8 percent of the revenues from income taxes levied pursuant to chapter 151 of this title.

Sec. 21d.  APPROPRIATIONS

     There is appropriated in fiscal year 2009 from the general fund the sum of: $5.0 million to the department of education for state aid for school construction projects pursuant to section 3448 of Title 16; $5.0 million to the education fund; $5.0 million to the transportation fund; and $5.0 million to the agency of transportation for state aid to town highways, which amount shall be in addition to the appropriations required by 19 V.S.A. § 306, and which shall be distributed to towns in accordance with 19 V.S.A. § 306(a).

Sec. 42.  EFFECTIVE DATES

     (12)  Secs. 21a, 21b and 21c (allocation of income tax revenue to general fund, education fund and transportation fund) shall apply to fiscal years 2010 and after. 

and renumbering the remaining sections of the bill and internal references to be numerically correct.

Amendment to be offered by Rep. Fisher of Lincoln to H. 888

Moves to amend the proposal of amendment of Rep. Pearson by striking Sec. 21 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 21.  32 V.S.A. § 5811(21)(B) is amended to read:

(B)  Decreased by the following items of income (to the extent such income is included in federal adjusted gross income):

(i)  income from United States government obligations; and

(ii)  40 percent Up to $10,000.00 of adjusted net capital gain income as defined in Section 1(h) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Amendment to be offered by Rep. Errecart of Shelburne to H. 888

     Moves to amend the bill renumbering Sec. 42 of the bill as Sec. 43, and adding a new Sec. 42 and subsection 43(12) to read:

Sec. 42.  32 V.S.A. § 6067 is amended to read:

§ 6067.  CREDIT PROPERTY TAX ADJUSTMENT LIMITATIONS

(a)  Only one individual per household per taxable year shall be entitled to a benefit eligible for an adjustment under this chapter.

(b)  An individual who received a homestead exemption or adjustment with respect to property taxes assessed by another state for the taxable year shall not be entitled eligible to receive an adjustment under this chapter.

(c)  No taxpayer shall receive total adjustments under this chapter in excess of $8,000.00 related to any one property tax year.

(d)  A claimant shall not be eligible for a property tax adjustment under this chapter if, during the taxable year, all persons of the household while members of that household, other than persons who are mentally or physically disabled, receive more than $50,000.00 of investment income. “Investment income” in this subsection means income which is not earned income as defined in section 911(d)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, including any of the following which are not pension income, qualified retirement plan income, or income received solely for the care of a mentally or physically disabled person or persons:

(1)  interest and dividends, including interest from, and dividends attributable to, Vermont state and local obligations and United States government obligations;

(2)  capital gain subject to Vermont personal income tax, without regard to any reduction under subdivision 5811(21)(B) of this title;

          (3)  distributions from any entity other than a trust, to the extent that the distribution is attributable to interest, dividends, or capital gain income described in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection;

          (4) distributions from any trust; and

          (5) gifts.

Sec. 43.  EFFECTIVE DATES

     (12)  Sec. 42 of this act (investment income cap for property tax adjustment eligibility) shall apply to claims filed in 2009 and after. 

and renumbering the sections of the bill and internal references to be numerically correct.

Amendment to be offered by Rep. Morrissey of Bennington to H. 888

Moves the bill be amended by renumbering Sec. 42 of the bill as Sec. 43, and adding a new Sec. 42 to read: 

Sec. 42.  EXTENSION OF 2007 FILING DEADLINE FOR CERTAIN PROPERTY TAX ADJUSTMENT CLAIMS

(a)  Any 2007 late-filed property tax adjustment claim which was denied before December 1, 2007, may be refiled before August 1, 2008, and the commissioner of taxes shall allow the refiled claim upon receipt from the claimant of a written request for reconsideration of claim, including all information required by the commissioner, in the form prescribed by the commissioner, signed by the claimant under pains and penalties of perjury, if the first 2007 property tax bill issued in the claimant’s town was issued after September 4, 2007.

(b)  If a late claim is allowed by the commissioner under this subsection, the determination of the commissioner shall be final, and the commissioner shall not notify the municipality of the claimant’s property tax adjustment, but instead shall refund the property tax adjustment amount to the claimant, without interest and without penalty under 32 V.S.A. § 6066a(d).

and renumbering the sections of the bill and internal references to be numerically correct.

Amendment to be offered by Rep. Flory of Pittsford to H. 888

Moves to amend the bill by renumbering Sec. 42 of the bill as Sec. 43, and adding a new Sec. 42 and subsection 43(12) to read:

Sec. 42.  32 V.S.A. § 6066a is amended to read:

§ 6066a. Determination Payment of property tax adjustments

(a) Annually, the commissioner shall determine pay to each claimant the property tax adjustment amount under section 6066 of this title, related to a homestead owned by the claimant. The commissioner shall notify the municipality in which the housesite is located of the amount of the property tax adjustment for the claimant for homestead property tax liabilities, on July 1 for timely-filed claims and on September 15 for late claims filed by September 1. The commissioner shall mail the payment to the claimant on the day that the municipality in which the claimant resides mails its property tax bills or, for any claim properly filed less than thirty days before the municipality mails it property tax bills, the commissioner shall mail the payment to the claimant within forty-five days after the claim is filed; but no payment shall be mailed before July 1.  The tax adjustment of a claimant who was assessed property tax by a town which revised the dates of its fiscal year, however, is the excess of the property tax which was assessed in the last 12 months of the revised fiscal year, over the adjusted property tax of the claimant for the revised fiscal year as determined under section 6066 of this title, related to a homestead owned by the claimant.

(b) The commissioner shall include in the total property tax adjustment amount determined under subsection (a) of this section, for credit to the taxpayer for homestead property tax liabilities, any income tax overpayment remaining after allocation under section 3112 of this title and setoff under section 5934 of this title, which the taxpayer has directed to be used for payment of property taxes.

(c) The commissioner shall notify the municipality of any claim and refund amounts unresolved by September 15 at the time of final resolution, including adjudication if any.

(d) For late claims, filed after April 15, the property tax adjustment amount shall be reduced by $15.00, which shall be paid by the commissioner to the municipality for the cost of issuing a new property tax bill to the claimant.

(e) At the time of notice to the municipality, the commissioner shall notify the taxpayer of the property tax adjustment amount determined under subdivision 6066(a)(1) of this title; the amount determined under subdivision 6066(a)(3) of this title; any additional adjustment amounts due the homestead owner under section 6066 of this title; the amount of income tax refund, if any, allocated to payment of homestead property tax liabilities; and any late-claim reduction amount.

(f) Property tax bills.

(1) For amounts stated in the notice to towns on July 1, municipalities shall include on the homestead property tax bill notice to the taxpayer of the total amount allocated to payment of homestead property tax liabilities and notice of the balance due. By a majority of those voting at an annual or special meeting called for that purpose, the voters of a municipality may elect to apply the amount allocated under this chapter to current-year property taxes to the taxpayers' property tax installments in order or pro rata.

(2) For property tax adjustment amounts for which municipalities receive notice on or after September 15, municipalities shall issue a new homestead property tax bill with notice to the taxpayer of the total a mount allocated to payment of homestead property tax liabilities and notice of the balance due.

(3) The property tax adjustment amount determined for the taxpayer shall be allocated first to current-year property tax on the homestead parcel, next to current-year homestead parcel penalties and interest, next to any prior year homestead parcel penalties and interest, and last to any prior year property tax on the homestead parcel. No adjustment shall be allocated to a property tax liability for any year after the year for which the claim or refund allocation was filed. If the property tax adjustment amount exceeds the amount allocated under this subsection, the municipality shall refund the excess to the taxpayer, without interest, within 20 days of the first date upon which taxes become due and payable or 20 days after notification by the commissioner of education, whichever is later. No municipal tax-reduction incentive for early payment of taxes shall apply to any amount allocated to the property tax bill under this chapter.

(g) Annually, on August 1 and on September 15, the commissioner of taxes shall pay to each municipality the amount of property tax adjustment of which the municipality was notified on July 1 for the August 1 transfer, or September 15 for the September 15 transfer, related to municipal property tax on homesteads within that municipality, as determined by the commissioner of taxes.

 Sec. 43.  EFFECTIVE DATES

     (12)  Sec. 42 (cash payment of property tax adjustments) shall apply to claims filed in 2008 and after.

Favorable

J. R. H. 52

     Joint resolution urging Congress to enact legislation establishing an Office of the National Nurse..

Rep. O’Donnell of Vernon, for the Committee on Health Care, recommends the resolution ought to be adopted.

(For text see House Journal February 13, 2008 – P. 196)

For Action Under Rule 52

J. R. H. 57

     Joint resolution U. S. military veterans and traumatic brain injury.

J. R. H. 58

Joint resolution authorizing the 2008 Green Mountain Boys’ State program use of the State House.

(For text see House Journal March 25, 2008)

 

 

NOTICE CALENDAR

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 889

An act relating to the state’s transportation program.

(Rep. Westman of Cambridge will speak for the Committee on Transportation.)

Favorable with Amendment

 H. 11

     An act relating to the commissioner of health.

Rep. Donahue of Northfield, for the Committee on Human Services, recommends the bill be amended by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  18 V.S.A. § 104 is amended to read:

§ 104.  COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH; DUTIES

(a)  The secretary shall appoint a commissioner of health, as provided in 3 V.S.A. § 3051, who shall be either a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state or a health care professional who has at least a master’s degree in public health or a related health care field and who, in addition, has had educational and practical experience in the field of public health. 

(b)  The commissioner may delegate such powers and assign such duties to members of the department as may be deemed appropriate and necessary for the proper execution of the provisions of this title.  If the commissioner is not a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state, the commissioner shall fill an existing exempt position within the department by appointing a chief medical officer who shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state and who shall report to the commissioner.  The commissioner shall delegate authority for policies related to the practice of medicine to the chief medical officer.  Such policy areas shall include those described in the following chapters of this title:

(1)  chapter 3, as it pertains to circulars of information prepared by the state board of health, health orders, and emergency health orders;

(2)  chapter 13, relating to chronic care infrastructure and prevention measures;

(3)  chapter 43A, relating to the patient safety surveillance and improvement system;

(4)  chapter 84A, relating to the Vermont prescription monitoring system;

(5)  chapter 86, relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis;

(6)  chapter 91, relating to prescription drug cost containment;

(7)  chapter 92, relating to the treatment of opiate addiction; and

(8)  chapter 231, relating to advance directives for health care and disposition of remains.

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(Committee vote: 7-3-1)

H. 545

     An act relating to the agency of human services.

Rep. Evans of Essex, for the Committee on Government Operations.

Rep. French of Randolph, for the Committee on Human Services, recommends the bill be amended as follows:

First:  By striking Sec. 1 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 1 as follows:

Sec. 1.  3 V.S.A. § 3051 is amended to read:

§ 3051. COMMISSIONERS; DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS;                                                           APPOINTMENT; TERM

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(b)  For the department of health, the secretary, with the approval of the governor, shall appoint deputy commissioners for the following divisions of the department:

(1)  public health;

(2)  substance abuse.

(3)  substance abuse.

(c)  For the department for children and families, the secretary, with the approval of the governor, shall appoint deputy commissioners for the following divisions of the department:

(1)  field operations;

(2)  economic services;

(3)(2)  child development;

(4)(3)  family services.

(d) For the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living, the secretary, with the approval of the governor, shall appoint two deputy commissioners for the following divisions of the department:

(1) operations;

(2) disabilities and aging services.

(e) Deputy commissioners shall be exempt from the classified service. Their appointments shall be in writing and shall be filed in the office of the secretary of state.

Second:  By adding a Sec. 7a to read:

Sec. 7a.  26 V.S.A. § 1317 is amended to read:

(a)  Any hospital, clinic, community mental health center, or other health care institution in which a licensee performs professional services shall report to the commissioner of mental health, along with supporting information and evidence, any disciplinary action taken by it or its staff which significantly limits the licensee’s privilege to practice or leads to suspension or expulsion from the institution.  The report shall be made within 10 days of the date such disciplinary action was taken, and, in the case of disciplinary action taken against a licensee who is employed by, or under contract with, a community mental health center based on the provision of mental health services, a copy of the report shall also be sent to the commissioner of developmental and mental health services.  This section shall not apply to cases of resignation or separation from service for reasons unrelated to disciplinary action.

(b) Within 30 days of any judgment or settlements involving a claim of professional negligence by a licensee, any insurer of the licensee shall report the information to the commissioner of health and, to the extent the claim relates to the provision of mental health services, to the commissioner of mental health.

(c) Except as provided in section 1368 of this title, information provided to the department department of health or of mental health under this section shall be confidential unless the department decides to treat the report as a complaint, in which case, the provisions of section 1318 of this title shall apply.

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Third:  By striking Sec. 9 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 9 to read:

Sec. 9.  33 V.S.A. § 900(2) is amended to read:

(2)  “Director” or “director of rate setting” means the director of administration and rate setting.

Fourth:  By adding a Sec. 9a to read:

Sec. 9a.  33 V.S.A. § 902(b) is amended to read:

(b)  The division shall be headed by a director of administration who shall report to the secretary of the agency or his or her the secretary’s designee.

Fifth:  By adding a Sec. 11a to read:

Sec. 11a.  33 V.S.A. § 2073(f) is added to read:

(f)  A manufacturer of pharmaceuticals purchased by individuals receiving assistance from VPharm established under this section shall pay to OVHA, as a condition of participation in the program, a rebate in an amount at least as favorable as the rebate paid to OVHA in connection with the Medicaid program.

Sixth:  By striking Sec. 14 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 14 to read:

Sec. 14.  33 V.S.A. § 2604(c) is amended to read:

(c)  In determining heating fuel costs of households:

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(2)  Residents of housing units subsidized by the federal, state, or local government shall be deemed to have incurred no annual home heating fuel costs, except to the extent required by any federal law or regulation if federal funds are utilized for the home heating fuel assistance program, and with the following additional exception.  Housing unit residents that receive Aid to Needy Families with Children (ANFC) Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income/aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (SSI/AABD), ANFC TANF emergency assistance, or general assistance benefits that are used in whole or in part to pay for their housing or utility costs and do not receive other federal, state, or local government assistance targeted specifically to their housing or utility needs shall, with the exception of households for which the cost of heat is supplied by the landlord, be assumed to incur annual home heating fuel costs and their eligibility for annual heating fuel assistance shall not be limited by this subsection.

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Seventh:  By striking Sec. 15 in its entirety

Eighth:  By adding a Sec. 23 to read:

Sec. 23.  REPEAL

33 V.S.A. § 2605(e) (1997 report of the home office of energy assistance) is repealed.

(Committee vote: 9-0-2)

H. 887

An act relating to health care reform.

(Rep. Leriche of  Hardwick will speak for the Committee on Health Care.)

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

First: In Sec. 4, by striking subs (b) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (b) as follows: 

(b)  The sum of $50,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the commission on health care reform in fiscal year 2009 to conduct this study. 

Second:  In Sec. 14, subsection (e), by striking the words “up to the age of 24” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “up to the age of 23” 

Third:  In Sec. 33, by striking subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (b) as follows: 

(b)  The sum of $140,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of health to be granted to AHEC in fiscal year 2009 to support the counter-detailing project.

Fourth:  By striking Sec. 37 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: 

Sec. 37.  HEALTH IMPROVEMENT APPROPRIATIONS

The following amounts are appropriated:

(1)  The sum of $150,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of health and shall be deposited into the Vermont educational loan repayment fund and used for the purposes of loan repayment for health care providers and health care educators pursuant to section 10a of Title 18.  Such funds, in addition to other monies appropriated elsewhere for this program, shall be allocated in fiscal year 2009 as follows:

(A)  $745,000.00 to primary care practitioners;

(B)  $200,000.00 to dentists;

(C)  $425,000.00 to nurses;

(D)  $150,000.00 to nurse educators;

(E)  $50,000.00 to disciplines based on emerging health care needs and workforce shortages.

(2) The sum of $50,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of health and shall be deposited in the loan forgiveness/incentive scholarship fund and used for the purposes of loan forgiveness programs for health care providers through the dental hygienist incentive loan program and nursing incentive loan program. Such funds, in addition to monies appropriated for this program elsewhere shall provide total funding of $150,000 in fiscal year 2009.

(3)  The amount of $200,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the Vermont department of health for the child psychiatry division in the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families (VCCYF) to support child tele-psychiatry pilots in community health centers that will: 

(A)  Pair Vermont health centers’ medical, nursing, social work, and psychology staff with the UVM VCCYF child psychiatric consultative team;

(B)  Provide monthly training and education resources for health center staff by UVM faculty;

(C)  Help strengthen and expand the newly established UVM child psychiatry fellowship program; and

(D)  Provide critical child psychiatry assessment and consulting services across the state that will establish relationships to help recruit and retain new child psychiatrists for Vermont.

(4)  The amount of $200,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund for the Vermont State College system to be used to increase base salaries and associated benefits for difficult‑to‑fill nurse educator positions, subject to existing collective bargaining agreements.  In addition, the Vermont State Colleges system, the University of Vermont, and the Vermont Board of Nursing shall undertake a study to examine how to increase the state’s capacity to educate nursing students and shall provide a report on the study by January 15, 2009 to the house committees on health care and on human services and the senate committee on health and welfare.

Fifth:  In Sec. 38, by inserting “to be granted to the” before “College of Medicine

Sixth: By inserting two new sections to read as follows:

Sec. 46.  FUNDING COSTS TO THE STATE EMPLOYEES HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

     (a) $185,000 of general fund is reserved for transfer to the state employee’s health care system for potential costs to the system in fiscal year 2009 as result of the provisions of Sec. 14 of this Act.  The secretary of administration may transfer funds from this reserve as needed after submission of a report to the joint fiscal committee that provides the analysis of the need for the transfer.

Sec. 46.  TRANSFER OF FUNDS TO THE CATAMOUNT PROGRAM

     (a) $500,000 of general funds are transferred from the general fund to the catamount fund in fiscal year 2009 for the costs associated with 8 V.S.A. § 4080f (e) (2), as amended in Sec. 20 of this act.

     (b) $275,000 of general funds are transferred from the general fund to the catamount fund in fiscal year 2009 for the costs associated with 8 V.S.A. § 4080f (e) (1), as amended in Sec. 20 of this act.

And renumbering  the remaining sections to be numerically correct

 (Committee vote: 10-1-0)

Favorable

H. 862

     An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the village of Waterbury.

     Rep. Pearson of Burlington, for the Committee on Government Operations, recommends the bill ought to pass.

( Committee Vote: 11-0-0)

H. 876   

     An act relating to approval of amendment to the charter of the town of Middlebury.

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

( Committee Vote: 11-0-0)

Ordered to Lie

H. 549

     An act relating to establishing buffer zones along waterways of the state.

H. 689

     An act relating to utility prescriptive rights.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice Under Joint Rule 16

     The following concurrent resolutions have been introduced for approval by the House and Senate and have been printed in the Senate and House Addendum to today’s calendars. These will be adopted automatically unless a member requests floor consideration before the end of the session of the next legislative day.  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, March 27, 2008)

H.C.R. 248

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Woodstock Union High School Wasps boys’ championship alpine ski team

H.C.R. 249

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Lake Region Union High School Rangers Division III boys’ basketball championship team

H.C.R. 250

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Proctor High School Phantoms on winning their school’s third consecutive Division IV boys’ basketball championship

H.C.R. 251

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Twinfield Trojans Division IV championship girls’ basketball team

H.C.R. 252

House concurrent resolution congratulating Kelley Tully, the 2008 Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year

H.C.R. 253

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Mount St. Joseph Academy Mounties Division II championship ice hockey team

H.C.R. 254

House concurrent resolution honoring Greg McClallen for his 36 years of extraordinary coaching and dedication to Rutland High School’s athletic programs

PUBLIC HEARINGS

     Thursday, March 27, 2008, Room 11 – 5:00 –7:00 PM, House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources – H. 543  Funding of the Department of Fish and Wildlife

 

House Appropriations Committee

Members’ amendments to Fiscal Year 2009

Omnibus Appropriations Bill

 

The Appropriations Committee invites all members of the House who intend to introduce amendments to the FY 2009 appropriations bill to meet with the committee on Tuesday, April 1, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 42.  If possible, please talk to Virginia Catone in Room 40 (ext. 2251) to schedule a time.

 



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