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House Calendar

APRIL 4, 2008

88th DAY OF ADJOURNED SESSION

House Convenes at 9:30

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                               Page No.

ACTION CALENDAR

Action Postponed Until Friday, April 4, 2008

Pending Question: Shall the House adopt the resolution?

H.R. 32  Creation of a Veterans’ Housing Facility in Central VT................... 1484

          Rep. McDonald Amendment

     Third Reading

H. 545  Relating to the Agency of Human Services....................................... 1484

H. 889  State’s Transportation Program....................................................... 1484

          Rep. Perry and others Amendment

          Rep. Koch Amendment...................................................................... 1485

S. 45  Right to Attend Town Meeting........................................................... 1485

J.R.H. 55  Resolution to Adopt a Revised State Energy Plan........................ 1485

Senate Proposal of Amendment

J.R.H. 44  (VITL) Vermont Health Information Technology Plan................. 1485

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Amendment

H. 230  Legislative Appointments to Human Rights Commission................... 1487

          Rep. Manwaring for Government Operations

          Rep. Keenan for Appropriations

Favorable

H. 876  Charter of the Town of Middlebury................................................. 1487

          Rep. Martin of Wolcott for Government Operations

          Rep. Aswad for Ways and Means...................................................... 1488

 

Ordered to Lie

H. 549  Establishing Buffer Zones Along Waterways.................................... 1488

H. 689  Utility Prescriptive Rights................................................................. 1488

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

(See Addendum to House and Senate Calendar)

H.C.R. 255  Congratulating South Royalton’s Woman’s Club ..................... 1488

H.C.R. 256  Recognizing Registered Nurses for Health Care in VT.............. 1488

H.C.R. 257  Congratulating Gaines Farm 2008 VT Business Award ........... 1488

H.C.R. 258  Congratulating Brattleboro Reformer  VT Business Award....... 1488

H.C.R. 259  Congratulating Essex HS Gymnastics Team ............................. 1488

H.C.R. 260  In Memory of Violet Coffin of Strafford................................... 1489

H.C.R. 261  In Memory of American Military Personnel in Iraq................... 1489

H.C.R. 262  Congratulating Middlebury Inn 2008 VT Business Award........ 1489

H.C.R. 263  Congratulating Chipman Point Centennial Business Award........ 1489

H.C.R. 264  Congratulating the Palms Restaurant on 75th Anniversary ........ 1489

S.C.R. 39  In Memory of Legislative Council Mgr Delcina G. Sabourin........ 1489

S.C.R. 40  Congratulating Rutland HS Girls’ Alpine Skiing Team.................. 1489

S.C.R. 41  Congratulating Rutland HS Boys’ and Girls’ Snowboarders........ 1489

 

 

 

 

 


 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

     Action Postponed Until April 4, 2008

Pending Question: Shall the House adopt the resolution?

For Action Under Rule 52

     H. R. 32

     House resolution in support of the creation of a veterans’ transitional housing facility in central Vermont

Amendment to be offered by Rep. McDonald of Berlin to H.R. 32

Moves to amend the resolution in the seventh whereas clause as by striking the phrase “Barre or Montpelier” and inserting in lieu thereof “central Vermont”

(For text see House Journal April 2, 2008)

H. 545

     An act relating to the agency of human services.

H. 889

An act relating to the state’s transportation program.

     Amendment to be offered Rep. Perry of Richford, Allard of St. Albans Town, Branagan of Georgia, Consejo of Sheldon, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Howrigan of Fairfield, Keenan of St. Albans City, LaVoie of Swanton and McAllister of Highgate to H. 889

     Moves to amend the bill by adding a new Sec. 52 to read as follows:

* * * Missisquoi Rail Trail; Appropriation * * *

Sec. 52.  MISSISQUOI RAIL TRAIL; APPROPRIATION

There shall be an annual amount appropriated from the transportation fund to the agency of transportation sufficient to maintain the 26.4-mile Missisquoi rail trail from the intersection of Routes 7 and 105 in St. Albans to Troy Street in Richford.  The agency shall maintain the trail at a general maximum grade of three percent, subject to higher grades at road crossings, at a width of 10 feet and of four feet at the closed gates, and with a crushed limestone surface except for an existing 1/3‑mile‑long asphalt segment in the village of Enosburg Falls.

and by renumbering the remaining Sec. to be numerically correct

     Amendment to be offered by Rep. Koch of Barre Town to H. 889

Moves that the bill be amended on page 27, in Sec. 21 (Life Cycle Funding Study), in subsection (b), by striking the last sentence and inserting in lieu thereof the following: “This committee shall meet on or before October 10, 2008 to review the report and make such recommendations to the governor as the committee may deem appropriate regarding funding options for such program.

S. 45

An act relating to the right to attend town meeting.

J. R. H. 55

     Joint resolution requesting the public service department to adopt a revised state energy plan with new implementation recommendations in accordance with 30 V.S.A. § 202b(c).

Senate Proposal of Amendment

J. R. H. 44

     Joint resolution approving the Vermont information technology leaders’ (VITL) health information technology plan as required by 22 V.S.A. § 903(g).

The Senate proposes to the House to amend the resolution by striking out the resolution in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Whereas, the Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership incorporated in Vermont, and

Whereas, VITL is an integral part of the development of health information technology in this state, and

Whereas, VITL has developed the Vermont health information technology plan pursuant to 22 V.S.A. § 903(b) and (c), and

Whereas, the Vermont health information technology plan outlines a vision for health information technology in Vermont that identifies key stakeholders, strategies, and objectives; provides standards for health information exchange that include the promotion of privacy and security; presents an overview of the technology architecture; and details the funding and governance of health information technology in this state, and

Whereas, the “Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information” established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and contained in 45 C.F.R., Parts 160 and 164, provide protections for the privacy of individually identifiable health information maintained or transmitted in connection with certain administrative and financial transactions, and

Whereas, the provisions of Vermont’s patients’ privilege statute in 12 V.S.A. § 1612, the mental health protections found in 18 V.S.A. § 7103, and the guidelines for privacy and security standards and protocols in 22 V.S.A. § 903(f) provide Vermonters with additional rights and protections regarding disclosure of their personal health information, and

Whereas, 22 V.S.A. § 903(g) allows the Vermont health information technology plan, upon recommendation of the commissioner of information and innovation and approval by the general assembly, to serve as the framework within which the commissioner reviews certificate of need applications for information technology, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly approves the Vermont health information technology plan, as submitted by VITL, to be implemented using HIPAA, 12 V.S.A. § 1612, 18 V.S.A. § 7103, and 22 V.S.A. § 903(f) as the minimum standards for the privacy and security of health information, and be it further

Resolved:  That VITL be directed to continue to update the health information technology plan to include state and national privacy and security policies and procedures as they become available to reflect industry best practices, and be it further

Resolved:  That VITL be directed to update by January 1, 2009 the interoperability standards in the health information technology plan to reflect nationally accepted industry best practices relating to the exchange of data, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc.


NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Amendment

H. 230

     An act relating to legislative appointments to the human rights commission.

Rep. Manwaring of Wilmington, for the Committee on Government Operations, recommends the bill be amended by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  9 V.S.A. § 4551 is amended to read:

§ 4551. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION; MEMBERS; COMPENSATION

* * *

(c) A member of the commission whose term has expired or who resigned during a term shall be eligible to act as an alternate at the request of the executive director of the commission if necessary to convene a quorum of the commission to act upon complaints pursuant to section 4554 of this title.  An alternate shall only participate in the consideration of complaints at meetings attended and shall not be involved in setting the policies of the commission. 

(d) Each member of the commission, including an alternate who is called to act, shall receive compensation as provided by 32 V.S.A. § 1010 with a maximum of $1,000.00 a year, and shall be entitled to expenses actually and necessarily incurred in the performance of his or her duties.

(d)(e) Three members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

(Committee vote: 9-0-2)

Rep. Keenan of St. Albans City, for the Committee on Appropriations, recommends the bill ought to pass when amended as recommended by the Committee on Government Operations.

( Committee Vote: 10-0-1)

Favorable

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)

Rep. Aswad of Burlington, for the Committee on Ways and Means, recommends the bill ought to pass.

( Committee Vote: 9-2-0)

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 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, April 3, 2008)

H.C.R. 255

House concurrent resolution congratulating the South Royalton Woman’s Club on the 100th anniversary of its membership in the State Federation of Women’s Clubs

H.C.R. 256

 House concurrent resolution recognizing the role of registered nurses in the delivery of health care in Vermont

H.C.R. 257

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Gaines Farm on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award

H.C.R. 258

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Brattleboro Reformer on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award

H.C.R. 259

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Essex High School Hornets championship gymnastics team

 

H.C.R. 260

House concurrent resolution in memory of Violet Coffin of Strafford

H.C.R. 261

House concurrent resolution in memory of the American military personnel who have died in the service of their nation in Iraq from December 20, 2007 through March 27, 2008

H.C.R. 262

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Middlebury Inn on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award

H.C.R. 263

House concurrent resolution congratulating Chipman Point on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award

H.C.R. 264

House concurrent resolution congratulating The Palms Restaurant on its diamond anniversary

S.C.R. 39.

Senate concurrent resolution in memory of former Legislative Council operations' manager Dulcina Goulette-Sabourin.

S.C.R. 40.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Rutland High School Raiders girls' alpine skiing championship team.

S.C.R. 41. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Rutland High School Raiders boys’ and girls’ champion snowboarders.

 



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