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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008

100th DAY OF ADJOURNED SESSION

House Convenes at 1:00 P M

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                               Page No.

ACTION CALENDAR

     Actions Postponed Until Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Third Reading

H. 689  Relating to Utility Prescriptive Rights................................................ 1648

Committee Relieved

H.R.  33 Opposition to China’s Human Rights Violations in Tibet................. 1648

Third Reading

H. 619  Regulation of Sexual Assault  Nurse Examiners................................ 1648

H. 878  Relating to Elevator Safety............................................................... 1648

H. 894  Amendment to Charter to Town of Windsor.................................... 1648

S.    2  Eligibility for Public Defender Services With Retail Theft.................... 1648

S. 213  Designating State Highways in Manchester as Class I Highway......... 1648

S. 229  Relating to Access to Public Records............................................... 1648

S. 232  Relating to Mobile Polling Stations.................................................... 1649

S. 240  Repealing Sunset to Social Security Breach Notice Act..................... 1649

S. 290  Relating to Agricultural Water Quality............................................... 1649

          Rep. Spengler Amendment................................................................. 1649

S. 291  Farm Agronomic Practices Program at the Agency........................... 1649

S. 366  Administration of Voter’s Oath or Affirmation................................... 1649

Actions Postponed Until Thursday, April 17, 2008

Senate Proposal of Amendment

H. 403    Postretirement Cost of Living Adjustments..................................... 1649

S. 344  Internet and Mail Order Sales of Tobacco Products......................... 1649

          Rep. French for Human Services

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Amendment

H. 629  VT’s System for Caring for the Mentally Ill Offenders...................... 1650

          Rep. Lorber for Institutions

          Rep. M. Johnson for Appropriations................................................... 1654

S. 233  Temporary Officiants at Marriages and Civil Unions.......................... 1655

          Rep. Evans for Government Operations

          Rep. Howard for Ways and Means..................................................... 1655

S. 241  Special Veteran and Gold Star Registration Plates............................ 1656

          Rep. Masland for Transportation

S. 336  Relating to Juvenile Judicial Proceedings........................................... 1656

          Rep. Flory for Judiciary

S. 342  Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Motor Vehicle Plates................... 1684

          Rep. Brennan for Transportation

S. 365    Capital construction and state bonding............................................ 1685

          Rep. Emmons for Corrections and Institutions

          Rep. M. Johnson for Appropriations................................................... 1711

          Rep. Helm Amendment....................................................................... 1712

Favorable

S. 324  Relating to Beer and Wine Tastings.................................................. 1713

          Rep. McCormack for General, Housing and Military Affairs

Senate Proposals of Amendment

H. 636  Embezzlement by a Public Official.................................................... 1713

H. 641  Relating to Nursing Mothers in the Workplace................................. 1714

H. 862  Amendment to Charter Village of Waterbury................................... 1716

H. 883  Amendments to Vermont’s Public Retirement Systems..................... 1716

Senate Proposal of Amendment to House Proposal of Amendment

S.  45  Relating to Right to Attend Town Meeting......................................... 1717

Ordered to Lie

H. 549    Establishing Buffer Zones Along Waterways................................... 1718

 

 

 

 

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

     Actions Postponed Until Wednesday, April 16, 2009

H. 689

     An act relating to utility prescriptive rights.

Pending Action: Third reading of the bill

Committee Relieved

     H. R. 33

     House resolution expressing strong opposition to and urging effective and immediate congressional action to stop human rights violations by the Government of the People’s Republic of China’s human rights violations in the geographic area known as Tibet

(For text see House Journal  April 8, 2008- P. 881)

Pending Action: Second reading of the resolution

Third Reading

H. 619

     An act relating to the regulation of sexual assault nurse examiners.

H. 878

     An act relating to elevator safety.

H. 894

     An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the town of Windsor.

S. 2

An act relating to bail and eligibility for public defender services for defendants charged with retail theft.

S. 213

An act relating to the designation of a portion of state highways in the town of Manchester as Class 1 highways.

S. 229

An act relating to access to public records.

S. 232

An act relating to mobile polling stations.

S. 240

An act relating to repealing the sunset of the law enforcement exemption to the social security breach notice act.

S. 290

An act relating to agricultural water quality.

     Amendment to be offered by Rep. Spengler of Colchester to S. 290            Moves to amend the House proposal of amendment as follows:

First:  In Sec. 1, 6 V.S.A. § 4828(c)(1), by striking “by a custom applicator that is located in” and inserting in lieu thereof “that are serviced by custom applicators and that are located in

Second:  In Sec. 1, 6 V.S.A. 4828(d), by inserting after the words “the house and senate committees on agriculture” the words “and the house committee on fish, wildlife and water resources

Third:  By adding a Sec. 2 to read as follows:

Sec. 2.  SUNSET

(a)  6 V.S.A. § 4822(a)-(c) (capital equipment assistance program) shall be repealed July 1, 2011.

(b)  6 V.S.A. § 4822(d) (agency of agriculture, food and markets report on capital equipment assistance program) shall be repealed July 1, 2013.

S. 291

An act relating to the farm agronomic practices program at the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

S. 366

An act relating to the administration of the voter’s oath or affirmation.

Actions Postponed Until Thursday, April 17, 2008

Senate Proposal of Amendment

H. 403

          An act relating to postretirement cost of living adjustments for state employees

S. 344

An act relating to internet and mail order sales of tobacco products.

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Amendment

H. 629

     An act relating to an evaluation of Vermont’s system of caring for mentally ill offenders.

Rep. Lorber of Burlington, for the Committee on Institutions, recommends the bill be amended by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  28 V.S.A. § 701a is amended to read:

§ 701a.  SEGREGATION OF INMATES WITH A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT

(a)  The commissioner shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 25 of Title 3 regarding the classification, treatment, and segregation of an inmate with a serious mental illness functional impairment as defined in subdivision 906(1) and identified under subchapter 6 of this title chapter; provided that the length of stay in segregation for an inmate with a serious mental illness functional impairment:

(1)  Shall not exceed 15 days if the inmate is segregated for disciplinary reasons.

(2)  Shall not exceed 30 days if the inmate requested the segregation, except that the inmate may remain segregated for successive 30-day periods following assessment by a qualified mental health professional and approval of a physician for each extension.

(3)  Shall not exceed 30 days if the inmate is segregated for any reason other than the reasons set forth in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection, except that the inmate may remain segregated for successive 30-day periods following a due process hearing for each extension, which shall include assessment by a qualified mental health professional and approval of a physician.

(b)  For purposes of this title, and despite other names this concept has been given in the past or may be given in the future, “segregation” means a form of separation from the general population which may or may not include placement in a single occupancy cell and which is used for disciplinary, administrative, or other reasons.

(c)  On or before the 15th day of each month, the department’s health services director shall provide to the joint legislative corrections oversight committee a report that, while protecting inmate confidentiality, lists each inmate who was in segregation during the preceding month by a unique indicator and identifies the reason the inmate was placed in segregation, the length of the inmate’s stay in segregation, whether the inmate has a serious mental illness, functional impairment or is otherwise on the department’s mental health roster identified as receiving mental health services, and, if so, the nature of the mental illness functional impairment or services provided.  The report shall also indicate any incident of self harm or attempted suicide by inmates in segregation.  The committee chair shall ensure that a copy of the report is forwarded to the Vermont defender general and the executive director of Vermont Protection and Advocacy, Inc. on a monthly basis.

Sec 2.  28 V.S.A. chapter 11, subchapter 6 is amended to read:

Subchapter 6.  Services for Inmates with Serious

Mental Illness Functional Impairment

§ 906.  DEFINITIONS

As used in this subchapter:

(1)  “Serious mental illness functional impairment” means:

(A)  a substantial disorder of thought, mood, perception, orientation, or memory, any of as diagnosed by a qualified mental health professional, which grossly substantially impairs judgment, behavior, capacity to recognize reality, or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life and which substantially impairs the ability to function within the correctional setting; or

(B)  a developmental disability, traumatic brain injury or other organic brain disorder, or various forms of dementia or other neurological disorders, as diagnosed by a mental health professional, which substantially impair the ability to function in the correctional setting.

(2)  “Mental Qualified mental health professional” means a person with professional training, experience and demonstrated competence in the treatment of mental illness or serious functional impairments, who is a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurse, or other qualified person determined by the commissioner of mental health.

(3)  “Mental illness or disorder” means a condition that falls under any Axis I diagnostic categories or the following Axis II diagnostic categories as listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Volume IV, as updated from time to time:  borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, mental retardation,

obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder.

(4)  “Screening” means an initial survey to identify whether an inmate has immediate treatment needs or is in need of further evaluation.

§ 907.  MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE FOR INMATES; POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF COMMISSIONER

The commissioner shall administer a program of mental health services which shall be available to all inmates and shall provide adequate staff to support the program.  The program shall provide the following services:

(1)  Within 24 hours of admittance to a correctional facility all inmates shall be screened for any signs of serious mental illness or disorder, trauma, and serious functional impairment.  If as a result of the screening it is determined that the inmate has received developmental services in Vermont or similar services for neurological disorders or is currently receiving community rehabilitation and treatment services, he or she will automatically be designated as having a serious functional impairment.

(2)  A thorough evaluation, conducted in a timely and reasonable fashion by a qualified mental health professional, which includes a review of available medical and psychiatric records.  The evaluation shall be made of each inmate who:

 (A)  has a history of serious mental illness or disorder;

(B)  has significant trauma;

(C)  has received community rehabilitation and treatment services; or

(D)  who shows signs or symptoms of serious mental illness or disorder or of serious functional impairment at the initial screening or as observed subsequent to entering the department in a timely and reasonable fashion facility

The evaluation shall be conducted by a mental health professional who is qualified by training and experience to provide diagnostic, rehabilitative, treatment or therapeutic services to persons with serious mental illness.  The evaluation shall include review of available medical and psychiatric records. 

(3)  The development and implementation of an individual treatment plan, when a clinical diagnosis by a qualified mental health professional indicates an inmate is suffering from serious mental illness or disorder from or serious functional impairment.  The treatment plan shall be explained to the inmate by a qualified mental health professional.

(4)  Access to a variety of services and levels of care consistent with the treatment plan to inmates suffering serious mental illness or disorder or serious functional impairment.  These services shall include, as appropriate, the following:

(A)  Follow-up evaluations.

(B)  Crisis intervention.

(C)  Crisis beds.

(D)  Residential care within a correctional institution.

(E)  Clinical services provided within the general population of the correctional facility.

(F)  Services provided in designated special needs units.

(G)  As a joint responsibility with the department of mental health and the department of aging and independent living, and working with community mental health centers, the implementation of discharge planning for community services.

(H)  Other services that the department of corrections, the department of aging and independent living, and the department of mental health jointly determine to be appropriate.

(5)  Procedures to actively seek and identify any inmate who has not received the enhanced screening, evaluation and access to mental health services appropriate for inmates suffering from a serious mental illness or disorder or a serious functional impairment.

(6)  Special training to medical and correctional staff to enable them to identify and initially deal with inmates with a serious mental illness or disorder or a serious functional impairment.  This training shall include the following:

(A)  Recognition of signs and symptoms of serious mental illness or disorder or of serious functional impairment in the inmate population.

(B)  Recognition of signs and symptoms of chemical dependence and withdrawal.

(C)  Recognition of adverse reactions to psychotropic medication.

(D)  Recognition of improvement in the general condition of the inmate.

(E)  Recognition of mental retardation.

(F)  Recognition of mental health emergencies and specific instructions on contacting the appropriate professional care provider and taking other appropriate action.

(G)  Suicide potential and prevention.

(H)  Precise instructions on procedures for mental health referrals.

(I)  Any other training determined to be appropriate.

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Sec. 3.  EVALUATION OF VERMONT'S SYSTEM OF CARING FOR                                          MENTALLY ILL OFFENDERS

(a)  The legislative council and joint fiscal office, with assistance from the secretary of human services, the commissioner of mental health, the commissioner of corrections, the deputy commissioner of  alcohol and drug abuse prevention, and the court administrator shall:

(1)  conduct a review of Vermont’s system for determining where, how, and what services are provided to offenders with a mental illness;

(2)  develop options for providing service and care to mentally ill offenders; and

(3)  analyze the costs and benefits of each option.

(b)  The legislative council and joint fiscal office may seek assistance from higher education institutions.

(c)  The review of Vermont’s system under subdivision (a)(1) of this section shall include an examination of the system for determining competency to stand trial and caring for those declared incompetent, the services provided in Vermont’s communities, the work of the mental health courts, and services that are provided within the corrections system.

(d)  The legislative council and joint fiscal office shall report their findings and recommendations to the corrections oversight committee on or before October 15, 2008, and to the senate committees on judiciary and health and welfare and the house committees on institutions and human services on or before January 15, 2009.

(Committee vote: 10-0-1)

Rep. Johnson of South Hero, for the Committee on Appropriations, recommends the bill ought to pass when amended as recommended by the Committee on Corrections and Institutions and when further amended as follows:

First:  In Sec. 2, 28 V.S.A. § 907(1), by striking the subdivision in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subdivision (1) to read:

(1)  Within 24 hours of admittance to a correctional facility all inmates shall be screened for any signs of serious mental illness or disorder, trauma, or serious functional impairment. 

(A)  If as a result of the screening it is determined that the inmate is receiving services under the developmental services waiver or is currently receiving community rehabilitation and treatment services, he or she will automatically be designated as having a serious functional impairment.

(B)  If an inmate has signs of trauma, the person carrying out the regular medical screening upon admission to the facility shall further screen the inmate for indicators of posttraumatic stress disorder.  Signs of trauma are reports by a person of an event or series of events that is life-threatening or overwhelming, such as combat exposure, rape, sexual molestation, or domestic violence.  If indicators of posttraumatic stress disorder are found at the medical screening, the inmate will receive a thorough evaluation pursuant to subdivision (2) of this section.

Second:  In Sec. 2, 28 V.S.A. § 907(2), in subdivision (B), by striking the subdivision in its entirety and by relettering the remaining subdivisions to be alphabetically correct

Third:  By striking Sec. 3 in its entirety

(Committee vote: 10-0-1)

S. 233

An act relating to temporary officiants for marriages and civil unions.

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

(Committee Vote: 8-2-1)

Rep. Howard of Rutland City, for the Committee on Ways and means, recommends that the House propose to the Senate that the bill be amended as follows:

First:  In Sec. 2, 18 V.S.A. § 5144a(a)(2), by striking “$150.00” and inserting in lieu thereof “$100.00

Second:  In Sec. 2, 18 V.S.A. § 5144a(b), in the second sentence, by striking the second instance of the word “marriage

Third:  In Sec. 4, 18 V.S.A. § 5164a(a)(2), by striking “$150.00” and inserting in lieu thereof “$100.00

Fourth:  In Sec. 4, 18 V.S.A. § 5164a(b), in the second sentence, by striking “marriage

(Committee vote: 8-0-2)

(For text see Senate Journal 3/21/08 – P. 398 )

 

S. 241

An act relating to the special veteran and gold star registration plates.

Rep. Masland of Thetford, for the Committee on Transportation, recommends that the House propose to the Senate that the bill be amended as follows:

     First:  By striking Sec. 4 in its entirety and  adding a new Sec. 4 to read:

Sec. 4.  COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES REPORT ON

             ISSUANCE OF DISTINCTIVE REGISTRATION PLATES

The commissioner of motor vehicles shall report to the house and senate committees on transportation by January 15, 2009, on the best methods of administering the issuance of distinctive registration plates, including motorcycle plates, with the logo of the organization or group sponsoring or requesting the plates.  In addition to any other issue deemed appropriate by the commissioner, the report shall consider the advisability of requiring a bond or cash deposit and a minimum number of applicants before the plates may be produced.  The report shall also examine appropriate fees, the design of the plates, such as standard plates with logo decals, and if a minimum number of plates must be issued over a specific period in order for the program to continue.

     Second:  By adding a Sec. 5 to read:

Sec. 5.  EFFECTIVE DATES

Sec. 4 and this section shall take effect from passage, and the remainder of the act shall take effect on January 1, 2009.

(Committee vote: 11-0-0)

S. 336

An act relating to juvenile judicial proceedings.

Rep. Flory of Pittsford, for the Committee on Judiciary, recommends that the House propose to the Senate that the bill be amended as follows:

First:  In Sec. 1, 33 V.S.A., by striking chapter 51 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new chapter 51 to read as follows:

Chapter 51.  GENERAL PROVISIONS

§ 5101.  Purposes  

(a)  The juvenile judicial proceedings chapters shall be construed in accordance with the following purposes:

(1)  To provide for the care, protection, education, and healthy mental, physical, and social development of children coming within the provisions of the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters.

(2)  To remove from children committing delinquent acts the taint of criminality and the consequences of criminal behavior and to provide supervision, care, and rehabilitation which assure:

(A)  balanced attention to the protection of the community;

(B)  accountability to victims and the community for offenses; and

(C)  the development of competencies to enable children to become responsible and productive members of the community.

(3)  To preserve the family and to separate a child from his or her parents only when necessary to protect the child from serious harm or in the interests of public safety.

(4)  To assure that safety and timely permanency for children are the paramount concerns in the administration and conduct of proceedings under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters.

(5)  To achieve the foregoing purposes, whenever possible, in a family environment, recognizing the importance of positive parent-child relationships to the well-being and development of children.

(6)  To provide judicial proceedings through which the provisions of the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters are executed and enforced and in which the parties are assured a fair hearing, and their constitutional and other legal rights are recognized and enforced.

(b)  The provisions of the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters shall be construed as superseding the provisions of the criminal law of this state to the extent the same are inconsistent with this chapter.

§ 5102.  Definitions and provisions of general application  

As used in the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1)  “Care provider” means a person other than a parent, guardian, or custodian who is providing the child with routine daily care but to whom custody rights have not been transferred by a court.

(2)  “Child” means any of the following:

(A)  An individual who is under the age of 18 and is a child in need of care or supervision as defined in subdivision (3)(A), (B), or (D) of this section (abandoned, abused, without proper parental care, or truant).

(B)(i)  An individual who is under the age of 18, is a child in need of care or supervision as defined in subdivision (3)(C) of this section (beyond parental control), and was under the age of 16 at the time the petition was filed; or

(ii)  an individual who is between the ages of 16 to 17.5, is a child in need of care or supervision as defined in subdivision (3)(C) of this section (beyond parental control), and who is at high risk of serious harm to himself or herself or others due to problems such as substance abuse, prostitution, or homelessness.

(C)  An individual who has been alleged to have committed or has committed an act of delinquency after becoming ten years of age and prior to becoming 18 years of age; provided, however:

(i)  that an individual who is alleged to have committed an act specified in subsection 5204(a) of this title after attaining the age of 10 but not the age of 14 may be treated as an adult as provided therein;

(ii)  that an individual who is alleged to have committed an act specified in subsection 5204(a) of this title after attaining the age of 14 but not the age of 16 shall be subject to criminal proceedings as in cases commenced against adults, unless transferred to the court in accordance with the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters;

(iii)  that an individual who is alleged to have committed an act before attaining the age of 10 which would be murder as defined in section 2301 of Title 13 if committed by an adult may be subject to delinquency proceedings; and

(iv)  that an individual may be considered a child for the period of time the the court retains jurisdiction under section 5104 of this title.   

(3)  “Child in need of care or supervision (CHINS)” means a child who:

(A)  has been abandoned or abused by the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian.  A person is considered to have abandoned a child if the person is: unwilling to have physical custody of the child; unable, unwilling, or has failed to make appropriate arrangements for the child’s care; unable to have physical custody of the child and has not arranged or cannot arrange for the safe and appropriate care of the child; or has left the child with a care provider and the care provider is unwilling or unable to provide care or support for the child, the whereabouts of the person are unknown, and reasonable efforts to locate the person have been unsuccessful.

(B)  is without proper parental care or subsistence, education, medical, or other care necessary for his or her well-being;

(C)  is without or beyond the control of his or her parent, guardian, or custodian; or

(D)  is habitually and without justification truant from compulsory school attendance.

(4)  “Commissioner” means the commissioner of the department for children and families or the commissioner’s designee.

(5)  “Conditional custody order” means an order issued by the court in a juvenile proceeding conferring legal custody of a child to a parent, guardian, relative, or a person with a significant relationship with the child subject to such conditions and limitations as the court may deem necessary to provide for the safety and welfare of the child.

(6)  “Court” means the Vermont family court.

(7)  “Custodial  parent” means a parent who, at the time of the commencement of the juvenile proceeding, has the right and responsibility to provide the routine daily care and control of the child.  The rights of the custodial parent may be held solely or shared and may be subject to the

court-ordered right of the other parent to have contact with the child.

(8)  “Custodian” means a person other than a parent or legal guardian to whom legal custody of the child has been given by order of a Vermont family or probate court or a similar court in another jurisdiction.

(9)  “Delinquent act” means an act designated a crime under the laws of this state, or of another state if the act occurred in another state, or under federal law.  A delinquent act shall include 7 V.S.A. §§ 656 and 657; however, it shall not include:

(A)  Snowmobile offenses in subchapter 1 and motorboat offenses in subchapter 2 of chapter 29 of Title 23, except for violations of sections 3207a, 3207b, 3207c, 3207d, and 3323.

(B)  Motor vehicle offenses committed by an individual who is at least 16 years of age, except for violations of subchapter 13 of chapter 13 and of section 1091 of Title 23.        

(10)  “Delinquent child” means a child who has been adjudicated to have committed a delinquent act.

(11)  “Department” means the department for children and families.

(12)  “Guardian” means a person who, at the time of the commencement of the juvenile judicial proceeding, has legally established rights to a child pursuant to an order of a Vermont probate court or a similar court in another jurisdiction.

(13)  “Judge” means a judge of the family court.

(14)  “Juvenile judicial proceedings chapters” means this chapter and chapters 52 and 53 of this title.

(15)  “Juvenile proceeding” means a proceeding in the family court under the authority of the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters.

(16)(A)  “Legal custody” means the legal status created by order of the court under the authority of the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters which invests in a party to a juvenile proceeding or another person the following rights and responsibilities:

(i)  The right to routine daily care and control and to determine where and with whom the child shall live.

(ii)  The authority to consent to major medical, psychiatric, and surgical treatment for a child.

(iii)  The responsibility to protect and supervise a child and to provide the child with food, shelter, education, and ordinary medical care. 

(iv)  The authority to make decisions which concern the child and are of substantial legal significance, including the authority to consent to marriage and enlistment in the armed forces of the United States, and the authority to represent the child in legal actions.

(B)  If legal custody is transferred to a person other than a parent, the rights, duties, and responsibilities so transferred are subject to the residual parental rights of the parents.

(17)  “Listed crime” means the same as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 5301.

(18)  “Noncustodial parent” means a parent who is not a custodial parent at the time of the commencement of the juvenile proceeding.

(19)  “Officer” means a law enforcement officer, including a state police officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, municipal police officer, or constable who has been certified by the criminal justice training council pursuant to section 2358 of Title 20.

(20)  “Parent” means a child’s biological or adoptive parent, including custodial parents, noncustodial parents, parents with legal or physical responsibilities or both and parents whose rights have never been adjudicated.

(21)  “Parent-child contact” means the right of a parent to have visitation with the child by court order.

(22)  “Party” includes the following persons:

(A)  The child with respect to whom the proceedings are brought.

(B)  The custodial parent, the guardian, or the custodian of the child in all instances except a hearing on the merits of a delinquency petition. 

(C)  The noncustodial parent for the purposes of custody, visitation, and such other issues  which the court may determine are proper and necessary to the proceedings, provided that the noncustodial parent has entered an appearance.

(D)  The state’s attorney.

(E)  The commissioner.

(F)  Such other persons as appear to the court to be proper and necessary to the proceedings.

(23)  “Probation” means the legal status created by order of the family court in proceedings involving a violation of law whereby a delinquent child is subject to supervision by the department under conditions specified in the court’s juvenile probation certificate and subject to return to and change of legal status by the family court for violation of conditions of probation at any time during the period of probation.

(24)  “Protective supervision” means the authority granted by the court to the department in a juvenile proceeding to take reasonable steps to monitor compliance with the court’s conditional custody order, including unannounced visits to the home in which the child currently resides.

(25)  “Reasonable efforts” means the exercise of due diligence by the department to use appropriate and available services to prevent unnecessary removal of the child from the home or to finalize a permanency plan.  When making the reasonable efforts determination, the court may find that no services were appropriate or reasonable considering the circumstances.  If the court makes written findings that aggravated circumstances are present, the court may make, but shall not be required to make, written findings as to whether reasonable efforts were made to prevent removal of the child from the home.  Aggravated circumstances may exist if:

(A)  a court of competent jurisdiction has determined that the parent has subjected a child to abandonment, torture, chronic abuse, or sexual abuse;

(B)  a court of competent jurisdiction has determined that the parent has been convicted of murder or manslaughter of a child;

(C)  a court of competent jurisdiction has determined that the parent has been convicted of a felony crime that results in serious bodily injury to the child or another child of the parent; or

(D)  the parental rights of the parent with respect to a sibling have been involuntarily terminated.

(26)  “Residual parental rights and responsibilities” means those rights and responsibilities remaining with the parent after the transfer of legal custody of the child, including the right to reasonable contact with the child, the responsibility for support, and the right to consent to adoption.

(27)  “Shelter” means a shelter designated by the commissioner where a child taken into custody pursuant to subdivision 5301(3) of this title may be held for a period not to exceed seven days.

(28)  “Youth” shall mean a person who is the subject of a motion for youthful offender status or who has been granted youthful offender status.

§ 5103.  Jurisdiction  

(a)  The family court shall have exclusive jurisdiction over all proceedings concerning a child who is or who is alleged to be a delinquent child or a child in need of care or supervision brought under the authority of the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters, except as otherwise provided in such chapters.

(b)  Orders issued under the authority of the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters shall take precedence over orders in other family court proceedings and any order of another court of this state, to the extent they are inconsistent.  This section shall not apply to child support orders in a divorce, parentage, or relief from abuse proceedings until a child support order has been issued in the juvenile proceeding.

(c)  Except as otherwise provided by this title, jurisdiction over a child shall not be extended beyond the child’s 18th birthday.

(d)  The court may terminate its jurisdiction over a child prior to the child’s 18th birthday by order of the court.  If the child is not subject to another juvenile proceeding, jurisdiction shall terminate automatically in the following circumstances:

(1)  Upon the discharge of a child from juvenile probation, providing the child is not in the legal custody of the commissioner.

(2)  Upon an order of the court transferring legal custody to a parent, guardian, or custodian without conditions or protective supervision.

(3)  Upon the adoption of a child following a termination of parental rights proceeding.

§ 5104.   Retention of jurisdiction over youthful

                offenders    

(a)  The family court may retain jurisdiction over a youthful offender up to the age of 22.

(b)  In relation to the retention of jurisdiction provision of subsection (a) of this section, any party may request, or the court on its own motion may schedule, a hearing to determine the propriety of extending the jurisdictional time period.  This hearing shall be held within the three-month time period immediately preceding the child’s 18th birthday, and the order of continued jurisdiction shall be executed by the court on or before that birthday. In determining the need for continued jurisdiction, the court shall consider the following factors:

(1)  the extent and nature of the child’s record of delinquency;

(2)  the nature of past and current treatment efforts and the nature of the child’s response to them;

(3)  the prospects for reasonable rehabilitation of the child by use of procedures, services, and facilities currently available to the court; and

(4)  whether the safety of the community will best be served by a continuation of jurisdiction.

(c)  A hearing under subsection (b) of this section shall be held in accordance with the procedures provided in section 5113 of this title.

§ 5105.  Venue and Change of Venue 

(a)  Proceedings under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters may be commenced in the county where:

(1)  the child is domiciled;

(2)  the acts constituting the alleged delinquency occurred; or

(3)  the child is present when the proceedings commenced, if it is alleged that a child is in need of care or supervision.

(b)  If a child or a parent, guardian, or custodian changes domicile during the course of a proceeding under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters or if the petition is not brought in the county in which the child is domiciled, the court may change venue upon the motion of a party or its own motion, taking into consideration the domicile of the child and the convenience of the parties and witnesses.

§ 5106.  Powers and duties of commissioner

Subject to the limitations of the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters or those imposed by the court, and in addition to any other powers granted to the commissioner under the laws of this state, the commissioner has the following authority with respect to a child who is or may be the subject of a petition brought under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters: 

(1)  To undertake assessments and make reports and recommendations to the court as authorized by the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters.

(2)  To investigate complaints and allegations that a child is in need of care or supervision for the purpose of considering the commencement of proceedings under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters.

(3)  To supervise and assist a child who is placed under the commissioner’s supervision or in the commissioner’s legal custody by order of the court.

(4)  To place a child who is in the commissioner’s  legal custody in a family home or a treatment, rehabilitative, detention, or educational facility or institution subject to the provisions of sections 5292 and 5293 of this title.  To the extent that it is appropriate and possible siblings in the commissioner’s custody shall be placed together. 

(5)  To make appropriate referrals to private or public agencies.

(6)  To perform such other functions as are designated by the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters.

§ 5107.  Contempt power   

Subject to the laws relating to the procedures therefor and the limitations thereon, the court has the power to punish any person for contempt of court for disobeying an order of the court or for obstructing or interfering with the proceedings of the court or the enforcement of its orders.

§ 5108.  Authority to issue warrants  

(a)  The court may order a parent, guardian, or custodian to appear at any hearing or to appear at the hearing with the child who is the subject of a petition.

(b)  If, after being summoned, cited, or otherwise notified to appear, a party fails to do so, the court may issue a warrant for the person’s appearance.  If the child is with the parent, guardian, or custodian, the court may issue a warrant for the person to appear in court with the child or, in the alternative, the court may issue an order for an officer to pick up the child and bring the child to court.

(c)  If a summons cannot be served or the welfare of the child requires that the child be brought forthwith to the court, the court may issue a warrant for the parent, guardian, or custodian to appear in court with the child.  In the alternative, the court may issue an order for an officer to pick up the child and bring the child to court during court hours.

(d)  A person summoned who fails to appear without reasonable cause may be found in contempt of court.

§ 5109.  Subpoena 

Upon application of a party or on the court’s own motion, the clerk of the court shall issue subpoenas requiring attendance and testimony of witnesses and production of papers at any hearing under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters.

§ 5110.  Conduct of hearings 

(a)  Hearings under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters shall be conducted by the court without a jury and shall be confidential.  

(b)  The general public shall be excluded from hearings under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters, and only the parties, their counsel, witnesses, persons accompanying a party for his or her assistance, and such other persons as the court finds to have a proper interest in the case or in the work of the court, may be admitted by the court.  This subsection shall not prohibit a victim’s exercise of his or her rights under sections 5333 and 5234 of this title, and as otherwise provided by law. 

(c)  There shall be no publicity given by any person to any proceedings under the authority of the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters except with the consent of the child, the child’s guardian ad litem, and the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian.  A person who violates this provision may be subject to contempt proceedings pursuant to Rule 16 of the Vermont Rules for Family Proceedings.

§ 5111.  Noncustodial Parents    

(a)  If a child is placed in the legal custody of the department and the identity of a parent has not been legally established at the time the petition is filed, the court may order that the mother, the child, and the alleged father submit to genetic testing and may issue an order establishing parentage pursuant to subchapter 3A of Title 15.  A parentage order issued pursuant to this subsection shall not be deemed to be a confidential record.

(b)  If a child is placed in the legal custody of the department, the department shall make reasonably diligent efforts to locate a noncustodial parent as early in the proceedings as possible, and notify the court of the noncustodial parent’s address.  A hearing shall not be delayed by reason of the inability of the department to locate or serve a noncustodial parent. 

(c)  The court may order a custodial parent to provide the department with information regarding the identity and location of a noncustodial parent.

(d)  As soon as his or her address is known, a noncustodial parent shall be served with the petition and a copy of the summons.  Thereafter, the court shall mail notices of the hearing to the noncustodial parent.  The noncustodial parent shall be responsible for providing the court with information regarding any changes in address.

§ 5112.  Attorney and guardian ad litem for child  

(a)  The court shall appoint an attorney for a child who is a party to a proceeding brought under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters. 

(b)  The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for a child who is a party to a proceeding brought under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters.  In a delinquency proceeding, a parent, guardian, or custodian of the child may serve as a guardian ad litem for the child, providing his or her interests do not conflict with the interests of the child.  The guardian ad litem appointed under this section shall not be a party to that proceeding or an employee or representative of such party.

§ 5113.  Modification or vacation of orders 

(a)  An order of the court may be set aside in accordance with Rule 60 of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure.

(b)  Upon motion of a party or the court’s own motion, the court may amend, modify, set aside, or vacate an order on the grounds that a change in circumstances requires such action to serve the best interests of the child.  The motion shall set forth in concise language the grounds upon which the relief is requested.

(c)  Any order under this section shall be made after notice and hearing; however, the court may waive the hearing upon stipulation of the parties.  All evidence helpful in determining the questions presented, including hearsay, may be admitted and relied upon to the extent of its probative value, even though not competent in a hearing on the petition.

§ 5114.  Best interests of the child 

(a)  At the time of a permanency review under section 5321 of this title, a modification hearing under section 5113 of this title, or at any time a petition or request to terminate all residual parental rights of a parent without limitation as to adoption is filed by the commissioner or the attorney for the child, the court shall consider the best interests of the child in accordance with the following:

(1)  The interaction and interrelationship of the child with his or her parents, siblings, foster parents, if any, and any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interests.

(2)  The child’s adjustment to his or her home, school, and community.

(3)  The likelihood that the parent will be able to resume or assume parental duties within a reasonable period of time.

(4)  Whether the parent has played and continues to play a constructive role, including personal contact and demonstrated love and affection, in the child’s welfare.

(b)  Except in cases where a petition or request to terminate all residual parental rights of a parent without limitation as to adoption is filed by the commissioner or the attorney for the child, the court shall also consider whether the parent is capable of playing a constructive role, including demonstrating love and affection, in the child’s welfare.

§ 5115.  Protective order 

(a)  On motion of a party or on the court’s own motion, the court may make an order restraining or otherwise controlling the conduct of a person if the court finds that such conduct is or may be detrimental or harmful to a child.

(b)  The person against whom the order is directed shall be served with notice of the motion and the grounds therefor and be given an opportunity to be heard.

(c)  Upon a showing that there is a risk of immediate harm to a child, the court may issue a protective order ex parte.  A hearing on the motion shall be held no more than 10 days after the issuance of the order.

(d)  The court may review any protective order at a subsequent hearing to determine whether the order should remain in effect.

(e)  A person who is the subject of an order issued pursuant to this section who violates a provision of the order that concerns contact between the child and that person shall be punished in accordance with 13 V.S.A. § 1030.

§ 5116.  Costs and expenses for care of child 

(a)  The commissioner may incur such expenses for the proper care, maintenance, and education of a child, including without limitation, the expenses of medical, surgical, or psychiatric examination or treatment, as the commissioner considers necessary in connection with proceedings under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters.

(b)  The costs of any proceeding under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters incurred under the provisions of Title 33 shall be borne by the court.

(c)  The court may, in any order of disposition under the juvenile judicial proceedings chapters, make and enforce by levy and execution an order of child support to be paid by the parent of the child.

(d)  The court may delegate to the office of magistrate its authority to make and enforce an order of child support to be paid by the parent of a child.

(e)  A child support order shall only remain in effect as long as the child who is the subject of the support order is in the legal custody of the commissioner and placed with someone other than the parent or parents responsible for support.

(f)  Except as otherwise provided in section 5119 of this title, orders issued pursuant to this section shall not be confidential.

(g)  Notwithstanding subsection 5103(b) of this title, an order terminating a parent’s residual parental rights ends that parent’s obligation to pay child support.  However, in no event shall an order terminating residual parental rights terminate an obligation for child support arrearages accrued by the parent prior to the date of the termination of parental rights order.

§ 5117.  records OF JUVENILE JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS  

(a)  Except as otherwise provided, court and law enforcement reports and files concerning a person subject to the jurisdiction of the court shall be maintained separate from the records and files of other persons.  Unless a charge of delinquency is transferred for criminal prosecution under chapter 52 of this title or the court otherwise orders in the interests of the child, such records and files shall not be open to public inspection nor their contents disclosed to the public by any person.  However, upon a finding that a child is a delinquent child by reason of commission of a delinquent act which would have been a felony if committed by an adult, the court, upon request of the victim, shall make the child’s name available to the victim of the delinquent act.  If the victim is incompetent or deceased, the child’s name shall be released, upon request, to the victim’s guardian or next of kin.

(b)(1)  Notwithstanding the foregoing, inspection of such records and files by the following is not prohibited:

(A)  A court having the child before it in any juvenile judicial proceeding.

(B)  The officers of public institutions or agencies to whom the child is committed as a delinquent child.

(C)  A court in which a person is convicted of a criminal offense for the purpose of imposing sentence upon or supervising the person, or by officials of penal institutions and other penal facilities to which the person is committed, or by a parole board in considering the person’s parole or discharge or in exercising supervision over the person.

(D)  Court personnel, the state’s attorney or other prosecutor authorized to prosecute criminal or juvenile cases under state law, the child’s guardian ad litem, the attorneys for the parties, probation officers, and law enforcement officers who are actively participating in criminal or juvenile proceedings involving the child.

(E)  The child who is the subject of the proceeding, the child’s parents, guardian, custodian, and guardian ad litem may inspect such records and files upon approval of the family court judge.

(F)  Any other person who has a need to know may be designated by order of the family court.

(2)  Records and files inspected under this subsection shall be marked: UNLAWFUL DISSEMINATION OF THIS INFORMATION IS A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY A FINE UP TO $2,000.00.

(c)  Upon motion of a party in a divorce or parentage proceeding related to parental rights and responsibilities for a child or parent-child contact, the court may order that court records in a juvenile proceeding involving the same child or children be released to the parties in the divorce proceeding.  The public shall not have access to records from a juvenile proceeding that are filed with the court or admitted into evidence in the divorce or parentage proceeding.

(d)  Such records and files shall be available to state’s attorneys and all other law enforcement officers in connection with record checks and other legal purposes.

(e)  Any records or reports relating to a matter within the jurisdiction of the court prepared by or released by the court or the department for children and families, any portion of those records or reports, and information relating to the contents of those records or reports shall not be disseminated by the receiving persons or agencies to any persons or agencies, other than those persons or agencies authorized to receive documents pursuant to this section.

(f)  This section does not provide access to records sealed in accordance with section 5119 of this title unless otherwise provided in section 5119.

§ 5118.  Limited exception to confidentiality of records

               of juveniles maintained by the family court 

(a)  For the purposes of this section:

(1)  “Delinquent act requiring notice” means conduct resulting in a delinquency adjudication related to a listed crime as defined in 13 V.S.A.

§ 5301(7).

(2)  “Independent school” means an approved or recognized independent school under 16 V.S.A. § 166.

(b)  While records of juveniles maintained by the family court should be kept confidential, it is the policy of the general assembly to establish a limited exception for the overriding public purposes of rehabilitating juveniles and protecting students and staff within Vermont’s public and independent schools.

(c)  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a court finding that a child has committed a delinquent act requiring notice shall, within seven days of such finding, provide written notice to the superintendent of schools for the public school in which the child is enrolled or, in the event the child is enrolled in an independent school, the school’s headmaster.

(d)  The written notice shall contain only a description of the delinquent act found by the court to have been committed by the child and shall be marked: “UNLAWFUL DISSEMINATION OF THIS INFORMATION IS A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY A FINE UP TO $2,000.00.”  The envelope in which the notice is sent by the court shall be marked:  “CONFIDENTIAL:  TO BE OPENED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OR HEADMASTER ONLY.”

(e)  The superintendent or headmaster, upon receipt of the notice, shall inform only those persons within the child’s school with a legitimate need to know of the delinquent act, and only after first evaluating rehabilitation and protection measures that do not involve informing staff or students.  Persons with a legitimate need to know are strictly limited to only those for whom the information is necessary for the rehabilitation program of the child or for the protection of staff or students.  “Need to know” shall be narrowly and strictly interpreted.  Persons receiving information from the superintendent or headmaster shall not, under any circumstances, discuss such information with any other person except the child, the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian, others who have been similarly informed by the superintendent or headmaster, law enforcement personnel, or the juvenile’s probation officer.

(f)  The superintendent and headmaster annually shall provide training to school staff about the need for confidentiality of such information and the penalties for violation of this section.

(g)  The written notice shall be maintained by the superintendent or headmaster in a file separate from the child’s education record.  If the child transfers to another public or independent school, the superintendent or headmaster shall forward the written notice in the original marked envelope to the superintendent or headmaster for the school to which the child transferred.  If the child either graduates or turns 18 years of age, the superintendent or headmaster then possessing the written notice shall destroy such notice.

(h)  If legal custody of the child is transferred to the commissioner, or if the commissioner is supervising the child’s probation, upon the request by a superintendent or headmaster, the commissioner shall provide to the superintendent or headmaster information concerning the child which the commissioner determines is necessary for the child’s rehabilitation or for the protection of the staff or students in the school in which the child is enrolled.

(i)  A person who intentionally violates the confidentiality provisions of this section shall be fined not more than $2,000.00.

(j)  Except as provided in subsection (i) of this section, no liability shall attach to any person who transmits, or fails to transmit, the written notice required under this section.

§ 5119.  Sealing of records  

(a)(1)  In matters relating to a child who has been adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 1996, the court shall order the sealing of all files and records related to the proceeding if two years have elapsed since the final discharge of the person unless, on motion of the state’s attorney, the court finds: 

(A)  the person has been convicted of a listed crime as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 5301 or adjudicated delinquent of such an offense after such initial adjudication, or a proceeding is pending seeking such conviction or adjudication; or 

(B)  rehabilitation of the person has not been attained to the satisfaction of the court. 

(2)  At least 60 days prior to the date upon which a person is eligible to have his or her delinquency record automatically sealed pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, the court shall provide such person’s name and other identifying information to the state’s attorney in the county in which the person was adjudicated delinquent.  The state’s attorney may object, and a hearing may be held to address the state’s attorney’s objection. 

(3)  The order to seal shall include all the files and records relating to the matter in accordance with subsection (d) of this section; however, the court may limit the order to the court files and records only upon good cause shown by the state’s attorney.

(4)  The process of sealing files and records under this subsection for a child who was adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 1996, but before

July 1, 2001 shall be completed by January 1, 2010.  The process of sealing files and records under this subsection for a child who was adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 2001 but before July 1, 2004 shall be completed by January 1, 2008. 

(b)  In matters relating to a child who has been adjudicated delinquent prior to July 1, 1996, on application of the child or on the court’s own motion and after notice to all parties of record and hearing, the court shall order the sealing of all files and records related to the proceeding if it finds: 

(1)  the person has not been convicted of a listed crime as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 5301 or adjudicated delinquent for such an offense after such initial adjudication, and no new proceeding is pending seeking such conviction or adjudication; and 

(2)  the person’s rehabilitation has been attained to the satisfaction of the court. 

(c)  On application of a person who, while a child, was found to be in need of care or supervision or, on the court’s own motion, after notice to all parties of record and hearing, the court may order the sealing of all files and records related to the proceeding if it finds: 

(1)  the person has reached the age of majority; and

(2)  sealing the person’s record is in the interest of justice.

(d)  Except as provided in subdivision (a)(3) and subsection (h) of this section or otherwise provided, orders issued in accordance with this section shall include the files and records of the court, law enforcement, prosecution, and the department for children and families related to the specific court proceeding that is the subject of the sealing. 

(e)(1)  Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, upon the entry of an order sealing such files and records under this section, the proceedings in the matter under this act shall be considered never to have occurred, all general index references thereto shall be deleted, and the person, the court, and law enforcement officers and departments shall reply to any request for information that no record exists with respect to such person upon inquiry in any matter.  Copies of the order shall be sent to each agency or official named in the order. 

(2)(A)  Any court, agency, or department that seals a record pursuant to an order under this section may keep a special index of files and records that have been sealed.  This index shall only list the name and date of birth of the subject of the sealed files and records and the docket number of the proceeding which was the subject of the sealing.  The special index shall be confidential and may be accessed only for purposes for which a department or agency may request to unseal a file or record pursuant to subsection (f) of this section. 

(B)  Access to the special index shall be restricted to the following persons: 

(i)  the commissioner and general counsel of any administrative department; 

(ii)  the secretary and general counsel of any administrative agency;

(iii)  a sheriff;

(iv)  a police chief; 

(v)  a state’s attorney; 

(vi)  the attorney general; 

(vii)  the director of the Vermont crime information center; and

(viii)  a designated clerical staff person in each office identified in subdivisions (i)–(viii) of this subdivision (B) who is necessary for establishing and maintaining the indices for persons who are permitted access. 

(C)  Persons authorized to access an index pursuant to subdivision (B) of this subdivision (2) may access only the index of their own department or agency. 

(f)(1)  Except as provided in subdivisions (2), (3), and (4) of this subsection, inspection of the files and records included in the order may thereafter be permitted by the court only upon petition by the person who is the subject of such records, and only to those persons named in the record. 

(2)  Upon a confidential motion of any department or agency that was required to seal files and records pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the court may permit the department or agency to inspect its own files and records if it finds circumstances in which the department or agency requires access to such files and records to respond to a legal action, a legal claim, or an administrative action filed against the department or agency in relation to incidents or persons that are the subject of such files and records.  The files and records shall be unsealed only for the minimum time necessary to address the circumstances enumerated in this subdivision, at which time the records and files shall be resealed. 

(3)  Upon a confidential motion of the department for children and families, the court may permit the department to inspect its own files and records if the court finds extraordinary circumstances in which the state’s interest in the protection of a child clearly outweighs the purposes of the juvenile sealing law and the privacy rights of the person or persons who are the subjects of the record, and the sealed record is necessary to accomplish the state’s interest.  The motion may be heard ex parte if the court, based upon an affidavit, finds a compelling purpose exists to deny notice to the subject of the files and records when considering whether to grant the order.  If the order to unseal is issued ex parte, the court shall send notice of the unsealing to the subject of the files and records within 20 days unless the department provides a compelling reason why the subject of the files and records should not receive notice.  The files and records shall be unsealed only for the minimum time necessary to address the extraordinary circumstances, at which time the files and records shall be resealed. 

(4)  Upon a confidential motion of a law enforcement officer or prosecuting attorney, the court may permit the department or agency to inspect its own files and records if the court finds extraordinary circumstances in which the state’s interest in public safety clearly outweighs the purposes of the juvenile sealing law and the privacy rights of the person or persons who are the subjects of the record, and the sealed record is necessary to accomplish the state’s interest.  The motion may be heard ex parte if the court, based upon an affidavit, finds a compelling public safety purpose exists to deny notice to the subject of the files and records when considering whether to grant the order.  If the order to unseal is issued ex parte, the court shall send notice of the unsealing to the subject of the files and records within 20 days unless the law enforcement officer or prosecuting attorney provides a compelling public safety reason why the subject of the files and records should not receive notice.  The files and records shall be unsealed only for the minimum time necessary to address the extraordinary circumstances, at which time the files and records shall be resealed. 

(5)  The order unsealing a record must state whether the record is unsealed entirely or in part and the duration of the unsealing.  If the court’s order unseals only part of the record or unseals the record only as to certain persons, the order must specify the particular records that are unsealed or the particular persons who may have access to the record, or both. 

(g)  On application of a person who has pleaded guilty to or has been convicted of the commission of a crime committed under the laws of this state prior to attaining the age of majority, or on the motion of the court having jurisdiction over such a person, after notice to all parties of record and hearing, the court shall order the sealing of all files and records related to the proceeding if it finds:  

(1)  two years have elapsed since the final discharge of the person;  

(2)  the person has not been convicted of a listed crime as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 5301 or adjudicated delinquent for such an offense after the initial conviction, and no new proceeding is pending seeking such conviction or adjudication; and

(3)  the person’s rehabilitation has been attained to the satisfaction of the court. 

(h)(1)  In matters relating to a person who was charged with a criminal offense on or after July 1, 2006 and prior to the person attaining the age of majority, the files and records of the court applicable to the proceeding shall be sealed immediately if the case is dismissed.

(2)  In matters relating to a person who was charged with a criminal offense prior to July 1, 2006 and prior to the person attaining the age of majority, the person may apply to seal the files and records of the court applicable to the proceeding.  The court shall order the sealing, provided that two years have elapsed since the dismissal of the charge. 

(i)  Upon receipt of a court order to seal a record relating to an offense for which there is an identifiable victim, a state’s attorney shall record the name and date of birth of the victim, the offense, and the date of the offense.  The name and any identifying information regarding the defendant shall not be recorded.  Victim information retained by a state’s attorney pursuant to this subsection shall be available only to victims’ advocates, the victims’ compensation program, and the victim and shall otherwise be confidential. 

(j)  For purposes of this section, to “seal” a file or record means to physically and electronically segregate the record in a manner that ensures confidentiality of the record and limits access only to those persons who are authorized by law or court order to view the record.  A “sealed” file or record is retained and shall not be destroyed unless a court issues an order to expunge the record. 

(k)  The court shall provide assistance to persons who seek to file an application for sealing under this section. 

(l)  Any entities subject to sealing orders pursuant to this section shall establish policies for implementing this section and shall provide a copy of such policies to the house and senate committees on judiciary no later than January 15, 2007. State’s attorneys, sheriffs, municipal police, and the judiciary are encouraged to adopt a consistent policy that may apply to each of their independent offices and may submit one policy to the general assembly. 

§ 5120.  Indian Child Welfare Act

The federal Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. Section 1901 et seq., governs any proceeding under this title that pertains to an Indian child, as defined by the Indian Child Welfare Act, and prevails over any inconsistent provision of this title.

§ 5121.  CASE PLANNING PROCESS

The department shall actively engage families, and solicit and integrate into the case plan the input of the child, the child’s family, relatives and other persons with a significant relationship to the child.  Whenever possible, parents, guardians and custodians shall participate in the development of the case plan.

§ 5122.  MISCONDUCT DURING COURT PROCEEDINGS

A person who engages in misconduct while participating in a court proceeding under chapters 51, 52, or 53 of this title may be subject to appropriate sanctions, including criminal charges, as provided by relevant law, regulation, rule, or employment policy.  The confidentiality requirements of subsection 5110(c) of this title shall not apply to the extent necessary to report and respond to allegations of misconduct under chapters 51, 52, and 53 of this title.  This section shall not be construed to create a private right of action or a waiver of sovereign immunity.

Second: In Sec. 2, 33  V.S.A. § 5203(e), by striking subdivisions (1), (2), and (3) in their entirety.

Third: In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5221(c), after the word “child’s” by inserting the word “custodial

Fourth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5223(b), after the word “notice” by inserting the words  “,including the noncustodial parent,”  

Fifth:  In Sec.2, 33 V.S.A. § 5224, after the words “child or” by striking the word “parent” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “custodial parent, guardian, or custodian” 

Sixth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5225, by striking subsection (c) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (c) to read as follows:

(c)  At the preliminary hearing, the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for the child.  The guardian ad litem may be the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian.  On its own motion or motion by the child’s attorney, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem other than a parent, guardian, or custodian.

Seventh:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5230(b)(6), by striking the word “parents” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “parent, guardian, or custodian

Eighth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5235, by striking subsection (j) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof new subsections (j) and (k) to read as follows:

(j)  In accordance with 13  V.S.A. § 5363, the restitution unit is authorized to make payments to victims of delinquent acts where restitution was ordered by a court prior to July 1, 2008.

(k)(1)  The restitution unit may bring an action to enforce a restitution order issued under this section in the superior or small claims court of the county where the offender resides or in the county where the order was issued. In an action under this subsection, a restitution order issued in a juvenile proceeding shall be enforceable in superior or small claims court in the same manner as a civil judgment. Superior and small claims court filing fees shall be waived for an action under this subsection, and for an action to renew a restitution judgment.

(2)  An action under this subsection may be brought only after the offender reaches 18 years of age, and shall not be subject to any limitations period.

(3)  For purposes of this subsection, a restitution order issued in a juvenile proceeding shall not be confidential.

Ninth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5252, by striking subsection (a) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (a) to read as follows:

(a)  If an officer takes a child who is alleged to be delinquent into custody, the officer shall immediately notify the child’s custodial parent, guardian, or custodian and release the child to the care of child’s custodial parent, guardian, or custodian unless the officer determines that the child’s immediate welfare or the protection of the community, or both, require the child’s continued removal from the home.

Tenth: In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5252(c), after the word “child’s” where it twicely appears, by inserting the word “custodial

Eleventh: In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5253(a)(2), after the word “made” by striking the words “without hearing or notice to the custodial parent, guardian, or custodian” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “ex parte

Twelfth: In Sec.2, by striking § 5254 in its entirety and inserting in lieu

thereof a new § 5254 to read as follows:

§ 5254.  Notice of Emergency Care Order and Temporary

       Care Hearing

(a)  Notice to custodial parent.  An officer shall deliver a copy of the emergency care order or conditional custody order to the custodial parent, guardian, or custodian of the child.  If delivery cannot be made in a timely manner, the officer shall otherwise notify them or cause them to be notified of the order, the date, time, and place of the temporary care hearing, and the parent’s right to counsel.  If the custodial parent, guardian, or custodian cannot be located, the officer shall so certify to the court in an affidavit describing the efforts made to locate the parent, guardian, or custodian.

(b)  Notice to noncustodial parent.  The department shall make reasonable efforts to locate any non custodial parent and provide the noncustodial parent with the emergency care or conditional custody order, notice of the date, hour, and place of the temporary care hearing and of the right to counsel.  If the noncustodial parent cannot be located, the department shall provide to the court, in writing, a summary of the efforts made to locate the parent.

(c)  Notice to other parties.  The court shall notify the following persons of the date and time of the temporary care hearing:

(1)  The state’s attorney.

(2)  The department.

(3)  An attorney to represent the child.

(4)  A guardian ad litem for the child.

(5)  An attorney to represent each parent.  The attorney may be court appointed in the event the parent is eligible, or may be an attorney who has entered an appearance on behalf of a parent.

Thirteenth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5255(d), after the words “noncustodial parent” by inserting the words “and his or her attorney

Fourteenth:  In Sec.2, 33 V.S.A., by striking §5256 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new § 5256 to read as follows:

§ 5256.  Temporary Care Order

(a)  The court shall order that custody be returned to the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian, unless the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that return to the home would be contrary to the welfare of the child because of any of the following:

(1)  The child cannot be controlled at home and is at risk of harm to self or others.

(2)  Continued residence in the home will not protect the community because of the serious and dangerous nature of the act the child is alleged to have committed.

(3)  The child’s welfare is otherwise endangered.

(b)  Upon a finding that any of the conditions set forth in subsection (a) of this section exists, the court may issue such temporary orders related to the legal custody of the child as it deems necessary and sufficient to protect the welfare and safety of the child including, in order of preference:

(1)  A conditional custody order returning legal custody of the child to the custodial parent, guardian, or custodian, subject to such conditions and limitations as the court may deem necessary and sufficient to protect the child.

(2)(A)  Upon a personal appearance and a request by a noncustodial parent for temporary legal custody and upon a determination that parentage is not contested, the noncustodial parent shall present to the court a care plan that describes the history of the noncustodial parent’s contact with the child, including any reasons why contact did not occur, and that addresses:

(i)  the child’s need for a safe, secure, and stable home;

(ii)  the child’s need for proper and effective care and control; and

(iii)  the child’s need for a continuing relationship with the custodial parent, if appropriate.

(B)  The court shall consider court orders and findings from other proceedings related to the custody of the child.

(C)  The court shall transfer legal custody to the noncustodial parent unless the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the transfer would be contrary to the child’s welfare because any of the following exists:

(i)  The care plan fails to meet the criteria set forth in subdivision (2)(A) of this subsection.

(ii)  Transferring temporary legal custody of the child to the noncustodial parent could result in substantial danger to the physical health, mental health, welfare, or safety of the child.

(iii)  The child or another child residing in the same household as the noncustodial parent has been physically or sexually abused by the noncustodial parent or a member of the noncustodial parent’s household, or another person known to the noncustodial parent.

(iv)  The child or another child residing in the same household as the noncustodial parent is at substantial risk of physical or sexual abuse by the noncustodial parent or a member of the noncustodial parent’s household, or another person known to the noncustodial parent.  It shall constitute prima facie evidence that a child is at substantial risk of being physically or sexually abused if:

(I)  a noncustodial parent receives actual notice that a person has committed or is alleged to have committed physical or sexual abuse against a child; and

(II)  the noncustodial parent knowingly or recklessly allows the child to be in the physical presence of the alleged abuser after receiving such notice.

(v)  The child or another child in the noncustodial parent’s household has been neglected, and there is substantial risk of harm to the child who is the subject of the petition.

(D)  If the noncustodial parent’s request for temporary custody is contested, the court may continue the hearing and place the child in the temporary custody of the department pending further hearing and resolution of the custody issue.  Absent good cause shown, the court shall hold a further hearing on the issue within 30 days.

(3)  An order transferring temporary legal custody of the child to a relative, provided:

(A)  The relative seeking legal custody is a grandparent,

great-grandparent, aunt, great-aunt, uncle, great-uncle, stepparent, sibling, or step-sibling of the child.

(B)  The relative is suitable to care for the child.  In determining suitability, the court shall consider the relationship of the child and the relative and the relative’s ability to:

(i)  Provide a safe, secure, and stable environment.

(ii)  Exercise proper and effective care and control of the child.

(iii)  Protect the child from the custodial parent to the degree the court deems such protection necessary.

(iv)  Support reunification efforts, if any, with the custodial parent.

(v)  Consider providing legal permanence if reunification fails.

(C)  In considering the suitability of a relative who is entitled to preferential consideration, the court may order the department to conduct an investigation and file a written report of its findings with the court.  The court may place the child in the temporary custody of the department pending such investigation.

(4)  A temporary care order transferring temporary legal custody of the child to a relative who is not listed in subdivision (3)(A) of this subsection or a person with a significant relationship with the child, provided that the criteria in subdivision (3)(B) of this subsection are met.  The court may make such orders as provided in subdivision (3)(C) of this subsection to determine suitability under this subdivision.

(5)  A temporary care order transferring temporary legal custody of the child to the commissioner.

(c)  If the court transfers legal custody of the child, the court shall issue a written temporary care order. 

(1)  The order shall include:

(A)  a finding that remaining in the home is contrary to the child’s welfare and the facts upon which that finding is based; and

(B)  a finding as to whether reasonable efforts were made to prevent unnecessary removal of the child from the home.  If the court lacks sufficient evidence to make findings on whether reasonable efforts were made to prevent the removal of the child from the home, that determination shall be made at the next scheduled hearing in the case but, in any event, no later than 60 days after the issuance of the initial order removing a child from the home.

(2)  The order may include other provisions as may be necessary for the protection and welfare of the child, such as:

(A)  Conditions of release.

(B)  Establishing parent-child contact under such terms and conditions as are necessary for the protection of the child.

(C)  Requiring the department to provide the child with services if legal custody has been transferred to the commissioner.

(D)  Requiring the department to refer a parent for appropriate assessments and services, including a consideration of the needs of children and parents with disabilities.

(E)  Requiring genetic testing if parentage of the child is at issue.

(F)  Requiring the department to make diligent efforts to locate the noncustodial parent.

(G)  Requiring the custodial parent to provide the department with names of all potential noncustodial parents and relatives of the child.

(d)  If a party seeks to modify a temporary care order in order to transfer legal custody of a child from the commissioner to a relative or a person with a significant relationship with the child, the relative shall be entitled to preferential consideration under subdivision (b)(3) of this section, provided that a disposition order has not been issued and the motion is filed within 90 days of the date that legal custody was initially transferred to the commissioner.

Fifteenth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A., by striking § 5258 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new § 5258 to read as follows:

§ 5258.  PostDisposition Review and Permanency Review

              for Delinquents in Custody

Whenever custody of a delinquent child is transferred to the commissioner, the custody order of the court shall be subject to a postdisposition review hearing pursuant to section 5320 of this title and permanency reviews pursuant to section 5321 of this title. 

Sixteenth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5263(b), after the word “juvenile” where it appears the second time, by striking the words “and the parents or the guardian or custodian of the child, if other than parent” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “and a custodial parent, guardian, or custodian

Seventeenth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5263(c), after the words “signature of a” by inserting the word “custodial

Eighteenth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5284(b)(2)(A), after the word “offender;” by striking the word “or” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “and

Nineteenth:  In Sec. 2, 33 V.S.A. § 5293(a)(2)(A)(i), after the word “her” by striking the word “parents” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “custodial parent

Twentieth:  By adding a new Sec. 5 to read as follows:

Sec. 5.  33 V.S.A. § 5802 is added to read:

§ 5802.  SEPARATION OF VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND

              PERPETRATOR

The commissioner of the department for children and families shall develop policies applicable when the department knows or learns that a sexual assault perpetrator and his or her victim have been simultaneously placed at the facility.  The policies shall include processes and procedures for continued separation of or minimizing incidental contact between the perpetrator and the victim, while ensuring that they both receive educational and other appropriate services.

Twenty-first:  By adding a new Sec. 6 to read as follows:

Sec. 6.  JUVENILE JURISDICTION POLICY AND OPERATIONS

            COORDINATING COUNCIL

(a)  The juvenile jurisdiction policy and operations coordinating council is established in order to plan and develop the steps advisable to better address age appropriate responses to older youth within the juvenile justice system.  The council shall report to the House and Senate Committees on Judiciary on or before December 15, 2008.  The report may consider the Juvenile Justice Jurisdiction Study submitted to the agency of human services in December 2007 as well as other relevant information and recommend any changes to Vermont juvenile justice jurisdiction policy the council decides are advisable.  With respect to any policy changes recommended, the report shall include:

(1)  Necessary statutory changes;

(2)  Necessary structural modifications to the juvenile system, including personnel and programming requirements and changes; and

(3)  Cost implications and financial impacts.

(b)  The Council shall consist of the following members:

(1)  The administrative judge or designee.

(2)  The court administrator or designee.

(3)   The defender general or designee.

(4)  The attorney general or designee.

(5)  The executive director of the department of state's attorney’s and sheriffs or designee.

(6)  The commissioner of the department for children and families or designee.

(7)  The director of the juvenile justice commission or designee.

(8)  The commissioner of corrections or designee.

(9)  The commissioner of public safety or designee.

And by renumbering the remaining sections to be numerically correct.

(Committee vote: 10-0-1)

(For text see Senate Journal 3/11/08 – P. 271; 3/12/08 – P. 304 )

S. 342

An act relating to Lake Champlain commemorative motor vehicle plates.

Rep. Brennan of Colchester, for the Committee on Transportation, 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. § 515c is added to read:

§ 515c.  LAKE CHAMPLAIN QUADRICENTENNIAL

              COMMEMORATIVE MOTOR VEHICLE PLATES

(a)  Legislative intent.  It is the intent of the general assembly to commemorate the 400 years since the discovery of Lake Champlain in 1609.  In order to provide an appropriate tribute to the 400th anniversary, it is the purpose of this section to provide for the generation of revenue to help underwrite the costs for this celebration by authorizing the design, purchase, sale, and display of commemorative motor vehicle plates.

(b)  Authority.  The Lake Champlain quadricentennial commission is authorized to design, produce, purchase, distribute, and sell commemorative motor vehicle plates as described in subsection (a) of this section.  Plates shall not be produced, sold, distributed, or displayed which are not approved by the commissioner of motor vehicles.

(c)  Use.  Residents of the state of Vermont may display one approved commemorative plate on the front of a registered motor vehicle as provided in this subsection.  The commemorative plates shall not be used instead of regular registration plates, nor are they required to be displayed on a motor vehicle.  The commemorative plate may be displayed on a motor vehicle registered as a pleasure car and on trucks registered for less than 26,001 pounds and excluding vehicles registered under the International Registration Plan, by covering the front registration plate with the commemorative plate from July 1, 2008 until June 30, 2010.  The regular front registration plate shall not be removed.  The rear registration plate shall be in place and clearly visible at all times.

(d)  Price.  The retail price shall be established by the Lake Champlain quadricentennial commission; however, the first 400 plates shall be numbered as such and shall sell for a premium price, and the remainder of the plates issued shall sell for not less than $25.00.

(Committee vote: 11-0-0)

 

 

 

S. 365

     An act relating to capital construction and state bonding.

     Rep. Emmons of Springfield, for the committee on Corrections and Institutions, respectfully report that they have met and considered the same and recommend 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:

* * * Capital Appropriations * * *

Sec. 1.  STATE BUILDINGS

The following is appropriated in total to the department of buildings and general services, and the commissioner is authorized to direct funds appropriated in this section to the projects contained in this section; however, no project shall be canceled unless the chairs of the senate committee on institutions and the house committee on corrections and institutions are notified before that action is taken.  The individual allocations in this section are estimates only.

(1)  Statewide, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – for improvements at the Robert H. Wood, Jr. Criminal Justice and Fire Service Training Center of Vermont in Pittsford:                                                            125,000

(2)  Statewide, building reuse:                                                      100,000

(3)  Statewide, contingency fund:                                                  500,000

(4)  Statewide, major maintenance:                                               7,000,000

(5)  Statewide, planning:                                                               25,000

(6)  Montpelier, 120 State Street, elevator replacement:   450,000

(7)  Montpelier, 120 State Street, window replacement:   500,000

(8)  Springfield state office building, supplement:                           300,000

(9)  St. Albans, 20 Houghton Street, roof repairs:                        250,000

(10)  St. Albans, 20 Houghton Street, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements:                                450,000

(11)  St. Albans, correctional facility sewer upgrade:         600,000

(12)  State Archives, relocation to Middlesex, design, and construction:

                                                                                                   1,500,000

Total appropriation – Section 1                                                           $11,800,000

Sec. 2.  TAXES

The sum of $100,000 is appropriated to the department of taxes for an ongoing project to update statewide quadrangle maps through digital orthophotographic quadrangle mapping.

Total appropriation – Section 2                                                            $100,000

Sec. 3.  HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY LABORATORIES/BUILDING

#617 IN ESSEX

The sum of $5,000,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for construction and renovation of Building #617 in Essex, including co-location of the department of health and department of public safety forensics laboratories.                         

Total appropriation - Section 3                                                             $5,000,000

Sec. 4.  HUMAN SERVICES

The following is appropriated in total to the department of buildings and general services for the agency of human services for the projects described in this section.

(1)  Vermont state hospital, ongoing security and maintenance:                                                                                                                           100,000

(2)  Vermont state hospital, to study the feasibility of converting the Dale correctional facility in Waterbury into a secure 15-bed state hospital facility, and for continued planning, design, and permitting associated with the certificate of need (CON) process for a new state hospital facility

or facilities:                                                                                250,000

(3)  Corrections, continuation of suicide abatement project:          124,000

(4)  Corrections, major maintenance and renovations:    1,845,000

Total appropriation – Section 4                                                             $2,319,000

Sec. 5.  JUDICIARY

The sum of $719,676 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the judiciary for security improvements, renovations, and mechanical upgrades at the Windham district and family courthouse in Brattleboro.

Total appropriation – Section 5                                                             $719,676

Sec. 6.  BUILDING COMMUNITIES GRANTS

The following sums are appropriated for building communities grants:

(1)  To the agency of commerce and community development, division for historic preservation, for the historic preservation grant program established in 24 V.S.A. § 5601:                                                     150,000

(2)  To the agency of commerce and community development, division for historic preservation, for the historic barns preservation grant program established in 24 V.S.A. § 5602.  However, funds shall not be granted to projects which propose to remove historic building features, even if they were added after the original construction of the building.  The division for historic preservation, with the approval of the commissioner of housing and community affairs, may use up to $40,000 of the funds appropriated in this subdivision to conduct a statewide census of Vermont barns for the purpose of future restoration efforts:                                                                        150,000

(3)  To the agency of commerce and community development, division for historic preservation, for the cultural facilities grant program established in 24 V.S.A. § 5603:                                                                        150,000

(4)  To the department of buildings and general services for the recreational facilities grant program established in 24 V.S.A. § 5604:                                                                                                                                                     150,000

(5)  To the department of buildings and general services for the human services and educational facilities competitive grant program established in 24 V.S.A. § 5605:                                                                                    150,000

(6)  To the department of information and innovation for the Vermont telecommunications authority for the broadband development grant program established in Sec. 3 of No. 79 of the Acts of 2007:                                    100,000

Total appropriation – Section 6                                                             $850,000

Sec. 7.  COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

(a)  The following sums are appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the agency of commerce and community development for the following projects:

(1)  Major maintenance at historic sites statewide; provided such maintenance shall be under the supervision of the department of buildings and general services:                                                                             200,000

(2)  Continued planning and design to expand the visitors’ center at the Calvin Coolidge state historic site in Plymouth Notch.  These funds, and up to $84,100 of unexpended funds from previous years’ appropriations, may be used as matching funds for a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities:                                                                  200,000

(b)  The following sums are appropriated to the agency of commerce and community development for the following projects:

(1)  Protecting, preserving, moving, or reinterring human remains discovered in unmarked burial sites:                                        25,000

(2)  Underwater preserves:                                                          25,000

(3)  Placement and replacement of roadside historic site markers:                                                                                                                                    10,000

Total appropriation – Section 7                                                             $460,000

Sec. 8.  EDUCATION

The following is appropriated in total to the department of education for the purposes described in this section:

(1)  State aid for school construction projects pursuant to section 3448 of Title 16, to be expended on projects prioritized for funding by the state board of education on December 18, 2007:                                                   9,993,250

(2)  For the Walden School District, for 25 percent of the eligible costs of roof repairs at the Walden School:                           6,750

Total appropriation – Section 8                                                                                                                                                                                             $10,000,000

Sec. 9.  AUSTINE SCHOOL

The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for renovation of Holton Hall at the Austine School.

Total appropriation – Section 9                                                             $50,000

Sec. 10.  UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

The sum of $1,600,000 is appropriated to the University of Vermont for construction, renovation, or maintenance projects.  The university shall file with the general assembly on or before January 15 an annual report that details the status of capital projects funded in whole or in part by state capital appropriations, including an explanation of the process for bidding for contractors or subcontractors where the amount of the contract or subcontract exceeds $50,000.

Total appropriation – Section 10                                                           $1,600,000

Sec. 11.  VERMONT STATE COLLEGES

The sum of $1,600,000 is appropriated to the Vermont State Colleges for major facility maintenance.  The state colleges shall file with the general assembly on or before January 15 an annual report that details the status of capital projects funded in whole or in part by state capital appropriations, including an explanation of the process for bidding for contractors or subcontractors where the amount of the contract or subcontract exceeds $50,000.

Total appropriation – Section 11                                                           $1,600,000

Sec. 12.  NATURAL RESOURCES

(a)  The following is appropriated in total to the agency of natural resources for water pollution control projects:

(1)  State matching funds for the pollution control and clean water state revolving fund administered in accordance with chapter 55 of Title 10 and chapter 120 of Title 24:                                                                                2,100,000

(2)  Pollution control projects in Springfield and Newport City:                                                                                                                 2,000,000

(3)  Wastewater facilities project in Pownal:                     1,000,000

(4)  Interest on short‑term borrowing associated with delayed grant funding for the Pownal project:                                          120,000

Total Appropriation - Section 12(a)                                          $5,220,000

(b)  The following is appropriated in total to the agency of natural resources for the drinking water state revolving fund:                     1,900,000

(c)  The following is appropriated in total to the agency of natural resources for the clean and clear program to accelerate the reduction of phosphorus discharges into Lake Champlain and other waters of the state:

(1)  Ecosystem restoration and protection:                        1,200,000

(2)  Unregulated stormwater management:                        150,000

(3)  Wastewater phosphorus removal at municipal wastewater treatment plants:                                                                                 550,000

Total Appropriation - Section 12(c)                                            $1,350,000

(d)  The following sum is appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the state’s year-one share of the federal match to conduct a three-year study of spring flooding in the city of Montpelier.  However, the state shall not enter into any commitment to pay for construction of flood control improvements without legislative approval:                                                100,000

(e)  The following sums are appropriated to the agency of natural resources for the department of forests, parks and recreation for the purposes described in this subsection:

(1)  Rehabilitation of aging state park infrastructure:          800,000

(2)  For the Green Mountain Club, Inc. for the procurement in fee simple or by easement of properties along the Long Trail:            25,000

Total Appropriation - Section 12(e)                                          $825,000

(f)  The following sums are appropriated  to the agency of natural resources for the department of fish and wildlife for projects described in this subsection:

(1)  Filter building at the Bald Hill Fish Culture Station:   125,000

(2)  Road resurfacing, dismantling of a degraded building, or shooting range modifications at Buck Lake and Kehoe conservation camps, or any combination of these:                                                                      50,000

(3)  For the Lake Champlain Walleye Association, Inc. to upgrade and repair the walleye rearing, restoration, and stocking infrastructure:            25,000

(4)  For the purchase and installation of a generator at the Salisbury fish culture station:                                                                  $100,000

Total Appropriation  Section 12(f)                                            $300,000

Total appropriation – Section 12                                                                                                                                                                                            $10,245,000

Sec. 13.  MILITARY

The following is appropriated in total to the department of the military for the projects described in this section.  If the state’s share of site acquisition costs in subdivision (1) of this section exceeds $150,000, the department of the military may use funds appropriated in subdivision (2) of this section as needed for the state’s share:

(1)  Site acquisition for the combined northern field maintenance shop and Morrisville armory:                                                  150,000

(2)  Design and implementation of energy conservation projects at up to ten armories:                                                                   200,000

Total appropriation – Section 13                                                           $350,000

Sec. 14.  PUBLIC SAFETY

The sum of $15,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the department of public safety for removal of the pump island and underground storage tank in Waterbury.

Total appropriation – Section 14                                                           $15,000

Sec. 15.  FIRE SERVICE TRAINING

The following sums are appropriated for fire service training:

(1)  To the department of buildings and general services for the Vermont fire service training council for construction of a fire training facility at the Robert H. Wood, Jr. Criminal Justice and Fire Service Training Center of Vermont in Pittsford.  Capital funds appropriated for construction of this project shall not exceed the sum of $2,000,000:                         2,000,000

(2)  To Vermont State Colleges as the state’s financial contribution to the construction of a steel burn building at the Vermont Technical College campus in Randolph.  The state’s appropriation is contingent upon receipt by Vermont Technical College of a $406,000 federal appropriation earmarked for construction of the steel burn building.  As a condition of the state’s appropriation, Vermont Technical College shall provide use of classrooms and dormitories for firefighter training during times when they are not otherwise needed for Vermont Technical College programs or services.  In the event the federal funds earmarked for this project are not received by January 1, 2009, the appropriation of this subdivision shall revert to the department of buildings and general services for future capital expenditures.  It is the intent of the general assembly that the Robert H. Wood, Jr. Criminal Justice and Fire Service Training Center of Vermont in Pittsford shall be the headquarters for the fire service training council, and that the building constructed pursuant to this subdivision shall be a satellite building operated by the fire service training council.  The fire service training council shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Vermont Technical College regarding operation of the building:                                                                             240,000

Total appropriation – Section 15                                                           $2,240,000

Sec. 16.  AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND MARKETS

The following sums are appropriated in total to the agency of agriculture, food and markets for the purposes described in this section:

(1)  For the best management practice implementation cost share program, to continue to develop best management practices on Vermont farms.  Farmers participating in this program are eligible for cost share funds not to exceed $75,000 or 80 percent of a project:                                                          1,800,000

(2)  For the agricultural buffer program, to install water quality conservation buffers, and for the capital equipment assistance program established in S.290 of 2008.  Up to $250,000 of this amount shall be for the capital equipment assistance program, provided that the state’s share shall not exceed $50,000 or 50 percent of a project:                                       500,000

(3)  For the competitive grants program for agricultural fair capital projects.  No single entity shall be awarded more than ten percent of this appropriation:                                                                                        180,000

Total appropriation – Section 16                                                           $2,480,000

Sec. 17.  VERMONT PUBLIC TELEVISION

The sum of $300,000 is appropriated to Vermont Public Television as the state match for the federally mandated conversion of Vermont Public Television’s transmission sites to digital broadcasting format.

Total appropriation – Section 17                                                           $300,000

Sec. 18.  VERMONT INTERACTIVE TELEVISION

The sum of $214,770 is appropriated to Vermont Interactive Television for video upgrades, codec upgrades, monitor replacement, or any combination thereof, at Vermont Interactive Television sites.

Total appropriation – Section 18                                                           $214,770

Sec. 19.  VERMONT RURAL FIRE PROTECTION

The sum of $100,000 is appropriated to the department of public safety, division of fire safety for the Vermont rural fire protection task force to continue the dry hydrant program.

Total appropriation – Section 19                                                           100,000

Sec. 20.  VERMONT VETERANS HOME

The sum of $1,700,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the Vermont Veterans Home for the final phase of geothermal HVAC renovations.

Total appropriation – Section 20                                                           $1,700,000

Sec. 21.  VERMONT CENTER FOR CRIME VICTIM SERVICES

The sum of $50,000 is appropriated to the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services for Americans with Disabilities Act improvements at domestic violence shelters.  The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services shall file with the commissioner of buildings and general services an annual report, on or before December 1, 2008, which details the status of the improvements funded in whole or in part by state capital appropriations.

Total appropriation – Section 21                                                           $50,000

* * * Financing this Act * * *

Sec. 22.  REALLOCATION OF FUNDS; TRANSFER OF FUNDS

The following sums are reallocated to the department of buildings and general services to defray expenditures authorized in Sec. 1 of this act, unless otherwise specified:

(1)  of the amount appropriated in Sec. 2(c) of No. 185 of the Acts of the 1995 Adj. Sess. (1996) (GOVnet for schools):                                 2,695.47

(2)  of the amount appropriated in Sec. 8(a)(6) of No. 62 of the Acts of 1997 (information technology):                                   14,440.22

(3)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 2(d) of No. 62 of the Acts of 1995 (EWIMS):                                                           11,500.50

(4)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 2(b) of No. 62  of the Acts of 1995 (satellite video recording equipment):                         4,211.50

(5)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 2a(b)(1) of No. 62 of the Acts of 1995 (VALS to GOVnet conversion):                     5,381.29

(6)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 5(p) of No. 121 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) (Vermont hydroelectric):                        152,675.59

(7)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 4(e) of No. 149 of the Acts of the 2001 Adj. Sess. (2002) (illumination plan for Bennington Battle Monument):                                                                                                                                         528.99

(8)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 11(b) of No. 121 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) (creation of Civil War monument):             1,296.61

(9)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 3(f)(2) of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 (fit-up of a VCI building at the southern state correctional facility):                                                                                                                                          44,912.60

(10)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 4 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 (Rutland courthouse renovations):                                39,249.25

(11)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 20 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 (Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery expansion design): 50,000.00

(12)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 5(c) of No. 147 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) (renovations to Bennington courthouse to enhance security and litigant services):                                                                        198,844.00

(13)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 12(d) of No. 147 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) (public safety outpost at the Williston rest area):                                                                                                                                           3,912.00

(14)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 1(1) of No. 52 of the Acts of 2007 (design and construction of state archives at the triangle site in Montpelier) for the purpose of relocating the state archives to Middlesex pursuant to Sec. 1(12) of this act:                                                              1,695,547.50

(15)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 16(a)(1) of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 (historic preservation grants):                                394.41

(16)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 16(a)(1) of No. 147 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) (historic preservation grants):                             23,016.00

(17)  for the purpose of closing and renovating correctional facilities pursuant to Sec. 4(4) of this act:

(A)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 3(c) of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 (corrections work camp):                                    78,587.41

(B)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 4(c) of No. 147 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) (corrections work camp):                           676,167.00

(C)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 4(1) of No. 52 of the Acts of 2007 (corrections work camp site acquisition):                           99,367.00

(18)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 5(b)(1) of No. 121 of the Acts of 2004 (historic barn grants):                                       241.93

(19)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 16(a)(2) of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 (historic barn grants):                                      9,728.70

(20)  of the amount appropriated by Sec. 16(a)(2) of No. 147 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) (historic barn grants):                            30,748.00

Total reallocations and transfers – Section 22                                $3,143,445.97

Sec. 23.  GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

(a)  The state treasurer is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $49,050,000 for the purpose of funding the appropriations of this act.  The state treasurer, with the approval of the governor, shall determine the appropriate form and maturity of the bonds authorized by this section consistent with the underlying nature of the appropriation to be funded.  The state treasurer shall allocate the estimated cost of bond issuance or issuances to the entities to which funds are appropriated pursuant to this section and for which bonding is required as the source of funds, pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 954.

(b)  It is the intent of the general assembly to authorize the state treasurer to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $54,650,000.  However, of this amount, $5,600,000 shall be authorized in the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2009.

Total bonding – Section 23                                                        $49,050,000

* * * Managing this Act * * *

Sec. 24.  AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER FUNDS

The secretary of natural resources, with the approval of the secretary of administration, may transfer any unexpended project balances among projects authorized in Sec. 12 of this act.

Sec. 25.  ACCEPTANCE OF GRANTS AND OTHER FUNDS

(a)  Notwithstanding section 5 of Title 32 (acceptance of grants):

(1)  The commissioner of environmental conservation, with the approval of the secretary of natural resources, may accept federal grants made available through the federal Clean Water Act and the federal Drinking Water Act in accordance with chapter 120 of Title 24.  Acceptance of this grant money is hereby approved, provided all notifications are made under subsection 4760(a) of Title 24.

(2)  The commissioner of corrections, with the approval of the secretary of human services, may accept federal grants made available through federal crime bill legislation. 

(3)  The commissioner of buildings and general services may accept grants of funds, equipment, and services from any source, including federal appropriations, for the installation, operation, implementation, or maintenance of energy conservation measures or improvements at state buildings.

(4)  The commissioner of buildings and general services may accept federal grant funds in connection with the state health and forensic laboratories.  These funds may be used to defray or supplement costs in Sec. 3 of this act.

(5)  The commissioner of buildings and general services may accept federal grant funds from the department of public safety for the purpose of purchasing, designing, and retrofitting a new emergency management facility and emergency operations center.  No state funds shall be appropriated to this project from general obligation bonds issued for capital construction under this act or any prior capital construction act. 

(b)  Each receipt of a grant or gift authorized by this section shall be reported by the commissioner of the department receiving the funds to the chairs of the senate committee on institutions and the house committee on corrections and institutions and to the joint fiscal committee. 

* * * Buildings and General Services * * *

Sec. 26.  PROJECTS FUNDED IN PRIOR YEARS; BENNINGTON STATE OFFICE BUILDING; BUILDING #617 IN ESSEX JUNCTION

(a)  The commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized to use funds appropriated under this act for capital projects requiring additional support that were funded with capital or general appropriations made in prior years.

(b)  The commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized to spend up to $250,000 from funds appropriated for the Bennington state office building in Sec. 1(14) of No. 52 of the Acts of 2007 for the purpose of developing a comprehensive proposal to meet state office building needs while supporting the downtown redevelopment initiative in the town of Bennington.  In developing the proposal, the commissioner may hire one or more consultants to evaluate existing and potential state office space in Bennington, and shall consult with the Bennington downtown task force created by Sec. 4 of No. 53 of the Acts of 2007 to explore and evaluate opportunities.  Any recommended proposal shall limit the state’s capital appropriation for the project to up to a total of $10 million, and the commissioner shall explore all potential funding opportunities for the proposal.  On or before January 15, 2009, the commissioner of buildings and general services shall submit a report to the senate committee on institutions and the house committees on corrections and institutions on behalf of the department of buildings and general services and the Bennington downtown task force regarding a plan for Bennington state offices and for the Bennington district and family courts.  The proposal may include any of the following:

(1)  Selling the current state office building and land, and relocating state programs, services, and staff to another site.

(2)  Redeveloping one or more state buildings.  Redevelopment may include any of the following for all or portions of the building or buildings:  renovations, razing, leasing, entering into condominium agreements, entering into partnership agreements, and location of state programs, services, and staff.

(3)  Purchase or lease of a building or buildings, or a portion of a building or buildings in the town of Bennington for relocation of state programs, services, and staff.

(4)  Purchase of land and construction of a building in the town of Bennington, with priority consideration given to the designated downtown development district; location of state programs, services, and staff in the downtown building; and potential use of a portion of the building by nonstate workers through a lease, condominium agreement, or partnership agreement.

(c)  Current construction plans and funding for the health and public safety laboratories at Building #617 in Essex referenced in Sec. 3 of this act require phased construction, which could potentially increase the overall cost of this project.  It is therefore deemed to be in the state’s best interest to expedite construction, and it is the intent of the general assembly to approve the exploration by the commissioner of buildings and general services of various development options that would expedite the construction process.  Notwithstanding sections 161, 165, and 166 of Title 29, the commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized to explore, develop, and negotiate with the current property manager all development options available regarding the land and property commonly referred to as “Building #617” in Essex Junction.  Upon obtaining approval from the secretary of administration, and the chairs and vice chairs of the senate and house committees on appropriations, the senate committee on institutions, and the house committee on corrections and institutions, the commissioner of buildings and general services may undertake any of the following:

(1)  Enter into one or more development agreements that would expedite the design, development, construction, and occupancy of the proposed health and forensic laboratories.

(2)  Sell the state’s property or any portion thereof located at 30 and 42 Allen Martin Drive in Essex Junction.  The commissioner’s authority to sell includes the discretion to apply the proceeds from the sale to the state’s contribution or costs related to the development plan for the health and forensic laboratories.

(3)  Reallocate any unencumbered prior capital appropriations for the development and construction of the health and forensic laboratories to the state’s contribution or costs related to the plan for expedited construction.  

(4)  Enter into operating leases or agreements, including condominium agreements, or other agreements such as lease-purchase, lease-lease back,

sell-lease back, land lease, or any combination thereof to expedite the construction of Building #617 in Essex Junction.

(d)  In order to expedite the placement of the state public safety laboratories, the commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized to pursue options for location of the laboratories other than the Building #617 location.  Upon obtaining approval from the secretary of administration, and the chairs and vice chairs of the senate and house committees on appropriations, the senate committee on institutions, and the house committee on corrections and institutions, the commissioner may:

(1)  Enter into one or more development agreements that would expedite the design, development, construction, and occupancy of the state public safety laboratories.

(2)  Sell all or a portion of Building #617and associated land pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 166.

(3)  Reallocate any unencumbered prior capital appropriations for the development and construction of the health and forensic laboratories to the state’s contribution or costs related to the plan for expedited placement.  

(4)  Enter into operating leases or agreements, including condominium agreements, or other agreements such as lease-purchase, lease-lease back,

sell-lease back, land lease, or any combination thereof to expedite the placement of the laboratories.

(e)  The commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized to spend any funds remaining from $50,000 appropriated in Sec. 13(b) of No. 52 of the Acts of 2007 for the purpose of negotiating a purchase price and purchasing an option to buy land in Westminster for a new public safety field station to serve southeastern Vermont.  Any option shall be purchased pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 152(a)(3)(B).  The commissioner may also use these funds to begin the process of obtaining the necessary permits to build the field station.

Sec. 27.  PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS; MISCELLANEOUS

(a)  Notwithstanding 29 V.S.A. § 166(b), the commissioner of buildings and general services, with the approval of the secretary of administration, is authorized to sell or lease 900 square feet of state-owned land at the Newport state office building in the town of Newport.  After payment of any costs and fees associated with the transaction, proceeds from a sale shall be deposited into a capital fund pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 166(d), and proceeds from a lease shall be deposited into a property management fund pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160.

(b)  Notwithstanding 29 V.S.A. § 166(b), the commissioner of buildings and general services, with the approval of the secretary of administration, is authorized to subdivide and sell, at fair market value based on an appraisal paid for by the prospective purchaser, a section of state-owned property located on Railroad Row in the town of Hartford.  After payment of any costs and fees associated with the sale, proceeds shall be deposited into a capital fund pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 166(d).

(c)  Notwithstanding 29 V.S.A. § 166(b), the commissioner of buildings and general services is authorized to subdivide and sell, as described in this subsection, the real property commonly referred to as the “Former Tree Farm Property” and associated buildings located in the town and village of Essex.  The property is located on the east side of Old Colchester road, the northerly part of the property being located in the town of Essex and the southerly part of the property being located in the village of Essex Junction.  Proceeds from the sale or sales, net of all related development, permitting, relocation, and sale costs, shall be deposited into a capital fund pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 166(d).  The commissioner may:

(1)  Negotiate and enter into a sales agreement with the town of Essex, the village of Essex Junction, the Tree Farm Management Group, Inc., or any combination thereof for the sale of the parcel currently subject to a lease agreement between the state of Vermont, the town of Essex, and the village of Essex Junction; provided that the terms of the sale include a covenant restricting use of the land to educational, agricultural, and recreational uses and prohibiting development for housing, commercial, or industrial use.

(2)  Sell the wooded portion of the land on the eastern side, provided that the terms of the sale include a covenant restricting use of the land to educational, agricultural, and recreational uses and prohibiting development for housing, commercial, or industrial use.

(3)  Sell the small parcel in the western corner which contains the barn at fair market value.  However, the commissioner shall first give the town of Essex a right of first refusal on this portion of the land.

(d)  Pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 166, the commissioner of buildings and general services, with the approval of the secretary of administration, shall sell, lease, subdivide, convert into condominiums, or any combination thereof, the Thayer School building located at 1193 North Avenue in Burlington; provided, however, that any transaction includes the stipulation that the department of motor vehicles must remain at the site.  After payment of any costs and fees associated with the transaction, proceeds from a sale shall be deposited into a capital fund pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 166(d), and proceeds from a lease shall be deposited into a property management fund pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160.

(e)  Notwithstanding 29 V.S.A. § 166(b), the commissioner of buildings and general services may sell or lease land, mineral rights, or both, as follows:

(1)  the land and mineral rights are those located at the Robert H. Wood, Jr. Criminal Justice and Fire Service Training Council in Pittsford that adjoin land currently operated by Casella Property Management for purposes of gravel excavation and sale;

(2)  the transaction is limited to no more than three acres of land or mineral rights;

(3)  the term of a lease is limited to no more than 10 years;

(4)  the sale or lease price shall be based upon the fair market value of the source mineral rights; and

(5)  after payment of any costs and fees associated with the transaction, proceeds from a sale shall be deposited into a capital fund pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 166(d), and proceeds from a lease shall be deposited into a property management fund pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160.

(f)  Notwithstanding 29 V.S.A. § 166(b), the commissioner of buildings and general services, with approval of the secretary of administration, is authorized to sell the building and associated land in Middlesex known as Playcare to North American Playcare, Inc. at fair market value.  If the commissioner is unable to negotiate a sale agreement with North American Playcare, Inc., he or she may sell the building and associated land, following the procedures in 29 V.S.A. § 166(b).

Sec. 28.  LOCATION OF STATE OFFICES

(a)  Sec. 2(a)(5) of No. 61 of the Acts of 2001 and Sec. 28 of No. 149 of the Acts of the 2001 Adj. Sess. (2002), relating to occupancy of 133 State Street in Montpelier by the secretary of state, are repealed.

(b)  18 V.S.A. § 3(b), relating to the location in Chittenden County of the executive and administrative offices of the department of health, is repealed.

Sec. 29.  3 V.S.A. § 260(b) is amended to read:

(b)  The principal office of each administrative department shall be located at such location as the secretary of the agency of administration determines with the approval of the governor, except that the principal office of the health department shall be in Burlington, and the military department shall be at Camp Johnson.

Sec. 30.  29 V.S.A. § 152(a)(31) and (32) are added to read:

(31)  Receive payments from vendors through the real-time demand response program (DRP).  The commissioner may contract with third‑party brokers or directly with Independent System Operators to generate or to reduce electrical demand or both for state-owned facilities in return for payments to the state which shall be retained by the facilities operations revolving fund established in section 160a of this title.

(32)  Accept funds and other contributions for state house renovations and restorations; educational, interpretive, and curatorial projects pertaining to the state house; and acquisition of historic furnishings, fixtures, and works of art for projects that pertain to the state house.

Sec. 31.  32 V.S.A. § 701a(c) is added to read:

(c)  The sums appropriated and spending authority authorized by a capital construction act shall be continuing and shall not revert at the end of the fiscal year.

Sec. 32.  EVIDENCE ROOM; STUDY

The commissioner of buildings and general services shall consult with the chair of the  preservation of evidence committee created by Sec. 2 of No. 60 of the Acts of 2007 to determine options for construction of an evidence room for retention of evidence collected in criminal cases.  The commissioner shall recommend a place for location of an evidence room to the senate committee on institutions and the house committee on corrections and institutions on or before January 15, 2009.

* * * Health and Public Safety Laboratory * * *

Sec. 33.  PATRICIA SCOVILLE DNA LABORATORY

The DNA laboratory in the state forensics laboratory shall be named in honor of Patricia Scoville in its present location and in any subsequent location.           

* * * Judiciary * * *

Sec. 34.  INVENTORY OF COUNTY COURTHOUSES

(a)  It is the intent of the general assembly to establish a consistent formula for use of a county courthouse by the supreme court, district court, family court, and judicial bureau.  In keeping with this intent, the commissioner of buildings and general services and the court administrator shall conduct an inventory of all county courthouses in the state and report to the senate committee on institutions and the house committees on corrections and institutions on or before January 15, 2009 on the following:

(1)  ownership of each county courthouse;

(2)  the number of state courts occupying space in county courthouses and county courts occupying space in state courthouses;

(3)  existing financial and other agreements between the court administrator and the assistant judges for use of a county courthouse by a state court or use of a state courthouse by a county court; and

(4)  a recommendation for a fee-for-space formula for use of a county courthouse by a state court or use of a state courthouse by a county court.

(b)  It is the intent of the general assembly to continue with the use and operation of each existing county courthouse currently in use.

* * * Building Communities Grants * * *

Sec. 35.  REPEAL

The following are repealed:

(1)  Sec. 35 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005, relating to a broadband development competitive grant program.

(2)  Sec. 34 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005, relating to a recreational and educational facilities grant program.

(3)  Sec. 36 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005, relating to a human services competitive grant program.

Sec. 36.  24 V.S.A.  chapter 137 is added to read:

Chapter 137:  BUILDING COMMUNITIES GRANTS

§ 5601.  HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT PROGRAM

There is established an historic preservation grant program which shall be administered by the division for historic preservation in the agency of commerce and community development.  Grants shall be made available to municipalities and nonprofit tax-exempt organizations on a one-for-one matching basis for restoring buildings and structures.

§ 5602.  HISTORIC BARNS PRESERVATION GRANT PROGRAM

There is established an historic barns preservation grant program which shall be administered by the division for historic preservation in the agency of commerce and community development.  Grants shall be made available to municipalities and nonprofit tax-exempt organizations on a one-for-one matching basis for restoring historic barns.

§ 5603.  CULTURAL FACILITIES GRANT PROGRAM

(a)  There is established a cultural facilities competitive grant program to be administered by the Vermont arts council and made available on a one‑for-one matching basis with funds raised from nonstate sources.  No grant shall be available for a project receiving funding from any other grant established in this chapter.  No portion of a grant shall be used to pay salaries. 

(b)  Grants shall be awarded on a competitive basis. Before it notifies an applicant that the applicant will be awarded a grant, the Vermont arts council shall provide notice of the award and the time and location of any award presentation to the chairs of the senate committee on institutions and the house committee on corrections and institutions and to those members of the general assembly who represent the area in which a successful applicant resides.  In recommending grant awards, a review panel shall give priority consideration to applicants who demonstrate greater financial need or are in underserved areas of the state. 

(c)  The Vermont arts council shall administer the cultural facilities grant program for ease of use by grant applicants.  To accomplish this, the Vermont arts council shall:

(1)  work in conjunction with the other grant programs included in this chapter to accommodate the needs of grant applicants;

(2)  ensure that the cultural facilities grant application deadlines are consistent with other grant programs included in this chapter;

(3)  provide an application form and process with clear instructions and examples to help applicants complete the form and which include an opportunity for a community to demonstrate its ability to generate required matching funds from local fundraising or other efforts;

(4)  establish a selection process which ensures equitable selection of grant recipients; and

(5)  ensure accountability by grant recipients.           

§ 5604.  RECREATIONAL FACILITIES GRANT PROGRAM 

(a)  Creation of program.  There is created a recreational facilities grant program to be the successor to and a continuation of the recreational and educational facilities grant program established in Sec. 34 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 to provide competitive grants to municipalities as defined in chapter 117 of Title 24 and to nonprofit organizations for capital costs associated with the development and creation of community recreational opportunities in Vermont communities.  The program is authorized to award matching grants of up to $25,000.00 per project, provided that grant funds shall be awarded only when evidence is presented by a successful applicant that three dollars have been raised from nonstate sources for every one dollar awarded under this program.

(b)  Creation of committee.  There is established a recreational facilities grant advisory committee to include the commissioners of forests, parks and recreation and of buildings and general services or the commissioners’ designees; a representative of the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association; two members of the Vermont general assembly, one appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and one appointed by the senate committee on committees; a representative of the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council; and one citizen member to be appointed by the governor.  The members of the committee shall select a chair.  The citizen member shall serve for a term of two years or until his or her successor is appointed. 

(c)  Process.  The recreational facilities grant advisory committee shall coordinate and administer the recreational facilities grant program for ease of use by applicants.  To accomplish this, the committee shall:

(1) develop an application form and process with clear instructions and examples to help applicants complete the form and which include an opportunity for a community to demonstrate its ability to generate required matching funds from local fundraising or other efforts;

(2)  establish a selection process which ensures equitable selection of grant recipients; and

(3)  ensure accountability by grant recipients.           

(d)  Before it notifies an applicant that the applicant will be awarded a grant, the recreational facilities grant advisory committee shall provide notice of the award and the time and location of any award presentation to the chairs of the senate committee on institutions and the house committee on corrections and institutions and to those members of the general assembly who represent the area in which a successful applicant resides.

(e)  The department of buildings and general services shall provide administrative support to the program.

§ 5605.  HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES

              COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM

(a)  Creation of program.  There is created a human services and educational facilities grant program to be the successor to and a continuation of the human services competitive grant program established in Sec. 36 of No. 43 of the Acts of 2005 to provide competitive grants to municipalities as defined in chapter 117 of Title 24 and to nonprofit organizations for capital costs associated with the major maintenance, renovation, or development of facilities for the delivery of human services and health care or for the development of educational opportunities in Vermont communities.  The program is authorized to award matching grants of up to $25,000.00 per project, provided that grant funds shall be awarded only when evidence is presented by a successful applicant that at least three dollars have been raised from nonstate sources for every dollar awarded under this program.

(b)  Creation of committee.  There is established a human services and educational facilities grant advisory committee to include the secretary of human services or the secretary’s designee; the commissioner of buildings and general services or the commissioner’s designee; two members of the Vermont general assembly, one appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and one appointed by the senate committee on committees; and three representatives of broad-based community organizations, such as the United Way of Vermont, who shall be selected and appointed by the governor.  The members of the committee shall select a chair.  The members appointed by the governor shall serve for terms of two years or until their successors are appointed.

(c)  Process.  The human services and educational facilities grant advisory committee shall coordinate and administer the human services and educational facilities grant program for ease of use by applicants.  To accomplish this, the committee shall:

(1) develop an application form and process with clear instructions and examples to help applicants complete the form and which include an opportunity for a community to demonstrate its ability to generate required matching funds from local fundraising or other efforts;

(2)  establish a selection process which ensures equitable selection of grant recipients; and

(3)  ensure accountability by grant recipients.           

(d)  Before it notifies an applicant that the applicant will be awarded a grant, the human services and educational facilities grant advisory committee shall provide notice of the award and the time and location of any award presentation to the chairs of the senate committee on institutions and the house committee on corrections and institutions and to those members of the general assembly who represent the area in which a successful applicant resides.

(e)  The department of buildings and general services shall provide administrative support to the program.

* * * Education * * *

Sec. 37.  16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(5)(B) is amended to read:

(5)  Final approval for construction aid.

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(B)  The state board may approve a final application for a project provided that:

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(v)  the project has otherwise met the requirements of sections

3447–3456 of this title; and

(vi)  if the proposed project includes a playground, the project includes a requirement that the design and construction of playground equipment follow the guidelines set forth in the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Handbook for Public Playground Safety; and

(vii)  if the total estimated cost of the proposed project is less than $50,000.00, no performance bond or irrevocable letter of credit shall be required.

Sec. 38.  CONTINUATION OF SUSPENSION OF STATE AID FOR

               SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

In Sec. 36 of No. 52 of the Acts of 2007, the general assembly suspended state aid for school construction in order to provide time to enable the commissioner of education and the commissioner of finance and management to make recommendations for a sustainable plan for state aid to school construction.  In the absence of a viable plan for funding school construction, the general assembly hereby extends the period of suspension until a plan is developed and adopted.

* * * University of Vermont * * *

Sec. 39.  16 V.S.A. § 2363 is added to read:

§ 2363.  RESERVE FUNDS

(a)  The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College may create and establish one or more special funds, herein referred to as “debt service reserve funds,” and shall pay into each such debt service reserve fund:

(1)  any moneys appropriated and made available by the state for the purpose of such fund;

(2)  any proceeds of the sale of notes or bonds, to the extent provided in the resolution or resolutions of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College authorizing the issuance thereof; and

(3)  any other moneys that may be made available to the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College for the purpose of such fund from any other source or sources.

(b)  All moneys held in any debt service reserve fund, except as hereinafter provided, shall be used, as required, solely for the payment of the principal or purchase or redemption price of or interest or redemption premium on bonds or notes secured in whole or in part by such fund or of sinking fund payments with respect to such bonds or notes; provided, however, that moneys in any such fund shall not be withdrawn therefrom at any time in such amount as would reduce the amount of such fund to less than the debt service reserve requirement established by resolution of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College for such fund as hereafter provided except for the purpose of making payments, when due, of principal, interest, redemption premiums, and sinking fund payments with respect to bonds and notes secured in whole or in part by such fund for the payment of which other moneys of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College are not available.  Any income or interest earned by any debt service reserve fund may be transferred to other funds or accounts of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College to the extent that it does not reduce the amount of such fund below the requirement for such fund.

(c)  The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College shall not at any time issue bonds or notes secured in whole or in part by a debt service reserve fund if upon the issuance of such bonds or notes the amount in such debt service reserve fund will be less than the debt service reserve requirement established by resolution of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College for such fund, unless the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College at the time of issuance of such bonds or notes shall deposit in such fund from the proceeds of the bonds or notes so to be issued, or from other sources, an amount that, together with the amount then in such fund, will not be less than the debt service reserve requirement established for such fund. The debt service reserve requirement for any debt service reserve fund shall be established by resolution of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College prior to the issuance of any bonds or notes secured in whole or in part by such fund and shall not be required to exceed “maximum debt service,” which shall mean, as of any particular date of computation, an amount equal to the greatest of the respective amounts, for the then current or any future fiscal year of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, of annual debt service on the bonds and notes of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College secured or to be secured in whole or in part by such debt service reserve fund.

(d)  In the computation of the amount of the debt service reserve funds for the purpose of this section, securities in which any of such funds shall be invested shall be valued at par if purchased at par or at amortized value, as such term is defined by resolution of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, if purchased at other than par.

(e)  In order to assure the maintenance of the debt service reserve requirement in each debt service reserve fund established by the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, there may be appropriated annually and paid to the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College for deposit in each such fund such sum as shall be certified by the chair of the board of trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College to the governor, the president of the senate, and the speaker of the house as is necessary to restore each such debt service reserve fund to an amount equal to the debt service reserve requirement for such fund. The chair shall annually, on or about February 1, make and deliver to the governor, the president of the senate, and the speaker of the house his or her certificate stating the sum required to restore each such debt service reserve fund to the amount aforesaid, and the sum so certified may be appropriated, and if appropriated, shall be paid to the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College during the then current state fiscal year. The principal amount of bonds or notes outstanding at any one time and secured in whole or in part by a debt service reserve fund to which state funds may be appropriated pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed $66,000,000.00, provided that the foregoing shall not impair the obligation of any contract or contracts entered into by the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College in contravention of the Constitution of the United States of America.

(f)  The proceeds of any bonds or notes secured by a debt service reserve fund to which state funds may be appropriated pursuant to this section shall be applied solely to costs of reconstruction, rehabilitation, or improvement of existing facilities or property of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College.

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Sec. 40.  16 V.S.A. § 2186 is added to read:

§ 2186.  Reserve Funds

(a)  The Vermont State Colleges may create and establish one or more special funds, herein referred to as “debt service reserve funds,” and shall pay into each such debt service reserve fund:

(1)  any moneys appropriated and made available by the state for the purpose of such fund;

(2)  any proceeds of the sale of notes or bonds, to the extent provided in the resolution or resolutions of the Vermont State Colleges authorizing the issuance thereof; and

(3)  any other moneys that may be made available to the Vermont State Colleges for the purpose of such fund from any other source or sources.

(b)  All moneys held in any debt service reserve fund, except as hereinafter provided, shall be used, as required, solely for the payment of the principal or purchase or redemption price of or interest or redemption premium on bonds or notes secured in whole or in part by such fund or of sinking fund payments with respect to such bonds or notes; provided, however, that moneys in any such fund shall not be withdrawn therefrom at any time in such amount as would reduce the amount of such fund to less than the debt service reserve requirement established by resolution of the Vermont State Colleges for such fund as hereafter provided except for the purpose of making payments, when due, of principal, interest, redemption premiums, and sinking fund payments with respect to bonds and notes secured in whole or in part by such fund for the payment of which other moneys of the Vermont State Colleges are not available.  Any income or interest earned by any debt service reserve fund may be transferred to other funds or accounts of the Vermont State Colleges to the extent that it does not reduce the amount of such fund below the requirement for such fund.

(c)  The Vermont State Colleges shall not at any time issue bonds or notes secured in whole or in part by a debt service reserve fund if upon the issuance of such bonds or notes the amount in such debt service reserve fund will be less than the debt service reserve requirement established by resolution of the Vermont State Colleges for such fund, unless the Vermont State Colleges at the time of issuance of such bonds or notes shall deposit in such fund from the proceeds of the bonds or notes so to be issued, or from other sources, an amount that, together with the amount then in such fund, will not be less than the debt service reserve requirement established for such fund. The debt service reserve requirement for any debt service reserve fund shall be established by resolution of the Vermont State Colleges prior to the issuance of any bonds or notes secured in whole or in part by such fund and shall not be required to exceed “maximum debt service,” which shall mean, as of any particular date of computation, an amount equal to the greatest of the respective amounts, for the then current or any future fiscal year of the Vermont State Colleges, of annual debt service on the bonds and notes of the Vermont State Colleges secured or to be secured in whole or in part by such debt service reserve fund.

(d)  In the computation of the amount of the debt service reserve funds for the purpose of this section, securities in which any of such funds shall be invested shall be valued at par if purchased at par or at amortized value, as such term is defined by resolution of the Vermont State Colleges, if purchased at other than par.

(e)  In order to assure the maintenance of the debt service reserve requirement in each debt service reserve fund established by the Vermont State Colleges, there may be appropriated annually and paid to the Vermont State Colleges for deposit in each such fund such sum as shall be certified by the chair of the board of trustees of the Vermont State Colleges to the governor, the president of the senate, and the speaker of the house as is necessary to restore each such debt service reserve fund to an amount equal to the debt service reserve requirement for such fund. The chair shall annually, on or about February 1, make and deliver to the governor, the president of the senate, and the speaker of the house his or her certificate stating the sum required to restore each such debt service reserve fund to the amount aforesaid, and the sum so certified may be appropriated, and if appropriated, shall be paid to the Vermont State Colleges during the then current state fiscal year. The principal amount of bonds or notes outstanding at any one time and secured in whole or in part by a debt service reserve fund to which state funds may be appropriated pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed $34,000,000.00 provided that the foregoing shall not impair the obligation of any contract or contracts entered into by the Vermont State Colleges in contravention of the Constitution of the United States of America.

(f)  The proceeds of any bonds or notes secured by a debt service reserve fund to which state funds may be appropriated pursuant to this section shall be applied solely to costs of reconstruction, rehabilitation, or improvement of existing facilities or property of the Vermont State Colleges.

* * * Natural Resources * * *

Sec. 41.  FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES

               PROGRAM; MATCHING FUNDS; REALLOCATION

(a)  Currently more than $20,000,000 in Federal Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) pollution reduction funds are available to Vermont farmers to reduce manure runoff into rivers and streams.  This funding is available if the state can provide $750,000 in state assistance for this purpose.  Therefore, the following funds shall be used to provide the state share:

(1)  $125,000 from funds for stream stabilization grants appropriated under Sec. 11(c)(2) of No. 52 of the Acts of 2007.

(2)  $75,000 from funds for best management practices appropriated under Sec. 15(a) of No. 52 of the Acts of 2007.

(3)  $220,000 from funds for ecosystem restoration and protection appropriated under Sec. 12(c)(1) of this act.

(4)  $250,000 from funds for best management practices appropriated under Sec. 16(1) of this act.

(b)  It is the intent of the general assembly to appropriate the remaining $100,000 of required state matching funds in the appropriations act of 2008 for fiscal year 2009.

Sec. 42.  SHADOW LAKE FISH AND WILDLIFE ACCESS AREA; RIGHT                                  OF WAY

The commissioner of fish and wildlife is authorized to negotiate an agreement with Junnie and Nellie Peck, who own land adjacent to the Shadow Lake Fishing Access.  The agreement may provide, for a consideration of $1.00, an easement across the land owned by the fish and wildlife department to enable the landowners to access their residence.

* * * Military * * *

Sec. 43.  20 V.S.A. § 542 is amended to read:

§ 542.  ACQUISITION, MAINTENANCE AND DISPOSAL OF PROPERTY FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD USE

In the name of the state, the board shall be responsible for the real estate and personal property of the national guard.  The board may acquire or purchase, and maintain and dispose of by sale or otherwise real estate and personal property.  Upon determination by the board that real estate is to be disposed of, the disposal shall be at fair market value, and proceeds shall be allocated to future capital appropriations.

* * * Effective Date * * *

Sec. 44.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.

(Committee vote: 8-0-3)

Rep. Johnson of South Hero, for the Committee on Appropriations, recommends the bill ought to pass when amended as recommended by the Committee on Corrections and Institutions and when further amended as follows:

First:  In Sec. 12 (c)(1) by striking “1,200,000” and inserting in lieu thereof “1,120,000”, and the end of subsection (c) by adding two new subdivisions to read:

(4)  For the Farmers Watershed Alliance, to reduce phosphorus loads to Lake Champlain:                                                                                 30,000

(5)  For the Natural Resource Conservation Districts, to reduce phosphorus loads to the waters of the state:                        50,000

Second:  In Sec. 26(c) in the last sentence before subdivision (1) by striking the words before the colon, and inserting in lieu thereof:

After consultation with the chairs and vice-chairs of the senate and house committees on institutions, and upon approval from the secretary of administration and the joint fiscal committee, the commissioner of buildings and general services may undertake any of the following

Third:  In Sec. 27(d), in the first sentence, following the words “secretary of administration” by inserting “and the joint fiscal committee

Fourth:  In Sec. 36, 24  V.S.A. §5604(a), at the end of the subdivision by adding a sentence to read:

No grant shall be available for a project receiving funding from any other grant program established in this chapter.

Fifth:  In Sec. 36, 24  V.S.A. §5604(c)(2), by striking “and”, and at the end of subdivision (3) before the period by inserting “; and (4) ensure that the grant application deadlines are consistent with other grant programs included in this chapter

Sixth:  In Sec. 36, 24  V.S.A. §5605(a), at the end of the subdivision by adding a sentence to read:

No grant shall be available for a project receiving funding from any other grant program established in this chapter.

Seventh:  In Sec. 36, 24  V.S.A. §5605(c)(2), by striking “and”, and at the end of subdivision (3) before the period by inserting “; and (4) ensure that the grant application deadlines are consistent with other grant programs included in this chapter

Eighth:  In Sec. 41(3), by striking “$220,000” and inserting in lieu thereof “$200,000

(Committee vote: 10-1-0)

Amendment to be offered by Rep. Helm of Castleton to S. 365

     Moves to amend the report of the committee on Corrections and Institutions in Sec. 15 by striking the section in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 15 to read:

Sec. 15.  FIRE SERVICE TRAINING

The sum of $2,240,000 is appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for the Vermont fire service training council for construction of a fire training facility at the Robert H. Wood, Jr. Criminal Justice and Fire Service Training Center of Vermont in Pittsford.         

Total appropriation – Section 15                                               $2,240,000

(For text see Senate Journal 3/14/08 – P. 314 )

 

 

Favorable

S. 324

An act relating to beer and wine tastings.

Rep. McCormack of Rutland City, for the Committee on General, Housing and Military Afairs, recommends that the bill ought to pass in concurrence.

(Committee Vote: 7-0-1)

(For text see Senate Journal 3/21/08 – P. 400; 3/26/08 – P. 459 )

Senate Proposals of Amendment

H. 636

     An act relating to embezzlement by a public official.

     The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  13 V.S.A. § 2537 is amended to read:

§ 2537.  PERSON HOLDING PROPERTY IN OFFICIAL CAPACITY OR BELONGING TO THE STATE OR A MUNICIPALITY

A state, county, town, or municipal officer or other person who in his or her official capacity receives, collects, controls, or holds money, obligations, or securities belonging to a corporation, public or private, or to a private person, or other property, who embezzles or fraudulently converts to his or her own use any of such money, obligations or, securities, or other property, or a person who embezzles or fraudulently converts to his or her own use, money or other property belonging to the state or to a county or municipality as defined in 1 V.S.A. § 126, or a municipal corporation, or a special purpose district, shall be guilty of larceny and shall be imprisoned not more than ten years or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.

Sec. 2.  13 V.S.A. § 7554 is amended to read:

§ 7554.  RELEASE PRIOR TO TRIAL

(a)  Any person charged with an offense, other than a person held without bail under section 7553 or 7553a of this title, shall at his or her appearance before a judicial officer be ordered released pending trial in accordance with this section.

* * *

(2)  If the judicial officer determines that conditions of release imposed to assure appearance will not reasonably protect the public, the judicial officer may in addition impose the least restrictive of the following conditions or the least restrictive combination of the following conditions which will reasonably assure protection of the public:

(A)  Place the person in the custody of a designated person or organization agreeing to supervise him or her.

(B)  Place restrictions on the travel, association, or place of abode of the person during the period of release.

(C)  Require the person to participate in an alcohol or drug treatment program.  The judicial officer shall take into consideration the defendant’s ability to comply with an order of treatment and the availability of treatment resources.

(D)  Impose any other condition found reasonably necessary to protect the public, except that a physically restrictive condition may only be imposed in extraordinary circumstances.

(E)  If the person is a state, county, or municipal officer charged with violating section 2537 of this title, the court may suspend the officer’s duties in whole or in part, if the court finds that it is necessary to protect the public.

* * *

Sec. 3.  32 V.S.A. § 167(b) is amended to read:

(b)  In connection with any of his or her duties, the auditor of accounts may administer oaths and may subpoena any person to appear before him or her. Such persons shall testify under oath and be subject to the penalties of perjury, and may be examined concerning any matter relating to the statutory duties of the auditor provided by section 163 of this title.  Nothing in this subsection shall limit a person’s fifth amendment rights against self‑incrimination.

(For text see House Journal 3/13/08 – P. 525)

H. 641

     An act relating to nursing mothers in the workplace.

The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  21 V.S.A. § 302 is amended to read:

§ 302.  Definitions

For the purposes of this subchapter:

"Employer" as used in this subchapter shall mean and include an individual, a partnership, an association, a corporation, a legal representative, trustee, receiver, trustee in bankruptcy, and any common carrier by rail, motor, water, air or express company doing business in or operating within the state.  means any individual, organization, or governmental body including any partnership, association, trustee, estate, corporation, joint stock company, insurance company, or legal representative, whether domestic or foreign, or the receiver, trustee in bankruptcy, trustee or successor thereof, and any common carrier by mail, motor, water, air or express company doing business in or operating within this state, and any agent of such employer, which has one or more individuals performing services for it within this state.

"Employee" shall mean and include every person who may be permitted, required or directed by any employer, as defined in this section in consideration of direct or indirect gain or profit, to engage in any employment.  means every person who may be permitted, required or directed by any employer, in consideration of direct or indirect gain or profit, to perform services.

Sec. 2.  21 V.S.A. § 305 is added to read:

§ 305.  NURSING MOTHERS IN THE WORKPLACE

(a)  For an employee who is a nursing mother, the employer shall for three years after the birth of a child:

(1)  provide reasonable time, either compensated or uncompensated, throughout the day to express breast milk for her nursing child.  The decision to provide compensated time shall be in the sole discretion of the employer, unless modified by a collective bargaining agreement; and

(2)  make a reasonable accommodation to provide appropriate private space that is not a bathroom stall.

(b)  An employer may be exempted from the provisions of subsection (a) of this section if providing time or an appropriate private space for expressing breast milk would substantially disrupt the employer’s operations.

(c)  An employer shall not retaliate or discriminate against an employee who exercises the right provided under this section. 

(d)  In lieu of an enforcement action through the Vermont Judicial Bureau, the attorney general or a state’s attorney may enforce the provisions of this subchapter by bringing a civil action for temporary or permanent injunctive relief, economic damages, including prospective lost wages for a period not to exceed one year, investigative and court costs.  The attorney general or a state’s attorney may conduct an investigation of an alleged violation and enter into a settlement agreement with the employer.  Such investigation shall not be a prerequisite to bringing a court action.

Sec. 3.  21 V.S.A. § 303 is amended to read:

§ 303. PENALTY; JUDICIAL BUREAU

Any employer who violates the provisions of this subchapter shall be fined assessed a civil penalty of not more than $100.00 for each and every violation.

Sec. 4.  4 V.S.A. § 1102 is amended to read:

§ 1102. JUDICIAL BUREAU; JURISDICTION

* * *

(b) The judicial bureau shall have jurisdiction of the following matters:

* * *

(14)  Violations of 21 V.S.A. chapter 5, subchapter 1, relating to conditions for employment.

(For text see House Journal 3/13/08- P. 519)

H. 862

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

The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill in Sec. 5 by striking out the words “upon passage” and inserting in lieu thereof the words January 1, 2009

No House Amendments

H. 883

     An act relating to miscellaneous amendments to Vermont's public retirement systems.

     The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill in Sec. 3, 3 V.S.A. § 495, by striking out subsection (d) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (d) to read as follows:

(d)  Upon becoming a member of the retirement system to which he or she has transferred, such person shall thereafter be eligible for such benefits or annuities as are provided by law in such retirement system, including the credits for previous service in the retirement system from which the person has transferred as provided in subsection (e) of this section.  The average final compensation used to calculate the benefit payable at retirement shall be determined by using the earnable compensation which affords the highest consecutive years of earnings under either the system from which or to which he or she transferred, provided, however, that if he or she retires on a retirement allowance in the system to which he or she transferred within five years after said transfer, the benefits or annuities payable with respect to the service credit in the system from which he or she transferred shall not be greater than those which would have been payable with respect to such service had he or she remained in said system.  Except for the determination of the average final compensation as set forth in this subsection, the benefits for a member who transferred from one retirement system to another shall be calculated as follows:

(1)  a member who transfers after July 1, 2007 and before June 30, 2008 shall have the option to have the service from the first system calculated according to the provisions of either the first or the second system at the time of retirement;

(2)  a member who transfers on or before June 30, 2007 or on or after July 1, 2008 shall have his or her benefits calculated according to the provisions of the system or systems under which the benefits were accrued;

(3)  when benefits calculated according to the provisions of two or more retirement systems are combined under this subsection, they may exceed the maximum percentage of average final compensation established for each plan.

No House Amendments

Senate Proposal of Amendment to House Proposal of Amendment

S. 45

     An act relating to the right to attend town meeting.

The Senate has concurred in the House proposal of amendment with the following amendment thereto:

In Sec. 1. 21 V.S.A. §472b by adding two new subsections, to be subsections (c) and (d), to read as follows:

     (c)  The requirement of subsection (b) shall not apply to a student who is in state custody in a secure facility.

     (d)  The requirement of subsection (b) shall not create an obligation for any parent, guardian or custodian to take any affirmative action to enable the student to attend an annual town meeting.

(For text see House Journal 4/3/08 – P. 857)

 

 

Ordered to Lie

H. 549

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

Pending question: Shall the bill be amended as recommended by the Fish Wildlife & Water Resources committee and the committee on Appropriations ?

 

INFORMATION NOTICE

The following item was recently received by the Joint Fiscal Committee:

            JFO #2324 –– $14,500 grant from the Northeast Center for Agricultural Health to the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.  These grant funds will be used to produce bilingual training materials for skid loader safety for dairy producers in Franklin and Addison counties. 

[JFO received 04/14/08]

 

 

 

 

 



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