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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2007

44th DAY OF BIENNIAL SESSION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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NEW BUSINESS

Second Reading

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 13  An act relating to idling school bus engines on school property.................. 80

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

H. 213    Interim assistance to the dairy industry................................................. 80

                              Appropriations Committee Report....................................... 80

Concurrent Resolutions for Adoption

(For text of Resolutions, see Addendum to February 15, 2007 calendar)

HCR 40 In memory of Brian Lawrence Wrigley................................................ 75

HCR 41 Honoring Joyce Wyman for her local and state public service............... 76

HCR 42 In memory of Seward Weber.............................................................. 77




 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

Second Reading

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 13

An act relating to idling school bus engines on school property.

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Starr for the Committee on Education.

The Committee recommends that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  VEHICULAR IDLING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

On or before September 1, 2007, the department of education shall make available to all public school districts and approved independent schools a model policy concerning vehicular idling on school property.  On or before September 1, 2008, each public school district and approved independent school shall adopt a policy concerning vehicular idling on its property and shall ensure that the policy is widely communicated.  Each public school district and approved independent school shall also ensure that the adopted policy is incorporated into any new or renewed contract into which it enters with a school bus company.

(Committee vote: 4-1-0)

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

H. 213

An act relating to interim assistance to the dairy industry and the development of long-term goals for a viable agricultural sector.

Reported favorably with recommendation of proposal of amendment by Senator Bartlett for the Committee on Appropriations.

     The Committee recommends that the Senate propose to the House to amend the bill as follows:

First:  In Sec. 3, by striking out subsections (f) and (g) in their entirety

Second:  In Sec. 5(a), after management by adding “for transfer to the agency of agriculture, food and markets

Third:  By adding a new Sec. 7 to read as follows:

Sec. 7.  FINAL PAYMENT

It is the intent of the general assembly that the payment provided by this act is the final dairy assistance program payment for the 2007-2008 biennium.

and by renumbering the remaining section to be Sec. 8

(Committee Vote: 6-0-1)

(For House amendments, see House Journal for February 8, 2007, page 157.)

Concurrent Resolutions

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

H.C.R.  40

House concurrent resolution in memory of Brian Lawrence Wrigley.

H.C.R.  41

House concurrent resolution honoring Joyce Wyman for her local and state public service.

H.C.R.  42

House concurrent resolution in memory of Seward Weber.

CONFIRMATIONS

The following appointments will be considered by the Senate, as a group, under suspension of the Rules, as moved by the President pro tempore, for confirmation together and without debate, by consent thereby given by the Senate.  However, upon request of any senator, any appointment may be singled out and acted upon separately by the Senate, with consideration given to the report of the Committee to which the appointment was referred, and with full debate; and further, all appointments for the positions of Secretaries of Agencies, Commissioners of Departments, Judges, Magistrates, and members of the Public Service Board shall be fully and separately acted upon.

Robert Britt of South Burlington - Member of the Vermont Economic Development Authority - By Sen. Condos for the Committee on Finance.  (1/25)

David E. L. Brown of Shelburne - Member of the Board of Libraries - By Sen. Giard for the Committee on Education.  (1/31)

John Rosenthal of Charlotte - Member of the Board of Libraries - By Sen. Doyle for the Committee on Education.  (1/31)

Kenneth Gibbons of Hyde Park - Member of the Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Finance Agency - By Sen. McCormack for the Committee on Finance.  (2/2)

Cortland F. Corsones, Esq. of Mendon - Superior Judge - By Sen. Mullin for the Committee on Judiciary.  (2/14)

Thomas A. Zonay, Esq. of Taftsville - District Judge - By Sen. Campbell for the Committee on Judiciary.  (2/14)

James Reardon of Essex Junction - Commissioner of the Department of Finance - By Sen. Flanagan for the Committee on Government Operations.  (2/15)

Linda McIntire of Montpelier - Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources - By Sen. Flanagan for the Committee on Government Operations.  (2/15).

REPORTS ON FILE

Pursuant to the provisions of 2 V.S.A. §20(c), one (1) copy of the following reports is on file in the office of the Secretary of the Senate:

     98.  Early Childhood Nurture and Development in Enriched Educational Settings.  (Report of the Prekindergarten Education Study Committee)  (February 2007).

     99.  Workshop Development Council Annual Report for 2006.  (Workforce Development Council)  (February 2007).

     100.  Income from Mountain Top Communication Sites Annual Report.  (Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation)  (February 2007).

     101.  Legislative Report - Act 128 Beverage Container Redemption Program.  (Agency of Natural Resources)  (February 2007).

     102.  Beverage Container Redemption Program Report.  (Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation)  (February 2007).

     103.  Children & Family Council for Prevention Programs 2007 Annual Report.  (February 2007).

     104.  Uniform Environmental Enforcement Act (Act 98).  (Agency of Natural Resources, Enforcement Division)  (February 2007).

     105.  Human Services Caseload Management Reserve.  (Agency of Administration)  (February 2007).

     106.  Eradication of Cervical Cancer Report (Act 110).  (Department of Health.  (February 2007).

     107.  Council on Education Governance Report.  (February 2007).

     108.  Catamount Health: Immunization Study.  (February 2007).

     109.  Vermont State Housing Authority Annual Report for 2006.  (February 2007).

PUBLIC HEARINGS

            Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 6:00-7:00 P.M. -  Room 11 - Re:  Judicial Retention - Joint Committee on Judicial Retention.

            Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 2:30-4: 30 P.M. - Room 11 - Re:  Fiscal Year 2008 Appropriations Bill - House Committee on Appropriations.

            Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 5:30-9:00 P.M. - Room 11 - Re:  International Trade and State Sovereignty - Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty.

            Friday, February 23, 2007 - 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon - Room 10 - Re:  Fiscal Year 2008 Appropriations Bill - House Committee on Appropriations.

JOINT ASSEMBLY

            Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 10:30 A.M. - House Chamber - Election of a Sergeant at Arms, of an Adjutant and Inspector General, and of three (3) trustees for the University of Vermont, and Vermont and State Agricultural College. 

            The following rules shall apply to the conduct of these elections:

            First:  All nominations for these offices will be presented in alphabetical order prior to voting.

            Second:  There will be only one nominating speech of not more than three (3) minutes and not more than two seconding speeches of not more than one (1) minute each for each nominee.



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