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Senate Calendar

thursday, january 17, 2008

10th DAY OF BIENNIAL SESSION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                                Page No.

ACTION CALENDAR

Second Reading

Favorable

S. 257     Medicaid coverage of naturopathic physicians..................................... 29

Committee Bill for Second Reading

S. 342     Lake Champlain commemorative motor vehicle plates......................... 29

                              Committee on Transportation............................................... 29

Joint Resolution for Action

JRS 43   Joint resolution relating to Town Meeting adjournment......................... 29

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable

S. 213     Designation of a portion of state highways in town of Manchester......... 29

                              Committee on Transportation............................................... 29

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 278     Relating to financing campaigns........................................................... 29

                              Committee on Government Operations................................. 30

Committee Bill for Notice

S. 348     Education or workforce training for children........................................ 31

                              Committee on Education...................................................... 31

Motion to Withdraw

S. 334     Relating to reducing the cost of workers’ compensation insurance........ 31


ORDERED TO LIE

S. 70       Empowering municipalities to regulate pesticides.................................. 31


S. 102     School dist. excess spending............................................................... 31

S. 118     Fiscal review of high spending school districts...................................... 31

JRS 24   Congressional “fast track” review of trade agreements......................... 31

Concurrent Resolutions for Adoption

(For text of Resolutions, see Addendum to January 17, 2008 Calendar)

SCR 26     Hartford Hurricanes Division I championship football team.................. 3

HCR 176  American military personnel who have died 12/20/06-12/19/08.......... 4

HCR 177  Woodstock Union High School championship field hockey team....... 18

HCR 178  In memory of Rosendo Cueto.......................................................... 19

HCR 179  Sydney Perry of Middlesex 2007 Miss Vermont Teen USA............. 20

HCR 180  Essex High School championship girls’ soccer team.......................... 21

HCR 181  Honoring Sally Bouffard for service to Dept. of Education................. 22

HCR 182  In memory of former Representative Ruth H. Towne of Berlin........... 23

HCR 183  Elizabeth Christie for efforts to improve lives of VT children.............. 25

HCR 184  Participants in “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” .......................... 26



ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

Second Reading

Favorable

S. 257

An act relating to Medicaid coverage of naturopathic physicians.

Reported favorably by Senator White for the Committee on Health and Welfare upon Commitment.

(Committee vote: 6-0-0)

Committee Bill for Second Reading

S. 342

An act relating to Lake Champlain commemorative motor vehicle plates.

By the Committee on Transportation.

Joint Resolution for Action

J.R.S. 43

     Joint resolution relating to Town Meeting adjournment.

     (For text of resolution, see Senate Journal of Wednesday, page 29.

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable

S. 213

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

Reported favorably by Senator Shumlin for the Committee on Transportation.

(Committee vote: 5-0-0)

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 278

An act relating to financing campaigns.

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator White for the Committee on Government Operations.

The Committee recommends that the bill be amended as follows:

First:  In Sec. 1, subdivision (10), before the last period by inserting , and during the General Assembly’s consideration of S.164 during the 2007 legislative session.

Second:  In Sec. 2, 17 V.S.A. § 2801(3)(C), by striking out “$500.00” and inserting in lieu thereof $1,000.00

Third:  In Sec. 2, 17 V.S.A. § 2801(4)(C), by striking out “$500.00” and inserting in lieu thereof $1,000.00

Fourth:  By striking out Sec. 3 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 3 as follows:

Sec. 3.  17 V.S.A. § 2801a is amended to read:

§ 2801a.  EXCEPTIONS

The definitions of “contribution,” “expenditure,” and “electioneering communication” shall not apply to:

(1)  any news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication which has not been paid for, or such facilities are not owned or controlled, by any political party, committee, or candidate; and

(2)  any communication distributed through a public access television station if the communication complies with the laws and rules governing the station, and all candidates in the race have an equal opportunity to promote their candidacies through the station.

Fifth:  In Sec. 6, 17 V.S.A. § 2809(d)(3)(D), after “than” and before “responses” by inserting photographs or

Sixth:  In Sec. 7, 17 V.S.A. § 2891, by striking out subdivision (2) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subdivision (2) as follows:

(2)  “Electioneering communication” does not mean disseminating a nonpartisan voter guide that qualifies as an exemption from the definition of “coordinated campaign expenditure made on the candidate’s behalf” under subdivision 2809(d)(3) of this title.

Seventh:  In Sec. 11, by striking out “on August 1, 2008” and inserting in lieu thereof upon passage

(Committee vote: 4-1-0)


Committee Bill for Notice

S. 348

An act relating to education or workforce training for children between the ages of 16 and 18 years.

By the Committee on Education.

Motion to Withdraw Pursuant to Rule 50

S. 334

An act relating to reducing the cost of workers’ compensation insurance.

ORDERED TO LIE

S. 70

An act relating to empowering municipalities to regulate the application of pesticides within their borders.

PENDING ACTION:  Second reading of the bill.

S. 102

An act relating to decreasing the percentage to determine a school district’s excess spending.

PENDING ACTION:  Second reading of the bill.

S. 118

An act relating to fiscal review of high spending districts and special education.

PENDING ACTION:  Second reading of the bill.

J.R.S. 24

Joint resolution relating to the federal “fast track” process for congressional review of international trade agreements.

PENDING ACTION:  Second reading of the resolution.

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.


S.C.R. 26

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Hartford Hurricanes Division I championship football team.

H.C.R. 176

House concurrent resolution in memory of the American military personnel who have died in the service of their nation in Iraq from December 30, 2006 through December 19, 2007

H.C.R. 177

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Woodstock Union High School Lady Wasps Division II championship field hockey team

H.C.R. 178

House concurrent resolution in memory of Rosendo Cueto

H.C.R. 179

House concurrent resolution congratulating Sydney Perry of Middlesex on her winning the 2007 Miss Vermont Teen USA title

H.C.R. 180

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Essex High School Hornets Division I championship girls’ soccer team

H.C.R. 181

House concurrent resolution honoring Sally Bouffard for over four decades of dedicated public service at the department of education and state board of education

H.C.R. 182

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative Ruth H. Towne of Berlin

H.C.R. 183

House concurrent resolution honoring Elizabeth Christie for her efforts to improve the lives of Vermont’s children

H.C.R. 184

House concurrent resolution honoring the participants in the construction of the new “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” home for the Vitale family in Athens


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.

Kevin Dorn of Essex Junction - Secretary of the Agency of Commerce & Community Development - By Sen. Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (1/17)

Bruce Hyde of Granville - Commissioner of the Department of Tourism & Marketing - By Sen. Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (1/17)

John Hall of St. Johnsbury - Commissioner of the Department of Housing & Community Development - By Sen. Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (1/17)

Michael W. Quinn of Essex Junction - Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development - By Sen. Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (1/17)

Patricia Moulton Powden of South Londonderry - Chair of the Vermont Employment Security Board and Commissioner of the Department of Labor - By Sen. Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (1/17)

Patricia Moulton Powden of South Londonderry - Chair of the Vermont Employment Security Board & Commissioner of the Department of Labor - By Sen. Illuzzi for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (1/17)

Brian Vachon of Middlesex - Member of the State Board of Education - By Sen. Doyle for the Committee on Education.

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:

28.  Bicycle-Pedestrians Accommodations Activities Report.  (Agency of Transportation, Program Development Division).  (January 2008).

29.  Connecticut River Bridge Projects Annual Report.  (Agency of Transportation, Program Development Division).  (January 2008).

30.  Funding Alternatives for Large Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities.  (Agency of Transportation, Program Development Division).  (January 2008).

31.  State Aid for School Construction Analysis in Vermont:  An analysis of Options for Changing the Current System.  (Joint Fiscal Office).  (January 2008).

32.  Department of Liquor Control Report on Commercial Caterers.  (January 2008).

33.  Common Claims Work Group Final Report.  (Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems).  (January 2008).

34.  Proposal for an Automated System for the Department of Fish & Wildlife to Suspend a License to Hunt, Fish, or Trap for Various Violations.  (Department of Fish & Wildlife).  (January 2008).

35.  Recommendation for Conducting a Survey of the Health Insurance Status of Vermont Residents.  (Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration).  (January 2008).

36.  Office of the State Treasurer 2007 Annual Report.  (January 2008).

37.  Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force Report:  Year Two.  (Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force and the Anti-Violence Partnership at the University of Vermont).  (January 2008).

38.  Insurer Mental Health and Substance Abuse Report Card 2008 Report.  (January 2008).

39.  Vermont Long Term Care Partnership Program.  (Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration).  (January 2008).

40.  Enhanced 9-1-1 Board Report.  (January 2008).

41.  Tobacco Compliance Tests Conducted During Calendar Year 2007 Report.  (Department of Liquor Control).  (January 2008).

42.  Restoration of the Department of Mental Health Legislative Report.  (January 2008).

43.  Transportation of Individuals in the Custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health 2008 Legislative Report.  (January 2008).

44.  Division of Property Valuation and Review 2008 Annual Report.  (Vermont Department of Taxes).  (January 2008).

45.  Use of the Performance Based Approach for Design of Wastewater Disposal Systems (Subject to the Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Rules).  (Agency of Commerce and Community Affairs).  (January 2008).

46.  Vermont Health Care Expenditure Analysis & Three-Year Forecast.  (Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration).  (January 2008).

46.  Vermont Health Care Expenditure Analysis & Three-Year Forecast.  (Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration).  (January 2008).

NOTICE OF JOINT ASSEMBLY

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 2:00 p.m., Joint Assembly - to receive the Governor’s budget message.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - Room 11 - 6-8:00 p.m.  S. 238 (Regulating Drugs: Marijuana) S. 250 (Drug Trafficking) Senate Committee on Judiciary.

Joint Public Hearing on Fiscal Year 2009 Budget

Vermont Interactive Television

Appropriations Committees

Monday, February 11, 2008, 4:30-7:00 p.m. – The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will hold a joint public hearing on Vermont Interactive Television (V.I.T.) to give Vermonters throughout the state an opportunity to express their views about the State budget for fiscal year 2009.   All V.I.T. sites will be available for the hearing:  Bennington, Brattleboro, Castleton, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, Waterbury, White River Junction and Williston.  V.I.T.’s web site at www.vitlink.org has an up-to-date location listing, including driving directions, addresses and telephone numbers.

For information about the format of this event, interested parties may call the House Appropriations Committee office at 802/828-2251. 



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