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Senate Calendar

wednesday, march 12, 2008

65th DAY OF BIENNIAL SESSION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                                                                Page No.

ACTION CALENDAR

CONSIDERATION POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2008

Third Reading

S. 357     Domestic violence............................................................................. 611

                        Sen. Illuzzi amendment............................................................. 611

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008

Second Reading

Favorable

S. 210     Appointment of town school district treasurer.................................... 613

                        Committee on Government Operations..................................... 613

NEW BUSINESS

Third Reading

S. 246     Electronic access to criminal and family court records........................ 613

S. 247     Relating to scrap metal processors.................................................... 613

S. 336     Relating to juvenile judicial proceedings............................................. 613

Second Reading

Favorable

S. 89       Payment of rent into court pursuant to a commercial lease.................. 613

                        Judiciary Committee Report..................................................... 613

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 348     Education and workforce training for children.................................... 614

                        Education Committee Report................................................... 614

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 168     Operating a motor vehicle under influence of alcohol or drugs............ 618

                        Judiciary Committee Report..................................................... 618


S. 341     Registration of pet merchants............................................................ 618

                        Judiciary Committee Report..................................................... 618

                        Finance Committee Report...................................................... 620

S. 344     Internet and mail order sales of tobacco products.............................. 620

                        Ec. Dev., Housing & Gen. Affairs Committee Report............... 620

Committee Bill for Notice

S. 364     Audit & reliability assessment of VT Yankee Nuclear Facility............ 622

                        By the Committee on Finance.................................................. 622

ORDERED TO LIE

S. 70       Empowering municipalities to regulate pesticides................................ 622


S. 102     School dist. excess spending............................................................. 622

S. 118     Fiscal review of high spending school districts.................................... 622

JRS 24   Congressional “fast track” review of trade agreements....................... 622



 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

CONSIDERATION POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2008

Third Reading

S. 357

An act relating to domestic violence.

AMENDMENT TO S. 357 TO BE OFFERED BY SENATOR ILLUZZI BEFORE THIRD READING

Senator Illuzzi moves to amend the bill as follows:

First:  In Sec. 3, 12 V.S.A. §5133(d)(3), by striking out the words “and is being released from prison” and by striking out the word “shall” and inserting in lieu thereof the word may

Second:  By striking out Sec. 9 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 9.  13 V.S.A. §1045 is added to read:

§1045.  INTERFERENCE WITH ACCESS TO EMERGENCY SERVICES

(a)  A person who, during or within a reasonable time period following the commission of a crime, willfully or recklessly prevents or attempts to prevent a person from seeking or receiving emergency medical assistance, emergency assistance from a third party, or assistance from a law enforcement agency or law enforcement officer, shall be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.

(b)  Information that the defendant made or attempted to make inaccessible or inoperable a telephone or other electronic communication device shall also be admissible as evidence in connection with an action alleging a violation of this section.

Third:  By striking out Sec. 10 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 10. 13 V.S.A. §1047 is added to read:

§1047. OFFENSE COMMITTED WITHIN THE PRESENCE OF A CHILD

When imposing sentence following a conviction for conduct prohibited by this subchapter, the court may take into consideration whether the offense was committed within the presence of a child, which includes whether the child was in a position to see or hear events leading up to the commission of the offense, or its immediate aftermath.

     Fourth:  In Sec. 11, 13 V.S.A. §2602(e) after the words “prior conviction for” by inserting lewd or lascivious conduct,

     Fifth:  In Sec. 12, 15 V.S.A. §668a, subdivision (e)(2), by striking out the last sentence and inserting in lieu thereof the following:  A hearing shall be held within ten days from the date on which the order was issued. In courts which do not regularly meet five days per week, the hearing shall be held within ten days, or as soon thereafter as is reasonably practicable.  Hearings may be conducted over the telephone or through the use of other electronic means, unless the court orders otherwise for good cause shown.

     Sixth:  In Sec. 13, 15 V.S.A. §1103, by striking out subsection (c) and inserting the following:

(c)  If the court finds that the defendant has abused the plaintiff and that there is a danger of further abuse ,or that the defendant has been convicted of domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, stalking, aggravated stalking, lewd or lascivious conduct, lewd or lascivious conduct with child, use of a child in a sexual performance, or consenting to a sexual performance, the court shall may make such orders as it deems necessary to protect the plaintiff, the children, or both ,which.  The court may consider the defendant’s past conduct, as defined in section 5131 of Title 12, , as relevant information of a danger of further abuse, including instances of prior abuse or threatening behavior, whether or not that conduct resulted in one or more criminal convictions, and whether or not that conduct was contained in a prior court order that was dismissed at the request of the plaintiff.  The court order may include the following:

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     Seventh:  In Sec. 14, 15 V.S.A. §1105 (a), in the last sentence after the words “actual notice” by inserting the words on the record and by adding a new sentence to read as follows: An affidavit from a law enforcement officer or a court officer that the defendant received actual notice on the record shall be admitted into evidence and shall constitute a permissive inference in a criminal action and a rebuttable presumption in any civil action that the defendant received actual notice of the order.

     Eighth:  In Sec. 15, 15 V.S.A. §665a, subsection (a), after the words “the prior ten years” by inserting or in a proceeding in which a child has been found to be in need of care and supervision pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 55 of Title 33,

     Ninth:  In Sec. 15, 15 V.S.A. §665a, by adding a new subsection (e) to read as follows:

     (e) Notwithstanding any applicable confidentiality requirements to the contrary, any information maintained by the family court relating to findings in a petition alleging the child has been found to be in need of care and supervision may be obtained and relied upon by the parties and the court in developing a parent-child contact order; provided, however, that any documents obtained from a juvenile proceeding and introduced into evidence shall be filed under seal with the court at the conclusion of the hearing and any documents obtained by the parties shall remain confidential.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008

Second Reading

Favorable

S. 210

An act relating to the appointment of a town school district treasurer pending election at a special or annual meeting.

Reported favorably by Senator Doyle for the Committee on Government Operations.

(Committee vote: 5-0-0)

NEW BUSINESS

Third Reading

S. 246

An act relating to electronic access to criminal and family court records.

S. 247

An act relating to scrap metal processors.

S. 336

An act relating to juvenile judicial proceedings.

Second Reading

Favorable

S. 89

An act relating to permitting payment of rent into court pursuant to a commercial lease.

Reported favorably by Senator Nitka for the Committee on Judiciary.

(Committee vote: 4-0-1)

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 348

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

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.  16 V.S.A. § 1121a is added to read:

§ 1121a.  EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENTS WHO MAY NOT COMPLETE SECONDARY SCHOOL; SUPPORT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPLETION

Each superintendent shall ensure that every public school within his or her jurisdiction implements the following:

(1)  Education support teams shall attempt to identify each student whose academic progress, behavior, or other indicators suggest, at any age, that the student may not complete his or her secondary education.

(2)  Education support teams shall work with every student identified in subdivision (1) of this section and, to the extent possible, the student’s parents or guardians to develop and update annually a personal education plan (“PEP”).  The PEP shall identify those services necessary for the student’s successful completion of elementary and secondary school and shall outline the procedure for obtaining the services, which may include the following:

(A)  Research-based literacy instruction to support the student to attain grade-level reading proficiency, if such support is needed.  

(B)  The assignment of an adult mentor, who may be the student’s parent or guardian, a community volunteer, or some other individual, to provide academic, career, and emotional support to the student until completion of secondary school.

(C)  Applied or work-based learning opportunities for secondary school students, particularly those that foster appropriate social interactions with adults and other students.

(D)  The opportunity, when appropriate, to participate in dual enrollment courses, with tutorial support provided as needed.

(E)  The opportunity, when appropriate, to participate in outreach programs with the Vermont student assistance corporation, including academic support services, workshops, summer programs, and career counseling.

(F)  Any other service to encourage the successful completion of elementary and secondary school. 

(3)  When a school determines that a student’s early withdrawal from secondary school is imminent, the school shall provide information to that student about alternative paths to graduation, regardless of whether the student was previously identified or served under subdivision (1) or (2) of this section.  

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 1122 is amended to read:

§ 1122.  PUPILS OVER SIXTEEN CHILDREN WHO ARE 16 YEARS OLD AND OLDER; WAIVER

A person having the control of a child over sixteen years of age who allows such child to become enrolled in a public school, shall cause such child to attend such school continually for the full number of the school days of the term in which he is so enrolled, unless such child is mentally or physically unable to continue, or is excused in writing by the superintendent or a majority of the school directors.  In case of such enrollment, such person, and the teacher, child, superintendent, and school directors shall be under the laws and subject to the penalties relating to the attendance of children between the ages of seven and sixteen years. 

(a)  The legal guardian or guardians of a child who is at least 16 but less than 18 years old shall cause the child to be enrolled in and attend a public or approved independent secondary school for the number of days and hours required for satisfactory completion of the academic year, except under the following circumstances:

(1)  The commissioner determines that the child is mentally or physically unable to be enrolled.

(2)  The child is enrolled in and attending:

(A)  A postsecondary school, as defined in subdivision 176(b)(1) of this title, that is approved or accredited in Vermont or another state; or

(B)  A postsecondary technical education program as defined in subdivision 1522(12) of this title. 

(3)  The child has completed all credits and other requirements necessary for secondary graduation.

(4)  The child was in a home study program under section 166b of this title for at least one year at the secondary level when he or she was younger than 16 years old and will continue to be under his or her guardian’s educational supervision until age 18.

(5)  The child has been granted a waiver pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of this section.

(b)  A student who is at least 16 but less than 18 years old and who is not subject to the exceptions set out in subdivisions (a)(1) through (4) of this section may terminate his or her secondary education in a public or approved independent school upon receiving a waiver from an administrator or counselor designated by the school board of the district in which the student resides.  To obtain a waiver, the student shall meet with the designee and discuss alternative paths to graduation and other approved alternatives to secondary school, which may include the high school completion program created by section 1049a of this title, a home study program pursuant to section 166b of this title, the Northlands Job Corps Center, an education program approved by the department of education, or a workforce development program eligible to receive funding from the department of labor.  When the student has selected an alternative to enrollment in the secondary school, the designee shall issue written approval for the student to terminate his or her enrollment in the public or approved independent school and shall provide a copy to the student, the student’s legal guardian or guardians, the school board, and the program in which the student intends to participate. 

(c)  A student subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section who either chooses not to pursue an alternative pursuant to that subsection or terminates his or her participation in the alternative program prior to the age of 18 may request from the school board of the district in which the student resides a waiver of the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section.  To obtain a waiver, the student, and the student’s legal guardian or guardians if possible, shall meet with school board and explain the reasons that he or she is requesting the waiver and his or her plans for education, workforce training, or employment until reaching the age of 18.  The board may suggest and discuss other alternatives with the student. 

(1)  If the board approves the student’s request for a waiver, the board shall issue written approval for the child to terminate his or her enrollment in the public or approved independent school pursuant to subsection (a) or to terminate attendance in an alternative program pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.  The board shall provide a copy of the waiver to the student, the student’s legal guardian or guardians, the school in which the student was or is enrolled, and any alternative program the student had been attending. 

(2)  If the board does not approve the student’s request for a waiver, the student shall be considered truant under the provisions of this chapter unless the student withdraws the request and complies with subsection (a) or (b) of this section.  The student may appeal the board’s decision to the commissioner, whose decision shall be final; provided, however, that a subsequent action may be filed in superior court.

(d)  The departments of labor and of education shall publish, and update at least annually, a list of all programs under their respective jurisdictions that meet the requirements of subsection (b) of this section.

(e)  During the period in which the child is enrolled in and attending a public or approved independent secondary school pursuant to subsection (a) of this section or an alternative program pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the child, the child’s legal guardian or guardians, and the superintendent and school directors of the district in which the child resides shall be subject to the laws and penalties relating to the attendance of children between the ages of seven and 18 years. 

(f)  The provisions of this section shall also apply to an emancipated minor.

Sec. 3.  HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAM; GRADUATION EDUCATION PLAN; GUIDELINES

The department of education shall amend the high school completion program’s guidelines to:

(1)  Require that the graduation education plan for each 16‑ and 17‑year‑old student include services relevant to the student’s goals that provide:

(A)  Career exploration.

(B)  Workforce training.

(C)  Workplace readiness training.

(D)  Preparation for postsecondary training or education and transitioning assistance. 

(2)  Recommend that the graduation education plan for each student who is older than 17 years of age include the elements listed in subdivision (1) of this section.

Sec. 4.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on July 1, 2008 and shall apply beginning in the 2008–2009 academic year.

(Committee vote: 5-0-0)


NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment

S. 168

An act relating to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Campbell for the Committee on Judiciary.

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.  23 V.S.A. § 1200 is amended to read:

§ 1200.  DEFINITIONS

As used in this subchapter,:

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(2)  “Drug” means:

(A)  a regulated drug as defined in section 4201 of Title 18; or

(B)  any substance or combination of substances, other than alcohol, which affects the nervous system, brain, or muscles of a person as to noticeably and appreciably impair the person’s ability to safely drive a vehicle in the manner that an ordinarily prudent and cautious person, in full possession of his or her faculties, using reasonable care, would drive a similar vehicle under like conditions.

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(Committee vote: 4-1-0)

S. 341

An act relating to registration of pet merchants.

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Campbell for the Committee on Judiciary.

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. 20 V.S.A. § 4301(4) is added to read:

(4)  “Animal vendor” means a person permitted under this chapter to advertise for the sale or exchange for value of one or more animals.

Sec. 2.  20 V.S.A. § 4303a is added to read:

§ 4303a.  ANIMAL VENDOR PERMIT; PROHIBITIONS

(a)  A person may apply for an animal vendor’s permit in a manner prescribed by the commissioner, accompanied by a permit license fee of $50.00.  A permit shall be valid for 60 days from the date of issuance by the commissioner.

(b)  A person may not advertise in print, on television or radio, or on the internet the sale or exchange for value of one or more animals unless the person:

(1) Holds a valid animal vendor permit pursuant to subsection (a) of this section,

(2) Is a registered animal shelter pursuant to section 3903 of this title,

(3) Holds a kennel permit issued pursuant to 3681 of this title, or

(4) Holds a pet dealer license issued pursuant to section 3906 of this title.

(c)  Any person permitted to advertise the sale of an animal under this section shall include the title of the permit and the permit number in any printed sale material, including websites, advertisements in periodicals, brochures, signs, and in any advertisement on television or radio.  This permit information also shall be provided to a purchaser of an animal from the permit holder.

(d)  The commissioner may assess an administrative penalty of not more than $300.00 for each day of noncompliance against any person or advertising agent that fails to include this permit information in any printed sale material, including websites, advertisements in periodicals, brochures, signs, and in any advertisement on television or radio.

(e) Any monies generated by the permit fees or the penalties assessed under this section shall be used to fund the Vermont spay neuter incentive program administered by the agency of agriculture and shall be used only for:

(1)  Costs associated with animal sterilization and associated procedures;

(2)  Enforcement of this section; and

(3)  Costs of administration of this section.

Sec. 3.  RULES RELATING TO THE VERMONT SPAY NEUTER INCENTIVE PROGRAM; VETERINARIANS; AGENCY OF AGRICULTURE

The agency of agriculture shall adopt rules under chapter 25 of title 3 for the Vermont spay and neuter incentive program (VSNIP) that include:

(1) A requirement that a veterinarian shall, within 60 days of issuance of a certificate of rabies vaccination for a dog, provide a copy of the certificate, or otherwise provide identifying information pertaining to the certificate, to the agency of agriculture.

(2)  A requirement that the agency of agriculture, no less often than four times per year, provide a copy of the certificate or otherwise provide identifying information pertaining to the certificate, to the clerk of the municipality in which the owner of the dog resides.

(Committee vote: 4-0-1)

Reported favorably by Senator Cummings for the Committee on Finance.

(Committee vote: 5-0-2)

S. 344

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

Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Carris for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

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.  7 V.S.A. § 1010 is added to read: 

§ 1010.  internet sales

(a)  As used in this section:

(1)  “Cigarette” has the same definition as that found at 32 V.S.A

§ 7702(1).

(2)  “Distributor” has the same definition as that found at 32 V.S.A.

§ 7702(4).

(3)  “Licensed wholesale dealer” has the same definition as that found at 32 V.S.A § 7702(5).

(4)  “Little cigars” has the same definition as that found at 32 V.S.A

§ 7702(6).

(5)  “Retail dealer” has the same definition as that found at 32 V.S.A

§ 7702(10).

(6)  “Roll-your-own tobacco” has the same definition as that found at 32 V.S.A § 7702(11).

(7)  “Snuff” has the same definition as that found at 32 V.S.A

§ 7702(13).

(b)  This section applies to any person who imports or distributes for sale or sells to any person in the state cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, little cigars, and snuff.

(c)  A licensed wholesale dealer, distributor, or retail dealer may only:

(1)  Sell or ship cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, little cigars, or snuff, ordered or purchased by mail or through a computer network, telephonic network, or other electronic network, to another licensed wholesale dealer, distributor or retail dealer directly. 

(d)  A licensed wholesale dealer, distributer, or retail dealer may not:

(1)  Cause cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, little cigars, or snuff, ordered or purchased by mail or through a computer network, telephonic network, or other electronic network, to be shipped to anyone other than a licensed wholesale dealer, distributor, or retail dealer in this state.

(e)  A knowing or intentional violation of this section shall be a punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.

(1)  In addition to or in lieu of any other civil or criminal remedy provided by law, upon a determination that a person has violated this section, the attorney general may impose a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $5,000.00 for each violation.  For purposes of this subsection, each shipment or transport of cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, little cigars, or snuff shall constitute a separate violation.

(2)  The attorney general may seek an injunction to restrain a threatened or actual violation of this section.

(3)  In any action brought pursuant to this section, the state shall be entitled to recover the costs of investigation, expert witness fees, costs of the action, and reasonable attorneys fees.

(4)  A person who violates this section engages in an unfair and deceptive trade practice in violation of the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, 9 V.S.A. §§ 2451 et seq.

(5)  If a court determines that a person has violated the provisions of this section, the court shall order any profits, gain, gross receipts, or other benefit from the violation to be disgorged and paid to the state treasurer for deposit in the general fund.

(6)  Unless otherwise expressly provided, the penalties or remedies, or both, under this section are in addition to any other penalties and remedies  available under any other law of this state.

(Committee vote: 5-0-0)

Committee Bill for Notice

S. 364

An act relating to a comprehensive vertical audit and reliability assessment of the Vermont Yankee nuclear facility.

By the Committee on Finance.

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 QUESTION:  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.

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.  (1/17)

Gerald J. Myers of Winooski - Commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services - By Sen. Scott for the Committee on Institutions.  (1/23)

Thomas Scala of Brattleboro - Member of the Vermont Lottery Commission - By Sen. Condos for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (1/23)

Virginia Barry of Barre - Member of the Vermont Lottery Commission - By Sen. Condos for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.  (1/23)

David J. Kurzman of Beecher Falls - Member of the Vermont Economic Development Authority - By Sen. Maynard for the Committee on Finance.  (1/23)

Heidi Pelletier of Montpelier – Member of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees – By Senator Doyle for the Committee on Education. (1/23)

Jessica Bullock of Clarendon – Member of the State Board of Education – By Senator Nitka for the Committee on Education. (1/23)

David Herlihy of Waitsfield - Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources - By Senator Doyle for the Committee on Government Operations.  (2/8)

Fayneese Miller of South Burlington - Member of the State Board of Education - By Senator Collins for the Committee on Education.  (2/13)

Lisa Mitiguy Randall of Colchester - Chair of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency - By Senator Condos for the Committee on Finance.  (2/13)

Nathaniel M. Hayward of South Hero - Member of the Vermont Economic Development Authority - By Senator Condos for the Committee on Finance.  (2/13)

Peter J. Wright of Lake Elmore - Member of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees - By Senator Starr for the Committee on Education.  (2/13)

Jeffrey L. Davis of Williston - Member of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College Board of Trustees - By Senator Starr for the Committee on Education.  (2/20)

David R. Kimel of St. Albans - Member of the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank - By Senator McCormack for the Committee on Finance.  (2/21)

James E. Potvin of Mount Holly - Member of the Vermont Educational & Health Buildings Financing Agency - By Senator Maynard for the Committee on Finance.  (2/20)

John W. Valente of Rutland - Director of the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank - By Senator Carris for the Committee on Finance.  (2/27)

Sandra Predom of Mount Holly - Member of the Vermont Educational & Health Buildings Financing Agency - By Senator Carris for the Committee on Finance.  (2/27)

Edward T. Ogarzalek of Rutland - Member of the Vermont Educational & Health Buildings Financing Agency - By Senator Maynard for the Committee on Finance.  (2/27)

John C. Stewart of Jericho Center - Member of the Community High School of Vermont Board - By Senator Giard for the Committee on Education.  (2/29)

Susan Roush Bruce of St. Albans - Member of the Board of Libraries - By Senator Collins for the Committee on Education.  (2/29)

Gordon Winters of Swanton - Member of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees - By Senator Collins for the Committee on Education.  (3/13)

Tess Savage of Bristol - Member of the State Board of Education - By Senator Giard for the Committee on Education.  (3/13)

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:

125.  An Act Relating to Education Quality and Cost Control:  Financial Management of School Districts and Supervisory Unions, 2007 Report6 on Act 82, Sec. 18.  (Department of Education, School Finance Division).  (February 2008).

126.  An Act Relating to Education Quality and Cost Control:  Education Governance, 2007 Report on Act 82, Sec. 19.  (Department of Education).  (February 2008).

127.  Report to the Legislature to Address Services for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  (Agency of Human Services and Department of Education).  (February 2008).

128.  Vermont 2008 Success Beyond Six.  (Department of Mental Health and Department of Education).  (February 2008).

129.  School Environmental Health Report.  (Agency of Human Services, Department of Health)  (February 2008).

130.  Conservation Motor Vehicle Registration Plate Program Report .  (Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife).  (February 2008).

131.  Vermont Health Care Reform, 2007 Annual Update to 2006 Five-Year Implementation Plan.  (Agency of Administration).  (March 2008).

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - Room 11 - 6:30-8:15 p.m. - Changing the Department of Education to an agency; the Commissioner to a Secretary for pre-K through grade 16.  (Senate Committee on Education).

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - Room 11 - 6:00-8:00 p.m. - H. 866 - Education Adjusted Gross Income Tax and H. 869 - Local Education Affordability Formula (LEAF) - House Committee on Ways and Means.

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

INFORMATION NOTICE

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

JFO #2319 –$852,991 grant from the U.S.D.A., Food and Nutrition Service to the Department for Children and Families.  These grant funds will be used to implement a Food Stamp Application Process Modernization project through the design and development of:  a state of the art document imaging and indexing system; an automated telephone help line; an on-line web based application system; and a public education campaign to raise awareness regarding the newly implemented systems.  Joint Fiscal Committee approval is being requested to establish one (1) new sponsored limited service position--Project Manager--for the duration of this grant. 

[JFO received 03/05/08]

 



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