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Journal of the House

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2007

At ten o'clock and thirty minutes in the forenoon the Speaker called the House to order.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by the Vermont National Guard Chaplin Calvin Kemp from Northfield.

Pledge of Allegiance

Page Caitlin Duffy of Morrisville led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Committee Assignments Announced

The Speaker announced the appointments of the following standing committees of the House:

STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

AGRICULTURE  (Room 31)

Zuckerman, Chair                                                      of Burlington

Perry, Vice-Chair                                                      of Richford

Lawrence ®                                                              of Lyndon

Ainsworth                                                                  of Royalton

Bray                                                                          of New Haven

Godin                                                                        of Milton

Larrabee                                                                   of Danville

Malcolm                                                                    of Pawlet

Partridge                                                                   of Windham

Spengler                                                                    of Colchester

Stevens                                                                     of Shoreham

 

APPROPRIATIONS (Room 42)

Heath, Chair                                                               of Westford

Larson, Vice-Chair                                                     of Burlington

Helm ®                                                                       of Castleton

Acinapura                                                                   of Brandon

Bostic                                                                         of St. Johnsbury

Hunt                                                                           of Essex

Hutchinson                                                                  of Randolph

Johnson                                                                      of South Hero

Keenan                                                                       of St. Albans City

Miller                                                                          of Shaftsbury

Morley                                                                        of Barton

 

COMMERCE (Room 35)

 

Kitzmiller, Chair                                                            of Montpelier

Livingston, Vice-Chair                                                  of Manchester

Shand ®                                                                       of Weathersfield

Bissonnette                                                                   of Winooski

Botzow                                                                        of Pownal

Clerkin                                                                         of Hartford

Consejo                                                                       of Sheldon

Davis                                                                            of Washington

Kupersmith                                                                   of South Burlington

Marcotte                                                                      of Coventry

Sunderland                                                                   of Rutland Town

                                                                                   

EDUCATION (Room 32)

 

Ancel, Chair                                                                of Calais

 Clark, Vice-Chair                                                        of Vergennes

Donovan ®                                                                 of Burlington

Barnard                                                                      of Richmond

Gilbert                                                                        of Fairfax

Hosford                                                                      of Waitsfield

Kilmartin                                                                     of Newport City

McDonald                                                                  of Berlin

Mook                                                                         of Bennington

Oxholm                                                                       of Vergennes

Peltz                                                                           of Woodbury

 

FISH, WILDLIFE & WATER RESOURCES

(Room 47)

 

Deen, Chair                                                                of Westminster

Shaw, Vice-Chair                                                       of Derby

McCullough ®                                                            of Williston

Adams                                                                        of Hartland

Courcelle                                                                    of Rutland

Johnson                                                                      of Canaan

Randall                                                                       of Troy

Zenie                                                                          of Colchester

Vacant seat

 

GENERAL, HOUSING AND MILITARY

AFFAIRS  (Room 41)

 

Head, Chair                                                                of South Burlington

Valliere, Vice-Chair                                                    of Barre City

Howrigan ®                                                                of Fairfield

Baker                                                                         of West Rutland

Brooks                                                                       of Montpelier

Moran                                                                        of Wardsboro

Trombley                                                                    of Grand Isle

Wright                                                                        of Burlington    

 

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS (Room 49)

 

Sweaney, Chair                                                           of Windsor

Atkins, Vice-Chair                                                      of Winooski

Hudson ®                                                                   of Lyndon

Clark                                                                          of St. Johnsbury

Devereux                                                                    of Mount Holly

Evans                                                                          of Essex

Jerman                                                                        of Essex

Manwaring                                                                  of Wilmington

Martin                                                                         of Wolcott

Nease                                                                         of Johnson

Pearson                                                                      of Burlington

 

HEALTH CARE (Room 45 )

 

Maier, Chair                                                               of Middlebury

Chen, Vice-Chair                                                        of Mendon

McFaun ®                                                                  of Barre Town

Copeland-Hanzas                                                       of Bradford

Keogh                                                                        of Burlington

Leriche                                                                       of Hardwick

McCormack                                                               of Rutland City

Milkey                                                                        of Brattleboro

O’Donnell                                                                   of Vernon

Ojibway                                                                      of Hartford

Wheeler                                                                      of Derby

 

HUMAN SERVICES (Room 46)

 

Pugh, Chair                                                                 of South Burlington

Fisher, Vice-Chair                                                       of Lincoln

Donahue ®                                                                 of Northfield

Andrews                                                                     of Rutland City

Frank                                                                          of Underhill

French                                                                        of Randolph

Haas                                                                           of Rochester

McAllister                                                                   of Highgate

Morrissey                                                                   of Bennington

Mrowicki                                                                    of Putney

Orr                                                                             of Charlotte

 

INSTITUTIONS (Room 33)

 

 Emmons, Chair                                                            of Springfield

 Myers, Vice-Chair                                                       of Essex

Pillsbury ®                                                                  of Brattleboro

Browning                                                                    of Arlington

Fallar                                                                          of Tinmouth

Koch                                                                          of Barre Town

 Larocque                                                                     of Barnet

 Lenes                                                                          of Shelburne

 Lorber                                                                         of Burlington

 Rodgers                                                                      of Glover

 Turner                                                                         of Milton

 

JUDICIARY (Room 30)

 

Lippert, Chair                                                             of Hinesburg

 Grad, Vice-Chair                                                         of Moretown

Flory ®                                                                       of Pittsford

Allard                                                                         of St. Albans Town

Clarkson                                                                     of Woodstock

Donaghy                                                                     of Poultney

Gervais                                                                       of Enosburg

Jewett                                                                         of Ripton

Komline                                                                      of Dorset

Marek                                                                        of Newfane

Pellett                                                                         of Chester

 

NATURAL RESOURCES & ENERGY (Room 44)

 

Dostis, Chair                                                               of Waterbury

Errecart, Vice-Chair                                                    of Shelburne

Nuovo ®                                                                    of Middlebury

Canfield                                                                      of Fair Haven

Cheney                                                                       of Norwich

Edwards                                                                     of Brattleboro

Klein                                                                           of East Montpelier

Krawczyk                                                                   of Bennington

Lavoie                                                                        of Swanton

Mitchell                                                                       of Barnard

Weston                                                                       of Burlington

RULES

 

Symington, Chair ex officio                                             of Jericho

Partridge                                                                     of Windham

Nease                                                                         of Johnson

Deen                                                                           of Westminster

Adams                                                                        of Hartland

Komline                                                                      of Dorset

Livingston                                                                   of Manchester

Milne, D., Clerk ex officio                                              (Clerk of the House)

 

TRANSPORTATION (Room 43)

 

Westman, Chair                                                          of Cambridge

Masland, Vice-Chair                                                   of  Thetford

Monti ®                                                                      of Barre City

Audette                                                                       of South Burlington

Brennan                                                                      of Colchester

Corcoran                                                                    of Bennington

Fitzgerald                                                                    of St. Albans City

Minter                                                                         of Waterbury

Peaslee                                                                       of Guildhall

Potter                                                                         of Clarendon

Scheuermann                                                              of Stowe

WAYS & MEANS (Room 34)

 

Obuchowski, Chair                                                       of Rockingham

Otterman, Vice-Chair                                                   of Topsham

Smith ®                                                                        of Morrisville

Aswad                                                                         of Burlington

Branagan                                                                      of Georgia

Condon                                                                        of Colchester

Howard                                                                        of Rutland City

Hube                                                                            of Londonderry

Peterson                                                                       of Williston

Sharpe                                                                         of Bristol

Winters                                                                        of Williamstown

 

House Bills Introduced

House bills of the following titles were severally introduced.  Pending first reading of the bills, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the rules were suspended and the bills were read the first time by number and referred as follows:

H. 1

By Rep. Brooks of Montpelier,

An act relating to covering vehicles which transport loose cargo;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 2

By Rep. Otterman of Topsham,

An act relating to creating statutes of repose for all civil actions and limiting damage awards in actions against licensed professionals;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 3

By Rep. Brooks of Montpelier,

An act relating to the general fund appropriation to the Vermont Arts Council;

To the committee on Appropriations.

H. 4

By Rep. Jerman of Essex,

An act relating to the compensation of grand and petit jurors in superior and district court;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 5

By Rep. Brooks of Montpelier,

An act relating to budget reporting and requests by the Legislative and Judicial branches of state government;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 6

By Rep. Brooks of Montpelier,

An act relating to establishing a deposit and return system for motor vehicle tires;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 7

By Rep. Otterman of Topsham,

An act relating to limits on secondary tuition payments;

To the committee on Education.

H. 8

By Rep. Koch of Barre Town,

An act relating to legislation enabling the Vermont partnership for long-term care program;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 9

By Rep. Otterman of Topsham,

An act relating to public and independent school choice;

To the committee on Education.

H. 10

By Rep. Fitzgerald of St. Albans City,

An act relating to taxation of railroad property;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 11

By Rep. Koch of Barre Town,

An act relating to the commissioner of health;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 12

By Rep. Otterman of Topsham,

An act relating to reimbursement or payment when a school district is overcharged or undercharged for school tuition;

To the committee on Education.

H. 13

By Rep. Koch of Barre Town,

An act relating to income taxation of certain lottery proceeds;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 14

By Rep. Howrigan of Fairfield and Keenan of St. Albans City,

An act relating to safety standards for swimming pools;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 15

By Reps. Jerman of Essex, Barnard of Richmond, Clark of Vergennes, Kilmartin of Newport City, LaVoie of Swanton, Livingston of Manchester, Mook of Bennington and Potter of Clarendon,

An act relating to a statewide school year calendar;

To the committee on Education.

H. 16

By Reps. Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown,

An act relating to recreational mineral prospecting;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 17

By Rep. Donahue of Northfield,

An act relating to requiring a school district to lend textbooks to home study students;

To the committee on Education.

H. 18

By Reps. Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown,

An act relating to renewal fees for special registration plates;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 19

By Reps. Keenan of St. Albans City and Fitzgerald of St. Albans City,

An act relating to approval of amendment to the charter of the city of St. Albans;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 20

By Rep. Pillsbury of Brattleboro,

An act relating to special motor vehicle registration plates which promote skiing and maple syrup;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 21

By Reps. Hosford of Waitsfield, Grad of Moretown, Marek of Newfane and McFaun of Barre Town,

An act relating to increasing the homestead exemption;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 22

By Reps. Peterson of Williston and McCullough of Williston,

An act relating to enforcement actions for zoning violations;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 23

By Rep. Scheuermann of Stowe,

An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the town of Stowe;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 24

By Rep. Pillsbury of Brattleboro,

An act relating to free admission to state parks and state forests for local students;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 25

By Rep. Stevens of Shoreham,

An act relating to the operation of a ferry on Lake Champlain;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 26

     By Reps. Grad of Moretown, Aswad of Burlington, Chen of Mendon, Donahue of Northfield, Jewett of Ripton, Minter of Waterbury and Shand of Weathersfield,

An act relating to junior motor vehicle operator’s license;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 27

By Reps. Kitzmiller of Montpelier and Brooks of Montpelier,

An act relating to establishing a deposit and return system for motor vehicle tires;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 28

     By Reps. Perry of Richford, Acinapura of Brandon, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Consejo of Sheldon, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hutchinson of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kilmartin of Newport City, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, McAllister of Highgate, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Nuovo of Middlebury, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Randall of Troy, Stevens of Shoreham, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington,

An act relating to establishing the Vermont Dairy Assistance Program;

To the committee on Agriculture.

H. 29

By Rep. Jewett of Ripton,

An act relating to independent school student participation in public school co-curricular activities;

To the committee on Education.

H. 30

By Rep. Pillsbury of Brattleboro,

An act relating to possession of a weapon on school grounds;

To the committee on Judiciary.

Joint Resolution Referred to Committee

J.R.H. 1

Reps. Hosford of Waitsfield, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ancel of Calais, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Edwards of Brattleboro, French of Randolph, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Lippert of Hinesburg, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, McCullough of Williston, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Pearson of Burlington, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Winters of Williamstown, and Zenie of Colchester offered a joint resolution, entitled

Joint Resolution to request Congress to ban exportation of elemental mercury;

Whereas, mercury and mercury compounds are highly toxic to humans, ecosystems, and wildlife, and

Whereas, as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age in the United States have mercury in their blood at a level that could put a baby at risk, and

Whereas, as many as 410,000 children born annually in the United States are at risk of neurological problems related to mercury, and

Whereas, the most significant source of mercury exposure to people in the United States is ingestion of mercury-contaminated fish, and

Whereas, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that, as of 2004:

(1)  44 states have fish advisories, covering more than 13,000,000 lake acres and more than 750,000 river miles,

(2)  the freshwater advisories are statewide in 21 states, and

(3)  the coastal advisories are statewide in 12 states, and

Whereas, since uncontaminated fish represent a critical and healthy source of nutrition worldwide, the long-term solution to mercury pollution is not to reduce fish consumption, but rather to minimize global mercury use and releases and thereby eventually to achieve reduced contamination levels in the environment, and

Whereas, mercury pollution is a transboundary pollutant, depositing locally, regionally, and globally, and affecting water bodies near industrial sources (including Lake Champlain) and remote areas (including the Arctic Circle), and

Whereas, the free trade of mercury and mercury compounds on the world market, at relatively low prices and in ready supply, encourages the continued use of mercury outside of the United States, often involving highly dispersive activities such as small-scale gold mining in developing countries, and

Whereas, although the intentional use of mercury is declining in the United States as a consequence of process changes in the manufacturing of products (including batteries, paints, switches, and measuring devices), those uses remain substantial in the developing world, where releases from the products are extremely likely due to the limited pollution control and waste management infrastructures in those countries, and

Whereas, the member countries of the European Union collectively are the largest source of mercury exports globally, and

Whereas, the European Union is in the process of enacting legislation that will prohibit mercury exports by not later than 2011, and

Whereas, according to the United States Geologic Survey, during the period of 2000 through 2004, the United States exported 506 metric tons of mercury more than it imported, making it a net exporter of mercury, and

Whereas, banning exports of mercury from the United States will have a notable effect  worldwide on the market availability of mercury and will facilitate switching to affordable mercury alternatives throughout the developing world; now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges the Congress to enact legislation:

(1)  prohibiting the sale, distribution, or transfer of elemental mercury by the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to any other department or agency of the federal government, any state or local government, or any private person or entity;

(2)  prohibiting the export of elemental mercury from the United States;

(3)  authorizing the President, subject to notification and justification requirements, to prohibit the export of any mercury compound from the United States, as necessary to avoid subversion of the export ban;

(4)  requiring the President to establish storage capacity sufficient to store safely quantities of elemental mercury and any mercury compounds covered by the prohibitions that are in excess of quantities necessary for domestic consumption and to establish necessary regulations with respect to the establishment and operation of these storage facilities and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States and to the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

     Which was read and, in the Speaker’s discretion, treated as a bill and referred to the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 4

Joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution relating to Town Meeting adjournment;

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

Message from the Senate No. 6

     A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Marshall, its Assistant Secretary, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed to inform the House that the Senate has on its part adopted a joint resolution of the following title:

J.R.S. 6.  Joint resolution to provide for a Joint Assembly to hear the budget message of the Governor.

In the adoption of which the concurrence of the House is requested.

Adjournment

At eleven o’clock in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the House adjourned until tomorrow at one o’clock in the afternoon.

 



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