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Journal of the House

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2007

At one o'clock in the afternoon the Speaker called the House to order.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Rep. Carolyn Partridge and Ben Partridge of Windham.

House Bills Introduced

House bills of the following titles were severally introduced, read the first time and referred as follows:

H. 31

By Rep. Nuovo of Middlebury,

An act relating to restricting the use of cellular telephones while operating a motor vehicle;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 32

     By Reps. Gervais of Enosburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, Allard of St. Albans Town, Branagan of Georgia, Consejo of Sheldon, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Gilbert of Fairfax, Keenan of St. Albans City, LaVoie of Swanton, McAllister of Highgate, Perry of Richford and Trombley of Grand Isle,

An act relating to establishing the town line between Bakersfield and Fairfield;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 33

By Reps. Martin of Wolcott and Leriche of Hardwick,

An act relating to bicycle registration and operation;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 34

     By Reps. Nuovo of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Ancel of Calais, Botzow of Pownal, Clarkson of Woodstock, Courcelle of Rutland City, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Leriche of Hardwick, Maier of Middlebury, Miller of Shaftsbury, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Sharpe of Bristol and Spengler of Colchester,

An act relating to expanding the scope of the bottle bill, increasing the minimum deposit, and collecting deposits on containers that are not redeemed;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 35

     By Reps. Shand of Weathersfield, Brooks of Montpelier, Chen of Mendon, Donaghy of Poultney, Emmons of Springfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City and Turner of Milton,

An act relating to the confidentiality of peer support counseling sessions for law enforcement officers and emergency personnel;

To the committee on Government Operations.

Joint Resolution Referred to Committee

J.R.H. 2

Reps. Pellett of Chester, Deen of Westminster, Ancel of Calais, Branagan of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Heath of Westford, Klein of East Montpelier, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro, Myers of Essex, Pearson of Burlington and Trombley of Grand Isle offered a joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution relating to the adoption of the federal REAL ID         Act;

Whereas, on May 11, 2005, the federal REAL ID Act was enacted as part of Public Law 109-13, a federal supplemental appropriations measure, and

Whereas, pursuant to the act, every state must implement new federal drivers’ licenses and official identification cards, such as Vermont’s nondriver’s ID, in order that these state-issued identification documents be used for federal identification purposes, and

Whereas, the federal standards associated with these new state identification cards would result in the establishment of a national database containing extensive personal information on individuals that would be available to motor vehicle and law enforcement officials nationwide, and

Whereas, the REAL ID Act also facilitates the establishment of new and massive private databases, including both drivers’ licenses and transactional data gained from scanning the machine-readable information contained on everyone of the identification documents subject to the act, and

Whereas, these public and private databases pose serious threats to the civil liberties of all Vermonters, and

Whereas, under the act, states must have access to five national identity document verification systems, and only one is now operational, and

Whereas, some of the required forms of ID will be difficult or impossible for some citizens to obtain, and

Whereas, a joint National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors’ Association, and American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators’ comprehensive analysis has determined the implementation of the act would cost the states $11 billion during the first five years, and that the states would also incur a one-time $1 billion expense, and

Whereas, the deadline for implementation of the act is approaching rapidly, and

Whereas, neither Congress nor the federal executive branch has received adequate testimony on the effect of the act on the states nor has Congress appropriated sufficient funds for the states to implement this federal mandate, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges Congress to either reconsider its approval of the REAL ID Act or take testimony on the severe financial and technical challenges associated with state implementation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly urges Congress, should it still be determined to go forward with state implementation of the REAL ID Act after careful analysis to:

1)    Appropriate funds to relieve the states of any new financial obligations including the appropriation of the $1 billion of initial state costs; and

2)    Adopt the changes to the REAL ID Act outlined in the report entitled “The REAL ID Act: National Impact Analysis” of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governor’s Association, and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.     

Which was read and, in the Speaker’s discretion, treated as a bill and referred to the committee on Government Operations.

 

 

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 6

Joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution to provide for a Joint Assembly to hear the budget message of the Governor;

     By Senator Shumlin,

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the two Houses meet in Joint Assembly on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at two o'clock in the afternoon to receive the budget message of the Governor.

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

Adjournment

At one o’clock  and forty-four minutes in the afternoon, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the House adjourned until Friday, January  12, 2007, at nine o’clock in the forenoon.

 



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