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Journal of the House

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2007

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

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Taysir Al-Khatib of the Islamic Society of Vermont.

Colors Presented

     Colors were presented by the Eagle Scout Colorguard from Jericho-Underhill, Troop 627, Thomas Scott, Josh Hester, Thomas Malinowski, Peter Johnson, Christian Eckhardt, Andrew Willard and David Kennedy.

Pages Honored

In appreciation of their many services to the members of the General Assembly, the Speaker recognized the following named Pages who are completing their service today and presented them with commemorative pins:

                                              Caleigh Cross

                                              Caitlin Duffy

                                              Chelsea Evans

                                              Rachel Levine

                                              Kaela Meals

                                              Isabel Mora

                                              Patrick Saylor

                                              Jed Snow

                                              Jillian Stackman

                                              Julia Moore-Stitely

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 or placed on the Calendar as follows:

 

H. 262

     By Reps. Donaghy of Poultney, Andrews of Rutland City, Barnard of Richmond, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clarkson of Woodstock, Courcelle of Rutland City, Evans of Essex, Flory of Pittsford, Grad of Moretown, Hube of Londonderry, Larocque of Barnet, Nease of Johnson, Oxholm of Vergennes, Shand of Weathersfield, Shaw of Derby, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City and Wright of Burlington,

     An act relating to law enforcement officer retirement;

     To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 263

     By Rep. Obuchowski of Rockingham,

     An act relating to calculation of school district spending adjustment;

     To the committee on Education.

H. 264

     By Reps. Obuchowski of Rockingham, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Clarkson of Woodstock, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Haas of Rochester, Jewett of Ripton, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Marek of Newfane, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of Morristown, Stevens of Shoreham and Zuckerman of Burlington,

     An act relating to the Vermont Health Care Plan;

     To the committee on Health Care.

H. 265

     By Reps. Adams of Hartland, Komline of Dorset, Acinapura of Brandon, Ainsworth of Royalton, Baker of West Rutland, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clerkin of Hartford, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Flory of Pittsford, Helm of Castleton, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Johnson of Canaan, Kilmartin of Newport City, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Livingston of Manchester, Marcotte of Coventry, McAllister of Highgate, McFaun of Barre Town, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, O’Donnell of Vernon, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shaw of Derby, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown and Wright of Burlington,

     An act relating to education finance task force;

     To the committee on Education.

H. 266

     By Reps. Shand of Weathersfield, Head of S. Burlington, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Brooks of Montpelier, Browning of Arlington, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Frank of Underhill, Godin of Milton, Heath of Westford, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Klein of East Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Sharpe of Bristol, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle and Zuckerman of Burlington,

     An act relating to the reorganization of companies requiring a certificate of public good from the public service board;

     To the committee on Commerce.

H. 267

     By Reps. Fisher of Lincoln, Botzow of Pownal, Clarkson of Woodstock, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Haas of Rochester, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Johnson of South Hero, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Leriche of Hardwick, Lorber of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Nuovo of Middlebury, Orr of Charlotte, Pearson of Burlington, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Sharpe of Bristol, Stevens of Shoreham and Zuckerman of Burlington,

     An act relating to industrial hemp;

     To the committee on Agriculture.

H. 268

     By Reps. Kitzmiller of Montpelier and Livingston of Manchester,

     An act relating to the universal service fund;

     To the committee on Commerce.

H. 269

     By Reps. Kitzmiller of Montpelier and Livingston of Manchester,

An act relating to the universal service fund rate established by the public service board;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 270

     By Reps. Head of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Grad of Moretown, Trombley of Grand Isle and Valliere of Barre City,

An act relating to special motor vehicle registration plates for military retirees;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 271

     By Reps. Grad of Moretown, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donaghy of Poultney, Flory of Pittsford, Komline of Dorset, Marek of Newfane and Pellett of Chester,

An act relating to stickers affixed to the registration plates of junior operators;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 272

     By Rep. Jewett of Ripton,

An act relating to prohibiting the outsourcing of state services;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 273

     By Rep. Donahue of Northfield,

An act relating to services for individuals with traumatic brain injury;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 274

     By the committee on Human Services,

An act relating to adult foster care;

Under the rule, placed on the Calendar for notice tomorrow.

H. 275

     By Reps. Larson of Burlington, Zuckerman of Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, Ancel of Calais, Brooks of Montpelier, Clarkson of Woodstock, Deen of Westminster, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Lippert of Hinesburg, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Minter of Waterbury, Mrowicki of Putney, Nuovo of Middlebury, Orr of Charlotte, Pearson of Burlington, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of S. Burlington, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor and Weston of Burlington,

An act relating to permitting same-sex marriage and the clergy’s right to refuse to solemnize a marriage;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 276

     By Reps. Chen of Mendon, Komline of Dorset and Smith of Morristown,

An act relating to the consolidation and reduction of supervisory unions, supervisory districts, and school districts;

To the committee on Education.

Resolution Placed on Calendar

The Speaker placed before the House the following resolution which was read and in the Speaker’s discretion, placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow under Rule 52.

H.R.  11

House resolution calling for the orderly withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq to commence immediately

Offered by:  Representatives Fisher of Lincoln, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Brooks of Montpelier, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Spengler of Colchester, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Weston of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, in March 2003, the United States initiated a military incursion into Iraq, and

Whereas, every member of the House of Representatives has only the greatest respect for our military forces now deployed in Iraq and the surrounding nations, and any criticism of our nation’s policy in the region must not be interpreted as lack of support for the men and women in our armed forces whose bravery is on display each day as they risk their lives, and

Whereas, approximately 2,300 Vermont National Guard troops have served in Iraq since March of 2003, and

Whereas, Vermont has had the highest number of soldiers per capita who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in this war, and

Whereas, approximately 80 Vermont National Guard troops are now deployed in Iraq, and more could be deployed in the coming months if the Bush Administration policies continue in the current direction, and

Whereas, at the time the Iraq conflict started in March 2003, the American public was told that the primary reason for this incursion was to eliminate weapons of mass destruction that the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, had allegedly stockpiled, and it has been since documented that no weapons of mass destruction were stockpiled in Iraq at the time the American military forces entered that country, and

Whereas, it is now apparent that the U.S. Department of Defense did not develop an exit strategy prior to the invasion, falsely assuming that the Iraqi people would welcome United States forces with open arms, and that withdrawal would not be a difficult problem, and

Whereas, the continuing and daily onslaught of sectarian violence and indications of ethnic cleansing in some areas of the nation have proven disruptive to nearly all aspects of Iraqi society, and

Whereas, over 3,000 American military personnel have died since March 2003, and

Whereas, many Vermont veterans have returned home from Iraq and the region with significant unmet physical and mental health care needs, and

Whereas, the cost of this war according to the Congressional Research Service is at least $379 billion, and

Whereas, based on the state’s population, Vermont’s share of the cost exceeds $750 million, and

Whereas, these costs will have a significant impact on Vermont households and the Vermont state budget process for years to come, and

Whereas, the Bush Administration recently called for and has started to implement an escalation in the number of American military troops actively engaged in Iraq, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That this legislative body believes that an escalation of American troops in Iraq is exactly the wrong foreign policy direction, and that the presence of American troops in Iraq has not, and will not, contribute to the stability of that nation, the region, or the security of Americans at home or abroad, and be it further

Resolved:  That this legislative body urges Governor Douglas to enlist the support of other members of the National Governors Association to speak out against the war in Iraq and the announced troop surge and to support a withdrawal from Iraq of American troops, and be it further

Resolved:  That this legislative body urges the President and Congress to commence immediately the orderly withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq, and be it further

Resolved:  That this legislative body calls on the Bush Administration and Congress to fund fully all veterans’ benefits to care appropriately for our brave men and women when they return from this war, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Governor Douglas, the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

Favorable Report; Third Reading Ordered

H. 32

Rep. Jerman of Essex, for the committee on Government Operations, to which had been referred House bill, entitled

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

Reported in favor of its passage.  The bill, having appeared on the Calendar one day for notice, was taken up, read the second time and third reading ordered.

Adjournment

At ten o’clock  in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the House adjourned until Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at ten o’clock in the forenoon, pursuant to the provisions of J.R.S. 1.

Concurrent Resolutions Adopted

     The following concurrent resolutions, having been placed on the Consent Calendar on the preceding legislative day, and no member having requested floor consideration  as provided by the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives, are hereby adopted in concurrence.

H. C. R. 32

     House concurrent resolution honoring the heroes of the March 2006 Isle La Motte ice rescue.

H. C. R. 33

     House concurrent resolution honoring the many achievements of Vermont’s elementary and secondary public school students and teachers.

H. C. R. 34

     House concurrent resolution commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Hubbardton.

H. C. R. 35

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2005 and 2006 North Hero Destination Imagination championship teams.

 

H. C. R. 36

     House concurrent resolution congratulating IBM on its 50th anniversary in Vermont.

H. C. R. 37

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the Shelburne Community School Wind Ensemble on its selection as a participant in the 2007 Walt Disney World’s ® Magic Music Days.

H. C. R. 38

     House concurrent resolution congratulating the Green Mountain Council Boy Scout Eagle Class of 2006.

H. C. R. 39

     House concurrent resolution honoring the dementia respite program on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Awareness Day.

S.C.R. 5

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Burlington High School Seahorses Division II championship football team.

S.C.R. 6

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) Redhawks Division I championship boys’ soccer team.

S.C.R. 7

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School Redhawks Division I championship girls’ cross country team.

S.C.R. 8

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) Redhawks Division I championship girls’ soccer team.

     [The full text of the concurrent resolutions appeared in the Senate and House Calendar Addendum on the preceding legislative day and will appear in the volume of the Public Acts and Resolves of the 2007, sixty-ninth  Adjourned session]

 

 



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