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Journal of the House

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2007

Rep. Carolyn Partridge of Windham in Chair.

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

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Reverend Stephen Berry of New Covenant Church Assembly of God, Brookfield.

Pledge of Allegiance

Page Hannah Sturtevant of Ferrisburgh led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Message from the Senate No. 26

     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 Senate concurrent resolutions of the following titles:

     S.C.R. 9.  Senate concurrent resolution thanking the state employees who work in the Bennington state office building.

     The Senate has on its part adopted concurrent resolutions originating in the House of the following titles:

     H.C.R. 43.  House concurrent resolution thanking the Vermont agency of transportation’s district and central garage forces for their heroic response to the 2007 Valentine’s Day Blizzard.

     H.C.R. 44.  House concurrent resolution honoring Vermont wood products and fine furnishings and the creative artisans who produce these products.

     H.C.R. 45.  House concurrent resolution honoring Adeline Baker on the conclusion of her outstanding career at the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic.

     H.C.R. 46.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team.

     H.C.R. 47.  House concurrent resolution honoring retiring Vermont Life Magazine editor Tom Slayton.

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. 380

By Rep. Donahue of Northfield,

An act relating to the regulation of health care facilities;

To the committee on Health Care.

H. 381

By Rep. Jewett of Ripton,

An act relating to guardianships;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 382

     By Reps. Johnson of Canaan, Kilmartin of Newport City, Marcotte of Coventry, Morley of Barton and Shaw of Derby,

An act relating to landfill capacity;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 383

     By Reps. Howrigan of Fairfield and Valliere of Barre City,

An act relating to municipal impact fees;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 384

     By Reps. Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, Haas of Rochester, Mrowicki of Putney and Pugh of S. Burlington,

An act relating to restoractive coverage under the Vermont Health Access Plan;

To the committee on Health Care.

H. 385

     By Reps. Fisher of Lincoln, Donahue of Northfield, Pellett of Chester and Pugh of S. Burlington,

An act relating to increase in Medicaid reimbursement for mental health services;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 386

     By Reps. Lorber of Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Branagan of Georgia, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donahue of Northfield, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Haas of Rochester, Koch of Barre Town, Larson of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Pellett of Chester, Pillsbury of Brattleboro and Smith of Morristown,

An act relating to a ten-year plan to decrease both crime and the incarcerated population;

To the committee on Institutions.

H. 387

     By Rep. Johnson of Canaan,

An act relating to milk revenue protection;

To the committee on Agriculture.

H. 388

     By Rep. Johnson of Canaan,

An act relating to education property tax refunds for 2006 and 2007;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 389

     By Rep. Johnson of Canaan,

An act relating to common level of appraisal following reappraisal;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 390

     By Rep. McCullough of Williston,

An act relating to carbon dioxide regulation;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 391

     By Reps. Mrowicki of Putney, Andrews of Rutland City, Donahue of Northfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Morrissey of Bennington, Orr of Charlotte and Pugh of S. Burlington,

An act relating to child care subsidies;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 392

     By Rep. Johnson of Canaan,

An act relating to using the education fund solely to ensure equal educational opportunity in kindergarten through Grade 12;

To the committee on Education.

H. 393

     By Rep. McCullough of Williston,

An act relating to a lemon law for large appliances;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 394

     By Reps. Mook of Bennington, Flory of Pittsford, Lippert of Hinesburg, Barnard of Richmond, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Mrowicki of Putney, Oxholm of Vergennes and Shand of Weathersfield,

An act relating to operating a motor vehicle with a conditional license to commute to work;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 395

     By Reps. Howrigan of Fairfield, Atkins of Winooski and Valliere of Barre City,

An act relating to alternative resolution of residential construction disputes;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 396

     By Reps. Clark of Vergennes and Barnard of Richmond,

An act relating to recklessly or negligently endangering a child;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 397

     By Rep. Flory of Pittsford,

An act relating to death certificates;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 398

     By Reps. Orr of Charlotte, Pillsbury of Brattleboro and Trombley of Grand Isle,

An act relating to repeal of delinquent property tax penalty;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 399

     By Rep. Johnson of Canaan,

An act relating to siting new electric generating facilities;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 400

     By Rep. Atkins of Winooski,

An act relating to recapture of health insurance benefits by Group C members of the Vermont State Retirement System;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 401

     By Rep. Atkins of Winooski,

An act relating to increasing the retired state employee life insurance death benefit;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 402

     By Rep. Atkins of Winooski,

An act relating to recapture of health insurance benefits by Group F members of the Vermont State Retirement System;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 403

     By Rep. Atkins of Winooski,

An act relating to postretirement cost of living adjustments for state employees;

To the committee on Government Operations.

 

H. 404

     By Rep. Johnson of Canaan,

An act relating to education finance;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 405

     By the committee on Institutions,

An act relating to capital construction and state bonding;

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

H. 406

     By Rep. Johnson of Canaan,

An act relating to education finance amendments;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 407

     By Rep. McCullough of Williston,

An act relating to purchase and use tax surcharge and rebate based on vehicle mileage;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 408

     By Reps. Milkey of Brattleboro, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, French of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Lorber of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Mrowicki of Putney, Pearson of Burlington, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Sweaney of Windsor and Zuckerman of Burlington,

An act relating to income tax surtax, reduction of capital gain exclusion, and reduction of education property tax;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 409

     By Reps. Pearson of Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Condon of Colchester, Davis of Washington, Devereux of Mount Holly, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Keogh of Burlington, Klein of East Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larson of Burlington, Morley of Barton, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Sweaney of Windsor, Turner of Milton and Winters of Williamstown,

An act relating to establishing a do-not-mail list;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 410

     By Reps. Haas of Rochester, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donovan of Burlington, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Myers of Essex, Pellett of Chester, Pugh of S. Burlington and Sweaney of Windsor,

An act relating to affordable telephone service for incarcerated parents;

To the committee on Institutions.

H. 411

     By Rep. McCullough of Williston,

An act relating to residential electrical installations;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 412

     By Reps. Brooks of Montpelier, Barnard of Richmond, Hunt of Essex, Keenan of St. Albans City, Mook of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington and Pillsbury of Brattleboro,

An act relating to a state buildings health and safety committee;

To the committee on Institutions.

Rules Suspended; Bill Committed

H. 405

Pending entrance of the bill on the Calendar for notice, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland,  the rules were suspended and House bill, entitled

An act relating to capital construction and state bonding;

Was taken up for immediate consideration.

Pending second reading of the bill, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the bill was committed to the committee on Appropriations.

Third Reading; Bill Passed

H. 93

House bill, entitled

An act relating to beer producers’ interest in retail liquor licenses;

Was taken up, read the third time and passed.

Bill Read Second Time; Third Reading Ordered

H. 357

Rep. Pearson of Burlington spoke for the committee on Government Operations.

House bill entitled

An act relating to registration of lobbyists;

Having appeared on the Calendar one day for notice, was taken up, read the second time and third reading ordered.

Bill Read Second Time; Third Reading Ordered

H. 360

Rep. Howrigan of Fairfield spoke for the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

House bill entitled

An act relating to employment protection and training period for Vermont National Guard members;

Having appeared on the Calendar one day for notice, was taken up, read the second time and third reading ordered.

Message from Governor

A message was received from His Excellency, the Governor, by Ms. Kiersten Bourgeois, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed by the Governor to inform the House that on the twenty-third day of February, 2007, he approved and signed a bill originating in the House of the following title:

H. 213    An act relating to interim assistance to the dairy industry and                                                the development of long-term goals for a viable agricultural                            sector.

Message from the Senate No. 27

     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 passed Senate bill of the following title:

S. 91.  An act relating to the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration.

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

The Senate has considered joint resolutions originating in the House of the following titles:

J.R.H. 1.  Joint resolution to request Congress to ban exportation of elemental mercury.

J.R.H. 16.  Joint resolution recognizing February 22, 2007 as hunger awareness day and supporting efforts to eliminate hunger in Vermont by maximizing the use of federal nutrition programs.

     And has adopted the same in concurrence.

Adjournment

At ten o’clock and fifty-five minutes in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the House adjourned until tomorrow at three o’clock in the afternoon.



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