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Journal of the House

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THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2007

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

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by The Legislative Chorus.

Message from the Senate No. 49

     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 considered bills originating in the House of the following titles:

H. 372.  An act relating to the rendering of nursing and medical services by professional corporations.

H. 510.  An act relating to Vermont Life magazine.

And has passed the same in concurrence with proposals of amendment in the adoption of which the concurrence of the House is requested.

The Senate has on its part adopted joint resolutions of the following titles:

J.R.S. 29.  Joint resolution supporting the application of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for observer status at the World Health Organization.

J.R.S. 30.  Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment.

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

Senate Bill Referred

S. 191

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to financing, reappraisal, and infrastructure in tax increment financing districts;

Was taken up, read the first time and referred to the committee on Commerce.

Bill Referred to Committee on Ways and Means

S. 91

     Senate bill, entitled

     An act relating to department of banking, insurance, securities and health care administration;

     Appearing on the Calendar, affecting the revenue of the state, under the rule, was referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Joint Resolution Placed on Calendar

J.R.H. 23

Reps. Johnson of Canaan, Ainsworth of Royalton, Bissonnette of Winooski, Clerkin of Hartford, Godin of Milton, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Malcolm of Pawlet, Moran of Wardsboro, Perry of Richford, Stevens of Shoreham, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Williamstown and Zuckerman of Burlington offered a joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution relating to the implementation of the National Veterinary Medical Service Act;

Whereas, the services of veterinarians who are familiar with the care, including birth‑related support, of large food source animals is essential for the successful operation of a dairy or beef farm, and

Whereas, despite the continuing need for large animal veterinarians, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, since 1990, the number of veterinarians whose practice focuses on large animals has dropped from nearly 6,000 to below 4,500, and less than 10 percent of veterinarians in private practice focus on this type of practice, and

Whereas, the association estimates that by 2016, four out of every 100 large food animal veterinarian positions will remain vacant, and

Whereas, a significant factor causing the shortage in the supply of large food animal veterinarians is the debt that results from attending veterinary school which can reach $100,000.00 and the potential for earning a larger income from a small animal practice, and

Whereas, in response to the crisis in large food animal support and other veterinary services, in 2003, Congress enacted public law 108-161, the “National Veterinary Medical Service Act,” (the Act) and

Whereas, section two of the Act established a loan repayment program intended to repay a percentage of a veterinarian’s professional education debt for each year of an agreed period of time that the veterinarian serves in a “veterinarian shortage situation” as the Secretary of Agriculture defines the term, and

Whereas, the specific parameters of the program, including a definition of a veterinarian shortage situation, are not yet finalized, and

Whereas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service is implementing the act in a two‑phase approach with phase one limited to a persons qualifying for a previously existing loan repayment program that is limited to federal employees, and

Whereas, also during phase one, USDA will promulgate rules that define a veterinary shortage, and

Whereas, the documented crisis in providing large food animal veterinary support most definitely merits designation as a veterinary shortage for purposes of the phase-two loan repayment program under the Act, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges the United States Department of Agriculture to define the practice of veterinary medicine focusing on large food animals as a veterinary shortage for purposes of the loan repayment program under the National Veterinary Medical Service Act, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Michael Johanns; to Dr. Robert Nichols, Assistant Director of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Government Relations Division in Suitland, Maryland; to Vermont State Veterinarian Dr. Kerry Rood; and to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

Which was read and, in the Speaker’s discretion, placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow under Rule 52.

Committee Relieved of Consideration

and Bill Committed to Other Committee

S. 121

Rep. Pugh of South Burlington moved that the Committee on Human Services be relieved of Senate bill entitled

An act relating to enhancing Vermont’s system of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders;

And that the bill be committed to the committee on Education, which was agreed to.

Committee Relieved of Consideration

and Bill Committed to Other Committee

H. 540

Rep. Smith of Morristown moved that the committee on Ways and Means be relieved of House bill, entitled

An act relating to public transit;

And that the bill be committed to the committee on Appropriations, which was agreed to.

Remarks Journalized

On motion of Rep. Deen of Westminster, the following remarks by Rep. Jewett of Ripton were ordered printed in the Journal:

“Madam Speaker:

I want to express how incredibly thankful I am to work in this building and to work with this membership.  Especially today, the most dangerous part of my day is getting here and getting home.  I have never felt in harms way in this building.  Even our political differences are, by tradition, very respectful.

I had particular reason to consider our safety and the strength of our institution and its traditions today as I listened to the tragic reports from Baghdad.  For those who have not heard, a bomb exploded during lunch in the cafeteria of the Iraqi Parliament.  This building is inside the heavily fortified Green Zone.  At least eight were killed and two lawmakers were among the injured.

In this Chamber we disagree on the proper approach to the crisis in Iraq.   This is not the time for partisanship.  I hope we can all send our thoughts, our prayers and our sympathy to the Iraqi Parliament as they struggle to clean-up the debris of a bombing rather than the debris of political disagreement.”

Third Reading; Bill Passed in Concurrence

With Proposal of Amendment

S. 120

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to wine tastings and farmers’ markets;

Was taken up, read the third time and passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment.

Bill Read Second Time; Third Reading Ordered;

Rules Suspended; Bill Read Third time and Passed; Rules Suspended

and the Bill was Ordered Messaged to the Senate Forthwith

H. 541

Rep. Marcotte of Coventry spoke for the committee on Commerce.

House bill entitled

An act relating to extending the repeal of alternative regulation election by small eligible telecommunications carriers;

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

On motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the rules were suspended and the bill placed on all remaining stages of passage.  The bill was read the third time and passed and, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland the rules were suspended and the bill was ordered messaged to the Senate forthwith.

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered

H. 523

Rep. Haas of Rochester spoke for the committee on Human Services.

Rep. Larson of Burlington, for the committee on Appropriations, to which had been referred House bill, entitled

An act relating to moving families out of poverty;

Reported in favor of its passage when amended as follows:

First:  In Sec. 4, 33 V.S.A. § 1103(c)(5), on page 29, lines 14–17, by striking the last sentence

Second:  By striking Secs. 14 (Earned Income Tax Credit), 23 (child care subsidy), and 28 (appropriations) in their entirety and inserting in lieu thereof “[DELETED]”

Third:  By striking Sec. 22 (child care study) and inserting a new Sec. 22 to read:

Sec. 22.  CHILD CARE REPORT

(a)  No later than November 1, 2007, the department for children and families shall report to the house committees on human services and on appropriations and the senate committees on health and welfare and on appropriations with an estimate of the funding needed to bring income eligibility guidelines to current levels; an estimate of the funding needed to bring Vermont into compliance with federal guidelines, suggesting that subsidies should be at least 75 percent of the market rate; an assessment of the positive and negative outcomes from modifying the current statewide subsidy rate to differential rates based on the market rate for the area; and an analysis of possible inflation factors with a recommendation on which factors to use once target funding levels have been met.

(b)  No later than November 1, 2007, the legislative council and joint fiscal offices shall provide a summary of innovative ideas from other states for funding investments in quality child care and of any available cost‑benefit analyses of such investments.

Fourth:  In Sec. 26(a), on page 85, line 18, by striking “April 1, 2008” and inserting in lieu thereof “July 1, 2008

Fifth:  In Sec. 27(b) on page 87, lines 2–3, by striking “April 1, 2008” and inserting in lieu thereof “July 1, 2008

Sixth:  In Sec. 27, on page 87, by striking (f) in its entirety

The bill, having appeared on the Calendar one day for notice, was taken up, read the second time and the report of the committee on Appropriations agreed to.

Pending the question, Shall the bill be read the third time? Rep. Flory of Pittsford moved to amend the bill as follows:

On page 78, lines 9 and 10, by striking the words “ín the hospitality industry”

Which was agreed to and third reading of the bill ordered.

Adjournment

At two o’clock and thirty minutes in the afternoon, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the House adjourned until tomorrow at nine o’clock and thirty minutes in the forenoon.

 

 

 



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