Download this document in MS Word format


AutoFill Template

Journal of the House

________________

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 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 Representative Bill Aswad of Burlington.

Joint Resolution Placed on Calendar

J.R.S. 29

     By Senator Mullin,

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

Whereas, good health is essential to every citizen of the world, and access to the highest standards of health information and services is necessary to improve public health, and

Whereas, the first chapter of the World Health Organization's (WHO) charter sets the goal of attaining the highest possible level of health for all persons, and

Whereas, Taiwan's achievements in the field of health are substantial, including one of the world's highest life expectancy levels in Asia; maternal and infant mortality rates comparable to those of western countries; and the eradication of such infectious diseases as cholera, smallpox and the plague; and Taiwan is the first nation to eradicate polio and provide children with hepatitis B vaccinations, and

Whereas, Taiwan's 23.5 million population is larger than that of three-fourths of the member states already in the WHO, and

Whereas, with the great potential of the cross-border spread of diseases, such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, malaria, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002, and avian flu, it is crucial for all countries, including Taiwan, to have direct and unobstructed access to information and assistance from the WHO in order to limit successfully the spread of various infectious diseases, and

Whereas, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Taiwanese counterpart agencies have enjoyed close collaboration on a wide range of public health issues, and

Whereas, in 2002, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate authorized the Secretary of State to endorse observer status for Taiwan at the World Health Assembly, and the House repeated its endorsement in 2006, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commends Taiwan's efforts to improve world health and supports its efforts to gain observer status at the World Health Organization, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to the President of the United States; to Michael Leavitt, Secretary of United States Department of Health and Human Services; to Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland; and to Director-General K. T. Yang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston.

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

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 30

Joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment;

     By Senator Shumlin,

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That when the two Houses adjourn on Friday, April 13, 2007, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, April 17, 2007.

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

Third Reading; Bill Passed

H. 523

House bill, entitled

An act relating to moving families out of poverty;

Was taken up, read the third time and passed.

 

Senate Proposal of Amendment Concurred in

H. 157

     The Senate proposed to the House to amend House bill, entitled

     An act relating to home-fermented beverage competitions;

     By adding a new Sec. 2a to read as follows:

Sec. 2a.  COMMERCIAL CATERERS: STUDY AND REPORT; DEPARTMENT OF LIQUOR CONTROL

The department of liquor control shall issue a report on or before January 15, 2008, to the general assembly.  The report shall include findings and recommendations from a study of the commercial caterers in Vermont, the existing laws that regulate them, the appropriateness of updating these laws to permit commercial caterers to acquire a first or first and third class license that would permit them to serve alcoholic beverages in conjunction with catered events without compromising alcoholic beverage enforcement issues.

     Which proposal of amendment was considered and concurred in.

Joint Resolution Adopted

J.R.H. 23

Joint resolution, entitled

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

Was taken up and adopted on the part of the House.

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 twelfth day of April, 2007, he approved and signed bills originating in the House of the following titles:

H. 51      An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of                                       the village of Newbury;

H. 97      An act relating to the ability of the unified towns and gores of                                                Essex County to incur indebtedness;

H. 357    An act relating to registration of lobbyists.

Message from the Senate No. 50

     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. 171.  An act relating to discharge of a mortgage by an attorney.

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

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

H. 156.  An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the town of Brattleboro.

H. 254.  An act relating to the transfer of payroll functions from the Department of Human Resources to the Department of Finance and Management.

H. 525.  An act relating to the Vermont Fire Service Training Council and the Division of Fire Safety.

And has passed the same in concurrence.

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

H. 334.  An act relating to restitution.

H. 516.  An act relating to the creation of one fund within each of the three Vermont retirement systems and to compliance with federal requirements.

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 considered a joint resolution originating in the House of the following title:

J.R.H. 22.  Joint resolution designating Sunday, April 13, 2007 as Generosity Sunday in Vermont.

And has adopted the same in concurrence.

The Governor has informed the Senate that on the thirteenth day of April, 2007, he approved and signed a bill originating in the Senate of the following title:

S. 57.  An act relating to eliminating certain sunset provisions and extending the juvenile proceedings study committee.

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

     S.C.R. 18.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring Robert “R.J.” George for his outstanding public service as the Newport City fire chief.

     S.C.R. 19.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Reeve Lindbergh and Nathaniel Tripp on their designation as the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce’s 2007 Citizen of the Year..

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

     H.C.R. 101.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Katie Sullivan on being named the 2007 Vermont Teacher of the Year.

     H.C.R. 102.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006-2007 University of Vermont Catamounts men’s basketball team on an outstanding season.

     H.C.R. 103.  House concurrent resolution honoring former speaker of the house Stephan Morse for his outstanding leadership as president of the Windham Foundation.

     H.C.R. 104.  House concurrent resolution in memory of U.S. Army Sgt. Carlton A. Clark of Sharon.

     H.C.R. 105.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Donald Maley.

     H.C.R. 106.  House concurrent resolution honoring Gary Palmer of Georgia for his exemplary public service as the St. Albans City fire chief.

     H.C.R. 107.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Burr and Burton Academy Bulldogs 2007 Division II championship boys’ ice hockey team.

     H.C.R. 108.  House concurrent resolution commending the members of the Act 133 technical advisory committee for the outstanding work in response to its mandate under the act.

     H.C.R. 109.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Crossett Brook Middle School Odyssey of the Mind state championship team.

     H.C.R. 110.  House concurrent resolution in memory of former Windsor town clerk Gloria Tansey

     H.C.R. 111.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Windsor High School Yellow Jackets Division III championship girls’ basketball team.

     H.C.R. 112.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Mt. Abraham Union High School Eagles Division II championship baseball team.

     H.C.R. 113.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Mt. Abraham Union High School Eagles Division II championship girls’ field hockey team.

     H.C.R. 114.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Carol Eckels on being named the 2007 Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year.

     H.C.R. 115.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Woodstock Union High School Wasps girls’ Nordic and boys’ alpine state championship ski teams.

     H.C.R. 116.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Taylor Horn on winning the 2007 Vermont championship of the National Geographic Bee.

Adjournment

At nine o’clock  and fifty minutes in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the House adjourned until Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at ten o’clock in the forenoon, pursuant to the provisions of J.R.S. 30.

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.  101

House concurrent resolution congratulating Katie Sullivan on being named the 2007 Vermont Teacher of the Year

H.C.R.  102

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006–2007 University of Vermont Catamounts men’s basketball team on an outstanding season

H.C.R.  103

House concurrent resolution honoring former speaker of the house Stephan Morse for his outstanding leadership as president of the Windham Foundation

H.C.R.  104

House concurrent resolution in memory of U.S. Army Sgt. Carlton A. Clark of Sharon

H.C.R.  105

House concurrent resolution in memory of Donald Maley

H.C.R.  106

House concurrent resolution honoring Gary Palmer of Georgia for his exemplary public service as the St. Albans City fire chief

H.C.R.  107

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Burr and Burton Academy Bulldogs 2007 Division II championship boys’ ice hockey team

H.C.R.  108

House concurrent resolution commending the members of the Act 133 technical advisory committee for the outstanding work in response to its mandate under the act

H.C.R.  109

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Crossett Brook Middle School Odyssey of the Mind state championship team

H.C.R.  110

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Windsor town clerk Gloria Tansey

H.C.R.  111

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Windsor High School Yellow Jackets Division III championship girls’ basketball team

H.C.R.  112

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Mt. Abraham Union High School Eagles Division II championship baseball team

H.C.R.  113

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Mt. Abraham Union High School Eagles Division II championship girls’ field hockey team

H.C.R.  114

House concurrent resolution congratulating Carol Eckels on being named the 2007 Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year

 

 

H.C.R.  115

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Woodstock Union High School Wasps girls’ Nordic and boys’ alpine state championship ski teams

H.C.R.  116

House concurrent resolution congratulating Taylor Horn on winning the 2007 Vermont championship of the National Geographic Bee

S.C.R. 18. 

     Senate concurrent resolution honoring Robert “R.J.” George for his outstanding public service as the Newport City fire chief.

S.C.R. 19.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Reeve Lindbergh and Nathaniel Tripp on their designation as the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce's 2007 Citizen of the Year.

     [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]

 



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us