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Journal of the House

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2008

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

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Reverend Michael Augustinowitz of St. Augustine, Montpelier.

Pledge of Allegiance

Page Sara Levine of Westminster led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Communication from Rep. David Sunderland

“December 10, 2007

Governor Jim Douglas

109 State Street, Pavilion

 Montpelier, VT 05609-0101

Mr. Governor,

I regret to Inform you that I am resigning my position in the Vermont House of Representatives. This summer I began a new job as Plant Manager of Bison Surface Technologies in North Clarendon, VT. It is clear that remaining in the legislature while also continuing with these new responsibilities will serve neither entity well.

It has been one of the highest honors of my life to serve the people of Rutland Town in the Legislature. I have greatly enjoyed working with my colleagues in the House as well as the members of your administration.

I wish you all the best as you continue you work on behalf of Vermonters.

Sincerely,

/s/Rep. David Sunderland

Rutland Town”

 

 

 

 

Communication from Governor

“January 7, 2008

The Honorable Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House

115 State Street, Drawer 33

Montpelier, VT 05633

Dear Speaker Symington,

     I have the honor to inform you that I have appointed James McNeil to serve in the General Assembly representing House District Rutland - 4 formerly held by Representative David Sunderland.

Sincerely,

/s/James H. Douglas

Governor

JHD/ms

CC:   Deborah Markowitz,    Secretary of State

          Donald Milne, Clerk of the House”

Oath Administered

The Speaker directed Sergeant at Arms, Francis K. Brooks,  to conduct James McNeil of Rutland Town, the appointed member from Rutland-4 District, to the bar of the House where he took the subscribed oath, administered by the Clerk, as required by the Constitution and laws of the State. 

New Member Seated

Rep. McNeil of Rutland Town, the newly appointed member, having taken and subscribed the oath administered by the Clerk, as required by the Constitution and laws of the State, was conducted to his seat by Sergeant at Arms, Francis K. Brooks.

House Bills Introduced

House bills of the following titles were severally introduced.  Pending first reading of the bills, on motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the rules were suspended and the bills were read the first time by number and referred as follows:

H. 552

By Rep. O’Donnell of Vernon,

An act relating to continuity of health insurance coverage for college students;

To the committee on Health Care.

H. 553

By Rep. Otterman of Topsham,

An act relating to the codification of existing state law establishing regional school choice for public school students in grades 9 through 12;

To the committee on Education.

H. 554

By Rep. Klein of East Montpelier,

An act relating to property tax adjustments for newly constructed homesteads;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 555

By Rep. O’Donnell of Vernon,

An act relating to catamount health for individuals on high-deductible health insurance plans;

To the committee on Health Care.

H. 556

By Rep. Branagan of Georgia,

An act relating to authorizing alternative, cost-containing measures by school districts;

To the committee on Education.

H. 557

By Rep. Adams of Hartland,

An act relating to postponing the sunset of the fish and wildlife board’s authority to adopt rules regulating the deer herd;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 558

By Rep. Klein of East Montpelier,

An act relating to waste facility franchise tax exemption for mining waste;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

 

 

H. 559

By Reps. Koch of Barre Town, Donahue of Northfield, McDonald of Berlin and McFaun of Barre Town,

An act relating to flood control along the Honey Brook in Barre Town;

To the committee on Appropriations.

H. 560

By Rep. Emmons of Springfield,

An act relating to elimination of the offender work programs board;

To the committee on Institutions.

H. 561

By Rep. Ancel of Calais,

An act relating to allowing business directional signs in adjoining municipalities;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 562

By Rep. Donahue of Northfield,

An act relating to secure transportations of children;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 563

By Rep. Kitzmiller of Montpelier,

An act relating to the uniform commercial code;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 564

By Rep. Otterman of Topsham,

An act relating to withdrawal from streamlined agreement, repeal of sales tax exemptions, expansion of tax to services and food, reduction of rate to one percent, supermajority vote to increase rate;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 565

Rep. Condon of Colchester introduced a bill, entitled

An act relating to appeal of late-filed property tax adjustment claim;

Which was read the first time and referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 566

Rep. Howrigan of Fairfield introduced a bill, entitled

An act relating to registering with the selective service system through motor vehicle permit and license applications;

Which was read the first time and referred to the committee on Transportation.

Committee Appointments

The Speaker announced the following committee appointments:

Rep. Larrabee of Danville to Commerce

Rep. McNeil of Rutland Town to Agriculture

Rep. Valliere of Barre City to Institutions

Rep. Turner of Milton to General, Housing and Military Affairs

Rep. Trombley of Grand Isle was appointed Vice-Chair of General                                              Housing and Military Affairs.

Message from the Senate No. 1

     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 joint resolutions of the following titles:

J.R.S. 40.  Joint resolution to provide for a Joint Assembly to receive the State-of-the State message from the Governor.

J.R.S. 41.  Joint resolution to provide for a Joint Assembly to heat the budget message of the Governor.

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

Adjournment

At ten o’clock and thirty minutes in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the House adjourned until tomorrow at one o’clock in the afternoon.

 

 

 



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