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Journal of the House

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2008

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

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Reverend Wendy Manley of Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier.

Memorial Service

The Speaker placed before the House the following names of members of past sessions of the Vermont General Assembly who had passed away recently:

John R. Finn of St. Albans City                    Sessions 1983 and 1985

Member of the Senate                                  Sessions 1985-1993

John S. Burgess of Brattleboro                    Sessions 1966, 1969 and 1969

Lt. Governor                                                  Sessions 1971 and 1973

Speaker of the House                                    Sessions 1969-1971

Elizabeth Lantman of Hinesburg           Session of 1945

Theodore M. Riehle, Jr., of S Burlington     Sessions 1965 and 1967

Thereupon, the members of the House rose for a moment of prayer in memory of the deceased members.  The Clerk was thereupon directed to send a copy of the House Journal to the bereaved families.

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 or placed on the Calendar, as follows:

H. 567

By Rep. Hosford of Waitsfield,

An act relating to carbon-fiber bicycle sales tax exemption;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 568

By Rep. Marcotte of Coventry,

An act relating to the treatment of independent contractors in the field of workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 569

By Rep. Branagan of Georgia

An act relating to cash payment of certain property tax adjustment claims;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 570

By Reps. Branagan of Georgia and Otterman of Topsham,

An act relating to income tax exemptions and credits, rates, and supermajority to raise rates;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 571

By Rep. Hosford of Waitsfield (By Request),

An act relating to partial property tax exemption for non-winterized camps;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 572

By Reps. Jerman of Essex, Hunt of Essex, Evans of Essex, Heath of Westford and Myers of Essex,

An act relating to 100 percent commonlevel of appraisal after townwide reappraisal;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 573

By Reps. Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon and Shaw of Derby,

An act relating to tax reduction for unposted current use land;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 574

By Rep. Marcotte of Coventry,

An act relating to requiring beverage container manufacturers to pay an additional one-half cent per container to retailers who do not commingle containers;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 575

By Reps. Shand of Weathersfield, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Clerkin of Hartford, Consejo of Sheldon, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Livingston of Manchester and Marcotte of Coventry,

An act relating to small eligible telecommunications carriers;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 576

By Reps. McFaun of Barre Town and Fitzgerald of St. Albans City,

An act relating to anatomical gifts and driver license fees;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 577

     By Reps. Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Jewett of Ripton, Klein of East Montpelier, McCullough of Williston and Minter of Waterbury,

An act relating to the operation of a motor vehicle as it affects vulnerable users;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 578

By Reps. Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Jewett of Ripton, Klein of East Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, McCullough of Williston and Minter of Waterbury,

An act relating to the operation of bicycles on highways;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 579

By Reps. Dostis of Waterbury and Minter of Waterbury

An act relating to requiring the department of human resources to report on state employee telecommuting opportunities;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 580

     By Reps. French of Randolph, Andrews of Rutland City, Donahue of Northfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, Haas of Rochester, McAllister of Highgate, Mrowicki of Putney and Pugh of S. Burlington,

An act relating to terms of members of the Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Review Board;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 581

By Rep. Bissonnette of Winooski (By Request),

An act relating to telephone numbers on school buses;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 582

By Reps. Ancel of Calais, Bray of New Haven and Jewett of Ripton

An act relating to school construction funds and the excess spending amount;

To the committee on Education.

H. 583

By Rep. Obuchowski of Rockingham,

An act relating to automobile insurance policies for volunteer drivers;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 584

     By Reps. Sharpe of Bristol, Botzow of Pownal, Browning of Arlington, Cheney of Norwich, Condon of Colchester, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Fisher of Lincoln, Grad of Moretown, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, Otterman of Topsham and Winters of Williamstown,

An act relating to property tax adjustment confidentiality;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 585

By Rep. Obuchowski of Rockingham,

An act relating to sales tax included;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

 

H. 586

By Rep. O’Donnell of Vernon and Keogh of Burlington,

An act relating to nursing and military service.

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 587

By Reps. O’Donnell of Vernon, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro and Mrowicki of Putney,

An act relating to an emergency response assistance grant program;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 588

     By Reps. Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Sweaney of Windsor, Acinapura of Brandon, Heath of Westford, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Keenan of St. Albans City and Miller of Shaftsbury,

An act relating to property loaned to museums;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 589

     By Reps. Hosford of Waitsfield, Deen of Westminster, French of Randolph, Martin of Springfield, Spengler of Colchester and Sweaney of Windsor,

An act relating to the sale or distribution of brominated flame retardants;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 590

By the committee on Government Operations,

An act relating to the spelling of the name of the town and village of Alburg;

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

H. 591

By Reps. Grad of Moretown and Donaghy of Poultney,

An act relating to criminal history records;

To the committee on Government Operations.

 

 

H. 592

By Reps. O’Donnell of Vernon, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro and Mrowicki of Putney,

An act relating to establishing a Medicaid co-pay for nonemergency use of ambulance services;

To the committee on Health Care.

H. 593

By Reps. O’Donnell of Vernon, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro and Mrowicki of Putney,

An act relating to health insurance coverage for ambulance services;

To the committee on Health Care.

H. 594

By Reps. Gilbert of Fairfax, Branagan of Georgia and Deen of Westminster,

An act relating to according party status to municipal conservation commissions;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 595

By Reps. McFaun of Barre Town and Fitzgerald of St. Albans City,

An act relating to a cost of living adjustment for home heating fuel assistance;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 596

     By Reps. Condon of Colchester, Andrews of Rutland City, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Chen of Mendon, Consejo of Sheldon, Courcelle of Rutland City, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donahue of Northfield, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Godin of Milton, Head of S. Burlington, Howard of Rutland City, Keogh of Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lenes of Shelburne, Manwaring of Wilmington, McCullough of Williston, Morrissey of Bennington, Spengler of Colchester and Zenie of Colchester,

An act relating to state employee leaves of absence of bone marrow or organ donation;

To the committee on Government Operations.

 

H. 597

By Rep. Pillsbury of Brattleboro,

An act relating to suspending or revoking motor vehicle registration for drug use or unpaid parking tickets;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 598

By Reps. Clarkson of Woodstock, Pellett of Chester and Grad of Moretown,

An act relating to statewide drug court study;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 599

By Reps. Jewett of Ripton, Flory of Pittsford, Gervais of Enosburg, Marek of Newfane and Pellett of Chester,

An act relating to boating while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 600

By Reps. Kitzmiller of Montpelier and Obuchowski of Rockingham,

An act relating to credit card merchant fees;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 601

By Rep. Deen of Westminster,

An act relating to groundwater withdrawal permit program;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 602

By Rep. Deen of Westminster,

An act relating to encroachments on public waters;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 603

By Rep. Fisher of Lincoln,

An act relating to fully funding child care subsidies for low income Vermonters;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

Message from the Senate No. 2

     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 a joint resolution of the following title:

J.R.S. 42.  Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment.

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

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 41

Joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution to provide for a Joint Assembly to hear the budget message of the Governor;

     By Senator Shumlin,

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the two Houses meet in Joint Assembly on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at two o'clock in the afternoon to receive the budget message of the Governor.

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 42

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, January 11, 2008, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, January 15, 2008.

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

Committee Relieved of Consideration

and Bill Committed to Other Committee

H. 580

Rep. Sweaney of Windsor moved that the committee on Government Operations be relieved of House bill, entitled

An act relating to terms of members of the Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Review Board;

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

Adjournment

At nine o’clock  and fifty-five minutes in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Johnson of Canaan, the House adjourned until Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at ten o’clock in the forenoon, pursuant to the provisions of J.R.S. 42.

 



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