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Journal of the House



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

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Speaker, Gaye Symington of Jericho.

Message from the Senate No. 4

     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 concurrent resolutions originating in the House of the following titles:

     H.C.R. 164.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Gladys Walker on her 100th birthday.

     H.C.R. 165.  House concurrent resolution honoring Janet Leonard for her 30 years of dedicated service to the Vermont General Assembly.

     H.C.R. 166.  House concurrent resolution recognizing the academic achievements of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s Essential Early Education and Early Education Initiative Programs.

     H.C.R. 167.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Becky Auger on being named the 2008 Vermont-NEA Education Support Professional of the Year.

     H.C.R. 168.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Burtland Farm in Georgia as a recipient of a 2006 Lake Champlain Farm Award.

     H.C.R. 169.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Bellows Free Academy Bullets 2007 Division III championship boys’ cross-country team.

     H.C.R. 171.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Jelly Bean Tree crafts cooperative on its 30th anniversary.

     H.C.R. 172.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Vermont Business Magazine 5x5x5 Award winners Chamberlain Machine, Inc. and Chroma Technology Corporation of Bellows Falls.

     H.C.R. 173.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Mary Lou Smith on her designation as the 2007 Vermont Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

     H.C.R. 174.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the town of Brookline on the completion of its municipal office building addition.

     H.C.R. 175.  House concurrent resolution honoring Douglas MacPhee, the voice of Bellows Falls Union High School football.

House Bills Introduced

House bills of the following titles were severally introduced, read the first time and referred as follows:

H. 612

By Rep. O’Donnell of Vernon,

An act relating to sustainable health care financing;

To the committee on Health Care.


H. 613

By Reps. Masland of Thetford and Martin of Wolcott,

An act relating to displaying motor vehicle vintage plates;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 614

By Reps. Atkins of Winooski and Bissonnette of Winooski,

An act relating to excluding TIF district property from the common level of appraisal calculation;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 615

By Reps. Lippert of Hinesburg and Pugh of South Burlington,

An act relating to juvenile judicial proceedings;

To the committee on Judiciary.


H. 616

By Reps. Pellett of Chester, Hutchinson of Randolph, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Davis of Washington, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gilbert of Fairfax, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Larson of Burlington, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Morley of Barton, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Orr of Charlotte, Pearson of Burlington, Peltz of Woodbury, Potter of Clarendon, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle and Weston of Burlington,

An act relating to farm-fresh milk;

To the committee on Agriculture.

Joint Resolution Adopted

J.R.H. 43

Joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution designating October 18, 2008 as Vermont Pumpkin Carving Day;

Whereas, the carving and displaying of pumpkins are nearly as symbolic of October in Vermont as the countryside’s colorful pageantry of leaves, and

Whereas, sensing an unexpected opportunity to increase Manchester’s fame and fortune, Jay Hathaway contacted the Guinness World Record office in Great Britain and established the criteria for a second and brand-new record‑setting event for “the most people carving a pumpkin at one time,” and

Whereas, on Saturday, October 28, 2006, despite terrible weather, nearly 300 individuals gathered outside cosponsor Orvis’s flagship store to witness this historic carving event at which 120 individuals carved pumpkins simultaneously, and Manchester’s Guinness World Record objectives were met, and

Whereas, the 2006 Manchester pumpkin carving’s great success convinced the Manchester & the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce to make this an annual event and to expand the geographic scope of this newly established activity, and

Whereas, on October 13, 2007, the first legislatively designated Vermont Pumpkin Carving Day was conducted in Manchester and other communities throughout the state with great success, and

Whereas, a small, but nonetheless important, first step to facilitate pumpkin carving activities is the newly established four-acre pumpkin patch in Manchester which includes one acre reserved for schoolchildren’s use, and

Whereas, in order to celebrate the art of pumpkin carving, and as an incentive to encourage the economically important Columbus Day holiday weekend visitors to linger in Vermont just a little longer, a statewide pumpkin carving day would encourage other communities to conduct pumpkin carving festivities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That this legislative body designates Saturday, October 18, 2008 as statewide pumpkin carving day, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jay Hathaway at the Manchester & Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce and to Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing Bruce Hyde.

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

Third Reading; Bill Passed

H. 550

House bill, entitled

An act relating to approval of amendment to the charter of the city of
South Burlington regarding voter approval of city and school district budgets;

Was taken up, read the third time and passed.

Bill Read Second Time; Third Reading Ordered

H. 590

Rep. Devereux of Mount Holly spoke for the committee on Government Operations.

House bill entitled

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

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


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




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