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Journal of the House

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 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 Gil Ott of Trinity United Methodist Church, Montpelier.

House Bills Introduced

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

H. 628

     By Reps. Godin of Milton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Branagan of Georgia, Consejo of Sheldon, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Gilbert of Fairfax, Howrigan of Fairfield, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Nease of Johnson and Trombley of Grand Isle,

An act relating to purchase of an aquatic weed harvester for Lake Champlain;

To the committee on Institutions.

H. 629

By Reps. Emmons of Springfield, Haas of Rochester and Lorber of Burlington,

An act relating to an evaluation of Vermont’s system of caring for mentally ill offenders;

To the committee on Institutions.

H. 630

By Reps. Trombley of Grand isle and Johnson of South Hero,

An act relating to providing notice of elementary and secondary tuition rates;

To the committee on Education.

H. 631

By Reps. McAllister of Highgate, Ainsworth of Royalton, Baker of West Rutland, Brennan of Colchester, Howrigan of Fairfield, Keogh of Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton and Winters of Williamstown,

An act relating to penalties for the incineration of refuse;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 632

By Reps. Trombley of Grand Isle and Johnson of South Hero,

An act relating to use of cleansing products containing phosphorus on boats using Vermont waterways;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 633

     By Reps. Ainsworth of Royalton, Acinapura of Brandon, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Devereux of Mount Holly, Godin of Milton, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Moran of Wardsboro, Perry of Richford, Stevens of Shoreham, Winters of Williamstown and Zuckerman of Burlington,

An act relating to property tax exemption for homeowner alternative energy improvements;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 634

By Rep. Chen of Mendon,

An act relating to a parent consenting to mental health treatment for a minor under the age of 18;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 635

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

An act relating to reports of child abuse or neglect;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 636

By Reps. Flory of Pittsford and Jewett of Ripton,

An act relating to embezzlement by a public official;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 637

     By Reps. Komline of Dorset, Branagan of Georgia, Clerkin of Hartford, Devereux of Mount Holly, Errecart of Shelburne, Flory of Pittsford, Hube of Londonderry, Johnson of Canaan, Kilmartin of Newport City, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larrabee of Danville, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Morrissey of Bennington, O'Donnell of Vernon, Oxholm of Vergennes, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shaw of Derby, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Winters of Williamstown and Wright of Burlington,

An act relating to legislative fiscal notes for bills that would affect the expenditures or revenues of the state or a municipality;

To the committee on Appropriations.

H. 638

By Rep. Shand of Weathersfield,

An act relating to municipal authority to regulate the hours of operation at sport shooting ranges;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 639

By Rep. Pugh of South Burlington,

An act relating to internet and mail order sales of tobacco products;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 640

By Rep. Pugh of South Burlington,

An act relating to requiring postsecondary credits in African American history as a condition of teacher licensing;

To the committee on Education.

H. 641

     By Reps. Grad of Moretown, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Donahue of Northfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Jewett of Ripton, McCormack of Rutland City, Minter of Waterbury, Pugh of S. Burlington and Trombley of Grand Isle,

An act relating to nursing mothers in the workplace;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 642

     By Reps. Flory of Pittsford, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Johnson of Canaan, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, McAllister of Highgate, McDonald of Berlin, McNeil of Rutland Town, Oxholm of Vergennes, Peaslee of Guildhall, Shaw of Derby, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City and Wright of Burlington,

An act relating to cash payment of property tax adjustments for certain closings;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 643

By Reps. Hunt of Essex and Jerman of Essex,

An act relating to amending the charter of the village of Essex Junction;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 644

By the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs,

An act relating to debt financing for the Vermont housing finance agency;

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

H. 645

By Reps. Sharpe of Bristol, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City and Zenie of Colchester,

An act relating to the noise levels of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 646

By Rep. Komline of Dorset,

An act relating to ten percent household income limit on education property tax;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 647

By Rep. Chen of Mendon,

An act relating to prohibiting the use of artificial trans fat by food service establishments;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 648

By Rep. Chen of Mendon,

An act relating to immunizations;

To the committee on Human Services.

Joint Resolution Placed on Calendar

The Speaker placed before the House the following resolution which was read and in the Speaker’s discretion, placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow under Rule 52.

J.R.S. 43

     By Senator Shumlin,

     Joint resolution relating to Town Meeting adjournment.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That when the two Houses adjourn on Friday, February 29, 2008, or Saturday, March 1, 2008, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, March 11, 2008.

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 44

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 18, 2008, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, January 22, 2008.

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered

H. 580

Rep. Frank of Underhill, for the committee on Human Services, to which had been referred House bill, entitled

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

Reported in favor of its passage when amended by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  18 V.S.A. § 9504(b) is amended to read:

(b)  The board shall consist of 14 members, including ex officio the commissioner of health and the commissioner of education, or their designees; the commissioner of the department of liquor control or designee; the attorney general or designee; a member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house; a member of the senate appointed by the committee on committees; a member representing a nonprofit organization qualifying under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and dedicated to anti-tobacco activities appointed by the speaker of the house; a member representing the low income community appointed by the senate committee on committees; two persons under the age of 30, one appointed by the speaker of the house and one appointed by the senate committee on committees; and four members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, including: one K-12 educator involved in prevention education; one tobacco use researcher; one member representing the health care community; and one tobacco industry countermarketing expert.  The public members shall serve for three-year terms, beginning on February 1 July 1 of the year in which the appointment is made, except that the first members appointed by the governor to the board shall be appointed, two for a term of two years, one for a term of three years and one for a term of four years.  Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the unexpired portion of the term vacated.

Sec. 2.  TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS; APPLICATION

This act shall apply to current members of the Vermont tobacco evaluation and review board so that the term of a member which would have expired on January 31, 2008, shall be extended until June 30, 2008, and the term of a member who was appointed prior to the effective date of this act shall be deemed to have begun on July 1 of the year in which the appointment was made.

Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.

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

 

 

Rules Suspended; Bill Read Second Time and Third Reading Ordered; Rules Suspended; Bill Read Third Time and Passed in Concurrence; Rules Suspended and Bill Ordered Messaged to Senate Forthwith

S. 318

On motion of Rep. Kitzmiller of Montpelier, the rules were suspended and House bill, entitled

An act relating to the authority of Vermont municipalities to acquire facilities and other assets;

Appearing on the Calendar for notice, was taken up for immediate consideration. 

Rep. Kitzmiller of Montpelier, for the committee on Commerce, to which the bill had been referred reported in favor of its passage. 

Thereupon the bill, was read the second time and third reading ordered.

On motion of Rep. Kitzmiller of Montpelier, the rules were suspended and the bill placed on all remaining stages of passage in concurrence.

The bill was read the third time and passed in concurrence and, on motion of Rep. Kitzmiller of Montpelier, the rules were suspended and the bill was ordered messaged to the Senate forthwith.

Adjournment

At ten o’clock in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the House adjourned until Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at ten o’clock in the forenoon, pursuant to the provisions of J.R.S. 44.

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. 176

House concurrent resolution in memory of the American military personnel who have died in the service of their nation in Iraq from December 30, 2006 through December 19, 2007

H.C.R. 177

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Woodstock Union High School Lady Wasps Division II championship field hockey team

 

 

H.C.R. 178

House concurrent resolution in memory of Rosendo Cueto

H.C.R. 179

House concurrent resolution congratulating Sydney Perry of Middlesex on her winning the 2007 Miss Vermont Teen USA title

H.C.R. 180

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Essex High School Hornets Division I championship girls’ soccer team

H.C.R. 181

House concurrent resolution honoring Sally Bouffard for over four decades of dedicated public service at the department of education and state board of education

H.C.R. 182

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative Ruth H. Towne of Berlin

H.C.R. 183

House concurrent resolution honoring Elizabeth Christie for her efforts to improve the lives of Vermont’s children

H.C.R. 184

House concurrent resolution honoring the participants in the construction of the new “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” home for the Vitale family in Athens

S.C.R. 26. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Hartford Hurricanes Division I championship football team.

     [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 2008, sixty-ninth  Adjourned session]

 

 



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