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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 Reverend Jerry Breen of Worcester Methodist Church, Worcester.

House Bills Introduced

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

H. 745

     By Reps. Sharpe of Bristol, Maier of Middlebury, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Fisher of Lincoln, Jewett of Ripton, Klein of East Montpelier, Nuovo of Middlebury and Stevens of Shoreham,

An act relating to the confidentiality of library patron records;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 746

     By Reps. Fisher of Lincoln, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Bray of New Haven, Edwards of Brattleboro, French of Randolph, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jewett of Ripton, Klein of East Montpelier, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Mrowicki of Putney, Nuovo of Middlebury, Ojibway of Hartford, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Spengler of Colchester, Weston of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington,

An act relating to the withdrawal of Vermont National Guard military forces from Iraq and the federal deployment of the National Guard;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 747

     By Reps. Valliere of Barre City, Acinapura of Brandon, Baker of West Rutland, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Helm of Castleton, Komline of Dorset and Perry of Richford,

An act relating to express assumption of risk and release from liability;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 748

     By Reps. Clark of Vergennes, Errecart of Shelburne, Barnard of Richmond, Mook of Bennington, Gilbert of Fairfax, McDonald of Berlin, Oxholm of Vergennes and Peltz of Woodbury,

An act relating to permitting students to possess and self-administer life-saving medicine;

To the committee on Education.

H. 749

By Rep. Ancel of Calais,

An act relating to the slaughter of livestock;

To the committee on Agriculture.

Joint Resolution Referred to Committee

J.R.H. 48

Rep. Obuchowski of Rockingham offered a joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution requesting Comcast Inc. to forgo its proposed cable television rate increase;

Whereas, Vermonters have come to rely on cable television as a relatively affordable source of news, public affairs, sports, and other types of information and entertainment, and

Whereas, cable television enables viewers to witness historic events, watch and cheer for their favorite athletic teams, and see drama and music presentations that they would never be able to view otherwise, and

Whereas, as the economic situation becomes more perilous, Vermonters may have no choice but to tighten their budgets and scale back or eliminate completely their cable television subscriptions, and

Whereas, given the great benefit that Vermonters derive from cable television, they are hoping there will not be a need to forgo cable television subscriptions which in many areas, given Vermont’s mountainous geography, would mean the loss of even the most basic local station coverage, and

Whereas, Comcast Inc. is now the vendor providing cable television service for much of the state, and

Whereas, the company has recently published new rate increases that are scheduled to take effect on February 1, 2008, and

Whereas, included in these increases are two-dollar-per-instance increases for the reinstallation of a cable connection and for the installation of an additional outlet at the time of a reinstallation or an initial installation, and

Whereas, even higher rate increases of $3.00 per month were announced for a standard cable subscription, one of the most popular service options for cable subscribers, and for the digital service that an increasing number of viewers are choosing as television transmission is rapidly switching from the analogue to digital mode, and

Whereas, increases of this magnitude will be a burden on many Vermonters at this time of economic uncertainty with the result that Comcast may lose customers and end up with less revenue than it projects to receive from the rate increases, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly requests that Comcast Inc. forgo its proposed cable television rate increases, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sena Fitzmaurice, senior director of corporate communications and government affairs at Comcast Inc. in Philadelphia.        

Which was read and, in the Speaker’s discretion, treated as a bill and referred to the committee on Commerce.

Third Reading; Bill Passed

H. 557

House bill, entitled

An act relating to postponing the sunset of the Fish and Wildlife Board authority to adopt rules regulating the deer herd;

Was taken up, read the third time and passed.

Action on Bill Postponed

H. 691

House bill, entitled

An act relating to executive and judicial branch fees;

Was taken up and pending second reading of the bill, on motion of Rep. Branagan of Georgia, action on the bill was postponed until the next legislative day.

Message from the Senate No. 13

     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 bills of the following titles:

S. 343.  An act relating to the partnership for long-term care program.

S. 351.  An act relating to consolidating management of public records.

S. 355.  An act relating to debt financing for the Vermont housing finance agency

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


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




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