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Journal of the House

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 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 Paul Hoffman of the United Methodist Church in Northfield.

House Bills Introduced

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

H. 765

By Reps. Clark of Vergennes and Smith of Morristown,

An act relating to homestead property tax exemption;

To the committee on Ways and Means.

H. 766

By Reps. Fisher of Lincoln, Donahue of Northfield, Haas of Rochester and Pugh of South Burlington,

An act relating to mental health care provider shared service agreements;

To the committee on Health Care.

H. 767

By Reps. Fisher of Lincoln, Haas of Rochester, Masland of Thetford, Nuovo of Middlebury and Sharpe of Bristol,

An act relating to physical improvements to residential care homes;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 768

By Rep. Errecart of Shelburne,

An act relating to beer tasting;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 769

     By Reps. Milkey of Brattleboro, Branagan of Georgia, French of Randolph, Klein of East Montpelier, Lenes of Shelburne, Manwaring of Wilmington, McAllister of Highgate, Minter of Waterbury, Morrissey of Bennington and Nuovo of Middlebury,

An act relating to regulation of commercial dog breeders in Vermont;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 770

By Rep. LaVoie of Swanton (By Request),

An act relating to hardwiring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in homes;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 771

By Rep. LaVoie of Swanton,

An act relating to write-in candidates;

To the committee on Government Operations.

H. 772

By Rep. LaVoie of Swanton,

An act relating to prohibiting smoking in motor vehicles when children are present;

To the committee on Human Services.

H. 773

By Rep. LaVoie of Swanton,

An act relating to a pilot project on interstate 89;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 774

By Rep. Fisher of Lincoln,

An act relating to a reduction of the registration fee when payment is made with a state check;

To the committee on Transportation.

H. 775

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

An act relating to low-profit limited liability companies;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 776

By Reps. Moran of Wardsboro and Howrigan of Fairfield,

An act relating to computation of the basic needs budget and the livable wage;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 777

By Rep. Pugh of South Burlington,

An act relating to certificate of need program;

To the committee on Health Care.

H. 778

By Reps. French of Randolph, Donahue of Northfield, Haas of Rochester and Hutchinson of Randolph,

An act relating to delaying the requirement that budgets in excess of the maximum inflation amount be presented to the voters as a divided question;

To the committee on Education.

H. 779

By Reps. French of Randolph, Donahue of Northfield, Haas of Rochester and Hutchinson of Randolph,

An act relating to exclusion of approved school construction costs and of amounts deposited into a construction reserve fund from the calculations of the maximum inflation amount;

To the committee on Education.

 

 

H. 780

By Reps. French of Randolph, Donahue of Northfield, Haas of Rochester and Hutchinson of Randolph,

An act relating to requiring that warnings and ballots for school budgets are substantively the same as the “Divided vote” provisions required in No. 82 of the Acts of 2007;

To the committee on Education.

H. 781

By Rep. Pugh of South Burlington,

An act relating to the availability of state-funded innovations in developing countries;

To the committee on Institutions.

H. 782

By Reps. French of Randolph and Hutchinson of Randolph,

An act relating to school buses;

To the committee on Education.

H. 783

     By Reps. Keenan of St. Albans City, Baker of West Rutland, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Consejo of Sheldon, Godin of Milton, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hunt of Essex, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, McCormack of Rutland City, Morley of Barton, Shand of Weathersfield, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton and Zenie of Colchester,

An act relating to home improvement fraud;

To the committee on Judiciary.

H. 784

     By Reps. Peltz of Woodbury, Barnard of Richmond, Botzow of Pownal, Chen of Mendon, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Jewett of Ripton, Kilmartin of Newport City, Klein of East Montpelier, Ancel of Calais, Leriche of Hardwick, Malcolm of Pawlet, Martin of Wolcott, McDonald of Berlin, Mook of Bennington, Oxholm of Vergennes, Potter of Clarendon, Trombley of Grand Isle and Westman of Cambridge,

An act relating to energy conservation in public schools;

To the committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 785

By Rep. Ancel of Calais,

An act relating to encouraging secondary students to pursue postsecondary education or training;

To the committee on Education.

H. 786

     By Reps. Scheuermann of Stowe, Brennan of Colchester, Komline of Dorset, Larrabee of Danville, Smith of Morristown and Westman of Cambridge,

An act relating to the liquor control board, the alcoholic content of malt beverages, and sharing inventory between certain licensees;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 787

By Rep. Morley of Barton,

An act relating to uninsured motorist coverage;

To the committee on Commerce.

H. 788

     By Reps. Cheney of Norwich, Krawczyk of Bennington, Ancel of Calais, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clerkin of Hartford, Donaghy of Poultney, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Godin of Milton, Head of S. Burlington, Keogh of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Larocque of Barnet, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, Milkey of Brattleboro, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nuovo of Middlebury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pellett of Chester, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Valliere of Barre City, Weston of Burlington, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zenie of Colchester,

An act relating to awarding moose permits to Vermont veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

H. 789

By Rep. Howard of Rutland City,

An act relating to voluntary intoxication;

To the committee on Judiciary.

Senate Bills Referred

Senate bills of the following titles were severally taken up, read the first time and referred as follows:

S. 107

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to mapping class four town highways and trails and mass discontinuances of unmapped town highways;

To the committee on Transportation.

S. 284

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration;

Was taken up, read the first time and referred to the committee on Commerce.

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 48

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, February 1, 2008, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

 

Third Reading; Bills Passed

House bills of the following titles were severally taken up, read the third time and passed:

H. 575

House bill, entitled

An act relating to small eligible telecommunications carriers;

H. 665

House bill, entitled

An act relating to political party state committee membership;

H. 669

House bill, entitled

An act relating to the Vermont Historic Downtown;

Read Third Time and Passed

H. 691

House bill, entitled

An act relating to executive and judicial branch fees;

Was taken up and pending third reading of the bill, Rep. Barnard of Richmond moved to amend the bill as follows:

     By inserting Sec. 16a to read:

Sec. 16a.  4 V.S.A. § 509 is added to read:

§ 509.  TEMPORARY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE FOR PERFORMING A MARRIAGE

(a)  Any individual, after signing and filing his or her official oath under section 491 of this chapter, may be registered as a justice of the peace for the limited purpose of performing a marriage pursuant to 18 V.S.A § 5144.

(b)  A fee of $100.00 shall be assessed for each marriage performed under this section.

Thereupon, Rep. Barnard of Richmond asked and was granted leave of the House to withdraw her amendment and the bill was read the third time and passed.

 

 

Bill Amended, Read Third Time and Passed

H. 737

House bill, entitled

An act relating to fiscal year 2008 budget adjustment;

Was taken up and pending third reading of the bill, Rep. Heath of Westford moved to amend the bill as follows:

     First: By striking out Sec. 5 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 5 to read as follows: 

Sec. 5.  Sec. 20 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services-information centers

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     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $50,000 in special funds is appropriated to facilitate private fund raising for improvements to the state house in accordance with the conceptual plan dated January 13, 2006.  No naming opportunities shall be offered in connection with fund raising efforts.  These funds may not be used to supplant any existing personal service or operating expenses in state government.

     Second: In Sec. 79(a)(1), at the end of the fund line “21993  VT Film Production Incentive  36,731” by adding the word:  Approx.

     Third: In Sec. 82, subsections (a) and (b) by striking out the words “for expenditure”

     Fourth: In Sec. 83, in the last sentence, by striking out the words “deficit spending” and inserting in lieu thereof the words:  spending in anticipation of receipts

Which was agreed to.  Thereupon, the bill was read the third time and passed.

Action on Bill Postponed

H. 267

House bill, entitled

An act relating to industrial hemp;

Was taken up and pending the reading of the report of the committee on Agriculture, on motion of Rep. Stevens of Shoreham, action on the bill was postponed until Thursday, February 7, 2008.

 

Adjournment

At ten o’clock  and twenty minutes in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the House adjourned until Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at ten o’clock in the forenoon, pursuant to the provisions of J.R.S. 48.

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. 199

House concurrent resolution in memory of former South Burlington Representative Theodore Riehle Jr.

H.C.R. 200

House concurrent resolution in memory of Rutland City Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh

H.C.R. 201

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Washington County side judge Paul H. Guare of Montpelier

H.C.R. 202

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vergennes High School Commodores 2007 Division II championship baseball team

H.C.R. 203

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Poultney High School Blue Devils Division III championship football team

H.C.R. 204

House concurrent resolution wishing the New England Patriots good luck in Super Bowl XLII

H.C.R. 205

House concurrent resolution honoring Tom Frazier for his quarter‑century‑plus of outstanding local and regional public service on behalf of the town of Roxbury

S.C.R. 27. 

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels girls' lacrosse Division I championship team.

S.C.R. 28.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels Division I championship boys' tennis team.

S.C.R. 29.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Burlington High School Rebels Division I championship baseball 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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