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Journal of the House

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2008

At ten o'clock in the forenoon the Speaker called the House to order.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Reverend Mark Pitton of Bethany Church of Christ, Montpelier, VT.

Senate Bill Referred

S. 358

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to enhanced driver licenses;

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

Senate Proposal of Amendment to House Proposal of Amendment Considered and Concurred in

S. 209

     The Senate has considered the House proposal of amendment to Senate bill, entitled

     An act relating to the Vermont energy efficiency and affordability act;

With the following amendments thereto:

First:  In Sec, 11, 30 V.S.A. § 203a(a) by striking out the following:

:  (1)  net revenues above costs associated with payments from the New England Independent System Operator (ISO‑NE) for capacity savings resulting from the activities of an energy efficiency utility designated under subdivision 209(d)(2) of this title;

(2)

     Second: In Sec. 12, 30 V.S.A. § 209(d), after subdivision (6), by adding a new subdivision to be numbered subdivision (7) to read as follows:

(7)  Net revenues above costs associated with payments from the New England Independent System Operator (ISO‑NE) for capacity savings resulting from the activities of the energy efficiency utility designated under subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be deposited into the electric efficiency fund established by this section.

     Third:  After Sec. 13, by adding a new section to be numbered Sec. 13a to read as follows:

  * * * Affordability * * *

Sec. 13a.  30 V.S.A. § 218(e) is added to read:

(e)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, the board, on its own motion or upon petition of any person, may issue an order approving a rate schedule, tariff, agreement, contract, or settlement that provides reduced rates for low income electric utility consumers better to assure affordability.  For the purposes of this subsection, “low income electric utility consumer” means a customer who has a household income at or below 150 percent of the current federal poverty level.  When considering whether to approve a rate schedule, tariff, agreement, contract, or settlement for low income electric utility consumers, the board shall take into account the potential impact on, and cost‑shifting to, other utility customers.

     Fourth: In Sec. 14, amending 30 V.S.A. § 219a, in subdivision (g)(5), by striking out the second sentence, and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Various buildings owned by municipalities, including water and wastewater districts, fire districts, villages, school districts, and towns, may constitute a group net metering system.  A union or district school facility shall be considered in the same group net metering system with buildings of its member municipalities that are located within the service area of the same electric company that serves the facility.

     Fifth: In Sec. 14, amending 30 V.S.A. § 219a, by striking subsection (l) and inserting the following:

(l) The board shall adopt rules regarding the application of the esthetics criterion established in subdivision 248(b)(5) of this title to an application for a certificate under this section for a single, net metered wind turbine that is less than 150 feet in height.

     Sixth:  In Sec. 15, 30 V.S.A. § 235(a), after the second sentence, by inserting the following:  The contracts entered into during the first year after the effective date of this section shall be for a period of time of no greater than three years.

     And in subsection (c), after the period, by adding the following:

During fiscal year 2009, any contracts or grants to be made from the fund for other than administrative purposes shall be subject to appropriation by the general assembly.  The department shall provide the joint fiscal committee, at the committee’s November 2008 meeting, with a preliminary report on the program to be presented to the public service board.

     Seventh: In Sec. 25, in 32 V.S.A. § 5402c(c), by striking out the following: “a 15 percent nameplate capacity” and inserting in lieu thereof the following: 15 percent of the facility’s average capacity factor

     Eighth: By striking out Sec. 36 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 36 to read as follows:

Sec. 36.  REPORT ON VALUATION OF NET METERED SYSTEMS

     By December 1, 2008, the department of taxes shall present to the House and Senate committees on natural resources and energy a report on how net metered systems are now being valued and taxed at the town and municipal level in Vermont and recommendations on how such customer-sited renewable energy generation should be valued for property tax purposes by towns and municipalities.

     Which proposal of amendment was considered and concurred in.

Bill Read Second Time; Amended and Third Reading Ordered

H. 709

House bill entitled

An act relating to campgrounds;

Was taken up, read the second time and pending the question, Shall the bill be read a third time? Rep. Wright of Burlington moved to amend the bill as follows:

     First:  In Sec. 1, in 9 V.S.A. § 4452 in (7) before the words “van camper” by inserting the word “and

     Second:  By striking Sec. 2 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. §6204(f) is added to read:

(f) This chapter shall not apply to the rental or use of campsites occupied for vacation or recreational purposes by camping units, such as: tents, yurts, tepees, lean-tos, camping cabins, and recreational vehicles, including motor homes, folding camping trailers, conventional travel trailers, fifth wheel travel trailers, truck campers, van campers, and conversion vehicles designed and used for travel, recreation, and camping.

Which was agreed to and third reading ordered.

Bill Read Second Time; Consideration Interrupted by Recess

H. 864

House bill entitled

An act relating to making miscellaneous amendments to education law;

Was taken up, read the second time and pending the question, Shall the bill be read the third time? Reps. Pearson of Burlington, Bray of New Haven, Cheney of Norwich, Donahue of Northfield, Flory of Pittsford, Haas of Rochester, Hube of Londonderry, Krawczyk of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nuovo of Middlebury, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Stevens of Shoreham and Zuckerman of Burlington moved to amend the bill as follows:

     By adding two new sections to be Secs. 3a and 3b to read as follows:

Sec. 3a.  16 V.S.A. § 563 is amended to read:

§ 563.  POWERS OF SCHOOL BOARDS; FORM OF VOTE IF BUDGET EXCEEDS BENCHMARK AND DISTRICT SPENDING IS ABOVE AVERAGE

The school board of a school district, in addition to other duties and authority specifically assigned by law:

* * *

(11)(A)  Shall prepare and distribute annually a proposed budget for the next school year according to such major categories as may from time to time be prescribed by the commissioner. 

(B)  If the proposed budget contains education spending in excess of the Maximum Inflation Amount, and the district’s education spending per equalized pupil in the fiscal year preceding the year for which the budget is proposed was in excess of the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil in that same fiscal year, as determined by the commissioner of education, then in lieu of any other statutory or charter form of budget adoption or budget vote, the board shall present the budget to the voters by means of a divided question, in the form of vote provided in subdivision (ii) of this subsection.

(i)  “Maximum Inflation Amount” in this section means:

(I)  the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil, as defined in subdivision 4001(6) of this title, in the fiscal year preceding the year for which the budget is proposed, as determined by the commissioner of education, multiplied by the New England Economic Project Cumulative Price Index percentage change, as of November 15 preceding distribution of the proposed budget, for state and local government purchases of goods and services for the fiscal year for which the budget is proposed, plus one percentage point; plus the district’s education spending per equalized pupil in the fiscal year preceding the year for which the budget is proposed, as determined by the commissioner of education;

(II)  multiplied by the higher of the following amounts as determined by the commissioner of education:

(aa)  the district’s equalized pupil count in the fiscal year preceding the year for which the budget is proposed; or

(bb)  the district’s equalized pupil count in the fiscal year for which the budget is proposed.

(ii)  Form of vote.

“School Budget Question #1:

Shall the voters of the         School District approve a total budget in the amount of [$                 ], which includes the Maximum Inflation      Amount of education spending?

“School Budget Question #2:

If Question #1 is approved, shall the voters of the School District also approve additional education spending of [$      ]?”

(C)(B)  At a school district’s annual meeting, the electorate may vote to provide notice of availability of the school budget required by this subdivision to the electorate in lieu of distributing the budget.  If the electorate of the school district votes to provide notice of availability, it must specify how notice of availability shall be given, and such notice of availability shall be provided to the electorate at least 30 days before the district’s annual meeting. The proposed budget shall be prepared and distributed at least ten days before a sum of money is voted on by the electorate.  Any proposed budget shall show the following information in a format prescribed by the commissioner of education:

* * *

Sec. 3b.  REPEAL

Sec. 6 (effective date for requiring a divided question when voting for school budgets that exceed the Maximum Inflation Amount) of No. 82 of the Acts of 2007 is repealed.

 

     Pending the question, Shall the House amend the bill as recommended by Reps. Pearson of Burlington, et al? Rep. Donovan of Burlington moved to amend the recommendation of amendment offered by Reps. Pearson of Burlington, et al, as follows:

     By adding five new sections to be Secs. 19 through 23 to read:

* * * Excess Spending * * *

Sec. 19.  32 V.S.A. § 5401(12) is amended to read:

(12)  “Excess spending” means:

* * *

(B)  in excess of 125 123 percent of the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil in the prior fiscal year, as determined by the commissioner of education.

Sec. 20.  32 V.S.A. § 5401(12)(B) is amended to read:

(B)  in excess of 123 120 percent of the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil in the prior fiscal year, as determined by the commissioner of education.

Sec. 21.  16 V.S.A. § 4011(h) is amended to read:

(h)  Annually, by October 1, the commissioner shall send to school boards for inclusion in town reports and publish on the department website the following information:

(1)  the statewide average district spending per equalized pupil for the current fiscal year, and 125 123 percent of that average spending; and

* * *

Sec. 22.  16 V.S.A. § 4011(h)(1) is amended to read:

(1)  the statewide average district spending per equalized pupil for the current fiscal year, and 123 120 percent of that average spending; and

Sec. 23.  EFFECTIVE DATES

(a)  Secs. 19 and 21 of this act shall take effect on January 1, 2009 and shall apply to budgets for school years 2009–2010 and 2010‑2011.

(b)  Secs. 20 and 22 of this act shall take effect on January 1, 2011, and shall apply to budgets for school years 2011–2012 and after.

And by renumbering Sec. 19 to be Sec. 24.

     Pending the question, Shall the House amend the recommendation of amendment offered by Reps. Pearson of Burlington, et al, as recommended by Rep. Donovan of Burlington?

Recess

At eleven o’clock in the forenoon, the Speaker declared a recess until the fall of the gavel.

At eleven o’clock and forty minutes in the forenoon, the Speaker called the House to order.

Consideration Resumed; Bill Amended and Third Reading Ordered

H. 864

Consideration resumed on House bill entitled

An act relating to making miscellaneous amendments to education law;

     The recurring question, Shall the House amend the recommendation of amendment offered by Reps. Pearson of Burlington, et al, as recommended by Rep. Donovan of Burlington? was agreed to.

     Thereupon, the recommendation of amendment offered by Reps. Pearson of Burlington, et al, as amended, was agreed to.

Pending the question, Shall the bill be read the third time? Rep. Kilmartin of Newport City moved to amend the bill as follows:

     By adding seven new sections to the  bill to be Secs. 19 through 25 to read:

* * * Excess Spending * * *

Sec. 19.  32 V.S.A. § 5401(12) is amended to read:

(12)  “Excess spending” means:

* * *

(B)  in excess of 125 123 percent of the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil in the prior fiscal year, as determined by the commissioner of education.

Sec. 20.  32 V.S.A. § 5401(12)(B) is amended to read:

(B)  in excess of 123 120 percent of the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil in the prior fiscal year, as determined by the commissioner of education.

Sec. 21.  16 V.S.A. § 4011(h) is amended to read:

(h)  Annually, by October 1, the commissioner shall send to school boards for inclusion in town reports and publish on the department website the following information:

(1)  the statewide average district spending per equalized pupil for the current fiscal year, and 125 123 percent of that average spending; and

* * *

Sec. 22.  16 V.S.A. § 4011(h)(1) is amended to read:

(1)  the statewide average district spending per equalized pupil for the current fiscal year, and 123 120 percent of that average spending; and

Sec. 23.  EFFECTIVE DATES

(a)  Secs. 19 and 21 of this act shall take effect on January 1, 2009 and shall apply to budgets for school years 2009–2010 and 2010‑2011.

(b)  Secs. 20 and 22 of this act shall take effect on January 1, 2011, and shall apply to budgets for school years 2011–2012 and after.

* * * Divided Vote * * *

Sec. 24.  16 V.S.A. § 563 is amended to read:

§ 563.  POWERS OF SCHOOL BOARDS; FORM OF VOTE IF BUDGET EXCEEDS BENCHMARK AND DISTRICT SPENDING IS ABOVE AVERAGE “EXCESS SPENDING” THRESHOLD

The school board of a school district, in addition to other duties and authority specifically assigned by law:

* * *

(11)(A)  Shall prepare and distribute annually a proposed budget for the next school year according to such major categories as may from time to time be prescribed by the commissioner. 

(B)  If the per equalized pupil amount of the district’s proposed budget contains education spending in excess of the Maximum Inflation Amount, and the district's education spending per equalized pupil in the fiscal year preceding the year for which the budget is proposed was in excess of the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil in that same fiscal year, as determined by the commissioner of education is “excess spending” as that term is defined in 32 V.S.A. § (12), then in lieu of any other statutory or charter form of budget adoption or budget vote, the board shall present the budget to the voters by means of a divided question, in the following form: of vote provided in subdivision (ii) of this subsection.

(i)  "Maximum Inflation Amount" in this section means:

(I)  the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil, as defined in subdivision 4001(6) of this title, in the fiscal year preceding the year for which the budget is proposed, as determined by the commissioner of education, multiplied by the New England Economic Project Cumulative Price Index percentage change, as of November 15 preceding distribution of the proposed budget, for state and local government purchases of goods and services for the fiscal year for which the budget is proposed, plus one percentage point; plus the district's education spending per equalized pupil in the fiscal year preceding the year for which the budget is proposed, as determined by the commissioner of education;

(II)  multiplied by the higher of the following amounts as determined by the commissioner of education:

(aa)  the district's equalized pupil count in the fiscal year preceding the year for which the budget is proposed; or

(bb)  the district's equalized pupil count in the fiscal year for which the budget is proposed.

(ii)  Form of vote.

"School Budget Question #1:

Shall the voters of the         School District approve a total budget in the amount of [$                 ], which includes the Maximum Inflation Amount of education spending represents that amount of the proposed budget that does not exceed the “excess spending” threshold defined in 32 V.S.A. § 5401(12)?

"School Budget Question #2:

If Question #1 is approved, shall the voters of the School District also approve additional education spending of [$      ]?"

* * *

Sec. 25.  Sec. 6 of No. 82 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 6.  EFFECTIVE DATE

Sec. 5 of this act (form of vote if budget exceeds the maximum inflation amount “excess spending” threshold) shall apply to budgets for fiscal years 2010 (school year 2009-2010) through 2014 (school year 2013-2014) only.

and by renumbering the existing Sec. 19 to be Sec. 26

Pending the question, Shall the House amend the bill as recommended by Rep. Kilmartin of Newport City? Rep. Kilmartin of Newport City demanded the Yeas and Nays, which demand was sustained by the Constitutional number.  The Clerk proceeded to call the roll and the question, Shall the House amend the bill as recommended by Rep. Kilmartin of Newport City?  was decided in the negative.  Yeas, 28.  Nays, 109.

Those who voted in the affirmative are:


Adams of Hartland

Ainsworth of Royalton

Allard of St. Albans Town

Baker of West Rutland

Bostic of St. Johnsbury

Brennan of Colchester

Canfield of Fair Haven

Clerkin of Hartford

Donaghy of Poultney

Errecart of Shelburne

Helm of Castleton

Kilmartin of Newport City

Komline of Dorset

Larocque of Barnet

Larrabee of Danville

LaVoie of Swanton

Lawrence of Lyndon

Marcotte of Coventry

McAllister of Highgate

McDonald of Berlin

McNeil of Rutland Town

O'Donnell of Vernon

Peaslee of Guildhall

Shaw of Derby

Valliere of Barre City

Wheeler of Derby

Winters of Williamstown

Wright of Burlington


Those who voted in the negative are:


Acinapura of Brandon

Ancel of Calais

Andrews of Rutland City

Aswad of Burlington

Atkins of Winooski

Audette of S. Burlington

Bissonnette of Winooski

Botzow of Pownal

Branagan of Georgia

Bray of New Haven

Browning of Arlington

Chen of Mendon

Cheney of Norwich

Clark of Vergennes

Clarkson of Woodstock

Consejo of Sheldon

Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford

Corcoran of Bennington

Courcelle of Rutland City

Crawford of Burke

Davis of Washington

Deen of Westminster

Devereux of Mount Holly

Donahue of Northfield

Donovan of Burlington

Dostis of Waterbury

Edwards of Brattleboro

Emmons of Springfield

Evans of Essex

Fallar of Tinmouth

Fisher of Lincoln

Fitzgerald of St. Albans City

Flory of Pittsford

Frank of Underhill

French of Randolph

Gervais of Enosburg

Gilbert of Fairfax

Godin of Milton

Grad of Moretown

Haas of Rochester

Head of S. Burlington

Heath of Westford

Hosford of Waitsfield

Howard of Rutland City

Howrigan of Fairfield

Hube of Londonderry

Hunt of Essex

Hutchinson of Randolph

Jerman of Essex

Jewett of Ripton

Johnson of South Hero

Keenan of St. Albans City

Keogh of Burlington

Klein of East Montpelier

Krawczyk of Bennington

Kupersmith of S. Burlington

Lenes of Shelburne

Leriche of Hardwick

Lippert of Hinesburg

Lorber of Burlington

Maier of Middlebury

Malcolm of Pawlet

Manwaring of Wilmington

Marek of Newfane

Martin, C. of Springfield

Martin of Wolcott

Masland of Thetford

McCormack of Rutland City

McCullough of Williston

McFaun of Barre Town

Milkey of Brattleboro

Miller of Shaftsbury

Minter of Waterbury

Mitchell of Barnard

Mook of Bennington

Moran of Wardsboro

Morley of Barton

Morrissey of Bennington

Mrowicki of Putney

Myers of Essex

Nease of Johnson

Nuovo of Middlebury

Obuchowski of Rockingham

Ojibway of Hartford

Orr of Charlotte

Otterman of Topsham

Oxholm of Vergennes

Partridge of Windham

Pearson of Burlington

Pellett of Chester

Peltz of Woodbury

Perry of Richford

Peterson of Williston

Potter of Clarendon

Pugh of S. Burlington

Randall of Troy

Rodgers of Glover

Scheuermann of Stowe

Shand of Weathersfield

Sharpe of Bristol

Smith of Morristown

Spengler of Colchester

Stevens of Shoreham

Sweaney of Windsor

Trombley of Grand Isle

Westman of Cambridge

Weston of Burlington

Zenie of Colchester

Zuckerman of Burlington


Those members absent with leave of the House and not voting are:


Anderson of Montpelier

Barnard of Richmond

Condon of Colchester

Johnson of Canaan

Kitzmiller of Montpelier

Koch of Barre Town

Larson of Burlington

Livingston of Manchester

Monti of Barre City

Pillsbury of Brattleboro

Turner of Milton


 

Pending the question, Shall the bill be read the third time? Rep. Donovan of Burlington demanded the Yeas and Nays, which demand was sustained by the Constitutional number.  The Clerk proceeded to call the roll and the question, Shall the bill be read the third time? was decided in the affirmative.  Yeas, 99.  Nays, 38.

Those who voted in the affirmative are:


Acinapura of Brandon

Ancel of Calais

Andrews of Rutland City

Aswad of Burlington

Atkins of Winooski

Audette of S. Burlington

Bissonnette of Winooski

Bostic of St. Johnsbury

Botzow of Pownal

Branagan of Georgia

Bray of New Haven

Browning of Arlington

Chen of Mendon

Cheney of Norwich

Clarkson of Woodstock

Consejo of Sheldon

Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford

Corcoran of Bennington

Courcelle of Rutland City

Davis of Washington

Deen of Westminster

Donahue of Northfield

Donovan of Burlington

Dostis of Waterbury

Edwards of Brattleboro

Emmons of Springfield

Evans of Essex

Fallar of Tinmouth

Fisher of Lincoln

Fitzgerald of St. Albans City

Frank of Underhill

French of Randolph

Gervais of Enosburg

Gilbert of Fairfax

Godin of Milton

Grad of Moretown

Haas of Rochester

Head of S. Burlington

Heath of Westford

Hosford of Waitsfield

Howard of Rutland City

Howrigan of Fairfield

Hunt of Essex

Hutchinson of Randolph

Jerman of Essex

Jewett of Ripton

Johnson of South Hero

Keenan of St. Albans City

Keogh of Burlington

Klein of East Montpelier

Kupersmith of S. Burlington

Lenes of Shelburne

Leriche of Hardwick

Lippert of Hinesburg

Lorber of Burlington

Maier of Middlebury

Malcolm of Pawlet

Marek of Newfane

Martin, C. of Springfield

Martin of Wolcott

Masland of Thetford

McCormack of Rutland City

McCullough of Williston

McFaun of Barre Town

Milkey of Brattleboro

Miller of Shaftsbury

Minter of Waterbury

Mitchell of Barnard

Mook of Bennington

Mrowicki of Putney

Myers of Essex

Nease of Johnson

Nuovo of Middlebury

Obuchowski of Rockingham

Ojibway of Hartford

Orr of Charlotte

Otterman of Topsham

Oxholm of Vergennes

Partridge of Windham

Pearson of Burlington

Pellett of Chester

Peltz of Woodbury

Perry of Richford

Peterson of Williston

Potter of Clarendon

Pugh of S. Burlington

Randall of Troy

Rodgers of Glover

Shand of Weathersfield

Sharpe of Bristol

Smith of Morristown

Spengler of Colchester

Stevens of Shoreham

Sweaney of Windsor

Trombley of Grand Isle

Weston of Burlington

Wheeler of Derby

Zenie of Colchester

Zuckerman of Burlington


Those who voted in the negative are:


Adams of Hartland

Ainsworth of Royalton

Allard of St. Albans Town

Baker of West Rutland

Brennan of Colchester

Canfield of Fair Haven

Clark of Vergennes

Clerkin of Hartford

Crawford of Burke

Devereux of Mount Holly

Donaghy of Poultney

Errecart of Shelburne

Flory of Pittsford

Helm of Castleton

Hube of Londonderry

Kilmartin of Newport City

Komline of Dorset

Krawczyk of Bennington

Larocque of Barnet

Larrabee of Danville

LaVoie of Swanton

Lawrence of Lyndon

Manwaring of Wilmington

Marcotte of Coventry

McAllister of Highgate

McDonald of Berlin

McNeil of Rutland Town

Moran of Wardsboro

Morley of Barton

Morrissey of Bennington

O'Donnell of Vernon

Peaslee of Guildhall

Scheuermann of Stowe

Shaw of Derby

Valliere of Barre City

Westman of Cambridge

Winters of Williamstown

Wright of Burlington


Those members absent with leave of the House and not voting are:


Anderson of Montpelier

Barnard of Richmond

Condon of Colchester

Johnson of Canaan

Kitzmiller of Montpelier

Koch of Barre Town

Larson of Burlington

Livingston of Manchester

Monti of Barre City

Pillsbury of Brattleboro

Turner of Milton


 

     Rep. Ancel of Calais explained her vote as follows:

“Madam Speaker:

     This bill is not a retreat from cost containment.  Rather, it puts in place effective cost containment through a mechanism that allows school boards and administrators to plan, that respects local decision making and that has been proven to work.”

     Rep. Hosford of Waitsfield explained her vote as follows:

“Madam Speaker:

     I am proud to support a proven mechanism for cost containment that encourages equity by not penalizing lower spending schools.  School board members have told me that they keep a close eye on the existing threshold and budget accordingly.  Lowering this threshold will encourage further savings while leaving spending decisions in the hands of local boards and citizens.  Thresholds provide clarity and predictability in the ever-challenging task of providing quality education for our children while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

     Rep. Kilmartin of Newport City explained his vote as follows:

“Madam Speaker:

     I vote no.  This is a feckless and reckless retreat from cost containment.  It is no longer a matter of “thinking twice” – it is a matter of “not thinking at all”!”

     Rep. Marek of  Newfane explained his vote as follows:

“Madam Speaker:

     I voted yes because I respect the good work of our local boards to control spending.  I respect the hard work of our Education Committee to look at all possible ways to help in that effort.  And finally, I voted yes because school spending is far too important to be a political football.  Doing better work to control expenses is never a mistake.”

     Rep. Myers of Essex explained her vote as follows:

“Madam Speaker:

     I voted yes on this bill, but in fact it didn’t matter how I voted.  My school district would have been adversely affected by the two-vote provision and will also be adversely affected by the threshold provision.  What I hoped for last year, and this year, was some attempt by the Legislature to offer true tax savings to the people of my district.  That has not happened.”

     Rep. Sharpe of Bristol explained his vote as follows:

“Madam Speaker:

     Vermont has among the best public schools in the world and local school boards have controlled costs lower than health care and fuel oil costs which drive their budgets.  The discussion we should be having is about how we face the educational challenges presented by 21st century economics.  I hope we will vote to keep Vermont schools first rate and give our Vermont students the best possible start in life.”

     Rep. Wright of Burlington explained his vote as follows:

“Madam Speaker:

     Repeal of the think twice provision, while replacing it with something that did not fly last year, sends a bad message to over taxed citizens across Vermont.  Serious reform bills sit gathering dust on our Education Committee walls, while we present the failed bill from last year.  Today, by passage of this bill we have failed badly on the test of leadership.”

Message from the Senate No. 31

     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 considered a bill originating in the House entitled:

H. 737.  An act relating to fiscal year 2008 budget adjustments.

And has passed the same in concurrence with proposal of amendment.

Message from the Senate No. 32

     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 bill of the following title:

S. 361.  An act relating to authority to lease the state lottery.

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

The Senate has considered a bill originating in the House of the following title:

H. 874.  An act relating to decomposed municipal budgets.

And has passed the same in concurrence.

     The Senate has considered the request of the House that the Senate recede from its proposal of amendment to House bill of the following title:

H. 93.  An act relating to beer producers’ interest in retail liquor licenses.

And recedes therefrom, passing the bill in concurrence.

The Senate has considered a joint resolutions originating in the House of the following title:

J.R.H. 51.  Joint resolution supporting the Hanover High School Kids for a Cooler Planet reusable shopping bag campaign.

And has adopted the same in concurrence with proposal of amendment in the adoption of which the concurrence of the House is requested.

Recess

At twelve o’clock and forty minutes in the afternoon, the Speaker declared a recess until the fall of the gavel.

At one o’clock and thirty-five minutes in the afternoon, the Speaker called the House to order.

Bill Messaged to Senate Forthwith

S. 209

     Senate bill, entitled

     An act relating to the Vermont energy efficiency and affordability act

     On motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the rules were suspended and the bill was ordered messaged to the Senate forthwith.

Third Reading; Bill Passed

H. 867

House bill, entitled

An act relating to health insurance plan coverage for athletic trainer services;

Was taken up, read the third time and passed.

Third Reading; Joint Resolution Adopted

J.R.H. 45

Joint resolution , entitled

     Joint resolution urging Congress to repeal the planned Competitive Loan Auction Pilot program for the Federal Family Education Loan program’s PLUS LOANS to parents;

Was taken up, read the third time and adopted on the part of the House.

Bill Read Second Time; Third Reading Ordered

H. 870

Rep. Evans of Essex spoke for the committee on Government Operations.

House bill entitled

An act relating to the regulations and professions and occupations;

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

Bill Amended, Read Third Time and Passed

H. 352

House bill, entitled

An act relating to reducing lead hazards in housing;

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

     By inserting a new Sec. 20a to read:

Sec. 20a.  START-UP EDUCATION AND OUTREACH FUNDING

At the commencement of fiscal year 2009, the amount of $250,000 shall be transferred from the Housing and Conservation Trust Fund to the Lead Hazard Education and Clean-up Fund established in 18  V.S.A. §1766 added by Sec. 20 of this act.  The funds transferred shall be used by the board for education and outreach purposes relating to the lead paint hazard reduction program.  The funds transferred shall be repaid to the Housing and Conservation Trust Fund from the initial revenues received in the Lead Hazard Education Clean-up Fund from revenue sources set out in 18  V.S.A. §1766 (b).

Thereupon, Rep. Flory of Pittsford asked and was granted leave of the House to withdraw her amendment.

Pending third reading of the bill, Reps. Marcotte of Coventry, Donahue of Northfield, Haas of Rochester, Mrowicki of Putney and Trombley of Grand Isle moved to amend the bill as follows:

First:  In Sec. 5, 18 V.S.A. § 1754, by striking subsection (a) in its entirety and by inserting in lieu thereof the following:

(a)(1)  Beginning January 1, 1994, the The commissioner of health shall prepare and distribute clear and simple printed materials describing the dangers of lead poisoning, the need for importance of parents to have having their child children screened, how to have a child tested and receive a confirmation test, recommended nutrition and housekeeping practices, and materials on other lead hazards in housing, identifying possible sources of lead exposure in housing in addition to lead‑based paint, and describing methods for addressing those sources.  The commissioner shall work with persons and organizations involved in occupations that may involve lead‑based paint hazards or childhood lead poisoning to distribute the materials to their clients, patients, students, or customers whose work involves disturbance of lead‑based paint or preventing and treating elevated blood lead levels in humans, such as realtors, subcontractors, apartment owners, public housing authorities, pediatricians, family practitioners, nurse clinics, child clinics, other health care providers, child care and preschool operators, and kindergarten teachers to encourage them to distribute the materials to their clients, patients, students, or customers.  The commissioner shall also identify those points in time or specific occasions, when members of the public are in contact with public agencies and lead might be an issue, such as building permits, home renovations, and the ANFC and WIC appropriate state and federal programs, and make the materials available on these occasions.

(2)  As part of his or her education and outreach efforts, the commissioner shall give particular emphasis to ensuring that owners of rental target housing and child care facilities are aware of their obligations under this chapter and of the critical importance of avoiding lead exposure to young children.  In doing so, the commissioner shall use all sources of information available from relevant state agencies and local governments to help identify and reach all owners of rental target housing and child care facilities.

Second:  In Sec. 5, 18 V.S.A. § 1754, subsection (b), by adding a new last sentence to read as follows:

All outreach materials developed under this subsection shall be provided directly to local health officers for their use in local public health and outreach efforts.

Third:  In Sec. 7, 18 V.S.A. § 1756, subsection (b), by adding subdivisions (12) and (13) as follows:

(12)  The results of an annual survey of all licensed Vermont pediatricians and family practice physicians identifying their protocols for advising the parents and guardians of children about the dangers of lead hazards and for treating children with elevated blood lead levels.

(13)  A report on the specific outreach and training provided by the Vermont Medical Society to member pediatricians and family practice physicians regarding the dangers of lead hazards.

Fourth:  In Sec. 12, 18 V.S.A. § 1759, subsection (b), by striking subdivision (3) in its entirety and by inserting in lieu thereof the following:

(3)  At the time the owner provides each current tenant with a copy of the EMP compliance statement, provide written materials regarding lead hazards supplied by the department.  In addition, prior to entering into a lease agreement, the owner shall provide prospective tenants with written materials regarding lead hazards supplied by the department, as well as a copy of the owner’s most recent EMP compliance statement.  The written materials supplied by the department pursuant to this subdivision shall include information indicating that lead is highly toxic to humans, particularly young children, and may even cause permanent neurological damage.  In addition, owners of rental target housing shall notify all tenants orally about the dangers of lead hazards, as provided in the written materials supplied by the department.  This oral notification shall occur for all prospective tenants prior to entering into a lease agreement.  For any tenants already living in rental target housing as of July 1, 2008, the owner shall provide such oral notification when the next EMP compliance statement is filed or by July 1, 2009, which ever is sooner.

Which was agreed to.

Pending the question, Shall the bill pass? Rep. Komline of Dorset demanded the Yeas and Nays, which demand was sustained by the Constitutional number.  The Clerk proceeded to call the roll and the question, Shall the bill pass? was decided in the affirmative.  Yeas, 86.  Nays, 50.

Those who voted in the affirmative are:


Ancel of Calais

Andrews of Rutland City

Aswad of Burlington

Atkins of Winooski

Audette of S. Burlington

Bissonnette of Winooski

Botzow of Pownal

Bray of New Haven

Browning of Arlington

Chen of Mendon

Cheney of Norwich

Clarkson of Woodstock

Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford

Courcelle of Rutland City

Davis of Washington

Deen of Westminster

Donahue of Northfield

Donovan of Burlington

Dostis of Waterbury

Edwards of Brattleboro

Emmons of Springfield

Evans of Essex

Fisher of Lincoln

Frank of Underhill

French of Randolph

Gervais of Enosburg

Gilbert of Fairfax

Godin of Milton

Grad of Moretown

Haas of Rochester

Head of S. Burlington

Heath of Westford

Hosford of Waitsfield

Howard of Rutland City

Howrigan of Fairfield

Hunt of Essex

Hutchinson of Randolph

Jerman of Essex

Jewett of Ripton

Johnson of South Hero

Keenan of St. Albans City

Keogh of Burlington

Klein of East Montpelier

Kupersmith of S. Burlington

Larson of Burlington

Lenes of Shelburne

Leriche of Hardwick

Lippert of Hinesburg

Lorber of Burlington

Maier of Middlebury

Malcolm of Pawlet

Manwaring of Wilmington

Marek of Newfane

Martin, C. of Springfield

Martin of Wolcott

Masland of Thetford

McCormack of Rutland City

McCullough of Williston

Milkey of Brattleboro

Miller of Shaftsbury

Minter of Waterbury

Mitchell of Barnard

Mook of Bennington

Moran of Wardsboro

Mrowicki of Putney

Nease of Johnson

Nuovo of Middlebury

Obuchowski of Rockingham

Ojibway of Hartford

Orr of Charlotte

Partridge of Windham

Pearson of Burlington

Pellett of Chester

Peltz of Woodbury

Pugh of S. Burlington

Randall of Troy

Shand of Weathersfield

Sharpe of Bristol

Spengler of Colchester

Stevens of Shoreham

Sweaney of Windsor

Trombley of Grand Isle

Weston of Burlington

Wright of Burlington

Zenie of Colchester

Zuckerman of Burlington


 

 

Those who voted in the negative are:


Acinapura of Brandon

Adams of Hartland

Ainsworth of Royalton

Allard of St. Albans Town

Baker of West Rutland

Bostic of St. Johnsbury

Branagan of Georgia

Brennan of Colchester

Canfield of Fair Haven

Clark of Vergennes

Clerkin of Hartford

Condon of Colchester

Consejo of Sheldon

Corcoran of Bennington

Crawford of Burke

Devereux of Mount Holly

Donaghy of Poultney

Errecart of Shelburne

Fallar of Tinmouth

Flory of Pittsford

Helm of Castleton

Hube of Londonderry

Kilmartin of Newport City

Komline of Dorset

Krawczyk of Bennington

Larrabee of Danville

LaVoie of Swanton

Lawrence of Lyndon

McAllister of Highgate

McDonald of Berlin

McFaun of Barre Town

McNeil of Rutland Town

Morley of Barton

Morrissey of Bennington

Myers of Essex

O'Donnell of Vernon

Otterman of Topsham

Oxholm of Vergennes

Peaslee of Guildhall

Perry of Richford

Peterson of Williston

Potter of Clarendon

Rodgers of Glover

Scheuermann of Stowe

Shaw of Derby

Smith of Morristown

Valliere of Barre City

Westman of Cambridge

Wheeler of Derby

Winters of Williamstown


Those members absent with leave of the House and not voting are:


Anderson of Montpelier

Barnard of Richmond

Fitzgerald of St. Albans City

Johnson of Canaan

Kitzmiller of Montpelier

Koch of Barre Town

Larocque of Barnet

Livingston of Manchester

Marcotte of Coventry

Monti of Barre City

Pillsbury of Brattleboro

Turner of Milton


 

     Rep. Mrowicki of Putney explained his vote as follows:

“Madam Speaker:

     This bill builds on correct law and actually makes it easier for those in compliance to remain so.  This bill is also part of a collaborative effort that will present an array of services to protect our children.

     I voted for this bill because it allows us to do something, rather than do nothing, to protect our children.

     Our actions here are the voice for Vermont children and shows leadership in practicing fidelity in our commitment to our children – and our children’s children, the future of Vermont.”

Bill Read Second Time; Third Reading Ordered

H. 873

Rep. Deen of Westminster spoke for the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

House bill entitled

An act relating to the cleanup of Lake Champlain and other state waters;

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

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered

H. 112

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

An act relating to protection of health care and public safety personnel from communicable disease;

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. chapter 21, subchapter 5 is added to read:

Subchapter 5.  Communicable Disease Testing

§ 1140.  DEFINITIONS

As used in this subchapter:

(1)  “Bloodborne pathogen” means a pathogenic microorganism that is present in human blood and can cause disease in humans.  Such pathogens include hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

(2)  “Emergency personnel” shall have the same meaning as in section 3171 of Title 20, but shall also include members of a ski patrol trained through the National Ski Patrol or substantially similar program.

(3)  “Employer” means the organization on whose behalf a worker is employed or volunteering when rendering health services to a source patient pursuant to this subchapter.

(4)  “Health care provider” shall have the same meaning as in subdivision 9432(8) of this title.

(5)  “Health care worker” means any individual or employee of a health care provider who provides medical or other health services in the course of the worker’s employment.

(6)  “Health services” means activities and functions that are directly related to care, treatment, or diagnosis of a patient, including emergency medical treatment.

(7)  “Manner sufficient to transmit” means consistent with current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, as determined by a physician licensed to practice medicine in Vermont.

(8)  “Public safety personnel” means an individual employed or volunteering for a fire department, police department, or ambulance service.

(9)  “Source patient” means an individual who, in the course of receiving health services, may have exposed a health care worker, public safety personnel, or emergency personnel to blood or bodily fluids in a manner sufficient to transmit a bloodborne disease.

(9)  “Worker” means emergency personnel, health care worker, or public safety personnel.

§ 1141.  COMMUNICABLE DISEASE TESTING

(a)  A health care provider may order a test for bloodborne pathogens if a health care worker, public safety personnel, or emergency personnel has been exposed to the blood or bodily fluids of the source patient in a manner sufficient to transmit a bloodborne pathogen-related illness to the affected worker while engaged in rendering health services to the source patient, and provided that:

(1)  the source patient:

(A)  has provided informed consent, as defined in subsection 9701(16) of this title; or

(B)  is deceased;

(2)  the worker has provided a blood sample and consented to testing for bloodborne pathogens and a physician has documented that bloodborne pathogen test results are needed for beginning, continuing, modifying, or discontinuing medical treatment for the worker;

(3)  a physician with specialty training in infectious diseases has confirmed that the worker has been exposed to the blood or bodily fluids of the source patient in a manner sufficient to transmit a bloodborne pathogen-related illness;

(4)  a health care provider has informed the worker of the confidentiality requirements in subsection (c) of this section and the penalties for unauthorized disclosure of source patient information under subsection (e) of this section; and

(5)  a health care provider has informed the source patient of the purpose and confidentiality provisions in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, respectively, if applicable.

(b)  Bloodborne pathogen test results of a source patient obtained under subsection (a) of this section are for diagnostic purposes and to determine the need for treatment or medical care specific to a bloodborne pathogen-related illness of a worker.  Test results may not be used as evidence in any criminal or civil proceedings.

(c)  The result of a test ordered pursuant to subsection (a) of this section is protected health information subject to the “Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information” established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and contained in 45 C.F.R., Parts 160 and 164, and any subsequent amendments.  Test results shall be confidential except that the worker who sustained the exposure, the health care provider who ordered the test, and the source patient, upon his or her request, shall be informed of the test results.  Test results reported to the worker and documented in his or her medical record shall not include any personally identifying information relative to the source patient.  Test results shall be transmitted to the commissioner of health pursuant to subsection (i) of this section.

(d)  Prior to laboratory testing of a source patient’s blood sample for bloodborne pathogens, personal identifiers shall be removed from the sample.

(e)  Unauthorized disclosures of test results obtained under this section shall be subject to the penalties provided under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, 42 U.S.C. subsections 1320d-5 and 1320d-6.

(f)  The results of rapid testing technologies shall be considered preliminary and may be released in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions as approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.  Corroborating or confirmatory testing must be conducted as follow-up to a positive preliminary test.

(g)  The health care provider who requested the test shall provide the source patient and the worker an opportunity to receive follow-up testing and shall provide information on options for counseling, as appropriate.

(h)  Records pertaining to testing performed pursuant to this section shall not be recorded in the source patient’s medical record unless authorized by the source patient and shall not be maintained in the location where the test is ordered or performed for more than 60 days.

(i)  A laboratory having personal knowledge of a test result under this section shall transmit within 24 hours a report thereof to the department of health pursuant to subsection 1001(k) of this title.

(j)  The employer of any worker exposed to blood or bodily fluids while rendering health services to a source patient during the performance of normal job duties shall maintain an incident report with information regarding the exposure that is relevant to a workers’ compensation claim.  The employer shall not be provided or have access to information personally identifying the source patient.

(k)  The costs of all diagnostic tests authorized by these provisions shall be borne by the employer of the worker.

(l)  Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a health care provider who orders or performs a test under this section shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability for doing so.  A health care provider’s duties under this section are not continuing but limited to testing and services performed under this section.

Sec. 2.  18 V.S.A. § 1001(k) is added to read:

(k)  The commissioner shall maintain a separate database of reports received pursuant to subsection 1141(i) of this title for the limited purpose of tracking the number of tests performed pursuant to subchapter 5, chapter 21 of this title.  The database shall not include any information that personally identifies a patient.

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.

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered

H. 806

Rep. Randall of Troy, for the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, to which had been referred House bill, entitled

An act relating to public water systems;

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

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 1675a is added to read:

§ 1675a.  PERMITTING EXEMPTION

(a)  The requirements of this chapter and the rules adopted under this chapter, except the construction permitting requirements, shall not apply to a public water system that:

(1)  Consists only of distribution and storage facilities and does not have any collection and treatment facilities;

(2)  Obtains all of its water from, but is not owned or operated by, a public water system to which this chapter applies;

(3)  Does not sell water to any person, for any other reason than the supply of water to another water system;

(4)  Is not a carrier which conveys passengers in interstate commerce; and

(5)  Is served by a public water system that certifies to the secretary that:

(A)  The receiving public water system is responsible for the repair and maintenance of their own water system unless otherwise agreed to by the wholesale system and

(B)  The public water system supplying water to the receiving water system is responsible for:

(i)  including the receiving public water system in its water quality sampling plans;

(ii)  providing consumer confidence reports to the receiving system’s users; and

(iii)  issuing public notice to the receiving system’s users if a violation of a drinking water contaminant standard exists or if the secretary determines that a condition exists that may present a risk to public health.

(b)  The water system supplying water to the receiving water system is responsible for the requirements contained in subdivision (a)(5)(B) of this section until 180 days after the water system supplying water to the receiving water system files a notice with the secretary of natural resources and the receiving system of its intent to withdraw from any obligation made under subdivision (a)(5)(B) of this section.

(c)  Notwithstanding the exemption contained in subsection (a) of this section, the secretary of natural resources may take any reasonable steps that are necessary to abate a public health threat at a public water system that is otherwise exempt.

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

Rules Suspended; Senate Proposal of Amendment Agreed to;

Rules Suspended; Action Ordered Messaged to Senate Forthwith 

and Bill Delivered to the Governor Forthwith

H. 737

Pending entrance of the bill on the Calendar for notice, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland,  the rules were suspended and House bill, entitled

An act relating to fiscal year 2008 budget adjustment;

Was taken up for immediate consideration.

The Senate proposed to the House to amend the bill by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

(a)  This bill shall be known and shall be cited as the "Budget Adjustment Act-Fiscal Year 2008."

Sec. 2.  Sec. 5 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 5.  Secretary of administration - secretary's office

     Personal services                                        792,281           942,281

     Operating expenses                                       46,494             46,494

     Grants                                                        150,000           150,000

          Total                                                      988,775        1,138,775

Source of funds

     General fund                                               769,743           919,743

     Interdepartmental transfer                            219,032           219,032

          Total                                                      988,775        1,138,775

* * *

     (e)  Of the above appropriation, $150,000 is a one-time appropriation to be used to by the secretary of administration to contract for an independent evaluation of law enforcement service provision statewide.  The secretary shall consult with the chairs of the committees on appropriations and government operations in both the house and the senate prior to issuing a request for proposal for this evaluation and prior to selecting a contractor.

Sec. 3.  Sec. 7(a) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(a)  The secretary of administration shall reduce general fund appropriations by $250,000 $235,982 and special fund appropriations by $158,671 in the executive branch of state government in fiscal year 2008 through the elimination of exempt positions, or leaving exempt positions vacant.

Sec. 4.  Sec. 12 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 12.  Human resources-operations

     Personal services                                     1,812,341        1,774,825

     Operating expenses                                     234,848           234,848

          Total                                                   2,047,189        2,009,673

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,619,098        1,581,582

     Interdepartmental transfer                            428,091           428,091

          Total                                                   2,047,189        2,009,673

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

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services-information centers

* * *

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $50,000 in special funds is appropriated to the friends of the state house 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.

Sec. 6.  Sec. 32 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 32.  Buildings and general services – fee for space

     Personal services                                   11,047,932      11,464,922

     Operating expenses                                10,976,702      12,429,611

          Total                                                 22,024,634      23,894,533

Source of funds

     Internal service funds                              22,024,634      23,894,533

(a)  Pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160a(b)(3), facilities operations fund charges not to exceed $22,024,634 $23,894,533, plus the costs of fiscal year 2008 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.

* * *

Sec. 7.  Sec. 36 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 36.  Legislative council

     Personal services                                     1,924,939        1,966,939

     Operating expenses                                     153,500           153,500

          Total                                                   2,078,439        2,120,439

Source of funds

     General fund                                            2,078,439        2,120,439

Sec. 8.  Sec. 37 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 37.  Legislature

     Personal services                                     3,904,123        3,940,323

     Operating expenses                                  2,899,885        2,920,885

          Total                                                   6,804,008        6,861,208

Source of funds

     General fund                                            6,804,008        6,861,208

* * *

Sec. 9.  Sec. 38 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 38.  Legislative information technology

     Personal services                                        404,005           407,005

     Operating expenses                                     217,253           217,253

          Total                                                      621,258           624,258

Source of funds

     General fund                                               621,258           624,258

Sec. 10.  Sec. 40 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 40.  Sergeant at arms

     Personal services                                        530,079           550,579

     Operating expenses                                       68,292             68,292

          Total                                                      598,371           618,871

Source of funds

     General fund                                               598,371           618,871

Sec. 11.  Sec. 43 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 43.  State treasurer

     Personal services                                     2,316,050        2,316,050

     Operating expenses                                     354,787           354,787

     Grants                                                        100,000           100,000

          Total                                                   2,770,837        2,770,837

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,130,214        1,130,214

     Special funds                                           1,542,265        1,542,265

     Private purpose trust funds                            98,358                       

     Interdepartmental transfer                                                      98,358

          Total                                                   2,770,837        2,770,837

* * *

Sec. 12.  Sec. 49 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 49.  VOSHA review board

     Personal services                                          32,052             38,052

     Operating expenses                                         8,330               8,330

          Total                                                        40,382             46,382

Source of funds

     General fund                                                 20,192             23,192

     Federal funds                                                20,190             20,190

     Interdepartmental transfer                                                        3,000

          Total                                                        40,382             46,382

Sec. 13.  Sec. 50a of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 50a.  Tax department-municipal tax - homeowner rebate

     Grants                                                     6,506,140      11,206,140

Source of funds

     General Fund                                           6,506,140      11,206,140

* * *

(b)  This appropriation includes the $4,700,000 transfer to the general fund in Sec. 79(a)(4) of this act.

Sec. 14.  Sec. 55 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 55.  Total general government          150,453,836   157,120,266

Source of funds

     General fund                                          60,834,990      65,787,192

     Special funds                                           7,313,681        7,155,010

     Tobacco Fund                                              58,000             58,000

     Global Commitment fund                             105,000           105,000

     Federal funds                                           2,496,325        2,496,325

     Enterprise funds                                       2,674,518        2,674,518

     Internal service funds                              46,386,483      48,256,382

     Pension trust funds                                 25,912,834      25,912,834

     Private purpose trust funds                          997,598           899,240

     Interdepartmental transfer                         3,674,407        3,775,765

          Total                                               150,453,836    157,120,266

Sec. 15.  Sec. 56 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 56.  Protection to persons and property - attorney general

     Personal services                                     7,094,267        7,431,970

     Operating expenses                                  1,069,612        1,069,612

          Total                                                   8,163,879        8,501,582

Source of funds

     General fund                                            4,530,747        4,868,450

     Special funds                                           1,100,000        1,100,000

     Tobacco fund                                             290,000           290,000

     Federal funds                                              763,000           763,000

     Interdepartmental transfer                         1,480,132        1,480,132

          Total                                                   8,163,879        8,501,582

* * *

Sec. 16.  Sec. 58 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 58.  Defender general – public defense

     Personal services                                     6,270,658        6,362,158

     Operating expenses                                     768,028           768,028

          Total                                                   7,038,686        7,130,186

Source of funds

     General fund                                            6,531,219        6,622,719

     Special funds                                              502,467           502,467

     Interdepartmental transfer                                5,000               5,000

     Total                                                        7,038,686        7,130,186

Sec. 17.  Sec. 60 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 60.  Judiciary

     Personal services                                   26,882,091      27,532,091

     Operating expenses                                  8,048,252        8,048,252

     Grants                                                          70,000             70,000

          Total                                                 35,000,343      35,650,343

Source of funds

     General fund                                          30,267,034      30,917,034

     Special funds                                           2,335,772        2,335,772

     Tobacco fund                                               40,000             40,000

     Federal funds                                              414,327           414,327

     Interdepartmental transfer                         1,943,210        1,943,210

          Total                                                 35,000,343      35,650,343

* * *

     (c)  The Vermont judiciary shall continue to deploy at additional locations interactive video technology to enable an increase in the number of status conferences, calendar calls, and other events to be conducted using this technology. 

Sec. 18.  Sec. 65 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 65.  Sheriffs

     Personal services                                     2,848,849        2,948,849

     Operating expenses                                     413,608           439,082

          Total                                                   3,262,457        3,387,931

Source of funds

     General fund                                            3,262,457        3,387,931

* * *

Sec. 19.  Sec. 68 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 68.  Public safety - state police

     Personal services                                   38,085,058      39,011,180

     Operating expenses                                  6,590,315        6,590,315

     Grants                                                        975,634           975,634

          Total                                                 45,651,007      46,577,129

Source of funds

     General fund                                            8,320,468        9,246,590

     Transportation fund                                30,385,796      30,385,796

     Special funds                                           2,825,423        2,825,423

     Federal funds                                           3,558,334        3,558,334

     Interdepartmental transfer                            560,986           560,986

          Total                                                 45,651,007      46,577,129

* * *

Sec. 20.  Sec. 75 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 75.  Military - army service contract

     Personal services                                     3,300,460        3,360,460

     Operating expense                                   5,780,134        5,780,134

          Total                                                   9,080,594        9,140,594

Source of funds

     General fund                                               107,064           167,064

     Federal funds                                           8,973,530        8,973,530

          Total                                                   9,080,594        9,140,594

Sec. 21.  Sec. 76 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 76.  Military - building maintenance

     Personal services                                        975,531           915,531

     Operating expenses                                     441,925           441,925

          Total                                                   1,417,456        1,357,456

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,417,456        1,357,456

Sec. 22.  Sec. 81 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 81.  Agriculture, food and markets – food safety and consumer protection

     Personal services                                     2,620,156        2,620,156

     Operating expenses                                     495,573           495,573

     Grants                                                     2,600,000        2,630,000

          Total                                                   5,715,729        5,745,729

Source of funds

     General funds                                           1,732,864        1,732,864

     Special funds                                           3,411,959        3,441,959

     Federal funds                                              563,906           563,906

     Interdepartmental transfer                                7,000               7,000

          Total                                                   5,715,729        5,745,729

(a)  Of the above special fund appropriation, $180,000 shall be used to support the Vermont spay and neuter incentive program.

Sec. 23.  Sec. 103 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 103.  Total protection to persons and  property    

                                                                239,896,137    242,056,936

Source of funds

     General fund                                          82,338,006      84,468,805

     Transportation fund                                34,879,736      34,879,736

     Special funds                                         62,437,620      62,467,620

     Tobacco fund                                             619,645           619,645

     Global Commitment fund                          1,404,997        1,404,997

     Federal funds                                         45,710,780      45,710,780

     Enterprise funds                                       4,687,352        4,687,352

     Interdepartmental transfer                        7,818,001        7,818,001

          Total                                               239,896,137    242,056,936

Sec. 24.  Sec. 104 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 104.  Human services-agency of human services - secretary's office

     Personal services                                     6,890,677        6,956,435

     Operating expenses                                  2,676,686        2,676,686

     Grants                                                     4,487,973        4,487,973

          Total                                                 14,055,336      14,121,094

Source of funds

     General fund                                            3,940,516        4,006,274

     Special funds                                                  7,517               7,517

     Tobacco funds                                            612,021           612,021

     Federal funds                                           4,954,088        4,954,088

     Interdepartmental transfer                         4,541,194        4,541,194

          Total                                                 14,055,336      14,121,094

* * *

Sec. 25.  Sec. 105 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 105.  Secretary's office - Global Commitment

     Grants                                                 871,278,097    810,542,092

Source of funds

     General fund                                        119,412,816    114,928,643

     Special fund                   15,270,557      15,270,557

     Tobacco Fund                                       29,609,240      29,609,240

     State health care resources fund           157,186,147    148,325,411

     Catamount fund                                       7,168,430        3,726,530

     Federal funds                                       540,351,704    498,202,508

     Interdepartmental transfer                         2,279,203           479,203

          Total                                               871,278,097    810,542,092

* * *

(b)  In addition to the state funds appropriated in this section, a total estimated sum of $34,539,006 $34,695,908 is anticipated to be certified as state matching funds under the Global Commitment as follows:

(1)  $17,283,434 certified state match available from local education agencies.  This amount combined with $24,881,566 of federal funds appropriated in this section equals a total estimated expenditure of $42,165,000 for eligible special education school-based Medicaid services under the Global Commitment.  An amount equal to the amount of the federal matching funds for eligible special education school-based Medicaid services under Global Commitment shall be transferred from the Global Commitment fund to the Medicaid reimbursement special fund created in 16 V.S.A. § 2959a.

(2)  $8,956,247 certified state match available from local education agencies for eligible services under the Global Commitment provided to students through school-based health services, including school nurses.

(3)  $4,215,210 4,419,798 certified state match available from local education and social service agencies for eligible services provided to eligible persons through children's collaborative services programs.

* * *

Sec. 26.  GLOBAL COMMITMENT APPROPRIATIONS; TRANSFER; REPORT

(a)  In order to facilitate the end-of-year closeout for fiscal year 2008, the secretary of the agency of human services, with approval from the secretary of administration, may make transfers among the appropriations authorized for Medicaid and Medicaid-waiver program expenses, including Global Commitment appropriations outside of the agency of human services.  At least three business days prior to any transfer, the agency shall submit a proposal of transfers to be made pursuant to this section to the joint fiscal office.  A final report on all transfers made under this section shall be made to the joint fiscal committee for review at the September 2008 meeting.  The purpose of this section is to provide the agency with limited authority to modify the appropriations to comply with the terms and conditions of the Global Commitment for Health waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

Sec. 27.  Sec. 107 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 107.  Rate setting

     Personal services                                        739,407           739,407

     Operating expenses                                       69,762             69,762

          Total                                                      809,169           809,169

Source of funds

     Interdepartmental transfer                            809,169

     Global Commitment fund                                                     809,169

Sec. 28.  Sec. 110 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 110.  Office of Vermont health access - administration

     Personal services                                   28,851,926      28,605,683

     Operating expenses                                  1,561,980        1,816,980

     Grants                                                        980,000        1,000,000

          Total                                                 31,393,906      31,422,663

Source of funds

     General fund                                                 50,000             50,000

     Global Commitment fund                        30,281,112      30,672,663

     Federal funds                                              700,000           700,000

     Interdepartmental transfer                            362,794                       

          Total                                                 31,393,906      31,422,663

* * *

Sec. 29.  Sec. 111 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 111.  Office of Vermont health access-Medicaid program-Global Commitment

     Grants                                                 442,025,956    399,946,836

Source of funds

     Global Commitment fund                      442,025,956    399,946,836

* * *

Sec. 30.  Sec. 112 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 112.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program-long-term care waiver

     Grants                                                 187,675,107    189,793,638

Source of funds

     General fund                                          76,928,027      77,796,413

     Federal funds                                       110,747,080    111,997,225

          Total                                               187,675,107    189,793,638

Sec. 31.  Sec. 113 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 113.  Office of Vermont health access – Medicaid nonwaiver matched

     Grants                                                   58,390,811      57,243,502

Source of funds

     General funds                                         21,845,389      21,516,111

     Federal funds                                         36,545,422      35,727,391

          Total                                                 58,390,811      57,243,502

Sec. 32.  Sec. 114 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 114.  Office of Vermont health access – Medicaid program – state only

     Grants                                                   29,124,517      34,015,211

Source of funds

     General funds                                         28,869,330      32,771,132

     Global Commitment fund                             255,187        1,244,079

          Total                                                 29,124,517      34,015,211

Sec. 33.  Sec. 115 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 115.  Health - administration and support

     Personal services                                     5,623,417        6,134,359

     Operating expenses                                  2,268,996        2,268,996

     Grants                                                          50,000             50,000

          Total                                                   7,942,413        8,453,355

Source of funds

     General fund                                                                         59,976

     Special funds                                                24,525             24,525

     Global Commitment fund                          1,812,709        2,195,675

     Federal funds                                           6,101,179        6,101,179

     Interdepartmental transfer                                4,000             72,000

          Total                                                   7,942,413        8,453,355

Sec. 34.  Sec. 117 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 117.  Health - Blueprint for Health

     Personal services                                     2,851,522        2,464,127

     Operating expenses                                     385,783           385,783

     Grants                                                     1,570,403        1,570,403

          Total                                                   4,807,708        4,420,313

Source of funds

     Global Commitment fund                          2,933,398        2,546,003

     Catamount fund                                       1,846,713        1,846,713

     Federal funds                                                27,597             27,597

          Total                                                   4,807,708        4,420,313

* * *

Sec. 35.  Sec. 119 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 119.  Health - health surveillance

     Personal services                                     9,710,579        9,710,579

     Operating expenses                                  2,471,432        2,471,432

     Grants                                                     2,524,499        2,524,499

          Total                                                 14,706,510      14,706,510

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,901,636        2,251,636

     Special funds                                           1,307,500        1,307,500

     Global Commitment fund                          2,498,893        2,148,893

     Federal funds                                           8,923,937        8,923,937

     Permanent trust funds                                    10,000             10,000

     Interdepartmental transfer                              64,544             64,544

          Total                                                 14,706,510      14,706,510

* * *

Sec. 36.  Sec. 120 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 120.  Health - health improvement

     Personal services                                     8,051,727        8,051,727

     Operating expenses                                  1,038,409        1,038,409

     Grants                                                   12,101,405      12,234,405

          Total                                                 21,191,541      21,324,541

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,432,640        1,358,640

     Special funds                                              729,800           729,800

     Tobacco funds                                         2,780,225        2,780,225

     Global Commitment fund                          7,990,718        8,197,718

     Federal funds                                           8,251,158        8,251,158

     Interdepartmental transfer                                7,000               7,000

          Total                                                 21,191,541      21,324,541

* * *

Sec. 37.  Sec. 121 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 121.  Health - community public health

     Personal services                                   14,449,064      14,449,064

     Operating expenses                                  2,127,292        2,127,292

     Grants                                                   21,581,824      16,536,143

          Total                                                 38,158,180      33,112,499

Source of funds

     General fund                                               900,638           900,638

     Special funds                                           3,231,400           231,400

     Global Commitment fund                        15,830,919      11,910,238

     Catamount fund                                       4,000,000        4,000,000

     Federal funds                                         14,080,223      15,955,223

     Interdepartmental transfer                            115,000           115,000

          Total                                                 38,158,180      33,112,499

Sec. 38.  Sec. 122 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 122.  Health - alcohol and drug abuse programs

     Personal services                                     9,360,208        9,360,208

     Operating expenses                                  1,097,983        1,097,983

     Grants                                                   20,712,146      20,793,530

          Total                                                 31,170,337      31,251,721

Source of funds

     General fund                                            3,229,571        3,229,571

     Special funds                                              235,499           235,499

     Tobacco funds                                         2,382,834        2,382,834

     Global Commitment fund                        16,461,136      16,542,520

     Federal funds                                           8,711,297        8,711,297

     Interdepartmental transfer                            150,000           150,000

          Total                                                 31,170,337      31,251,721

* * *

Sec. 39.  Sec. 123 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 123.  Health - mental health

     Personal services                                     4,653,064        4,885,308

     Operating expenses                                     640,626           640,626

     Grants                                                 126,737,194    126,361,789

          Total                                               132,030,884    131,887,723

Source of funds

     General fund                                               698,116           768,752

     Global Commitment fund                      127,296,709    127,040,132

     Federal funds                                           4,036,059        4,078,839

          Total                                               132,030,884    131,887,723

* * *

Sec. 40.  Sec. 124 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 124.  Health - Vermont state hospital

     Personal services                                   19,039,338      19,233,580

     Operating expenses                                  1,819,499        1,819,499

     Grants                                                            3,000               3,000

          Total                                                 20,861,837      21,056,079

Source of funds

     General fund                                          20,341,837      20,446,079

     Special funds                                              170,000           220,000

     Federal funds                                                50,000             90,000

     Interdepartmental transfer                            300,000           300,000

          Total                                                 20,861,837      21,056,079

Sec. 41.  Sec. 126 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 126.  Department for children and families - administration & support services

     Personal services                                   33,748,978      33,315,719

     Operating expenses                                  6,094,778        6,619,778

     Grants                                                     1,150,215        1,150,215

          Total                                                 40,993,971      41,085,712

Source of funds

     General fund                                          12,377,866      11,799,897

     Global Commitment fund                        12,890,508      15,474,478

     Federal funds                                         14,815,041      13,811,337

     Interdepartmental transfer                            910,556                       

          Total                                                 40,993,971      41,085,712

* * *

Sec. 42.  Sec. 127 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 127.  Department for children and families - family services

     Personal services                                   20,267,158      20,312,853

     Operating expenses                                  3,118,322        3,293,322

     Grants                                                   63,287,929      61,583,451

          Total                                                 86,673,409      85,189,626

     Source of funds

     General fund                                          16,270,209      16,820,778

     Special funds                                           1,756,152        1,756,152

     Tobacco funds                                              75,000             75,000

     Global Commitment fund                        41,832,990      39,694,460

     Federal funds                                         26,059,058      26,163,236

     Interdepartmental transfer                            680,000           680,000

          Total                                                 86,673,409      85,189,626

* * *

Sec. 43.  Sec. 128 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 128.  Department for children and families - child development

     Personal services                                     2,943,906        3,145,206

     Operating expenses                                     762,228           767,228

     Grants                                                   48,629,569      49,946,240

          Total                                                 52,335,703      53,858,674

Source of funds

     General fund                                          21,585,001      21,504,371

     Special funds                                              865,000           865,000

     Global Commitment fund                          3,040,746        4,644,347

     Federal funds                                         26,619,204      26,619,204

     Interdepartmental transfer                            225,752           225,752

          Total                                                 52,335,703      53,858,674

Sec. 44.  Sec. 129 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 129.  Department for children and families - office of child support

     Personal services                                     9,027,353        8,546,984

     Operating expenses                                  3,797,607        3,852,607

          Total                                                 12,824,960      12,399,591

Source of funds

     General fund                                            2,535,052        2,405,894

     Special funds                                              455,718           455,718

     Federal funds                                           9,446,590        9,150,379

     Interdepartmental transfer                            387,600           387,600

          Total                                                 12,824,960      12,399,591

Sec. 45.  Sec. 133 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 133.  Department for children and families - Woodside rehabilitation center

     Personal services                                     2,632,506        2,870,216

     Operating expenses                                     624,317           624,317

          Total                                                   3,256,823        3,494,533

Source of funds

     General fund                                            3,201,931        3,439,641

     Interdepartmental transfer                              54,892             54,892

          Total                                                   3,256,823        3,494,533

Sec. 46.  Sec. 134 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 134.  Department for children and families - disability determination services

     Personal services                                     3,221,300        3,221,300

     Operating expenses                                     574,946           574,946

     Total                                                        3,796,246        3,796,246

Source of funds

     Global Commitment fund                                                     246,517

     Federal funds                                           3,549,729        3,549,729

     Interdepartmental transfer                            246,517                       

          Total                                                   3,796,246        3,796,246

Sec. 47.  Sec. 135 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 135.  Department for children and families - aid to aged, blind and disabled

     Personal services                                     1,570,699        1,570,699

     Grants                                                     9,791,580        9,966,910

          Total                                                 11,362,279      11,537,609

Source of funds

     General fund                                            7,612,279        7,787,609

     Global Commitment fund                          3,750,000        3,750,000

          Total                                                 11,362,279      11,537,609

* * *

Sec. 48.  Sec. 136 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 136.  Department for children and families - general assistance

     Grants                                                     4,376,259        4,676,259

Source of funds

     General fund                                            2,854,939        3,224,939

     Global Commitment fund                             410,000           340,000

     Federal funds                                           1,111,320        1,111,320

          Total                                                   4,376,259        4,676,259

* * *

(b)  Of the The above appropriation, an amount not to exceed $150,000 ($75,000 in federal TANF and $75,000 in general funds) may be expended for temporary housing assistance to individuals and families that have reached the 28-day maximum allowed under department regulations and have a continued need for this type of emergency assistance.  Assistance shall be limited to an additional 56 cumulative days beyond the current 28-day maximum.

* * *

Sec. 49.  Sec. 137 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 137.  GENERAL ASSISTANCE BENEFITS; FLEXIBILITY PILOT PROGRAM

* * *

(c)  The pilot program may operate in up to three five districts designated by the secretary of human services, to include Chittenden and Rutland Counties.  This program will be budget neutral.  For each district in which the agency operates the program, it shall establish procedures for evaluating the pilot and its effects.  The agency shall report annually to the general assembly on its findings from the programs, its recommendations for changes in the general assistance program, and a plan for further implementation of the program.

* * *

Sec. 50.  Sec. 138 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 138.  Department for children and families - reach up

     Grants                                                   39,205,606      42,303,606

Source of funds

     General fund                                          12,677,114      14,770,799

     Special funds                                         19,403,000      18,200,000

     Global Commitment fund                               45,685                       

     Federal funds                                           7,079,807        9,332,807

          Total                                                 39,205,606      42,303,606

Sec. 51.  Sec. 146 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 146.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - administration & support

     Personal services                                   23,442,892      23,315,862

     Operating expenses                                  3,702,406        3,702,406

          Total                                                 27,145,298      27,018,268

Source of funds

     General fund                                            6,467,588        6,640,558

     Special Funds                                             952,910           952,910

     Global Commitment fund                          5,940,176        5,540,176

     Federal funds                                         11,352,141      11,352,141

     Interdepartmental transfer                         2,432,483        2,532,483

          Total                                                 27,145,298      27,018,268

* * *

Sec. 52.  Sec. 148 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 148.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - advocacy and independent living grants

     Grants                                                   21,295,486      21,097,705

Source of funds

     General fund                                          10,059,299        9,861,518

     Global Commitment fund                          3,142,896        3,142,896

     Federal funds                                           7,655,791        7,655,791

     Interdepartmental transfer                            437,500           437,500

          Total                                                 21,295,486      21,097,705

* * *

Sec. 53.  Sec. 151 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 151.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - TBI home and community-based waiver

     Grants                                                     3,415,448        3,695,448

Source of funds

     Global Commitment fund                          3,415,448        3,695,448

Sec. 54.  Sec. 152 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 152.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - developmental services

     Grants                                                 127,545,146    128,862,125

Source of funds

     General fund                                               162,964           181,619

     Special funds                                              185,463           185,463

     Global Commitment fund                      126,872,324    128,124,303

     Federal funds                                              324,395           370,740

          Total                                               127,545,146    128,862,125

Sec. 55.  Sec. 156 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 156.  Corrections - correctional services

     Personal services                                   69,445,693      69,576,739

     Operating expenses                                31,361,582      31,490,582

     Grants                                                     1,660,500        1,765,630

          Total                                               102,467,775    102,832,951

Source of funds

     General fund                                          98,170,305      98,284,481

     Special funds                                              547,919           547,919

     Tobacco fund                                               87,500             87,500

     Global Commitment fund                          2,894,144        3,145,144

     Federal funds                                              686,861           686,861

     Interdepartmental transfer                              81,046             81,046

          Total                                               102,467,775    102,832,951

* * *

Sec. 56.  Sec. 157 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 157.  Corrections - correctional services - out-of-state beds

     Operating expenses                                  9,621,342      11,857,868

Source of funds

     General fund                                            9,621,342      11,857,868

     (a)  In fiscal year 2008, upon approval of the commissioner of finance and management, the commissioner of corrections may transfer unexpended funds for out-of-state bed expenses to the appropriation for correctional services.  Any transfer made under this authority shall be reported to the house and senate committees on appropriations.

Sec. 57.  Sec. 163 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 163.  Total human services            2,531,416,112  2,437,291,219

Source of funds

     General fund                                        493,209,047    498,726,479

     Special funds                                         76,187,668      72,034,668

     Tobacco fund                                        35,546,820      35,546,820

     Global Commitment fund                      853,052,203    812,482,244

     State health care resources fund           157,186,147    148,325,411

     Catamount fund                                     13,015,143        9,573,243

     Federal funds                                       883,671,653    845,015,959

     Permanent trust funds                                    10,000             10,000

     Internal service funds                                3,322,612        3,322,612

     Interdepartmental transfer                       16,214,819      12,253,783

          Total                                            2,531,416,112 2,437,291,219

Sec. 58.  Sec. 175 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 175.  Education - adult education and literacy

     Grants                                                     4,593,059        5,343,059

Source of funds

     General fund                                            2,717,398        2,717,398

     Education fund                 1,000,000        1,750,000

     Federal funds                                              875,661           875,661

          Total                                                   4,593,059        5,343,059

* * *

Sec. 59.  Sec. 176 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 176.  Education - adjusted education payment

     Grants                                              1,063,700,000 1,058,295,808

Source of funds

     Education fund          1,063,700,000 1,058,295,808

* * *

Sec. 60.  Sec. 180 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 180.  Education - capital debt service aid

     Grants                                                        280,000           224,407

Source of funds

     Education fund                    280,000           224,407

Sec. 61.  Sec. 189 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 189.  Total general education and property tax assistance                                                                                                     1,754,540,454 1,749,830,669

Source of funds

     General fund                                        335,912,914    335,912,914

     Transportation fund                                     127,483           127,483

     Education fund          1,259,249,933 1,254,540,148

     Special funds                                         18,237,521      18,237,521

     Tobacco fund                                             995,668           995,668

     Global Commitment fund                          1,052,999        1,052,999

     Federal funds                                       116,935,063    116,935,063

     Pension trust funds                                 21,772,624      21,772,624

     Interdepartmental transfer                            256,249           256,249

          Total                                            1,754,540,454 1,749,830,669

Sec. 62.  Sec. 196 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 196.  Vermont student assistance corporation

     Grants                                                   19,153,758      19,128,758

Source of funds

     General fund                                          19,153,758      19,128,758

* * *

Sec. 63.  Sec. 198 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 198.  Total higher education

                   and other                                 88,195,184      88,170,184

Source of funds

     General fund                                          83,783,621      83,758,621

     Global Commitment fund                          4,411,563        4,411,563

          Total                                                 88,195,184      88,170,184

Sec. 64.  Sec. 219 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 219.  Housing and community affairs

     Personal service                                       2,307,833        2,307,833

     Operating expenses                                     361,339           361,339

     Grants                                                     4,415,137        4,470,137

          Total                                                   7,084,309        7,139,309

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,390,297        1,445,297

     Special funds                                           3,991,815        3,991,815

     Federal funds                                           1,646,697        1,646,697

     Interdepartmental transfer                              55,500             55,500

          Total                                                   7,084,309        7,139,309

* * *

(c)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $55,000 shall be for grants, on a one-time basis, to communities related to ancient roads and unidentified corridors requirements.

Sec. 65.  Sec. 234 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 234.  Total commerce and community

                   development                            59,113,306      59,168,306

Source of funds

     General fund                                          15,865,504      15,920,504

     Special funds                                         21,153,075      21,153,075

     Federal funds                                         20,268,872      20,268,872

     Enterprise funds                                          789,893           789,893

     Interdepartmental transfer                         1,035,962        1,035,962

     Total                                                      59,113,306      59,168,306

Sec. 66.  Sec. 237 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 237.  Transportation - aviation

     Personal services                                     1,761,751        1,761,751

     Operating expenses                                  5,295,449        5,095,449

     Grants                                                        160,000           160,000

          Total                                                   7,217,200        7,017,200

Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                  2,123,200        1,923,200

     Federal funds                                           5,094,000        5,094,000

          Total                                                   7,217,200        7,017,200

Sec. 67.  Sec. 239 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 239.  Transportation - program development

     Personal services                                   35,867,267      35,867,267

     Operating expenses                              112,896,085    106,396,085

     Grants                                                   26,116,926      26,116,926

          Total                                               174,880,278    168,380,278

Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                34,355,234      33,390,234

     Local match                     1,788,677        1,788,677

     Federal funds                                       133,566,367    128,031,367

     Interdepartmental transfer                         5,170,000        5,170,000

          Total                                               174,880,278    168,380,278

Sec. 68.  Sec. 240 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 240.  Transportation - rest areas

     Personal services                                        100,000           100,000

     Operating expenses                                  3,550,000           550,000

          Total                                                   3,650,000           650,000

Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                     391,760             91,760

     Federal funds                                           3,258,240           558,240

          Total                                                   3,650,000           650,000

Sec. 69.  Sec. 243 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 243.  Transportation - rail

     Personal services                                     5,102,227        5,102,227

     Operating expenses                                14,243,260      12,143,260

     Grants                                                     3,320,000        3,320,000

          Total                                                 22,665,487      20,565,487

     Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                10,053,487        9,553,487

     Federal funds                                         12,612,000      11,012,000

          Total                                                 22,665,487      20,565,487

Sec. 70.  Sec. 246 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 246.  Transportation - central garage

* * *

(a)  $5,252,668 of the above appropriation is appropriated from the transportation equipment replacement account within the central garage fund for the purchase of equipment as authorized in 19 V.S.A. § 13(b).

(b)  The agency of transportation, central garage, is authorized to initiate the solicitation of bids for an additional under-bridge inspection vehicle to support the agency’s bridge inspection program.  The vehicle will not be ordered or other obligation or commitment incurred with respect to the vehicle until specific authority is granted by the general assembly.

Sec. 71.  Sec. 247 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 247.  Department of motor vehicles

     Personal services                                   17,147,046      18,647,046

     Operating expenses                                  7,629,667        7,629,667

     Grants                                                        339,000           339,000

          Total                                                 25,115,713      26,615,713

     Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                23,341,574      24,841,574

     Federal funds                                           1,774,139        1,774,139

          Total                                                 25,115,713      26,615,713

Sec. 72.  Sec. 258 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 258.  Total transportation                  420,875,874    410,575,874

Source of funds

     Transportation fund                              192,667,968    192,202,968

     Special funds                                              610,500           610,500

     Local match                     2,951,403        2,951,403

     Federal funds                                       204,264,381    194,429,381

     Internal service funds                              14,611,622      14,611,622

     Interdepartmental transfer                         5,770,000        5,770,000

          Total                                               420,875,874    410,575,874

Sec. 73.  Sec. 259 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 259.  Debt service

     Debt service                                          69,420,026      68,698,029

Source of funds

     General fund                                          64,929,281      64,205,317

     Transportation fund                                  1,994,895        1,996,862

     Special funds                                           2,495,850        2,495,850

          Total                                                 69,420,026      68,698,029

Sec. 74.  Sec. 260 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 260.  Total debt service                      69,420,026      68,698,029

     Source of funds

     General fund                                          64,929,281      64,205,317

     Transportation fund                                  1,994,895        1,996,862

     Special funds                                           2,495,850        2,495,850

          Total                                                 69,420,026      68,698,029

Sec. 75.  APPROPRIATION ADJUSTMENTS

(a)  To reflect adjustments to budgets due to dental plan premium savings, personal services appropriations are reduced by $396,430 general fund and $97,181 transportation fund in accordance with the schedule, entitled "FY2008 Appropriation Reductions Due to Dental Plan Premium Savings" filed with the joint fiscal committee.

(b)  To reflect adjustments to budgets due to general liability and auto liability insurance premium savings, operating expense appropriations are reduced by $1,541,856 general fund and $660,404 transportation fund in accordance with the schedule, entitled "FY2008 Appropriation Reductions Due to Liability Insurance Premium Savings" filed with the joint fiscal committee.  The secretary of administration shall allocate these amounts to appropriations within departments.  The secretary of administration may substitute appropriation reductions in other funds, and in fund transfers to the general fund of a like amount if the general fund appropriation reduction is not consistent with the liability premium savings.

(c)  To reflect adjustments to budgets due to increases in Facilities Operations (Fee-For-Space) charges, operating expense appropriations are increased by $1,718,787 general fund in accordance with the schedule entitled "FY2008 Appropriation Increases Due to Increased Facilities Operations(Fee-For-Space) Costs" filed with the joint fiscal committee.  The secretary of administration shall allocate these amounts to appropriations within departments.

Sec. 76.  REESTABLISH APPROPRIATION DUE TO AUGUST 23, 2007 EMERGENCY BOARD TRANSFER

(a)  There is hereby appropriated $6,477,655 general fund in fiscal year 2008 to corrections-correctional services, to reestablish spending authority transferred for home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP-grants, authorized by the emergency board on August 23, 2007.

Sec. 77.  Sec. 56(d) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(d)  In fiscal year 2007, $1,000,000 $900,000 in general funds shall be reserved and to the extent needed is hereby appropriated to the attorney general as necessary for payment of legal costs and charges arising from settlements of completed legal actions.

Sec. 78.  Sec. 9(a)(3)(A) of No. 47 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(A)  From the transportation fund for the fiscal year beginning July1, 2007, $1,210,258.00 $1,192,197.00;

Sec. 78a.  Sec. 279(b) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

     (b)  In accordance with Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 13(c), the amount of $900,000 is transferred from the transportation fund to the central garage fund created in 19 V.S.A. § 13.

Sec. 79.  FUND TRANSFERS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2008:

(1)  The following amounts shall be transferred to the general fund from the funds indicated:

               Fidelity/interest earnings                  1,000,000           Approx.

               Bond premium                                  318,939

62100     Abandoned property                      2,479,018           Approx.

               Amortization of W.R. Grace 5,911

               Caledonia Fair                                      5,000

               North Country Hospital Loan 24,250

50300     Liquor Control                                  836,519           Approx.

22005     Dept. Environmental Conservation Federal Indirect Cost Reimbursements

               (Dept ID 6140040000)                  1,234,385

21110     Employee Leasing Companies           100,000

21140     DUI Enforcement Special Fund (Corrections; Business Unit 03480)                                                    5,722

21340     Out-Of-State Power Sales Fund              108           Approx.

21380     Rockefeller State Zoning Fund             80,707           Approx.

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Office of Vt Health Access; Business

               Unit 03410)                                      747,889

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Health Dept.; Business Unit 03420)

                                                                         82,324

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Finance & Management; Business Unit 01110)                              31,612

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Buildings & Gen. Services-Governmental;

               Business Unit 01150)                          52,181

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Education Dept.; Business Unit 05100)                                                         108,212

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Secretary of State; Business Unit 02230)                                                      4,940

21584     Surplus Property (Dept. Labor; Business Unit 04100)

                                                                              900

21594     Tax-PVR Use Value Admin. 8,799

21595     BGS-Public Records                         106,115

21602     BGS-Vital Records                           343,885

21603     Motorist Aid Refreshment Prog.        150,000

21636     AG-Auto Repair Investigative Fund       7,000

21698     Public Service Dept. Regulation/Energy Effic

                                                                         85,488

21699     Public Service Dept. – Regulation - Admin-Rec (Business Unit

               02240)                                                    500

21701     Public Service Dept. – Ed – Energy

               Education                                                 975

21709     Public Service Board Special Fund 73,183

21860     PATH - Other Administration 22,687

21884     Emergency Personnel Survivors' Benefit

               Fund                                                   50,000

21890     Homeland Security-CPC (Dept

               Agriculture)                                         30,000

21975     Armed Services Scholarship

               Fund                                                   20,000

21993     VT Film Production Incentive 36,731  Approx

(2)  All or a portion of the unencumbered balances in the insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21075), the captive insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21085), and the securities regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21080), expected to be approximately $7,767,353, shall be transferred to the general fund, provided that on or before July 1, 2008, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration certifies to the joint fiscal committee that the transfer of such balances or of any smaller portion deemed proper by the commissioner will not impair the ability of the department in fiscal year 2009 to provide thorough, competent, fair, and effective regulatory services or to maintain accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and that the joint fiscal committee does not reject such certification.

(3)  The following amounts shall be transferred from the general fund to the funds indicated:

21196     Catamount Fund                            3,500,000

21555     Emergency Relief and Assistance

               Fund                                                 562,409

(4)  Of the $6,600,000 transferred from the general fund to the education fund in accordance with Section 277(b)(1) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007, $4,700,000 is hereby returned to the general fund for use by the homeowner rebate program.

Sec. 80.  TRANSFER BETWEEN ACCOUNTS

(a)  The sum of $500,000 is transferred from the motor fuel account to the heating fuel account in the petroleum cleanup fund created in 10 V.S.A.

§ 1941.

Sec. 81.  REVERSIONS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2008 the following amounts shall revert to the general fund from the accounts indicated:

1110003000    Budget & Management 25,275

1140890701    Act 185 Implementation             61,600

1220890601    Vt Tax Study                               7,182

1260080000    Interest-Temp Borrowing             1,760

1260090000    Interest-Bonded Debt                  4,389

1260980000    Debt Service                             21,853

2130100000    State's Attorneys                     528,986

2200040000    Plant Industry, Labs & CA

                        Div                                              1,657

2200880207    Cattle Hlth & Qual Assur Prog        881

2230890501    Licensed Land Surveyors             5,735

2270001000    Vermont Racing Commission          375

3420890603    ADAP-Benn Mobile Meth

                        Clinic                                         55,000

4100500000    VDOL Program                      100,000

6100010000    ANR Admin Management

                        & Planning                                 14,010

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2008 the following amounts shall revert to the transportation fund from the accounts indicated:

1100010000    Secretary of Administration             197

2130100000    State's Attorneys                         3,480

8100000100    Transportation - Finance and

                        Administration                           72,128

8100000200    Transportation - Aviation         200,000

8100001700    Transportation - Interstate Rest

                        Areas                                        47,045

8100002000    Transportation - Maintenance 250,000

8100002200    Transportation – Policy and

                        Planning                                   546,461

8100002300    Transportation - Rail                500,000

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2008 the following amounts shall revert to the education fund from the accounts indicated:

1140060000    Grand List Assistance                70,987

5100090000    Education Grant                    1,781,009

5100100000    Transportation Aid                     13,959

5100120000    Debt Service Aid                       62,175

5100190000    Essential Early Education

                        Grant                                       108,516

5100200000    Education - Technical

                        Education                                  22,097

Sec. 82.  SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; CARRY FORWARD AUTHORITY

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law and subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, general, transportation and education fund appropriations remaining unexpended on June 30, 2008 in the executive branch of state government shall be carried forward and shall be designated for expenditure.

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, general and transportation fund appropriations remaining unexpended on June 30, 2008 in the legislative and judicial branch of state government shall be carried forward and shall be designated for expenditure.

Sec. 83.  4 V.S.A. § 28(c) is amended to read:

(c)  The maximum loan balance at any time shall be $100,000.00 $250,000.00 for one municipality and $400,000.00 for all municipalities.  The court administrator shall administer the municipal ticket repayment revolving fund and shall establish procedures to allocate the available funds fairly and equitably.  Upon the recommendation of the court administrator, the secretary of administration shall approve spending in anticipation of receipts from the fund up to a maximum of $220,000.

Sec. 83a.  MUNICIPAL TICKET REPAYMENT; NOTWITHSTANDING

     (a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of 4 V.S.A. § 28(a)(2), the town of Newport may receive such additional loans from the fund between June 30, 2001 and June 30, 2004 in an amount not to exceed $55,000. 

Sec. 84.  SALARY ASSISTANCE; NOTWITHSTANDING

(a)  Notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 1565(b)(1)(C), adult service coordinators’ salary assistance shall not exceed 50 percent of actual salaries and benefits for fiscal year 2008.

Sec. 85.  Sec. 6d(a)(5) and (b) of No. 46 of the Acts of 2007 are amended to read:

(5)  In September 2006, the board approved Community Capital’s proposal based on the merits of Community Capital’s proposal for administering Job Start and the fact that Community Capital met the following six key qualifications:

(A)  Registered as a nonprofit with the secretary of state.

(B)  Certified by the secretary of state as being in good standing.

(C)  Certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

(D)  Experience managing municipal loan funds.

(E)  Has both the resources and a business plan sufficient to implement the job start revolving loan fund program statewide.

(F)  Has the support of the community action agency network as demonstrated by the Vermont community action directors' association.

(b)  In response to the findings, the purpose of this section and sections 6e, section 6f, and 6g is to ratify the recommendations of the Job Start Board to restructure the Job Start Program by moving the program from VEDA to OEO.OEO shall contract with a nonprofit as the program administrator provided the nonprofit meets the criteria of 3 V.S.A. § 3721(b) and has the recommendation of the Job Start Advisory Board and VEDA granting the assets and liabilities of the program to Community Capital of Vermont after the payments of the obligation in Sec. 6g of No. 46 of the Acts of 2007, to remove all the vestiges of the program from VEDA, to place the responsibility for the grants for regional microbusiness development programs in OEO, and acknowledging that OEO, the regional microbusiness development programs, and Community Capital of Vermont have common goals and will collaborate in their efforts.

Sec. 86.  GRANT AUTHORIZED

(a)  The Vermont Economic Development Authority shall grant to Community Capital of Vermont all the rights, assets, and liabilities relating to the Job Start Program.  The grant shall require:

(1)  that the funds be used for the same purposes as the Job Start Program, which are to operate a revolving loan fund to serve low-income Vermonters who own their own businesses;

(2)  that there be a loan maximum of $25,000 to any applicant;

(3)  that the Community Capital of Vermont board of directors shall include two members who are owners of microbusinesses;

          (4)  that a report be provided annually to the office of economic opportunity, the house committee on commerce, and the senate committee on economic development, housing, and general affairs on the status and use of the funds.  This report shall include Community Capital of Vermont’s audited financial statements to include a statement of activities and a statement of financial position.  The report shall provide details on the Job Start loan portfolio including number and value of loans outstanding, number and value of loans defaulted and charged off, number and value of loans disbursed during the course of the year, number and value of loans fully paid, and remaining capital available to lend.  The report shall also list the expected and actual number of jobs created or retained by recipient businesses as a result of accessing Job Start financing, the quality of the jobs created or retained as defined by salary and wage levels and benefits provided.

Sec. 87.  ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS

(a)  The $57,000 originally appropriated to the agency of commerce and community development in fiscal year 2008 shall be granted to Community Capital of Vermont for administration of the Job Start Program.

(b)  It is the intent of the legislature that, in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, a similar amount shall be granted from the department for children and families, office of economic opportunity to Community Capital of Vermont for administration of the Job Start Program.

Sec. 88.  REPEALS

(a)  The following are repealed:

(1)  Sec. 6f of No. 46 of the Acts of 2007.

(2)  3 V.S.A. §§ 3721 and 3723.

Sec. 89.  AUTHORIZATION FOR EXPENDITURES AT THE 9 DEPOT SQUARE SITE

(a)  Pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 1283(b), environmental contingency fund expenditures of $30,000 in excess of $100,000 under subdivision (b)(3) of that section are authorized for removal of contamination at the 9 Depot Square site in Barre, Vermont.

Sec. 90.  Sec. 3(7) of No. 75 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(7)  Authorized spending on statewide ledge/slope projects is amended to read:

     PE                                                                                      207,375            207,375

     ROW                                                         207,375           207,375

     Construction                                            1,244,250        1,244,250

     Other                                                                      

          Total                                                   1,659,000        1,659,000

     Sources of funds

     State                                                           313,551           310,200

     Town fund                                                              

     Federal                                                    1,345,449        1,348,800

     Local                                                                                             0

          Total                                                   1,659,000        1,659,000

Sec. 91.  Sec. 6(1) of No. 75 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(1)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of candidates is amended to read:

     PE                                                                                      137,500            137,500

     ROW                                                                    0

     Construction                                                          0

     Other                                                                     0

     Total                                                           137,500           137,500

     Sources of funds

     State                                                               3,750             13,750

     Town Fund

     Federal                                                       133,750           123,750

     Local                                                                      

          Total                                                      137,500           137,500

Sec. 92.  REPEAL

(a)  Sec. 44 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 (fiscal year 2008 reversion - state treasurer) is repealed.

(b)  Sec. 73(b) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 (limitation on disbursements by VSAC) is repealed.

Sec. 93  TOBACCO PROGRAMS; NOTWITHSTANDING

     (a)  Notwithstanding Sec. 120(i) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007, no funding shall be distributed under this provision until fiscal year 2009. 

Sec. 94.  EFFECTIVE DATES

(a)  This act shall take effect from passage.

(b)  Secs. 85 through 88 shall take effect upon passage, except for Sec. 88(a)(1), which shall take effect June 29, 2007.

     And by renumbering all of the sections of the bill to be numerically correct (including internal references) and adjusting all of the totals to be arithmetically correct.

     Which was agreed to.

     On motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the rules were suspended and action on the bill was ordered messaged to the Senate forthwith and the bill delivered to the Governor forthwith.

Bills and Resolution Messaged to Senate Forthwith

On motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the rules were suspended and the following bills and resolution were ordered messaged to the Senate forthwith:

H. 352

House bill, entitled

An act relating to reducing lead hazards in housing;

H. 867

House bill, entitled

An act relating to health insurance plan coverage for athletic trainer services;

J.R.H. 45

Joint resolution , entitled

     Joint resolution urging Congress to repeal the planned Competitive Loan Auction Pilot program for the Federal Family Education Loan program’s PLUS LOANS to parents;

Adjournment

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

 

 

 



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