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Journal of the House

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2008

At nine o'clock and thirty minutes in the forenoon the Speaker called the House to order.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Adam Courville and Debbie Lyons of Kids on the Block, Burlington, VT.

Senate Bill Referred

S. 361

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to authority to lease the state lottery;

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

Bill Referred to Committee on Ways and Means

H. 863

     House bill, entitled

     An act relating to creation and preservation of affordable housing and smart growth development;

     Appearing on the Calendar, affecting the revenue of the state, under the rule, was referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

Third Reading; Bills Passed

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

H. 709

House bill, entitled

An act relating to campgrounds;

H. 806

House bill, entitled

An act relating to public water systems;

H. 864

House bill, entitled

An act relating to making miscellaneous amendments to education law;

Bill Amended, Read Third Time and Passed

H. 870

House bill, entitled

An act relating to the regulations and professions and occupations;

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

In Sec. 3, 3 V.S.A. § 129, by striking subsection (c) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (c) as follows:

(c)  A board may assign one or more members of the board to investigate complaints and license applications.  These members shall have the assistance of an investigator for the office and an attorney assigned by the office of professional regulation who shall be responsible for prosecuting disciplinary and licensing cases before the board.  In the case of professions which have advisor appointees, the secretary may designate one or more of the advisor appointees or other licensed or certified members of the profession to assist in the investigation.  While acting in this capacity, a board member or advisor appointee shall not sit in adjudication of the case and shall not participate in ex parte communications with other board members regarding the case.  A board member whose term of office expires while an investigation is pending may continue through the completion of the case.  When a board is unable to assign one or more members to investigate complaints or license applications by reason of disqualification, resignation, vacancy or necessary absence, the secretary of state may, at the request of the board, appoint ad hoc members to serve on the board for investigation of that matter only.  Ad hoc members shall have the same qualifications as required by law for the absent members.

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

Bill Amended, Read Third Time and Passed

H. 873

House bill, entitled

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

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

     In Sec. 9, 10 V.S.A. § 6001(3)(D), in subdivision (vi), after “chapter 159 of this title” by inserting “, excluding regulation of wastewater sludge or septage,” 

Which was agreed to. 

Thereupon, the bill was read the third time and passed.

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered

H. 859

Rep. Rodgers of Glover, for the committee on Institutions, to which had been referred House bill, entitled

     An act relating to increasing substance abuse treatment, vocational training, and transitional housing for offenders in order to reduce recidivism, increase public safety and reduce corrections costs;

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

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS AND INTENT

(a)  The general assembly finds that:

(1)  Vermont’s incarcerated population is growing at an unsustainable rate.

(2)  Property and drug offenders are the fastest growing segment of the prison population.  Between 2000 and 2006, over half the increase in the felony prison population was due to property and substance abuse offenses.

(3)  Seventy-seven percent of those sentenced for a property or drug felony have a substance abuse disorder.  Two-thirds of them report having received mental health treatment in the past.  Fifty-five percent report being frequently unemployed prior to incarceration.

(4)  Of those incarcerated for a property or drug felony, only 13 percent are receiving treatment.

(b)  The general assembly further finds that:

(1)  Each month approximately 70 inmates meet the criteria for reentering the community under the supervision of the commissioner of corrections on conditional reentry status.  However, almost half are not released because of insufficient housing options.

(2)  Studies show that the length of sentences served by offenders does not affect their recidivism rates. Therefore, current law authorizes the commissioner of corrections to release certain offenders on reintegration furlough 90 days prior to the minimum sentence date.  However, on average, eligible inmates serve only 53 days in reintegration furlough status.  If all those who are eligible serve the full 90 days of reintegration status, the result could be a savings of up to 90 corrections beds.

(c)  Therefore, in order to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and reduce the cost to the state of incarcerating offenders, it is the intent of the general assembly to increase substance abuse treatment services, vocational training, and transitional housing available to offenders; and establish processes for reducing incarceration time when appropriate.

(d)  It is further the intent of the general assembly that the provisions of this act are a long range plan to guide expenditures from additional corrections savings in future years. 

Sec. 2.  Reserved

Sec. 3.  28 V.S.A. § 723(c) is added to read:

(c)  Prior to release under this section, the department shall screen, and if appropriate, assess each felony drug and property offender for substance abuse treatment needs using an assessment tool designed to assess the suitability of a broad range of treatment services, and it shall use the results of this assessment in preparing a reentry plan.  The department shall attempt to identify all necessary services in the reentry plan and work with the offender to make connections to necessary services prior to release so that the offender can begin receiving services immediately upon release. 

Sec. 4.  28 V.S.A. § 808(a)(8) is amended to read:

(8)  To prepare for reentry into the community.

(A)  Any offender sentenced to incarceration may shall be furloughed to the community up to 90 days prior to completion of the minimum sentence, at the commissioner’s discretion and in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to subdivision (C) of this subdivision (8), provided that an offender sentenced to a minimum term of fewer than 180 days shall not be eligible for furlough under this subdivision until the offender has served at least one-half of his or her minimum term of incarceration.

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(C)  The commissioner may authorize reintegration furlough under subdivisions (A) and (B) of this subdivision (8) only if the days are awarded the commissioner determines that public safety is not compromised and that the offender will receive community services necessary to reduce the chances of recidivism.  The commissioner shall make the determination in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to chapter 25 of Title 3 designed to:

(i)  Evaluate factors such as risk of reoffense, history of violent behavior, history of compliance with community supervision, compliance with the case plan, progress in treatment programs designed to reduce criminal risk, and obedience to rules and regulations of the facility.

(ii)  Ensure adequate departmental supervision of the offender when furloughed into the community.

(iii)  Ensure that each offender has a reentry plan which identifies services necessary to succeed upon reentry and that the necessary services are available to the offender. 

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(E)  Prior to release under this subdivision (8), the department shall screen, and if appropriate, assess each felony drug and property offender for substance abuse treatment needs using an assessment tool designed to assess the suitability of a broad range of treatment services, and it shall use the results of this assessment in preparing a reentry plan.  The department shall attempt to identify all necessary services in the reentry plan, and work with the offender to make connections to necessary services prior to release so that the offender can begin receiving services immediately upon release. 

Sec. 5.  STATEWIDE DRUG COURT STUDY

The court administrator, the deputy commissioner of the alcohol and drug abuse program in the department of health, and the commissioner of mental health shall report to the house and senate committees on judiciary by December 15, 2008 on the advisability and feasibility of expanding the drug court program to every county in the state.  The report shall address:

(1)  the financial costs of expanding the drug court program statewide;

(2)  the workforce impact which a statewide expansion of the program would have, and whether new staff would be required;

(3)  whether current state facilities have the capacity to support statewide expansion, and whether and where any new facilities would be required; and

(4)  any other matter deemed relevant to the issue of statewide drug court expansion.    

Sec. 6.   FACILITIES REORGANIZATION AND RENOVATION; BUDGETARY SAVINGS ALLOCATIONS IN FISCAL YEARS 2009 AND 2010

(a)  Department of corrections expenditures on correctional services including out-of-state beds grew from $93,255,650.00 in fiscal year 2004 to $120,533,309.00 in fiscal year 2008.  The amount of funding proposed for fiscal year 2009 is $123,589,833.00.

(b)  It is the intent of the general assembly to achieve savings in the department of corrections that will be reinvested in substance abuse screening and treatment and reentry support which results in reduced recidivism by the proposed reorganization of three correctional facilities as follows:

(1)  Northwest Regional Correctional Facility.  Transfer men to other facilities, renovate the space, and transfer women from the Dale Correctional Facility and Southeast Correctional Facility to the Northwest Regional Correctional Facility,

(2)  Dale State Correctional Facility.  Close the building as a correctional facility.

(3)   Southeast Correctional Facility.  Renovate space to become a 100‑bed work camp for felony drug and property offenders.

©  In fiscal year 2009, a savings of $600,000.00 is anticipated as a result of this reorganization.  The department of corrections shall reinvest these funds in fiscal year 2009 as follows:

(1)  The amount of $100,000.00 shall be to increase the capacity of the department of corrections’ intensive substance abuse program (ISAP) to provide services to those offenders with drug abuse disorders who are on preapproved furlough status under 28 V.S.A. § 808(a)(7).

(2)  The amount of $208,000.00 shall be for entering into contracts with several community‑based substance abuse treatment providers in different geographic regions of the state to provide the substance abuse treatment services to persons on conditional reentry status pursuant to subchapter 1A of chapter 11 of 28 V.S.A. or furlough pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 808.

(3)  The amount of $200,000.00 shall be to fund the establishment of a pilot program to:

(A)  conduct a voluntary and confidential screening and assessment, when screening indicates that an assessment is appropriate, for substance abuse and mental health treatment needs at the time of arraignment of individuals charged with felony property, drug, or fraud offenses;

(B)  conduct a mandatory screening and assessment, when screening indicates that an assessment is appropriate, for substance abuse and mental health treatment needs following adjudication and prior to sentencing of individuals found guilty of felony property, drug, or fraud offenses;

©  provide the results of any screening and assessment conducted under this section to the judge following adjudication and prior to sentencing so that the judge can use the information to determine the level of treatment to be provided while the individual is in the custody of the commissioner of corrections; and

(D)  enable the commissioner to gather data regarding the prevalence of co-occuring substance abuse and mental health disorders.   

(4)  The amount of $88,000.00 shall be to assess offenders for substance abuse treatment needs prior to release.

(d)  Additional savings in fiscal 2009 from reorganization of correctional facilities may be available depending on the timing of the reorganization.  Any additional fiscal year 2009 savings shall be reinvested as follows and in the following order: 

(1)  The amount of $150,000.00 to provide grants to community providers of transitional housing to increase the number of beds available by 10 beds for three to six months of housing for at least 20 offenders reentering the community on furlough pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 808 or conditional reentry pursuant to subchapter 1A of chapter 11 of Title 28;

(2)  The amount of $650,000.00 shall be to provide vocational training and residential substance abuse programs in a work camp for felony drug and property offenders;

(3)  The amount of $1,000,000.00 shall be for the purpose of expanding the corrections reentry housing program to include the addition of 60 new transitional housing beds as well as expanding housing search and retention resources to include funding for housing assistance granted to housing authorities to be used in accordance with DOC directives;

(4)  The amount of $365,000.00 shall be to expand the ISAP program to include a residential component for those who have been furloughed to the community pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 808(a)(7); and

(5)  The amount of $200,000.00 shall be to develop the capacities of the substance abuse treatment system to work effectively with offenders, and function efficiently as a collaborative system.

(e)  In fiscal year 2010, a savings of $3 million is anticipated from reorganization of correctional facilities and other provisions of this act, assuming all inflationary needs of the department are funded.  Therefore, the commissioner of corrections shall develop a budget for fiscal year 2010 which reinvests the savings so that all the programs begun under subsection © of this section are funded again, and all the programs described in subsection (d) of this section are funded.

(f)  The joint fiscal office shall track and report to the joint fiscal committee in January and July of 2009, savings in the corrections budget resulting from the proposed closing of the Dale State Correctional Facility, transfer of men from the Northwest Correctional Facility to other facilities, transfer of women from the Dale Correctional Facility and Southeast Correctional Facility to the Northwest Correctional Facility, renovation of the Southeast Correctional Facility to be a work camp, and savings resulting from the provisions of this act. 

Sec. 7.  ACCOUNTABILITY; REPORTS

(a)  On or before January 15, 2010, the commissioner of corrections shall report to the senate committee on judiciary, the house committee on institutions and corrections, and the house committee on judiciary on:

(1)  the prevalence of co-occuring mental health and substance abuse disorders among those committed to the custody of the commissioner of corrections;

(2)  the success of and problems encountered in:

(A) expanding the ISAP program pursuant to Sec.6(c)(1) of this act:

(B) implementing the pilot program authorized and funded in Sec. 6(c)(3) of this act, as well as, recommendations for continuing the program, or expanding the program, or both; and

©  developing reentry plans which identify necessary services needed upon release, and in working with community providers to ensure that each offender receives those services immediately upon release; and

(3)  the progress made since passage of this act in establishing a comprehensive system of community substance abuse treatment services which is coordinated with corrections services.

(b)  On or before January 15, 2011, the commissioner of corrections shall report to the senate committee on judiciary, the house committee on institutions and corrections, and the house committee on judiciary on the successes of and problems encountered in working to meet the following goals with the funds provided and through the programs established in this act:

(1)  increase by at least 30 the number of offenders with sentences of one or more years placed in the department of corrections’ intensive substance abuse program (ISAP) pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 808(a)(7);

(2)  move at least 10 offenders who are in the intensive phase of receiving ISAP services under 28 V.S.A. § 808(a)(7), and who are unsuccessful and would otherwise be reincarcerated to a community-based residential substance abuse treatment program which may be a component of ISAP;

(3)  incarcerate no more than 20 percent of offenders who are receiving substance abuse treatment services under 28 V.S.A. § 808(a)(7); 

(4)  reduce by 10 percent the number of reincarcerations of those on conditional reentry with a high need for substance abuse treatment;

(5)  increase the number of inmates released on furlough, pursuant to 28  V.S.A. § 808, by 25 individuals per month; and

(6)  increase the average number of days released on reintegration furlough pursuant to 28  V.S.A. § 808(a)(8) prior to the minimum sentence to as close to 90 days as possible. 

©  Until the corrections oversight committee informs the commissioner that it no longer requires the information, the commissioner of corrections shall include in monthly reports to the committee:

(1)  the number of inmates eligible for furlough under 28 V.S.A.

§ 808 and considered appropriate for release by the commissioner but who have not been released because the commissioner is unable to find appropriate housing, employment, treatment, or other services;

(2)  which treatment or other services would have been necessary and in which geographic region the services would have been needed, to enable release; and

(3)  the number of days of incarceration that could have been avoided if the community resources had been available and these offenders had been released.

(d)  The joint fiscal office and office of finance and management shall jointly document the impact of the policies and provisions of this act on corrections costs and shall report their findings to the general assembly on or before January 15, 2010 and in January of each year for five years thereafter.

     Rep. Acinapura of Brandon, for the committee on Appropriations, reported that they have met and considered the report of the committee on Institutions and Corrections and recommended that the report be amended by striking Sec. 6 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 6 to read as follows:

Sec. 6.  BUDGETARY SAVINGS ALLOCATIONS IN FISCAL YEAR 2009

(a)  Department of corrections expenditures on correctional services including out-of-state beds grew from $93,255,650.00 in fiscal year 2004 to $120,533,309.00 in fiscal year 2008.  The amount of funding proposed for fiscal year 2009 is $123,589,833.00.

(b)  It is the intent of the general assembly to achieve savings in the department of corrections budget which will be reinvested in substance abuse screening, assessment, treatment, and reentry support to result in reduced recidivism.

©  In fiscal year 2009, from within the amounts appropriated to the department of corrections from the general fund, the department shall spend $600,000 as follows:

(1)  The amount of $100,000.00 shall be to increase the capacity of the department of corrections’ intensive substance abuse program (ISAP) to provide services to those offenders with drug abuse disorders who are on preapproved furlough status under 28 V.S.A. § 808(a)(7).

(2)  The amount of $212,000.00 shall be for entering into contracts with several community‑based substance abuse treatment providers in different geographic regions of the state to provide the substance abuse treatment services to persons on conditional reentry status pursuant to subchapter 1A of chapter 11 of 28 V.S.A. or furlough pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 808.

(3)  The amount of $200,000.00 shall be to fund the establishment of a pilot program at a location approved by the court administrator to:

(A)  conduct a voluntary and confidential screening and assessment, when screening indicates that an assessment is appropriate, for substance abuse and mental health treatment needs at the time of arraignment of individuals charged with felony property, drug, or fraud offenses;

(B)  conduct a mandatory screening and assessment, when screening indicates that an assessment is appropriate, for substance abuse and mental health treatment needs following adjudication and prior to sentencing of individuals found guilty of felony property, drug, or fraud offenses;

©  provide the results of any screening and assessment conducted under this section to the judge following adjudication and prior to sentencing so that the judge can use the information to determine the level of treatment to be provided while the individual is in the custody of the commissioner of corrections; and

(D)  enable the commissioner to gather data regarding the prevalence of co-occuring substance abuse and mental health disorders.   

(4)  The amount of $88,000.00 shall be to assess offenders for substance abuse treatment needs prior to release.

(d)  Based on a recommendation from either the commissioner of corrections or the corrections oversight committee, the joint fiscal committee may authorize further spending of funds from the fiscal year 2009 corrections appropriation for all or part of the following, in the following order:

(1)  The amount of $150,000.00 to provide grants to community providers of transitional housing to increase the number of beds available by 10 beds for three to six months of housing for at least 20 offenders reentering the community on furlough pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 808 or conditional reentry pursuant to subchapter 1A of chapter 11 of Title 28;

(2)  The amount of $200,000.00 shall be to develop the capacities of the substance abuse treatment system to work effectively with offenders, and function efficiently as a collaborative system;

 (3)  The amount of $1,000,000.00 shall be for the purpose of expanding the corrections reentry housing program to include the addition of 60 new transitional housing beds as well as expanding housing search and retention resources to include funding for housing assistance granted to housing authorities to be used in accordance with DOC directives; and

(4)  The amount of $365,000.00 shall be to expand the ISAP program to include a residential component for those who have been furloughed to the community pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 808(a)(7).

 (e)  The joint fiscal office shall track and report to the joint fiscal committee in January and July of 2009 savings in the corrections budget resulting from the provisions of this act.

The bill, having appeared on the Calendar one day for notice, was taken up and read the second time.

Pending the question, Shall the House amend the recommendation of amendment offered by the committee on Institutions as recommended by the committee on Appropriations?  Rep. Branagan of Georgia moved to recommit the bill to the committee on Institutions, which was disagreed to.

Thereupon, Rep. O’Donnell of Vernon moved to commit the bill to the committee on Judiciary. 

Pending the question, Shall the House commit the bill to the committee on Judiciary? Rep. O’Donnell of Vernon asked and was granted leave of the  House to withdraw her motion to commit.

Thereupon, the report of the committee on Appropriations was agreed to.

Pending the question, Shall the House amend the bill as recommended by the committee on Institutions, as amended? Rep. Lippert of Hinesburg moved to strike Sec. 5 of the report of the committee on Institutions, which was agreed to and the report of the committee on Institutions, as amended, was agreed to and third reading was ordered.

Action on Bill Postponed

H. 112

House bill, entitled

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

Was taken up and pending third reading, on motion of Rep. Fisher of Lincoln, action on the bill was postponed until Wednesday, March 12, 2008.

Recess

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

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

Rules Suspended; Bill Amended; Read the Third Time and Passed;

H. 859

House bill, entitled

     An act relating to increasing substance abuse treatment, vocational training, and transitional housing for offenders in order to reduce recidivism, increase public safety and reduce corrections costs;

On motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the rules were suspended and the bill placed on all remaining stages of passage. 

Pending the question, shall the bill be read the third time? Reps. Lippert of Hinesburg, Allard of St. Albans Town, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donaghy of Poultney, Flory of Pittsford, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Jewett of Ripton, Marek of Newfane, Pellett of Chester moved to amend the bill as follows:

     Following Sec. 4, by inserting a new Sec. 5 to read:

Sec. 5.  STATEWIDE DRUG COURT STUDY

The court administrator, the deputy commissioner of the alcohol and drug abuse program in the department of health, and the commissioner of mental health shall report to the house and senate committees on judiciary by December 15, 2008 on the advisability and feasibility of expanding the drug court program to every county in the state.  The report shall address:

(1)  the financial costs of expanding the drug court program statewide;

(2)  the workforce impact which a statewide expansion of the program would have, and whether new staff would be required;

(3)  whether current state facilities have the capacity to support statewide expansion, and whether and where any new facilities would be required; and

(4)  any other matter deemed relevant to the issue of statewide drug court expansion.    

Which was agreed to.

Thereupon, the bill was read the third time and passed.

Bills Messaged to Senate Forthwith

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

H. 709

House bill, entitled

An act relating to campgrounds;

H. 806

House bill, entitled

An act relating to public water systems;

H. 864

House bill, entitled

An act relating to making miscellaneous amendments to education law;

H. 870

House bill, entitled

An act relating to the regulations and professions and occupations;

H. 873

House bill, entitled

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

 

H. 859

House bill, entitled

     An act relating to increasing substance abuse treatment, vocational training, and transitional housing for offenders in order to reduce recidivism, increase public safety and reduce corrections costs;

Remarks Journalized

On motion of Rep. Myers of Essex, the following remarks by Rep. Wheeler of Derby were ordered printed in the Journal:

“Madam Speaker:

In 1979 when I was in junior high in Derby a family traveling in a converted bus rolled into Charleston from New Hampshire. The couple and their children were looking for a quiet life in rural Vermont to begin a new chapter of their lives.

     The husband, who was a mechanic, carpenter, jack-of-all-trades, also played in a rock band all around New Hampshire. In his spare time he raced race cars. Having lived the wild side of life he was ready to settle down and turn to a new chapter of life, a quieter one. He knew he had to settle down and plant his roots once and for all and give his wife and children the lives they deserved.

     He was no stranger to hard times, neither was he a stranger to pulling himself up when he fell down. The family bought a general store in West Charleston, a community that they embraced, and the community embraced them. In time they became some of the area's most respected business people. They bought a restaurant, not just any restaurant, but a family restaurant, one in which everybody was invited to eat - sometimes even if they didn't have money to pay.

     This man, along with his wife, were known for their hard work and dedication to their community. They dedicated many hours and thousands of dollars giving back to a region that had embraced them when they arrived in the area. When they bought an airplane the couple didn't buy it just for leisure, the husband used it to fly mercy missions for people in need. He expected nothing in return.

     I have known of this couple and their family for many years but it wasn't until recent years that I really came to know the husband - through civic activities, politics, his restaurant, and through family connections. We haven't always agreed on everything, and we still don't, but in those years, including some terrible days, we have gained  tremendous respect for one another. When I decided to run for the Vermont House he supported me every step of the way even when others refuted that I, a child of skunk hollow, could win a seat in this honorable body.

     Little did I know that so soon after I arrived here I'd be saying good bye to him.  Yesterday I had to say goodbye to that friend - that rock and rolling race car driving mechanic, carpenter, restaurateur, jack-of-all-trades and man of mercy. That friend also was district mate, Representative Loren Shaw, a man who has served in the House for almost eight years, a man who has served his district, and state without abandoning his convictions and his faith.

     Since it became public that Loren planned to step down from his seat, a role that he loved so much, many people asked me if I was surprised about his decision. I always said - no. It didn't surprise me because although I knew he loved serving as a legislator I knew he loves his family more. His life's journey has taken him to a new chapter in his life, a chapter with challenges that Loren has, and is, navigating with class and dignity. It is through his challenges that I earned an even greater respect for Loren. The decision for him to leave us wasn't an easy decision - but he knew it was the right one. However, I have little doubt that we won't be far out of Loren's heart and mind.

     If Loren were here today I’d thank him for his years of dedication, dedication to his district, his state, and his nation.  I’d also thank him for almost eight years under the Gold Dome. But as important I’d thank  Loren for believing in me and my ability to represent our district and our state.

     Today Loren has begun his new chapter, and I have begun mine – as the senior member from my district. Those are some big shoes for me to fill.”

Adjournment

At one o’clock  and thirty-five minutes in the afternoon, on motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the House adjourned until Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at ten o’clock in the forenoon, pursuant to the provisions of J.R.S. 43.

Concurrent Resolutions Adopted

     The following concurrent resolutions, having been placed on the Consent Calendar on the preceding legislative day, and no member having requested floor consideration  as provided by the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives, are hereby adopted in concurrence.

H.C.R. 217

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Vermont Girl Scouts selected to attend the 52nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

 

H.C.R. 218

House concurrent resolution honoring Barbara Oles for her public service as Guilford town clerk and treasurer and as a leader among her colleagues

H.C.R. 219

House concurrent resolution honoring Laurence Rossi for his civic service in the town of Woodbury

H.C.R. 220

House concurrent resolution congratulating Arthur Briggs for a half-century of civic service as a member of the Cavendish volunteer fire department

H.C.R. 221

House concurrent resolution congratulating Sarah Hurlbut on being named the recipient of the Franklin County Person of the Year Award

H.C.R. 222

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Frederic Duclos Barstow Memorial School on its 75th anniversary

H.C.R. 223

     House concurrent resolution congratulating Frank Pecora on being named a St. Michael’s College unsung hero.

H.C.R. 224

House concurrent resolution congratulating Colchester town clerk and treasurer Karen Richard on being named the 2007 Vermont Town Clerk of the Year

H.C.R. 225

House concurrent resolution honoring Carolyn Wells for her outstanding public service in the town of Worcester

H.C.R. 226

House concurrent resolution honoring Henry Andrew Raymond for his tireless community service in the town of Fairfax

 S.C.R. 34. 

Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Dr. Lawrence Myers of Waitsfield.

 

S.C.R. 35. 

Senate concurrent resolution honoring Barre City Clerk-Treasurer Eugene Stratton on his service to the community.

     [The full text of the concurrent resolutions appeared in the Senate and House Calendar Addendum on the preceding legislative day and will appear in the volume of the Public Acts and Resolves of the 2008, sixty-ninth  Adjourned session]

 



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