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Journal of the House

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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008

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

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Reverend Mr. Regis Cummings, Deacon of St. Augustine Church, Montpelier, VT.

Pledge of Allegiance

Page Nickolas Johnson of Middlesex led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Communication from Governor

“February 29, 2008

The Honorable Gaye R. Symington

115 State Street   Drawer 33

Montpelier, VT  05633

Dear Speaker Symington,

I have the honor to inform you that I have appointed Robert W. Lewis, Jr. to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Loran Shaw in the district of Orleans-1.  This appointment is effective as of March 1, 2008.

                                                      Sincerely,

                                                      /s/James H. Douglas

                                                      Governor

JHD/ms

cc:     Deborah Markowitz, Secretary of State of Vermont                                                        Donald G. Milne, Clerk of the House”

Communication from Governor

“March 10, 2008

The Honorable Gaye R. Symington

115 State Street   Drawer 33

Montpelier, VT  05633

Dear Speaker Symington,

I have the honor to inform you that I have appointed Sandra P. Grenier to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Representative David Clark in the district of Caledonia-3. This appointment is effective as of March 10, 2008.

                                                      Sincerely,

                                                      /s/James H. Douglas

                                                      Governor

JHD/ms

cc:     Deborah Markowitz, Secretary of State of Vermont                                                        Donald G. Milne, Clerk of the House”

Oath Administered to Robert W. Lewis, Jr.

The Speaker directed the Doorkeeper to conduct Robert W. Lewis, Jr., the appointed member from Orleans-1, to the bar of the House where he took the subscribed oath, administered by the Clerk, as required by the Constitution and laws of the State. 

New Member Seated

Rep. Robert W. Lewis, Jr., the newly appointed member, having taken and subscribed the oath administered by the Clerk, as required by the Constitution and laws of the State, was conducted to his seat by the Doorkeeper.

Oath Administered to Sandra P. Grenier

The Speaker directed the Doorkeeper to conduct Sandra P. Grenier, the appointed member from Caledona-3, to the bar of the House where she took the subscribed oath, administered by the Clerk, as required by the Constitution and laws of the State. 

New Member Seated

Rep. Sandra P. Grenier, the newly appointed member, having taken and subscribed the oath administered by the Clerk, as required by the Constitution and laws of the State, was conducted to her seat by the Doorkeeper.

Committee Appointments Announced

The Speaker appointed new members to the following committees:

Rep. Grenier of St. Johnsbury to the committee on Government Operations, Rep. Lewis of Derby to the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources and Rep. McCullough of Williston was appointed vice-chair of Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

 

Message from the Senate No. 33

     A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Marshall, its Assistant Secretary, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed to inform the House that the Senate has on its part passed Senate bills of the following titles:

S. 226.  An act relating to requiring the installation of photoelectric only smoke detectors.

S. 250.  An act relating to decreasing the amounts of cocaine and heroin required to be possessed to trigger drug trafficking penalties.

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

The Senate has considered House proposal of amendment to Senate proposal of amendment to House bill of the following title:

H. 580.  An act relating to terms of members of the Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Review Board.

And has concurred therein.

     The Senate has on its part adopted Senate concurrent resolutions of the following titles:

     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.

     S.C.R. 36.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring Moretown Town Clerk-Treasurer and Trustee of Public Money Susan Goodyear for her pubic service.

     The Senate has on its part adopted concurrent resolutions originating in the House of the following titles:

     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 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.

Committee Bill Introduced

H. 875

Rep. Dostis of Waterbury, for the committee on Natural Resources and Energy, introduced a bill, entitled

An act relating to the sale of real property or transmissions facilities by certain regulated generators of electricity;

Which was read the first time and, under the rule, placed on the Calendar for notice tomorrow.

House Bill Introduced

H. 876

Reps. Nuovo of Middlebury and Maier of Middlebury introduced a bill, entitled

An act relating to approval of amendment to the charter of the town of Middlebury;

Which was read the first time and referred to the committee on Government Operations.

 

 

Senate Bills Referred

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

S. 226

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to requiring the installation of photoelectric only smoke detectors;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

S. 250

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to decreasing the amounts of cocaine and heroin required to be possessed to trigger drug trafficking penalties;

To the committee on Judiciary.

Message from Governor

A message was received from His Excellency, the Governor, by Ms. Dennise Casey, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed by the Governor to inform the House that on the third day of March, 2008, he approved and signed a bill originating in the House of the following title:

H. 874    An act relating to decomposed municipal budgets.

Message from Governor

A message was received from His Excellency, the Governor, by Ms. Dennise Casey, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed by the Governor to inform the House that on the fifth day of March, 2008, he approved and signed a bill originating in the House of the following title:

H. 750    An act relating to prescription drug pricing and information.

Message from Governor

A message was received from His Excellency, the Governor, by Ms. Dennise Casey, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed by the Governor to inform the House that on the sixth day of March, 2008, he approved and signed a bill originating in the House of the following title:

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

Message from the Senate No. 34

     A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Marshall, its Assistant Secretary, as follows:

Madam Speaker:

I am directed to inform the House that the Senate has on its part passed Senate bills of the following titles:

S. 245.  An act relating to crime victims.

S. 280.  An act relating to prosthetic parity.

S. 281.  An act relating to end-of-life care and pain management.

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

The Governor has informed the Senate that on the third day of March, 2008, he approved and signed a bill originating in the Senate of the following title:

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

The Governor has informed the Senate that on the sixth day of March, 2008, he approved and signed a bill originating in the Senate of the following title:

S. 257.  An act relating to Medicaid coverage of naturopathic physicians.

Adjournment

At ten o’clock and forty-five minutes in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the House adjourned until tomorrow at one o’clock in the afternoon.



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