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Journal of the House

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2008

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

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Reverend Paul Essoff of Lighthouse Christian Church, Montpelier, VT.

Committee Bill Introduced

H. 891

Rep. Heath of Westford, for the committee on Appropriations, introduced a bill, entitled

An act relating to making appropriation for the support of government;

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

Senate Bills Referred

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

S. 229

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to access to public records;

To the committee on Government Operations.

S. 275

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to motor vehicle passing bicyclists on highways;

     To the committee on Transportation.

S. 297

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to clarifying the definition of “stiff hitch” in the motor vehicle statues;

To the committee on Transportation.

S. 304

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to a groundwater withdrawal permit program;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

S. 311

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to the use value appraisal program;

To the committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources.

S. 324

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to beer and wine tastings;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

S. 344

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to internet and mail order sales of tobacco products;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

S. 345

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to lowering the cost of workers’ compensation;

To the committee on Commerce.

S. 372

Senate bill, entitled

An act relating to evictions, unpaid rent, and abandoned property in rental property;

To the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

 

 

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.S. 59

Joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment;

     By Senator Shumlin,

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That when the two Houses adjourn on Friday, March 28, 2008, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, April 1, 2008.

Was taken up read and adopted in concurrence.

Favorable Report; Third Reading Ordered

H. 862

Rep. Pearson of Burlington, for the committee on Government Operations, to which had been referred House bill, entitled

An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the village of Waterbury;

Reported in favor of its passage.  The bill, having appeared on the Calendar one day for notice, was taken up, read the second time and third reading ordered.

Third Reading; Joint Resolution Adopted

J.R.H. 52

Joint resolution, entitled

Joint resolution urging Congress to enact legislation establishing an Office of the National Nurse;

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

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered; Rules Suspended;

Bill Read Third Time and Passed; Rules Suspended;

Bill Messaged to Senate Forthwith

H. 11

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

An act relating to the commissioner of health;

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. § 104 is amended to read:

§ 104.  COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH; DUTIES

(a)  The secretary shall appoint a commissioner of health, as provided in 3 V.S.A. § 3051, who shall be either a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state or a health care professional who has at least a master’s degree in public health or a related health care field and who, in addition, has had educational and practical experience in the field of public health. 

(b)  The commissioner may delegate such powers and assign such duties to members of the department as may be deemed appropriate and necessary for the proper execution of the provisions of this title.  If the commissioner is not a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state, the commissioner shall fill an existing exempt position within the department by appointing a chief medical officer who shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state and who shall report to the commissioner.  The commissioner shall delegate authority for policies related to the practice of medicine to the chief medical officer.  Such policy areas shall include those described in the following chapters of this title:

(1)  chapter 3, as it pertains to circulars of information prepared by the state board of health, health orders, and emergency health orders;

(2)  chapter 13, relating to chronic care infrastructure and prevention measures;

(3)  chapter 43A, relating to the patient safety surveillance and improvement system;

(4)  chapter 84A, relating to the Vermont prescription monitoring system;

(5)  chapter 86, relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis;

(6)  chapter 91, relating to prescription drug cost containment;

(7)  chapter 92, relating to the treatment of opiate addiction; and

(8)  chapter 231, relating to advance directives for health care and disposition of remains.

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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.

On motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland, the rules were suspended and the bill placed on all remaining stages of passage.  The bill was read the third time and passed and, on motion of Rep. Adams of Hartland the rules were suspended and the bill was ordered messaged to the Senate forthwith.

     Action on Bill Postponed

H. 545

House bill, entitled

An act relating to the agency of human services;

Was taken up and pending the reading of the report of the committee on Government Operations, on motion of Rep. Evans of Essex, action on the bill was postponed until Thursday, April 3, 2008.

Action on Bill Postponed

H. 887

House bill, entitled

An act relating to health care reform;

Was taken up and pending the reading of the report of the committee on Appropriations, on motion of Rep. Leriche of Hardwick, action on the bill was postponed until the next legislative day.

House Resolution Adopted

H.R. 31

House resolution, entitled

House resolution urging the department of buildings and general services to switch off the state illumination lighting during the worldwide Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29, 2008;

Was taken up and adopted.

Message from the Senate No. 45

     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 adopted concurrent resolutions originating in the House of the following titles:

     H.C.R. 248.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Woodstock Union High School Wasps boys’ championship alpine ski team.

     H.C.R. 249.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Lake Region Union High School Rangers Division III boys’ basketball championship team.

     H.C.R. 250.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Proctor High School Phantoms on winning their school’s third consecutive Division IV boys’ basketball championship.

     H.C.R. 251.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Twinfield Trojans Division IV championship girls’ basketball team.

     H.C.R. 252.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Kelley Tully, the 2008 Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year.

     H.C.R. 253.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Mount St. Joseph Academy Mounties Division II championship ice hockey team.

     H.C.R. 254.  House concurrent resolution honoring Greg McClallen for his 36 year of extraordinary coaching and dedication to Rutland High School’s athletic programs.

Adjournment

At ten o’clock and fifteen minutes in the forenoon, on motion of Rep. Komline of Dorset, the House adjourned until Monday, March 31, 2008, at ten o’clock in the forenoon.

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. 248

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Woodstock Union High School Wasps boys’ championship alpine ski team

H.C.R. 249

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Lake Region Union High School Rangers Division III boys’ basketball championship team

H.C.R. 250

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Proctor High School Phantoms on winning their school’s third consecutive Division IV boys’ basketball championship

 

H.C.R. 251

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Twinfield Trojans Division IV championship girls’ basketball team

H.C.R. 252

House concurrent resolution congratulating Kelley Tully, the 2008 Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year

H.C.R. 253

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Mount St. Joseph Academy Mounties Division II championship ice hockey team

H.C.R. 254

House concurrent resolution honoring Greg McClallen for his 36 years of extraordinary coaching and dedication to Rutland High School’s athletic programs

     [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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