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Journal of the

Journal of the

Joint Assembly

 

IN JOINT ASSEMBLY, FEBRUARY 15, 2007

10:30 A.M.

The Senate and House of Representatives met in the hall of the House of Representatives pursuant to a joint resolution which was read by the Clerk and is as follows:

     J.R.S. 12.  Joint resolution providing for a Joint Assembly for the election of a Sergeant at Arms, an Adjutant and Inspector General, and three Trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the two Houses meet in Joint Assembly on Thursday, February 15, 2007, at ten o'clock and thirty minutes in the forenoon to elect a Sergeant at Arms, an Adjutant and Inspector General, and three trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College.  In case election of all such officers shall not be made on that day, the two Houses shall meet in Joint Assembly at ten o'clock and thirty minutes in the forenoon, on each succeeding day, Saturdays and Sundays excepted, and proceed in such election, until all such officers are elected.

Presiding Officer

Honorable Brian E. Dubie, President of the Senate, in the Chair.

Clerk

David A. Gibson, Secretary of the Senate, Clerk.

Statement by Presiding Officer

“Pursuant to our Constitution and statutes we are assembled here today in Joint Assembly for the election of an Adjutant and Inspector General, a Sergeant at Arms and three Trustees for the University of Vermont.

“With respect to the election of all of these officers, if a contest exists, then the voting must be done by written ballot.  This mandate is set forth in 2 V.S.A. §12 and in Joint Rule 10(a).  The only offices being contested today are the three trustees for the University of Vermont.

“The following rules shall apply to the conduct of these elections:

First:  All nominations for these offices will be received by the Chair prior to voting, presented in alphabetical order.

Second:  There will be only one nominating speech of not more than three minutes and not more than two seconding speeches of not more than one minute each for each nominee.

“We have three sets of elections today:

a.  First,  To elect a Sergeant at Arms.

b.  Second, To elect an Adjutant and Inspector General.

c.  Third, To elect three UVM Trustees.

“For the first two elections, that for the Sergeant at Arms and for the Adjutant and Inspector General, since there are no contests the provisions of Joint Rule 10(a) will apply.

“This means that election to these two positions may be by voice vote if there is no objection.

“For the third set of elections --- for the three UVM Trustees -- the provisions of Joint Rule 10 have been suspended as a result of the adoption by both houses of J.R.S. 13. Different rules will apply to that election, and majority votes for the three trustees will not be necessary.

Tellers Appointed

“As stated before, one of our elections today is contested and must be decided by written ballot.

“Accordingly, we will need tellers, and the Chair now appoints as tellers:

          Senator M. Jane Kitchel, of Caledonia District, as Chief Teller

          Senator William H. Carris, of Rutland District

          Senator Robert M. Hartwell, of Bennington District

          Representative Kenneth W. Atkins, of Winooski

          Representative Debbie G. Evans, of Essex

          Representative Dexter Randall, of Troy

          Representative Heidi E. Scheuermann, of Stowe”

Election of Sergeant at Arms

The Joint Assembly then proceeded to the election of a Sergeant at Arms.

For the office of Sergeant at Arms, Representative Virginia Milkey of Brattleboro nominated Francis K. Brooks, of Montpelier.


The nomination was seconded by Senator Richard T. Mazza of Grand Isle District.

The nomination was seconded by Representative Kurt Wright of Burlington.

There being no other nominations, the Chair declared that nominations were closed.

Whereupon, no other nominations being made, the vote was taken viva voce pursuant to Joint Rule 10(a), and the Chair declared that

FRANCIS K. BROOKS, of Montpelier

was unanimously elected to the office of Sergeant at Arms for a term of two years, from and including the first day of March, 2007, and until his successor is elected and has qualified.

Election of Adjutant and Inspector General

The Joint Assembly then proceeded to the election of an Adjutant and Inspector General.

For the office of Adjutant and Inspector General, Representative Martha P. Health of Westford nominated Michael D. Dubie, of Essex Junction.

The nomination was seconded by Representative Joseph L. Krawczyk, Jr. of Bennington.

There being no other nominations, the Chair declared that nominations were closed.

Whereupon, no other nominations being made, the vote was taken viva voce pursuant to Joint Rule 10(a), and the Chair declared that

MICHAEL D. DUBIE, of Essex Junction

was unanimously elected to the office of Adjutant and Inspector General for a term of two years, from and including the first day of March, 2007, and until his successor is elected and has qualified.

Election of UVM Trustees

The Joint Assembly then proceeded to the election of three Trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, each for a term of six years, from and including the first day of March, 2007.

The Chair reminded the Joint Assembly that nominations for the office of three UVM Trustees would be received in alphabetical order, with one nominating speech of not more than three minutes and not more than two seconding speeches of not more than one minute for each nominee.


Statement by the Presiding Officer

“As stated previously, for the election of UVM trustees, we will be operating under a different set of rules.  This is because both houses adopted J.R.S. 13, which suspended the provisions of Joint Rule 10 for this particular election.

“By adopting this joint resolution (J.R.S. 13), we have set up a special voting procedure for this election, which will help expedite the process.

“The adoption of J.R.S. 13 permits the Joint Assembly to determine the winners of this election of the three Trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agriculture College by means of a plurality vote.  This means that three candidates can be elected on the same ballot.”

Nominations for UVM Trustees

Representative Robert G. Helm of Castleton nominated Representative Carolyn W. Branagan of Georgia.  The nomination was seconded by Representative Mary M. Morrissey of Bennington.

Representative William J. Lippert, Jr. of Hinesburg then nominated Representative Harry L, Chen of Mendon.  The nomination was seconded by Senator Hull P. Maynard, Jr. of Rutland District.

Representative Martha P. Heath of Westford  then nominated Representative Mary Peterson of Williston.  The nomination was seconded by Representative Harvey B. Otterman, Jr. of Topsham.

Representative Johannah Leddy Donovan of Burlington then nominated Representative Donna G. Sweaney of Windsor.  The nomination was seconded by Representative Richard A. Westman of Cambridge.

Representative Robert Dostis of Waterbury then nominated Representative Rachel Weston of Burlington.  The nomination was seconded by Senator John F. Campbell of Windsor District.

Representative David L. Deen of Westminster then nominated Senator Jeanette K. White of Windham District.  The nomination was seconded by Representative Patricia A. O’Donnell of Vernon.

Summary of Names Placed in Nomination

The six members placed in nomination and on the ballot for the office of Trustee of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College are as follows:

Carolyn W. Branagan, of Georgia

Harry L, Chen, of Mendon

Mary Peterson, of Williston

Donna G. Sweaney, of Windsor

Rachel Weston, of Burlington

Jeanette K. White, of Windham District

Review of Voting Procedure

Prior to the taking of any ballots, the Chair reviewed the “plurality” procedure for choosing candidates, by quoting verbatim from the text of J.R.S. 16, as follows:

“(1)  All candidates for the office of trustee shall be voted upon and decided on the same ballot; members may vote for any number of candidates up to and including the maximum number of vacancies to be filled, which in this case shall be three.

“(2)  The three candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected to fill the three vacancies.

“(3)  In the event that the first balloting for the trustee vacancies results in a tie vote for one or more of the three vacant positions, then voting shall continue on successive ballots until the vacancies have been filled, again by election declared of those candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.”

                               Results of Balloting for UVM Trustees

The ballots were taken and counted, and the result was as follows:

Total ballots..................................... 161

Necessary for election............ three greatest numbers of votes

Branagan.............................. 54

Chen.................................. 93*

Peterson............................... 59

Sweaney............................. 96*

Weston................................. 45

White................................. 79*

          Write-in votes                        2     (Rep. Hube)

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Whereupon the Chair declared that

DONNA G. SWEANEY, of Windsor

having received the most votes cast was duly elected a Trustee of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College for a term of six years, commencing March 1, 2007.


The Chair further declared that

HARRY L. CHEN, of Mendon

having received the second most number of votes cast was duly elected a Trustee of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College for a term of six years, commencing March 1, 2007.

The Chair further declared that

JEANETTE K. WHITE, of Windham District

having received the third most number of votes cast was duly elected a Trustee of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College for a term of six years, commencing March 1, 2007.

Dissolution

The purposes for which the Joint Assembly was convened having been accomplished, the Chair then declared the Joint Assembly dissolved.

DAVID A. GIBSON

Secretary of the Senate

Clerk of the Joint Assembly

 



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