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Journal of the Senate

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by the Reverend Jim Herod of Washington.

Bills Introduced

Senate bills of the following titles were severally introduced, read the first time and referred:

S. 38.

By Senators Kitchel and Coppenrath,

An act designating Act 19 of the 2005 Biennial Session as the Jeffrey Hill Rodliff Memorial Act.

To the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

S. 39.

By Senators Miller, Ayer, Flanagan, Lyons, Snelling and White,

An act relating to health insurance plan reimbursement for covered services provided by naturopathic physicians.

To the Committee on Finance.

Senate Resolution Referred

S.R. 5.

Senate resolution of the following title was offered, read the first time and is as follows:

   By Senators Mullin and Bartlett,

     S.R. 5.  Senate resolution supporting a Taiwan-United States agreement (TUFTA).

Whereas, Taiwan and the United States share an important economic and strategic international relationship, and

Whereas, TUFTA advances the national interests of both Taiwan and the United States, and

Whereas, both countries are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and TUFTA would expand on the principles advanced by the WTO and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and

Whereas, Taiwan and the United States share and promote a mutual belief in freedom, democracy, antiterrorism, and market principles, and

Whereas, the level of mutual investment between Taiwan and the United States is quite high, whereby Taiwan is the eighth largest trading partner of the United States and, in 2005, United States exports to Taiwan totaled $22 billion, and

Whereas, United States exports to Taiwan under TUFTA would expand by an estimated $3.4 billion, and

Whereas, two-way investment flow would create new business and employment opportunities and would foster closer ties between Taiwanese and United States firms, and

Whereas, streamlined foreign investment procedures developed under TUFTA would lead to further investment by firms in both Taiwan and the United States, and

Whereas, TUFTA would stimulate joint development of advanced technology and new high-tech applications, and promote new cooperative ventures, and

Whereas, a 2002 study by the U.S. International Trade Commission supports the negotiation of a Taiwan-United States Free Trade Agreement, and

Whereas, TUFTA would build on the existing strong relations between Taiwan and the United States to boost simultaneously Taiwan's security and democracy, and would serve the broader interests of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate: 

That this legislative body supports the negotiation of a Taiwan-United States Free Trade Agreement, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President, to U. S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, to the members of the Vermont Congressional delegation, to President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan, and to K.T. Yang, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston.

Thereupon, the President, in his discretion, treated the joint resolution as a bill and referred it to the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

Bill Passed

Senate bill of the following title was read the third time and passed:

S. 32.

An act relating to appointments and terms for energy coordinators.

Third Reading Ordered

S. 2.

Senator Campbell, for the Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred Senate bill entitled:

An act relating to bail and to eligibility for public defender services for defendants charged with retail theft.

Reported that the bill ought to pass.

Thereupon, the bill was read the second time by title only pursuant to Rule 43, and third reading of the bill was ordered.

Joint Resolution Adopted on the Part of the Senate

J.R.S. 8.

Joint Senate resolution entitled:

Joint resolution urging Congress to appropriate as quickly as possible federal funds for payment of agricultural disaster relief to Vermont’s financially pressed farmers.

Having been placed on the Calendar for action, was taken up and adopted on the part of the Senate.

Appointment to Commission on Women

Pursuant to the provisions of Sec. 175b of No. 142 of the Acts of 2002, the President pro tempore, on behalf of the Committee on Committees, announced the appointment of the following person to serve on the Commission on Women for a term of four years, to expire June 30, 2010:

Karen Henry, of Brattleboro


Appointment of Senate Members to the Joint Energy Committee

Pursuant to the provisions of 2 V.S.A. §601, the President pro tempore, on behalf of the Committee on Committees, announced the appointment of the following Senators to serve on the Joint Energy Committee for terms of two years ending on February 1, 2009:

Senator Ayer

Senator Illuzzi

Senator MacDonald

Senator Lyons

Judicial Nominating Board

Senator Shumlin also announced on behalf of the Committee on Committees the nominations of the following Senators to serve as members of the Judicial Nominating Board for two-year terms commencing February 1, 2007.

                                         Senator Kittell

                                         Senator Scott

                                         Senator Campbell

Appointment of Senate Members to Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules

Pursuant to the provisions of 3 V.S.A. §817, the President pro tempore, on behalf of the Committee on Committees, announced the appointment of the following Senators to serve on the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules for terms of two years ending February 1, 2009:

Senator MacDonald

Senator Snelling

Senator Flanagan

Senator Cummings

Appointment of Senate Member to New England Board of Higher Education

Pursuant to the provisions of 16 V.S.A. §2731, the President announced the appointment of the following Senator to serve on the New England Board of Higher Education for a term of six years:

Senator Maynard

Adjournment

On motion of Senator Shumlin, the Senate adjourned until eleven o’clock and forty-five minutes in the morning.



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