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Journal of the Senate

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Father Kevin Rooney of Northfield and by Dr. Chintamani Yogi of Nepal.

Pledge of Allegiance

The President then led the members of the Senate in the pledge of allegiance.

Bills Introduced

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

S. 45.

By Senators White, Bartlett, McCormack and Nitka,

An act relating to the right to attend town meeting.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

S. 46.

By Senators White, Bartlett and McCormack,

An act relating to wrongful discharge for voting or attending town meeting.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

S. 47.

By Senator White,

An act relating to specifying the radio station serving the emergency planning zone.

To the Committee on Government Operations.


S. 48.

By Senator Mullin,

An act relating to a local option Act 250 exemption for construction within a traditional industrial district.

To the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

S. 49.

By Senators Mullin and Kittell,

An act relating to health insurance for Vermont farmers and farm employees.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S. 50.

By Senators Miller, Ayer, Condos, Flanagan, Illuzzi, Kittell, Lyons, Scott, Snelling and White,

An act relating to chiropractic coverage in Medicaid and VHAP.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S. 51.

By Senators Snelling, Ayer, Campbell, Collins, Condos, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Kittell, Lyons, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Racine, Starr and White,

An act relating to prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

To the Committee on Judiciary.

Senate Resolution Adopted

S.R. 7.

Senate resolution entitled:

Senate resolution in support of the Crown Point Road Association's application to the National Park Service to list two segments of the Crown Point Road on the National register of Historic Places.

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


Appointments Confirmed

The following Gubernatorial appointments were confirmed separately by the Senate, upon full reports given by the Committees to which they were referred:

     Robert N. Allbee of Townshend – Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets – January 1, 2007, to February 28, 2007.

     Robert N. Allbee of Townshend – Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets – March 1, 2007, to February 28, 2009.

Was confirmed by the Senate on a roll call, Yeas 25, Nays 0.

Senator Snelling having demanded the yeas and nays, they were taken and are as follows:

Roll Call

Those Senators who voted in the affirmative were: Ayer, Bartlett, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Racine, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr.

Those Senators who voted in the negative were: None.

Those Senators absent and not voting were: Campbell, Flanagan, MacDonald, Nitka, White.

Appointments Confirmed

Under suspension of the rules (and particularly, Senate Rule 93), as moved by Senator Shumlin, the following Gubernatorial appointments were confirmed together as a group by the Senate, without reports given by the Committees to which they were referred and without debate:

     Leo Willey of Newport – Member, State Police Advisory Commission – July 1, 2006, to February 28, 2010.

     Kenneth McEwan of Mendon – Member, Vermont Economic Development Authority – August 7, 2006, to June 20, 2012.

     Jeri Martinez of Middlesex – Member, State Police Advisory Commission – September 18, 2006, to February 28, 2010.

Recess

On motion of Senate Shumlin the Senate recessed until 1:55 P.M.

Called to Order

At 2:00 P.M. the Senate was called to order by the President.

Joint Assembly

At two o'clock, the hour having arrived for the meeting of the two Houses in Joint Assembly pursuant to:

J.R.S. 6.  Joint resolution to provide for a Joint Assembly to hear the budget message of the Governor.

The Senate repaired to the hall of the House.

Having returned therefrom, at two o'clock and thirty-nine minutes, the President assumed the Chair.

Message from the House No. 10

     A message was received from the House of Representatives by Ms. Wrask, its Second Assistant Clerk, as follows:

Mr. President:

I am directed to inform the Senate the House has considered a joint resolution originating in the Senate of the following title:

J.R.S. 8.  Joint resolution urging Congress to appropriate as quickly as possible federal funds for payment of agricultural disaster relief to Vermont’s financially pressed farmers.

And has adopted the same in concurrence with proposal of amendment in the adoption of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

Adjournment

On motion of Senator Shumlin, the Senate adjourned until one o’clock and thirty minutes in the afternoon on Wednesday, January 24, 2007.

 



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