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Journal of the Senate

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

A moment of silence was observed in lieu of devotions.

Bills Referred

House bills of the following titles were severally read the first time and referred:

H. 19.

An act relating to approval of amendment to the charter of the city of St. Albans.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

H. 23.

An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the town of Stowe.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

Senate Resolution Placed on Calendar

S.R. 8.

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

By Senators Lyons, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Cummings, Giard, Hartwell, MacDonald, McCormack, Miller, Nitka, Sears, Shumlin and Snelling,

     S.R. 8.  Senate resolution relating to designating February 2, 2007, as "Wear Red for Women Day."

Whereas, diseases of the heart are the nation’s leading cause of death, and stroke is the third leading cause of death, and

Whereas, cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of over 480,000 American females each year (about one death per minute), and

Whereas, each year, of the females who die, 53 percent die from cardiovascular disease as compared to 46 percent of men, and approximately 35,000 more females than males die of stroke, and

Whereas, in 2006, the estimated direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in the United States are $403.1 billion, and

Whereas, only 13 percent of women consider cardiovascular disease their greatest health risk, and

Whereas, February is designated as American Heart Month, and

Whereas, “Go Red For Women” is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness of heart disease and to inspire women to take charge of their cardiovascular health, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That this Senate of the State of Vermont designates February 2, 2007, as “Wear Red for Women Day” and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Nicole M. Lukas at the Vermont American Heart Association Northeast Affiliate in Williston.

Thereupon, in the discretion of the President, under Rule 51, the resolution was placed on the Calendar for action tomorrow.

Senate Resolution Referred

S.R. 9.

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

By Senators Lyons, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Collins, Condos, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Kitchel, Kittell, Miller, Nitka, Racine, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling and White,

S.R. 9.  Senate resolution commemorating the 34th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade legalizing a woman’s right to reproductive choice.

Whereas, on January 22, 1973, in a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court issued its historic ruling in Roe v. Wade which affirmed that every woman has the right to weigh the personal, moral and religious considerations involved in deciding when or whether to have children, and

Whereas, one of the most private and difficult decisions is whether to begin, prevent, continue or terminate a pregnancy, and

Whereas, Vermonters have a proud tradition of trusting women in consultation with their families and doctors to make personal decisions about their reproductive lives, and

Whereas, this legislative body has been a reliable advocate for women and families, and

Whereas, families are strengthened by encouraging and promoting access to comprehensive family planning services, and

Whereas, women and men should have more meaningful access to family planning services that prevent unintended pregnancies, thereby reducing the need for abortion, and

Whereas, legal and practical barriers to the full range of reproductive services endanger women’s health and lives, and

Whereas, after the Roe v. Wade decision, access to safe and legal abortions has protected the health and lives of thousands of American women and virtually eliminated the risk of death and complications caused by unsafe and illegal abortions, and

Whereas, despite the strong history of the Roe v. Wade decision, there are increasing threats to reproductive health and freedom emerging from all branches and levels of government, and

Whereas, true equality in education, employment and society can only be achieved if women have the ultimate decision to control their reproductive lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate of the State of Vermont reaffirms the right of every Vermont woman to privacy, autonomy and safety in making personal decisions regarding reproduction and family planning, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each member of the Vermont Congressional delegation.

Thereupon, the President, in his discretion, treated the Senate resolution as a bill and referred it to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

Message from the Governor

Appointments Referred

     A message was received from the Governor, by Kiersten Bourgeois, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, submitting the following appointments, which were referred to committees as indicated:


     Thomas A. Zonay, Esq. of Taftsville – District Court Judge, - from March 1, 2007, to March 31, 2007.

     To the Committee on Judiciary.

     Cortland T. Corsones, Esq. of Mendon – Superior Court Judge, - from March 1, 2007, to March 31, 2011.

     To the Committee on Judiciary.

Rules Suspended; Committee Relieved of Further Consideration; Bill Committed

S. 39.

On motion of Senator Shumlin, the rules were suspended, and S. 39 was taken up for immediate consideration, for the purpose of relieving the Committee on Finance from further consideration of the bill. Thereupon, on motion of Senator Shumlin, the Committee on Finance was relieved of Senate bill entitled:

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

and the bill was committed to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

Adjournment

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

 



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