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Journal of the Senate

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Friday, February 9, 2007

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by the Reverend Marty Bascom of East Randolph.

Pages Honored

In appreciation of their many services to the members of the General Assembly, the President recognized the following-named pages who are completing their services today and presented them with commemorative posters:

                                          Caleigh A. Cross of Waterford

                                          Caitlin Duffy of Morristown

                                          Chelsea Evans of Middlesex

                                          Rachel Levine of Middlesex

                                          Kaela Meals of Burlington

                                          Isabel Mora of North Hero

                                          Julia Moore-Stitely of Woodbury

                                          Patrick Saylor of Stowe

                                          Jed Snow of Marshfield

                                          Jillian Stackman of South Burlington

Message from the House No. 16

     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 passed a bill of the following title:

H. 213.  An act relating to interim assistance to the dairy industry and the development of long-term goals for a viable agricultural sector.

In the passage of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

The House has considered a joint resolution originating in the Senate of the following title:

J.R.S. 16.  Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment.

And has adopted the same in concurrence.

Message from the House No. 17

     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 passed a bill of the following title:

H. 113.  An act relating to all-age access for tobacco cessation programs.

In the passage of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

The House has considered a bill originating in the Senate of the following title:

S. 32.  An act relating to appointments and terms for energy coordinators.

And has passed the same in concurrence.

The House has adopted a joint resolution of the following title:

J.R.H. 2.  Joint resolution related to the adoption of the Federal REAL ID Act.

In the adoption of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

     The House has adopted concurrent resolutions of the following titles:

     H.C.R. 32.  Concurrent resolution honoring the heroes of the March 2006 Isle La Motte ice rescue.

     H.C.R. 33.  Concurrent resolution honoring the many achievements of Vermont’s elementary and secondary public school students and teachers.

     H.C.R. 34.  Concurrent resolution commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Hubbardton.

     H.C.R. 35.  Concurrent resolution congratulating the 2005 and 2006 North Hero Destination Imagination championship teams.

     H.C.R. 36.  Concurrent resolution congratulating IBM on its 50th anniversary in Vermont.

     H.C.R. 37.  Concurrent resolution congratulating the Shelburne Community School Wind Ensemble on its selection as a participant in the 2007 Walt Disney World®’s Magic Music Days.

     H.C.R. 38.  Concurrent resolution congratulating the Green Mountain Council Boy Scout Eagle Class of 2006.

     H.C.R. 39.  Concurrent resolution honoring the dementia respite program on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Awareness Day.

In the adoption of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

     The House has considered concurrent resolutions originating in the Senate of the following titles:

     S.C.R. 5.  Concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Burlington High School Seahorses Division II championship football team.

     S.C.R. 6.  Concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) Redhawks Division I championship boys’ soccer team.

     S.C.R. 7.  Concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School Redhawks Division I championship girls’ cross country team.

     S.C.R. 8.  Concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) Redhawks Division I championship girls’ soccer team.

     And has adopted the same in concurrence.

Bills Introduced

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

S. 81.

By Senators Snelling, Collins, Flanagan, Illuzzi, Lyons, McCormack, Miller, Sears and White,

An act relating to prohibiting use of mercury-containing flue vaccines and phasing out the use of mercury in dental fillings.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S. 82.

By Senators Miller, Illuzzi and MacDonald,

An act relating to the use of Vermont addresses and representations of Vermont origin.

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


Bills Referred

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

H. 113.

An act relating to all-age access for tobacco cessation programs.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.

H. 213.

An act relating to interim assistance to the dairy industry and the development of long-term goals for a viable agricultural sector.

To the Committee on Agriculture.

Joint Resolution Referred

J.R.H. 2.

Joint resolution originating in the House of the following title was read the first time and is as follows:

Joint resolution relating to the adoption of the federal REAL ID Act.

Whereas, on May 11, 2005, the federal REAL ID Act was enacted as part of Public Law 109-13, a federal supplemental appropriations measure, and

Whereas, pursuant to the act, every state must implement new federal drivers’ licenses and official identification cards, such as Vermont’s nondriver’s ID, in order that these state-issued identification documents be used for federal identification purposes, and

Whereas, the federal standards associated with these new state identification cards would result in the establishment of a national database containing extensive personal information on individuals that would be available to motor vehicle and law enforcement officials nationwide, and

Whereas, the REAL ID Act also facilitates the establishment of new and massive private databases, including both drivers’ licenses and transactional data gained from scanning the machine-readable information contained on everyone of the identification documents subject to the act, and

Whereas, these public and private databases pose serious threats to the civil liberties of all Vermonters, and

Whereas, under the act, states must have access to five national identity document verification systems, and only one is now operational, and

Whereas, some of the required forms of ID will be difficult or impossible for some citizens to obtain, and

Whereas, a joint National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors’ Association, and American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators’ comprehensive analysis has determined the implementation of the act would cost the states $11 billion during the first five years, and that the states would also incur a one-time $1 billion expense, and

Whereas, the deadline for implementation of the act is approaching rapidly, and

Whereas, neither Congress nor the federal executive branch has received adequate testimony on the effect of the act on the states nor has Congress appropriated sufficient funds for the states to implement this federal mandate, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges Congress to either reconsider its approval of the REAL ID Act or take testimony on the severe financial and technical challenges associated with state implementation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly urges Congress, should it still be determined to go forward with state implementation of the REAL ID Act after careful analysis to:

     1)  Appropriate funds to relieve the states of any new financial obligations including the appropriation of the $1 billion of initial state costs; and

     2)  Adopt the changes to the REAL ID Act outlined in the report entitled “The REAL ID Act: National Impact Analysis” of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governor’s Association, and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.     

Thereupon, in the discretion of the President, under Rule 51, the joint resolution was treated as a bill and referred to the Committee on Transportation.


Bills Passed in Concurrence

House bills of the following titles were severally read the third time and passed in concurrence:

H. 19.

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

H. 23.

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

Senate Concurrent Resolutions

     The following joint concurrent resolutions, having been placed on the consent calendar on the preceding legislative day, and no Senator having requested floor consideration as provided by the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives, are hereby adopted on the part of the Senate:

     By Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

S.C.R. 5.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Burlington High School Seahorses Division II championship football team.

By Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

S.C.R. 6.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) Redhawks Division I championship boys’ soccer team.

By Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

S.C.R. 7.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School Redhawks Division I championship girls’ cross country team.

By Senator Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling,

S.C.R. 8.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) Redhawks Division I championship girls’ soccer team.

     [The full text of the Senate concurrent resolutions appeared in the Senate calendar addendum for Thursday, February 8, 2007, and, if adopted in concurrence by the House, will appear in the volume of the Public Acts and Resolves to be published for this session of the sixty-ninth biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly.]

House Concurrent Resolutions

     The following joint concurrent resolutions having been placed on the consent calendar on the preceding legislative day, and no Senator 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.  32

House concurrent resolution honoring the heroes of the March 2006 Isle La Motte ice rescue

Offered by:  Representative Trombley and others

H.C.R.  33

House concurrent resolution honoring the many achievements of Vermont’s elementary and secondary public school students and teachers

Offered by:  Representative Mrowicki and others

H.C.R.  34

House concurrent resolution commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Hubbardton

Offered by:  Representative Devereux and others

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

H.C.R.  35

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2005 and 2006 North Hero Destination Imagination championship teams

Offered by:  Representative Trombley and others

H.C.R.  36

House concurrent resolution congratulating IBM on its 50th anniversary in Vermont

Offered by:  Representative Hunt and others

Offered by:  Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Mazza, Miller, Racine and Snelling


H.C.R.  37

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Shelburne Community School Wind Ensemble on its selection as a participant in the 2007 Walt Disney World®’s Magic Music Days

Offered by:  Representative Errecart and others

H.C.R.  38

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Green Mountain Council Boy Scout Eagle Class of 2006

Offered by:  Representative Koch and others

Offered by:  Senators Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Condos, Cummings, Kittell, Miller, Racine and Starr

H.C.R. 39

House concurrent resolution honoring the dementia respite program on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Awareness Day

Offered by:  Representatives Head and others

     [The full text of the House concurrent resolutions appeared in the Senate calendar addendum for Thursday, February 8, 2007, and will appear in the volume of the Public Acts and Resolves to be published for this session of the sixty-ninth biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly.]

Adjournment

On motion of Senator Mazza, the Senate adjourned, to reconvene on Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at ten o’clock in the forenoon pursuant to J.R.S. 16.

 



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