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Journal of the Senate

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by the Reverend Amelia Pitton of Montpelier.

Pledge of Allegiance

Pages Jeremy Wallis and Matt Zahn then led the members of the Senate in the pledge of allegiance.

Message from the House No. 19

     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. 254.  An act relating to the transfer of payroll functions from the Department of Human Resources to the Department of Finance and Management.

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. 17.  Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment.

And has adopted the same in concurrence.

     The House has adopted concurrent resolutions of the following titles:

     H.C.R. 40.  Concurrent resolution in memory of Brian Lawrence Wrigley.

     H.C.R. 41.  Concurrent resolution honoring Joyce Wyman for her local and state public service.

     H.C.R. 42.  Concurrent resolution in memory of Seward Weber.

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


Committee Bill Introduced

Senate committee bill of the following title was introduced, read the first time, and, under the rule, placed on the Calendar for notice tomorrow:

S. 91.

By the Committee on Finance,

An act relating to the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration.

Bills Introduced

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

S. 94.

By Senators Lyons, Cummings and Shumlin,

An act relating to greenhouse gas reduction, the efficiency utility, assessing an efficiency nega-rate charge and heating fuels, and other matters relating to building efficiency.

To the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

S. 95.

By Senator Cummings,

An act relating to small business eligibility for Catamount Health and VHAP.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S. 96.

By Senators Lyons, Ayer, Bartlett, Condos, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, MacDonald, McCormack, Miller Racine, Shumlin, Snelling and White,

An act relating to improving pollution control measures for Lake Champlain.

To the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

S. 97.

By Senator Sears,

An act relating to correctional facilities.

To the Committee on Judiciary.


Bill Referred

House bill of the following title was read the first time and referred:

H. 254.

An act relating to the transfer of payroll functions from the Department of Human Resources to the Department of Finance and Management.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

Consideration Postponed

H. 213.

Senate bill entitled:

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

Was taken up.

Thereupon, without objection consideration of the bill was postponed.

Appointment Confirmed

The following Gubernatorial appointment was confirmed by the Senate, upon full report given by the Committees to which it was referred:

     Thomas Murray of Middlesex – Commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation – March 1, 2007, to February 28, 2009.

Was confirmed by the Senate on a roll call, Yeas 20, 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, Campbell, Carris, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Giard, Hartwell, Kittell, Lyons, Maynard, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Racine, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr.

Those Senators who voted in the negative were: None.

Those Senators absent and not voting were: Bartlett, Collins, Flanagan, Illuzzi, Kitchel, MacDonald, Mazza, Nitka, Scott, White.


Recess

On motion of Senator Shumlin the Senate recessed until 4:15 P.M.

Called to Order

At 4:25 P.M. the Senate was called to order by the President.

Message from the House No. 20

     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 bills of the following titles:

     H. 88.  An act relating to education property tax rate adjustments.

     H. 128.  An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the town of Bradford.

     H. 131.  An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the village of North Troy.

     H. 137.  An act relating to the restoration of a Department of Mental Health and a Commissioner of Mental Health.

H. 157.  An act relating to home-fermented beverage competitions.

H. 294.  An act relating to executive branch fees.

H. 302.  An act relating to fiscal year 2007 budget adjustments.

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

Bills Referred

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

H. 88.

An act relating to education property tax rate adjustments.

To the Committee on Finance.

H. 128.

An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the town of Bradford.

To the Committee on Government Operations.


H. 131.

An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the village of North Troy.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

H. 137.

An act relating to the restoration of a Department of Mental Health and a Commissioner of Mental Health.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

H. 157.

An act relating to home-fermented beverage competitions.

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

H. 294.

An act relating to executive branch fees.

To the Committee on Finance.

H. 302.

An act relating to fiscal year 2007 budget adjustments.

To the Committee on Appropriations.

Proposal of Amendment; Bill Passed in Concurrence with Proposals of Amendment; Bill Messaged

H. 213.

House bill entitled:

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

Was taken up.

Thereupon, pending third reading of the bill, Senator Scott moved to amend the proposal of amendment as follows:

First:  In Sec. 5(b) by striking out the figure: “$200,000.00” and inserting in lieu thereof the figure: $100,000.00

Second:  After Sec. 5(b) by adding a new subsection (c) to read as follows:

(c)  The sum of $100,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the agency of agriculture, food and markets for emergency funding for farm capital needs resulting from the February 2007 blizzard. The funds shall be used according to a plan determined by the secretary of the agency of agriculture, food and markets and whatever funds are not necessary for the blizzard emergency shall go to the Vermont agricultural credit corporation for the purpose of the interest support program pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

Which was agreed to.

Thereupon, the bill was read the third time and passed in concurrence with proposals of amendment.

Thereupon, on motion of Senator Shumlin, the rules were suspended and the bill was ordered messaged to the House forthwith.

Adjournment

On motion of Senator Shumlin, the Senate adjourned until one o’clock and thirty minutes in the afternoon on Wednesday, February 21, 2007.

 



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