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Journal of the Senate

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Friday, February 23, 2007

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

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

Message from the House No. 23

     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. 15.  An act relating to a statewide school year calendar.

     H. 274.  An act relating to adult foster care.

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

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

J.R.H. 16.  Joint resolution recognizing February 22, 2007, as Hunger Awareness Day and supporting efforts to eliminate hunger in Vermont by maximizing the use of federal nutrition programs.

In the adoption 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. 18.  Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment.

And has adopted the same in concurrence.

Message from the House No. 24

     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 adopted concurrent resolutions of the following titles:

     H.C.R. 43.  Concurrent resolution thanking the Vermont agency of transportation’s district and central garage forces for their heroic response to the 2007 Valentine’s Day blizzard.

     H.C.R. 44.  Concurrent resolution honoring Vermont wood products and fine furnishings and the creative artisans who produce these products.

     H.C.R. 45.  Concurrent resolution honoring Adeline Baker on the conclusion of her outstanding career at the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic.

     H.C.R. 46.  Concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team.

     H.C.R. 47.  Concurrent resolution honoring retiring Vermont Life Magazine editor Tom Slayton.

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

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

     S.C.R. 9.  Concurrent resolution thanking the state employees who work in the Bennington state office building.

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. 108.

By Senators Condos, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Flanagan, Giard, Kittell, Lyons, McCormack, Racine, Shumlin and White,

An act relating to election for statewide and national offices by the instant runoff voting method.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

S. 109.

By Senators Ayer and Cummings,

An act relating to providing defense services and indemnification for the providers of home services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

To the Committee on Judiciary.


S. 110.

By Senator Collins,

An act relating to municipal impact fees.

To the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

S. 111.

By Senator Campbell,

An act relating to restitution.

To the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 112.

By Senator Campbell,

An act relating to victims compensation.

To the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 113.

By Senator Miller,

An act relating to Ribicoff eligibility for Medicaid.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S. 114.

By Senators Cummings, Ayer and White,

An act relating to enhancing mental health parity.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.

Committee Bills Introduced

Senate committee bills of the following titles were severally introduced, read the first time, and, under the rule, placed on the Calendar for notice the next legislative day:

S. 115.

By the Committee on Finance,

An act relating to increasing transparency of prescription drug pricing and information.


S. 116.

By the Committee on Government Operations,

An act relating to miscellaneous election law amendments.

Bills Introduced

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

S. 117.

By Senator Collins,

An act relating to statewide school year calendar.

To the Committee on Education.

S. 118.

By Senator Collins,

An act relating to fiscal review of high spending districts and special education.

To the Committee on Education.

S. 119.

By Senator Collins,

An act relating to a civics educator in the legislative council.

To the Committee on Education.

S. 120.

By Senators White and Shumlin,

An act relating to wine tastings at farmers’ markets.

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

S. 121.

By Senator Collins,

An act relating to enhancing Vermont’s system of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

To the Committee on Education.


S. 122.

By Senators Collins and Doyle,

An act relating to scholarships for postsecondary education and training and grants for workforce development and technical centers.

To the Committee on Education.

S. 123.

By Senators Sears, Campbell, Cummings, Mulling and Nitka,

An act relating to increasing sex offender registry requirements for noncompliant high-risk sex offenders.

To the Committee on Judiciary.

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 the next legislative day:

S. 124.

By the Committee on Appropriations,

An act relating to planning and evaluating operations for inpatient psychiatric hospital services.

Bills Referred

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

H. 15.

An act relating to a statewide school year calendar.

To the Committee on Education.

H. 274.

An act relating to adult foster care.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.


Bill Referred to Committee on Appropriations

S. 50.

Senate bill of the following title, appearing on the Calendar for notice and carrying an appropriation or requiring the expenditure of funds, under the rule was referred to the Committee on Appropriations:

An act relating to chiropractic coverage in Medicaid and VHAP.

Joint Resolution Placed on Calendar

J.R.H. 16.

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

Joint resolution recognizing February 22, 2007, as Hunger Awareness Day and supporting efforts to eliminate hunger in Vermont by maximizing the use of federal nutrition programs.

Whereas, 19,000 of Vermont’s children lack consistent access to nutritionally adequate foods due to economic hardship and lack of resources, and

Whereas, the joint fiscal office of the Vermont general assembly found that families earning up to 200 percent of the poverty line have trouble meeting their basic needs, and

Whereas, according to U.S. Census data, rates of poverty and food insecurity among both children and households in Vermont are on the rise, and

Whereas, children living with food insecurity are at a significantly greater risk for illness, nutrient deficiency, delayed development, obesity, behavioral problems, educational challenges, abuse, and neglect, and

Whereas, hunger and malnutrition in Vermont strain our state’s financial and medical resources, act as barriers to the growth of healthy communities, and threaten our investments in education, and

Whereas, increasing participation in the federal nutrition programs provides an effective, consistent, and dignified means for ending hunger in Vermont, and

Whereas, federal nutrition programs bring over $60 million into the state each year, stimulating Vermont’s economy and supporting local business and farmers, and

Whereas, families struggling to put food on the table need and deserve the support of their own communities and the entire state of Vermont, and

Whereas, hunger is a social, political, and public health issue that requires the attention of Vermont’s leaders, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes February 22, 2007, as Hunger Awareness Day in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly declares it to be in the best interest of Vermonters to maximize the use of federal nutrition programs and for the state of Vermont to support greater accessibility to these programs and expansion of the services they offer, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. Donald Swartz at the Department of Health, chair of the Governor’s task force on hunger, to the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, and to the members of the Vermont Congressional delegation.

Thereupon, in the discretion of the President, under Rule 51, the joint resolution was placed on the Calendar for action the next legislative day.

Rules Suspended; Committee Relieved of Further Consideration; Bill Committed

S. 107.

On motion of Senator White, the rules were suspended, and S. 107 was taken up for immediate consideration, for the purpose of relieving the Committee on Transportation from further consideration of the bill. Thereupon, on motion of Senator White, the Committee on Transportation was relieved of Senate bill entitled:

An act relating to mapping class four town highways and trails and mass discontinuances of unmapped town highways.

and the bill was committed to the Committee on Government Operations.

Rules Suspended; Bill Committed

S. 115.

Pending entry on the Calendar for notice, on motion of Senator Shumlin, the rules were suspended and Senate bill entitled:

An act relating to increasing transparency of prescription drug pricing and information.

Was taken up for immediate consideration.

Thereupon, pending second reading of the bill on motion of Senator Shumlin, the bill was committed to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

Bill Passed

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

S. 91.

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

Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.H. 1.

Joint House resolution of the following title was read the third time and adopted in concurrence:

Joint resolution to request Congress to ban exportation of elemental mercury.

Senate Concurrent Resolution

     The following joint concurrent resolution, 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, is hereby adopted on the part of the Senate:

By Senators Sears and Hartwell,

By Representative Morrissey and others,

S.C.R. 9.

Senate concurrent resolution thanking the state employees who work in the Bennington state office building.

     [The full text of the Senate concurrent resolutions appeared in the Senate calendar addendum for Thursday, February 22, 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.  43

House concurrent resolution thanking the Vermont agency of transportation’s district and central garage forces for their heroic response to the 2007 Valentine’s Day blizzard

Offered by:  Committee on Transportation

H.C.R.  44

House concurrent resolution honoring Vermont wood products and fine furnishings and the creative artisans who produce these products

Offered by:  Representative Copeland-Hanzas and others

H.C.R.  45

House concurrent resolution honoring Adeline Baker on the conclusion of her outstanding career at the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic

Offered by:  Representative Hube and others

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

H.C.R.  46

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team

Offered by:  Representative Pugh and others

H.C.R.  47

House concurrent resolution honoring retiring Vermont Life Magazine editor Tom Slayton

Offered by:  Representative Brooks and others

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

     [The full text of the House concurrent resolutions appeared in the Senate calendar addendum for Thursday, February 22, 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 Shumlin, the Senate adjourned, to reconvene on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, at ten o’clock in the forenoon pursuant to J.R.S. 18.

 



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