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Journal of the Senate

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Friday, March 16, 2007

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

A moment of silence was observed in lieu of devotions.

Message from the House No. 32

     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. 51.  An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the village of Newbury.

     H. 97.  An act relating to the ability of the unified towns and gores of Essex County to incur indebtedness.

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. 23.  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. 63.  Concurrent resolution honoring Representative Francis K. Brooks.

     H.C.R. 64. Concurrent resolution honoring Gloria Gerdes for her 30 years of exemplary public service in the town of Roxbury.

     H.C.R. 65.  Concurrent resolution in memory of Andrea Parhamovich.

     H.C.R. 66.  Concurrent resolution honoring the community service and life‑saving activities of the Vermont chapters of the American Red Cross.

     H.C.R. 67.  Concurrent resolution welcoming the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission to the state house.

     H.C.R. 68.  Concurrent resolution commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Revolutionary War fortification of Mount Independence in Orwell, Vermont.

     H.C.R. 69.  Concurrent resolution in memory of Margaret A. Maurice of Burlington.

     H.C.R. 70.  Concurrent resolution congratulating Alexandra Larrow of Vergennes on her designation as Vermont’s Junior Miss 2007.

     H.C.R. 71.  Concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Vermont Girl Scout Council’s gold and silver award recipients.

     H.C.R. 72.  Concurrent resolution honoring cancer survivors.

     H.C.R. 73.  Concurrent resolution honoring the outstanding work of child care providers in Vermont.

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

Bills Introduced

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

S. 185.

By Senators Coppenrath, Condos, Doyle, Maynard, McCormack and Starr,

An act relating to the Vermont ready-to-work certification program.

To the Committee on Education.

S. 186.

By Senators Hartwell and Sears,

An act relating to repealing outdated municipal ordinances relating to trailer parks.

To the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

S. 187.

By Senators Campbell, Illuzzi,

An act relating to reducing the number of jurors in civil actions and criminal proceedings and requiring notice prior to issuing a subpoena of a victim’s confidential records.

To the Committee on Judiciary.


S. 188.

By Senators Hartwell and Sears,

An act relating to mobile home park sale and closure.

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

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. 189.

By the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs,

An act relating to affordable electric rates for retired and lower-income Vermonters.

Bills Referred

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

H. 51.

An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the village of Newbury.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

H. 72.

An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the city of Barre.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

H. 97.

An act relating to the ability of the unified towns and gores of Essex County to incur indebtedness.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

Bills Referred to Committee on Finance

Senate bills of the following titles, appearing on the Calendar for notice, and affecting the revenue of the state, under the rule were severally referred to the Committee on Finance:


S. 94.

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

S. 183.

An act relating to federal motor vehicle REAL ID Act.

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:

     Heidi Pelletier of Montpelier - Member of the Vermont State Colleges, - from March 14, 2007, to February 28, 2013.

     To the Committee on Education.

     Harlan Sylvester of South Burlington - Member of the Vermont Racing Commission, - from March 8, 2007, to January 31, 2013.

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

     Susan K. Blair of Colchester – Alternative Member of the Parole Board, - from March 1, 2007, to February 28, 2010.

     To the Committee on Institutions.

     Peter J. Wright of Lake Elmore - Member of the Vermont State Colleges Board Trustees, - from March 1, 2007, to February 28, 2013.

     To the Committee on Education.

     Jo Ann C. Troiano of Montpelier - Member of the Vermont State Housing Authority, - from March 1, 2007, to February 28, 2012.

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

     Dana Kittell of East Fairfield - Member of the Fish and Wildlife Board, - from March 1, 2007, to February 28, 2013.

     To the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

     William J. Pettengill of Guilford - Member of the Parole Board, - from March 1, 2007, to February 28, 2010.

     To the Committee on Institutions.

     Brian Vachon of Middlesex - Member of the State Board of Education, - from March 1, 2007, to February 28, 2013.

     To the Committee on Education.

Bill Called Up

S. 27.

Senate bill of the following title was called up by Senator Miller, and, under the rule, placed on the Calendar for action the next legislative day:

An act relating to increasing the minimum tip wage.

Bill Passed

Senate bill of the following title:

S. 51.

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

     Was read the third time and passed on a roll call, Yeas 27, Nays 1.

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

The Senator who voted in the negative was: Maynard.

Those Senators absent and not voting were: Coppenrath, Mullin.

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered

S. 34.

Senator Giard, for the Committee on Education, to which was referred Senate bill entitled:

An act relating to humane treatment of animals in schools and the right to an instructional alternative to dissection.

Reported recommending that the bill be amended as follows:

First:  In Sec. 1, § 912, subsection (b), by striking out the words “harmful or destructive use” and inserting in lieu thereof the words use or dissection

Second:  In Sec. 1, § 912, subsection (d), by striking out the words “in the phylum chordata

Third:  In Sec. 1, § 913, subsection (a), by striking out the following:  “, and in public and independent elementary and secondary school-sponsored activities occurring at a location other than the school premises,

And that when so amended the bill ought to pass.

Thereupon, the bill was read the second time by title only pursuant to Rule 43, the recommendations of amendment were collectively agreed to, and third reading of the bill was ordered.

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.  63.

House concurrent resolution honoring Representative Francis K. Brooks.

Offered by:  Representative Kitzmiller and others

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle, Scott, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White

H.C.R.  64.

House concurrent resolution honoring Gloria Gerdes for her 30 years of exemplary public service in the town of Roxbury.

Offered by:  Representative Grad and others

H.C.R.  65.

House concurrent resolution in memory of Andrea Parhamovich.

Offered by:  Representative Donovan and others

H.C.R.  66.

House concurrent resolution honoring the community service and life‑saving activities of the Vermont chapters of the American Red Cross.

Offered by:  Representative Morrissey and others

H.C.R.  67.

House concurrent resolution welcoming the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission to the state house.

Offered by:  Representative Atkins and others

Offered by:  Senator Mazza

H.C.R.  68.

House concurrent resolution commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Revolutionary War fortification of Mount Independence in Orwell, Vermont.

Offered by:  Representative Stevens and others

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

H.C.R.  69.

House concurrent resolution in memory of Margaret A. Maurice of Burlington.

Offered by:  Representative Donovan and others

H.C.R.  70.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Alexandra Larrow of Vergennes on her designation as Vermont’s Junior Miss 2007.

Offered by:  Representative Clark and others

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

H.C.R.  71.

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Vermont Girl Scout Council’s gold and silver award recipients.

Offered by:  Representative Morrissey and others

H.C.R.  72.

House concurrent resolution honoring cancer survivors.

Offered by:  Representative McDonald and others

H.C.R.  73.

House concurrent resolution honoring the outstanding work of child care providers in Vermont.

Offered by:  Representative Pugh and others

Offered by:  Senators Racine, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Mullin, Nitka, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White

     [The full text of the House concurrent resolutions appeared in the Senate calendar addendum for Thursday, March 15, 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, March 20, 2007, at ten o’clock in the forenoon pursuant to J.R.S. 23.

 



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