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Journal of the Senate

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by the Reverend Shannon Holmes of Montpelier.

Message from the House No. 40

     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. 99.  An act relating to a legislative interim study committee on public libraries.

     H. 380.  An act relating to the regulation of health care facilities.

     H. 400.  An act relating to recapture of health insurance benefits by Group C members of the Vermont state retirement system.

     H. 402.  An act relating to recapture of health insurance benefits by Group F members of the Vermont state retirement system.

H. 429.  An act relating to underground and aboveground storage tanks.

H. 521.  An act relating to miscellaneous substantive tax amendments.

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

Bill Introduced

Senate bill of the following title was introduced, read the first time and referred:

S. 203.

By Senator Campbell,

An act relating to a ten-year plan to decrease both crime and the incarcerated population.

To the Committee on Judiciary.

Bills Referred

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

H. 99.

An act relating to a legislative interim study committee on public libraries.

To the Committee on Education.

H. 380.

An act relating to the regulation of health care facilities.

To the Committee on Health and Welfare.

H. 400.

An act relating to recapture of health insurance benefits by Group C members of the Vermont state retirement system.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

H. 402.

An act relating to recapture of health insurance benefits by Group F members of the Vermont state retirement system.

To the Committee on Government Operations.

H. 429.

An act relating to underground and aboveground storage tanks.

To the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

H. 521.

An act relating to miscellaneous substantive tax amendments.

To the Committee on Finance.

Joint Resolution Adopted on the Part of the Senate

Joint Senate resolution of the following title was offered, read and adopted on the part of the Senate, and is as follows:

   By Senator Shumlin,

     J.R.S. 27.  Joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That when the two Houses adjourn on Friday, March 30, 2007, it be to meet again no later than Tuesday, April 3, 2007.

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered

S. 143.

Senator Scott, for the Committee on Transportation, to which was referred Senate bill entitled:

An act relating to authorizing the use of racing fuel containing the additive MTBE or other gasoline ethers.

     Reported recommending that the bill be amended in Sec. 1, 10 V.S.A. § 577 by striking out subsection (c) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (c) to read as follows:

(c)  A fuel product used in a race or sports car event, as both are defined in 26 V.S.A. § 4801, may contain a gasoline ether and may be sold at retail or sold for use in the state, provided that it is sold in prepackaged drums, pails, or containers.

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, and the recommendation of amendment was agreed to.

Thereupon, pending the question, Shall the bill be read the third time?, Senator Hartwell, on behalf of the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, moved to amend the bill as follows:

First:  In Sec. 1, 10 V.S.A. § 577(b), by adding two new subdivisions to be numbered subdivisions (4) and (5) to read as follows:

(4)  “Motor vehicle” means all vehicles propelled or drawn by power other than muscular power, except farm tractors, vehicles running only upon stationary rails or tracks, motorized highway building equipment, road-making appliances, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, tracked vehicles, or electric personal assistive mobility devices.

(5)  “Race” means a race or contest permitted under section 4802 of Title 26 involving a motor vehicle at which prizes or other consideration is awarded to participants or admission is charged to spectators.  However, this subdivision shall not apply to sports car events as that term is defined in section 4801 of Title 26.

Second:  In Sec. 1, by striking out subsection (c) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (c) to read as follows:

(c)  A fuel product used by a motor vehicle in a race may contain a gasoline ether and may be sold at retail or sold at wholesale for use in a race in the state, provided that it is sold in prepackaged drums, pails, or containers.

     Thereupon, third reading of the bill was ordered.

Consideration Postponed

S. 190.

Senate bill entitled:

An act relating to establishing a brownfields advisory committee.

Was taken up.

Thereupon, without objection consideration of the bill was postponed until the next legislative day.

Bill Passed in Concurrence with Proposals of Amendment

H. 357.

House bill of the following title was read the third time and passed in concurrence with proposals of amendment:

An act relating to registration of lobbyists.

Consideration Postponed

S. 115.

Senate bill entitled:

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

Was taken up.

Thereupon, on motion of Senator Racine, consideration of the bill was postponed until Tuesday, April 3, 2007.

Third Reading Ordered

H. 72.

Senator White, for the Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred House bill entitled:

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

Reported that the bill ought to pass in concurrence.

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


Joint Resolution Adopted in Concurrence

J.R.H. 19.

Joint House resolution entitled:

Joint resolution relating to Boys’ State use of the state house.

Having been placed on the Calendar for action, was taken up and adopted in concurrence.

Adjournment

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

 



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