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Journal of the Senate

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Friday, April 6, 2007

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Devotional Exercises

Devotional exercises were conducted by Rabbi James Glazier of Burlington.

Message from the House No. 46

     A message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. MaGill, its First Assistant Clerk, as follows:

Mr. President:

I am directed to inform the Senate the House has passed bills of the following title:

H. 526.  An act relating to education quality and cost control.

H. 534.  An act relating to prekindergarten education.

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. 526.

An act relating to education quality and cost control.

To the Committee on Education.

H. 534.

An act relating to prekindergarten education.

To the Committee on Education.

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:


     Carolyn Cooke of Colchester - Member of the Sustainable Jobs Fund Board of Directors, - from April 2, 2007, to August 31, 2009.

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

     Lenae Quillen-Blume of Quechee - Member of the Sustainable Jobs Fund Board of Directors, - from April 2, 2007, to August 31, 2009.

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

     Eva Morse of Calais - Member of the Current Use Advisory Board, - from April 4, 2007, to January 31, 2010.

     To the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

     Laurie A. Rowell of Rockingham - Member of the Valuation Appeals Board, - from April 4, 2007, to January 31, 2010.

     To the Committee on Finance.

Bills Ordered to Lie

Senate bills entitled:

S. 102.

An act relating to decreasing the percentage to determine a school district’s excess spending.

S. 118.

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

Were taken up.

Thereupon, pending the reading of the reports of the Committee on Education, on motion of Senator Collins, the bills were ordered to lie.

Bill Amended; Third Reading Ordered

S. 191.

Senate bill entitled:

An act relating to financing, reappraisal, and infrastructure in tax increment financing districts.

Was taken up.

     Senator Cummings, for the Committee on Finance, to which the bill was referred, reported recommending that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  24 V.S.A. § 1891 is amended to read:

§ 1891.  DEFINITIONS

When used in this subchapter:

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(6)  “Related costs” means expenses, exclusive of the actual cost of constructing and financing improvements, as defined in subdivision 1751(3) of this title, that are directly related to creation of the tax increment financing district and reimbursement of sums previously advanced by the municipality for those purposes, and attaining necessary to attain the purposes and goals for which the tax increment financing district was created, as approved by the Vermont economic progress council.  As used in this subdivision, related costs are “improvements” as defined in subdivision 1751(3) of this title.

(7)  “Financing” means any type of indebtedness incurred or financial vehicles used by a municipality to pay for improvements in a tax increment financing district.

Sec. 2.  24 V.S.A. § 1893 is amended to read:

§ 1893.  PURPOSE

The purpose of tax increment financing districts is to provide revenues for improvements, located wholly or partly within that serve the district and related costs, which will stimulate development or redevelopment within the district, provide for employment opportunities, improve and broaden the tax base, or and enhance the general economic vitality of the municipality, the region, or and the state.

Sec. 3.  24 V.S.A. § 1894 is amended to read:

§ 1894.  POWER AND LIFE OF DISTRICT

(a)  The municipality may incur indebtedness against revenues of the tax increment financing districts for a period of up to 20 years following the creation of the district.  The 20‑year borrowing period of the district shall commence at 12:01 a.m. on April 1 of the year so voted.  Any indebtedness incurred during the borrowing period may be retired over any period authorized by the legislative body of the municipality under section 1898 of this title.  The district shall continue until the date and hour the indebtedness is retired.

(b)  Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, any district created to use education tax increment financing  A municipality that has created a tax increment financing district approved under 32 V.S.A. § 5404a(f) may:

(1)  Incur indebtedness for improvements for the district for a period of up to 20 years provided that the first indebtedness is incurred within five years following approval of the district pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5404a(f), and such that the 20 years for incurring indebtedness begins at the time of initial indebtedness.  Prior to requesting municipal approval to secure financing, the municipality shall provide the council with the proposed financing for approval to assure its consistency with the plan approved pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5404a(h).  The council shall also assure the viability and reasonableness of any proposed financing other than bonding and least‑cost financing.  A municipality that has not incurred indebtedness within five years following the creation of the district, shall request reapproval from the Vermont economic progress council in order to utilize education tax increment financing following that period.

(2)  The education tax increment may be retained for a 20‑year period,  provided that the 20‑year period commences within five years following approval of the district pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5404a(f).  The retention period shall commence at 12:01 a.m. April 1 of the year following the municipality’s notice to the tax department and the Vermont economic progress council.  If a municipality fails to incur debt within the five‑year period but retains the education tax increment, the municipality shall repay the increment in accordance with section 1900 of this title.

Sec. 4.  24 V.S.A. § 1896 is amended to read:

§ 1896.  TAX INCREMENTS

(a)  In each subsequent year, the listers or assessor shall include no more than the original taxable value of such the real property in the assessed valuation upon which the listers or assessor computes the rates of all taxes levied by the municipality, the school district, and every other taxing district in which the tax increment financing district is situated; but the listers or assessor shall extend all rates so determined against the entire assessed valuation of such real property for that year.  In each year for which the assessed valuation exceeds the original taxable value, the municipality treasurer shall hold apart, rather than remit to the taxing districts, that proportion of all taxes paid that year on the real property in the district which such the excess valuation bears to the total assessed valuation.  The amount so held apart each year is referred to in this act as the “tax increment” for that year.  So much of the tax increments received with respect to the district and pledged and appropriated under section 1897 of this title for the payment of debt service on bonds issued for financing for improvements and related costs shall be segregated by the municipality in a special account on its official books and records until all capital indebtedness of the district has been fully paid.  The final payment shall be reported to the lister or assessor, who shall thereafter include the entire assessed valuation of the district in the assessed valuations upon which tax rates are computed and extended and taxes are remitted to all taxing districts.

(b)  Adjustment upon reappraisal. In the event of a reappraisal of 20 percent or more of all parcels in the municipality, the value of the original taxable property in the district shall be changed by a multiplier, the denominator of which is the municipality’s education property tax grand list for the property within the district in the year prior to the reappraisal or partial reappraisal and the numerator of which shall be the municipality’s reappraised or partially reappraised education property tax grand list for the property within the districtIn such a district, the The state education property tax revenues for the district in the first year following a townwide reappraisal or partial town‑wide reappraisal shall not be less than the dollar amount of the state education property tax revenues  in the prior year.

Sec. 5.  24 V.S.A. § 1897 is amended to read:

§ 1897.  TAX INCREMENT FINANCING

(a)  The legislative body may pledge and appropriate any part or all of the tax increments received from properties contained within the tax increment financing district for the payment of the principal of and interest on bonds issued for financing of improvements contained wholly or partly within the district and for related costs in the same proportion by which the infrastructure or related costs directly serve the district at the time of approval of the project financing by the council, and in the case of infrastructure essential to the development of the district that does not reasonably lend itself to a proportionality formula, the council shall apply a rough proportionality and rational nexus test;  provided, that if any tax increment utilization is approved pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5404a(g) 32 V.S.A. § 5404a(f), no more than 75 percent of the state property tax increment and no less than 75 percent of the municipal tax increment may be used to service this debt.  Bonds shall only be issued if the legal voters of the municipality, by a majority vote of all voters present and voting on the question at a special or annual municipal meeting duly warned for the purpose, shall give authority to the legislative body to pledge the credit of the municipality for these purposes.  Except as otherwise provided by the municipal charter, the legal voters of a municipality, by a single vote, shall authorize the legislative body to pledge the credit of the municipality up to a specified maximum dollar amount for all debt obligations to be financed with state property tax increment pursuant to approval by the Vermont economic progress council and subject to the provisions of this section and 32 V.S.A. § 5404a.

(b)  A municipality’s pledge of credit for the purpose of issuing a bond financing improvements under this subchapter and 32 V.S.A. § 5404a shall include notice that if the tax increment received by the municipality from any property tax source is insufficient to pay the principal and interest on the debt in any year, for whatever reason, including a decrease in property value or repeal of a state property tax source, unless determined otherwise at the time of such repeal, the municipality shall remain liable for full payment of the bond principal and interest for the term of indebtedness. 

Sec. 6.  24 V.S.A. § 1898(e) is amended to read:

(e)  Prior to the resolution or ordinance of the local governing body authorizing the bonds issued financing under this section, the legislative body of the municipality shall hold one or more public hearings, after public notice, on a financial plan for the proposed improvements and related costs to be funded, including a statement of costs and sources of revenue, the estimates of assessed values within the district, the portion of those assessed values to be applied to the proposed improvements, the resulting tax increments in each year of the financial plan, the amount of bonded indebtedness or other financing to be incurred, other sources of financing and anticipated revenues, and the duration of the financial plan. A municipality that has approved the creation of a district under this chapter may designate a coordinating agency to administer the district to ensure compliance with this chapter and any other statutory or other requirements.

Sec. 7.  24 V.S.A. § 1900 is amended to read:

§ 1900.  DISTRIBUTION

In addition to all other provisions of this chapter, with respect to any tax increment financing district, any municipal tax increment received in any tax year that exceeds the amounts pledged for the payment on principal and interest on the bonds issued any financing for improvements and related costs in the district shall be used to prepay financing, placed in escrow for payment of financing, or distributed to the state education fund, the city, town, or village budget in proportion that each budget bears to the combined total of the budgets unless otherwise negotiated by the city, town, or village. Any state education tax increment received in any tax year that exceeds the amount pledged for the payment on principal and interest on the bonds issued for improvements and related costs in the district shall not be remitted to the municipality but shall be used only for prepayment of principal and interest on the bonds issued, placed in escrow for bond payment, or otherwise used for defeasance of the bonds.

Sec. 8.  32 V.S.A. § 5404a(f), (g), and (h) are amended and (j) and (k) are added to read:

(f)  A municipality that establishes a tax increment financing district under subchapter 5 of chapter 53 of Title 24 shall collect all property taxes on properties contained within the district and apply up to 75 percent of the tax increment as defined in 24 V.S.A. § 1896 to repayment of debt issued to finance financing of the improvements and related costs for up to 20 years pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1894, if approved by the Vermont economic progress council pursuant to this section.

(g)  Any allocation approved pursuant to subsection (e) of this section or utilization of tax increment approved under subsection (f) of this section shall be in addition to any other payments to the municipality under chapter 133 of Title 16.  Allocations Except as otherwise provided in this section or chapter 53 of Title 24, allocations and tax increment utilizations approved pursuant to subsections (e) and (f) of this section shall affect the education property tax grand list and the municipal grand list of the municipality under this chapter beginning April 1 of the year following approval and shall remain available to the municipality for the full period authorized and restricted only to the extent that the real property development giving rise to the increased value to the grand list fails to occur within the authorized period.

(h)  Criteria for approval.  To approve utilization of incremental revenues pursuant to subsection (f) of this section, the Vermont economic progress council shall do all the following:

(1)  Review each application to determine that the new real property development would not have occurred or would have occurred in a significantly different and less desirable manner but for the proposed utilization of the incremental tax revenues.  A district created in a designated growth center under 24 V.S.A. § 2793c shall be deemed to have complied with this subdivision.  The review shall take into account:

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(C)  The amount of additional revenue expected to be generated as a result of the proposed development; the percentage of that revenue that shall be paid to the education fund; the percentage that shall be paid to the municipality; and the percentage of the revenue paid to the municipality that shall be used to pay the municipal tax increment bonds financing incurred for development of the tax increment financing district.

(2)  Process requirements.  Determine that each application meets all of the following four requirements:

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(B)  The municipality has developed a tax increment financing district plan, including: a project description; a development financing plan; a pro forma projection of expected costs and a list of previously advanced related costs to be reimbursed; a projection of revenues; a statement and demonstration that the project would not proceed without the allocation of a tax increment; a projection of types and amount of expected financing; evidence that the municipality is actively seeking or has obtained other sources of funding and investment; and a development schedule that includes a list, a cost estimate, and a schedule for public improvements and projected private development to occur as a result of the improvements.

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(4)  Project criteria.  Determine that the proposed development within a tax incentive increment financing district will accomplish at least three of the following five criteria:

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(C)  The project will affect the mitigation remediation and redevelopment of a brownfield located within the district.  For the purposes of this section, “brownfield” means an area in which a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant is or may be present, and that situation is likely to complicate the expansion, development, redevelopment, or reuse of the property.

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(j)  A municipality with an active tax increment financing district shall:

(1)  Provide VEPC and the tax department with all information required for VEPC and the tax department to issue the report required by subsection (i) of this section on or before December 1 each year.

(2)  Report actual investment, financing activity, escrow status, and “related costs” accounting to VEPC according to the current law municipal audit cycle in 24 V.S.A. § 1681.

(k)  The state auditor of accounts shall review and audit all active tax increment financing districts every three years.

Sec. 9.  Sec. 2i of No. 184 of the Acts of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) is amended to read:

Sec. 2i.  TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS; CAP

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Vermont economic progress council may not approve the use of education tax increment financing for more than ten tax increment financing districts and no more than one newly created tax increment financing district in any municipality within the period of five state fiscal years beginning July 1, 2006 2007.  Thereafter no tax increment financing districts may be approved without further authorization by the General Assembly general assembly.

Sec. 10.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on July 1, 2007, except 24 V.S.A. § 1896(b) which shall be retroactively effective to July 1, 2006.

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 recommendation of amendment was agreed to, and third reading of the bill was ordered.

Proposal of Amendment; Third Reading Ordered

H. 157.

Senator Miller, for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs, to which was referred House bill entitled:

An act relating to home-fermented beverage competitions.

     Reported recommending that the Senate propose to the House to amend the bill by adding a new Sec. 2a to read as follows:

Sec. 2a.  COMMERCIAL CATERERS: STUDY AND REPORT; DEPARTMENT OF LIQUOR CONTROL

The department of liquor control shall issue a report on or before January 15, 2008, to the general assembly.  The report shall include findings and recommendations from a study of the commercial caterers in Vermont, the existing laws that regulate them, the appropriateness of updating these laws to permit commercial caterers to acquire a first or first and third class license that would permit them to serve alcoholic beverages in conjunction with catered events without compromising alcoholic beverage enforcement issues.

And that the bill ought to pass in concurrence with such proposal of amendment.

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


Senate Resolution Adopted

S.R. 14.

Senate resolution entitled:

Senate resolution urging Vermonters to learn more about lupus.

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

Bill Amended; Bill Passed

S. 94.

Senate bill entitled:

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.

Was taken up.

Thereupon, pending third reading of the bill, Senator Miller moved to amend the bill by adding two new sections to be numbered Secs. 20 and 21 to read as follows:

Sec. 20.  GREEN BUILDING, EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE

The general assembly finds that:

(1)  Global climate change, which is threatening our environment and perhaps ultimately our existence, has been caused in part by an energy policy that is largely dependent on the burning of fossil fuels.

(2)  In order to slow or stop climate change it is essential that we reduce or eliminate our dependency on fossil fuels, by significantly improving energy efficiency and shifting to nonpolluting benign forms of energy such as wind, sun, and water power.

(3)  In order for Vermont to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the conference of the New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers climate change action plan, Vermont needs to provide effective weatherization services, energy audits, green building practices, and installation of renewable energy systems.

(4)  The “Vermont energy efficiency potential study for non-regulated fuels” recently completed by the department of public service indicates that Vermont has cost-effective potential energy savings of $486 million over the next ten years with 63 percent of those savings from building shell improvements. In order to meet these savings goals, a ten-fold expansion of capabilities to deliver services to as many as 10,000 buildings a year is essential to meet these savings goals.

(5)  Workforce development in the field of green building, renewable energy, and energy efficiency an essential component of the battle to combat global climate change, has not kept pace with the growth of this industry.  New business are being created, innovated energy systems are being designed and manufactured, but there are few trained applicants to fill the new well-paying jobs being created in this field.

(6)  Vermont must implement a comprehensive green building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy workforce development plan in order to fill the well-paying  jobs that will stay in Vermont and are essential to meeting the needs of the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry in order to meet our goals in regard to global climate change. 

(7)  Next generation report stated that Vermont must implement strategies to expand its skilled workforce and approach the future by integrating economic development, workforce development, and education policies.

(8)  The reality of global climate change and the advancements in greenhouse gas reductions strategies present an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurial business creation to fill this.

Sec. 21.  TASK FORCE; CREATION

(a)  There is created a green building and efficiency and renewable energy workforce development task force to be composed of 15 members to include:

(1)  The commissioner of labor, or designee.

(2)  A representative of the apprenticeship program appointed by the commissioner of labor.  

(3)  A representative of the building trades appointed by the Vermont state labor council.  

(4)  A representative from each of the following 12 organizations to be appointed by the organization:

(A)  The Vermont workforce development council.

(B)  The association of weatherization contractors.

(C)  Efficiency Vermont.

(D)  Vermont technical college.   

(E)  Vermont fuel dealers association.

(F)  Coalition for workforce solutions.

(G)  Renewable energy Vermont.

(H)  Vermont small business development centers.

(I)  Association of vocational-technical schools.

(J)   Association of adult service coordinators.

(K)  Builders for social responsibility.    

(L)  Green institute for the advancement of sustainability.   

(b)  The commissioner of labor, or designee, shall be chair of the task force, and the department of labor shall provide administrative support.  The task force may meet as frequently as needed in order to complete the requirements of subsection (c) of this section.

(c)  In consultation with appropriate interested parties, the task force shall develop:

(1)   Comprehensive recommendations for recruiting and training individuals for employment in the green building and renewable energy and energy efficiency fields.  The recommendations shall include goals for secondary and post-secondary schools, other educational institutions, workforce development organizations, and apprenticeship programs.

(2)  Recommendations for expanding certification programs for green builders and designers and installers of energy efficiency and renewable energy devices and systems.

(3)  Recommendations for incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy training into apprenticeship and other training programs for electricians, plumbers, and other skilled trades.

(4)   Curricula for business development training and technical assistance for businesses that include green builders, energy efficiency designer and developers and manufacturers of renewable energy and energy efficiency products.

(5)  Enhanced training programs for green builders and designers and weatherization professionals including how to utilize state-of-the-art tools and materials.

(6)  Findings and recommendations required by this subdivision to be included in a written report to the house committees on commerce and on ways and means and the senate committees on economic development, housing and general affairs, and on finance on or before January 15, 2008.

Which was agreed to.

Thereupon, pending third reading of the bill, Senator Mazza, on behalf of the Committee on Transportation, moved to amend the bill by striking out Sec. 17 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Sec. 17 to read as follows:

* * * Transportation * * *

Sec. 17.  STUDY ON INCENTIVES FOR EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION

(a)  There is established a study committee on incentives for efficient transportation.  The committee shall include a member of the house appointed by the speaker, and a member of the senate appointed by the committee on committees, who jointly shall convene the committee.  In addition, the speaker of the house and the committee on committees shall each appoint a representative of an environmental group.  The governor shall appoint two automobile dealers, one specializing in American‑made automobiles, one specializing in foreign‑made automobiles.  Other members shall include individuals appointed by the governor to represent the tax department, the department of motor vehicles, the tourism industry, a regional transportation organization, a Vermont small business that relies heavily on the use of motor vehicles for its livelihood, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Association and a Vermont member of the association of automotive engineers.

(b)  By December 15, 2007, the committee shall report to the house and senate committees on natural resources and energy and on transportation, to the house committee on ways and means, and to the senate committee on finance with:

(1)  Recommendations regarding the use of tax and fee incentives and disincentives among and within vehicle weight classes for consumers to purchase fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles.

(2)  Recommendations regarding the use of cash subsidies for efficient motor vehicle operation behavior.

(3)  Recommendations regarding state purchase of motor vehicles that favor fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles.

(4)  Recommendations for public education regarding efficient transportation.

(5)  Other recommendations regarding the efficient use of transportation services. 

(c)  The committee shall be entitled to administrative support from the  agency of transportation.

(d)  Legislative members shall be entitled to compensation as provided in 2 V.S.A. § 406.  The committee may meet up to four times.

Which was agreed to.

Thereupon, the bill was read the third time and passed, on a roll call, Yeas 26, Nays 3.

Senator McCormack having demanded the yeas and nays, they were taken and are as follows:

Roll Call

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, Miller, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr, White.

Those Senators who voted in the negative were: Coppenrath, Maynard, McCormack.

The Senator absent and not voting was: Mullin.

Third Reading Ordered

H. 32.

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

An act relating to establishing the town line between Bakersfield and Fairfield.

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.

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. 14.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Rice Memorial High School Green Knights Division I boys' basketball championship team.


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

     By Representative Bostic and others,

S.C.R. 15.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Essex High School Hornets Division I championship girls' ice hockey team.

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

     By Representative Bostic and others,

S.C.R. 16.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Essex High School championship girls' gymnastic team.

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

     By Representative Evans and others,

S.C.R. 17.

     Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Essex High School Hornets state championship girls' and boys' indoor track and field teams.

     [The full text of the Senate concurrent resolutions appeared in the Senate calendar addendum for Thursday, April 5, 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.  94

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Danville Indians Division IV championship girls’ basketball team

Offered by:  Representative Larrabee

Offered by:  Senators Coppenrath and Kitchel


H.C.R.  95

House concurrent resolution congratulating the independent telephone companies in Vermont for their extensive installation of broadband access in their respective market areas

Offered by:  Representative Jewett and others

H.C.R.  96

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 two-year college All‑Vermont Academic Team and the Vermont recipients of the national academic two-year college student awards

Offered by:  Representative Marek and others

H.C.R.  97

House concurrent resolution congratulating Grace Paley on her outstanding tenure as Vermont’s state poet

Offered by:  Representative Masland and others

H.C.R. 98

House concurrent resolution congratulating Bill O’Neil on being named the 2006 national high school boys’ hockey coach of the year

Offered by:  Representative Hunt and others

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

H.C.R.  99

House concurrent resolution honoring registered nurses’ contribution to quality health care services in Vermont

Offered by:  Representative Donovan and others

H.C.R.  100

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Brattleboro Community High School of Vermont’s 2007 Division II Brattleboro Recreation League championship men’s basketball team

Offered by:  Representative Moran and others

     [The full text of the House concurrent resolutions appeared in the Senate calendar addendum for Thursday, April 5, 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.]


Message from the House No. 47

     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 considered a bill originating in the Senate of the following title:

S. 57.  An act relating to eliminating certain sunset provisions and extending the juvenile proceedings study committee.

And has passed the same in concurrence with proposals of amendment in the adoption of which the concurrence of the Senate is requested.

Adjournment

On motion of Senator Shumlin, the Senate adjourned, to reconvene on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at ten o’clock in the forenoon pursuant to J.R.S. 28.

 



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