Journal of the Senate
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
The Senate was called to order by the President.
A moment of silence was observed in lieu of devotions.
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:
An act relating to a license to store and ship wine.
An act relating to enhanced driver licenses.
Committee Bill Introduced; Rules Suspended; Bill Committed
Senate committee bill of the following title was introduced, read the first time, and, under the rule, placed on the Calendar for notice tomorrow:
By the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs,
An act relating to Vermont employment growth incentive and sales tax exemption for aircraft parts.
Thereupon, pending entry of the bill on the Calendar for notice tomorrow, on motion of Senator Illuzzi, the rules were suspended and the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.
Thereupon, pending second reading of the bill, on motion of Senator Illuzzi, the bill was committed to the Committee on Finance.
House bills of the following titles were severally read the first time and referred:
An act relating to small eligible telecommunications carriers.
To the Committee on Finance.
An act relating to political party state committee membership.
To the Committee on Government Operations.
An act relating to the Vermont historic downtown.
To the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.
An act relating to executive and judicial branch fees.
To the Committee on Finance.
An act relating to fiscal year 2008 budget adjustments.
To the Committee on Appropriations.
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 the Committee on Transportation,
J.R.S. 50. Joint resolution urging Congress to include transportation infrastructure projects in the federal economic stimulus package.
Whereas, the subprime mortgage crisis, and the staggering drop in activity in the housing industry, including a declining number of new starts in 2007, have spurred the President and the bipartisan leadership in the United States House of Representatives to develop an emergency economic stimulus package designed to pump money into the economy on a rapid basis, and
Whereas, despite calls from many quarters, including leading economists, for a more broadly-based program, the United States House-passed version (H.R. 5140) of the legislation consists of a system of one-time tax rebate payments to individual taxpayers with additional payments based on the taxpayer’s number of children, and provisions to include low income individuals in the rebate program, and
Whereas, although H.R. 5140 also includes business tax incentives and mortgage and housing loan provisions intended to stimulate the economy, these provisions in combination will not pump large sums of money into the economic stream on an immediate basis, and
Whereas, even if this legislation is signed into law in the coming days, the technical preparations that the United States Internal Revenue Service must implement in order to issue the rebate payment checks will probably delay any checks being mailed before May at the earliest, and
Whereas, based on the results of prior similar federal stimulus legislation, H.R. 5140 may not serve its intended purposes because many individuals will either use the extra money to pay debts or deposit it in the bank, and in either case, not spend the cash on consumer goods or services, and
Whereas, a desirable method for introducing cash into the economy on an accelerated basis and also benefitting the public generally would be for Congress to create transportation infrastructure economic stimulus legislation, and
Whereas, Peter Orszag, director of the Congressional Budget Office, has testified before the United States Senate Finance Committee that target transportation infrastructure investments would provide a rapid and effective economic boost, and
Whereas, on a national basis, each dollar invested in transportation infrastructure generates $5.70 in economic activity, and
Whereas, for every billion dollars invested in transportation infrastructure, 47,000 jobs are created nationwide, and
Whereas, over 2,700 transportation infrastructure projects in 44 states could be ready to begin construction in 90 days, and
Whereas, many of these projects would greatly improve both motorists’ safety and travel conditions and would also provide long-term benefits to all Americans by improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly requests that Congress create a transportation infrastructure economic stimulus package and that traditional state matching requirement be lowered to five percent and be subject to the sliding scale provided for in 23 U.S.C. § 120, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Congressional delegation.
Senator Illuzzi, for the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs, to which was referred House bill entitled:
An act relating to beer producers’ interest in retail liquor licenses.
Reported recommending that the Senate propose to the House to amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 230(a) is amended to read:
as provided in subdivision 2(15) of this title a bottler, manufacturer,
, bottler licensed in Vermont or in another state, a
certificate of approval holder, or wholesale dealer shall not have any
financial interest in the business of a first, second, or third class license,
and a first, second, or third class licensee may not have any financial
interest in the business of a bottler, manufacturer, or rectifier ,
bottler licensed in Vermont or in another state, a certificate of
approval holder, or wholesale dealer. However, a manufacturer of malt
beverages may have a financial interest in the business of a first or second
class license, and a first or second class licensee may have a financial
interest in the business of a manufacturer of malt beverages, provided a first
or second class licensee does not purchase, possess, or sell the malt beverages
produced by a manufacturer with which there is any financial interest. However,
a certificate of approval holder for malt beverages or a certificate of
approval holder for vinous beverages who is a manufacturer or rectifier may own
a licensed retail business so long as the ownership is total and unconditional and
has the prior approval of the Liquor Control Board. All licenses or
permits granted under this title shall be conspicuously displayed on the
premises for which the license or permit is granted. Any manufacturer of malt
beverages that has a financial interest in a first or second class licensee and
any first or second class licensee that has a financial interest in a
manufacturer of malt beverages, as permitted under this section, shall provide
to the department of liquor control and the applicable wholesale dealer written
notification of that financial interest and the licensees involved. A
wholesale dealer shall not be in violation of this section for delivering malt
beverages to a first or second class licensee that is prohibited from
purchasing, possessing, or selling those malt beverages under this section.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This bill shall take effect on passage.
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.
Joint Resolution Adopted on the Part of the Senate
Joint Senate resolution entitled:
Joint resolution relating to the collection of United States census data in Vermont.
Having been placed on the Calendar for action, was taken up and adopted on the part of the Senate.
On motion of Senator Shumlin, the Senate adjourned until eleven o’clock and forty-five minutes in the morning.
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