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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 294

House concurrent resolution honoring the amazing Virginia Catone for her dedicated service on behalf of the House Committee on Appropriations

Offered by:  Representatives Heath of Westford, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Westman of Cambridge, Acinapura of Brandon, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Helm of Castleton, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Monti of Barre City, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, O'Donnell of Vernon and Perry of Richford

Whereas, Virginia Catone is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and she and her husband Jim resided in Berlin for many years until their recent move to Montpelier, and

Whereas, since January 1973, the year before the general assembly created the joint fiscal office in Act 128, Ginny Catone has served as the extraordinary staff assistant for the house committee on appropriations, and

Whereas, her presence in the committee room or in her office at the end of the third-floor corridor was an indication that serious committee work was in progress, and

Whereas, her wealth of experience and knowledge of the legislative process, especially with respect to the big bill and the budget adjustment act, proved invaluable to the committee’s deliberations, and

Whereas, whenever a moment of procedural panic or frustration arose, Ginny Catone was always at the ready to ease frail nerves with sound suggestions on ways to alleviate the pending crisis, and

Whereas, committee members, regardless of their political affiliation or philosophy, knew they could always rely on Ginny Catone for reliable and timely nonpartisan staff support, and

Whereas, Ginny Catone has seen changes in budgetary formats and the introduction of increasingly sophisticated computer technology and spreadsheets intended to provide greater public accountability and information accessibility, and

Whereas, her professionalism in combination with her congeniality and good nature always made working with her a pleasant experience, and

Whereas, after 35 years of service to the house committee on appropriations, 34 of them as a member of the joint fiscal office, she will conclude her public service career in the state house following final adjournment of the 2007-2008 biennium, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the amazing Virginia Catone for her dedicated service on behalf of the house committee on appropriations and extends best wishes to her and her husband Jim for the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Virginia Catone.



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont