LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL/ JOINT FISCAL OFFICE

2005 Interim Studies and Projects

July 18, 2005

 

The following is a list of major projects and studies authorized by the General Assembly or its committees directing the work of the staff of the Legislative Council and the Joint Fiscal Office for the 2005 interim.  The list may be supplemented or amended during the course of the interim.

 

Education

 

Council on Education GovernanceSec. 71 of No. 68 of the Acts of 2003 created a Council on Education Governance to consist of three House members, three Senators, and many representatives of education interest groups to gather information to develop a comprehensive description of Vermont’s education governance structure, engage a broad spectrum of Vermonters in public discussion, and recommend modifications for greater efficiencies and quality.  In 2005, the Council’s existence was extended until July 1, 200 9, and funding of $75,000 was appropriated to the Commissioner of Education in H. 516 (FY 06 big bill) for grants awarded at the direction of the Council.

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006:  Representatives Kathy LaVoie, George Cross, and Floyd Nease; and Senators Don Collins, Harold Giard, and Wendy Wilton.

 

Staff:  Anne Winchester (LC), Mark Perrault (JFO), and Theresa Utton (CA).

 

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Oversight Committee.  Sec. 4 of Act 64 of 2003 (S.185) created a NCLB Legislative Oversight Committee of four House members and four Senators (from education and appropriations committees) to oversee the implementation of the federal NCLB Act.  In 2005, the committee was extended until  July 1, 2009.

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006:  Representatives Denise Barnard, Peter Hunt, Judy Livingston and Betty Nuovo.  Senators Don Collins, James Condos, William Doyle, and Mark MacDonald

 

Staff:  Anne Winchester (LC), Mark Perrault (JFO), Stephanie Barrett (JFO), and Theresa Utton (CA).

 

Civic Education Activities.  Council staff will manage and coordinate civic education activities relating to the legislative institution, including Project Citizen and Girls’ State,  and coordinate the National Conference of State Legislatures’ “Legislative Back to School Week” to arrange for legislators to be in classrooms teaching civics lessons.  Also, may develop a State House web page for students.

 

Staff:  Anne Winchester (LC) and Theresa Utton (CA).

 

Commission on Higher Education Funding.  Established in Title 16, section 2886 to develop and refine Vermont's goals for higher education, develop and update a plan to meet Vermont's higher education needs, recommend a level of state financial support for higher education, and review expenditures made from the Higher Education Endowment Trust Fund.  The Commission is composed of two senators, two representatives, the president of UVM, the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, the president of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the president of the Vermont Association of Independent Colleges, and others.

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006: Representatives Rosemary McLaughlin and Don Bostic; Senators Hull Maynard and Hinda Miller.

 

Staff:  Anne Winchester (LC), Maria Belliveau (JFO), and Theresa Utton (CA).

 

High School Completion Advisory Committee.  Created by Sec.160 of H.516 of 2005 of one House member appointed by the Speaker and one Senator appointed by the Senate Committee on Committees, and several education officials to develop mechanism and procedures by which funding for high school completion programs shall be paid.

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006:  Rep. Denise Barnard; Sen. Don Collins.

 

Staff:  Anne Winchester (LC) and Katie Pickens (CA).

 

Vermont State Colleges.   J.R.H.1 of the 2005 Special Session created a Legislative Committee on the Vermont State Colleges to review and make recommendations regarding issues raised in labor negotiations with the VSC faculty.  Four House members appointed by the Speaker and four Senators appointed by the Committee on Committees.. Also, one labor representative, one business representative, and one higher education representative.

 

Members appointed for 2005:  Representatives Ginny Milkey, Francis Brooks, Sandy Haas, and Mark Young.  Senators Susan Bartlett, James Condos, Vincent Illuzzi, and Mark MacDonald.

 

Staff:  Brian Leven (LC), Anne Winchester (LC), Bill Russell (LC), Maria Belliveau (JFO), Steve Klein (JFO), and Theresa Utton (CA)

 

Union school district articles of agreement.  J.R.H.53 of 2003 directed the legislative council to collect and codify all union school district articles of agreement for review by the Judiciary committees during the next legislative session.

 

            Staff:  Michael Chernick (LC), and Anne Winchester (LC)

 

Farm to School project.  A bipartisan working group in the house is meeting over the summer to develop legislation that will encourage and support school districts interested in buying local farm products to serve to their students.

 

            Staff:  Anne Winchester (LC)

 


Government Organization and Operations

 

Human Services RestructuringSec. 6 of No. 45 of the Acts of 2003 (H.450) created the Legislative Oversight Committee on Human Services Restructuring which will continue to function until July 1, 2006 and may meet six times per year. It is composed of 12 members, six from the House and six from the Senate (two each from Health and Welfare, Government Operations, and Appropriations) to review whether AHS restructuring is achieving the goals of H.450 of 2003.  Also, in the 05 interim, Legislative Council will draft a technical bill to correct department names and statutory citations.

 

Members appointed for 2005 -2006:  Representatives Janet Ancel, Ken Atkins, Mike Fisher, Cola Hudson, Mark Larson, and Patty O’Donnell.  Senators Ed Flanagan, Jane Kitchel, Hull Maynard, and Richard Sears.

 

Staff:  Brian Leven (LC), Maria Royle (LC), Robin Lunge (LC), Stephanie Barrett (JFO), and Lynn Hegamyer (CA).

 

 

Agency of Natural Resources Restructuring.  Act 52 of 2005 (S.56) creates a restructuring process for ANR and establishes a Natural Resources Reorganization Committee to over see it. The Committee will have 13 members, including two from the House appointed by the Speaker and two from the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tem.  $50,000 is appropriated to ANR for a consultant.  A draft report on restructuring is due January 15, 2006.

 

Members appointed for 2005: Representatives David Deen and Joe Krawczyk; Senators Susan Bartlett and Ginny Lyons.

 

Staff:  Al Boright (LC), Michael O’Grady (LC), Maria Belliveau (JFO), Stephanie Barrett (JFO), and Emily Neary (CA).

 

Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules.  This statutory joint committee meets biweekly to review all agency rulemaking.

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006:  Senators Mark MacDonald (Ch), Ann Cummings, Bill Doyle and Matt Dunne.  Representatives Maxine Grad, Clint Martin, Linda Myers, and Bob Rusten.

 

Staff:  Brian Leven (LC), Al Boright (LC), and Katie Pickens (CA).

 

Commission on Social Security Numbers Usage and Privacy.  H.516, Sec. 54b creates a Commission of many state agency officials, two House members chosen by the Speaker, and two Senators chosen by the Committee on Committees. Commission is to be “chaired by the Attorney General’s office.”  It is to develop proposals for use of Social Security numbers to protect privacy, and to report to legislative committees by January 15, 2006. 

 

Members appointed for 2005: Representatives Ken Atkins and Michael Marcotte; Senators George Coppenrath and Jeanette White.

 

Staff:  Attorney General’s office; Mike O’Grady (LC) and Sam Burr (LC) to be liaison.

 

Commission on Funding State Teachers Retirement System.  H.516, Sec. 34b creates a Commission composed of several state officials and representatives of teachers and school administrators, and two House members appointed by the Speaker and two Senators appointed by the committee on committees to make recommendations for an actuarially sound retirement benefit plan for teachers.   To report to the legislature by November 15, 2005.

 

Members appointed for 2005: Representatives Anne Mook and Kevin Endres; Senators James Condos and Diane Snelling.

 

Staff:  Steve Klein (JFO), Brian Leven (LC), and Shirley Adams (CA).

 

Legislative Management

 

Legislative Information Technology.  H. 134 of 2005 creates a Legislative Information Technology Committee of four House members appointed by the Speaker and four Senators appointed by the Committee on Committees to be responsible for the coordination and integration of information technology in the legislative branch and the adoption of a legislative IT budget.  Also created is a “Legislative Staff Information Systems Team” to plan and coordinate and advise the Committee.

 

Members appointed in 2005-2006:  Representatives Ken Atkins, Richard Howrigan, Judy Livingston, and David Deen; Senators Don Collins, Matt Dunne, Vince Illuzzi, and Mark Shepard.

 

Staff:  The IT “Staff Systems Team”  -  Duncan Goss (IT), Bill Russell (LC), Steve Klein (JFO), David Gibson (SS), Don Milne HC), and Kermit Spaulding (SGT); Theresa Utton (CA).

 

Municipal Charter Project.  Legislative Council staff will continue the codification of municipal charters pursuant to the schedule developed by the House Committee on Local Government in prior years and oversee their publication in the Vermont Statutes Annotated.  In the 05 interim, the charters of 5 or 6 villages and towns will be codified.

 

Staff:  Michael Chernick (LC), Brian Leven (LC), and Al Boright (LC).

 

Statutory Revision and CodificationLegislative Council staff will codify and with the publisher edit for printing in the Vermont Statutes Annotated all the acts and resolves of the 2005 legislative session. 

 

Legislative Council Statutory Revision team -  Al Boright (Ch.), Donna Russo-Savage, Brian Leven, Erik Fitzpatrick, Jessica Chaves (editor), and Michael Chernick.

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation

 

Vermont Rail Authority Study Committee.  H.524 (Trans. Cap. Bill), Sec. 33 establishes a Vermont Rail Authority Study Committee of three House members (two from Transportation and one from W & M); three Senators (two from Transportation and one from Finance); state transportation officials and representatives of transportation organizations. Task is to make recommendations on the advisability of creating a rail authority in the state for the primary purpose of creating additional capacity to move freight.  To report January 15, 2006.

 

Members appointed in 2005:  Representatives David Sharpe, David Allaire, and Steve Howard; Senators Don Collins, Hull Maynard, and Richard Mazza.

 

Staff:  Mike Slater (LC), Neil Schickner (JFO), and Sheri Burch (CA)

 

Joint Transportation Oversight Committee.  A statutory Joint Committee of the Chairs of the Transportation Committees and the money committees plans to meet during the 2005 interim.

 

Members ex officio in 2005 – 2006:  Senators Susan Bartlett, Ann Cummings, and Richard Mazza; and Representatives Martha Health, Michael Obuchowski, and Richard Westman. 

 

             Staff:  Mike Slater (LC), Neil Schickner (JFO), and Sheri Burch (CA)

 

 

Natural Resources and Energy

 

Joint Energy Committee.  This statutory joint committee may meet in the 2005 interim although it did not meet in 2004 and Senators have not been appointed for 2005.

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006: Senators: Ann Cummings, Vince Illuzzi, Ginny Lyons, and Mark Mac Donald; and Representatives Robert Dostis, Joyce Errecart, Tony Klein, and Michael Reese.

 

Staff:  Al Boright (LC), Sam Burr (LC), and Emily Neary (CA).

 

Working group on growth centers.  H.516, Sec. 276 creates a working group on growth centers comprised of five House members (one each from Nat. Res., Ag., Commerce, Trans., and Approps.), and five Senators (one each from Nat. Res., Ag., Eco. Dev., Trans., and Approps.) to develop proposed legislation to support mixed use development in designated growth centers and report draft legislation to the General Assembly by January 15, 2006.

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006:  Representatives Don Bostic, Jim Masland, Sue Minter, David Zuckerman, and Ernie Shand; and Senators: Claire Ayer, Sara Kittell, Ginny Lyons, Kevin Mullin, and Diane Snelling.

 

Staff:  Al Boright (LC), Mike O’Grady (LC), Sam Burr (LC), Stephanie Barrett (JFO), Sara Teachout (JFO), and Emily Neary (CA).                             

Corrections and Capital Bill Studies

 

Committee to Oversee Planning and Design of State House.  H.523 (Capital bill), Sec. 28 creates a committee of state buildings officials, historic preservation representatives,  and six legislators – three House members (Chair and V. chair of Institutions or designees, and one appointed by Speaker) and three Senators (Chair and V. Chair of Institutions or designees and one appointed by the C on Cs) to review past designs for space improvements of the State House, including “proposals for a stand-alone facility to be located west of the Pink Lady to accommodate the offices of the Legislative Council.”

 

Members appointed in 2005:  Representatives Warren Kitzmiller, Alice Emmons, and Daryl Pillsbury; Senators: George Coppenrath, Dick Mazza, and Phil Scott.

 

Staff:  Donna Russo-Savage (LC), Catherine Benham (JFO), and Mike Slater (LC).

 

Joint Legislative Corrections Oversight Committee.  S.156 of 2005 repealed the committee created in Sec.170d of Act No.142 of the 2002 session, and established a new committee of four representatives (one each from Appropriations, Judiciary, and Institutions and one “at large”) and four senators (one each from Appropriations, Judiciary, and Institutions and one “at large”) to oversee the Department of Corrections, to provide assistance to legislative committees, and to make recommendations regarding department policy and budget proposals.

 

Members appointed in 2005-2006:  Representatives Alice Emmons, Peg Flory, Martha Heath and Bill Lippert; Senators Susan Bartlett, George Coppenrath, Ed Flanagan, and Richard Sears.

 

Staff:  Donna Russo-Savage(LC), Catherine Benham (JFO). and Sheri Burch (CA).  

 

Recreational and Educational Facilities Grant Program.  Sec. 34 of the FY 06 Capital Bill created a Recreational and Educational Facilities Grant Committee to administer the grant program of that name.  The committee is composed of  two members of the legislature, one from the House appointed by the Speaker and one from the Senate appointed by the Senate Committee on Committees.  Also on the grants committee are the Commissioners of Forests, Parks and Recreation and Buildings and General Services, and representatives the VT Recreation and Parks Assoc. and the VT Trials and Greenways Council, and a public member appointed by the Governor.  The committee is to organize before July 1, 2005 at an initial meeting.  It must review and select applicants for matching grants up to $25,000.00.

 

Members appointed in 2005:  Representative Warren Kitzmiller; Senator Phil Scott.

 

Staff:  Donna Russo-Savage (LC) and Catherine Benham (JFO).

 

Human Services Competitive Grant program.  Sec. 36 of the FY 06 Capital Bill sets up a human services grant program to provide competitive matching grants of up to $25,000 to municipalities and nonprofits for capital costs associated with facilities for the delivery of human services and health care in the state.   A human services grant program advisory committee is established to consist of two legislators, one from the House appointed by the Speaker and one from the Senate appointed by the Committee on Committees.  Also on the commission are the Secretary of Human Services, the Commissioner of Buildings and General Services and three representatives of “broad-based community organizations” appointed by the governor.

 

Members appointed in 2005:  Representative Patsy French; Senator John Campbell.

 

Staff:  Donna Russo-Savage (LC) and Catherine Benham (JFO).

 

 

Agriculture

 

Dairy Price SupportH. 516 of 2005, Sec. 263 (g)(19) appropriated another $60,000 to the Legislative Council for dairy price support activities.  This continues the funding from Sec. 49a of No. 66 of the Acts of 2003 (H.464, the FY 04 Appropriations Act) and Sec. 10 of No. 80 of 2004 (the FY 04 BAA, H.585) which appropriated funds to the Legislative Council for the purpose of retaining a consultant and supporting other activities to promote dairy price enhancement through interstate action. 

 

In 2005, a contractor needs to be selected and a contract negotiated.  The supervising committee for the 2005 interim is to be the chairs and vice chairs of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture and the chairs of the House and Senate Committee on Appropriations: Senators Sara Kittell, Robert Starr, and Susan Bartlett; and Representatives David Zuckerman, Bill Johnson, and Martha Heath.

 

Staff: Bill Russell (LC), Sam Burr (LC), and Stephanie Barrett (JFO).

 

Study on Pet Merchant Industry.  S. 66, an act relating to the welfare of animals, established a study committee of the pet merchant industry of eleven members to determine the best approach to long-term regulation of the sale, exchange, and donations of animals by pet merchants.  Of the eleven, two are legislators, one from the House appointed by the speaker, and one from the Senate appointed by the committee on committees.  The others are state officials, a veterinarian, law enforcement representatives, and humane society representatives. The committee is to be co-chaired by the Senate and House members appointed, must report by January 15, 2005, and “the legislative council shall provide professional and administrative support”.  

 

Members appointed in 2005:  Representative Mitzi Johnson; Senator Jim Condos.

 

Staff:  Michael O’Grady (LC), Michele Childs (LC), Maria Belliveau (JFO), and Emily Neary (CA).

 

 

Health and Welfare

 

Commission on Health Care Reform.  H.516, Secs. 277c, 277d, and 255(a) established a commission on health care reform to hire a director and two other staff, and to conduct studies to continue work toward goals and priorities outlined in H.524 (passed in June 2005, but vetoed).  Funds appropriated: $350k for director and staff and $350k for studies.  Continues until 2009 with offices near State House.

 

Members appointed in 2005-2006:  Senators James Leddy, Jane Kitchel, Ann Cummings, and Kevin Mullin, and Representatives John Tracy, Steve Maier, Janet Ancel, and Topper  McFaun.

 

Governor’s appointments: former Senator John Bloomer, Jr. and former Speaker Walter Freed.

 

Staff:  The commission will hire a director and its own staff.  Legislative staff currently involved are Maria Royle (LC), Robin Lunge (LC), Bill Russell (LC), Catherine Benham (JFO), Steve Kappel (JFO), Steve Klein (JFO), and Rachel Levin (CA).  

 

Joint House Senate Health Care Committee.  H.516 also directed that a Joint Committee of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and the House Health Care Committee conduct a “public engagement” process involving six hearings around the state on health care reform planning and issues.

 

Members appointed in 2005:  Current members of House Health Care Committee and  Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

 

Staff:  Maria Royle (LC), Robin Lunge (LC), Catherine Benham (JFO), Steve Kappel (JFO), and Rachel Levin (CA).  

 

National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Pricing.  The legislative budget approved for FY 06 contains funds for NLA for FY 06, with more funding possible with approval of the Speaker and President Pro Tempore.   The appointed Vermont legislators are expected to participate, and the legislative staff will assist those members if requested and will stay informed of the organization’s activities. 

 

Vermont Members appointed for 2005-2006:  Senators Jim Leddy, Dick Sears, and Kevin Mullin; and Representatives John Tracy, Steve Maier, and Chris Louras.                  .

 

Staff:  Maria Royle (LC), Robin Lunge (LC), and Steve Kappel (JFO).

 

Health Access Oversight Committee.  This statutory joint committee will meet regularly during the 2005 interim.  In addition to its continuing responsibilities, the committee will receive reports on Medicaid coverage for dentures and eyeglasses (H.516, Sec. 297) and SPMI – Preferred Drug List changes (H. 516, Secs. 305 and 310) and other health access issues and reports in H.516.

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006:  Senators Jim Leddy, Jeanette White, Jane Kitchel, Claire Ayer, and Kevin Mullin; and Representatives Tom Koch, Mark Larson, Steve Maier, Ann Pugh, and John Tracy. 

 

Staff: Maria Royle (LC), Robin Lunge (LC), Steve Kappel (JFO), and Lynn Hegamyer CA) 

 

Mental Health Oversight Committee.  Sec. 141c of H.768 (FY 05 Appropriations Act) sets up a Mental Health Oversight Committee of four members of each chamber. 

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006:  Representatives Anne Donahue, Gail Fallar, Mike Fisher, and Patricia O’Donnell and Senators Jim Leddy, Jeanette White, Diane Snelling, and Phil Scott.  

 

Staff:  Robin Lunge (LC), Maria Royle (LC), Stephanie Barrett (JFO), and Lynn Hegamyer (CA). 

 

Taxation and Economic Development

 

Legislative Study of Income-based Tax Education Tax System.  Act 38 of 2005

(H.504), Sec. 13 created a House Legislative Study Committee on Income-based Education Property Tax for Vermonters composed of  six members of the House from ways and means, one from appropriations, and two additional members, appointed by the Speaker.  There will also be representatives from the Tax Dept., VLCT, other municipal officials, and tax preparers.  To meet no more than eight times, hold at least one public hearing, and report December 15, 2005.

 

Members appointed in 2005:  Representatives Robert Rusten, Bud Otterman, Johanna Donovan, Dave Potter, Tim Jerman, and Dick Marron.

 

Staff:  Emily Bergquist (LC), Mark Perrault (JFO), Sara Teachout (JFO) and Shirley Adams (CA).           

 

Economic Development Study Committee.  H.516, Sec. 205c established an Economic Development Study Committee composed of three Senators appointed by the Committee on Committees and three House members appointed by the Speaker (and one each from VLCT, AIV, VT business for Soc. Res., and VNRC) to meet in 2005 interim “as necessary” to analyze and recommend fiscally responsible targeted business incentive legislation (the VEPC issues), and to report to legislative committees no later than January 15, 2006.

 

Members appointed in 2005: Representatives Carolyn Branagan, Harry Monti, and Michael Reese; Senators Vince Illuzzi, Mark MacDonald, and Hinda Miller.

 

Staff:  Emily Bergquist (LC), Sam Burr (LC), Sara Teachout (JFO), Mark Perrault (JFO), and Shirley Adams (CA)

 

Homestead Parcel and Replacement Value Appraisals.  Act 38 (H. 504), Sec. 9 directed the Legislative Council and the Joint Fiscal Office, in consultation with the VLCT, the VT Assessors and Listers Assoc., and the Division of Property Valuation and Review, to study and make recommendations by December 15, 2005 on options for redefining the homestead “parcel” and the advisability of adopting a replacement value basis for property taxation.

 

            Members: None, but report is to House Ways and Means and Senate Finance       Committees.

 

            Staff:  Emily Bergquist (LC), Sara Teachout (JFO), and Mark Perrault (JFO)

 

Local Option Taxes.  House Ways and Means has been asked by the Speaker to establish a subcommittee to meet two or three times in the 2005 interim to review the local option tax and recommend any amendments.

 

Members: Subcommittee of House Ways and Means Committee

            Staff: Sara Teachout (JFO), Mark Perrault (JFO), Emily Bergquist (LC), and Shirley             Adams (CA).

           

 

Tax Expenditure Budget. Act 75 (H.521) directs the Tax Department to begin biennial reporting of tax expenditures in 2009. Interim reporting begins on income taxes in 2006, income and sales taxes in 2007, and income, sales, meals & rooms, and property taxes in 2008. The Joint Fiscal Office is directed to work with the Tax Department to identify the specific tax expenditures or categories of expenditures to be included in the next report, or subsequent reports, prior to each September report to the Joint Fiscal Committee.

 

Members: None, but report is to House Ways and Means and Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees.

 

Staff: Sara Teachout (JFO) and Mark Perrault (JFO).

 

Basic Needs Budgets. Every other year beginning January 1, 2007, the joint fiscal office shall issue a report on or before January 15.  The report shall be updated as needed on or before January 1 of the interim year to reflect any significant economic, policy, or statutory changes that substantially affect the information in the report issued the previous January 15. 

 

Members: None, but report is to House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs and the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

 

Staff: Sara Teachout (JFO)

 

 

Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and the Courts

 

House Committee on Judiciary – Family Court.   Pursuant to Sec. 13 of No. 159 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004), the committee will meet for “the purpose of examining the family court system and the laws relating to child support, child custody, parent‑child contact, and any other issues the committee finds relevant to creating a comprehensive, fair, and functional family court system.”  A written report is due to be presented to the general assembly and governor by December 15, 2005.  Four meetings are authorized.

 

Members appointed in 2005:  House Judiciary Committee

 

Staff: Michele Childs (LC) and Debbie Curtis (CA)

 

House Committee on Judiciary – Issues Relating to Sex Offenders.  Pursuant to Sec. 17 of S.15 (2005), the committee will meet to consider policy choices regarding the release of sex offenders into the community after incarceration.  Consideration is to include civil commitment and alternatives such as special prosecution units, presentence investigations, presentence risk assessment and psychosexual evaluations, enhanced criminal penalties, and successful treatment models.  Five meetings are authorized.

 

Members appointed in 2005:  House Judiciary Committee

 

Staff: Erik FitzPatrick (LC) and Debbie Curtis (CA).

 

Senate Committee on Judiciary – Issues Relating to Sex Offenders.  The committee plans to meet several times during the summer and fall of 2005 to study the sex offender registry and community notification in order to develop a legislative proposal for January 2006.  Meetings subject to approval of Pro Tem.

 

Members appointed in 2005:  Senate Judiciary Committee

 

Staff: Michele Childs (LC) and Debbie Curtis (CA)

 

Criminal Code Study Committee – Sentencing Commission Study.  Pursuant to Sec. 293 of No. 122 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) as amended by Sec. 18 of S.15 (2005), the committee is conducting a general review of the criminal code and developing recommendations for the General Assembly.  The committee has also been tasked with advising the General Assembly on whether Vermont should establish a sentencing commission. 

 

Members appointed in 2005-2006Representatives Bill Lippert, Peg Flory and Michael Kainen; Senators John Campbell, Dick Sears, and Wendy Wilton.    

 

Staff: Michele Childs (LC), Erik FitzPatrick (LC), and Katie Pickens (CA).

 

Joint Committee on Judicial Rules.  The statutory Joint Committee on Judicial Rules will meet periodically to review judicial rules. Estimated five meetings during interim. 

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006: Senators Dick Sears, Hull Maynard, John Campbell and Vince Illuzzi; and Representatives Michael Kainen, Robert Kiss, Bill Lippert and Shap Smith.

 

Staff: Michele Childs (LC), Erik FitzPatrick (LC), and Katie Pickens (CA).

 

Joint Committee on Judicial Retention.  Preparation for the 2006 judicial retention vote on 2 judges.

 

Members appointed for 2005-2006: Senators Claire Ayer, Ed Flanagan, Hull Maynard, and Dick Sears; and Representatives Avis Gervais, Michael Kainen, Bill Lippert, and Donna Sweaney.

 

Staff: Michele Childs (LC), Erik FitzPatrick (LC), and Debbie Curtis (CA).

 

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Judicial Nominating Board.  Established by 4 V.S.A. § 601(b)(3) as an 11-member board, with six legislators, three elected from each house, to screen and recommend to the governor appointments to the judiciary.  Usually, no legislative staff is required.

 

Members elected in 2005-2006:  Senators Sara Kittell, Phil Scott, and Peter Welch; and Representatives Greg Clark, Dick Marek, and Ann Seibert.