H. 97

An act relating to a graduated driver license program. Passage of the bill.

Yeas, 79. Nays, 60. Absent, 10. House Journal 4/16/99.

Those who voted in the affirmative are:Those who voted in the negative are:Those absent with leave of the House and not voting are:
Alfano of Calais
Anderson of Woodstock
Angell of Randolph
Aswad of Burlington
Atkins of Winooski
Blanchard of Essex
Bristol of Brattleboro
Brooks of Montpelier
Buckland of Newport Town
Clark of St. Johnsbury
Corren of Burlington
Costello of Brattleboro
Cross of Winooski
Dakin of Colchester
Darrow of Newfane
Darrow of Dummerston
Deen of Westminster
Dominick of Starksboro
Doyle of Richmond
Edwards of Swanton
Emmons of Springfield
Flaherty of South Burlington
Fyfe of Newport City
Gervais of Enosburg
Ginevan of Middlebury
Gray of Barre Town
Gretkowski of Burlington
Heath of Westford
Holmes of Bethel
Howrigan of Fairfield
Jordan of Middlesex
Kainen of Hartford
Keenan of St. Albans City
Koch of Barre Town
Krasnow of Charlotte
Kreitzer of Rutland City
Lafayette of Burlington
Lehman of Hartford
Lippert of Hinesburg
Little of Shelburne
Mallary of Brookfield
Masland of Thetford
Mazur of South Burlington
Mazzariello of Rutland City
McNamara of Burlington
Milkey of Brattleboro
Miller of Shaftsbury
Milne of Washington
Molloy of Arlington
Moore of Rutland City
Morrissey of Bennington
Neiman of Georgia
Nitka of Ludlow
Nuovo of Middlebury
Osman of Plainfield
Parizo of Essex
Pembroke of Bennington
Perry of Richford
Poirier of Barre City
Pugh of South Burlington
Schiavone of Shelburne
Seibert of Norwich
Severance of Colchester
Sherman of St. Johnsbury
Smith of Sudbury
Steele of Waterbury
Stevens of Newbury
Suchmann of Chester
Sullivan of Burlington
Sweaney of Windsor
Symington of Jericho
Towne of Berlin
Tracy of Burlington
Valsangiacomo of Barre City
Vincent of Waterbury
Vinton of Colchester
Weiss of Northfield
Wheeler of Burlington
Wisell of Bristol
Allard of St. Albans Town
Baker of West Rutland
Barbieri of Wallingford
Barney of Highgate
Bourdeau of Hyde Park
Bouricius of Burlington
Brown of Walden
Cleland of Northfield
Colvin of Bennington
Crawford of Burke
DePoy of Rutland City
Dunne of Hartland
Follett of Springfield
Freed of Dorset
Hathaway of Barton
Helm of Castleton
Hingtgen of Burlington
Hoag of Woodford
Houston of Ferrisburg
Hube of Londonderry
Hudson of Lyndon
Hummel of Underhill
Hyde of Fayston
Johnson of Canaan
Kehler of Pomfret
Kinsey of Craftsbury
Krawczyk of Bennington
LaBarge of Grand Isle
Larocque of Barnet
Larrabee of Danville
Livingston of Manchester
Mackinnon of Sharon
Marron of Stowe
Maslack of Poultney
McGrath of Ferrisburg
Metzger of Milton
Mullin of Rutland Town
Palmer of Pownal
Partridge of Windham
Peaslee of Guildhall
Pike of Mendon
Postman of Brownington
Pratt of Castleton
Quaid of Williston
Randall of Bradford
Richardson of Weathersfield
Robb of Swanton
Rusten of Halifax
Schaefer of Colchester
Sheltra of Derby
Smith of New Haven
Starr of Troy
Sweetser of Essex
Waite of Pawlet
Westman of Cambridge
Willett of St. Albans City
Winters of Williamstown
Woodward of Johnson
Young of Orwell
Zuckerman of Burlington
Carmolli of Rutland City
Deuel of West Rutland
Flory of Pittsford
Fox of Essex
Kitzmiller of Montpelier
O'Donnell of Vernon
Paquin of Fairfax
Rivero of Milton
Voyer of Morristown
Wood of Brandon
Rep. Bristol of Brattleboro, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: My daughter Sydney turns 15 in a few weeks and I can think of no better birthday present to give her and her classmates than a yes vote on this bill. I wish her and other young Vermonters a long and safe driving record."

Rep. Corren of Burlington, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: I believe graduated licensing is extremely important. I also believe that someday we will do it in a way that is fair and effective enough to be passed into law. now the other body will get it's chance, and I hope I can ultimately support a conference report."

Rep. Hoag of Woodford, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: I don't believe this legislation addresses the problem of teenage injuries and deaths most of which are caused by excessive speed, alcohol, lack of seat belt usage and other laws we already have on the books. I do not think the state should assume parental responsibility, nor should we punish all teenagers for the actions of a few. I could have voted for other versions of this law, but not in this context. I don't believe this law is fair."

Rep. Zuckerman of Burlington, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: Driving is a privilege, not a right. We should make obtaining licenses more difficult for all members of our society. There are to many maniacs on the road. However, we should not discriminate against a population based on age. Obtaining a license should be based on ability and experience."