H. 130

An act providing adjustments in the amounts appropriated for the support of government. Adoption of the report of the Committee of Conference.

Yeas, 118. Nays, 25. Absent, 6. House Journal 3/23/99.

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
Allard of St. Albans Town
Anderson of Woodstock
Angell of Randolph
Aswad of Burlington
Atkins of Winooski
Baker of West Rutland
Barbieri of Wallingford
Blanchard of Essex
Bourdeau of Hyde Park
Bristol of Brattleboro
Brooks of Montpelier
Buckland of Newport Town
Carmolli of Rutland City
Colvin of Bennington
Costello of Brattleboro
Cross of Winooski
Dakin of Colchester
Darrow of Newfane
Darrow of Dummerston
Deen of Westminster
DePoy of Rutland City
Deuel of West Rutland
Dominick of Starksboro
Doyle of Richmond
Dunne of Hartland
Edwards of Swanton
Emmons of Springfield
Flory of Pittsford
Follett of Springfield
Fox of Essex
Freed of Dorset
Fyfe of Newport City
Gervais of Enosburg
Ginevan of Middlebury
Gretkowski of Burlington
Hathaway of Barton
Heath of Westford
Helm of Castleton
Hoag of Woodford
Houston of Ferrisburg
Howrigan of Fairfield
Hube of Londonderry
Hummel of Underhill
Jordan of Middlesex
Kainen of Hartford
Keenan of St. Albans City
Kehler of Pomfret
Kinsey of Craftsbury
Kitzmiller of Montpelier
Koch of Barre Town
Krasnow of Charlotte
Krawczyk of Bennington
Kreitzer of Rutland City
LaBarge of Grand Isle
Lafayette of Burlington
Larocque of Barnet
Lehman of Hartford
Lippert of Hinesburg
Little of Shelburne
Livingston of Manchester
Mallary of Brookfield
Marron of Stowe
Masland of Thetford
Mazur of South Burlington
Mazzariello of Rutland City
McNamara of Burlington
Metzger of Milton
Milkey of Brattleboro
Miller of Shaftsbury
Milne of Washington
Molloy of Arlington
Morrissey of Bennington
Mullin of Rutland Town
Neiman of Georgia
Nitka of Ludlow
Nuovo of Middlebury
O'Donnell of Vernon
Osman of Plainfield
Palmer of Pownal
Paquin of Fairfax
Parizo of Essex
Partridge of Windham
Pembroke of Bennington
Perry of Richford
Poirier of Barre City
Postman of Brownington
Pratt of Castleton
Pugh of South Burlington
Quaid of Williston
Rivero of Milton
Robb of Swanton
Rusten of Halifax
Schaefer of Colchester
Seibert of Norwich
Smith of New Haven
Smith of Sudbury
Starr of Troy
Steele of Waterbury
Stevens of Newbury
Suchmann of Chester
Sullivan of Burlington
Sweaney of Windsor
Symington of Jericho
Tracy of Burlington
Valsangiacomo of Barre City
Vincent of Waterbury
Vinton of Colchester
Voyer of Morristown
Waite of Pawlet
Weiss of Northfield
Westman of Cambridge
Wheeler of Burlington
Willett of St. Albans City
Winters of Williamstown
Wisell of Bristol
Woodward of Johnson
Young of Orwell
Barney of Highgate
Bouricius of Burlington
Brown of Walden
Clark of St. Johnsbury
Corren of Burlington
Crawford of Burke
Gray of Barre Town
Hingtgen of Burlington
Holmes of Bethel
Hudson of Lyndon
Hyde of Fayston
Johnson of Canaan
Larrabee of Danville
Maslack of Poultney
McGrath of Ferrisburg
Peaslee of Guildhall
Pike of Mendon
Randall of Bradford
Schiavone of Shelburne
Sheltra of Derby
Sherman of St. Johnsbury
Sweetser of Essex
Towne of Berlin
Wood of Brandon
Zuckerman of Burlington
Cleland of Northfield
Flaherty of South Burlington
Mackinnon of Sharon
Moore of Rutland City
Richardson of Weathersfield
Severance of Colchester
Rep. Bourdeau of Hyde Park explained her vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: Voting in favor of this bill, especially as it pertains to the Champion Land sale was very difficult for me. I would have preferred to see the future use of this land spelled out with all of its details. That has not happened and so I am voting in support of this money being used towards the purchase of the Champion land based on the repeated assurances given to this body by the Governor, the leadership and representatives of the Vermont Land Trust and by the Memorandum of Understanding put on our desks and journalized by this body when the bill was originally passed. Some of these assurances have been that the forest products industry will be allowed to actively harvest trees over the long term under whatever "working forest" easement is finalized with the Vermont Land Trust on this property. This body has been repeatedly told that traditional uses of this land will continue and not be diminished. Traditional uses include: hunting, fishing, trapping, logging, snowmobile usage of the trail system among other common practices. I hope these words spell out to future generations what this body understood and intended for the use of the Champion property. We do not intend Essex County to be turned into a "theme park". We expect the trees to be harvested in a responsible manner and the land to be enjoyed by Vermonters in the same ways they have for decades. That is what we have been told the future holds for this property and that is my firm intent as I vote "yes" today. May time prove my expectations were met and the intent of this legislation was honored.

Rep. Hingtgen of Burlington explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: I cannot support this conference report because it still does not address the great unmet needs in the ANFC and Aid to Aged, Blind and Disabled programs, but instead holds tax cuts as a higher priority than the wellbeing of Vermont's most vulnerable residents."