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Legislative Notes for February 17, 2011

February 12, 2011

It was another very busy week at the Statehouse for me.  Arriving late on Tuesday and Wednesday due to fire calls here in Milton contributed to the hectic week.  We are now at a point in the session where bills are beginning to move out of committee.  This puts more pressure on me to keep my caucus members informed.  Therefore we had three caucus meetings this week to discuss the healthcare reform proposal, jobs bill, the upcoming death with dignity bill and a variety of others.  I spent numerous hours meeting with advocates, lobbyists and members to make sure that I have a solid understanding of these issues as we move forth in the session.

The House passed the fee bill last week.  This is an annual event in which the Legislature reviews and adjusts State fees.  Fees are costs associated with and charged to specific users of a State controlled service or resource.  These are things such as licenses, permits and vehicle registrations.  This years version of the bill raised funeral directors license fees, frozen desert fees as well as a few other fees.  The House also passed  bills recognizing two Abenaki tribes, a bill that establishes guidelines for youth athletes that suffer a concussion while participating in a school event and a bill that authorizes a special license plate for veterans motorcycles.  I voted against passage of the fee bill and supported the other bills.

In committee we continue to work on a job creation bill.  We had many speakers this week centering around job creation in Vermont.

Newly recognized Eagle Scouts Zachary Roberge, Tyler McNaney, Evan Tougas, their parents and Scout Leaders visited the Statehouse on Friday for the reading of a resolution honoring the Eagle Scout recipients accomplishments.  I was able to give the boys a tour of the Statehouse and introduce them to some colleagues before the ceremony.  Hosting friends at the Statehouse is one of the things I enjoy most about serving in the legislature.  If you would like to visit the Statehouse please feel free to contact me to arrange a date and time.

As your representative, I look forward to representing you and your concerns in Montpelier.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns. I am very interested in hearing from you.  During the session, I can be reached at the Statehouse by calling 1-800-322-5616 or by cell at 373-5960. My email address is dturner@leg.state.vt.us. My web-site address is www.donturnerjr.com. Thank you and have a great week.

 

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