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 on: April 19, 2019, 02:13:52 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The week opened with Floor debate and Roll Call on two bills. S. 49, an act relating to the regulation of polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking and surface waters was presented and passed for Third reading on a vote of 135 to 1. The debate on S. 68, an act relating to Indigenous Peoples’ Day focused on what date should be appointed for this observance. The bill passed to third read on a Roll Call vote of 113 to 24. An amendment was put forward Wednesday to identify the first Monday in February as Indigenous People’s Day and retain Columbus Day on the second Monday in October but failed on Roll Call vote of 42 to 95.
The Transportation committee voted S. 149, an act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles out unanimously Thursday afternoon rather than Tuesday as intended. The bill was not ready for the vote out of committee on Tuesday and the committee was not able to have enough time to take action Wednesday as many of the House members attended the funeral of Rep Bob Forguites in Springfield. S. 149 was on the House calendar Friday for notice but affecting the revenue of the state, under rule 35(a), was referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
A public hearing on Proposal 5, proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Vermont regarding personal reproductive liberty was held Wednesday evening for members of the public to give testimony to the House committee on Human Services. Proposal 5 has been adopted by the required two-thirds of the Senate and the next step is for the House to vote as to whether it concurs. The Vermont Constitution provides the requirements for how it may be amended. A concurrence by the House will mean it must be brought forward in the 2021-2022 biennium for a vote in each chamber again. The final General Assembly vote moves the proposed amendment to be put before the voters for approval by a majority of those voting.
Floor discussion Thursday on H. 207, an act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the City of Montpelier regarding non-citizen voting in City elections focused on concerns for the creation of a list of non-citizens that might be used to target individuals, a conflict with the Freeman’s oath language and the right for a person who is a resident of a municipality but non-citizen to vote on city issues. Charter changes are often cut and dried bills when they reach the House floor, but on this instance, there was a great deal of debate.  A Roll Call was requested on whether the bill should have a third read and passed on a vote of 95 to 46.
Please continue to contact me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545 or through the Sergeant at Arms office (802) 828-2228. (

 on: April 15, 2019, 10:56:14 AM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Easter Services for United Church of Fairfax:

Tenebrae Service – Good Friday, 4/19, 6:30 – 7:00pm Please join us for this simple yet moving service which describes the time between the Last Supper and the Passion of Christ. For more information contact ucffairfaxvt@gmail.com

Easter Service Sunday at 10am at the United Church of Fairfax at 8 Fletcher Rd her in Fairfax.

 on: April 14, 2019, 02:02:01 PM 
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Senior Citizen Lunch Tues the 16th at the Fairfax Fire Station at noon. Lunch is BBQ chicken. Doors open at 11 so come on over and have some chit chat with your neighbors.

 on: April 13, 2019, 12:51:34 PM 
Started by Henry - Last post by mirjo
In the few short years I knew Henry (compared to others he knew) I can only add that he enriched my life and showed me being content with one's self & life is  what happiness is. The key is knowing what is important to you. Henry did. RIP my friend.

 on: April 12, 2019, 03:54:24 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
News that a fellow member Representative Robert Forguites of North Springfield died unexpectedly was shared with House members at the closing of Floor on Tuesday. A white rose in a simple vase sat on his desk number 22 throughout the week and the members stood for a moment of silence Friday in recognition of his service in sessions 2015-2016, 2017-2018 and 2019.
The B.F.A. Fairfax Senior Social studies annual class visit on Tuesday and Wednesday was a highlight of the week. The students were lauded by several legislators for their thoughtful questions. The opportunity to share the visit with exchange students from China and a group from France made it extra special this year. Fairfax and other Franklin county farmers were at the State House on Wednesday with the Vermont Dairy Alliance to give testimony in the House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. The Alliance sponsored coffee earlier in the day which provided an opportunity to meet and speak with legislators at large.
House Transportation spent most of the committee time addressing concerns with sections of S. 149, an act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The specific sections addressed referenced autonomous vehicles, primary enforcement of seat belts, emissions inspections and the translation of DMV operator licensing forms, applications and tests. The committee took testimony and debated the concerns and merits of the statute changes that would accompany any of these sections. There is still work to be done to have a final draft ready for the committee vote but the goal is to take that vote Tuesday.
The exemption for the Fairfax Fire Department’s Calcutta from Rooms and Meals tax is not across the finish line yet. The Senate Finance committee has concerns and may remove the language from H. 514, an act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions. The language is very specific as to the exemption, “the organization or association is a fire department, as defined in 24 V.S.A. sec. 1951” but the concern is that other service organizations will petition for the same consideration and create a revenue loss to the State. The Bill will return with any changes made by the Senate for the House’s concurrence or further amendments.
Please continue to contact me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545 or through the Sergeant at Arms office.

 on: April 09, 2019, 10:08:59 PM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet

Deadline:  April 15th of each year
Amount:  $200. - $300.

The George Goodwin Scholarship is available to anyone continuing their education in nursing, education or the ministry.  According to the conditions of the will, those applicants affiliated with the United Church of Fairfax will be given first consideration.

To apply:  Submit a letter stating your field of study and why this scholarship is needed.

Mail to:
Sally Sweet
44 Sweet-Slattery Rd
East Fairfield, VT 05448

 on: April 08, 2019, 02:18:45 PM 
Started by Fairfax Librarian - Last post by Fairfax Librarian
Fairfax Community Library & BFA Fairfax School Board Joint Board Meeting
Thursday, April 11, 2019, Fairfax Room, 6:00 PM


Call to Order 

Public Input

Review Agenda

Election of Officers
•   Chair
•   Secretary


Approval of minutes of October 1l, 2018 Joint Board meeting

Highlights of Quarterly Reports - Librarians

Unfinished Business   
•   Safety Buzzer
•   Status of Facilities Committee Plans
•   Other

New Business
•   Recently updated policies
   -BFA Security Camera Policy   
•   Set date for Joint Board Meetings (Oct., 2019 and April, 2020)
•   Update distribution list for communication
•   Other


 on: April 05, 2019, 03:23:41 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The week closed with the farewell ritual for the second group of Pages. The Speaker reminded the House that this means the Session is heading in to the home stretch. H. 102, an act relating to paid family and medical leave passed the House on a vote of 92 yeas to 52 nays. Floor debate on Thursday and Friday addressed amendments that adjusted portions of the bill. Rep. Browning’s amendment which allowed for an individual to opt out of the plan also was determined by a Roll Call vote but failed 55 yeas to 87 nays. Other Floor action this week included not concurring in the Senate proposal of amendment for H. 39, an act relating to the extension of the deadline of school district mergers required by the State Board of Education and requesting a Committee of Conference be appointed.
Tuesday afternoon the Transportation committee took testimony on H. 201, an act relating to consumer protections related to involuntary towing and storage of motor vehicles and abandoned motor vehicles. Witnesses from Vermont Legal Aid and the towing industry spoke to some points of the issue. Concerns were raised about an owner’s access to a vehicle and the cost that can be accrued when a vehicle is towed without the owner’s permission. That evening the House Chamber was full of citizens who wished to give testimony to the House Judiciary committee on S. 169, an act relating to firearms procedures. The language of this bill as it came out of the Senate has sections that would step back some of the restrictions imposed by S. 55 of the prior biennium as well as the 24-hour waiting period for the purchase of a handgun and in that sense provides concessions to both sides of this volatile debate.
The House Transportation committee received official possession of S. 149 and continued to take testimony on sections of it. Witnesses spoke to sections that address the translation of DMV written forms, applications, or tests used for operator licensing into the primary language of the nations that individuals have come to Vermont from in the last ten years.  Currently the manual is available in Spanish as well as English and the written knowledge test is available in five other languages. The Committee also received testimony on sections that addressed foreign driver’s license reciprocity and automated vehicle testing. The language in the bill provides a strong voice to individual municipalities as to testing AV’s on public roads and witnesses spoke to a preference for a central clearing house for any testing permit.
Please continue to contact me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545 or through the Sergeant at Arms office.

 on: April 02, 2019, 03:57:02 PM 
Started by JCushing - Last post by JCushing
The fantastic BFA Class of '79 is holding a 40th reunion on Saturday June 1st at Steve Clokeys place in Jeffersonville...Hope to see you there.

 on: March 31, 2019, 05:29:17 PM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Senior Citizen lunch on Tues April 2nd at the Fairfax Fire Station is meatloaf. We eat at noon and doors open at 11 for good conversation. Come join us.

Special music this week by a couple from Waterville starting at 11 so come early and enjoy the music.

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