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Battle of the Bills: Lawmakers pass 1 in 7 proposed measures

first_imgby Alicia Freese May 21, 2013 vtdigger.org Vermont lawmakers introduced 713 bills this session, ranging from decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana to naming a state native insect. Fewer than 14 percent of them passed in both the House and Senate. That might sound like a lot of legislation for 180 people working for four months to produce, but their bill-making is on pace to be pretty average this biennium.Lawmakers generally introduce a flurry of legislation during the first year of the biennium, and then the pace slows during the second year. William MaGill, the first assistant clerk for the House, said it’s typical to see 700 bills introduced during the first year and 300 during the second. During the previous five bienniums, the number of bills introduced ranged from 1,100 to 1,047, and the percentage of bills that passed hovered between 17 and 19.6 percent.Dwarfing those figures is the number of drafting requests the Legislature’s lawyers receive. This year, the 16 attorneys fielded 1,349 requests ‘this includes bills and resolutions but it does not count an untold number of amendments.The House introduced 544 bills this year, and the Senate produced 169. The House passed 81 of its own bills, and 63 of those bills also passed in the Senate.The Senate passed about a third of the bills it introduced. Of those 51, the House backed 35.That leaves Gov. Peter Shumlin with a stack of legislation 98 pieces high. He’s signed a few of them into law already, and he hasn’t given any indication about whether he’ll veto any bills.Among the 713 bills6 bills about marijuana;4 bills about dogs;3 bills about skiing;2 bills about drones;2 bills about libraries;1 bill lowering the maximum noise level of motorboats;1 bill prohibiting wiretapping unless all parties agree to it;1 bill prohibiting docking the tails of horses and bovines except under certain circumstances.A number of high-profile issues ended up in Shumlin’s stack ‘’death with dignity,’driver’s licenses for migrant workers, marijuana decriminalization. There were also plenty of bills ‘campaign finance, for instance ‘that ate up a lot of legislative time but didn’t make it to the governor’s desk.Some of the bills that never made it off the shelf still drummed up discussion ‘a total of 10 pieces of legislation, for instance, addressed firearms or ammunition and helped bring the national conversation about gun control to the state level.And then there were bills that didn’t gain any traction at all. Some of these more marginal pieces of legislation reveal the idiosyncratic concerns harbored by Vermont’s lawmakers.Lawmakers showed a particular proclivity for making it easier for veterans and the elderly to hunt and fish.One bill would have set aside five moose permits for Vermonters who have served in the Armed Forces.Another would have allowed people 65 years and older to use all-terrain vehicles to hunt on state lands. A third would allow people in nursing homes or in the care of health care professionals to fish by obtaining a ‘therapeutic group license.’Lawmakers also showed a penchant for designating state things ‘dogs, vegetables, reptiles. There was a push for making the state native insect the tri-colored bumblebee and a bill to designate the Governor Aiken bucktail streamer as the official state fly-fishing lure.There are some among the legislative ranks who think lawmakers should be more discriminatory about drawing up legislation.At the start of the session, Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, offered an amendment to the budget adjustment bill that would have capped the number of bills that individual lawmakers can draft ‘representatives would be cut off after three bills and senators after five.‘Clearly the volume of bills is such that it’s hard to keep up with. I was hoping by highlighting the problem we could at least cut down on the number of bills introduced.’And, the workload this creates for the Legislature’s attorneys, Sears added, is ‘mammoth.’Sears, by his own admission, can be a prolific drafter of bills. He was the primary sponsor of 25 pieces of legislation this year; the average for senators was 5.6.Sears oversees the Senate Judiciary Committee, which, he says, has a high level of bill traffic. By his estimate, from 50 to 60 bills are referred to his committee, while they only have time to take up 10 to 15 of them.last_img read more

Eaton Names David Foster Senior VP, Corporate Development and Treasury

first_imgCLEVELAND — Eaton Corp. has named David Foster senior vice president, corporate development and treasury, effective Aug. 1. In this role, Foster will be responsible for corporate development activities, including mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning, and treasury activities, including capital market and foreign exchange transactions, insurance, and cash management. He will report to Richard Fearon, Eaton vice chairman and chief financial and planning officer.   Foster succeeds Kurt McMaken, who has been named vice president, finance and planning, Electrical Sector for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, reporting to Frank Campbell, president, Electrical Sector, Europe, effective Aug. 1. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Foster joined Eaton in 1993 as a general ledger accountant. He held the positions of finance director and controller in the Automotive Group and was named vice president, Finance, Asia Pacific Region in 2008. Prior to joining Eaton, he worked for Hydro Aluminum Bohn and Franklin Financial Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in management from Kettering University in Michigan. Foster will be based at Eaton’s world headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

3×3 basketball team ‘Riga’ wins the second stage of the World…

first_imgThe Latvian 3×3 basketball team “Riga” won the second stage of the World Tour in Debrecen, Hungary on Wednesday. Content will continue after the ad Advertising In the first three stages of the world tour in Debrecen, the “Riga” team will be represented by Agnis Čavars, Edgars Krūmiņš, Kārlis Lasmanis, Nauris Miezis and Artūrs Strēlnieks.In the final of the second stage, “Riga” won the Serbian team “Ub” with 21:20, which was placed seventh in the tournament.“Riga” won with the final whistle, Miezim broadcasting the last point of the game in the basket.Krūmiņš scored nine points in favor of the “Riga” team in the final match, but Lasmanis, Čavars and Miezis scored four.For the victory in the final, the Latvian team earned 40,000 US dollars (less than 34,000 euros) in the cash prize.Previously, in the semi-finals, “Riga” won the US team “Harlem” with 21:15, which was awarded the fourth number.Lasmanis scored nine points in this duel, Krūmiņš scored five points, Čavars scored one less, but three points scored at the expense of Barley.The Latvian team won the Serbian team “Liman” in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 22:11, which was considered the tournament favorite.Miezis was the most productive in the “Riga” team with eight points, but Krūmiņš and Lasmanis scored by seven points. It has already been reported that on Tuesday in the group tournament “Riga” Debrecen won in the first duel with 22:12, but in the second game with 16:21 “Ub” gave in. Https://news.google.com/__i/rss/rd/articles/ In the “Ub” tournament, the seventh number was posted, but the hosts were assigned the 14th number.In the first stage of the season in Hungary, the Latvian team stopped in the semi-finals and won the third place.Due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19, the first three stages of this season will take place in Debrecen. After this stage, the next tournament is scheduled for September 4-5. The second stage is called the Hungarian “Grand Prix”, and the third – the European “Grand Prix”.The competition calendar still includes stages in Japan, China and the Middle East this season, but it is not known whether the competition will actually take place in these regions.It has already been reported that FIBA ​​has frozen both the 3×3 basketball team and the individual ranking of players until April next year.last_img read more

AFC Councillor calls for road maintenance in Region 2

first_imgGovernment Councillor Naithram is calling on the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) administration to fix the countless potholes along the main public road in Region Two rather than depending on the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to act.Naithram, who was at the time speaking at the region’s monthly statutory Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting last Monday, pointed to the situation which he said, is worsening daily.Government Councilor, Naithram“I am of the view that these holes can be fixed by the regional administration’s roads department. Why wait till it get worst and then more money will be spending” the Councillor said.He said too that drivers and commuters traversing the roads are complaining and there have been no improvements to date. Naithram also highlighted the deplorable conditions of the roads in the Charity Housing Scheme and other such schemes within the region.In response, Head of the Region Two RDC, Devanand Ramdatt, explained that several emails were sent to the subject Minister, David Patterson, highlighting the issue. Ramdatt added that in August 2016, an email was written to Minister Patterson for the upgrading of the Onderneeming access road and several other roads and to date, no positive response has been forthcoming. He reminded that residents on the Essequibo Coast have also recently protested over the deplorable road conditions.The condition of one of the community roadsDuring interviews conducted by Guyana Times, many concerned residents from various villages called for the upgrading of their streets and access roads. Several streets in the communities of Golden Fleece, Johanna Cecila, Anna Regina, Perseverance, Lima, Charity, Suddie, Riverstown, and Zorg are in urgent need of maintenance.last_img read more