Speaker breaks tie for first time over ‘Sodexho’ bill

first_imgby Anne Galloway vtdigger.org(link is external) Late night sessions can be dangerous fuel, especially when it comes to controversial legislation, and such was the case Monday when the Vermont House became more of a tinderbox than usual. The issue that inflamed lawmakers was a highly combustible labor bill — legislation that prohibits businesses from discriminating against employees who use paid sick time.The trouble is, the Legislature is targeting one business — Sodexho, a company that provides meals at local colleges and other institutions, and which has been accused of unfairly pressuring workers to continue working even when they are sick.The legislation in question, S.213, is broad,(link is external) and a faction of lawmakers — many of whom are blue dog Democrats or Independents — say the provisions in the bill could ensnare businesses that offer fair sick pay policies.The spark started earlier in the day in House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee. Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, introduced a strike-all amendment that gutted S.213, the so-called “Sodexho” bill. A study of discrimination related to employee use of sick time remained in Stevens’ amendment.Stevens is concerned that the proposal has broad implications for businesses that have functional paid sick leave policies and could punish Sodexho at the expense of all employers.Shap Smith, Speaker of the Vermont House. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerThe committee voted down Stevens’ proposal. Then Rep. John Moran, D-Wardsboro, struck Stevens’ amendment and inserted language from the Senate bill, returning the legislation to its original form. The committee unanimously approved Moran’s proposal.When S.213, also known as the “Sodexho bill” was brought to the House floor, long after the dinner hour, a volatile back and forth ensued.Stevens introduced another amendment that struck the prohibition language from the bill, and within short order, Moran offered his own amendment as a substitute.What happened next was partly the result of hours-long arguments on the House floor over childcare unionization, which narrowly passed, and what happens when a caucus with a supermajority begins to fracture.A small faction of blue dog Dems that night went against the caucus and the speaker and nearly scuttled the bill.That would have been a first for House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morristown, who in his tenure as the chief executive officer of the House, has never lost a vote on the floor.Smith and his deputies usually count all the votes ahead of time, but the Sodexho bill wasn’t perhaps as crucial as some of the other items on the very full docket on Monday. After all, Smith was focused on the tough fight to pass childcare unionization.Around 10 p.m., it appeared that the blue dog Dems, led by outgoing Rep. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, who gave a persuasive speech about why the bill wouldn’t be effective, soon had almost enough votes to kill the Moran amendment.The tally was 60-62, and victory for the Ralston faction was imminent when Rep. Kathleen Keenan, D-St. Albans, changed her vote, creating a 61-61 tie, and enabling House Speaker Shap Smith to break the tie and carry the day for the Moran amendment.It was the first time the Speaker has cast a tie-breaking vote on the floor.Ralston then called for a roll call to divide the question, or break the Moran bill into two parts. Realizing they might not have the votes for a second round, Rep. Helen Head, D-S. Burlington, sent the bill back to the drawing board — her own committee.The next day, smoke from the intra-caucus drama lingered.The implicit rule of the Democratic caucus was violated. Members are supposed to show unwavering support for any union bill, as Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, and others in the House made clear at a caucus meeting on Tuesday. Members who remember what it was like to be part of the minority (just six years ago) chastised newer representatives who voted their consciences instead of the party line.After all, the Dems wanted to get another labor bill — that allows childcare providers to form a union — out the door on Tuesday.Klein told his colleagues he could see erosion in the caucus.“That troubles me … because we are the last line of defense. And not every bill that we put out there is perfect,” Klein said. “But when it comes out, that’s the labor bill, that’s the issue that is on the floor. And when we don’t support it, we’re turning our backs on the very people who I think the Democratic Party has always represented and the very people who have sent most of us here.”A few hours later, the Dems passed the childcare unionization bill 78-59.The hijinks of Monday night were over. Order was restored. Tuesday was another day in the House with lawmakers in their seats, the Democratic leadership back in control, and a steady stream of victories for the majority.last_img read more

Organic Eaters Might Be Meaner Than Their Counterparts, Study Finds

first_imgHuffington Post:Eating organic food may make people develop a holier-than-thou complex, according to a new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.Researchers divided subjects into three different groups. One was shown pictures of organic food, like apples and spinach, and another comfort food, like brownies and cookies. The remaining group, which served as the control, was shown foods that weren’t organic or comfort foods, like rice, mustard and oatmeal.Afterward, the subjects were asked to pass judgment on a variety of moral transgressions. The results were stark: People in the organic food group judged the issues much more harshly than the others.MSNBC spoke with the one of the study’s authors, Kendall Eskine, assistant professor of the department of psychological sciences at Loyola University, who explained he reason for exploring the phenomenon:“I’ve noticed a lot of organic foods are marketed with moral terminology, like Honest Tea, and wondered if you exposed people to organic food, if it would make them pat themselves on the back for their moral and environmental choices. I wondered if they would be more altruistic or not.”The findings are especially interesting when considered hand in hand with previous studies, including a 2010 paper in the journal Psychological Science titled “Do Green Products Make Us Better People?”Read the whole story: Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Sevastova will also participate in the second demonstration tournament in Berlin…

first_imgThe second tournament will take place in a hard surface hangar at Berlin Tempelhof Airport. The first tournament took place in the stadium named after the Count of Stafia on the grass courts, but due to the rain it was not completed.On Friday, the women’s singles will start with a duel between Petra Kvitova and Jelina Switolina, with these tennis players playing in the final of the first tournament of “Bett1 Aces”.Later in the evening, Sevastov will fight the Dutchman Kiki Bertens in the first match. Sevastova had to meet Bertens for third place in the first tournament, but it was canceled completely.The tournament is broadcast live on Eurosport.In the first round of the first tournament of Sevastov, he defeated the German Julia Gerges 6-3, 4-3, with the opponent leaving in the second set due to an ankle injury. Sevastova, the owner of the 43rd position in the world ranking in the semi-finals, gave up 6-7 (2: 7), 3-6 to Svitolina, who was in the fifth place.Sevastov’s official games have not taken place since the end of February. It is planned that in two weeks she will take part in the Latvian-Estonian national team match competition in Tallinn.The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) season will resume on August 3 in Palermo.last_img read more

Lumberjacks clinch USHL playoff spot with a 5-2 victory over Bloomington Thunder

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Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim ladies name teams for quarter-finals

first_imgDonegal, Sligo and Leitrim have all named their teams for this weekend’s All-Ireland quarter-finals.It’s a familiar-looking Donegal team to face Mayo tomorrow in the senior quarter-final in Mullingar, with Geraldine McLaughlin captaining the team from full-forward where she is flanked by Yvonne McMonagle and Roisin Friel.St Naul’s Eilish Ward starts at wing-forward, while Naomh Conaill’s Aoife McDonnell starts at wing-back.Four Masters’ Kate Keaney misses out through injury, though she is listed among the extended panel.That game will be live on Ocean FM in association with the Clanree Hotel.Sligo face Roscommon in the intermediate quarter-final in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday and are captained by goalkeeper Noelle Gormley, whose sister Aine lines out at half-forward.Katie Walsh, Elaine O’Reilly, Karen Maloney, Sinead McTiernan and Emma Hansberry are all listed among the substitutes.Jacqui Mulligan is named at corner-back, and says that the squad and manager Paddy Henry have used the six-week break since the Connacht final productively…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jacqui-Mulliugan-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Leitrim are without Sinead Tighe through injury, while Dearbhaile Beirne and Ailbhe Clancy are part of the Irish soccer team for the World University Games in Taiwan.Dromahair’s Anna Conlon and Glencar/Manorhamilton’s Melissa Hewitt both start in defence, while Dearbhla Rooney is among the replacements.Leitrim had to beat Longford in the Qualifiers to reach this weekend’s intermediate quarter-final against Ulster champions Tyrone in Carrick-on-Shannon.They conceded 2-20 in that game, and boss Philip Brady says they need to tighten up in defence…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Philip-Brady-Clip-on-Longford-2-20.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Construction starts on Alaska Native Medical Center housing

first_imgTribal, state, and private sector leaders Wednesday kicked off construction of housing at the Alaska Native Medical Center.Download AudioThey say it will improve services for Alaska Native and American Indian people who travel to Anchorage from across the state for health care.A state Senator who helped get the project financed says it will also save the state millions of dollars a year for decades to come.The new six-story patient housing facility, with 202 private rooms, will be located behind and linked by sky-bridge to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, which serves some 150,000 patients a year.More than half of those patients travel to Anchorage for health services. But many can be served as outpatients. They may need to be monitored or receive care for high-risk pregnancies, for instance, or for chemotherapy, or post-surgical follow-up.Andy Teuber is board chair and president of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. He says the new facility will cut down on the cost of putting up patients in hotels, and make it easier for patients to receive services:“This is one of many barriers that we look forward to breaking down and improving access for our patients across the state to health care here at ANMC,” Teuber said.Teuber says Congress approved a land transfer from the Indian Health Service, and the Consortium worked with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and with legislators on financing.“At a number of occasions we found that the enthusiasm around the project was sufficient to carry it through,” Teuber said.That enthusiasm is due in part to the fact the state of Alaska will see an estimated jump of almost $9 million in Medicaid reimbursements, annually. Medicaid patients who stay at a tribal facility allow the state to receive 100 percent of the federal match. If those patients are being seen at a non-tribal facility, the state receives only half the federal match.That’s one reason Anchorage Republican and Senate President Kevin Meyer co-sponsored a bill in 2013 that authorized the state to issue bonds to loan ANTHC $35 million, a big chunk of the $41 million price tag for the housing facility.“It was kind of a unique concept, and at first we had some hesitation as to how it would work and how much it would truly cost, but it’s going to pay itself back in a short time,” he said.Meyer says knowing the Indian Health Service is a major source of funding for the Consortium reassured legislators, who, he says, gave a close look at the level of risk the state was taking on in funding the project.“We did, because ultimately if the funding source doesn’t come through, it falls back on the state,” Meyer said. “The federal government for the most part is pretty trustworthy. It’s a good deal for the state and residents of Alaska. So it’s truly a win-win, and I’m happy to be part of it.”The new housing facility is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.last_img read more