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VCDR 2018 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events April 16 – April 20

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VCDR 2018 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events

April 16 – April 20

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2018 Legislative Session. This is the second year of the two year legislative biennium.

These weekly alerts contain summaries of legislative activities, committee agendas, and House and Senate Calendar items that would be of interest to the disability community. The complete committee schedules will not be found here, but a link has been provided for the complete Legislative Committee agendas, the Legislative Calendar and Journal Page, and the Legislative Web-Site.

You will find highlights of the week’s Legislative activities for specific committees, public hearing notifications, and calendar activity of interest in this weekly report, as well as a listing and brief explanations of legislation introduced at the end of the committee schedules when available.

This Committee Schedule is generally published on Monday of each week, but is subject to change throughout the week. Please check the calendar online, on the Vermont Legislative web page for updates.

 

*** LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGE***

http://legislature.vermont.gov/

 

***COMMITTEE INFORMATION ***

Committees have their own web-pages, where you can find documents and written testimony as well as committee schedules. http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2018/#

House & Senate Committee Assignments:

Make sure when you go to this page you click on “SHOW ALL MEMBERS”

http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2018/

Complete Weekly Committee Schedule House and Senate: http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/weeklyAgendas/2018

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** Calendars and Journals **

House Calendar

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

105th DAY OF THE ADJOURNED SESSION

House Convenes at 10:00 A.M.

ACTION CALENDAR

 

Favorable with Amendment

 

  1. 482 Consumer protection……………………………………………………………1491

Rep. Marcotte for Commerce and Economic Development

Rep. Conquest for Judiciary…………………………………………………………….1498

Rep. Sullivan of Dorset, et al. Amendment……………………………………….. 1498

 

  1. 166 An act relating to the provision of medication-assisted treatment for

inmates……………………………………………………………………………………….. 1507

Rep. Shaw for Corrections and Institutions

  1. 203 An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system

………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1510

Rep. Donahue for Health Care

Rep. Hooper for Appropriations……………………………………………………… 1520

Senate Proposal of Amendment

 

  1. 874 Inmate access to prescription drugs……………………………………….. 1523

 

NOTICE CALENDAR

Favorable with Amendment

 

  1. 175 An act relating to the wholesale importation of prescription drugs into

Vermont, bulk purchasing, and the impact of prescription drug costs on health

insurance premiums………………………………………………………………………. 1543

Rep. Lippert for Health Care

House Calendars:

http://legislature.vermont.gov/house/service/2018/calendar

 

House Journals:

http://legislature.vermont.gov/house/service/2018/journal

 Senate Calendar

TABLE OF CONTENTS TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

SENATE CONVENES AT: 9:30 A.M.

 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Third Reading

 

  1. 199 An act relating to reinstating legislative members to the

Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders…………………1566

 

Second Reading

Favorable

 

  1. 690 An act relating to explanation of advance directives and treating

clinicians who may sign a DNR/COLST

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Ayer ……………………………………….. 1566

 

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

 

  1. 333 An act relating to identification of gender-free restrooms in public

buildings and places of public accommodation

Econ. Dev., Housing and General Affairs Report – Sen. Balint …………1567

  1. 696 An act relating to establishing a State individual mandate

Finance Report – Sen. Sirotkin …………………………………………………… 1570

House Proposals of Amendment

  1. 164 An act relating to establishing the Unused Prescription Drug

Repository Program……………………………………………………………………….1571

  1. 282 An act relating to health care providers participating in Vermont’s

Medicaid program………………………………………………………………………… 1573

 

NOTICE CALENDAR

Second Reading

Favorable

  1. 901 An act relating to health information technology and health

information exchange

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Cummings ………………………………..1575

  1. 912 An act relating to the health care regulatory duties of the Green

Mountain Care Board

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Ayer ……………………………………….. 1583

  1. 914 An act relating to reporting requirements for the second year of the

Vermont Medicaid Next Generation ACO Pilot Project

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Lyons ……………………………………… 1588

Senate Calendars:

http://legislature.vermont.gov/senate/service/2018/calendar

 

Senate Journals:

http://legislature.vermont.gov/senate/service/2018/journal

 

As a general rule the House and Senate meet at these times during the session:

Floor Times:

  House           Senate
Tuesday: 10:00 am 9:30 am
Wednesday: 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am 11:30 am

 

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***LIVE STREAMS***

You can listen on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/online-streams

Listen to House and Senate activity when they are in session

      VCDR – **Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights**

Information may also be found on the VCDR Website: www.vcdr.org

The VCDR Website is now online. Some pages are still under construction.

Please visit our FACEbook Page

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***Joint Fiscal Page ***

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/

The FY 2019 Budget documents and Department and Administration testimony can be found on the Joint Fiscal Page. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/budget_fy2019.aspx

H.924 An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0924/H-0924%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

Web Report

This link is to the FY 2019 Budget Web Report which shows the House’s Action on the Governor’s Proposed FY 2019 Budget

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/webreports/webreports/Web/FY2019%20Big%20Bill%20Web%20Report%203-28-2018%209_51_26%20AM.html

H.924 House Passed FY 2019 Budget Highlights

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/House_Fy_2019_Budget_Summary_Document.pdf

Stephanie Barrett, Legislative Joint Fiscal Office

Control/Click to follow link:                                                                          H.924: SAC Working List GF–FY19 Budget

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***BUDGET TESTIMONY***

 

***NEW Senate Health and Welfare Budget Memo

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Health%20and%20Welfare/Budget%20Memo/W~Senate%20Committee%20on%20Health%20and%20Welfare~Budget%20Memo~4-13-2018.pdf

Testimony Page for FY 2019 Budget

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-4-2018#documents-section

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-5-2018#documents-section

Testimony in Senate Appropriations on Disabilities:

Ed Paquin, VT Coalition for Disability Rights

H.924: Support for developmental disability and mental health services

Pam McCarthy, VT Family Network

H.924: Support for funding increase for Children’s Integrated Services

Patricia Tedesco, VT Center for Independent Living

H.924: Support for home access program

Susan Aranoff, VT Developmental Disabilities Council

H.924: Support for developmental services funding

 

***LEGISLATION***

SPECIAL EDUCATION   

H.897: Draft No. 1.1 Senate Education Amendment, 4-5-2018

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Education/Bills/H.897/Drafts,%20amendments%20and%20summaries/H.897~James%20DesMarais~Draft%20No.%201.1%20Senate%20Education%20Amendment,%204-5-2018~4-5-2018.pdf

H.897 an act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/H.897

As Passed by House:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0897/H-0897%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.897: Section by Section Summary

Witness Testimony in Senate Education

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/24/Bill/4187673#documents-section

 

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***ARTICLES of INTERST***

 

Vermonters urge House panel to pass minimum wage bill By Xander Landen https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/06/vermonters-urge-house-panel-pass-minimum-wage-bill/

Read the bill, H.196, being considered by the Senate here.

 

Despite Governor’s Opposition, Vt. Senate Committee Prioritizes Paid Family Leave Bill  Vermont Public Radio  http://digital.vpr.net/post/despite-governors-opposition-vt-senate-committee-prioritizes-paid-family-leave-bill

Breaking down the VT House tax bill that Gov. Scott has threatened to veto

April McCullum, Free Press Staff Writer

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/politics/government/2018/03/30/vermont-house-tax-plan-how-could-affect-you/467919002/

 

House passes $5.84 billion budget proposal By Xander Landen Mar 24 2018

https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/24/house-passes-5-84-billion-budget-proposal/

Health programs saved in House Appropriations budget By Xander Landen Mar 16 2018 https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/16/health-programs-saved-house-appropriations-budget/

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***EVENTS***

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***Committee Highlights***

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House Appropriations Committee https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/9

Schedule TBD

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House Committee Corrections and Institutions https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/17

On Wednesday morning the Committee will hear from the Agency of Human Services, to discuss plans for secure residential facilities, mental health beds, and temporary 12 bed concept from Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services

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House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/11

On Tuesday the Committee will take up an amendment to H. 482 – An act relating to consumer protection and S. 180 – An act relating to the Vermont Fair Repair Act. On Thursday they will take up H. 143 – An act relating to automobile insurance requirements and transportation network companies.   This bill proposes to address issues relating to fair debt collection and other consumer protection laws.

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House Committee on Education

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/10

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 257 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law and discuss Education Health Benefits. On Wednesday   the Committee will also take up S. 261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience

S.257 An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law –As passed by the Senate: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0257/S-0257%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

S.229 An act relating to State Board of Education approval of independent schools -As passed by Senate:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0229/S-0229%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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The House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/13 

On Tuesday the Committee will take up S. 204 – An act relating to the registration of short-term rentals and on Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 40 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage.

S.40 As Passed by Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0040/S- 0040%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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House Committee on Government Operations https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2018/3650

For most of the week the Committee will take up S. 273 – An act relating to miscellaneous law enforcement amendments and on Wednesday afternoon the Committee will take up S. 281 – An act relating to the mitigation of systemic racism

S.281 As passed by the Senate: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0281/S-0281%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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House Committee on Health Care Committee https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/15

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up

S.53 – An act relating to recommendations for achieving universal coverage for primary care in Vermont and will take up S. 225 – An act relating to pilot programs for coverage by commercial health insurers of costs associated with medication-assisted treatment on Wednesday

S.53 An act relating to recommendations for achieving universal coverage for primary care in Vermont – As passed by Senate:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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House Committee on Human Services https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/16

On Tuesday,   the Committee will take up and likely vote out S. 280 – An act relating to the Advisory Council for Strengthening Families.  On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 70 – An act relating to the nutritional requirements for children’s meals and on Wednesday the Committee will take up S.261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience and likely vote the bill out.

S.261 An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience – As passed by Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0261/S-0261%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

S.261 An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience – Side by side proposed amendments

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/Bills/S.261/Drafts,%20Amendments%20and%20Summaries/S.261~Katie%20McLinn~Senate%20Version%20and%20Mrowicki%20Proposal%20Side%20by%20Side~4-13-2018.pdf

S.280: Draft No. 2.1, 3-22-2018   – An act relating to the Advisory Council for Strengthening Families.  https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/Bills/S.280/Drafts,%20Amendments%20and%20Summaries/S.280~Katie%20McLinn~Draft%20No.%202.1,%203-22-2018~3-28-2018.pdf

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House Committee on Judiciary    https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/18  On Tuesday and Thursday the Committee will take up S.105 – An act relating to consumer justice enforcement.  On Thursday Committee will take up S. 222 – An act relating to miscellaneous judiciary procedures and likely vote it out.

S.222 – As passed by Senate

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0222/S-0222%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/HouS.222: Draft No. 2.1, 4-10-2018

se%20Judiciary/Bills/S.222/S.222~Erik%20FitzPatrick~Draft%20No.%202.1,%204-10-2018~4-13-2018.pdf

 

 

 

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Senate Appropriations Committee:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/23

The Committee will discuss the Governor’s Proposed FY 2019 Budget and the House passed version all week as the legislature moves closer to adjournment

H.924 an act relating to making appropriations for the support of government – As passed by the House: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0924/H-0924%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

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Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/32

On Tuesday the Committee will take up H. 919 – An act relating to workforce development, and on Thursday they will take up H. 196 – An act relating to paid family leave and H. 907 – An act relating to improving rental housing safety

H.196  An act relating to paid family leave – As Passed by the House:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0196/H-0196%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.919 An act relating to workforce development As passed by the House

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Economic%20Development/Bills/H.919/H.919~David%20Hall~As%20passed%20by%20the%20House~4-13-2018.pdf

H.919: Draft No. 5.1, 4-11-2018

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Economic%20Development/Bills/H.919/H.919~David%20Hall~Draft%20No.%205.1,%204-11-2018~4-13-2018.pdf

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Senate Committee on Education https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/24.

On Tuesday afternoon the Committee will take up H. 897 – An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support, taking final testimony from the VT Developmental Disabilities Council and likely vote out the bill (see latest draft below). On Tuesday they will also discuss Restorative Justice

H.897 As passed by the House: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0897/H-0897%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.897: Draft No. 7.1 Senate Education Amendment, 4-13-2018

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Education/Bills/H.897/Drafts,%20amendments%20and%20summaries/H.897~James%20DesMarais~Draft%20No.%207.1%20Senate%20Educatiion%20Amendment,%204-13-2018~4-13-2018.pdf

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Senate Committee on Finance https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/32

On Tuesday the Committee will take up H. 892 – An act relating to regulation of short-term, limited-duration health insurance coverage and association health plans and H. 911 – An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system.

  1. 911 As passed by the House:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0911/H-0911%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.911: Impacts to Vermont Taxpayers of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Finance/Bills/H.911/H.911~Jake%20Feldman~Impacts%20to%20Vermont%20Taxpayers%20of%20the%20Tax%20Cuts%20and%20Jobs%20Act~4-6-2018.pdf

 

Senate Committee on Government Operations https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/26

On Wednesday afternoon the Committee will take up H. 624 – An act relating to the protection of information in the statewide voter checklist –as passed by House: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Government%20Operations/Bills/H.624/H.624~BetsyAnn%20Wrask~As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Unofficial~4-6-2018.pdf

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Senate Health and Welfare Committee

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/27

On Tuesday the Committee will take up H. 921 – An act relating to nursing home oversight. On Wednesday the committee will hear from the Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities (Annual Presentation) and on Thursday hear about Special Olympics

H.921 As passed by House

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0921/H-0921%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

H.921: Proposed Committee Amendment

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Senate Committee on Institutions https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/28

On Wednesday the Committee will take up H. 874 – An act relating to inmate access to prescription drugs and S. 166 – An act relating to the provision of medication-assisted treatment for inmates.

Control /Click to follow link:

H.874: As passed by the House  

H.874: Draft No. 3.1, 4-2-2018  

H.874: Proposed amendment

 

S.166: As Recommended

S.166: Draft No. 4.1, 2-22-2018  

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Senate Committee on Judiciary

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/29 

On Tuesday the Committee will take up S. 237 – An act relating to providing representation to needy persons concerning immigration matters and       H. 718 – An act relating to creation of the Restorative Justice Study Committee and on Wednesday – H. 237 – An act relating to saliva testing

S.237 An act relating to providing representation to needy persons concerning immigration matters.

Control/Click to follow link:

S.237: As Recommended

S.237: Draft No. 1, 2-1-2018  

S.237: Fiscal Note  

H.718 An act relating to creation of the Restorative Justice Study Committee

H.718: Draft No. 1.1, 4-11-2018

H.718: As Passed by the House

 

H.237 – An act relating to saliva testing – As passed by House

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0237/H-0237%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

 

***UPCOMING EVENTS***

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***LEGISLATION INTRODUCED***

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Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]