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VCDR 2018 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events April 2 – April 5

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

April 2 – April 5

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

 

House Calendars:

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

 

House Journals:

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

 Senate Calendars:

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

Senate 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

***NEW  FY 2019 Budget as passed by the House Appropriations

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

***NEW 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

***NEW 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

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***Budget Testimony***

 

Senate Health and Welfare Testimony

VCDR President, Sarah Launderville Testimony to Senate Health and Welfare

Budget Memo – Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights Testimony

 

VCDR Member – Disability Rights VT Comments to Senate Health and Welfare Budget Memo – Disability Rights Vermont Testimony

DRVT appreciates the invitation to comment on budget proposals made by the Administration and actions taken by the House of Representatives. We believe that the basic assumption that growth in assistance to Vermonters with serious disabilities must be limited to the rate of growth in current revenue presents challenges. Caseload growth and increases in cost of living, particularly for people with high medical needs, can be managed after a fashion, but not without harming the health, independence or access to opportunity of these people.

 

Vermont Care Partners on Budget passed by House

 

Vermont Care Partners testified on priorities for the Stage 2 of Workforce Investment and the restorations of the $4.3 million cut to developmental services.  They also support the four housing pilots and recommended that the funding for low barrier housing be directed to the Department of Mental Health for statewide housing vouchers. The restoration of the Developmental Services funding was also supported by the State Long Term Care Ombudsman and the Developmental Disabilities Council.

 

The budget priorities are specified in this memo:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Health%20and%20Welfare/Budget%20Memo/Written%20Testimony/W~Julie%20Tessler~Budget%20Memo%20-%20Written%20Testimony%20-%20Vermont%20Care%20Partners~3-30-2018.pdf

 

 

***LEGISLATION***

SPECIAL EDUCATION   

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

Special EDUCATION TESTIMONY in Senate Education

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/24/Date/3-22-2018#documents-section

 

Senate Education Special Education Testimony

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/24/Date/3-20-2018#documents-section

H.897: Special Education Presentation Holcombe – Concerns

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Appropriations/Bills/H.897/H.897-SPECIALEDUCATION~Rebecca%20Holcombe,%20Secretary,%20Agency%20of%20Education~Special%20Education%20Presentation~2-28-2018.pdf

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Public Hearing on the Minimum Wage (S.40)

Thursday, April 5, 2018, the House committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs.

 

Thursday, April 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., in Room 11, Vermont State House, Montpelier

 

Read the bill, S.40, being considered by the House here.
Public Hearing on Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Tuesday April 10, 2018 The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs is holding a public hearing on paid family and medical leave insurance.

Tuesday, April 10 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Vermont State House, Montpelier
Read the bill, H.196, being considered by the Senate here.

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***ARTICLES of INTERST***

budget

***NEW 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/

House Appropriations Committee advances budget bill with $7M increase By Xander Landen Mar 20 2018

https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/20/house-appropriations-committee-advances-budget-bill-7m-increase/

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/

House to finalize state budget cuts this week

By Anne Galloway Mar 11 2018

https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/11/house-finalize-state-budget-cuts-week/

Thousands on disabilities services face cuts under Scott’s budget              By Xander Landen Mar 11 2018

https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/11/thousands-disabilities-services-face-cuts-scotts-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

On Wednesday morning the Committee will take up the Minimum Wage and Benefits Cliff and review the economics and then receive a Presentation on State Employees Workers’ Compensation Program – State Employees. On Thursday the Committee will take up the Minimum Wage again and get an update on Economic Indicators Update

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House Committee Corrections and Institutions https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/17 On Tuesday the Committee will take up   S. 166 – An act relating to the provision of medication-assisted treatment for inmates hearing from the DOC Addiction and Mental Health Systems Director, Department of Corrections and take up  S.179 – An act relating to community justice centers

S.166 as passed by Senate: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0166/S-0166%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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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 H. 482 – An act relating to consumer protection. On Wednesday and Thursday the Committee 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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https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/10

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up Educational Health Care Benefits, S. 257 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law and H. 794 – An act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards into statewide educational standards and a policy on ethnic and social equity in schools by public schools and approved independent schools.

S.257 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

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

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the Committee will take up S. 40 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage. Wednesday, the Committee hearing will take place in Room 10 at 9:00 AM. A Public Hearing will take place Thursday at 5:30 PM in Room 11. On Wedfnesday they will take up  S. 204 – An act relating to the registration of short-term rentals.

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

Tuesday through Friday the Committee will take testimony on S. 281 – An act relating to the mitigation of systemic racism

S.281As 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

Tuesday

  1. 282 – An act relating to health care providers participating in Vermont’s Medicaid program
  2. 203 – An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system

As passed by Senate: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0203/S-0203%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

 

Wednesday

  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
  2. 262 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to the Medicaid program and the Department of Vermont Health Access..

S.262 As passed by Senate: https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0262/S-0262%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

  1. 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

Thursday

  1. 262 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to the Medicaid program and the Department of Vermont Health Access
  2. 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

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

Tuesday

  1. 40 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage – Sections of S.40 that pertain to the benefits cliff as requested by the House Committee on  General, Housing, and Military Affairs
  2. 261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience

Wednesday

  1. 261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience
  2. 257 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law – Sections of the bill that pertain to Pre-K and Child Protection

Thursday

  1. 261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience

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House Committee on Judiciary    https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/18   On Tuesday the Committee will take up H.422 – An act relating to removal of firearms from a person arrested or cited for domestic assault.

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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 as passed by House. On Tuesday afternoon the Chair of House Appropriation will walk through the 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

Also on Tuesday the committee will hear from the Secretary of Human Services on the Budget.

On Wednesday they will hold the “Advocate” Hearing on the Budget at 3:00 PM in Room 11

ALL AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED

(List of Scheduled Witnesses Available at the Hearing)

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

On Tuesday morning the Committee will take up

  1. 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

  1. 919 – An act relating to workforce development
  2. 593 – An act relating to miscellaneous consumer protection provisions

On Wednesday they will take up

  1. 907 – An act relating to improving rental housing safety

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0907/H-0907%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

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

On Tuesday and Wednesday 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

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

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

On Tuesday afternoon the Committee will take up H. 911 – An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system.

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

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

 

The Committee will take up H. 910 – An act relating to the Open Meeting Law and the Public Records on Tuesday afternoon ***********************************************************************************

Senate Health and Welfare Committee

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

Tuesday

Budget Memo Discussion

OneCare Vermont

Budget Memo Discussion – Side by Side on Human Services Budget

Wednesday

Budget Memo Discussion –Testimony – Green Mountain Care Board

Child Care Demand Study

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

Thursday

Budget Memo Discussion

  1. 673 – An act relating to miscellaneous amendments to the Reach Up program

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0673/H-0673%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

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

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Senate Committee on Judiciary

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

On Thursday the Committee will walk through:

  1. 727 – An act relating to the admissibility of a child’s hearsay statements in a proceeding before the Human Services Board

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0727/H-0727%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

 

***UPCOMING EVENTS***

 

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***LEGISLATION OF INTEREST***

Vermont Care Partners – Legislative Update – March 26

 

 

 

House Passes Special Education Bill and Senate Education Committee Takes it up

 

The House of Representatives passed the Special Education bill last week. Vermont Digger did a nice job summarizing the legislation:

https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/23/special-education-funding-bill-sailsthrough-house/

 

In the Senate Education Committee there has been considerable testimony including a presentation by Tammy Kolbe of UVM. She said that the current education funding system blocks some evidenced based practices and incentivizes giving special education services to students that don’t need them. A census based funding system enables practice decisions to be decoupled from funding so that funding streams don’t steer practice decisions. She expects that 300 – 400 students would be in high needs category for which the schools would receive additional funds. She also recommended setting up accountability mechanisms that go beyond the current ones to explicitly track outcomes for special education students. Committee Chair Senator Baruth doesn’t believe that our current formula offers sufficient predictability.

 

Senate Education Plans to Major Adjustments to the House Special Education Bill

 

Senate Education Committee plans to marry the two special education bills and make a number of changes in the House bill that calls for a census formula to fund special education.

 

Their concerns include: how the census formula will work for private schools; the impact of the change of the funding formula; the large advisory board making funding recommendations to the State Board of Education; definitions and amounts of funding; how the federal maintenance of effort requirements will be met; and that the special education funds could be used for other purposes.

 

Senator Baruth explained that the House bill changed the funding model with the expectation to enhance effectiveness, availability and equity of services be promoting best practices. Senator Balaint pointed out that this bill doesn’t actually do that, it just changes the funding model. She said, “It’s just a hope to improve practices”. By the end of the week the Committee had developed an initial draft bill that combines the two special education bills and creates a two track funding formula for special education: a census formula for public schools phased in over 5 years and the independent schools maintaining a reimbursement methodology for special education students sent by local education agencies.

 

 

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Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]