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VCDR 2018 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events April 30 – May 4

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

April 30 – May 4

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, May 01, 2018

119th DAY OF THE ADJOURNED SESSION

House Convenes at 10:00 A.M.

 

ACTION CALENDAR

 

NEW BUSINESS

Favorable with Amendment

 

J.R.H. 17 Opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed

rollback of federal motor vehicle emission standards………………………….. 2154

Rep. McCormack for Energy and Technology

 

S. 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………………….…………………………………………………… 2156

Rep. Lippert for Health Care

Rep. Till for Ways and Means…………………….……………………………………2159

Rep. Yacovone for Appropriations…………….……………………………………..2160

 

S. 281 An act relating to the mitigation of systemic racism…………………..2176

Rep. Gannon for Government Operations

Rep. Trieber for Appropriations…………….…………………………………………2181

 

NOTICE CALENDAR

 

Senate Proposal of Amendment

 

H. 593 Miscellaneous consumer protection provisions………………..……….2237

H. 711 Employment protections for crime victims…………………..………….2240

H. 806 The Southeast State Correctional Facility ……………………………….2244

H. 892 Regulation of short-term, limited-duration health insurance coverage

and association health plans…………………….……………………………………… 2257

Senate Calendar

TUESDAY, MAY 01, 2018

SENATE CONVENES AT: 9:30 A.M.

 

ACTION CALENDAR

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF APRIL 30, 2018

 

Third Reading

 

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

government………………..……………………………………………………..2534

Amendment – Sen. Kitchel …………………………………………………………2534

 

Second Reading

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

House Proposal of Amendment

 

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

system………………………………………………………………………………. 2541

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Second Reading

 

House Proposal of Amendment to Senate Proposal of Amendment

 

H. 143 An act relating to automobile insurance requirements and

transportation network companies………………………………………….2647

 

H. 874 An act relating to inmate access to prescription drugs………………. 2658

NOTICE CALENDAR

 

Second Reading

 

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

H. 911 An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and

education financing system

Finance Report – Sen. Cummings ………………………………………………..2659

 

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

Mountain Care Board

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Ayer ……………………………………….. 2667

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

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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 H.924 FY 2019 Budget as passed out by Senate Appropriations https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/CALENDAR/sc180426a.pdf

*** NEW FY 2019 Budget Web Report with Senate Appropriations Actions – Human Services http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/webreports/webreports/Web/FY2019%20Big%20Bill%20Web%20Report%204-26-2018%208_52_20%20AM.html#id3400001000

***NEW Senate Appropriations One Time and Tobacco Settlement Funding

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/SAC_tracking_FY19_and_long_list.pdf

 ***NEW H. 924: FY 2019 Senate Budget Highlights – April 2018 http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/FY19%20Senate%20Budget%20Highlights%20Summary.pdf

 
(See additional Budget detail attached)

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***BUDGET TESTIMONY***

 

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

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***SELECTED LEGISLATION***

SPECIAL EDUCATION

***NEW H.897: Services Provided to Students Who Require Additional Support

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Appropriations/Bills/H.897~Senate%20Committees%20on%20Education%20and%20Finance%20Reports~Services%20Provided%20to%20Students%20Who%20Require%20Additional%20Support~4-26-2018.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 

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

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

***NEW House Appropriations documentation related to Minimum Wage:

PAID FAMILY LEAVE

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

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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

***NEW H.919 DRAFT 8.1 https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Economic%20Development/Bills/H.919/H.919~David%20Hall~Draft%20No.%208.1,%204-26-2018~4-27-2018.pdf

 

CHILD POVERTY

S.280 – Child Poverty Council as amended by House Human Services DRAFT 6.1

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/Bills/S.280/Drafts,%20Amendments%20and%20Summaries/S.280~Katie%20McLinn~As%20Recommended%20by%20the%20House%20Committee%20on%20Human%20Services~4-18-2018.pdf 

 

HEALTH CARE ISSUES

***NEW S.203 An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system Draft 9.1   

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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*** PUBLIC HEARINGs ***

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***ARTICLES of INTERST***
 

***NEW Senate OKs $5.86 billion budget – VTDigger 4/27/18

https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/27/senate-oks-5-86-billion-budget/

 

***NEW Lawmakers work to help struggling Vt. dairy farmers  http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Lawmakers-work-to-help-struggling-Vt-dairy-farmers-481096001.html

 

***NEW Senate jettisons Vermont National Guard tuition assistance, ThinkVermont initiatives – VTDigger 4/27/18

https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/27/senate-jettisons-vermont-national-guard-tuition-assistance-thinkvermont-initiatives/

 

***NEW Lawmakers push back on Scott veto threats                                          By Dave Gram Apr 29 2018                                                     https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/29/lawmakers-push-back-scott-veto-threats/

 

Scott administration looks to impose student ratios – VTDigger 4/24/18

https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/25/scott-administration-looks-impose-student-ratios/

 

Scott ‘fairly certain’ that a veto session is on the way – VTDigger 4/24/18

https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/24/scott-fairly-certain-veto-session-way/

 

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***

The FY 2019 Budget will be up for a final vote on the Senate floor on Tuesday May 1st. The bill will go back to the House and both the Senate and the House will set up a Committee of Conference to resolve the difference between the House and the Senate.

Once the Budget conference committee is set up, it is expected that the Legislature is in the last few weeks of the legislative session. Most of the legislative actions will be to debate bills in their respective chambers. Most morning committees in the Senate are shut down and will only meet if necessary on legislation being amended. House and Senate (afternoon) committees have limited committee schedules to finalize the last bills moving through the process.

Legislation that is expected to move,  will be debated in the other body from where it originated and may pass, be agreed to, or go into a committee of conference to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions.

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****HOUSE COMMITEES***

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

Schedule To Be Determined

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

On Wednesday the Committee will discuss Correction issues related to Inmate Files with Legislative Council, DOC, and the Defender General

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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. 593 – An act relating to miscellaneous consumer protection provisions and discuss the Senate amendments

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House Committee on Education

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

On Tuesday 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 and on Tuesday and Thursday the Committee will also take up Health Education Benefits.  See latest draft of H.897 (Special Education) above.

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

On Wednesday the Committee will discuss Mobile Homes and Mobile Home ParksTrends in ownership and rentals

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

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

On Wednesday will take up   S. 262 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to the Medicaid program and the Department of Vermont Health Access  

S.262 As passed by the Senate
 

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

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

S.261 An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilienceAs 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. 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

 

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***SENATE COMMITTEES***

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

Schedule To Be Determined

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

No Meetings Scheduled

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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 Public School Employee Health Benefits

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

On Monday the Committee took up and voted out  H. 911 – An act relating to changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system and discus charitable contributions.

H.911: As Recommended By Senate Finance Committee                             https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Finance/Bills/H.911/H.911~Peter%20Griffin~As%20Recommended%20By%20Senate%20Finance%20Committee~4-30-2018.pdf

H. 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

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

On Tuesday afternoon the Committee will get an update on the Dental Therapist progress.

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Senate Health and Welfare Committee https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/27

The Committee will meet early morning on Tuesday and Wednesday and take up S. 203 – An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system and H. 608 – An act relating to creating an Older Vermonters Act working group respectively.

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

On Tuesday and 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

H.874 Senate proposal of amendment

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Institutions/Bills/H.874/H.874~Emily%20Kress-Miller~Senate%20Proposal%20of%20Amendment~4-17-2018.pdf

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

Senate Committee on Judiciary

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

 

***UPCOMING EVENTS***

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***LEGISLATION INTRODUCED***

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Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]

 

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