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Apr 17

GAELYNN LEA –              Concert Ticket Fundraiser! – Support  VCIL

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.

“Karen Dalton and Joanna Newsom melt together in the form of Gaelynn Lea & set about absolutely obliterating your heart.” –Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys)

Gaelynn Lea Concert Ticket Fundraiser!

May 11 at 8:00pm.

Help support your favorite nonprofit and see a spectacular performance! 

VCIL is selling raffle tickets thanks to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts who donated 2 pairs of tickets (worth $60/pair) for the Gaelynn Lea performance on Friday May 11, at 8:00pm in the FlynnSpace.

Two winners will be drawn on April 27th (each will win 2 tickets).

For more information on Gaelynn Lea: https://violinscratches.com/

For raffle tickets to support VCIL: https://vcil.wufoo.com/fo…/gaelynn-lea-concert-tickets-copy/

On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. The video entry of her original song “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” rose to the top of over 6,100 submissions from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye.”

Gaelynn Lea’s musical reach has expanded significantly because of the Tiny Desk Contest. She began touring nationally in September 2016 with her husband Paul in their 2002 Ford Econoline – and they’ve been on the road ever since! Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.

 

Linda J. Meleady

Development Coordinator

VT Center for Independent Living

11 E. State Street, Montpelier

802-224-1819

Please consider supporting VCIL when you shop at Amazon by using AmazonSmile. Our link is:   smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0271000

Submitted by Karen Lafayette for VCDR  [email protected]

Apr 17

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]

 

Apr 12

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

GO TO THE WEBSITE LINK: http://ddc.vermont.gov/sow_seeds

“It is like the seed put in the soil – the more one sows, the greater the harvest.”

 

Sow the Seeds of System Change

SEEDS grants aid projects in Capacity Building

This unique opportunity supports innovative projects that increase community capacity to support Vermonters with developmental disabilities and family caregivers. SEEDS grants are nonrenewable awards that provide $10,000 to $15,000 in project support for up to one year. Seeds projects must:

  • Support at least one goal or objective in VTDDC’s Five-Year Plan
  • Be managed by a nonprofit entity
  • Reflect the values of the federal DD Act – inclusion, productivity, independence, and self-determination.

VTDDC also places priority on projects that will improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities living in underserved rural areas of Vermont where there is significant poverty.

SEEDS grants are intended to “jump start” a new approach or to spread a new way of thinking about a disability issue.

Please note that there are additional requirements for demonstration projects.

GO TO THE WEBSITE LINK: http://ddc.vermont.gov/sow_seeds

If you have questions contact:

Chelsea Hayward
Administrative Assistant
Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

Mailing Address:   Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

322 Industrial Lane

Berlin, Vermont 05633-0206

Phone:   (802) 828-1310
Email:   [email protected]
Website:   www.ddc.vermont.gov

The Mission of VTDDC is to help build connections and supports that bring people with developmental disabilities,
and their families, into the heart of Vermont communities.

Apr 10

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

April 9 – April 13

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 Calendar

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018

SENATE CONVENES AT: 9:30 A.M.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACTION CALENDAR

NEW BUSINESS

 

Second Reading

 

 

Favorable

H. 673 An act relating to miscellaneous amendments to the Reach Up

program

Health and Welfare Report – Sen. Ingram ……………………………………..1522

 

NOTICE CALENDAR

Second Reading

Favorable

H. 429 An act relating to establishment of a communication facilitator

program

Finance Report – Sen. Lyons ……………………………………………………… 1529

 

H. 836 An act relating to electronic court filings for relief from abuse

orders…………………………………………………………………………………………. 1536

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

***NEW Stephanie Barrett, Legislative Joint Fiscal Office

H.924: SAC Working List GF–FY19 Budget

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***BUDGET TESTIMONY***

 

***NEW 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

***NEW Testimony in Senate Appropriations on Disabilities:

Ed Paquin, VT Coalition for Disabiity 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   

***NEW 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

***new Witness Testimony in Senate Education

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

 

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***** PUBLIC HEARINGs ***

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.

 

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

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***ARTICLES of INTERST***

 

***NEW 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/

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

On Tuesday the Committee will take up the S. 40 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage. On Wednesday they will have a committee discussion about Budget Assignments. On Thursday they will take up Medicaid -52 Points of light and discuss Housing Supports.

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

On Tuesday the Committee will take up    UVM Medical Center Mental Health Proposal in  Room 10 – This is a discussion regarding AHS, DOC, and MH proposal for UVM Medical Center and secure residential facilities within the state

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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. 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, Wednesday and Thursday the Committee will take up S. 257 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law. On Tuesday the Committee will also take up Education Cost Containment and hear from the Administration and on Wednesday they will take up S. 229 – An act relating to State Board of Education approval of 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

S.229 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 and Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 204 – An act relating to the registration of short-term rentals and on Wednesday and Thursday 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

On Thursday and Friday the Committee will take up 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

On Tuesday the Committee will join House Correction and hear about UVM Medical Center Mental Health Proposal in Room 10 at @ 2:00Pm. On Tuesday and Friday the Committee will take up S. 282 – An act relating to health care providers participating in Vermont’s Medicaid program.

On Thursday the Committee will take up S.53 – An act relating to recommendations for achieving universal coverage for primary care in Vermont

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

S.53 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, Wednesday and Thursday 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 the Committee will take up S. 40 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage.

On Wednesday and Thursday the Committee will take up S.225 – An act relating to pilot programs for coverage by commercial health insurers of costs associated with medication-assisted treatment.

S.261 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.225 As passed by the Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0225/S-0225%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Official.pdf

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House Committee on Judiciary    https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2018/18   On Tuesday the Committee will take up S. 222 – An act relating to miscellaneous judiciary procedures and H. 482 – An act relating to consumer protection

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

 

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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 all week  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. 764 – An act relating to data brokers and consumer protection and H. 593 – An act relating to miscellaneous consumer protection provisions in the morning and hold a public hearing on H. 196 – An act relating to paid family leave

On Wednesday and Friday the Committee will take up H. 196 – An act relating to paid family leave

H.196 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

On Thursday the Committee will take up H. 333 – An act relating to identification of gender-free restrooms in public buildings and places of public accommodation

H.333 As passed by House https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0333/H-0333%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 afternoon the Committee will take up State Workforce Development; Career Technical Education Recommendations and H. 897 – An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

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. 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

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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.

H. 911 As passed by the House:

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

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Senate Health and Welfare Committee 

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

On Tuesday the Committee will discuss their Budget Memo to Senate Appropriations. On Thursday the Committee will take up H. 921 – An act relating to nursing home oversight and H. 912 – An act relating to the health care regulatory duties of the Green Mountain Care Board

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.912 As passed by House

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0912/H-0912%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 Wednesday the Committee will take up H. 237 – An act relating to saliva testing and on Thursday they will take up H. 718 – An act relating to creation of the Restorative Justice Study Committee and  H. 727 – An act relating to the admissibility of a child’s hearsay statements in a proceeding before the Human Services Board

H.727 As passed by House

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

H.237 As passed by House

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

 

 
 
***LEGISLATION INTRODUCED***

 

 

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Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]

 

Apr 08
Center on Disability & Community Inclusion: Community Survey

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) is creating a 5-year plan. This plan describes what we will do from 2018 to 2023.

We need to hear from you. Your voice will help our plan fit the needs of people with disabilities, their families, and people who help them.

Please help us by filling out this survey. For every 20 people who fill out this survey, we will give be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!

Please note: This survey is not for CDCI or UVM employees.

Survey:  https://redcap.med.uvm.edu/surveys/?s=R3ENTWDWAM

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) is creating a 5-year plan. This plan describes what we will do 2018 to 2023.

We need to hear from you. Your voice will help our plan fit the needs of people with disabilities, their families, and people who help them.

Please note: This survey is not for CDCI or UVM employees.

What is CDCI?

CDCI was created in 1974. We are the University of Vermont’s (UVM) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. There are 67 centers like ours around the United States.

CDCI has about 20 projects that work with people with disabilities, their families, and communities. We believe that all people, including those with disabilities, should be fully included in their homes, schools, and communities.

What does CDCI do?

1. We study. We evaluate our work and do research. This helps us be better at our work and to share what we learned. We also work with researchers in our College of Education and Social Services, others at UVM, and beyond.

2. We teach. We teach in person and online, run educational programs, create new courses, and give guest lectures. We use Universal Design for Learning strategies to promote inclusion, diversity, and self-determination.

3. We support. We train, support, and provide other services for people with disabilities, their families, and communities.

4. We share. We share what we have learned from our projects in accessible formats.

If you have any questions about this survey, or would like it in a different format, please contact:

Lisa H. Bouffard, 802-656-8355, [email protected]

 

Submitted by  Karen Lafayette, for VCDR [email protected]