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Feb 21

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

February 20 – February 23

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

 VCDR will publish 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 will 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 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

***Third reading on S.280 Child Poverty Council

https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/S.280

(Names spot for (F) a member appointed by the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights;

(G) a member appointed by the Vermont Affordable Housing

Coalition;

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.

 

THERE ARE BUDGET REDUCTIONS PROPOSED for FY 2019!!

Budget Program Analysis – Explains the “rationale” for the Human Services Cuts:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Health%20and%20Welfare/Governor’s%20Proposed%20FY2019%20Budget/W~Monica%20Hutt~FY19%20Budget%20Program%20Analysis~2-7-2018.pdf

DAIL Budget Testimony Narrative

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/Departments/DDAIL_FY2019%20Budget%20Testimony.pdf 

 DAIL Detailed Budget Spreadsheet Report

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/Departments/DDAIL%20-%20SFY_2019_Budget_Vantage_Reports.pdf

AHS Departmental Budgets http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/dept_budgets_fy_2019.aspx

Agency of Human Services Budget Ups and Downs http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/AHS%20FY19%20Ups%20Downs%20v34.pdf

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***ARTICLES OF INTERST***

**NEW – Senate passes Minimum Wage Bill.

https://vtdigger.org/2018/02/15/senate-advances-15-minimum-wage-bill/

 

http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Vt-Senate-votes-in-favor-of-minimum-wage-hike-474223293.html

 

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*** PUBLIC HEARING ***

PUBLIC HEARING ON EDUCATION FINANCE PLAN

 

A Vermont House committee is set to hold public hearing next week on a plan to shift education funding from the property tax to income tax. The House Ways and Means Committee has been working on a plan to remove income sensitivity and substitute an education income tax.

Under the proposal the rate would be uniform for every municipality while the first $47,000 of income would be exempt. The measure would also keep a statewide tax on non-residential property.

Summary of Working Education Financing Proposal:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Ways%20and%20Means/Comittee%20Bills/18-0833%20Education%20Finance/W~Mark%20Perrault~Public%20Hearing%20Materials~2-16-2018.pdf

 

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The Public Hearing on EDUCATION FINANCE PLAN

Wednesday, February 21 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM  

at the VT Statehouse.

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**NEW School income tax to get public vetting By Tiffany Danitz Pache Feb 18 2018,  

HTTPS://VTDIGGER.ORG/2018/02/18/SCHOOL-INCOME-TAX-GET-PUBLIC-VETTING/

**NEW Legislators drafting special education reform plans By Tiffany Danitz Pache Feb 19 , 2018

https://vtdigger.org/2018/02/19/legislators-drafting-special-education-reform-plans/  

Finance commissioner says education funding proposal falls short By Tiffany Danitz Pache VT Digger

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**EVENT**

VERMONT LOW INCOME ADVOCACY COUNCIL

DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE,

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

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***COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHTS***

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The House Appropriations Committee will take up the Governor’s proposed FY 2019 Budget 18-0457 – An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government Monday all week. On Tuesday they will review the Committee of Jurisdiction’s responses to the FY 2019 Budget proposal and discus the legislation all week.

Committee on Human Services Budget letter to Appropriations:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/FY19%20Proposed%20Budget/AHS/W~Katie%20McLinn~FY2019%20Proposed%20Budget%20Memo%20to%20H.%20Appropriations~2-16-2018.pdf

Committee on Health Care:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Health%20Care/2019%20BUDGET/W~Jennifer%20Carbee~House%20Health%20Care%20Committee’s%20response%20to%20Governor’s%20Proposed%20FY19%20State%20Budget%20~2-16-2018.pdf

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Wednesday morning the House Committee Corrections and Institutions will discuss H.844 – An act relating to reforming the parole system with DOC in regards to Presumptive Parole as outlined in H.844 on Tuesday. On Wednesday they will take up H. 874 – An act relating to inmate access to prescription drugs and on Thursday morning the with discuss the  Medication Assisted Treatment study and hear a presentation from the Dartmouth students in regards to their MAT study results.

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The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

The Committee will discuss, take testimony, and work on their Workforce Development Committee bill all week and take up other Economic Development and Workforce Training Bills on Thursday.
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The House Committee on Education will take up    18-0693 – An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who struggle and hear from a member of the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators and the Director of Student Support Services, Champlain Valley School District.

Current Draft on Special Education – House Education/Committee bill – Special Education (DRAFT  8.1)

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Education/Committee%20bill%20-%20Special%20Education/W~James%20DesMarais~Dr%20Req%2018-0693,%20Draft%20No.%208.1,%202-12-2018~2-13-2018.pdf

 

Special Education Funding Proposal – AOE Response

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Education/Committee%20bill%20-%20Special%20Education/W~Emily%20Byrne~Special%20Education%20Funding%20Proposal%20-%20AOE%20Response~2-9-2018.pdf

 

 
The House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs will take up 18-0849 – An act relating to improving rental housing safety on Tuesday,  and on Wednesday they will take up H. 412 – An act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against people without homes.

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The House Committee on Health Care Committee will take up the Governor’s FY 2018 budget and discuss the Mental Health sections and hear from the Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner, Chief Legal Counsel, and the Financial Director, Department of Mental Health. They will also hear from the Executive Director of the Green Mountain Care Board and the Executive Director of Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. 

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The House Committee on Human Services will discuss Nursing Home Oversight on Tuesday and Thursday and on Wednesday they will take up Child Development and Pre-K.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the Governor’s proposed FY 2019 Budget – 18-0457 – An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

  • Tuesday –   Vermont Health Access (DVHA),
  • Wednesday – Vermont Department of Health
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The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs will once again take up   S.265 – An act relating to workforce development on Wednesday morning.
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The Senate Committee on Education will take up S. 229 – An act relating to State Board of Education approval of independent schools and Pre-Kindergarten on Tuesday afternoon.

 

S.229 Draft Amendment 2.2 https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Education/Bills/S.229/Bills,%20drafts,%20amendments%20and%20summaries/S.229~James%20DesMarais~Proposed%20amendment%20Draft%20No.%202.2~2-13-2018.pdf

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Finance will take up S. 224 – An act relating to co-payment limits for visits to chiropractors hearing from the Department of Vermont Health Access. They will discuss Social Security Income Tax and changes to the tax code and finally take up:

S.294 – An act relating to an income tax deduction for home modifications required by a disability or physical hardship and walk through the bill.

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The Senate Committee on Government Operations

 

S.162 An act relating to services for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind DRAFT 1.1

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Government%20Operations/Bills/S.162/S.162~Katie%20McLinn~Draft%20No.%201.1,%202-8-2018~2-9-2018.pdf

 

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The Senate Health and Welfare Committee will take up S. 53 – An act relating to a universal, publicly financed primary care system again on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. On Thursday morning the Committee will also take up S. 225 – An act relating to access to Vermont Prescription Monitoring System data by academic researchers and coverage by commercial health insurers for costs associated with medication-assisted treatment

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***UPCOMING EVENTS***

DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE,

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH

 

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***LEGISLATION OF INTEREST***

 

House Bills

H. 892 An act relating to regulation of short-term, limited-duration health insurance coverage and association health plans

Introduced by House Committee on Health Care

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to regulate short-term, limited-duration health insurance coverage, including limiting the duration of the coverage to less than three months, prohibiting renewal, and requiring prominent disclosures regarding the scope of the coverage. It would also provide the Department of Financial Regulation with rulemaking authority to regulate association health plans to the extent permitted under federal law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0892/H-0892%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

Senate Bills: No Senate Bills since 1/12/2018

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Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]

Feb 19

DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY AGENDA
February 28, 2018

 

For more information on Disability Awareness Day:  DAD AGENDA 2-13-18

 

The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights presents their legislative priorities for the 2018 legislative session:  VCDR 2018 Platform.

 

Feb 13

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

February 13 – February 16

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR will publish 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 will 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 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 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

 

***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. Below are links to his speech as well as the first documents from testimony in House Appropriations. 

THERE ARE BUDGET REDUCTIONS PROPOSED for FY 2019!!

Budget Program Analysis – Explains the “rationale” for the Human Services Cuts:

https://Budget%20Program%20Analysis~2-7-2018.pdf

DAIL Budget Testimony Narrative

http://FY2019%20Budget%20Testimony.pdf 

DAIL Detailed Budget Spreadsheet Report

http://SFY_2019_Budget_Vantage_Reports.pdf

AHS Departmental Budgets http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/dept_budgets_fy_2019.aspx

Agency of Human Services Budget Ups and Downs http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/AHS%20FY19%20Ups%20Downs%20v34.pdf

AHS Budget Slide Presentation Ups & Downs

http://PresentationFY2019.pdf

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Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Day

FEBRUARY 14

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***ARTICLES of INTERST***

**NEW – Finance commissioner says education funding proposal falls short By Tiffany Danitz Pache VT Digger

https://vtdigger.org/2018/02/12/finance-commissioner-says-education-funding-proposal-falls-short/

State proposes to cut health benefit

By Mike Faher      Feb 4 2018,

https://vtdigger.org/2018/02/04/state-proposes-health-benefit-cut/

Special education students could be better served for less, studies say By Tiffany Danitz Pache Feb 4 2018 February 5, 2018

https://vtdigger.org/2018/02/04/struggling-vermont-students-could-be-better-served-for-less-studies-say/

***Committee Highlights***

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The House Appropriations Committee will take up the Governor’s proposed FY 2019 Budget 18-0457 – An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government all week.

  • Monday Evening – Public Hearings around State
  • Tuesday 6:00 Pm – Public Hearing FY 2019 Budget – Room 11
  • Wednesday 2:30 PM Non- Human Services Advocate Testimony
  • Thursday 3:15 PM – Human Services Budget Testimony – Advocates
  • Friday – 8:30 AM Review Policy Committee Responses to Budget

Wednesday morning the House Committee Corrections and Institutions will discuss H.697 – An act relating to notification of public building accessibility and on Wednesday the Committee will have a discussion about Mental Health and Addiction Recovery with members of Vermont Association for Mental Health & Addiction Recovery.

The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

The Committee will discuss and take testimony on the Appropriations Budget Review Request most days this week in addition to marking up and voting out   H. 731 – An act relating to the classification of employees

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The House Committee on Education will take up Special Education on Wednesday (See latest Draft below) and Pre-Kindergarten Education. On Tuesdays through Thursday the will also take up a draft bill entitled: 18-0693 – An act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who struggle.

Current Draft on Special Education – Draft Request 18-0693, Draft No. 8.1, 2-12-2018  House Education/Committee bill – Special Education (DRAFT  8.1)

https://legislature.vermont.gov/2-12-2018~2-13-2018.pdf

Special Education Funding Proposal – AOE Response

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Response~2-9-2018.pdf

The House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs will take up H. 412 – An act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against people without homes on Wednesday morning and 18-0849 – An act relating to improving rental housing safety and Rental Subsidies in the afternoon.

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The House Committee on Health Care Committee will hear about the Governor’s proposed budget from the Dept. of Health on Tuesday morning and take testimony on Suicide Prevention in the Afternoon. On Thursday morning they will have a discussion Mental Health taking testimony from Washington County Mental Health.

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The House Committee on Human Services will discuss the Governor’s FY 2019 Budget (Human Services sections) most of the week and draft a memo to the Appropriations Committee by Thursday.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up S. 40 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage on Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday will hear from the Commissioner of the Dept. of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living on the Governor ‘proposed FY 2019 Budget –  18-0457 – An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government in the afternoon as well. On Thursday they will take testimony from  the Dept. of Children and Families on the Governor’s Budget proposal

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The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs will once again take up  S. 177 – An act relating to lowering the rate of increase for mobile home lot rents on Wednesday morning and on Thursday they will discuss   S. 265 – An act relating to workforce development, hearing from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

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The Senate Committee on Education will take up S. 229 – An act relating to State Board of Education approval of independent schools and Pre-Kindergarten on Tuesday afternoon and again take up Pre-Kindergarten on Wednesday afternoon.

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On Friday  the Senate Committee on Government Operations took up  S. 162 – An act relating to services for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind and took up a strike all amendment to the bill as introduced. The changes are included in the 1.1 Draft below.

S.162: Draft No. 1.1, 2-8-2018:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/2-8-2018~2-9-2018.pdf

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The Senate Health and Welfare Committee will take up S. 261 – An act relating to mitigating trauma and toxic stress during childhood by strengthening child and family resilience and Suicide Prevention Awareness on Tuesday morning and S. 53 – An act relating to a universal, publicly financed primary care system and S.261 again on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. On Thursday the Committee will take up S. 282 – An act relating to health care providers participating in Vermont’s Medicaid program.

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***Upcoming Events***

Vermont Low Income Advocacy Day at the LEGISLATURE, Friday, February 23

Disability Awareness Day at the LEGISLATURE,

WEDNESDAY, Febrruary 28th

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***LEGISLATION OF INTEREST***

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Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]

Feb 12
PUBLIC HEARING on FY 2019 Proposed Budget
Budget Hearings around the State – Monday night (February 12, 2018)  
Tuesday evening in Montpelier (February 13, 2018)

Community-Based Public Hearings on the Governor’s Recommended FY2019 State Budget

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the

Governor’s Recommended FY2019 State Budget and will hold community-based public hearings on

Monday, February 12, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

at the following 6 locations:

  • Johnson State College – Stearns Student Center, Performance Space, 2nd Floor in Stearns
  • Rutland City – Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room
  • Johnsbury – St. Johnsbury House, Main dining room, 1207 Main St.
  • Albans City – St. Albans City School, Library, 29 Bellows St.
  • Winooski – Community College of Vermont, Room 401, 4th Floor.
  • NEWLY Added: Springfield – Springfield Town Hall, 96 Main Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (Selectmen’s Hall) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

An additional public hearing will be held on

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in room 11 of the State House in Montpelier.

The Committees will take testimony on the Governor’s recommended State budget at the above dates and times. Anyone interested in testifying should come to one of the hearings. Time limits on testimony may apply depending on volume of participants.

If you have a story you would like to share privately with the committee members, please contact Theresa to schedule this at the end of one of the hearings.

For more information about the format of these events, or to submit written testimony, contact Theresa Utton-Jerman, [email protected] or Rebecca Buck, [email protected] or at 802-828-5767 or toll free within Vermont at 1-800-322-5616.

 

Proposed Budget CUTs:

These are the larger Human Services Cuts:

 Elimination of the Attendant Services (GF) Program ($1,389,547)

Reduction to current DS Waivers to be managed by providers to include impacts to administration ($4,328,067)

AHS-wide Contracts/Grants Reduction – Allocation TBD ($2,000,000)

There are other reductions other areas of Human Services (see the attached document and below).

The budget hearings on Monday around the state and Tuesday in Montpelier are a chance for folks who will be impacted by these reductions to tell members of the House and Senate Appropriation Committees how important these services are to people with disabilities who need them.

Legislators from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will be available in the above locations on the state. You can also submit written testimony. Please respond to this email if you want help to submit testimony.

DAIL REDUCTIONS

Elimination of the Attendant Services GF only Program ($1,389,547)

Reduction to current DS Waivers to be managed by providers to include impacts to administration ($4,328,067)

AHS-wide Contracts/Grants Reduction – Allocation TBD ($2,000,000)

AHS CENTRAL OFFICE REDUCTIONS

VT Legal Aid Contract Reduction    ($198,524)

Health Care Advocate Contract Reduction ($110,833)

Department for Children and Families

Reduce Reach-Up Grants for Case Management, Employment Support, Housing, Transportation and Other ($1,159,485 General Fund)

Department of Vermont Health Access

Vermont Cost Sharing Reduction (VCSR) Program

($827,175 General Fund for 6 months in FY2019)

 

Monica Hutt – Budget Program Analysis – Explains the “rationale” for the Human Services Cuts:

https://Budget%20Program%20Analysis~2-7-2018.pdf

 

Feb 08

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

February 5 – February 9

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR will publish 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 will 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 continue to 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

 

** Calendars and Journals **

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 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

 

 

***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 Joiibrt Fiscal Page. Below are links to his speech as well as the first documents from testimony in House Appropriations.  

THERE ARE BUDGET REDUCTIONS PROPOSED for FY 2019!!

AHS Departmental Budgets http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/dept_budgets_fy_2019.aspx

Agency of Human Services Budget Ups and Downs http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/AHS%20FY19%20Ups%20Downs%20v34.pdf

AHS Budget Slide Presentation Ups & Downs

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/Departments/Agency%20of%20Human%20Services%20-%20Presentation%20-%20FY2019.pdf

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON BUDGET SCHEDULED

***NEW Additional Location for Hearing Scheduled***

Statewide Budget Hearings Scheduled – The House & Senate Appropriations Committees will hold public Hearings around the State in different locations on the Governor’s FY 2019 proposed budget on:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Appropriations/Highlights/Joint%20House%20and%20Senate%20Public%20Hearings%20on%20the%20Governor’s%20Recommended%20FY2019%20State%20Budget.pdf

February 12 – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in 6 locations around the State.

  • Johnson- Johnson State College, Stearns Student Center, Performance Space, 2nd floor.
  • Rutland City–Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room
  • St. Johnsbury–St. Johnsbury House, Main dining room, 1207 Main St.
  • St. Albans City–St. Albans City School, Library, 29 Bellows St.
  • Winooski–Community College of Vermont, Room 401, 4th Floor

 

  • NEW LOCATION: Springfield – Springfield Town Hall, 96 Main Street, 3rd Floor  Conference Room (Selectman’s Hall) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

 

 

February 13 – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Room 11 of the State House

 

To view or print a copy of the proposed budget, go to the Department of Finance and Management’s website by clicking HERE.

 

For more information about the format of these events, or to submit written testimony, contact Theresa Utton-Jerman or Rebecca Buck at [email protected] or [email protected] or at 802-828-5767 or toll-free within Vermont at 1-800-322-5616.

 

Requests for interpreters should be made by Monday, January 29, 2018.

 

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VERMONT HOUSING AND CONSERVATION COALITION

Statehouse February 9th

More info and schedule here:

http://www.vlt.org/vhcc/

 

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***ARTICLES of INTERST***

State proposes to cut health benefit

By Mike Faher      Feb 4 2018,

https://vtdigger.org/2018/02/04/state-proposes-health-benefit-cut/

Special education students could be better served for less, studies say By Tiffany Danitz Pache Feb 4 2018 February 5, 2018

https://vtdigger.org/2018/02/04/struggling-vermont-students-could-be-better-served-for-less-studies-say/

Scott Budget Proposal Eliminates Disability Assistance Program Posted By Taylor Dobbs on Thu, Jan 25, 2018

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2018/01/25/scott-budget-proposal-eliminates-disability-assistance-program

 

***Committee Highlights***

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The House Appropriations Committee will take up the Governor’s proposed FY 2019 Budget 18-0457 – An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government all week.

  • Monday AM – Human Services – Dept. Corrections; Commerce PM
  • Tuesday AM – Human Services – Dept. Disabilities Aging and Independent living; Higher Education
  • Wednesday AM – Human Services – of Vermont Health Access
  • Thursday AM – Human Services – Green Mountain Care Board

 

Wednesday morning the House Committee Corrections and Institutions will discuss  H. 773 – An act relating to opioid treatment programs in State correctional facilities and hear from the Dept. of Children and Families on Thursday morning, On Friday the will hear from the Housing  and Conservation Coalition.

 

The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development will take up Economic Development bills on Tuesday and Workforce Training bills H.811 An act relating to promoting and expanding workforce development and recruitment, and H.852 An act relating to modernizing the workforce development system on Wednesday. Thursday they will discuss Youth Workforce on Thursday.

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The House Committee on Education will take up Special Education on Tuesday and Wednesday and Pre-Kindergarten Education Tuesdays afternoon and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, hearing from Head Start on Friday.

Draft  18-0839 – (DRAFT  1.1) https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Education/Committee%20bill%20-%20Prekindergarten,%202018/W~Molly%20Bachman~Dr%20Req%2018-0839,%20Draft%20No.%201.1,%201-19-2018~2-2-2018.pdf

 

Testimony from the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA) Testimony – Act 166

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Education/Committee%20bill%20-%20Prekindergarten,%202018/W~Traci%20Sawyers~Vermont%20Council%20of%20Special%20Education%20Administrators%20(VCSEA)%20Testimony%20-%20Act%20166~2-2-2018.pdf

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On Tuesday afternoon the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs will discuss the Governor’s Housing Proposals sand and  H. 785 – An act relating to housing and affordability. On Wednesday they will discuss 18-0849 – An act relating to improving rental housing safety and on Friday vote the bill out of committee.

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Most of the week the House Committee on Health Care Committee will hear about the Governor’s proposed budget and Accountable Health Care Organizations. On Wednesday morning they will hear from the Health Care Advocates Office, the VT Dept. of Health and from the Dept. of Mental Health in the afternoon. On Thursday they will hear from Accountable Health Care Organizations with OneCare VT and VT Developmental Disabilities scheduled to testify.

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On Tuesday the House Committee on Human Services will take testimony from the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living (DAIL) on the FY2019 proposed budget. On Wednesday the Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families will discuss Economic Services Division and Child Development Division in the morning, and Family Services Division and the Office of Economic Opportunity in the afternoon. On Friday they will hear from the VT Housing and Conservation Coalition.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up discuss  18-0457 – An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government – FY 2019 Budget Tuesday through Friday. On Wednesday they will hear from the Vermont Department of Health and on Thursday they will take testimony on the Department of Vermont Health Access

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The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs will once again take up S. 40 – An act relating to increasing the Minimum Wage on Tuesday and on Thursday will take up S. 177 – An act relating to lowering the rate of increase for mobile home lot rents. On Friday there will be a Joint Hearing with House Commerce on the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.

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On Tuesday the Senate Committee on Government Operations will take up S. 178 – An act relating to limiting compensation for employees of nonprofit organizations that receive State funding and hear from the Executive Director of the Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services. On Friday the Committee will take up S. 162 – An act relating to services for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind and discuss the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind Advisory Council’s recommendations on the legislation.

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On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the Senate Health and Welfare Committee will discuss and take testimony on S. 53 – An act relating to a universal, publicly financed primary care system. On Wednesday they will take up the Governor’s Proposed FY2019 Budget and hear from the Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, and the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living. On Friday the Committee will hear about the Governor’s proposed budget from the Commissioner of Mental Health.

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***Upcoming Events***

Press Release:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/House%20Appropriations/Highlights/Joint%20House%20and%20Senate%20Public%20Hearings%20on%20the%20Governor’s%20Recommended%20FY2019%20State%20Budget.pdf

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended FY2019 State Budget and will hold community-based public hearings on Monday, February 12, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the following 5 locations.

 

  • Johnson – Johnson State College, Stearns Student Center, Performance Space, 2nd floor
  • Rutland City – Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room
  • Johnsbury – St. Johnsbury House, Main dining room, 1207 Main St.
  • Albans City – St. Albans City School, Library, 29 Bellows St.
  • Winooski – Community College of Vermont, Room 401, 4th Floor.

 

  • NEW LOCATION: Springfield – Springfield Town Hall, 96 Main Street, 3rd Floor  Conference Room (Selectman’s Hall) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

 

 

An additional public hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in room 11 of the State House in Montpelier.

 

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***LEGISLATION OF INTEREST***

Courtesy of Disability Rights Vermont

House Bills Introduced

  1. 718 An act relating to creation of the Restorative Justice Study Committee

Introduced by Representative Emmons and Hooper

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish the Restorative Justice Study Committee for the purpose of conducting a comprehensive examination of whether there is a role for restorative justice principles and processes in domestic and sexual violence and stalking cases.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0718/H-0718%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 723 An act relating to limits on the prescription of opioids and creating a private right of action for prescriptions in excess of those limits

Introduced by Representatives Linda Joy Sullivan, Lynn Batchelor, Patrick Brennan, Susan Buckholz, William Canfield, Lawrence Cupoli, Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Peter J. Fagan, John Gannon, Mark Higley, Ben W. Joseph, Bernard Juskiewicz, Robert LaClair, Richard Lawrence, Patti J. Lewis, Marcia Martel, Patricia McCoy, Francis McFaun, Mary A. Morrissey, Gary Nolan, Daniel Noyes, Brian K. Savage, Charles “Butch” Shaw, Harvey Smith, Vicki Strong

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to specify statutory limits on the prescription of opioids and create a private right of action for injuries caused by prescriptions made in violation of those limits.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0723/H-0723%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Representative Grad

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to repeal the 7 child hearsay rule as it is applied to Human Services Board proceedings so that 8 a child is not required to testify before the Board and the child’s hearsay 9 statements are admissible in the proceedings.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0727/H-0727%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 728 An act relating to bail reform

Introduced by Representatives Maxine Grad, Mary S. Hooper, Selene Colburn, Charles Conquest, Martin LaLonde, Ruqaiyah “Kiah” Morris, Barbara Rachelson, Janssen Willhoit

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to: 1) restrict the imposition of an appearance bond at the initial court appearance of a person charged with a violation of conditions of release; 2) impose a cap on cash bail for certain misdemeanor offenses; 3) require the court to make a finding establishing the defendant’s financial means prior to imposing bail; 4) create a presumption that courts will release defendants accused of certain misdemeanor offenses who are detained for lack of bail to a home detention program pretrial; 5) limit the offenses for which a court may impose pretrial conditions on a defendant’s place of abode; and 6) provide that repeatedly violating conditions of release does not, by itself, entitle the court to revoke bail entirely.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0728/H-0728%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 760 An act relating to precluding defendants held without bail from the Home Detention Program

Introduced by Representatives Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Susan Buckholz, William Canfield, Stephen Carr, Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Lawrence Cupoli, Peter J. Fagan, Robert Forguites, Douglas Gage, Michael Hebert, Mary E. Howard, Ben W. Joseph, Brian Keefe, Terry Norris, David Potter, Charles “Butch” Shaw, Laura Sibilia, Thomas Terenzini, Donald Turner

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to preclude defendants held without bail from eligibility for the Home Detention Program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0760/H-0760%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 773 An act relating to opioid treatment programs in State correctional facilities

Introduced by Representatives Selene Colburn, Mary S. Hooper, William J. Lippert, Brian Cina, Daniel Connor, Charles Conquest, Lori Houghton, Ben W. Joseph, Martin LaLonde, Ruqaiyah “Kiah” Morris, Barbara Rachelson, Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Janssen Willhoit

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Commissioner of Corrections to seek certification and accreditation to operate an opioid treatment program (OTP) in at least two State correctional facilities.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0773/H-0773%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 774 An act relating to receivership proceedings for long-term care facilities

Introduced by Representative McFaun

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make miscellaneous amendments to the receivership proceedings for long-term care facilities, including identifying funds available to compensate a receiver and providing for rulemaking authority.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0774/H-0774%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 775 An act relating to restricting the use of coupons and discounts for prescription drugs

Introduced by Representative Lippert

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit prescription drug manufacturers from offering a discount, coupon, voucher, or other reduction in a consumer’s out-of-pocket expenses associated with health insurance coverage for a prescription drug if a lower cost, therapeutically equivalent generic drug is covered under the consumer’s health insurance plan.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0775/H-0775%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 781 An act relating to reporting on a pilot program to connect Vermonters to food assistance locations through public transit

Introduced by Representative Valerie Stuart

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to request that on or before January 15, 2019, the United Way of Windham County submit a report to the House Committee on Human Services, the House Committee on Health and Welfare, and the House and Senate Committees on Transportation summarizing its activities carrying out a pilot program to connect Vermonters to food assistance locations through public transit and the results of the pilot program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0781/H-0781%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 822 An act relating to repealing Vermont’s certificate of need laws

Introduced by Representatives Mary A. Morrissey, Donald Turner, Robert Bancroft, Fred Baser, Lynn Batchelor, Steve Beyor, William Canfield, Dennis J. Devereux, Robert Frenier, Douglas Gage, Marianna Gamache, Rodney Graham, James Harrison, Mark Higley, Robert LaClair, Rep. Richard Lawrence, Michael Marcotte, Marcia Martel, Linda K. Myers, Albert Pearce, Brian K. Savage, Harvey Smith, Vicki Strong, Thomas Terenzini, Gary Viens

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to repeal Vermont’s certificate of need laws.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0822/H-0822%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 823 An act relating to establishing Medicaid work requirements

Introduced by Representatives Donald Turner, Marianna Gamache, and Brian K. Savage

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require able-bodied adults enrolled in Vermont’s Medicaid program to comply with work or other community engagement requirements as a condition for remaining eligible for Medicaid benefits.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0823/H-0823%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 830 An act relating to municipal notice regarding disability benefits available due to post-traumatic stress disorder

Introduced by Representative Stuart

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the legislative body of each town, city, and incorporated village to provide notice to each employee of any police department, fire department, and first responder service of the municipality regarding the disability benefits available to the employee as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0830/H-0830%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 839 An act relating to making numerous tax changes, including exempting certain Social Security benefits and military retirement pay from State taxation

Introduced by Rep. William Canfield , Rep. Fred Baser, Rep. Scott Beck, Rep. Patrick Brennan, Rep. Kevin “Coach” Christie, Rep. James Condon, Rep. Lawrence Cupoli, Rep. Dennis J. Devereux, Rep. Peter J. Fagan, Rep. Robert Frenier, Rep. Douglas Gage, Rep. Michael Hebert, Rep. Bernard Juskiewicz, Rep. Brian Keefe, Rep. Robert LaClair, Rep. Richard Lawrence, Rep. Patti J. Lewis, Rep. Michael Marcotte, Rep. Marcia Martel, Rep. Christopher Mattos, Rep. Patricia McCoy, Rep. Mary A. Morrissey, Rep. Terry Norris, Rep. Corey Parent, Rep. Albert Pearce, Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Rep. Edward Read, Rep. Brian K. Savage, Rep. Charles “Butch” Shaw, Rep. Laura Sibilia, Rep. Brian Smith, Rep. Thomas Terenzini, Rep. Donald Turner, Rep. Janssen Willhoit, Rep. Kurt Wright

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make numerous substantive and administrative changes to Vermont’s tax laws. The bill phases in a partial exemption of taxable Social Security benefits over three years. It also exempts military retirement pay from State taxation. The bill also permits the creation of merged property assessment districts to match merged school districts. The bill moves the collection and administration of the fire safety insurance tax, the direct placement insurance tax, and the surplus lines tax from the Department of Financial Regulation to the Department of Taxes. The bill makes numerous other changes, including changes to the current use lien system, the definitions of household income and homestead, and the meals and rooms tax.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0839/H-0839%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 844 An act relating to reforming the parole system

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson , Rep. Selene Colburn

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to institute a system of presumptive parole, reform aspects of the discretionary parole system, and abolish reintegration furloughs.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0844/H-0844%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 848 An act relating to increasing access to treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina , Rep. Susan Buckholz, Rep. Mollie S. Burke, Rep. Stephen Carr, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Daniel Connor, Rep. Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Rep. Kathleen C. Keenan, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. Kelly Pajala, Rep. Valerie A. Stuart, Rep. George W. Till, Rep. Cynthia Weed

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a central intake system to ensure individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders receive appropriate services. It creates the Co-occurring Disorder Working Group and also requires the completion of a literature review on the biopsychosocial and systemic influences on addiction.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0848/H-0848%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Bills: No Senate Bills since 1/12/2018

 

Submitted by Karen Lafayette [email protected]