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VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events January 21- January 25

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VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events

January 21- January 25

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2019 Legislative Session. This is the first 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.

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*** 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.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2020#

House & Senate Committee Assignments:

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

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2020#

 

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** Calendars and Journals **

House Calendars & Journals

 

Current House Calendar

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/CALENDAR/hc190118.pdf

 

Current House Journal

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/JOURNAL/hj190118.pdf

 

Senate Calendars & Journals

 

Current Senate Calendar
https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/CALENDAR/sc190118.pdf

Current Senate Journals

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/JOURNAL/sj190118.pdf   

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 ***

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/

Joint Fiscal has a new legislative page. You can find the Budget Documents and Fiscal Reports on their site, as well as other information

Budget Adjustment Documents: https://ljfo.vermont.gov/publications/appropriations-and-budget-reports

FY 2019 Budget Adjustment Web Report:

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/custom_reports/webreports/webreports_baa/web/FY2019%20BAA%20Web%20Report%201-14-2019%202_39_22%20PM.html

]FY 2019 Budget Adjustment – Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living:   https://vtjfo.bluehousegroup.com/assets/Uploads/34166bfaa5/Department-of-Disabilities-Aging-and-Independent-LivingFY19-BAATestimony1-16-2019.pdf

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*** Committee Schedules***

Complete Weekly Committee Schedules

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/weeklyAgendas/2020

 

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***This Week’s Highlights***

 

On Thursday January 24th Governor Phil Scott will deliver his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Address to the Legislature

1:00 PM Joint Assembly to hear the Governor’s Budget Address in the Floor of the House

Most committees will continue to get an overviews and updates from the agencies, organizations, and advocates on the issues that will come before their committees to inform new legislators sand members new to the committee.

On Tuesday the January 2019 Consensus Revenue Forecast Review will be out and the money committees will be reviewing it.

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***Committee Highlights***

 

HOUSE COMMITTEES

House Appropriations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/9

The House Appropriations Committee will continue to work on the Budget Adjustment this week and hear the Governor’s Budget Address on Thursday and begin to Review of the Governor’s Proposal

House Commerce and Economic Development:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/11

House Corrections and Institutions: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/17

On Wednesday morning the committee will hear about  Medication Assisted Treatment in prisons.

House Committee on Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/10

The House Education Committee will hear a report from the Census-Based Funding Advisory Group (for special education) on Tuesday morning and will take up   H. 3 – An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools in the afternoon and on Wednesday and Thursday. The Vermont Center for Independent Living will testify on H.3 on Wednesday afternoon.

H.3: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0003/H-0003%20As%20Introduced.pdf

House General, Housing, and Military: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/13

House Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/14

House Health Care: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/15

The House Health Care Committee will take up the All-Payer Model and Vermont Medicaid Next Generation ACO Model on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday they will take up Mental Health.

House Human Services: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/531

On Wednesday morning the House Human Services Committee will hear from the Department for Children and Families on the State Reach-Up Program

House Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/291

On Thursday House Judiciary will hear about Fair and Impartial Policing

House Transportation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/20

House Ways and Means: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/21

On Wednesday the House Ways and Means committee will hear about Education Funding, Governance, and Special Education Funding and on Thursday will receive the Livable Wage Report

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

Senate Appropriations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/23

The Senate Appropriations Committee will hear about the FY 2019 Budget Adjustment from the Mental Health Department on Wednesday and the Agency of Education and Corrections on Thursday

Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/32

Senate Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/24

On Tuesday the Senate Education Committee will review S. 10 – An act relating to prekindergarten education. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0010/S-0010%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Finance: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/25

Senate Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/26

Senate Health and Welfare: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/27

On Tuesday morning the committee will receive the report on Act 43 – Adverse Childhood Experiences. On Wednesday they will hear from the Green Mountain Care Board and Medicine Assisted Treatments in corrections. On Thursday they will hear about the Medicaid Dental Benefit and the Department of Mental Health on Friday.

Senate Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/29

Senate Transportation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/539

The Senate Transportation Committee will hear from the Vermont Agency of Transportation all week.  

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***Legislation Introduced of Interest***

This is an ongoing list of bills introduced this session of interest to the disability community with a short summary of each courtesy of Disability Rights Vermont.

 

House Bills

H. 3 An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools

Introduced by Representatives Kevin Christie, Brian Cina, Dylan Giambatista, Diana Gonzalez

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the Ethnic and Social Equity Standards Advisory Working Group to advise the State Board of Education on the adoption of ethnic and social equity studies standards into statewide educational standards. This bill also proposes to require the State Board of Education to publish, to the extent consistent with State and federal privacy laws and regulations, data on student performance and hazing, harassment, or bullying incidents disaggregated by student groups, including ethnic and racial groups, poverty status, disability status, English language learner status, and gender.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0003/H-0003%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 5 An act relating to physician expert witnesses in medical malpractice actions

Introduced by Representative George Till

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to set standards for the qualification of physician expert witnesses in medical malpractice actions.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0005/H-0005%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 6 An act relating to immunity from liability for licensed professionals providing essential services during emergencies

Introduced by Representative James Masland

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make licensed professionals immune from civil liability for injuries caused by the provision of essential services during states of emergency declared by the Governor.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0006/H-0006%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 14 An act relating to workers’ compensation

Introduced by Representative Charles Kimbell

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend benefit payments in workers’ compensation insurance claims to the prescription of medical marijuana.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0014/H-0014%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 19 An act relating to sexual exploitation of a person in law enforcement officer custody

Introduced by Representatives Maxine Grad, Sarah “Sarita” Austin, Selene Colburn, Kimberly Jessup, Ann Pugh, Barbara Rachelson

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the crime of sexual exploitation of a person in the custody of a law enforcement officer.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0019/H-0019%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 21 An act relating to prohibiting the display of individuals for money

Introduced by Representatives Kathryn Webb and Jessica Brumsted

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit so called freak shows and the display of individuals for money.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0021/H-0021%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 22 An act relating to Green Mountain Care Board hospital budget review

Introduced by Representative Anne Donahue 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expand the types of hospitals for which the Green Mountain Care Board reviews the annual budget to include all hospitals that are not conducted, maintained, or operated by the State.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0022/H-0022%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H. 24 An act relating to criminal history record fees

 Introduced by Representatives  Martin LaLonde , Selene Colburn, Johannah Donovan, Avram Patt, George Till, Joseph “Chip” Troiano

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to exempt from the Vermont criminal history record check fee individuals earning at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and the organizations that serve them.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0024/H-0024%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 25 An act relating to the regulation of electroconvulsive therapy

Introduced by Rep. Anne Donahue , Rep. Warren Kitzmiller

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that the Commissioner of Mental Health ensure that any hospital or health care facility using electroconvulsive therapy be qualified to do so. It further requires a hospital or health care facility administering electroconvulsive therapy on minors to seek specific approval from the Commissioner. The bill requires the Commissioner to adopt related rules.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0025/H-0025%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 28 An act relating to pharmacists providing information on the proper disposal of unused regulated drugs

 Introduced by  Rep. George Till , Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Peter Conlon, Rep. Charles “Chip” Conquest, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. David Yacovone, Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require pharmacists dispensing regulated drugs to provide patients with information regarding the importance of and processes for proper disposal of unused medication.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0028/H-0028%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.30 An act relating to relief from abuse orders and relinquishment of firearms and other dangerous or deadly weapons

Introduced by Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Ann Pugh 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that relief from abuse orders include a provision requiring the defendant to relinquish his or her firearms and other dangerous or deadly weapons until the order expires. The bill also proposes to make it a crime for a person to possess a firearm if the person is the subject of a relief from abuse order.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0030/H-0030%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.31 An act relating to establishing the Windsor County Domestic Violence Restorative Justice Pilot Program

Introduced by Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Ann Pugh , Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Rebecca White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish the Windsor County Domestic Violence Restorative Justice Pilot Program. The Program would permit restorative justice services to be provided on a pilot basis in Windsor County to victims and offenders in domestic violence cases as a condition of probation, furlough, parole, or supervised community sentence.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0031/H-0031%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.35 An act relating to medical monitoring damages

Introduced by Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Cynthia Browning , Rep. Christopher Bates, Rep. Nelson Brownell, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. John Gannon, Rep. Mary Morrissey

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a private right of action for medical monitoring damages incurred due to exposure to a toxic substance.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0035/H-0035%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.37 An act relating to eliminating the Secretary of Human Services’ authority to reverse or modify a decision or order of the Human Services Board

Introduced by  Rep. Anne Donahue 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to eliminate the authority of the Secretary of Human Services to reverse or modify a decision or order of the Human Services Board.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0037/H-0037%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 44 An act relating to participating hospital and Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital advisory groups

Introduced by Rep. Anne Donahue 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that participating hospitals and the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital each maintain an advisory group that meets on a bimonthly basis.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0044/H-0044%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

Senate Bills:

PR.3 Declaration of rights; right to privacy

Introduced by Sen. Joseph Benning, Sen. Richard McCormack

This proposal would amend the Constitution of the State of Vermont specifically to provide that each individual has a right to privacy, including the right to keep personal information private; to communicate with others privately; and to make decisions concerning his or her body. The proposal shall not be construed to modify the public’s right of access to public records and open meetings as provided by law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/PR0003/PR0003%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 4 An act relating to amending the charge of the Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families

Introduced by Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Virginia Lyons 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend the charge of the Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families to include the mitigation of childhood trauma and the responsibilities of the Child Protection Oversight Committee.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0004/S-0004%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 5 An act relating to prohibiting the involuntary sterilization of individuals with an intellectual disability

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the involuntary sterilization of individuals with an intellectual disability.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0005/S-0005%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 6 An act relating to implementation of the Bright Futures Guidelines

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development to convene a meeting to develop recommendations on the integration of the pediatric Bright Future Guidelines into the practice of those Vermont primary care and social service providers serving children and families.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0006/S-0006%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 7 An act relating to the evaluation of social service integration with accountable care organizations

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Green Mountain Care Board to conduct an evaluation of the extent to which social services are integrated into accountable care organizations.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0007/S-0007%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 9 An act relating to conducting background checks for home study programs

Introduced by Sen. Philip Baruth 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend the requirement for conducting criminal and child abuse background checks to an operator of a home study program and to any person who will have ongoing contact with students in a home study program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0009/S-0009%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 14 An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need

Introduced by Sen. Timothy Ashe 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend until January 1, 2022 the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0014/S-0014%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 15 An act relating to unemployment compensation

Introduced by Sen. Michael Sirotkin 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to permit an individual to reuse wages from the base period for the prior benefit year to qualify for unemployment benefits after his or her workers’ compensation benefits terminate if he or she was determined to be ineligible for unemployment benefits during the prior benefit year because he or she was unable to work due to a work-related injury.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0015/S-0015%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 17 An act relating to filing fees for petitions to expunge or seal a criminal history record

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to specify that the filing fee to seal or expunge a criminal history record applies to each petition, which may request multiple instances of sealing or expungement for a single individual, and to waive the filing fee if the petitioner is the State’s Attorney.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0017/S-0017%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 18 An act relating to consumer justice enforcement

Introduced by Sen. Christopher Pearson, Sen. Richard Sears , Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Sen. Michael Sirotkin

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a rebuttable presumption that certain contractual terms are substantively unconscionable when included in certain standard-form contracts.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0018/S-0018%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 19 An act relating to violent habitual criminals

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to merge Vermont’s habitual criminals and violent career criminals statutes so that there is a single statute governing violent habitual criminals.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0019/S-0019%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 21 An act relating to establishing the Public Employee Health Benefit Plan

Introduced by Senator White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish the Public Employee Health Benefit Plan, which would provide health insurance coverage for all State employees, municipal employees, legislators, teachers, and other eligible public employees. The bill would remove medical benefits and health insurance from the subjects on which State employees, municipal employees, teachers, and other public employees may collectively bargain. The bill also expresses legislative intent to evaluate whether and how to expand eligibility to Vermont residents who are not public employees and to consider funding mechanisms to ensure the coverage is affordable for enrollees.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0021/S-0021%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 27An act relating to maintaining the home health agency provider tax

Introduced by Sen. Ann Cummings, Sen. Mark MacDonald

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to maintain the provider tax assessed on home health agencies by removing the July 1, 2019 7 sunset.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0027/S-0027%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 28 An act relating to selling or dispensing a regulated drug with death resulting

Introduced by Sen. Jeanette White 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to include selling or dispensing a regulated drug with death resulting as a crime for purposes of compensation to victims under State law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0028/S-0028%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Submitted by Karen Lafayette for VCDR [email protected]

 

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