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VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events January 28 – February 1

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

January 28 –  February 1

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

NEW

FY 2020 Executive Budget Summary – Agency of Administration | FY 2020

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/9387e7a566/FY-2020-Executive-Budget-Summary.pdf

Budget documents showing the individual agency budgets and the “Up and Downs” (increases and reductions) have not yet been published. Those will be available when the human Services Secretary testified and the Department heads in front of the Appropriations Committee

Governor’s Budget Address (audio) :                            http://digital.vpr.net/post/audio-full-transcript-gov-phil-scotts-2019-budget-address  https://video.vermontpbs.org/video/vermont-governors-budget-address-2019-va8pzp/  

News Coverage of the Governor’s Budget Address

WCAX:

https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Scott-to-present-budget-address-Thursday-504804102.html

VT Digger:

https://vtdigger.org/2019/01/24/scott-changes-course-taxes-fees-budget-address/

Seven Days:

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2019/01/24/in-break-from-past-pledges-scott-pitches-new-taxes-and-fee

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NEW H. 97 – An act relating to fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0097/H-0097%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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 31 the Secretary of Human Services will testify in House Appropriations on the Governor’s FY 2020 Budget Proposal to the Legislature

Wednesday, January 30th is Mental Health Advocacy Day at the Statehouse and on Thursday Pathways Vermont will be visiting the Statehouse

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 and members new to the committee.

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***Committee Highlights***

HOUSE COMMITTEES

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

The House Appropriations Committee will start hearing from all the agencies and departments of state on the proposed FY 2020 Budget. On Thursday morning they will hear from the Secretary of Human Services.

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 Tuesday morning the committee will take up the Vermont Veterans Home program and funding and on Wednesday morning they will review Woodside with the Department of Children and families.

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

The House Education Committee will take up H. 3 – An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools on Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday morning. On Wednesday, Mental Health Advocacy Day, the committee will hear from Vermont Suicide Prevention Center and Scholl based Services.

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

On Wednesday the committee will hear from the administration on the non-statutory use of the property transfer tax and receive the Short-term Rental Report. On Thursday the committee will hear from a number of Housing programs including Pathways Vermont, HomeShare Vermont and the State Housing Authority.

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 Mental Health on Wednesday and hear about a number of programs and providers including: Vermont Care Partners, Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Wellness Workforce from the   Vermont Center for Independent Living and others. Advocates from Disability Rights Vermont and the Mental Health Law Project will also testify.

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

On Wednesday and Thursday the committee will take up   H. 57 – An act relating to preserving the right to abortion. On Friday the committee will hold a joint hearing with Senate Health and Welfare and take up Adverse Childhood Experiences, and see a film entitled “The Faces of ACEs” and have a discussion.

H. 57 – An act relating to preserving the right to abortion https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.57

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

On Wednesday the committee will hear from the Human Rights Commission and take up Fair and Impartial Policing once again.

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

On Wednesday morning the committee will hear about the Public Transportation Budget.

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

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

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

The senate committee will take up H. 97 – An act relating to fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments all week, hearing from the administration on Thursday afternoon.

H. 97 – An act relating to fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0097/H-0097%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

On Thursday morning the committee will take testimony on S. 23 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage from 8:30 am to 10:30am

S. 23 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.23

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

On Tuesday the Senate Education Committee will receive the Report of the Agency of Education Census-Based Advisory Group (Special Education) and S. 10 – An act relating to prekindergarten education. On Wednesday (Mental Health Advocacy Day) the committee will take testimony from the Vermont Family Network sand hear from the introducers of  S. 46 – An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools (H.3 in the House)

S. 46 – An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0046/S-0046%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 10 – An act relating to prekindergarten education. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0010/S-0010%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Report of the Agency of Education Census-Based Advisory Group https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Legislative-Reports/edu-act-173-advisory-group-legislative-report-january-2019.pdf

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

On Tuesday the committee will take up Vermont Communications Plan all afternoon. On Wednesday the committee will take up S. 52 – An act relating to creating an education property tax that is adjusted by income for all taxpayers and on Friday will hear from the State Treasurer on the Public Retirement System.

S. 52 – An act relating to creating an education property tax that is adjusted by income for all taxpayers https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0052/S-0052%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

On Thursday the committee will take up S. 21 – An act relating to establishing the Public Employee Health Benefit Plan and take testimony and discuss the proposed Constitutional Amendment:  Prop 2 – Declaration of rights; eliminating reference to slavery .

S. 21 – An act relating to establishing the Public Employee Health Benefit Plan https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0021/S-0021%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

On Wednesday morning the committee will hear from Mental Health Advocates, the Green Mountain Care Board and from legislative council on S.7 – An act relating to the evaluation of social service integration with accountable care organizations. On Thursday they will hear from the Designated Agencies, Pathways Vermont, and receive the report from the Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families.

S.7 – An act relating to the evaluation of social service integration with accountable care organizations https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0007/S-0007%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Recommendations of the Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families Legislative Report (2018, Act 207) https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Legislative-Reports/Final-Report-of-the-Advisory-Council-on-Child-Poverty-and-Strengthening-Families1-28-2019.pdf

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 about the Public Transit budget on Wednesday morning from the Agency of Transportation. 

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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

NEW This Week

H. 52 An act relating to requiring at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional

Introduced by Representatives  Lori Houghton, Carol Ode and George Till

 Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0052/H-0052%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 67 An act relating to workers’ compensation

Introduced by Rep. Charles Shaw 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create an exemption from the workers’ compensation requirements for workers engaged in equine care and management for an employer whose annual payroll is less 8 than $10,000.00.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0067/H-0067%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 68 An act relating to voting leave

Introduced by Rep. Nader Hashim

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide up to two consecutive hours of paid leave so that employees may vote in primary and general elections held in Vermont and on Town Meeting Day.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0068/H-0068%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 71 An act relating to prohibiting State contracts with for-profit correctional facilities

Introduced by Rep. Nader Hashim , Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. William Notte, Rep. Barbara Rachelson

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the Commissioner of Corrections from contracting with a for-profit contractor to own, operate, or manage a State correctional facility, or supervise or house inmates under the custody of the Commissioner in an out-of-state correctional facility.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0071/H-0071%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 72 An act relating to fishing licenses for persons with a developmental disability

Introduced by Rep. Robin Scheu , Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Peter Conlon, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. James Harrison, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. James Masland, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Terry Norris, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Charles Shaw, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. George Till, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Theresa Wood, Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide a free fishing license to Vermont residents who have a developmental disability.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0072/H-0072%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 85 An act relating to increasing the personal needs allowance for certain nursing home residents

Introduced by  Rep. Sandy Haas 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase by $25.00 per person per month the State’s fiscal year 2020 contribution to the personal needs allowance for individuals residing in nursing homes who receive Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid, or both. It would require the Secretary of Human Services to increase the personal needs allowance amount annually beginning in fiscal year 2021 based on the rate of inflation.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0085/H-0085%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 86 An act relating to revenues designated for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust Fund

Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stevens 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the use of the property transfer tax revenue dedicated to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust Fund for any other governmental purpose.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0086/H-0086%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

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Senate Bills

S. 41 An act relating to regulating entities that administer health reimbursement arrangements

Introduced by Sen. Christopher Bray , Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Philip Baruth, Sen. Joseph Benning, Sen. Brian Campion, Sen. Deborah Ingram

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to direct the Department of Financial Regulation to adopt rules regulating entities that administer health reimbursement arrangements.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0041/S-0041%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.42 An act relating to requiring at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons , Sen. Ann Cummings, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Richard McCormack, Sen. Richard Westman

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0042/S-0042%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 43 An act relating to prohibiting prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons , Sen. Ann Cummings, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Richard McCormack, Sen. Richard Westman

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit health insurance plans and Medicaid from imposing prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0043/S-0043%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 48 An act relating to authorizing a person with a temporary physical disability to take game from a motor vehicle

Introduced by Sen. Anthony Pollina 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife to authorize a person to take or attempt to take game by shooting from a motor vehicle if the person is unable to pursue game due to a temporary severe physical disability certified by a physician.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0048/S-0048%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 53 An act relating to increasing the proportion of health care spending allocated to primary care

Introduced by Sen. Timothy Ashe 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Green Mountain Care Board to determine the proportion of health care spending currently allocated to primary care, recommend the proportion that should be allocated to primary care going forward, and project the avoided costs that would likely result if that proportion were achieved. It would then direct certain payers to provide a plan for achieving the allocation of primary care recommended for them by the Board.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 54 An Act relating to the regulation of cannabis

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears, Sen. Timothy Ashe, Sen. Joseph Benning, Sen. Christopher Pearson, Sen. John Rodgers, Sen. Jeanette White, Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Philip Baruth, Sen. Brian Campion, Sen. Alison Clarkson, Sen. Ann Cummings, Sen. Ruth Hardy, Sen. Cheryl Hooker, Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Sen. Richard Westman

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a comprehensive regulatory system for the production and sale of cannabis and cannabis products in Vermont. The bill creates the Cannabis Control Board as the independent regulatory authority for a commercial cannabis market. The Board is responsible for adopting regulations and administering a licensing program, including compliance and enforcement, for cannabis establishments. Five types of licenses are available: cultivator, product manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and testing laboratory. Applicants are limited to obtaining a maximum of one type of each license. Applicants are not required to be Vermont residents, but residency will be considered in prioritizing issuance of licenses. Application and license fees fund the Board in performance of its duties. Cannabis is taxed at ten percent with a potential one percent local option tax for municipalities that choose to host a cannabis retailer. Municipalities have authority to require municipal permits for a cannabis establishment and may prohibit the operation of a cannabis establishment or a specific type of cannabis establishment within the municipality by majority vote of those present and voting at an annual or special meeting warned for the purpose. On January 1, 2021, new statutes, as well as rules adopted by the Board, governing the Medical Cannabis Registry and Medical Cannabis Dispensaries take effect, and those programs transfer from the Department of Public Safety to the Board. The bill also directs the Office of Legislative Council to change “marijuana” to “cannabis” throughout the statutes as needed for consistency with the act.

Submitted by Karen Lafayette  [email protected]

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