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VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events February 4 – February 8

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

February 4 – February 8

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 Agency of Human Services – Agency-wide Crosswalks – FY20 https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/d48ab7d5e6/AHS-Agency-wide-FY20-Ups-Downs-v55.pdf

NEW FY20 Agency Budget Presentation

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Appropriations/FY%202020%20State%20Budget/C.%20Human%20Services/19-0730~Al%20Gobeille,%20Secretary,%20Agency%20of%20Human%20Services~FY20%20Agency%20Budget%20Presentation~1-31-2019.pdf

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

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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***

The House Appropriations Committee has begun hearing testimony on the Governor’s proposed FY 2020 Budget. The Human Services Secretary testified on Thursday January 31. On Monday the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families will deliver the specifics of the DCF budget and on Wednesday morning the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living will testify on the DAIL budget

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE FY20 BUDGET

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended FY2020 State Budget and will hold community-based public hearings on

 

Monday, February 25, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the following 5 locations.

Morrisville – People’s Academy High School, Auditorium, top of Copley Avenue

Rutland City – Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room

St. Johnsbury – St. Johnsbury House, Main dining room, 1207 Main Street

St. Albans City – St. Albans City School, Library, 29 Bellows Street

Winooski – Community College of Vermont, Room 108, 1 Abenaki Way

 

Notice Time Difference:

 

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

 

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.

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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 hear from all the agencies and departments of state on the proposed FY 2020 Budget. On Monday the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families will deliver the specifics of the DCF budget and on Wednesday morning the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living will testify on the DAIL budget

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

On Tuesday morning the committee will hear from the Director, Workforce Policy and Performance, Department of Labor and the Employment Services Manager, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Creative Workforce Development. On Thursday afternoon they will hear about Childcare Workforce issues

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

On Tuesday the committee will hear from the Department of Corrections and the rest of the week they will be discussing the Capitol Budget for FY2020-2021.

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

On Thursday the committee will take up H. 140 – An act relating to the Advisory Council on Special Education and hear from Vermont Legal Aid and the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

H.140  An act relating to the Advisory Council on Special Education        https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0140/H-0140%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

The committee will take up H. 107 – An act relating to paid family each day of the week                               

H.107 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0107/H-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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 hear from the Office of the Health Care Advocate on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday will take up the Administrations’ healthcare proposal. On Thursday they will hear from the Department of Health, Mental Health and Vermont Health Access.

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

On Tuesday the committee will take up H. 85 – An act relating to increasing the personal needs allowance for certain nursing home residents and   H. 57 – An act relating to preserving the right to abortion on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday the committee will hear from the Secretary of Human Services.

H. 85 – An act relating to increasing the personal needs allowance for certain nursing home residents https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0085/H-0085%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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 Electric Vehicle Incentive Program for Low and Moderate Income Vermonters

House Ways and Means: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/21 No schedule posted at this time.

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

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

Tuesday through Thursday the committee will take up H. 97 – An act relating to fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments and have committee discussion. On Friday afternoon the committee will begin to look at the FY 2020 Budget.

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 Tuesday morning and Friday the committee will take testimony on S. 23 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage. On Wednesday and Thursday they will take up Housing issues.

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 and Wednesday the committee will take up H. 3 – An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools (Passed in the House –but not yet posted as passed). On Tuesday afternoon the committee will hear again from the Census-Based Advisory Group Report

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

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

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 get an Update on Acoountable Care Organizations and on Friday the y will hear about the History of Health Care Reform in Vermont and Health Insurance 101

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 hear about Sheriffs in Hospital Emergency Rooms from the Department of Mental Health and the Association of Hospitals. On Tuesday morning the will also hear from the Commissioner of DCF on Woodside. On Thursday the committee will take up S. 42 – An act relating to requiring at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional and S. 53 – An act relating to increasing the proportion of health care spending allocated to primary care

S.42 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0042/S-0042%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.53 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

On Friday the committee will hear about Recommendations for Woodside Facility

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

A full listing is attached and can also be found at WWW.VCDR.org

 

NEW Bills as of February 1st, 2019

 

House Bills

H. 103 An act relating to unlawful possession of a regulated drug

Introduced by Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Martin LaLonde , Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Nader Hashim

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to restructure drug possession laws moving from a graduated penalty structure based on the amount possessed to a two-tier structure of categorizing possession as a misdemeanor and possession with intent to sell as a felony.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0103/H-0103%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 104 An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

Introduced by  Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make miscellaneous amendment to statutes governing professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0104/H-0104%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 107 An act relating to paid family leave

Introduced by Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Rep. Samuel Young , Rep. Janet Ancel, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Sarah “Sarita” Austin, Rep. John Bartholomew, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Timothy Briglin, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. R. Scott Campbell, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Peter Conlon, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. Katherine “Kari” Dolan, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Alice Emmons, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Dylan Giambatista, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Matthew Hill, Rep. Mary Hooper, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Mary Howard, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Jill Krowinski, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. William Lippert, Rep. Emily Long, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. William Notte, Rep. Daniel Noyes, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Ann Pugh, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Amy Sheldon, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. Tristan Toleno, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Rebecca White, Rep. Theresa Wood, Rep. David Yacovone, Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a Paid Family Leave Insurance Program within the Departments of Labor and Taxes that will be funded by contributions from employers and employees. The bill also proposes to amend Vermont’s existing Parental and Family Leave Act to make it applicable to additional employers and to clarify certain provisions.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0107/H-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 108 An act relating to the disproportionate share hospital payment formula

Introduced by Rep. Benjamin Jickling 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the State’s formula for allocation of disproportionate share payments to hospitals from providing for an additional allotment to academic medical centers.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0108/H-0108%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 114 An act relating to Medicaid co-payment amounts and Exchange financial assistance

Introduced by Rep. Matthew Trieber , Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require individuals enrolled in the Medicaid program with incomes between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level to pay the maximum amount of co-payments for their health care services as are allowed under federal law. It would also increase the amount of financial assistance available to income-eligible individuals enrolled in health insurance plans offered through the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0114/H-0114%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 116 An act relating to physician assistant licensure

Introduced by Rep. Alice Emmons , Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Peter Fagan, Rep. Robert Forguites, Rep. Ann Pugh, Rep. Charles Shaw

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make changes to the laws regarding licensure of physician assistants.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0116/H-0116%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 120 An act relating to removing prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment

Introduced by Rep. Ann Pugh 

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/H-0120/H-0120%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 122 An act relating to reapportioning the distribution of benefits within the Child Care Financial Assistance Program

Introduced by Rep. Matthew Trieber 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to reduce the qualifying Federal Poverty Level percentage at which families become eligible for the Child Care Financial Assistance Program. It proposes to use the resulting savings to increase the subsidy amount received by the remaining eligible families.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0122/H-0122%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.129 An act relating to a universal, publicly financed primary care program for Vermont

Introduced by  Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Kevin Christie , Rep. John Bartholomew, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Timothy Briglin, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. R. Scott Campbell, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Peter Conlon, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Alice Emmons, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Mary Howard, Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Francis McFaun, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. John O’Brien, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Amy Sheldon, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Rebecca White, Rep. David Yacovone, Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a universal, publicly financed primary care program for all Vermont residents beginning in 2023.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0129/H-0129%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 132 An act relating to adopting protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence

Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stevens , Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Charles “Chip” Conquest, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Charen Fegard, Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Rebecca White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to adopt protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0132/H-0132%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 137 An act relating to exemptions from the minimum wage

Introduced by Rep. Mary Howard 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide a minimum salary that an individual must earn to qualify as an executive, administrative, or professional employee for purposes of being exempt from the minimum wage law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0137/H-0137%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 139 An act relating to prescribing by doctoral-level psychologists

Introduced by Rep. Maida Townsend , Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Peter Fagan, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Daniel Noyes, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow the Board of Psychological Examiners to confer prescribing authority upon doctoral-level psychologists who have completed specific educational and training requirements.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0139/H-0139%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.140 An act relating to the Advisory Council on Special Education

 Introduced by Rep. Kathryn Webb 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to change the composition and duties of the Advisory Council on Special Education to conform with federal law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0140/H-0140%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 144 An act relating to accounting for medical necessity in commitment decisions

Introduced by Rep. Anne Donahue 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to distinguish between mental illness, developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries for the purpose of examining competency in relation to criminal proceedings. It also amends existing commitment processes for individuals with a mental illness to ensure medical necessity is taken into account.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0144/H-0144%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

Senate bills:

S. 72 An act relating to extreme risk protection orders

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Court Administrator and the Agency of Human Services to report annual data on the use of extreme risk protection orders, and to permit a health care provider to notify a law enforcement officer when the health care provider reasonably believes that a patient poses an extreme risk of causing harm to himself or herself or another person by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a dangerous weapon or by having a dangerous weapon within his or her custody or control.

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

Submitted by Karen Lafayette, VCDRE Coordinator  [email protected]

 

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