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VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events February 26 – February 29

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VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events
February 26 – February 29

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.





Committees have their own web-pages, where you can find documents and written testimony as well as committee schedules.


House & Senate Committee Assignments:

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




** Calendars and Journals **

House Calendars & Journals


Current House Calendar




Action Postponed Until February 26, 2019

Senate Proposal of Amendment

H. 97 Fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments……………….…………………………406



Favorable with Amendment

H. 140 The Advisory Council on Special Education…………………………….. 452

Rep. Elder for Education


Current House Journal



Senate Calendars & Journals


Current Senate Calendar




Second Reading

Favorable with Proposal of Amendment

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


Education Report – Sen. Ingram ……………………………………………………205

Appropriations Report – Sen. McCormack …………………………………….. 212

Amendment – Sen. Sears ……………………………………………………………..213



Third Reading

S. 23 An act relating to increasing the minimum wage……………………... 213

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

tax……………………………………………………………………………………………. 213

Current Senate Journals


  As a general rule the House and Senate meet at these times during the session:

Floor Times:





10:00 am

9:30 am


1:00 pm

1:00 pm


1:00 pm

1:00 pm


9:30 am

11:30 am




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


***Joint Fiscal Page ***


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

Department of Mental Health

Budget Talking Points


Budget Presentation


Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living



Department of Children and Families


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

FY20 Agency Budget Presentation


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


***This Week’s Highlights***

Disability Awareness Day

Wednesday February 27th


Keep Calm and Lead On!


Join us for:


a Welcome; Workshops; Press Conference;

Testimony; Appetizers; Ice Cream; and a Keynote Speaker


(Agenda Attached)



On the Floor of the House Wednesday

H.140 State Advisory Council on Special Education

As Recommended by Committee on Education




*** Committee Schedules***

Complete Weekly Committee Schedules




***Committee Highlights***


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

The House Appropriations Committee will continue their discussions about the proposed FY 2020 Budget. Memos from a number of the committees that have been asked to weigh in on sections of the budget proposals are due to the committee on Wednesday.

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

The Committee will take up the Governor’s proposed FY 2020 Budget on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Committee’s Workforce Training Bill on Wednesday and Thursday.

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

On Wednesday the Committee will hear a about the consultant’s Corrections Health Care Review and also  take up H. 282 – An act relating to integration of Vermont’s inmate population into the State’s health care reform initiatives and   H. 362 – An act relating to prohibition on the transfer of Vermont inmates to an out-of-state correctional facility

H.282 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.282

H. 362 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.362

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

On Wednesday the Committee will take testimony on the Agency of Education staffing levels and hear from the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights for Disability Awareness Day


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

On Wednesday the Committee will take up   H. 119 – An act relating to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Recovery Housing. On Thursday the Committee will take up H. 396 – An act relating to the Twin State Voluntary Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan

H.119 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.119

H. 396 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.396

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

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

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up the Governor’s FY 2020 Budget and discuss their memo to House Appropriations on Wednesday.

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

The Committee will take up a number of bills ans issues related the Child Care all week.

H. 60 – An act relating to making the Agency of Human Services’ Department for Children and Families responsible for the oversight and regulation of child care and prekindergarten education for children 0 years of age through the age when they are enrolled in kindergarten https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.60

H. 70 – An act relating to compliance with child care providers’ educational and experiential requirements https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.70

H. 122 – An act relating to reapportioning the distribution of benefits within the Child Care Financial Assistance Program https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.122

H. 194 – An act relating to establishing incentives for early learning professionals and improving access to child care https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.194

H. 349 – An act relating to raising revenue to improve access to affordable, high quality child care and early learning https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.349

H. 373 – An act relating to creating an employee surcharge to pay for child care subsidies https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.373

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

***DAD Testimony House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/12             

The Committee will take up H. 74 – An act relating to the prohibition of plastic carryout bags, expanded polystyrene, and single-use plastic straws on Wednesday and here from the Vermont Center for Independent Living

H.74 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0074/H-0074%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

The Committee will take up the Transportation bill all week and will hear from the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights on Wednesday morning

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

On Wednesday the Committee will take up H. 107 – An act relating to paid family and medical leave                                                                      H.107 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0107/H-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf



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

On Wednesday the Committee will take up 19-0730 – An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government and here from the Agency of Human Services. On Frida they will here from the Department of Health

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

The Committee will take up their omnibus Housing bill all week and the Governor’s Economic Development Bill and hold possible votes at the end of the week on each.

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

On Tuesday the Committee will take up Perspectives on K-12 Public Education. On Wednesday the Committee will hear from the VT Coalition for Disability Rights in the afternoon.

H.3 – As passed by the House On Senate Floor Tuesday https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0003/H-0003%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Unofficial.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 Wednesday afternoon the Committee will take up  S. 98 – An act relating to the deferral of property taxes for taxpayers 65 years of age or older 

S.98 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.98

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

On Tuesday the Committee will take up and vote on Prop 2 – Declaration of rights; eliminating reference to slavery. On Wednesday the committee will hear from the Deaf, Hard of Heisting and Deafblind Advisory Council and the VT Association for the Deaf.                                                                        


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

On Wednesday morning the Committee will take up   S. 7 – An act relating to the evaluation of social service integration with accountable care organizations and from the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights. on Disability Awareness Day. On Thursday and Friday the Committee will take up S. 94 – An act relating to expanding Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to dental care and establishing the VDent dental assistance program

S.7 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0007/S-0007%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.94 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.94

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


Senate Institutions: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/28

On Wednesday the Committee will hear from the Agency of Human Services, Mental Health, and the Department of Health Access  on Correction Facilities and Policies including Woodside.

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

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



***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.

NEW Bills as of February 24, 2019 are Attached

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



2 attachments
DAD FINAL AGENDA 2-20-19.pdf
VCDR Bills of Interest Feb 22_19FINAL.docx