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VCDR Alert – VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities – March 12 – March 15

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VCDR 2019  Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities – March 12 – March 15

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




Current House Journal



Senate Calendars & Journals


Current Senate Calendar

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***

Legislators are back from their town meeting break last week. Committees will be busy getting bills voted out of their committees by the “crossover” deadline Friday the 15th. Crossover does not apply to bills being put forth by a committee or to money bills coming out of Ways and Means and Appropriations.



*** 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. The committees received memos from the committees of jurisdiction on sections of the budget they were asked to weigh in on last week. The committee hopes to complete their budget work by March 19th.


House Health Care Committee memo to Appropriations:


House Human Services Committee memo to Appropriations:


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

The Committee will take up H. 351 – An act relating to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance Tuesday. Tuesday through Friday they will work on their Workforce Development bill.

H.351 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Commerce/Bills/H.351/Drafts,%20Amendments,%20Summaries/H.351~Damien%20Leonard~As%20Introduced~3-1-2019.pdf

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

The Committee will be “marking up” the Capital Bill all week.  

H. 282 – An act relating to integration of Vermont’s inmate population into the State’s health care reform initiatives    

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

H. 362 – An act relating to prohibition on the transfer of Vermont inmates to an out-of-state correctional facility

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


On Tuesday the Committee will discuss AOE amendments to the Census-Based Funding Advisory Group and hear from the Executive Director of the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators. On Wednesday the Committee will take up   H. 3 – An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools in the morning and likely voter on the bill.

As Passed by House and Senate Proposal of Amendment



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

On Wednesday the Committee will take up   H. 132 – An act relating to adopting protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.132

H. 119 – An act relating to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Recovery Housing.  H.119 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.119

H. 396 – An act relating to the Twin State Voluntary Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan.                                                                                   H.396  https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.396

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

On Wednesday the Committee will hear from the State Treasurer on the Miscellaneous Retirement Bill and discuss H. 427 – An act relating to a uniform process for foreign credential verification in the Office of Professional Regulation https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.427


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

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will discuss Health Insurance Market Stabilization.


The Committee will take up Child Care all week. On Tuesday they will take up H. 249 – An act relating to additional Reach Up Program benefits


This bill proposes to exempt motor vehicles purchased by a participant in the Reach Up Program as a benefit provided through the Department for Children and Families from sales and use tax and waive the initial registration fee for motor vehicles purchased by a participant in the Reach Up Program as a benefit provided through the Department for Children and Families.


Other Bills Discussed in Committee:

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


On Tuesday the Committee will take up Expungement – H. 460 – An act relating to sealing and expungement of criminal history records  https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0460/H-0460%20As%20Introduced.pdf               

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

H. 74 – An act relating to the prohibition of plastic carryout bags, expanded polystyrene, and single-use plastic straws H.74 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0074/H-0074%20As%20Introduced.pdf


The Committee will take up the Transportation bill all week.


H. 107 – An act relating to paid family and medical leave                                                                      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

The Committee will take up 19-0730 – An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government all week. On Friday they will hear from the administration and the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living  

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

The Committee will take up S. 83 – An act relating to prohibiting agreements that prevent an employee from working for the employer following the settlement of a discrimination claim on Wednesday and Economic Development bills on Thursday.

S.83 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0083/S-0083%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

The Committee will take up H. 39 – An act relating to the extension of the deadline of school district mergers required by the State Board of Education most of the week.

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


On Thursday the Committee will take up S.73 – An act relating to licensure of ambulatory surgical centers and S. 140 – An act relating to allowing the Green Mountain Care Board to modify health insurance premiums

S.73 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.73

S.140 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.140


S.98 – An act relating to the deferral of property taxes for taxpayers 65 years of age or older  https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.98



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

On Tuesday the Committee will take up S. 7 – An act relating to the evaluation of social service integration with accountable care organizations. On Wednesday and Thursday the Committee will take up  Prop 5 – Declaration of rights; right to personal reproductive liberty.

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

S. 94 – An act relating to expanding Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to dental care and establishing the VDent dental assistance program 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 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

On Tuesday the Committee will take up S. 132 – An act relating to hate crimes and bias incidents and S. 117 – An act relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis

S.132 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.132

S.117 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.117

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

On Wednesday the Committee will hear about Increasing Ridership on Public Transit and they will continue with a VTrans overview all week.



***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 March 1, 2019 are Attached

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




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