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CDCI Connects: A monthly newsletter from the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
CDCI Connects Issue 6, January 2019: Policy 

Welcome

As we’re barely a month into a new year, it seems like a great time to reflect on new beginnings! The most exciting of which (for us at CDCI, anyway) is that of the birth of Director Jesse Suter’s second son. Jesse and his wife welcomed Charles Thomas to the world on January 19, and all are happy and healthy. Jesse will be taking some time away from the newsletter to be with his family, and we wish them all continued health, happiness, and hopefully some sleep.

The cycle of new beginnings can be seen in our politics this January, too. After more than a month in a partial shutdown, the federal government is, at least temporarily, up and running. 2019 also welcomed the convening of the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history. Locally, the Vermont Legislature is also back in session with Democrats holding an overwhelming majority, while Republican Phil Scott and Democrat David Zuckerman start their second terms as Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively.

With the opening of new legislative sessions, the policies that affect our lives and the lives of those we work with, support, and care for can undoubtedly change. In this month’s newsletter, we look at some of our partners who help advocate for policy and systems change to better the lives of those who experience disability, take a peek at a bill geared toward ethnic and social equity in our schools, and share about a new place in town to grab a cup of coffee while promoting inclusion, equity, and access.

Happy New Year,

Jeanne Nauheimer
Dissemination Coordinator

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Community Partner: DD Council

In November’s issue, we took a brief look at the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act for short). The DD Act is what makes it not just possible but actually required for Centers like CDCI to exist in every US state and territory. University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities are only a part of this authorization. There is also a mandate for every state to have a Protection and Advocacy Agency as well as a Developmental Disabilities Council. We like to think of it as three sisters or three legs of a stool that together hold up the principles of the DD Act.

This month, we took a closer look at one of the other legs: Vermont’s Developmental Disabilities Council (VTDDC).

Read more about VTDDC
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Community Partner: Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR) is an organization that works to “advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities to ensure full and equal participation in all aspects of community life and political process” (VCDR website). VCDR works to fight for cross-disability rights, including those who experience developmental, psychiatric, sensory, physical, and other disabilities and puts out an annual policy platform that can help inform legislatures and community members.

Read more about VCDR

Vermont Reintroduces Ethnic and Social Equity Studies Bill

The Vermont Education Committee unanimously endorsed H.3, a bill that would convene a working group for Vermont’s academic standards to demonstrate ethnic and social equity curricula. This bill would also require data on bullying, harassment, and hazing in schools to be broken down by student demographics. A similar bill was proposed last year, but it did not make it out of committee. While there seems to be general recognition for how important H.3 can be, the Vermont Digger reported that some are worried there may not be the support needed to carry out this work.

Accessibility Achievements

UVM Updates LimeSurvey Templates

The University of Vermont uses LimeSurvey, a free and open source survey tool. LimeSurvey helps students, faculty, and staff throughout the university create and take surveys that widely vary in both complexity and targeted audience. CDCI is pleased to share that the default template for UVM LimeSurvey has been updated this week so that its color contrast ratios meet accessibility standards. We want to thank Amber Fulcher and Paul Yoon in the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs for their care in providing the university with materials that can be accessed by everyone, and to the Tech Team within UVM’s Enterprise Technology Services for quickly amending a template used by so many!

Arts, Media, & Culture

VPR Statehouse Coverage

Did you know that VPR has extensive coverage of the Vermont Legislature? Hosts Bob Kinzel and Peter Hirschfeld cover many of the goings on within the statehouse, and the radio network also provides a live-stream of House and Senate proceedings.

New Coffee House in Downtown Burlington

Perky Planet is a new coffee shop on the corner of King and St. Paul that employs individuals with disabilities as part of its business model. The coffee shop had its soft opening this past weekend after crowdsourcing the funds to purchase equipment in 2018.
Watch NBC5’s news story on Perky Planet.

Upcoming Events

Interested in more events hosted by CDCI, our partners, or others of interest to our community? Check out CDCI’s Event Calendar to find out about more opportunities to learn, connect, and have fun!

We’d like to let our readers know about the events of our friends and partners! If you would like to get the word out about an upcoming event, please email Jeanne Nauheimer.

NFI Vermont Youth & Parent Resource Expo

February 9, 2019, 10am-3pm
University Mall, South Burlington, VT

NFI Vermont will be hosting an expo of community organizations to display information that may benefit youth and their families from our local communities. This event is free and open to the public.

CANS Framework Presentation with Dr. John Lyons

February 21, 2019, 2-4pm
Davis Center, University of Vermont

John Lyons, creator of the Child and adolescent needs and strengths (CANS tool) will be coming to Vermont February 21st & 22nd. CANS is used across Vermont (and many other states) to aid in cross-system collaboration and progress monitoring.

Vermont Disability Awareness Day

February 27, 2019, All Day
Capitol 
Building, Montpelier, VT
Save the date for Disability Awareness Day at the State House in Montpelier, VT. The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (CDCI is a member) holds this annual event to raise awareness of key issues and “celebrate our common humanity.”

2019 Vermont Care Partners Conference: Stepping Forward Together

March 14, 2019
Davis Center, University of Vermont

Vermont Care Partners will be holding its annual conference to continue the discussion with national, regional, and local speakers about health disparities, cultural competence and ways we can improve our service delivery to all Vermonters. Learn more information about the Vermont Care Partners 2019 Conference.

Vermont Family Network Annual Conference

April 3, 2019, 8:00am-4:30pm
DoubleTree Hotel, South Burlington, VT

Save the date for the Vermont Family Network annual conference. Conference Details.

Intelligent Lives Film Screening with Dan Habib

April 3, 2019, 3:00pm-6:00pm
DoubleTree Hotel, South Burlington, VT

We are excited to announce that IntelligentLives and its creator Dan Habib are coming to Vermont. This new film captures an emerging paradigm in which people who have accessed supports can successfully participate in general education, college, integrated employment, and relationships. Make sure to save the date and RSVP on Facebook!
Watch Intelligent Lives trailer.

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Feb 04

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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Jan 31

From: Rita Martin <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:19 AM
To: RehabNet <[email protected]>
Subject: Chairman Scott, Senator Casey, and Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Workers with Disabilities Transition to Competitive, Integrated Employment

State Directors,

Below please find the press release about the introduction of a bipartisan bill, the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act.  The House bill number is HR 873 and the Senate bill number is S. 260.  You can find the electronic version of the press release here: https://edlabor.house.gov/media/press-releases/chairman-scott-senator-casey-and-congresswoman-mcmorris-rodgers-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-help-workers-with-disabilities-transition-to-competitive-integrated-employment.

The CSAVR Executive Committee was made aware of this legislation at the Winter Executive Committee meeting in Phoenix, AZ in January and the national office wrote a letter of support for the legislation.

The Section by Section which is a link to click on below,  provides a brief synopsis of each of the 5 Titles of the legislation. Please note in Sec. 102 that the State is the grantee and in Sec. 103, the eligible entity is the grantee. State VR Agencies are expected to be partners, but cannot apply for these grants.

This is a wonderful opportunity for States who are interested to pursue funding to move individuals from sheltered employment to competitive integrated employment.  We hope many states will take advantage of this opportunity. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 31, 2019

Contact:

Democratic Press Office, 202-226-0853

 Chairman Scott, Senator Casey, and Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Workers with Disabilities Transition to Competitive, Integrated Employment

“Expanding competitive integrated employment results in higher wages and greater satisfaction for workers with disabilities.”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, which provides states, service providers, sub-minimum wage certificate holders, and other agencies with the resources to help workers with disabilities transition into competitive, integrated employment.

The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act is legislation designed to strengthen and enhance the disability employment service delivery systems throughout states while sub-minimum wages, which are currently allowed under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, are phased out over a six-year period.

Currently, under section 14(c), employers that obtain a certificate are permitted to hire individuals with disabilities at less than minimum wage.

“Every worker should have access to fulfilling employment and economic self-sufficiency. This bill achieves those goals by advancing a culture of inclusion and collaboration between employers and service providers to enable individuals with disabilities to be successful in the workforce with a fair wage,” said Congressman Scott. “By expanding competitive integrated employment, we can raise wages, increase job satisfaction, and promote community participation for workers with disabilities. This legislation is an important step toward creating one fair wage for all.”

 “Holding a job provides many benefits including economic self-sufficiency, a sense of self-worth and social networks. But, for far too many individuals with disabilities, the dignity of work is still out of reach,”Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). “Addressing the barriers to employment for people with disabilities means ensuring supports for finding and keeping good-paying jobs. Chairman Scott and I introduced the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act to help organizations strengthen and expand disability employment services and make it possible for people with disabilities to achieve financial security.”

 “Disability employment is the next policy frontier to empower people with disabilities to live full and independent lives. A job is so much more than just a paycheck, it’s what gives us dignity, purpose, and the opportunity for a better life. I look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan fashion to ensure more people — who are ready, willing, and able to work — find employment,”said Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers.

 Upon enactment, the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act would:

  • Create a competitive state grant program to assist states to transition all 14(c) certificate holders to models that support competitive, integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. States will be able to apply for these transformation grants and must establish an advisory committee that includes employers, organizations specializing in employment for individuals with disabilities, Medicaid agencies, AbilityOne contractors, individuals with disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation agencies.
  • Create a competitive grant program for current 14(c) certificate holders, located in states that do not apply for the state grant, to transition their business models to support individuals with disabilities in competitive, integrated employment.
  • Immediately freeze the issuance of any new 14(c) certificates by the Department of Labor (DOL) and phase out the use of existing 14(c) certificates over 6 years until employees are paid the federal minimum wage.
  • Establish a technical assistance (TA) center to support all entities, even those not receiving the transformation grants, to transition to competitive integrated employment. The TA center, which will be funded by DOL, is tasked with disseminating information about best practices, lessons learned, and models for transition to all entities transitioning to competitive, integrated employment.
  • Require reporting and evaluation on the progress of creating and expanding the service delivery structure to support workers with disabilities in competitive integrated settings and the inclusive wraparound services they receive when not working. States and 14(c) certificate holders will also be required to report on their grant activities, evaluate changes in employment for individuals with disabilities, report average wage information, and evaluate employer actions taken to comply with the phase out of 14(c) and transformation grants.

 To read the section-by-section of the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, click here.

 To read a fact sheet on Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, click here.

 List of Supporting Organizations: American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Autism National Committee, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Autism Society of America, Center for Public Representation (CPR), Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), Disability Rights California, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), Disability Rights Florida, Disability Rights Iowa, Disability Rights New Mexico, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc., National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), National Disability Institute (NDI), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), National Federation of the Blind (NFB), National Rehabilitation Association, TASH, Inc.

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Jan 29

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

NEW THIS WEEK

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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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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