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VBRA Legislative Preview for Week 12 March 18– March 22, 2024

03/18/2024 11:29 AM | Denis Bourbeau

Vermont's Legislative Preview

for Week 12

March 18– March 22, 2024

Note: Legislative Committee Agendas are updated frequently throughout each day. The latest committee schedule can be found on this link. A list of weekly hearings for all committees can be found here.


House Committee Work


Agriculture, Food Resiliency, & Forestry – will spend Wednesday morning considering a report on the Best Management Practices for the Use of Insecticide Treated Article Seeds. The rest of the week will be dedicated to the House Floor.


Appropriations – On Monday they will review the following bills: H.706, an act banning the use of neonicotinoid pesticides; H.622, an act relating to EMS; H.657, an act relating to modernizing Vermont’s taxes and fees; H.702, an act relating to legislative operations and government accountability; and, H.612, an act relating to miscellaneous cannabis amendments. Tuesday they will review the House Human Services Memo with the remaining schedule TBA.


Commerce and Economic Development – will hear from the Vermont Economic Progress Council, consider H.659, an act relating to captive insurance, receive report and program overviews on Property Records Modernization, Community Development Financial Institutions, Career Tech Ed Construction and Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund, and the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.


Corrections and Institutions – will devote most of the week to the Governor’s Capital Budget Adjustment.


Education – will devote the week to discussion of school budgets and the Education Fund.


Environment and Energy – will discuss a Right of Way proposed amendment to H.657, an act relating to the modernization of Vermont’s communications taxes and fees. They will consider S.199, an act relating to mergers and governance of communications union districts, with a possible vote on Wednesday. The remaining week is TBA.


General and Housing – is anticipating much of their week will be on the House Floor with their schedule TBA.


Government Operations and Military Affairs – will consider H.862, Town of Barre Charter, and H.869, Brandon Fire District 1 and 2 merger. The rest of the week is TBA.


Health Care – will hear an update on Act 119, Free Care, Bad Debt, and Uncompensated Care. On Wednesday the committee will take up S.109, an act relating to Medicaid coverage for doula services. They will hear about Healthcare Cybersecurity, the Age Strong Vermont Plan, discuss the psychiatric residential treatment facility, VITL and the Vermont Health Information Exchange.


Human Services – will get a walkthrough and spend the week on S.25, an act relating to regulating cosmetic and menstrual products containing PFAS substances.


Judiciary – will work on  S.190, an act relating to statements made by a child victim of an offense involving serious bodily injury, and S.278, an act relating to prohibiting a comparative negligence defense in an action for a negligence claim relating to a sexual act or sexual conduct.


Transportation – will continue work on S.309, an act relating to miscellaneous changes to DMV, motor vehicles, and vessels. They will also discuss automobile inspections and review the 2021 Vermont Speed Safety Cameras at Work Zones Report.


Ways & Means – Among the bills up for consideration this week: H.829, an act relating to creating permanent upstream eviction protections; H.687 (Act 250), an act relating to community resilience and biodiversity protection through land use; H.871, an act relating to the development of an updated State aid to school construction program; H.873, PCB testing in schools; and H.769, an act relating to establishing a baby bond trust program.


Senate Committee Work


Agriculture – will consider H.81, an act relating to fair repair of agricultural equipment.


Appropriations – TBA.


Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs – TBA. 


Education – will continue work on S.220, an act relating to Vermont’s public libraries, and S.203, an act relating to the appointment of State Board of Education members.


Finance – TBA.


Government Operations – TBA.


Health and Welfare – TBA.


Institutions – TBA.


Judiciary – will  hold a possible vote on Prop 4 – declaration of rights; government for the people; equality of rights. They will also hear testimony on H.694, an act relating to sexual exploitation. They will spend much of the week reviewing the budget lines under their jurisdiction.


Natural Resources and Energy – will take testimony on S.311, a housing bill, and S.308, an act relating to updates to land use planning.


Transportation – will take testimony on a Right of Way Usage Fee, and continue work on the FY 2025 Transportation Program.

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