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  • 02/12/2024 4:52 PM | Denis Bourbeau

    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 continue work on H.701, an act relating to banning the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and take up H.128, an act relating to removing regulatory barriers for working lands businesses.

    Appropriations – will consider H.850, an act relating to transitioning education financing to the new system for pupil weighting with a possible vote on Monday. They will review the Senate’s changes to the Budget Adjustment bill on Tuesday and then continue work on the FY 2025 budget. They will possibly vote on H.543, an act relating to Vermont’s adoption of the Social Work Licensure Compact.

    Commerce and Economic Development – will hear from the Bankers’ Association on Tuesday regarding H.121, an act relating to enhancing consumer privacy. The latest posted draft is 6.1. They will take testimony related to their jurisdictional budget sections on Tuesday, Vermont Arts and Humanities Councils and Wednesday, Better Places and Downtown Credits; Department of Tourism and Marketing; Vermont Housing. They will take up H.143, an act relating to consumer protections related to the towing and storage of vehicles on Thursday. They will review a new draft of H.121 on Friday afternoon.

    Environment and Energy – will spend much of the week on the Act 250 bill, H.687, an act relating to community resilience and biodiversity protection through land use. They will receive introductions to H.587, H.588, and H.597 related to wildlife management from sponsor, Rep. Pat Brennan.

    General and Housing will possibly vote on H.132, an act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against persons without homes. They will also consider the following bills: H.432, an act relating to establishing the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for the Institution of Chattel Slavery; H.843, an act relating to the jurisdiction of the Human Rights Commission; and H.725, an act relating to the Human Rights Commission.

    Human Services – will continue discussions around General Assistance Housing Modernization and hear from the Developmental Disabilities Housing Initiative on Thursday.

    Judiciary – will discuss access to justice on Tuesday. Wednesday, the committee will consider the detention and incarceration of women in Vermont. They will take up H.619, an act relating to creating reciprocal rights to landlord-tenant attorney’s fees and expenses on Friday.

    Transportation – will devote most of the week to the Governor’s proposed FY 2025 transportation budget. They will discuss Right-of-Way Permits, Fees on Wednesday.

    Ways & Means – TBA.

    Senate Committee Work

    Agriculture – will spend most of the week on H.81, an act relating to fair repair of agriculture equipment.

    Appropriations – TBA.

    Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs – TBA. 

    Finance – will consider the following bills: S.230, an act relating to Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplemental insurance plans; S.164, an act relating to health insurance coverage for obesity care; S.309, an act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws relative to the Department of Motor Vehicles, motor vehicles and vessels; and, a walk-through from the Chair of House Ways and Means on a “Property Tax Bill” (likely H.850, an act relating to transitioning education financing to the new system for pupil weighting).

    Government Operations – will continue work on S.55, an act relating to authorizing public bodies to meet electronically, under Vermont’s Open Meeting Law. They will spend time on S.310, an act relating to natural disaster government response, recovery and resiliency. On Thursday they will receive an overview from the Joint Fiscal Office on Financing Public Infrastructure in Vermont Municipalities. They will also continue work on S.159, an act relating to the county governance study committee and H.554, an act relating to approval of the Town of South Hero Charter.

    Health and Welfare – TBA.

    Judiciary – will consider S.150, an act relating to automobile insurance, S.58, an act relating to increasing the penalties for dispensing or sale of a regulated drug with death resulting, and S.209, an act relating to prohibiting unserialized firearms and unserialized firearms frames and receivers, and to juvenile offenses in the Criminal Division.

    Natural Resources and Energy – will possibly vote on S.213, an act relating to the regulation for wetlands, river corridor development and dam safety.

     Transportation – TBA


  • 02/09/2024 4:51 PM | Denis Bourbeau

    We’re four weeks out from town meeting week, and incredibly five weeks in, after what was a longer-than-normal legislative January due to a strange quirk in Vermont’s constitutional calendar. This means the Town Meeting Day recess is only four weeks away, so committees are in the deliberative phase of legislation, making a week such as this feel as if nothing happened. We’ll keep it very brief with some quicker updates, each taking about a minute to read.  

     

    In this week’s Update:

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  • 02/05/2024 5:04 PM | Denis Bourbeau


    House Committee Work

    Agriculture, Food Resiliency, & Forestry – will review the FY 2025 Budget and spend a lot of time on H.701, an act relating to banning the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

    Appropriations – will continue work on the FY 2025 budget; on Monday they will hear from the Creative Economy sector, and from agency leads on Tuesday and Wednesday. ACCD will be in on Wednesday morning, along with the Department of Liquor and Lottery. They will finish the week with a report from VHCB.

    Commerce and Economic Development – will devote the week to H.121, an act relating to enhancing consumer privacy. The latest posted draft is 6.1. This is a bill that has many sectors concerned, including non-profit businesses.

    Environment and Energy – will continue work on H.289, an act relating to the Renewable Energy Standard, but will spend much of the week on the Act 250 bill, H.687, an act relating to community resilience and biodiversity protection through land use.

    General and Housing – will continue work on H.132, an act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against persons without homes and H.137, an act relating to expanding the Vermont Housing Improvement Program. They will also consider: H.647, an act relating to creation of the Housing Board of Appeals; H.639, an act relating to disclosure of flood history of real property subject to sale; and H.556, an act relating to requiring mobile home park flood risk disclosure.

    Government Operations and Military Affairs – will continue work on H.549, an act relating to the siting of outdoor cannabis cultivation, and hear an introduction to H.426, an act relating to the creation of new types of cannabis establishment licenses and the provision of the cannabis excise tax revenue. There will be an introduction by Rep. Harrison (R-Chittenden) to H.525, an act relating to ordinances governing the possession of firearms in a municipal building. They will consider  a committee bill relating to the State Ethics Commission and the State Code of Ethics. Wednesday afternoon they will receive a report regarding courthouse security. The committee will also take up H.801, Town of Waterbury Charter and H.667, an act relating to the creation of the Vermont Ireland Trade Commission. They will hold a discussion on Thursday regarding the laws governing alcoholic beverages.

    Health Care – will consider audio-only telehealth services and review new health insurance mandates. They will review prior legislation and an Act 131 report regarding H.233, an act relating to pharmacy benefit management and Medicaid wholesale drug distribution. The rest of the week will be dedicated to review of sections of the FY 2025 Budget.

    Human Services – will continue discussions around General Assistance Housing Modernization. There will be a joint hearing on Wednesday morning with the House Committee on Education to discuss Afterschool Funding. For the remainder of the week the committee will hear from various community partner non-profit organizations regarding their budget needs.

    Transportation – will devote most of the week to the Governor’s proposed FY 2025 budget. They will continue work on  H.693, an act relating to 2024 transportation initiatives to improve infrastructure, increase resiliency, and reduce carbon emissions.

    Ways & Means – Tuesday will begin with more conversations around education spending. H.657, an act relating to the modernization of Vermont’s communications taxes and fees will be considered on Wednesday. They will begin discussion on H.586, an act relating to flood protection and climate resilience infrastructure and financing, and will review their amendment to S.18, an act relating to banning flavored tobacco products and e-liquids. Work on the Miscellaneous Tax Bill begins on Thursday along with H.629, an act relating to changes to property tax abatement and tax sales. They will also consider H.608, an act relating to a nonresidential property tax surcharge.

     

    Senate Committee Work

     

    Agriculture – will discuss various state food programs and on Friday they will discuss animal control related to loose livestock. The committee will discuss viticulture and grape growing in Vermont with the Vermont Grape and Wine Council. They will hold a brief hearing on PFAS on Friday.

    Appropriations – will spend the week working on the Budget Adjustment Act.

    Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs – will spend the entire week on the BE Home Bill. 

    Health and Welfare – will hear from Vermont Afterschool on Tuesday. The week will include discussions on: S.197, an act relating to the procurement and distribution of products containing PFAS and monitoring adverse health conditions attributed to PFAS; S.173, an act relating to the collection, sharing, and selling of consumer health data; and S.98, an act relating to GMCB authority over prescription drug costs.

    Judiciary – will continue their work on S.209, an act relating to prohibiting unserialized firearms and unserialized firearms frames and receivers and to juvenile offenses in the Criminal Division. They will also take testimony on Prop 1 and S.58, an act relating to increasing the penalties for trafficking and dispensing or sale of a regulated drug with death resulting.

    Natural Resources and Energy – will hold hearings on the following bills: S.213, an act relating to the regulation for wetlands, river corridor development and dam safety; and S.294, an act relating to minimum timeframes to act on applications related to the development of housing.

    Transportation – will discuss Right of Way for telecom and power and review the DMV miscellaneous bill. They will hold various hearings related to rail and EV transportation.



  • 02/02/2024 5:03 PM | Denis Bourbeau

    This week saw more agita and acrimony around the now-worsening education funding crisis, which could drive a 20.59% increase in property taxes. 

    • We are going to warn you this is a very tax-heavy update, however;
    • We have a 10,000-foot overview of the issues of housing, public safety, and affordability, which you can read in less than 3-minutes. 

    Also in this week’s Update:

    View this week's report


  • 01/29/2024 3:36 PM | Denis Bourbeau

    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 get an introduction to H.673, an act relating to Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy on Tuesday. They will hear from the Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain’s future and continue work on H.550, an act relating to expanding eligibility under the local foods grant program.

    Appropriations – will continue work on the FY 2025 budget, hearing from the Agency of Agriculture, Natural Resources Board, Vermont Veterans’ Home, Agency of Human Services, Department of Vermont Health Access, Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. Department of Health, Department for Children and Families, Agency of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, Vermont Commission on Women, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Green Mountain Care Board, Department of Libraries, University of Vermont, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Agency of Natural Resources, and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

    Commerce and Economic Development – will continue work on H.666, an act relating to escrow deposit bonds and S.30, an act relating to creating a Sister State Program, possibly voting that bill out of committee on Wednesday. They will hear from the Regional Planning Corporations regarding the Municipal Technical Assistance Program and see a new draft of H.769, an act relating to establishing a baby bond trust program. The committee will devote Thursday and Friday to considering the newest draft of H.121, an act relating to enhancing consumer privacy .

    Corrections and Institutions – will devote most of the week to the Governor’s Capital Budget Adjustment. On Friday they will consider H.690, an act relating to establishing community restitution as a sentencing alternative.

    Education – will participate in a joint Education Funding hearing with House Ways and Means on Tuesday. There will be a committee discussion regarding bonding capacity on Wednesday and they will consider PCB testing in schools and get the School Construction Report on Thursday. On Friday they will learn about the independent school approval and quality assurance process.

    Environment and Energy – will continue work on H.289, an act relating to the Renewable Energy Standard, but will spend much of the week on the Act 250 bill, H.687, an act relating to community resilience and biodiversity protection through land use. On Wednesday they will receive updates on broadband build-out as it relates to H.755, an act relating to mergers and governance of communications union districts.

    General and Housing – will continue work on H.751, an act relating to expanding equal pay protections and H.132, an act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against persons without homes. The committee will also consider H.829, an act relating to creating permanent upstream eviction protections and enhancing housing stability. Wednesday morning will be dedicated to H.137, an act relating to expanding the Vermont Housing Improvement Program.

    Ways & Means – TBA.

     

    Senate Committee Work

    Agriculture – will discuss various state food programs, and on Friday they will continue work on PFAS, considering Sections 5 and 6 of S.197.

    Appropriations – will spend the week on the Budget Adjustment Act.

    Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs – TBA. 

    Education – will hold a committee discussion on S.220, an act relating to Vermont’s public libraries, with a number of literacy related discussions following this hearing. Thursday they will discuss S.207, an act relating to revising the funding for and governance of career technical education. On Friday the committee will receive more testimony on S.284, an act relating to the use of electronic devices and digital and online products in schools.

    Finance – On Tuesday the committee will discuss the Wealth Tax and S.180, an act relating to the investment of state funds in credit unions. The rest of the week is reserved for committee discussion.

    Government Operations – On Tuesday, the committee has slated two hours to review, mark up, take testimony and possibly vote on a yet unreleased bill on the government response to flood recovery, an unusually short turnaround time for such a significant issue. They will do a walk-through of S.96, an act relating to privatization contracts and S.55, an act relating to authorizing public bodies to meet electronically, under Vermont’s Open Meeting Law. They will continue work on S.159, an act relating to the county governance study committee and S.242, an act relating to the maintenance of properties for the health and safety of the public.

    Health and Welfare – will continue work on the following bills: S.192, an act relating to forensic facility admissions criteria and processes; S.98, an act relating to the Green Mountain Care Board authority over prescription drug costs; S.197, an act relating to the procurement and distribution of products containing PFAS and monitoring adverse health conditions attributed to PFAS; S.151, an act relating to pay parity and transparency in health care; and S.173, an act relating to the collection, sharing, and selling of consumer health data. They will also hold a hearing regarding the Blueprint Expansion Pilot Update.

    Natural Resources and Energy – will hold hearings on the following bills: S.213, an act relating to the regulation for wetlands, river corridor development and dam safety; H.286, an act relating to the regulation of accessory on-farm businesses; and H.599, an act relating to retroactively reinstating 10, VSA 6081. The rest of the week is TBA.


  • 01/26/2024 3:32 PM | Denis Bourbeau

    This week is a pivotal week in the legislative session, as the House concludes its work on amending the previous year’s budget and the Governor proposes his budget for the coming year.

    • Legislators now have a framework for the budget, even if they do not agree with all of it. The typical session is 17 or 18 weeks, and when the budget is done, the session is too, so the stopwatch on all legislation starts now.
    • We’re not quite a quarter of the way in, and the next pivotal time comes at crossover, typically six weeks from now, when legislators need to have bills out of the committee of jurisdiction, or they’re done for the year.
    • So, lines are drawn, the course is set – on your mark, get set, go.

    This week, we have a 10,000-foot view of the session’s top three issues, public safety, housing, and affordability, that you’ll want to read (4 to 5 minutes), if nothing else. Click here to read more.

     

    In this week’s Update:

    View this week's report


  • 01/22/2024 4:40 PM | Denis Bourbeau

    Vermont's Legislative Preview for Week 4

    January 22  January 26, 2024

    There will be a Joint Assembly to hear the Governor’s Budget Message, Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at 1:00 P.M. The assembly will be livestreamed.

    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 continue their work on H.603, an act relating to poultry slaughter inspection and H.550, an act expanding eligibility under the local foods grant program.

    Appropriations – may vote the Budget Adjustment Act out of their committee on Monday. They will receive a walk-through of the Governor’s budget on Wednesday with the rest of the week’s work yet to be announced.

    Commerce and Economic Development – On Tuesday the committee will hear from the Vermont Production Collective and receive a Better Places Report. They will also receive a new draft of S.30, an act relating to creating a Sister State Program. On Wednesday they will take up H.707, an act relating to revising the delivery and governance of the Vermont workforce system, and hear from nonprofits on Nonprofit Advocacy Day. On Thursday the committee will once again take up H.121, an act relating to enhancing consumer privacy, receiving a walk-through of a new draft. The committee will possibly vote on H.666, an act relating to escrow deposit bonds.

    Education – will receive walk-throughs of the following: H.739, an act relating to raising awareness of military-related postsecondary opportunities; H.763, an act relating to the creation of the Youth Participatory Action Research Project; H.682, an act relating to the education equity team pilot project; H.717, an act relating to supports to help students experiencing homelessness and students exiting the foster care system; H.630, an act relating to boards of cooperative education services; H.807, an act relating to a school library material selection; H.716, an act relating to career and technical education. In between these discussions there will be a hearing on School Construction on Wednesday afternoon.

    Environment and Energy – will receive introductions to the following bills: H.652, an act relating to updates to the HOME act; H.673, an act relating to Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy; H.715, an act relating climate change resilience under Act 250; H.719, an act relating to housing development and unit rehabilitation; H.760; an act relating to Act 250 transparency; and H.289, an act relating to the Renewable Energy Standard. They will continue work on H.687, an act relating to community resilience and biodiversity protection through land use—i.e. the committee’s Act 250 bill.

    General and Housing – will receive a walk-through of H.751, an act relating to expanding equal pay protections and possibly vote on H.363, an act relating to prohibiting discrimination based on certain hair types and styles. They will continue work on H.132, an act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against persons without homes. The committee will also consider S.102, an act relating to expanding employment protections and collective bargaining rights.

    Transportation – will devote the week to the Governor’s proposed FY2025 budget.

    Ways & Means – will hold a revenue discussion on Tuesday following the Governor’s budget address. There will be a hearing on H.629, an act relating to changes to property tax abatement and sales tax on Wednesday. On Thursday there will be a potential vote on S.160, an act relating to state education property taxes and flood-related damage that passed the Senate last week. They will also receive an overview of long-term funding options for the Vermont universal services fund and discuss H.657, an act relating to the modernization of Vermont’s communications taxes and fees. Thursday afternoon the committee will hold a joint hearing with Senate Finance, House and Senate Education to discuss Education Finance as it relates to the current 5% spending cap issue. They will close out the week with a discussion on corporate taxes.

    Senate Committee Work

    Agriculture – will discuss various state food programs and on Friday they will hold a joint hearing with Senate Health and Welfare regarding S.197, an act relating to PFAS.

    Appropriations – will spend the week on the Budget Adjustment Act.

    Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs – TBA. 

    Education – will receive a walk-through of S.202, an act relating to the approval of independent schools and S.207, an act relating to revising the funding for and governance of career technical education. On Friday the committee will receive a walk-through of S.284, an act relating to the use of electronic devices and digital and online products in schools.

    Finance – On Wednesday the committee will receive testimony on S.181, an act relating to the community media public benefit fund; S.236, an act relating to amending the criteria for Act 248; and S.164, an act relating to the health insurance coverage for obesity care.

    Government Operations – will take testimony on S.55, an act relating to authorizing public bodies to meet electronically under Vermont’s open meeting law. They will receive introductions to the following: S.255, an act relating to equity and public access at the PUC; S.96, an act relating to privatization contracts; S.161, an act relating to the meeting of presidential electors; and, S.159, an act relating to the county governance study committee.

    Natural Resources – will hold a joint meeting with Senate Economic Development on Wednesday and will hear from ISO New England on Thursday.


  • 01/19/2024 4:38 PM | Denis Bourbeau

    It’s week three, and things are hitting their stride. This week’s update is primarily focused on the three buckets that were identified in the Governor’s State of the State address: housing, public safety, and affordability (state budgeting). Despite a wealth of content this week, we think we’ve maintained brevity without compromising clarity, just as we’ve done in our recent updates, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.

     

    In this week’s Update:

    View this week's report


  • 01/15/2024 11:58 AM | Denis Bourbeau

    Vermont's Legislative Preview for Week 3

    January 15  January 19, 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 continue their work on H.603, an act relating to poultry slaughter inspection, and H.614, an act relating to land improvement fraud and timber trespass. They will also discuss H.550, an act expanding eligibility under the local foods grant program..

     

    Appropriations – will spend the week working on the Budget Adjustment Act. On Thursday the committee will attend a joint hearing regarding the Emergency Board Consensus Revenue Forecast.

     

    Commerce and Economic Development – On Tuesday the committee will receive a walk-through of H.527, an act relating to requiring retail businesses to accept cash. They will take testimony on S.30, an act relating to creating a Sister State Program. They will hear updates from Advance Vermont, Workforce Investment System, Serve, Learn and Earn, Regional Development Corporations, and the Regional Planning Commissions.

     

    Corrections and Institutions – will hold discussions of bills in their committee and receive a walk-through of H.645, an act relating to the expansion of approaches to restorative justice. On Wednesday they will hear about White River Junction Court House renovations.

     

    Education – will receive a status update regarding the PCB testing program and hold a committee discussion on H.716, an act relating to career and technical education. They will hold hearings on mental health conditions in schools as well.

     

    Environment and Energy – will receive walk-throughs on the following bills: H.687, an act relating to community resilience and biodiversity protection through land use; H.549, an act relating to the siting of outdoor cannabis cultivation; H.568, an act relating to the municipal planning and resilience grant program; H.586, an act relating to the flood protection and climate resilience infrastructure financing; and H.812, an act relating to threatened and endangered species. They will spend time on the Renewable Energy Standard and look at a new reform bill draft, review off-session land use reports from Regional Planning Commissions, and review a report on the state’s Designation Programs from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

     

    General and Housing – will walk-through the following bills: H.686, an act relating to measuring progress toward statewide and regional housing targets; H.647, an act relating to creating the Housing Board of Appeals; H.713, an act relating to establishing a 32-hour workweek; H.704, an act relating to disclosure of compensation in job advertisements; H.684, an act relating to creating a rental housing registry; H.675, an act relating to issuing grants for permanent supportive housing; H.756, an act relating to short-term rental occupancy requirements; H.449, an act relating to creating a short-term housing registry; H.132, an act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights; H.764, an act relating to a study on employer-provided housing; and, H.751, an act relating to expanding equal pay protections.

     

    Government Operations and Military Affairs – will consider an act relating to the State Ethics Commission and the State Code of Ethics and an act relating to creating a uniform Municipal Code of Ethics. They will continue testimony on H.140, an act relating to requirements for state-funded grants and contracts on Wednesday. They will close the week with a review of the Emergency Medical Services Task Force Report.

     

    Health Care – will hold a hearing on H.721, an act relating to expanding access to Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur followed by a walk-through and continued hearings on H.766, an act relating to prior authorization and step therapy requirements, health insurance claims, provider contracts and collection of cost sharing amounts.

     

    Human Services – will devote the week to S.18, an act relating to banning flavored tobacco products and e-liquids.

     

    Judiciary – will continue discussion of H.534, an act relating to retail theft. They will also receive testimony pertaining to H.645, an act relating to the expansion of approaches to restorative justice.

     

    Transportation – will review H.479, an act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to acts related to transportation, and S.99, an act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles. They will hear various reports pertaining to public transit on Wednesday.

     

    Ways & Means – will continue taking testimony on H.629, an act relating to changes to property tax abatement and tax sales. They will get an update on H.543, an act relating to Vermont’s adoption of the Social Work Licensure Compact. The committee will receive introductions to H.530, an act relating to increasing the property tax credit house site value exclusion, and H.593, an act relating to a tax credit for emergency responders. They will hold a Joint hearing with House Appropriations, Senate Appropriations and Senate Finance to discuss the Emergency Board Consensus Revenue Forecast, and they will hold a discussion Friday afternoon on the Corporate Tax.

     

    Senate Committee Work

     

    Agriculture – will receive an update on the Cannabis Control Board Report on Wednesday. They will hear an overview of H.81, an act relating to the fair repair of agricultural equipment on Wednesday. Compost, a Foodbank update and Land Conservation hearings will round out their week.

     Appropriations – will spend the week working on the Budget Adjustment Act.

     Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs – will devote most of the week to housing discussions, and continue to take testimony on flood recovery and public safety. 

    Government Operations – will continue their work on Proposition 1 – Elections; sheriffs; qualifications. They will hold a hearing on the government’s response to flood recovery on Tuesday. On Wednesday they will continue work on S.55, an act relating to authorizing public bodies to meet electronically under Vermont’s Open Meeting Law.

     Judiciary – will hold a joint hearing on Wednesday pertaining to public safety. On Thursday the committee will receive a walk-through of S.209, an act relating to prohibiting unserialized firearms and unserialized firearm frames and receivers – also known as ghost guns.

     Natural Resources – will receive walk-throughs of the following bills: S.218, an act relating to the staffing of the Dam Safety Division; S.219, an act relating to municipal regulation of private airstrips; S.227, an act relating to the siting of transit; S.232, an act relating to revoking Vermont’s use of California’s Clean Air Act waiver; and, S.213, an act relating to the regulation of wetlands, river corridor development, and dam safety.


  • 01/12/2024 11:56 AM | Denis Bourbeau

    The Legislature’s second week was marked by some action on two of the three key issues we highlighted in last week’s update: housing and public safety. 

    • We got our first look at tri-partisan legislation on housing with good momentum and
    • The House and Senate Committee on Judiciary tackled philosophical elements of penalties, deterrence, timeliness, and the integration of orthodox versus novel justice systems, all while the House passed the legal framework for Safe Injections Sites. 

     

    Jump into what is in this week's update:

     

    View this week's report

     

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