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General Assembly

Standing Committee Meetings

Week of February 19, 2017 - February 25, 2017

House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

 

AGENDA

 

Room 31

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 1:30 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          Floor Convenes

 

11:00 AM          Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

David Zuckerman, Lieutenant Governor

 

11:45 AM          H. 76 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

Rep. Ronald E. Hubert, House Committee On Government Operations

 

12:00 PM          Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:00 PM          H. 233 - An act relating to protecting working forests and habitat

Introduction of bill

Rep. Amy Sheldon, East Middlebury

 

2:30 PM          Regenerative Agriculture

Seth Itzkan, Co-founder and Co-director, Soil4Climate

Karl Thidemann, Co-founder and Co-director, Soil4Climate

Keith Morris, Founder, Prospect Rock Permaculture

Emily Liss, constituent

 

3:30 PM          17-0457 - An act relating to health requirements for animals used in agriculture

Marie Horbar, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

Shelley Mehlenbacher, Assistant State Veterinarian, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          17-0560 - An act relating to municipal land use regulation of accessory on-farm businesses

 

 

Adam Lougee, Director, Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Ron Rodjenski, Town Administrator, Hyde Park

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VT League of Cities and Towns

Brandy Saxton, Vermont Planners Association

Rod Francis, Vermont Planners Association

Kate McCarthy, Sustainable Communities Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Stephanie Smith, Chief Policy Enforcement Officer, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

10:30 AM          Break

 

 

10:45 AM          Vermont Farm Bureau

Introduction of farmer members

 

Joseph Tisbert, President, Vermont Farm Bureau

Anna Jo Smith, Addison County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Kaleigh Hammel, Washington County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Michelle Poulin, Poulin And Daughters Farm, Randolph, Vermont Farm Bureau

Clara Ayer, Washington County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Chianon Hill, Addison County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Justin Poulin, Poulin And Daughters Farm, Randolph, Vermont Farm Bureau

Nicolina Norman, Rutland County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Peter Briggs, Addison County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Ray Duquette, Rutland County, Vermont Farm Bureau

 

11:00 AM          17-0457 - An act relating to health requirements for animals used in agriculture

Kent Henderson, Northwest Veterinary Associates, Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

 

11:45 AM          Beef Council

Rep. Daniel Connor, Fairfield

 

1:00 PM          Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor          H. 76 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

 

Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Katherine McNamara, Assistant Director, Food Safety Consumer Protection

Randy Quenneville, Section Chief, Meat Inspection Section, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          Introduction

Vermont Farm Fresh

Meghan Sheradin, Executive Director, Vermont Fresh Network

 

9:30 AM          Introductions

Vermont Fair Association

Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Fair Association

Tim Shea, General Manager, Champlain Valley Exposition

Anne Mullings, Lamoille Field Days

Jason Sicard, Orleans County Fair

Donna Camber, Caledonia County Fair

Alan Howe, Tunbridge Fair

Diane Norris, Vice President, Addison County Fair and Fielddays

Bob Allen, President, Vermont Fairs & Field Days Association

 

10:15 AM          Break

 

10:30 AM          Local Food

Food Hubs

Greg Cox, President, Board of Directors, Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, Vermont

 

1:00 PM          Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor          Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

AAFM Budget

Marcey Hodgdon, Business Manager, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

2:30 PM          17-0560 - An act relating to municipal land use regulation of accessory on-farm businesses

Sam Smith, Farm Business Specialist, Intervale Center

Stephanie Smith, Chief Policy Enforcement Officer, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:30 AM          Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor          H. 218 - An act relating to the adequate shelter of dogs and cats

Shelley Mehlenbacher, Assistant State Veterinarian, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Mary McFaun, Federation of Dog Clubs

Barry Londeree, Vermont State Director, United States Humane Society

Kathy Finnie, Executive Director, Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

Red Goodman, Board Member, Vermont Mushers Organization - Phone

Andrea McMahan, Ripanco Kennels

Jane Jackson, Bookends Farm - Phone

 

11:00 AM          17-1184 - An act relating to miscellaneous agriculture subjects

committee discussion and vote

 

11:30 AM          H. 219 - An act relating to the Vermont spaying and neutering program

Kathy Finnie, Executive Director, Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman at 802-828-2233 or lleehman@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 


House Committee on Appropriations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 42

February 20, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/23/2017 1:20 PM

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

10:00 AM          No Committee Meeting

State Holiday -- Offices are Closed

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:30 AM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Protection to Persons & Property

Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office

Matt Riven, Chief of Finance and Administration, Vermont Judiciary

 

11:30 AM          Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM          Recess for Break

 

2:15 PM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Commerce & Community Development

Michael Schirling, Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development

Katie Buckley, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development

Steven Cook, Commissioner, Department of Tourism & Marketing

Mary Nowlan, Editor, Vermont Life Magazine

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:30 AM          Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM          Recess for Break

 

1:15 PM          Committee Discussion

 

3:00 PM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

General Education

Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education

Bill Talbott, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8:30 AM          Committee Discussion

 

11:45 AM          Vermont Fairs Association

Informal Visitors

 

12:00 PM          Recess for Break

 

1:15 PM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Transportation

Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

2:15 PM          Committee Discussion

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

8:30 AM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

General Education

Bill Talbott, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education

 

9:30 AM          Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM          Recess for Break

 

1:15 PM          Committee Discussion

 

3:00 PM          Adjourn

 

 


House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

 

AGENDA

 

Room 35

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/23/2017 4:42 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:00 AM          FY2018 State Budget Review Sections

Sec. B.1101 and (b)

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development

Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Commerce and Community Development

 

10:00 AM          House Floor

 

11:00 AM          FY2018 State Budget Review Sections

Sec. B.1101 and (b) continued

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development

Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Commerce and Community Development

 

12:00 PM          Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM          FY2018 State Budget Review Sections

Sec. D.101

Lindsay Kurrle, Commissioner, Department of Labor

Chad Wawrzyniak, Fiscal Director, Department of Labor

Michele Kupersmith, Workforce, Education and Training Coordinator, Department of Labor

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          FY2018 State Budget Review Sections

Sec. E.602

Patricia Coates, Director of Government and External Affairs, Vermont State Colleges

 

10:00 AM          ABLE Launch

Cedar Creek Room

 

11:00 AM          Workforce Development

Robert Travers, Director, Center for Technology, Essex

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Floor

 

After the Floor          FY2018 State Budget Review Sections

Sec. E 517

Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education

Bill Talbott, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education

Kathy Flanagan, Finance Director, Agency of Education

 

3:30 PM          Business Consulting in Vermont

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          H. 182 - An act relating to certain businesses regulated by the Department of Financial Regulation

Discussion and vote

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Steve Knudson, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation

 

9:30 AM          National Guard Scholarship Program

Maj. Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard

Ken Gragg, Financial Director, Military Department

 

10:00 AM          Independent Contractor Court Cases

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Vermont Department of Labor

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Floor

 

After the Floor          Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston

Director-General Lai

 

3:00 PM          Workforce Development

Doug Hoffer, State Auditor

 

3:30 PM          Workforce Development

Susan Zeller, Chief Performance Officer, Agency of Administration

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00 AM          Committee Discussion

 

9:30 AM          House Floor

 

After Floor          Business Consulting in Vermont

Linda Rossi, State Director

Joseph Fusco, Casella Waste Systems

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          H.119, H.223, H.323

Walk-through

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Liz Raddock at 802-828-2255 or lraddock@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring three hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 


House Committee on Corrections and Institutions

 

AGENDA

 

Room 33

February 20, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/21/2017 5:01 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          House Floor

 

10:30 AM          Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 General Fund State Budget

Overview and Current Status of IT projects: Integrated Eligibility, ERP, Case Management Judiciary

Dan Smith, Consultant, Joint Fiscal Office

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer

 

11:15 AM          Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 General Fund State Budget

Sec. E.335 Electronic Monitoring

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Matt D'Agostino, Financial Officer, Department of Corrections

Matthew Nault, Operational Manager, Corrections Field Services, Department of Corrections

Sebastian Arduengo, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:30 PM          Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 General Fund State Budget

Case Management

 

Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office

Jeff Loewer, Chief Information Officer, Vermont Judiciary

Dan Smith, Consultant, Joint Fiscal Office

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer

 

3:00 PM          Provisions in the Governor's Proposed FY 2018 General Fund State Budget

Statewide ERP System

Brad Ferland, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Administration

Dan Smith, Consultant, Joint Fiscal Office

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer

 

3:30 PM          Act 137

Reveiw Inmate Files

Helena Gardner, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

8:30 AM          Discussion on Home Confinement and Home Detention

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council

Sebastian Arduengo, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:30 AM          Workforce Training and Technical Education

Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors

Mark Peloquin, Legislative Chair, Associated General Contractors

 

10:00 AM          Act 137

Review Inmate Files

Helena Gardner, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM          Dept. of Corrections Facilties

Woodside

Secure Residential

Windsor

 

Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services

Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

 

1:00 PM          House Floor

 

2:00 PM          Bill Review

H.150

Dean George, Chair, Vermont Parole Board

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

 

3:00 PM          Provisions in the Governor's Proposed FY 2018 General Fund State Budget

Integrated Eligibility

 

John Stern, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Agency of Human Services

Dan Smith, Consultant, Joint Fiscal Office

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8:30 AM          Capital Bill FY 18 and 19

Agricultural Fair Capital Projects

 

Lauren Masseria, Domestic Export Coordinator, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Marcey hodgon, Finance Director, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Chelsea Lewis, Business Development Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

9:30 AM          Capital Bill FY 18 and 19

Cultural Facilities Grants

Alex Aldrich, Executive Director, Vermont Arts Council

 

10:00 AM          H. 291 - An act relating to prohibiting State contracts with for-profit correctional facilities

Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Chittenden-6-6

 

10:30 AM          H. 245 - An act relating to residential treatment units within the Department of Corrections

Rep. Tommy Walz, sponsor of bill

 

11:00 AM          911 Compliance

Barb Neal, Executive Director, Enhanced 9-1-1 Board

 

11:30 AM          VT Fairs and Field Days Association

Jackie Folsom, Washington County, Farm Bureau

 

1:00 PM          House Floor

 

2:00 PM          Capital Bill FY 18 and 19

Agency of Agriculture, Produce Safety Infrastructure Improvement Program

 

Abbey Willard, Food Systems Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

3:00 PM          TBD

 

 

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

8:30 AM          Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 General Fund State Budget

Discussion on Potential Cost Savings from the Closure of the Southeast State Correctional Facility

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:30 AM          House Floor

 

10:30 AM          H. 272 - An act relating to segregation of inmates requiring treatment

Rep. Alice M. Emmons, Springfield

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

 

1:00 PM          Capital Bill FY 18 and 19

133 State St

111 State St

109 State St

Sandra Vitzthum, Project Manager II, Department of Buildings & General Services

Jennifer Fitch, Principal Assistant, Department of Buildings & General Services

Michael Kuhn, Project Manager, Department of Buildings & General Services

Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Rebecca Baruzzi at 802-828-2259 or rbaruzzi@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Education

 

AGENDA

 

Room 32

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 1:14 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          FLOOR

 

After the floor          Career and Technical Education

     Students from Green Mountain Technology and Career Center

 

11:00 AM          Community High School of Vermont

Troy McAllister, Acting Head of School, Department of Corrections

 

12:00 PM          Progressive and Republican Caucuses

 

1:15 PM          Democratic Caucus

 

2:30 PM          Agency of Education

     FY2018 Agency Budget

 

William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education

 

3:30 PM          17-0795 - An act relating to prekindergarten education

Robin Stromgren, Bennington Regional Coordinator, Building Bright Futures - Phone

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          17-1125 - An act relating to career technical education

Robert Travers, Director, Center for Technology, Essex

 

9:30 AM          Community High School of Vermont

Troy McAllister, Acting Head of School, Department of Corrections

Dana Lesperance, Assistant Head of School, Department of Corrections

Kim Bushey, Program Services Director, Department of Corrections

 

10:00 AM          Special Education

Katie McCann, Teacher, Union-32 High School

Dianne Clouet, Teacher, Brattleboro Union High School

Anne Koplinka-Loehr, Teacher, Brattleboro Union High School

Patrick Gordon, Teacher, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

Lillian Dean, Teacher, Burlington School District

 

11:00 AM          S. 87 - An act relating to sexual exploitation of students

Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

After the floor          17-1124 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

Patricia Komline, Vermont Independent Schools Association

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards' Association

 

2:30 PM          17-1124 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

     Including an overview of the dual enrollment program

 

Yasmine Ziesler, Chief Academic and Academic Technology Officer, Vermont State Colleges

Natalie Searle, Director of Secondary Education Initiatives, Community College of Vermont

 

3:30 PM          17-0795 - An act relating to prekindergarten education

Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children & Families

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          17-1125 - An act relating to career technical education

Jay Ramsey, Director, Career and Technical Education, Agency of Education

Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education

 

10:00 AM          Special Education

Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

 

11:00 AM          Career and Technical Education

     Cold Hollow Career Center students:  Jessie Paron, Hunter Boylan-Robinson, Abby Fadden, Deanna McAllister, Alexys Tipper, Allison Parent

 

Sarah Jo Willey, Business Instructor, Cold Hollow Career Center

Nathan Demar, Director, Cold Hollow Career Center

 

12:00 PM          Vermont Business Roundtable

     Meeting at the Capitol Plaza

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

After the floor          17-1124 - An act relating to making miscellaneous changes to education law

Jeffrey Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

 

2:30 PM          17-0795 - An act relating to prekindergarten education

Rob Reade, Prekindergarten Director, Samuel Morey Elementary School

 

3:00 PM          Act 46

Jay Denault, Former School Board Chair, Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union

 

3:30 PM          Act 46

     Alternative structures

 

Donna Russo-Savage, Principal Assistant, School Governance, Agency of Education

 

4:00 PM          Association of Independent Colleges

     Cedar Creek Room

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:30 AM          FLOOR

 

After the floor          Career and Technical Education

Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors

 

10:30 AM          17-1178 - An act relating to prekindergarten education and child development programs

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM          Agency of Education

     FY2018 Agency Budget

 

William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education

 

1:15 PM          Education Finance

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 20 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Marjorie Zunder at 802-828-2258 or mzunder@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Energy and Technology

 

AGENDA

 

Room 41

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 1:18 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          House Convenes

 

11:00 AM          Renewable Energy Goals

Energy Storage

Jay Bellows, CEO, Northern Reliability

Charlie Van Winkle, Chief Operations Officer, Northern Reliability

Gregg Noble, Director of Sales, Northern Reliability

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

12:15 PM          Progressive and Republican Caucuses

 

1:15 PM          Democratic Caucus

 

2:00 PM          Review of DII FY18 Budget for Appropriations

Invited

John Quinn, Chief Innovation Officer, Governor's Office

Darwin Thompson, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation

James Nash, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Department of Information & Innovation

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:30 AM          ACT 174 Planning Funds

Peter Gregory, Executive Director, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

Thomas Kennedy, Executive Director, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

Chris Campany, Executive Director, Windham Regional Commission

Dan Potter, Energy Policy and Program Analyst, Department of Public Service

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Convenes

 

2:00 PM          Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 General Fund State Budget

Judiciary Case Management System

Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office

Jeff Loewer, Chief Information Officer, Vermont Judiciary

Matt Riven, Chief of Finance and Administration, Vermont Judiciary

 

3:00 PM          Review of DII FY18 Budget for Appropriations

John Quinn, Chief Innovation Officer, Governor's Office

Darwin Thompson, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation

James Nash, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Department of Information & Innovation

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

10:00 AM          Provisions in the Governor's Proposed FY 2018 General Fund State Budget

Statewide ERP System

Brad Ferland, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Administration

 

10:30 AM          H. 50 - An act relating to extending the current expiration date of the telecommunications siting law

Committee Discussion

Aaron Adler, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department

Karen Horn, Director Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Charles Storrow, Partner, Leonine Public Affairs

Jeanne Kennedy, Lobbyist, Enterprise Holdings

Warren Coleman, General Counsel, MMRVT

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Convenes

 

15 min after Floor          Provisions to Governor's Proposed FY 2018 General Fund State Budget

Overview and Current Status of IT Projects - ERP and Judiciary Case Management

Dan Smith, Consultant, Joint Fiscal Office

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

8:30 AM          Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Pleasant Valley Farm

Bill Rowell, Board Member and Green Mountain Dairy Farm owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Richard Hall, Board member and Fairmont Farm Owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Brian Carpenter, Board Member and Champlain Valley Equipment, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Margaret Gladestone, Board Member and Newmont Farm, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

 

9:30 AM          House Convenes

 

15 Min after Floor          Vermont Health Connect

DII Oversight

Darwin Thompson, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation

Martha Haley, Enterprise Project Management Office Director, Dept. of Innovation and Information

Tim Holland, Project Manager

Dan Smith, Consultant, Joint Fiscal Office

Tom Mulhall,  Enterprise Architect, Department of Information & Innovation

Darin Prail, Chief Information Officer, Agency of Human Services

John Stern, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Agency of Human Services

 

1:00 PM          H. 50 - An act relating to extending the current expiration date of the telecommunications siting law

Possible Amendment

Aaron Adler, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Charles Storrow, Partner, Leonine Public Affairs

Jeanne Kennedy, Lobbyist, Enterprise Holdings

Karen Horn, Director Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Faith Brown at 802-828-2263 or fbrown@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs

 

AGENDA

 

Room 44

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/23/2017 9:52 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          House Floor

 

15  min. after Floor          H. 109 - An act relating to portable employment benefits and contingent workers

Introduction and Walk-through

Rep. William Botzow, Sponsor

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-          H. 196 - An act relating to paid family leave

Walk-through

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM          Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM          H. 302 - An act relating to increasing the minimum wage

Introduction and Walk-through

 

Rep. Francis McFaun, Sponsor

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-          H. 313 - An act relating to increasing the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage

Walk-through

 

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-          H. 93 - An act relating to increasing the minimum wage

Marissa Parisi, Executive Director, Hunger Free Vermont

Sean Ward, Co-owner, Coffee Corner Restaurant - Phone

 

5:00 PM          Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

10:15 AM          H. 163 - An act relating to promoting workforce housing

Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Kenn Sassorossi, Vice President, Housing Vermont

 

-          H. 181 - An act relating to promoting safe, sustainable, and affordable housing

Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Kenn Sassorossi, Vice President, Housing Vermont

Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Floor

 

15 min. after Floor          S. 60 - An act relating to the repeal of 21 V.S.A. § 6

Sen. Alison Clarkson, Reporter

Sorsha Anderson, Staff Associate, Office of Legislative Council

 

-          H. 89 - An act relating to the service of alcoholic beverages by theaters

Rep. Mary A. Morrissey, Sponsor

Tucker Anderson, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

 

-          H. 165 - An act relating to the repeal of the crime of obtaining maps while at war

Rep. Janssen Willhoit, Sponsor

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          H. 136 - An act relating to accommodations for pregnant employees

Ethan Allen

Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women

Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General

Andrea Johnson, Equal Justice Works Fellow, National Women’s Law Center - Skype

Erin Sigrist, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

Abigail Rogers, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Northeast Region, March of Dimes

Dan Barlow, Policy Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Roxanne Vought, Intern Program and Special Projects Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility - Phone

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Floor

 

15 min. after Floor          H. 194 - An act relating to priority housing projects under 10 V.S.A. chapter 151 (Act 250)

Committee will be considering multiple aspects of several housing bills.

Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

 

-          Budget Review

Committee Discussion of Appropriation Memos.

 

4:00 PM          Adjourn

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:30 AM          House Floor

 

15 min. after Floor          Committee

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          Committee

 

3:00 PM          Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring two hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

For the health and consideration of members of the committee and others, please use unscented body and cosmetic products and refrain from using perfume, or cologne.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Ron Wild at 802-828-3559 or rwild@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Government Operations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 49

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 2:51 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:30 AM          H. 231 - An act relating to authorizing municipalities to prohibit through traffic by heavy vehicles

Rep. Peter J. Fagan

Rep. Lawrence Cupoli

 

10:00 AM          FLOOR

 

11:00 AM          Committee Discussion & Organization

 

12:00 PM          Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM          Committee Discussion and Planning

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

10:00 AM          Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

2:00 PM          Committee Discussion

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          H. 111 - An act relating to vital records

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Sebastian Arduengo, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

Rich McCoy, Director, Office of Vital Records

Megan Wheaton-Book, Vermont Archives

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

3:30 PM          Draft Legislation

Election Recount Procedures

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00 AM          Draft 3.2 or draft request 17-0457

Shelley L Mehlenbacher, Assistant State Veterinarian, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

9:30 AM          FLOOR

 

10:30 AM          H. 22 - An act relating to the professional regulation of law enforcement officers by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council

Mike O'Neil, President, VT Troopers Association

Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association

 

11:30 AM          Proposed amendments

To 32 VSA, Sec. 163 (3); 32 VSA, Sec. 167; 18 VSA, Sec. 932; 16 VSA, Sec. 2177 (b) and 16 VSA, Sec. 2281

Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          Committee Field Trip

Arrive Waterbury at 1:30 pm, Department of Public Safety

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Denise Diehl at 802-828-2267 or ddiehl@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Health Care

 

AGENDA

 

Room 45

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/23/2017 1:37 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          FLOOR

 

11:00 AM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Committee update on budget issues

 

12:00 PM          Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:15 PM          H. 145 - An act relating to establishing the Mental Health Crisis Response Commission

Walk-through of bill.

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jannine Wright, Deputy Chief of Administration, Burlington Police Department

Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Care Partners

 

3:15 PM          H. 184 - An act relating to evaluation of suicide profiles

Walk-through, commentary.

 

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Nick Nichols, Policy Director, Department of Mental Health

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Green Mountain Care Board, financing through bill-back

Kate Slocum, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare

Rebecca Heintz, General Counsel, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

 

10:00 AM          H. 197 - An act relating to mental health parity for workers’ compensation

Walk-through and testimony.

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Bradley R. Reed, President, Professional Firefighters of Vermont

Suzy Bird Gulliver, Director, Warriors Research Institute of Baylor Scott & White Health, Ph.D., Texas A&M College of Medicine Health Science Center

Sergeant Mike O'Neil, President, Vermont Troopers Association

Sonny Provetto, licensed Master Social worker, Vermont State Police

David Sichel, Deputy Director, Risk Management Services, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

2:00 PM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Sheriffs' budget and issue of shackling.

Committee discussion

 

2:30 PM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

DSH Payments:

Federal Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Allotments

Michael Costa, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Michael Del Trecco, Vice President of Finance, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          Accountable Care Organizations

Review of structure and financing, OneCare and Vermont Care Organization;

Discussion of Next Generation Medicaid Pilot Program

Todd Moore, CEO, OneCare Vermont

Victoria Loner, Chief Operating Officer, OneCare Vermont

Stephen Leffler M.D., Chief Medical Officer, University of Vermont Medical Center

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

2:15 PM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Discussion of DVHA's assumptions re Vermont Health Connect's direct enrollment savings

 

Cory Gustafson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

 

3:15 PM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Budget items regarding the Vermont Health Care Advocate and Vermont Legal Aid

Michael Fisher, Vermont Health Care Advocate, Office of Health Care Advocate, Vt. Legal Aid

Eric Avildsen, Executive  Director, Vermont Legal Aid

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00 AM          Affordable Care Act

Update re proposed rule from CMS; and new order re income tax filing

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:30 AM          FLOOR

State House Singers sing the Dedication

 

10:30 AM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Discussion of bill-back at Green Mountain Care Board

Kate Slocum, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board

 

11:00 AM          FY2018 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Committee discussion

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          H. 248 - An act relating to a universal, publicly financed primary care system

Introduction, walk-through; possible additional witnesses

Rep. Brian Cina, Sponsor

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Deborah Richter, MD, Family Physician and Addiction Medicine Specialist

Allan Ramsay, M.D.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Loring Starr at 802-828-2264 or lstarr@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant THE DAY BEFORE your scheduled meeting date and bring TWO hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 


House Committee on Human Services

 

AGENDA

 

Room 46

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/22/2017 8:43 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor          FY18 Governor's Proposed Budget

Individual Committee Member Work

 

12:00 PM          Lunch & Caucuses

 

2:30 PM          Early Childhood Development

Statewide Coordination

Matt Levin, Executive Director, Early Childhood Alliance

 

3:30 PM          Early Childhood Development

Building Bright Futures Report

Sarah Squirrel, Executive Director, Building Bright Futures

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          Home Visiting

Manual of Home Visiting Standards

Healthy Families America Home Visitor Program

Robyn Lipkowitz, Program Director, Human Services, National Conference of State Legislatures - Skype

Linda Johnson, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont

Syd Wessel, MSW, National Director, Healthy Families America - Phone

Katherine Harding, National Director, Ph.D., Healthy Families America Research - Phone

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor          Bill Introductions

 

-          H. 187 - An act relating to prohibiting smoking outside places of business

Rep. Curtis McCormack, Sponsor

 

-          H. 314 - An act relating to symptom relief for Alzheimer’s disease

Rep. Curtis McCormack, Sponsor

 

-          H. 264 - An act relating to the nutritional requirements for children’s meals

Rep. Johannah Donovan, Sponsor

 

-          H. 305 - An act relating to live organ donation

Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Sponsor

 

-          H. 283 - An act relating to protecting against financial exploitation of vulnerable adults

Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Sponsor

 

-          H. 275 - An act relating to access to emergency buprenorphine

Rep. William J. Lippert, Sponsor

 

-          H. 281 - An act relating to preventing adverse childhood experiences

Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor

 

-          H. 320 - An act relating to physicians’ duties under the patient’s bill of rights for palliative care and pain management

Rep. Anne B. Donahue, Sponsor

 

-          H. 271 - An act relating to administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Rep. Ann Pugh, Sponsor

 

-          H. 265 - An act relating to the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Rep. Ann Pugh, Sponsor

 

-          H. 284 - An act relating to increasing Medicaid rates for home- and community-based service providers

Rep. Theresa Wood, Sponsor

 

-          H. 298 - An act relating to requiring an Adult Protective Services consultation prior to issuing certain prescriptions

Rep. Marianna Gamache, Sponsor

 

-          H. 326 - An act relating to eligibility and calculation of grant or subsidy amount for Reach Up, Reach Ahead, and the Child Care Services Program

Rep. Brian Keefe, Sponsor

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          FY18 Governor's Proposed Budget

Individual Committee Member Work

 

10:30 AM          Choices for Care

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Monica Hutt, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Cory Gustafson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

After Floor          FY18 Governor's Proposed Budget

Individual Committee Member Work

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:30 AM          FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor adjourns          FY18 Governor's Proposed Budget

Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          -

 

3:00 PM          Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact

 Julie Tucker 828-2265 or jtucker@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 30

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 9:28 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          House Convenes

 

15 Min After Floor          H. 213 - An act relating to establishing statewide access to drug and DUI treatment courts

Draft Review, Committee Discussion & Possible Vote

Robert Sand, Vermont Law School

David Cahill, State's Attorney, Windsor County - Phone

John Campbell, Executive  Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office

Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

 

11:30 AM          Lunch & Caucuses

 

2:30 PM          H. 167 - An act relating to establishing drug possession thresholds to distinguish misdemeanor and felony crimes

Committee Discussion

Robert Sand, Vermont Law School - Phone

Jason Steele, Intern, Legislative Council

John Campbell, Executive  Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

Tom Dalton, Director, Safe Recovery Program, Howard Center

Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office

Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

 

3:55 PM          H. 213 - An act relating to establishing statewide access to drug and DUI treatment courts

Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          H. 171 - An act relating to expungement

Committee discussion to include H.200

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tari Scott, Chief of Trial Court Operations, Office of Court Administrator

 

10:15 AM          Bail Reform

Updated draft, violations of probation and bail discussion

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

David Cahill, State's Attorney, Windsor County - Phone

John Campbell, Executive  Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, VT Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office

Jay Diaz, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union - Vermont

 

11:30 AM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Convenes

 

15 Min After Floor          H. 4 - An act relating to calculating time periods in court proceedings

Committee Discussion & Vote

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Emily Wetherell, Staff Attorney, Vermont Supreme Court

 

2:25 PM          H. 297 - An act relating to judicial organization and restructuring

Vote

 

2:35 PM          H. 171 - An act relating to expungement

Possible Vote

 

2:45 PM          Break

 

3:15 PM          Committee Bill on No Contact/Temporary Relief from Abuse Orders

Walk-Through and Committee Discussion

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Patricia Benelli, Chair, Family Law Committee, Vt. Bar Assoc., Dakin and Benelli - Phone

 

3:40 PM          H. 167 - An act relating to establishing drug possession thresholds to distinguish misdemeanor and felony crimes

Committee Discussion

Tom Dalton, Director, Safe Recovery Program, Howard Center

 

4:00 PM          H. 213 - An act relating to establishing statewide access to drug and DUI treatment courts

Ashley Hill, Deputy State's Attorney, Addison County

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          H. 171 - An act relating to expungement

Vote

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Judge William Cohen

 

9:15 AM          Parentage Legislation Issues

John A. Dooley, Associate Justice, Vermont Supreme Court

Judge William Cohen

Kurt M. Hughes, Partner, Murdoch Hughes & Twarog, P.C.

 

10:45 AM          Break

 

11:05 AM          Committee Bill on No Contact/Temporary Relief from Abuse Orders

Committee Discussion & Vote

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:35 AM          H. 308 - An act relating to a committee to reorganize and reclassify Vermont’s criminal statutes

Bill Walk-Through

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:30 AM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Convenes

 

15 Min After Floor          H. 170 - An act relating to possession and cultivation of marijuana by a person 21 years of age or older

Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office

Ginny Burley, Board Member, Prevention Works! VT

Laura Subin, Director, Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Analyst, Department of Health

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:30 PM          Break

 

3:45 PM          H. 152 - An act relating to the Vermont Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Mark A. Langan, Chair, Probate & Trust Section, Vermont Bar Association -

Catherine Richmond, Managing Partner, Stebbins Bradley, PA Law Firm

 

4:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:30 AM          House Convenes

 

15 Min After Floor          H. 224 - An act relating to prohibiting organized retail theft

Bill Introduction and Walk-Through

Rep. Johannah Donovan, Sponsor - Invited

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Ryan J. Ford, Sheriff of Loss Prevention, Outdoor Gear Exchange

Travis Trybulski, Williston Police Department

 

11:30 AM          H. 213 - An act relating to establishing statewide access to drug and DUI treatment courts

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

12:30 PM          H. 9 - An act relating to deferred sentences

Update

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

1:00 PM          H. 422 - An act relating to confiscation of dangerous or deadly weapons from a person arrested or cited for domestic assault

Bill Walk-Through

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, VT Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

 

1:30 PM          Bail Reform

Draft Review

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office - Invited

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office - Invited

John Campbell, Executive  Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs - Invited

Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, VT Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence - Invited

David Cahill, State's Attorney, Windsor County - Invited

Jay Diaz, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union - Vermont - Invited

 

3:00 PM          Adjourn

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Shannyn Morse at 802-828-2257 or smorse@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 


House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife

 

AGENDA

 

Room 47

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 12:02 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:00 AM          H. 194 - An act relating to priority housing projects under 10 V.S.A. chapter 151 (Act 250)

Introduction from sponsor.

Walk-through.

Rep. Fred Baser, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Marie Horbar, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

 

-          H. 163 - An act relating to promoting workforce housing

Introduction by sponsor.

Walk-through.

Rep. Fred Baser, Sponsor

 

-          H. 18 - An act relating to releasing land from Act 250 jurisdiction

Committee discussion.

Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-          H. 18 - An act relating to releasing land from Act 250 jurisdiction

Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM          House Floor

 

5 min after floor          H. 18 - An act relating to releasing land from Act 250 jurisdiction

Rep. David L. Deen, Sponsor

Greg Boulbol, General Counsel, Natural Resources Board

Diane Snelling, Chair, Natural Resources Board

Katie Buckley, Commissioner, Housing and Community Development

 

-          H. 194 - An act relating to priority housing projects under 10 V.S.A. chapter 151 (Act 250)

Michael Zahner, Vermont Chamber of Commerce

Katie Buckley, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development

 

12:00 PM          Lunch & Caucuses

 

2:15 PM          H. 194 - An act relating to priority housing projects under 10 V.S.A. chapter 151 (Act 250)

Also discussing H. 163 and H. 18.

Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Brian Shupe, Executive Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

 

-          17-0230 - An act relating to clean water funding

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          H. 92 - An act relating to the registration of dams

Mark-up.

Larry Lanata, Dam Owner - Phone

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rebecca Ellis, Senior Counsel for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation

Steven Hanna, FED Safety Program, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

-          H. 39 - An act relating to the threshold for operational stormwater permits

Mark-up.

Patrick O'Brien, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rebecca Ellis, Senior Counsel for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation

Craig DiGiammarino, Operations Division Environmental Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Floor

 

5 min after floor          H. 61 - An act relating to the designation of heritage trout waters

Walk-through & testimony.

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Richard Kirn, Department of Fish & Wildlife

Eric Palmer, Director of Fisheries, Department of Fish & Wildlife

Clark Amadon, Trout Unlimited

Neil Kamman, Manager, Monitoring, Assessment & Planning, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

3:30 PM          17-0230 - An act relating to clean water funding

Mark-up.

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          Bill Introductions

Order of bill introductions will be confirmed 2/22/17.

 

-          H. 116 - An act relating to contamination of a public water system or a potable water supply by a hazardous material release

Rep. William Botzow, Sponsor

 

-          H. 209 - An act relating to land use and environmental permit processing

Rep. Eileen Dickinson, Sponsor

 

-          H. 173 - An act relating to solid waste management of beverage containers

Rep. Michael Yantachka, Sponsor

 

-          H. 190 - An act relating to regulating leaf blowers and leaf vacuums

Rep. Curtis McCormack, Sponsor

 

10:00 AM          H. 144 - An act relating to the membership of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel

Introduction by sponsor and walk-thru.

Michael Hebert, Sponsor

Marie Horbar, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

June Tierney, Commissioner, Public Service Department

Kate O'Connor, Chair, Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel

 

11:00 AM          17-0230 - An act relating to clean water funding

Mark-up.

Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Padraic Monks, Stormwater Program Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          House Floor

 

5 min after floor          H. 92 - An act relating to the registration of dams

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:00 PM          17-0230 - An act relating to clean water funding

Mark-up.

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00 AM          H. 234 - An act relating to the liability of municipalities for hazardous material releases from landfills

Rep. Alice Miller, Sponsor

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-          H. 99 - An act relating to labeling of roll-off dumpsters

Rep. Alice M. Emmons, Sponsor

 

9:30 AM          House Floor

 

5 min. after floor          17-0230 - An act relating to clean water funding

Mark-up.

 

Laura Murphy, Assistant Attorney General

Susanne Young, Secretary of Administration, Agency of Administration

 

-          H. 210 - An act relating to eligibility for an antlerless deer permit when land is posted as open to hunting or fishing by permission only

Introduction by sponsor.

Rep. Paul Lefebvre, Sponsor

 

-          H. 139 - An act relating to a private right of action against unpermitted salvage yards

Introduction by sponsor.

Rep. James Masland, Sponsor

 

-          17-0230 - An act relating to clean water funding

Bill Rowell, Board Member and Green Mountain Dairy Farm owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Richard Hall, Board member and Fairmont Farm Owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          17-0230 - An act relating to clean water funding

Committee discussion and vote.

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Laura Bozarth at 802-828-2266 or lbozarth@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Transportation

 

AGENDA

 

Room 43

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 1:33 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          House Floor

 

11:00 AM          17-0964 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to transportation-related law

Mark- Up

Section 14  Highways; Utility Facilities

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Shaun Corbett, Utilities Unit Supervisor, Agency of Transportation

Robert White, Right of Way Chief, Agency of Transportation

Jeffrey Austin, Director of State Government Relations, Fairpoint Communications

 

12:00 PM          Republican Party Caucus

 

1:15 PM          Democratic Party Caucus

 

2:15 PM          17-0964 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to transportation-related law

Utilities Facilities

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

John Hollar, Lobbyist, Fairpoint Communications

Robert White, Right of Way Chief, Agency of Transportation

Shaun Corbett, Utilities Unit Supervisor, Agency of Transportation

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          17-0964 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to transportation-related law

Consideration of Changes

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

Craig DiGiammarino, Operations Division Environmental Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

 

10:00 AM          Field Trip

Automatic Vehicle Inspection Program (AVIP)

Cody  Chevrolet

Dennis Beaudin, Service Manager, Cody Chevrolet

Jennifer Pittsley, Project Manager, Department of Motor Vehicles

Tom Moye, Air Pollution Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

1:00 PM          House Floor

 

2:30 PM          17-0964 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to transportation-related law

Walk Through of Bill Sections

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          Committee Discussion

 

1:00 AM          House Floor

 

1:40 PM          17-0964 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to transportation-related law

Version 5.1  Walk Through

 

5.2 Walk Through

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Barbara Donovan, Public Transit Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

James Feehan, Lobbyist, Vermont Public Transportation Association

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:30 AM          House Floor

 

10:30 AM          Workforce Education and Training

Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors

Mark Peloquin, Legislative Chair, Associated General Contractors

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 12 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Barbara Dall at 802-828-2262 or bdall@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Ways and Means

 

AGENDA

 

Room 34

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 10:29 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

10:00 AM          FLOOR

 

After the Floor          FY18 Governor's Proposed Budget

Economic Development proposals

Michael Schirling, Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

 

12:00 PM          Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 AM          H. 205 - An act relating to certain business tax provisions

Aircraft Tax

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

3:00 PM          Tax Increment Financing

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

8:45 AM          Remote Sales Tax

Amazon Update

Use Tax

Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Will Baker, General Counsel, Department of Taxes

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

10:00 AM          Economic Development and Taxes (time tentative)

Joseph Henchman, Vice President, State Projects, Tax Foundation

Michael Mazerov, Senior Fellow, State Fiscal Project, CBPP

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

After the Floor          H. 43 - An act relating to exempting feminine hygiene products from sales tax

Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Barre City

 

2:00 PM          H. 332 - An act relating to exempting paper hygienic products from the sales and use tax and establishing an occupancy surcharge

Rep. James McCullough, sponsor of bill

 

2:15 PM          Computer Modernization Fund

Gregg Mousley, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Taxes

 

3:00 PM          First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          Blue Ribbon Tax Commission

Gil Livingston, President, Vermont Land Trust

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

11:00 AM          Education Funding Update

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

11:30 AM          H. 355 - An act relating to exempting motor-assisted bicycles from the sales and use tax

Rep. Mollie S. Burke, Brattleboro

 

11:45 AM          H. 130 - An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Hartford

Rep. Kevin "Coach" Christie, Hartford - Invited

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

1:00 PM          FLOOR

 

After the Floor          H. 205 - An act relating to certain business tax provisions

R&D

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:15 AM          H. 348 - An act relating to extending the deadline for qualifying contributions to Vermont’s 529 plan and creating an income tax return checkoff to permit contributions to Vermont’s 529 plan

Rep. Oliver Olsen, Windham-Bennington-Windsor

 

9:30 AM          FLOOR

 

After the Floor          H. 357 - An act relating to exempting indoor commercial and residential advanced wood boilers from the sales and use tax

Rep. Robert Helm, Fair Haven

Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Olivia Anderson Campbell, Director, Renewable Energy Vermont

 

10:30 AM          H. 97 - An act relating to reclaiming revenue losses resulting from federal tax cuts

Rep. Thomas Stevens, Washington-Chittenden

 

12:00 PM          Lunch

 

 


Senate Committee on Agriculture

 

AGENDA

 

Room 26

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 11:05 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:30 AM          Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor          S. 9 - An act relating to the preparation of poultry products

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Randy Quenneville, Section Chief, Meat Inspection Section, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

 

-          S. 34 - An act relating to cross-promoting development incentives and State policy goals

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

 Anson Tebbetts as Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

9:30 AM          S. 34 - An act relating to cross-promoting development incentives and State policy goals

Lars Hasselblad Torres, Executive  Director, Generator

 

10:00 AM          S. 34 - An act relating to cross-promoting development incentives and State policy goals

Susan Zeller, Chief Performance Officer, Agency of Administration

 

10:30 AM          S. 9 - An act relating to the preparation of poultry products

Ethan Allen Room

Bill Pearce, Owner, Hillside Farm, Albany

Randy Quenneville, Section Chief, Meat Inspection Section, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Hannah Pearce, Hillside Farm, Albany

Carlene Hellus, Owner, Fowl Mountain Farm

Chip Hellus, 2nd Vice President, Vermont Farm Bureau

Andrea Stander, Executive Director, Rural Vermont

John Lomachinsky, SpringMore Farm

Scout Proft, Owner, Someday Farm

 

11:30 AM          Vermont Farm Bureau

Introduction of farmer members

Ethan Allen Room

Anna Jo Smith, Addison County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Kaleigh Hammel, Washington County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Nicolina Norman, Rutland County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Michelle Poulin, Poulin And Daughters Farm, Randolph, Vermont Farm Bureau

Tim Vee, Laughing Child Farm, Pawlet, Vermont Farm Bureau

Peter Briggs, Addison County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Justin Poulin, Poulin And Daughters Farm, Randolph, Vermont Farm Bureau -

Joseph Tisbert, President, Vermont Farm Bureau

Ray Duquette, Rutland County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Gilbert Patnoe, Franklin County, Vermont Farm Bureau

Anne Tisbert, Vermont Farm Bureau

Terry Gulick, Windsor County, Vermont Farm Bureau

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          Introductions

Vermont Fair Association

Jackie Folsom,  , Vermont Fair Association

Bob Allen, President, Vermont Fairs & Field Days Association

Charles Camber,  , Caledonia County Fair

Mike Reed, Addison Fair

Diane Norris, Vice President, Addison County Fair and Fielddays

Alan Howe, Tunbridge Fair

 

9:45 AM          Introduction

Vermont Fresh Network

Meghan Sheradin, Executive Director, Vermont Fresh Network

 

10:15 AM          Break

 

10:30 AM          S. 9 - An act relating to the preparation of poultry products

Randy Quenneville, Section Chief, Meat Inspection Section, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-          S. 34 - An act relating to cross-promoting development incentives and State policy goals

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00 AM          Water Quality in Vermont

Phosphorus management

Christopher Koliba, UVM Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, Clean Water Network

Jeff Bernicke, CEO, Native Energy

Amy Alton, MET Consulting

Ela Chapin, Farm and Forest Viability Program Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

 

11:00 AM          S. 9 - An act relating to the preparation of poultry products

Committee discussion and possible vote

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:15 AM          Break

 

11:30 AM          Floor Convenes

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman at 802-828-2233 or lleehman@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 


Senate Committee on Appropriations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 5

February 20, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/23/2017 3:26 PM

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

1:30 PM          No Committee Meetings Scheduled

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1:30 PM          FY 2018 Governor's Proposed Budget

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation  [HIGHER EDUCATION]

Scott Giles, President and CEO, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

Marilyn Cargill, Vice President, Financial Aid Services, Marketing and Research, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

 

2:15 PM          FY 2018 Governor's Proposed Budget

Corrections Department  [HUMAN SERVICES]

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Matt D'Agostino, Financial Officer, Department of Corrections

Monica Weeber, Director of Administrative Services, Department of Corrections

Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services

 

3:00 PM          Break

 

3:30 PM          FY 2018 Governor's Proposed Budget

Vermont Humanities Council  [COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT]

Peter Gilbert, Executive Director, Vermont Humanities Council

 

4:00 PM          FY 2018 Governor's Proposed Budget

Natural Resources Board  [NATURAL RESOURCES]

Diane Snelling, Chair, Natural Resources Board

Kimberley Lashua, Business Director, Natural Resources Board

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1:00 PM          Vermont Senate Outreach Forum:  St. Johnsbury

Senate Committees on Appropriations, Institutions, and Transportation

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

2:20 PM          FY 2018 Governor's Proposed Budget

Vermont Fairs and Field Days Association

 

2:30 PM          FY 2018 Governor's Proposed Budget

Department for Children and Families  [HUMAN SERVICES]

Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Brian Evans, Chief Fiscal Officer, Department for Children and Families

Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services

Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

1:00 PM          No Committee Meetings Scheduled

 

 


Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs

 

AGENDA

 

Room 27

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 9:06 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:00 AM          17-1121 - An act relating to housing

Draft 4.1

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

 

9:30 AM          Senate Floor

 

-after the floor          17-1121 - An act relating to housing

Draft 4.1

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          17-1121 - An act relating to promoting affordable and sustainable housing

Voted out Draft 7.1

David Provost, Deputy Commissioner, Captive Insurance, Department of Financial Regulation

Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Catherine Z. Davis, Director of Government Affairs, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce & GBIC

Joe Choquette, Regional Development Corp

 

-          Tax Increment Financing (TIF) bill

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

David White, Assistant Director, White & Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, Inc.

Katie Buckley, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development

 

-          17-0673 - An act relating to an omnibus economic development bill

Section A

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

 

1:00 PM          Senate Floor

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          Committee Bill on Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

Markup & Vote ~~ Draft 3.1

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

David White, Assistant Director, White & Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, Inc.

Joe Choquette, Regional Development Corp

 

-          17-0673 - An act relating to an omnibus economic development bill

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

 

1:00 PM          Senate Floor

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00 AM          Associated General Contractors of Vermont

Workforce Training & Technical Education

Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors

Mark Peloquin, Legislative Chair, Associated General Contractors

 

9:30 AM          VT Dairy Producers Alliance

Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Pleasant Valley Farm

Bill Rowell, Board Member and Green Mountain Dairy Farm owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Richard Hall, Board member and Fairmont Farm Owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Brian Carpenter, Owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Margaret Gladestone, Board Member and Newmont Farm, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

 

10:15 AM          17-0673 - An act relating to an omnibus economic development bill

Michael Schirling, Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office (10:30 AM)

Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council (11:00 AM)

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:15 AM          Efficiency Vermont

Appliance Rebates

Abby White, Communications and External Affairs Officer, Efficiency Vermont

 

11:30 AM          Senate Floor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Cheryl Ewen 828-3803 or cewen@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 


Senate Committee on Education

 

AGENDA

 

Room 28

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 3:39 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1:00 PM          17-0763 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

Ken Page, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association

 

2:00 PM          S. 87 - An act relating to sexual exploitation of students

Overview

Sen. Joe Benning

 

2:30 PM          S. 87 - An act relating to sexual exploitation of students

Introduction, walk-through of Bill, and testimony

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Agency of Education

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1:00 PM          Senate Floor

 

2:00 PM          School Climate and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Katie McCann, Teacher

Dianne Clouet, Teacher

Patrick Gordon, Teacher

Anne Koplinka-Loehr, Teacher

Marielle Blais, Teacher

Robin Bicke, Teacher

Jessica Freeman, Teacher

Julianne Eagan, Teacher

Christina Hansen, Teacher

Molly Stoner, Teacher

 

3:00 PM          S. 87 - An act relating to sexual exploitation of students

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards' Association

Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

Jim Forbes, Director, Residential Licensing & Special Investigations, Department for Children and Families

 

--          17-0763 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards' Association

Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

Tricia Coates, Director of External & Governmental Affairs, Vermont State Colleges

Shavonna Bent, Johnson State College Student

 

--          Commission Discussion

Rule-making Authority of the State Board of Education and Draft Bill Request No. 17-0761

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

1:00 PM          Senate Floor

 

2:30 PM          17-0761 - An act relating to school district consolidation and amendments to Acts 153, 156, and 46

David Baker, Ed.D., Superintendent, Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union - Phone

 

2:45 PM          17-0763 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

Walk-through of new language

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:15 PM          S. 87 - An act relating to sexual exploitation of students

Committee discussion

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:30 PM          Vermont State Colleges

Update on status of Vermont State Colleges and need for $4M earmarked by Governor Scott

Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges

Patricia Coates, Director of Government and External Affairs, Vermont State Colleges

 

4:00 PM          Association of Vermont Independent Colleges Legislative Reception

Cedar Creek Room

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

1:30 PM          17-0761 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers and to the State Board of Education

School spending

Paul Cillo, President, Public Assets Institute

 

2:00 PM          17-0761 - An act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers and to the State Board of Education

Committee discussion

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards' Association

Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

 

--          17-0763 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education laws

Committee discussion

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards' Association

 

3:00 PM          J.R.H. 4 - Joint resolution reaffirming the General Assembly’s commitment to equal educational opportunity on the 20th anniversary of the Vermont Supreme Court’s decision in Brigham v. State

Introduction by sponsor and walk-through

David L. Deen, Sponsor

Michael Chernick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Jeannie Lowell at 802-828-3805 or jlowell@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 


Senate Committee on Ethics

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Senate Committee on Finance

 

AGENDA

 

Room 6

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 7:43 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1:30 PM          Income Tax Compliance

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office

Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:00 PM          Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

June Tierney, Commissioner, Public Service Department

 

2:45 PM          S. 52 - An act relating to the Public Service Board and its proceedings

Geoff Commons, Director of the Public Advocacy Division, Department of Public Service

 

3:15 PM          S. 52 - An act relating to the Public Service Board and its proceedings

George Young, Public Service Board

 

3:30 PM          S. 52 - An act relating to the Public Service Board and its proceedings

Elizabeth Cooper

 

4:00 PM          S. 52 - An act relating to the Public Service Board and its proceedings

Kim Greenwood, Director of Environmental Compliance, Department of Environmental Conservation

Billy Coster, Policy and Planning Analysis, Agency of Natural Resources

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1:30 PM          S. 57 - An act relating to increase consumer awareness of prescription drug prices

Jeff Hochberg, President, Vermont Retail Druggists Association

Richard Harvie, RPh , Montpelier Pharmacy

Theo Kennedy, Lobbyist, VPA and VRD

 

2:30 PM          S. 19 - An act relating to preserving the out-of-pocket limit for prescription drugs in bronze-level Exchange plans

Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, VT Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

 

3:00 PM          S. 19 - An act relating to preserving the out-of-pocket limit for prescription drugs in bronze-level Exchange plans

Committee Discussion

 

3:15 PM          S. 56 - An act relating to life insurance policies and the Vermont Uniform Securities Act

Committee Discussion / Possible Vote

Maria Royle, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:30 PM          S. 52 - An act relating to the Public Service Board and its proceedings

Karen Horn, Director Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 

4:00 PM          S. 52 - An act relating to the Public Service Board and its proceedings

Geoff Commons, Director of the Public Advocacy Division, Department of Public Service

George Young, Policy Director, Public Service Board

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

1:30 PM          Vermont Chiropractic Association

Aimee Koch, Executive  Director, VCA

Dr. Erik Vose, Chiropractor, McDaniel Chiropractic Center

Dr. Steven Sobel, Chiropractor, Align To Health

Dr. Roseanne Dennan, Chiropractor, Chiropractic Care Center

 

2:15 PM          Alternative Ed Fund Proposal

Rep. Scott Beck, St. Johnsbury, VT

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

3:15 PM          Break

 

3:45 PM          Alternative Ed Fund Proposal

Sen. John Rodgers, Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

 

4:00 PM          Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

June Tierney

Stephen Whitaker, Montpelier Citizen

 

4:15 PM          Education  Funding

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

1:30 PM          No Committee Meetings Scheduled

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Andrew Grenier at 802-828-2253 or agrenier@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Government Operations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 4

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/23/2017 4:20 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1:15 PM          S. 26 - An act relating to miscellaneous law enforcement amendments

Rick Gauthier, Director, VT Criminal Justice Training Council

Keith Clark, Windham County Sheriff's Department

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VT League of Cities and Towns

Captain James  Whitcomb, Vermont State Police

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:30 PM          15  Minute Break

 

2:45 PM          S. 78 - An act relating to the fees constables collect for the service of civil process

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Keith Clark, Sheriff, Windham County Sheriff's Department

Silas Loomis, President, Constables' Association

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VT League of Cities and Towns

 

3:30 AM          S. 77 - An act relating to requiring a presidential candidate to disclose federal tax returns in order to be placed on the presidential primary and general election ballots

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Attorney, Attorney General's Office

Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office

 

4:00 PM          S. 44 - An act relating to shared candidate campaign expenditures

also discussion regarding public financing of campaigns and other campaign finance issues

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Attorney, Attorney General's Office

Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office

 

4:30 PM          Chairs' Meeting

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1:00 PM          Senate Floor

 

2:00 PM          AHS Response to OPR Survey

Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families

 

3:00 PM          AOA Response to OPR Survey

Cary Giguere, Agrichemical Program Manager, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Linda Boccuzzo, Agrichemical Research & Policy Specialist, Agency of Agriculture

Sue James, Dairy Farm Program Supervisor, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Henry Marckres, Chief of Consumer Protection, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

 

-          OPR Report

Committee Discussion

Colin Benjamin, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

1:00 PM          Senate Floor

 

-after floor          S. 76 - An act relating to property tax appeals

Sebastian Arduengo, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

Karen Horn, Director Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Douglas Farnham, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes

Todd LeBlanc, City Assessor, Burlington

Randy Viens, Assessor, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association

 

2:30 PM          Media Shield Law

Paul Heintz, Vermont Press Association

Mark Davis, Seven Days Newspaper

Hilary Niles, Niles Media

Dave Gram, Formerly of the Associated Press

Anne Galloway, Reporter, VT Digger

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:30 PM          Possible Sunrise for Home Builders

Home Improvement Contractors

Christopher Curtis, Chief of Public Protection Division, Attorney General's Office

Adam Holt, DMD, Vermont Homeowner

Colin Benjamin, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

1:15 PM          S. 32 - An act relating to climate change considerations in State procurement

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

David Blittersdorf, President/CEO, AllEarth Renewables (1:30 PM)

Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors (1:45 PM)

Duane Peterson, Co-President, SunCommon (2:00 PM)

Pat Hefferman, President, Marketing Partners, Inc. (2:15 PM) - Phone

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Cheryl Ewen 828-2272 or cewen@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 


Senate Committee on Health and Welfare

 

AGENDA

 

Room 17

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 11:21 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:30 AM          Senate Floor

 

After the Floor          Biosimilars Discussion

Dr. Thomas Felix, Medical Director, R& D Policy, Amgen

Patrick Plues, Vice President, State Government Affairs, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

Brian Murphy, Director of Vendor Management, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Paul Harrington, Executive Vice President, Vermont Medical Society

 

11:00 AM          Vermont Pharmacists Association

Medicine Reconciliation and the Vermont Retail Druggists

Theo Kennedy, Lobbyist

Marty Irons, Vermont Pharmacists Association

Jeff Hochberg, President, Vermont Retail Druggists Association

 

11:45 AM          Mental Health System

Committee Discussion

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

8:30 AM          Mental Health System

Walk-thru of proposed bill

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:00 AM          Mental Health System

Review Reports

 

9:30 AM          S. 45 - An act relating to providing meals to health care providers at conferences

Committee discussion and possible vote

 

10:00 AM          J.R.S. 19 - Joint resolution relating to prescription drug pricing

Walk-thru

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:30 AM          Break

 

10:40 AM          S. 37 - An act relating to access to treatment for patients with a terminal illness

Testimony and possible vote

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Richard Galbraith, Vice President for Research, University of Vermont - Phone

Wendy Koenig, Federal Relations and Legislative Liaison, University of Vermont

 

11:15 AM          S. 88 - An act relating to increasing the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age

Walk-thru

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rebecca Ryan, Director, Health Promotion and Public Policy, American Lung Association of the Northeast

Stephanie Winters, Operations Director, Vermont Medical Society

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8:15 AM          S. 70 - An act relating to the nutritional requirements for children’s meals

Introduction

Sen. Kevin Mullin, Bill Sponsor

 

-          S. 71 - An act relating to the administration of immunizations by pharmacists

Sen. Kevin Mullin, Bill Sponsor

 

8:30 AM          Mental Health

Dr. Stephen Leffler M.D., Chief Medical Officer, University of Vermont Medical Center

Dr. Isabelle Desjardins, Medical Director, Psychiatry, University of Vermont Medical School

Dr. James Hudziak MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics and Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Vermont and Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families and The Division of Child Psychiatry, UVM Medical Center

 

 

9:30 AM          S. 70 - An act relating to the nutritional requirements for children’s meals

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tina Zuk, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association

Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society, Vermont

 

10:20 AM          S. 31 - An act relating to circulating nurses in hospital operating rooms

Committee vote

 

10:30 AM          S. 71 - An act relating to the administration of immunizations by pharmacists

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wendy Davis, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, M.D., University of Vermont

David Englander, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health

Stephanie Winters, Operations Director, Vermont Medical Society

Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, Vermont Association of Chain Drug Stores

Colin Benjamin, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Analyst, Department of Health

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

8:30 AM          Agency of Human Services

Duplication of Services Report

Paul Dragon, Director of Policy & Program Integration, Agency of Human Services

Frank Reed, Director of Operations and Planning and Development, Department of Mental Health

 

9:00 AM          Mental Health System

Comments & Suggestions Regarding the Committee Bill

Mary Moulton, Executive Director, Washington County Mental Health Services

Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Care Partners

Frank Reed, Director of Operations and Planning and Development, Department of Mental Health

Susan Barrett, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

David Scherr, Co-Chief, Community Justice Divsion, Vermont Attorney General's Office

Erhard Menke, Vermont Housing Coalition

 

10:20 AM          Break

 

10:30 AM          S. 90 - An act relating to coordinating Vermont’s response to adverse childhood and family experiences

Walk-thru

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM          S. 88 - An act relating to increasing the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age

Abigail Rogers, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Northeast Region, March of Dimes

Rebecca Bell, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Critical Care Physician, University of Vermont Medical Center

Dr. John Hughes, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Vermont

 

11:30 AM          Senate Floor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Chrissy Gilhuly 828-2299 or cgilhuly@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Institutions

 

AGENDA

 

Room 7

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 2:29 PM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1:30 PM          Vermont Law School

Marc Mihaly, Dean, Vermont Law School

 

2:30 PM          Municipal Roads General Permit

Jim Ryan, Environmental Analyst Stormwater Program, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

3:30 PM          Federal Superfund in Capital Bill FY 18-19

Sec. 10

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

 

1:00 PM          Vermont Senate Outreach Forum:  St. Johnsbury

Senate Committees on Appropriations, Institutions, and Transportation

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

After the Senate Floor          Overview

Vermont Fairs and Field Association

Bob Allen, President, Vermont Fairs & Field Days Association

Diane Norris, Vice President, Addison County Fair and Fielddays

Tim Shea, General Manager, Champlain Valley Exposition

 

2:30 PM          Secure Residential Facility

Plan for Siting and Design, update on the RFP process for the new facility - Act 26 of 2015

Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services

Melissa Bailey, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

 

3:30 PM          Department of Corrections

Facility Study Report

Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Michael Kuhn, Project Manager, Department of Buildings & General Services

Karen Barber, Chief Legal Counsel, Department of Mental Health

Monica Hutt, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

Matt D'Agostino, Financial Officer, Department of Corrections

 Karen Gennette Esq., Executive  Director, Crime Research Group

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

1:30 PM          Proposed Joint Resolution Pertaining to State Lands

VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 

Mike Fraysier, ANR Lands Director, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Michael Chernick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

 


Senate Committee on Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 1

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 11:31 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:30 AM          Senate Floor

 

10:15 AM          S. 3 - An act relating to mental health professionals’ duty to warn

Mark Up of Bill

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Devon Green, Vice President of Government Relations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Care Partners

Richard Cassidy, Esq., Rich Cassidy Law

Jessa Barnard, General Counsel and Vice-President for Policy, Vermont Medical Society

Wilda White, Executive  Director, Vermont Psychiatric Survivors

 

11:30 AM          S. 3 - An act relating to mental health professionals’ duty to warn

Mark up and Vote

Jessa Barnard, General Counsel and Vice-President for Policy, Vermont Medical Society

Richard Cassidy, Esq., Rich Cassidy Law

 

12:00 AM          Adjourn

 

5:30 PM          Alimony Reform

Room 10

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rick Fleming, President, Vermont Alimony Reform

Greg Henry

Martin Feldman

Charles Phillips

Brian Cohen

Amy Fleming

Charlie Morse

Dan Woodkock

Craig Miller

Cassie Morse

Sean Cota

Catherine Clark

Pricilla Dube

Ted Coles

Andrea Tovo

Steve Hitner, MA Alimony Reform

 

7:00 PM          Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:30 AM          Offenders with Mental Illness

Visit Southern State Correctional Facility/

 

Meet with staff and Inmates to discuss Mental Health and Segregation Issues

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Seth Lipschutz , Defender General, Prisoners' Rights Office

A. J. Rueben, Attorney, Disability Rights Vermont

 

11:30 AM          Pre Trial Services

Windsor County District Court

 

Public Meeting to get better understanding of the Pre-Trial Process

 

David Cahill, State's Attorney, Windsor County

Regina Rice, Windsor County Diversion

Ellen Wicklum, Pre Trial Services

 

12:30 PM          Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8:30 AM          S. 61 - An act relating to offenders with mental illness

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Mourning Fox, Director of Mental Health Services, Department of Mental Health

Annie Ramniceanu, Mental Health Systems Director, Department of Corrections

Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission

Dominic Damato, Correctional Facility and Operations Manager

Seth Lipschutz , Defender General, Prisoners' Rights Office

Ed Paquin, Director, Disability Rights Vermont

Jack McCullough, Director of Mental Health Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid

 

10:00 AM          Break

 

10:30 AM          S. 61 - An act relating to offenders with mental illness

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Karen Barber, Chief Legal Counsel, Department of Mental Health

Ed Paquin, Director, Disability Rights Vermont

Annie Ramnicianeau, Director of Pre-Trial Services, Department of Corrections

Mourning Fox, Director of Mental Health Services, Department of Mental Health

 

12:00 PM          Adjourn

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

8:30 AM          S. 55 - An act relating to territorial jurisdiction over regulated drug sales

Walk Thru of Bill

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

John Campbell, Executive  Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

Major Glenn Hall, Commander, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Vermont State Police

Hon Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Court Administrator's Office

 

9:50 AM          S. 69 - An act relating to an employer’s compliance with an income withholding order from another state

Vote on Bill

Karen Vastine, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Hon Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Court Administrator's Office

 

10:00 AM          Break

 

10:30 AM          S. 22 - An act relating to increased penalties for possession, sale, and dispensation of fentanyl

Also S.55

 

Mark up and vote on both Bills

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

John Campbell, Executive  Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

 

11:30 AM          Senate Floor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Peggy Delaney at 802-828-2278 or pdelaney@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

 

AGENDA

 

Room 8

February 21, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Last Updated 2/24/2017 7:53 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:30 AM          Senate Convenes

 

10:30 AM          Net-Metering 2.0 Final Proposed Rule 5.100

Committee discussion and possible vote

Aaron Adler, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM          Net-Metering 2.0 Final Proposed Rule 5.100

Kevin Fink, Policy Analyst, Public Service Board

Jake Marren, Staff Attorney, Public Service Board

 

11:30 AM          Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          Net Metering 2.0 Final Proposed Rule 5.100

Robert Dostis, Vice President of Stakeholder Relations, Green Mountain Power

Andrea Cohen, Government Affairs and Member Relations, Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Patricia Richards, General Manager, Washington Electric Coop

 

10:00 AM          Net-Metering 2.0 Final Proposed Rule 5.100

Committee discussion and possible vote

Aaron Adler, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:15 AM          Break

 

10:30 AM          To Be Announced

Thomas Weiss, Citizen, Montpelier

Aaron Adler, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

David Russell, Managing Member, Barrington Power

Kevin Fink, Policy Analyst, Public Service Board

 

1:00 PM          Senate Convenes

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8:30 AM          Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

 

8:45 AM          Net Metering 2.0 Final Proposed Rule 5.100

Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services

 

9:00 AM          Toxics Omnibus Bill

Summary and Bill walk-through

 

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM          Toxics Omnibus Bill

Lauren Hierl, Political Director, Vermont Conservation Voters

Jon Groveman, Chair, Vermont Natural Resources Council

 

10:30 AM          Break

 

11:00 AM          Toxics Omnibus Bill

Jennifer Duggan, General Counsel, Agency of Natural Resources

 

11:20 AM          Toxics Omnibus Bill

Sarah Vose, State Toxicologist, Department of Health - Invited

David Englander, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health

 

1:00 PM          Senate Convenes

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00 AM          Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 

9:15 AM          Clean Water Investment Report

Kari Dolan, Clean Water Initiative Program Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation

Emily Bird, Clean Water Initiative Program Analyst, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

10:15 AM          Break

 

10:30 AM          S. 20 - An act relating to awarding hunting and fishing licenses at no cost to persons 65 years of age or older

Amendment and Committee Vote

 

10:40 AM          The VT Dairy Producers Alliance

Introduction

Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Pleasant Valley Farm

Bill Rowell, Board Member and Green Mountain Dairy Farm owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Richard Hall, Board member and Fairmont Farm Owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Brian Carpenter, Owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Margaret Gladestone, Board Member and Newmont Farm, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

 

11:30 AM          Senate Convenes

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Andrew Grenier at 802-828-2253 or agrenier@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Transportation

 

AGENDA

 

Room 3

February 19, 2017 - February 25, 2017

Last Updated 2/21/2017 11:38 AM

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

9:30 AM          Senate Convenes

 

10 minutes after Floor          17-0362 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to motor vehicles

also distracted driving penalties and front license plate

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Michael Smith, Operations Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles

Lieutenant Garry Scott, Vermont State Police

Barbara Donovan, Public Transit Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

Clare Buckley, Lobbyist, Vermont Auto Dealers' Association

Bill Smith, Lobbyist, Vermont Truck and Bus

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

9:00 AM          Rest Areas Program Update

Deborah Ferrell, Assistant Director of Government Business Services, Department of Buildings & General Services

Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services

Liz Sanchez, Chief of Operations, Marketing & Sales, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

10:00 AM          Ignition Interlock Program Update

Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Michael Smith, Operations Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles

Wanda Minoli, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

11:00 AM          No Committee Meeting Scheduled

 

1:00 PM          Field Trip

Tour of St. Johnsbury Correctional Center

 

2:15 PM          Vermont Senate Outreach Forum:  St. Johnsbury

Public hearing with Senate Institutions and Senate Appropriations Committees at St. Johnsbury Welcome Center

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

9:00 AM          Border Updates

Derby & Highgate Ports; Richford Bridge; A 35 Canadian Highway Upgrades

Robert White, Right of Way Chief, Agency of Transportation

Carolyn Carlson, Structures Project Manager

Karen Songhurst, Policy Analyst, Agency of Transportation

 

10:00 AM          Recycled Materials

Kevin Marshia, Chief Engineer and Director of Highway Division, Agency of Transportation

Joe Segale, Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

Mladen Gagulic, Materials and Certification Manager, Agency of Transportation

 

11:00 AM          Act 159 Section 15; Plug-in, Hybrid & EV Registration Fees

 

Daniel Dutcher, Environmental Policy Manager, Agency of Transportation

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00 AM          VTrans Bike/Ped Program Update

Kevin Marshia, Chief Engineer and Director of Highway Division, Agency of Transportation

Amy Bell, Planning Coordinator, Agency of Transportation

Jonathan Kaplan, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

 

10:00 AM          DMV Budget Overview

Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Wanda Minoli, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Carol Harrison, Director of Finance & Logistics, Department of Motor Vehicles

Kelley Lawrence, Financial Manager, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

11:00 AM          Technical Education & Workforce Training

Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors

Mark Peloquin, Legislative Chair, Associated General Contractors

 

11:30 AM          Senate Floor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Ken Feld at 802-828-2254 or kfeld@leg.state.vt.us