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  • Rep. Helen Head, Chair
  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Kevin "Coach" Christie
  • Rep. Rachael Fields
  • Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Ranking Member
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  • Rep. Edward Read
  • Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann
  • Rep. Brian Smith
  • Rep. Vicki Strong
  • Rep. Tommy Walz

House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs




Room 44

January 9, 2018 - January 12, 2018

Last Updated 1/10/2018 4:30 PM


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

10:00 AM          House Floor


12:00 PM          Lunch and Caucuses


2:30 PM          Liquor and Lottery Task Force Report

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Brittney Wilson, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, Office of Governor Phil Scott

Matt Krauss, Chair, Liquor - Lottery Task Force


-          Budget Adjustment

Vermont Veterans' Home

Melissa Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Veterans' Home - Phone

Joseph Krawczyk, President, Board of Trustees, Vermont Veterans' Home - Phone

Allan Faxon, Chief Operating Officer, Vermont Veterans' Home - Phone


-          Adjourn


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

9:00 AM          Homelessness Awareness Day

Joint Hearing with House Committee on Human Services.

Room 11

Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Sarah Phillips, Director, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department for Children and Families

Peter Kellerman, Co-Director, John W. Graham Emergency Shelter

Josh Davis, Executive Director, GroundWorks Collaborative, Brattleboro

Elizabeth Bridgewater, Executive Director, Windham and Windsor Housing Trust

Kara Casey, Housing and Economic Justice Specialist, Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Brooke Jenkins, Executive Director, Good Samaritan Haven, Barre

Tom Donahue, Executive Director, BROC Community Action, Rutland

Deborah Hall, Executive Director, Homeless Prevention Center, Rutland

Alison Lyndes Calderara M.Ed, CEO, Community Health Center, Burlington

Katelyn Hanson, Homeless Healthcare Program Outreahc/Case Worker, Safe Harbor Health Center

Margaret Bozik, Director of Asset Management & Special Initiatives, Champlain Housing Trust


Following Joint Hearing          Budget Adjustment

Committee Discussion

Room 44


12:00 PM          Lunch

There will be a Homelessness Vigil on the Statehouse Steps


1:00 PM          House Floor


15 min. after Floor          H. 412 - An act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against people without homes

Rep. Thomas Stevens, Sponsor

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

Chloe White, Policy Director, ACLU of Vermont

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

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

Jessica Radbord, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid

Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Stephen Marshall, Community Service Advocate, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)


-          Adjourn


Thursday, January 11, 2018

9:00 AM          Rental Housing Safety Report

Maryellen Griffin, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid

Amberly Bonilla, Tenant, Rutland

Joy Dale, Tenant, Brattleboro

Jonathan Bond, Director of Vermont Tenants & Mobile Home Programs, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency


11:00 AM          Housing Revenue Bond

Update on Bond Issue.

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

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


12:00 PM          Lunch


1:00 PM          House Floor


15 min after Floor          Budget Adjustment

General Assistance

Rep. Matthew Trieber, House Committee on Appropriations


-          -

Veterans' Home - Committee Discussion


4:30 PM          Adjourn


Friday, January 12, 2018

9:30 AM          House Floor


15 min. after Floor          Professional Regulation

Professional Licensure for Veterans.

Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office

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


11:45 AM          Lunch


12:15 PM          Tax Workshop

Income Taxes and Federal Tax Reform,

Room 10


1:30 PM          H. 571 - An act relating to creating the Department of Liquor and Lottery and the Board of Liquor and Lottery

Initial Presentation by Counsel.

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council


-          Adjourn


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If you have any questions and comments, please contact

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