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  • Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Chair
  • Sen. Alison Clarkson, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Philip Baruth
  • Sen. Becca Balint
  • Sen. David Soucy

Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs




Room 27

January 8, 2018 - January 12, 2018

Last Updated 1/10/2018 11:58 AM


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

9:30 AM          Senate Floor


10 Minutes After Floor Action          Vermont Economic Progress Council/Tax Increment Financing



Casey Mock, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office

Stu Herd, Town Manager, Bennington - Phone

Stephanie Hainley, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Project Manager, White & Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

8:45 AM          Committee Safety Brief

Matthew S. Romei, Chief of Police, Capitol Police Department


9:15 AM          Housing

initiatives update

Katie Buckley, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

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

Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition


10:50 AM          Break


11:00 AM          Mobile Home Park Sales

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


11:45 AM          Homelessness update

Josh Davis, Executive Director, GroundWorks Collaborative, Brattleboro

Sara Kobylenski , Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven


Thursday, January 11, 2018

9:00 AM          Minimum Wage

update on study

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office

Deb Brighton, Consultant, Joint Fiscal Office


10:30 AM          Break


10:40 AM          Minimum Wage



Friday, January 12, 2018

9:00 AM          S. 207 - An act relating to eliminating fees for placing or removing a credit freeze


-          Data Broker Working Group Report

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Ryan Krieger, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

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

Jeanne Kennedy, Lobbyist, Consumer Data Industry Association

John Burton, Director of State Government Relations, RELX/Lexis Nexis

Zachary Tomanelli, Communications and Technology Director, VPIRG


10:15 AM          Break


10:25 AM          S.207; Data Broker Working Group Report

S. 207 - An act relating to eliminating fees for placing or removing a credit freeze



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If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Kayla Dewey at 828-3803 or kdewey@leg.state.vt.us