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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
  • Rep. Mary E. Howard, Clerk
  • 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 23, 2018 - January 26, 2018

Last Updated 1/26/2018 2:53 PM


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

10:00 AM          House Floor


Following Floor          Caucuses


12:00 PM          Lunch


1:00 PM          Governor's FY2019 Budget Address

Joint Assembly - House Chamber


3:00 PM          Bill Introductions


-          H. 599 - An act relating to games of chance organized by nonprofit organizations

Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Sponsor

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control


-          H. 623 - An act relating to protecting the right to garden in a common interest community

Rep. Linda K. Myers, Sponsor


-          H. 352 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

Rep. Cynthia Weed, Sponsor


-          H. 388 - An act relating to nonpayment of rent

Rep. Kathleen C. Keenan, Sponsor


-          H. 466 - An act relating to good cause employment

         H. 642 - An act relating to collective bargaining

Rep. Johannah Donovan, Sponsor


-          H. 375 - An act relating to creating a family-friendly workplace tax credit

Rep. Mollie S. Burke, Sponsor

Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, Co-sponsor


-          H. 472 - An act relating to flags in recognition of servicemembers

Rep. Richard Lawrence, Sponsor - Invited


-          H. 490 - An act relating to the regulation of commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana

Rep. Samuel Young, Sponsor


-          Adjourn


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

9:15 AM          Site Visit

Overnight Shelter at Bethany Church, 115 Main Street, Montpelier



11:00 AM          H. 72 - An act relating to the Vermont National Guard Educational Assistance Program

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

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

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

Ken Gragg, Financial Director, Military Department - Invited


12:00 PM          Lunch


1:00 PM          House Floor


15 min after Floor          H. 614 - An act relating to the sale and use of fireworks

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rep. Donald Turner, Town Manager, Milton

Michael Derouchers, Director, Fire Safety Division, Public Safety Department

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

Sergeant Derrick Kendrew, President, Vermont Police Association

Thomas Swenson, Co-owner, Northstar Fireworks

John Haverstock, Town Manager, Pittsford - Phone

Hank Pelkey, Selectboard Chair, Pittsford - Phone

Thomas Hooker, Fire Chief, Retired, Pittsford - Phone

Joe Skaza, Fire Chief, West Rutland - Phone

Elizabeth Novotny, Counsel, Vermont Police Association


-          Adjourn


Thursday, January 25, 2018

10:00 AM          Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association

Trends and Issues Impacting Residential Mortgage Lending and Housing Affordability


Chris Rice, Lobbyist, MMR, LLC

Jeff Teplitz, Vice President, Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association

Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Jay Vallieres, Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association

Stephen Kendall, Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association

Heather Kvasnak, Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association

Edward Levite, Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association

Joshua Wolfe, Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association


10:45 AM          H. 412 - An act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against people without homes

Brooke Jenkins, Executive Director, Good Samaritan Haven, Barre

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


12:00 PM          Lunch


1:00 PM          House Floor


15 min. after Floor          H. 571 - An act relating to creating the Department of Liquor and Lottery and the Board of Liquor and Lottery

Possible Vote.


3:30 PM          Rental Housing Safety

Committee Discussion.

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council


-          Adjourn


Friday, January 26, 2018

9:30 AM          House Floor


15 min. after Floor          Vermont Veterans' Home

Melissa Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Veterans' Home

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


11:45 AM          Lunch


12:15 PM          Tax Workshop

Education Finance.

Room 10


1:30 PM          Vermont  National Guard

Annual Sexual Assault Report.

Joint Hearing with Senate Committee on Government Operations.

Room 11

Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard

Captain Scott Detweiler, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Vermont National Guard

Doris Sumner, Chief Warrant Officer III, State Equal Employer Manager, Vermont National Guard

Lieutenant Jason Kittredge, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Air, Vermont National Guard


-          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