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  • Sen. Joe Benning, Chair
  • Sen. John Rodgers, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Dick Mazza
  • Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons
  • Sen. Cheryl Hooker, Clerk

Senate Committee on Institutions




Room 7

February 18, 2020 - February 21, 2020

Last Updated 2/21/2020 3:54 PM


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

9:30 AM                   FLOOR


10:00 AM                   Senate morning committees


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   Capital Bill Adjustment

Military Department

Michael Bleau, Deputy Construction & Facilities Management Officer, Military Department

Ken Gragg, Deputy Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard

John Patry, Military Operations Supervisor, Military Department


2:00 PM                   Pensions and Bonding Capacity

State Treasurer's Office

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer


2:30 PM                   Break


3:00 PM                   Pensions and Bonding Capacity


Brad Ferland, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Administration

Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

8:30 AM                   Senate morning committees


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   FLOOR


1:30 PM                   Green Mountain Club

Long Trail

Michael DeBonis, Executive Director, The Green Mountain Club


2:00 PM                   Capital Budget FY2020 and FY2021

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board Update

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

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


2:30 PM                   Capital Budget Adjustment

Storm Water/3-Acre Rule

Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Padraic Monks, Stormwater Program Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation


Thursday, February 20, 2020

8:30 AM                   Senate morning committees


10:30 AM                   Election of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges

Joint Assembly


Immediately after Joint Assembly                   FLOOR


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:30 PM                   Vermont Fairs and Field Days Association

Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau

Richard Lawrence, Vermont Fairs and Field Days Association

Alan Howe, Tunbridge Fair

Bob Allen, President, Vermont Fairs & Field Days Association

Tim Shea, General Manager, Champlain Valley Exposition

Robert Congdon, Vermont State Fair, Rutland


2:00 PM                   Capital Budget Adjustment

Line 116-Dry Hydrant

Michael Greenia, Fire Safety Division

Troy Dare, Engineer Technician, Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force

Todd Cosgrove, Chief, VHMRT/Tier II Program Manager, Department of Public Safety


2:30 PM                   Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility


Christine Johnson, Deputy Commissioner, Family Services Division, Department for Children and Families


Friday, February 21, 2020

8:30 AM                   Senate morning committees


11:30 AM                   FLOOR


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   State House audio project

Janet Miller, Sergeant-At-Arms, Vermont Legislature

Kevin Moore, Deputy Director for Information Technology, Vermont Legislature

Stephen Whitaker, Telecom/IT Planning and Accountability Advocate, Montpelier


1:30 PM                   TBD


ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 6 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

 Denise Diehl at 802-828-2352 or ddiehl@leg.state.vt.us