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  • Rep. Ann Pugh, Chair
  • Rep. Sandy Haas, Vice Chair
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  • Rep. Jessica Brumsted
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  • Rep. Daniel Noyes
  • Rep. Kelly Pajala
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House Committee on Human Services




Room 46

February 12, 2019 - February 15, 2019

Last Updated 3/13/2019 3:20 PM


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor


-                                   Caucuses

Immediately following adjournment of the Floor


11:30 AM                   Our Voices Exposed (VOX)

Burlington High School Above the Influence (ATI) members

Tatiana Byam, Student, Burlington School District

Qamar Ibrahim, Student, Burlington School District

Safiya Ibrahim, Student, Burlington School District

Ayan Mohamed, Student, Burlington School District

Jennifer Costa, Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Tina Zuk, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   H. 27 - An act relating to increasing the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age

Introduction of 4 bills

Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor


-                                   H. 28 - An act relating to pharmacists providing information on the proper disposal of unused regulated drugs


-                                   H. 130 - An act relating to authorizing towns to increase the smoking age to 21


-                                   H. 131 - An act relating to banning baby bumper pads


-                                   H. 161 - An act relating to training and notice requirements regarding human trafficking


Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan, Sponsor


1:30 PM                   Residential Care Receivership

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

Jim Condos, Family Member, Pillsbury Resident

Pam Cota, Long Term Care Licensing Chief, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

Clayton Clark, Director, Division for Licensing and Protection, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living


4:15 PM                   Adjourn


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9:00 AM                   Family First Prevention Services Act


Nina William-Mbengue, Program Director, Children and Families Program, National Conference of State Legislatures - Skype

Karen Shea, Deputy Commissioner, Family Services Division, Department for Children and Families - Phone


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   House Floor


15 mins after Floor                   H. 218 - An act relating to lead poisoning prevention


Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health


2:30 PM                   H. 215 - An act relating to the Office of the Child Advocate


Rep. Daniel Noyes, Sponsor


4:30 PM                   Adjourn


Thursday, February 14, 2019

7:30 AM                   Vermont Medical Society

The committee is invited to the Vermont Medical Society's Advocacy Day 2019 breakfast panel focused on "The Future of Health Care in Vermont."  Room 10


9:15 AM                   19-1256 - An act relating to Vermont’s child care system

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

Melissa Riegel-Garrett, Child Development Division Policy Director, Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Resources

Janet McLaughlin, Interim CEO, Let's Grow Kids


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   House Floor


15 mins after Floor                   H. 26 - An act relating to restricting retail and Internet sales of electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine, and tobacco paraphernalia in Vermont

Rebecca Bell, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Intensivist, University of Vermont Medical Center, On behalf of Vermont Medical Society

Erin Sigrist, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

Nick Sherman, Lobbyist, Vapor Technology Association


4:30 PM                   Adjourn


Friday, February 15, 2019

9:30 AM                   House Floor


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   Governor's Proposed FY2020 Budget

Individual work on assigned sections of AHS budget


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 and comments, please contact

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