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  • Sen. Jeanette K. White, Chair
  • Sen. Anthony Pollina, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Brian Collamore
  • Sen. Alison Clarkson
  • Sen. Kesha Ram, Clerk

Senate Committee on Government Operations




Via Zoom

Meetings are livestreamed here unless otherwise noted.


January 19, 2021 - January 22, 2021

Last Updated 2/9/2021 2:07 PM


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor


10:15 AM                   Implicit Bias Prevention Training


1:30 PM                   Opt In/Opt Out Provision of Cannabis Bill

Committee discussion of how cannabis bill affects municipalities. S.54 and S.25.

Michele Childs, Attorney, Legislative Counsel

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns


2:15 PM                   Census Report

Committee discussion

Jason Broughton, State Librarian, Department of Libraries

Tom Little, Chair, Legislative Apportionment Board


3:15 PM                   Office of Professional Regulation priorities; CARES money

Committee discussion

Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office


4:00 PM                   Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor


1:30 PM                   Racial Equity Plan Report

Committee discussion

Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity, Agency of Administration; and Chair of the Governor's Task Force on Racial Equality, Agency of Administration

Andrea Brett, Chair, Racial Equity Advisory Panel

Clarence Davis, Director of State Relations, University of Vermont

Stephanie Seguino, Professor, University of Vermont

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


2:15 PM                   Commission Discussion

RDAP Report

Dr. Etan Nasreddin-Longo, Chair, RDAP, Co-Chair  Fair and Impartial Policing Committee


3:30 PM                   National Guard: COVID Protection for Deployed Members

Committee discussion

General Gregory C. Knight, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard


Thursday, January 21, 2021

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor


1:45 PM                   VLCT Priorities; Clerks; CARES Past and Future Needs

Committee discussion

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns


2:15 PM                   Preparedness Bill

DR 21-0002, Draft 1.1, 1-12-2021

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

David Herlihy, Executive  Director, Vermont Board of Medical Practice


3:15 PM                   EMS - What Worked, What Didn't; Needs Going Forward

Committee discussion

Dan Batsie, Chief, Emergency Medical Services, Vermont Department of Health

Drew Hazelton, Chief of Operations, Rescue Inc.; Chair, Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee, Rescue Inc. - Invited

Jim Finger , President, Vermont Ambulance Association


Friday, January 22, 2021

11:00 AM                   Senate Floor


1:00 PM                   No Committee Meeting

Hearing canceled.




Please email handouts to the committee assistant at least 24 hours before your scheduled meeting time. With few exceptions, any documents you send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s web page.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact

 Gail Carrigan at gcarrigan@leg.state.vt.us