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  • Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Chair
  • Sen. Alison Clarkson, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Becca Balint
  • Sen. Randy Brock
  • Sen. Kesha Ram, Clerk

Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs




Via Zoom

January 19, 2021 - January 22, 2021

Last Updated 1/22/2021 10:04 AM



Meetings are livestreamed here unless otherwise noted.




Tuesday, January 19, 2021

-                                   No Committee  Meeting Scheduled


9:30 AM                   Senate Floor


10:00 AM                   Implicit Bias Prevention Training


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

8:30 AM                   Housing Update and Future Proposals

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

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


9:35 AM                   10 Minute Break


9:45 AM                   Same as Above

Richard Williams, Executive Director, Vermont State Housing Authority

Kathleen Berk, Director of Housing Programs, Vermont State Housing Authority

Jean Murray, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid

Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC


10:50 AM                   10 Minute Break


11:00 AM                   Same as Above

Maura Collins, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Chad Simmons, Housing Policy and Engagement Specialist, Vermont Housing Finance Agency


11:15 AM                   S. 14 - An act relating to deed restrictions and housing density

Possible Vote

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel


Thursday, January 21, 2021

8:30 AM                   Unemployment Insurance

Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office


9:20 AM                   S. 10 - An act relating to extending certain unemployment insurance provisions related to COVID-19

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Michael Harrington, Commissioner, Department of Labor

Cameron Wood, Director, Unemployment Insurance Division, Department of Labor

Bill Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont

David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, Working Vermont


9:45 AM                   10 Minute Break


9:55 AM                   Same as Above


10:55 AM                   10 Minute Break


11:05 AM                   Microbusinness Update

Sue Minter, Executive Director, Capstone Community Action

Tyler Jokinen, Micro-business Counselor, Bennington-Rutland Community Action


Friday, January 22, 2021

8:30 AM                   Priorities Discussion


9:00 AM                   Homelessness

Erhard Mahnke, Coordinator, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Elizabeth Ready, Chief Financial Officer, John Graham Housing and Services, Vergennes


9:40 AM                   10 Minute Break


9:50 AM                   Same as Above


10:30 AM                   10 Minute Break


10:40 AM                   Housing Update and Future Proposals

Josh Hanford, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development

Shaun Gilpin, Housing Program Administrator, Department of Housing and Community Development




Please email handouts to the committee assistant by 7:00am on the day of 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

 Nathan Raike at nraike@leg.state.vt.us