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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 12, 2021 - January 15, 2021

Last Updated 1/15/2021 1:10 PM


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

1:30 PM                   Town Meeting Bill

Committee discussion and continued testimony.

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

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

John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk

Kendal Smith, Director of Policy Development and Legislative Affairs, Governor's Office


2:00 PM                   Update from Ethics Commission

Larry Novins, Executive Director, Vermont State Ethics Commission

Julie Hurlburd, Commission Chair, Vermont State Ethics Commission


3:00 PM                   15 Minute Break


3:15 PM                   Committee  Discussion

Priorities and committee logistics


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

1:30 PM                   H. 48 - An act relating to authorizing alternative procedures for 2021 annual municipal meetings in response to COVID-19



2:00 PM                   Public Records

Discuss public records of arrests and charges of juveniles.

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

David Scherr, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General's Office

Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County, Sheriffs' Association

Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Jennifer Myka, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families

Patricia Gabel, Vermont State Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary

Michael Donoghue, Executive Director, Vermont Press Association

James Pepper, Deputy State's Attorney, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs


3:00 PM                   15 Minute Break


3:15 PM                   Update from VSEA

Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Vincent Illuzzi, Attorney/Lobbyist, VSEA


Thursday, January 14, 2021

1:30 PM                   Elections Discussion

Debriefing from the past election and suggestions for either temporary or permanent changes.

Hon. James Condos, Secretary of State

Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office

Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association

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

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

Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group

John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk

Donna Kinville, South Burlington City Clerk, VMCTA Legislative Committee

Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office


Friday, January 15, 2021

1:00 PM                   Briefing from JFO

Regarding CARES funds that might be within the jurisdiction of government operations: EMS, law enforcement, state employees, military, elections, etc.

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Doug Farnham, Chief Operations Officer, Agency of Administration

Richard Hallenbeck, Director of Administration, Department of Public Safety

Susanne Young, Secretary of Administration, Agency of Administration - Invited

Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office - Invited

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




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If you have any questions or comments, please contact

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