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  • Sen. Jeanette K. White, Chair
  • Sen. Anthony Pollina, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Brian Collamore
  • Sen. Alison Clarkson
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Senate Committee on Government Operations

 

AGENDA

Meetings are livestreamed here unless otherwise noted.

 

 

April 6, 2021 - April 9, 2021

Last Updated 4/9/2021 10:20 AM

 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

1:30 PM                   H. 289 - An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

Committee discussion

Jill Mazza Olson, Executive Director, VNAs of Vermont

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

Elizabeth St.James, Chief Prosecutor, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office

Joshua Green, N.D., Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Michelle Feldman, Program Director, Council of State Governments Justice Center

Joshua Gaines, Senior Policy Analyst, Criminal Records Project, Council of State Governments Justice Center

 

2:45 PM                   S. 106 - An act relating to the livestream of legislative proceedings of the General Assembly and lobbying regulations

Committee discussion

Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Executive Director, CCTV Center for Media and Democracy

Kevin Christopher, President, Vermont Access Network

 

3:15 PM                   Adjourn

 

4:00 PM                   Chairs' Meeting

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor

 

1:30 PM                   H. 151 - An act relating to vital records, mausoleums and columbaria, and emergency health orders

 

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

David Englander, Senior Policy & Legal Advisor, Department of Health

 

2:00 PM                   Agency of Public Safety

Committee discussion

William Sorrell, Chair, Vermont Criminal Justice Council

Cindy Taylor-Patch, Director of Training, Vermont Police Academy

Capt. Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County Sheriff's Department

Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Anthony Facos, Director of Enforcement & Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles

John Federico, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inspector, VSEA Board of Trustees

 

3:30 PM                   ARPA Funds

Committee discussion

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

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

Peter Gregory, Executive Director, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

Jack Anderson, President, Vermont Association of County Judges

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

Capt. Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County Sheriff's Department

 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor

 

1:30 PM                   H. 289 - An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

Possible mark up and vote

Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Mike Duteau, Kinney Drugs, Vermont Association of Chain Drug Stores

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

David Englander, Senior Policy & Legal Advisor, Department of Health

 

3:00 PM                   H. 337 - An act relating to the printing and distribution of State publications

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Jason Broughton, State Librarian; Commissioner of Libraries, Vermont Department of Libraries

Thomas McMurdo, Assistant State Librarian, Vermont Department of Libraries

 

3:30 PM                   Governor's Appointments

Discussion of confirmations/vote

 

4:00 PM                   H. 154 - An act relating to the failure of municipal officers to accept office

Discuss adding school board vacancies.

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Ken Fredette, Former School Board Member, Wallingford

Todd Fillmore, Self-Employed Businessman, Shrewsbury resident

Rob Congdon, Select Board Member, Clarendon resident

 

4:30 PM                   S. 85 - An act relating to designating certain sheriff’s deputies as classified State employees

Walk-through

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association

Annie Noonan, Labor Relations Manager, State's Attorneys and Sheriffs Association

 

Friday, April 9, 2021

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

1:00 PM                   Legislative Reports: Models of civilian oversight and how they might meet the needs of our communities

Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General

 

2:30 PM                   H. 135 - An act relating to the State Ethics Commission

Vote

Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

 

2:45 PM                   H. 384 - An act relating to adoption of a State code of ethics

Walk-through

Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Larry Novins, Executive Director, Vermont State Ethics Commission

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES

 

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If you have any questions or comments, please contact

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