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  • Rep. Michael Marcotte, Chair
  • Rep. Charles Kimbell, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Ranking Member
  • Rep. Eileen Dickinson
  • Rep. Warren F. Kitzmiller
  • Rep. Paul Martin
  • Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak
  • Rep. Logan Nicoll
  • Rep. Michael Nigro
  • Rep. Patrick Seymour
  • Rep. Kirk White, Clerk

House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

 

AGENDA

 

Via Zoom

May 4, 2021 - May 7, 2021

Last Updated 5/7/2021 4:16 PM

 

 

Meetings are livestreamed here unless otherwise noted

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

9:00 AM                   S. 10 - An act relating to extending certain unemployment insurance provisions related to COVID-19

Committee discussion regarding the new unemployment fraud issue.

 

Michael Harrington, Commissioner, Department of Labor

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

 

10:00 AM                   House  Floor and Caucuses

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

2:00 PM                   S. 10 - An act relating to extending certain unemployment insurance provisions related to COVID-19

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

 

-                                   Break

 

5:00 PM                   Joint Public Hearing on Unemployment Insurance Issues

Joint hearing with House Committee on Government Operations to listen to employees and employers in Vermont about the issues faced with unemployment insurance during the COVID pandemic.

 

Tara Holt, Resident, St. Johnsbury

Deborah Wright, Resident, Bellows Falls

Llu Mulvaney-Stanak, Resident, Burlington

Harry Chaikan, Resident, Burlington

Martha Dallas, Resident, Burlington

Ann Bowen, Resident, Morrisville

Susan Isham, Resident, Newbury

Kody Fitzgerald, Resident, Graniteville

Renee Carpenter, Resident, East Montpelier

Jocelyn Emilo, Resident, Essex Junction

Caitlin Porter, Resident, Addison

Wendy Zimmer, Resident, St. Johnsbury

Joe Luneau, Resident, St. Albans City

Patty Curtis, Resident, Hinesburg

Will Sipsey, Resident, Lincoln

Brenda Siegal, Resident, Newfane

Jeremy Allaire, Resident, Hyde Park

 

The public is invited to register to speak at the hearing or submit written testimony.

To register as a speaker at the hearing, please sign up here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/links/public-hearing-unemployment

 

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and testimony time will be limited to two minutes per person.

To view the live stream of the hearing, go to https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/streaming/shared-joint-committees
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-                                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

9:00 AM                   S. 10 - An act relating to extending certain unemployment insurance provisions related to COVID-19

Committee discussion, mark-up and vote.

 

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Michael Harrington, Commissioner, Department of Labor

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

 

10:30 AM                   Break

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:15 PM                   House Floor

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

9:00 AM                   S. 62 - An act relating to creating incentives for new remote and relocation workers

 

Vincent Illuzzi, Lobbyist, Vermont State Employees Association

James Baker, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

 

10:00 AM                   S. 62 - An act relating to creating incentives for new remote and relocation workers

The committee will review the career and technical education amendment language.

 

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

 

10:53 AM                   Break

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:15 PM                   House Floor

 

2:30 PM                   State Workforce Issues

Beth Fastiggi, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

 

3:00 PM                   Break

 

3:30 PM                   State Workforce Issues

Joe Flynn, Secretary of Transportation, Agency of Transportation

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, May 7, 2021

9:00 AM                   Committee Updates

Updates from committee members and our interns.

 

Michael Harrity , Intern to House Commerce & Economic Development Committee, University of Vermont

William Heath, Intern to House Commerce & Economic Development Committee, University of Vermont

 

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

10 mins after the House Floor                   H. 159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Committee discussion regarding the changes that the Senate made to the bill.

 

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

 

11:46 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   H. 159 - An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development

Sarah Buxton, State Director of Workforce Development, Department of Labor

 

3:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES

 

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

 Amy Todisco at atodisco@leg.state.vt.us