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  • Rep. Michael Marcotte, Chair
  • Rep. Charles Kimbell, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Ranking Member
  • Rep. Eileen Dickinson
  • Rep. John Kascenska
  • Rep. Warren F. Kitzmiller
  • Rep. Wayne Laroche
  • Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak
  • Rep. Logan Nicoll
  • Rep. Michael Nigro
  • Rep. Kirk White, Clerk

House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development




Room 35 and Zoom

January 25, 2022 - January 28, 2022

Last Updated 1/28/2022 9:03 AM


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are livestreamed at https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/streaming/house-commerce-and-economic-development.

Please note that closed captions/transcripts may not be completely error-free.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

9:00 AM                   Repurposing Residual Economic Recovery Bridge Grants

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development


10:00 AM                   House  Floor and Caucuses


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   Workforce  Development


Jennifer Carlo, Executive Director, NEK Collaborative

Steve Wright, President & General Manager, Jay Peak Resort


2:00 PM                   CTE Workforce Development

Joint Meeting with House Education

Heather Bouchey, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education

Jay Ramsey, Assistant Director of the Student Pathways Division, Vermont Agency of Education

Michele Kupersmith, Former State Representative, South Burlington


4:15 PM                   Adjourn


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

9:00 AM                   Workforce  Development



Ena Backus, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Human Services

Rep. Mari Cordes, House Health Care


10:30 AM                   Break


10:45 AM                   Creative Workforce Solutions


Nat Piper, Legislative & Community Relations Coordinator, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   Workforce  Development


Nicholas Deml, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Dale Crook, Director of Field Operations, Department of Corrections

Kim Bushey, Director of Corrections Program, Department of Corrections

Leona Watt, Senior Probation and Parole Officer, State of Vermont Corrections


3:00 PM                   House Floor


4:00 PM                   Adjourn


Thursday, January 27, 2022

9:00 AM                   H. 515 - An act relating to banking, insurance, and securities


Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation

Kevin Gaffney, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation, Insurance Division

Emily Kisicki, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation

David Provost, Deputy Commissioner, Captive Insurance Division, Department of Financial Regulation


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   House Floor


10 Minutes After Floor                   H. 515 - An act relating to banking, insurance, and securities

Continued Discussion

Richard Smith, President, Vermont Captive Insurance Association

Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association

Jamie Feehan, Lobbyist, American Property and Casualty Insurance Association - Invited

Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, American International Group

David Provost, Deputy Commissioner, Captive Insurance Division, Department of Financial Regulation

Jill Rickard, Regional Vice President, American Council of Life Insurers


4:00 PM                   Adjourn


Friday, January 28, 2022

9:00 AM                   Committee Meeting



9:30 AM                   House Floor


10 Minutes After Floor                   Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Report

Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office

Fran Hodgins, Government Research Analyst, Office of the Vermont State Auditor


12:00 PM                   Lunch


1:00 PM                   Workforce  Development

Education Sector

Christopher Koliba, Director, UVM Office of Engagement

Kirk Dombrowski , Vice President for Research, University of Vermont


2:00 PM                   Workforce Development

Current Situation

Mat Barewicz, Economic & Labor Market Information Director, Department of Labor


4:00 PM                   Adjourn




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If you have any questions or comments, please contact

 Camille Brochu as cbrochu@leg.state.vt.us