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  • Sen. Ruth Hardy, Chair
  • Sen. Tanya Vyhovsky, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Alison Clarkson
  • Sen. Becca White
  • Sen. Robert Norris, Clerk
  • Sen. Anne Watson

Senate Committee on Government Operations




Room 4 and Zoom

January 23, 2024 - January 26, 2024

Last Updated 1/26/2024 2:46 PM


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are livestreamed at


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

9:00 AM                   Discrimination Prevention Training for Members


10:00 AM                   Senate Floor


1:00 PM                   Governor's 2025 Budget Address

Joint Assembly to Receive Budget Message


2:30 PM                   S. 55 - An act relating to authorizing public bodies to meet electronically under Vermont’s Open Meeting Law

Michael Barber, General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board (2:30 PM)

Elizabeth Schilling, Staff Attorney, Vermont Public Utility Commission (2:45 PM)

Michael Donoghue, Executive  Director, Vermont Press Association (2:55 PM)

Joseph Reinert, Chief Hearing Officer, Human Services Board (3:15 PM)

Ted Brady, Executive  Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns (3:30 PM)

Lauren Hibbert, Deputy Secretary of State, Secretary of State's Office (3:50 PM)

Wendy Mays, Executive Director, Vermont Association of Broadcasters (4:20 PM)


4:30 PM                   Adjourn


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor


1:30 PM                   Government Response to Flood Recovery

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Jill Davies, The HUB

Marian Koetsier, Strategist, The HUB

Laura Siegel, Director, Director of Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and DeafBlind Services

Deb Charlae Baker, Chair, Accessibility Committee of the Governor's Advisory Council for D/HH/DB

Anne Sosin, Interim Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition


2:50 PM                   Break


3:10 PM                   S. 224 - An act relating to compensation and benefits for members of the Vermont General Assembly

Walk-through of New Draft and Fiscal Note

Possible Mark-up and Vote

Tim Devlin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Catherine Benham, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Scott Moore, Legislative Finance Manager, Joint Fiscal Office

Mike Ferrant, Director, Office of Legislative Operations

Mike Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid


3:50 PM                   Adjourn


Thursday, January 25, 2024

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor


1:40 PM                   S. 255 - An act relating to equity and public access at the Public Utility Commission

Introduction and Walk-through

Sen. Anne Watson, Sponsor

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel


2:10 PM                   S. 159 - An act relating to the County Governance Study Committee

Joyce McKeeman, President, Vermont Association of County Judges (2:10 PM)

Ted Brady, Executive  Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns (2:20 PM)

Catherine Dimitruk, Chair, Vermont Association of Planning & Development Agencies (2:35 PM)

Carol Dawes, Legislative Committee Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association (2:45 PM)

Tim Arsenault, VMCTA Legislative Committee (2:50 PM)

Douglas Farnham, Chief Recovery Officer, Agency of Administration (3:00 PM)


3:15 PM                   Break


3:40 PM                   S. 161 - An act relating to the meeting of presidential electors

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


3:50 PM                   Adjourn


Friday, January 26, 2024

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor


1:00 PM                   S. 55 - An act relating to authorizing public bodies to meet electronically under Vermont’s Open Meeting Law

Committee Discussion

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel


2:15 PM                   S. 183 - An act relating to planning for the Agency of Health Care Administration

Shayla Livingston, Policy Director, Agency of Human Services


2:45 PM                   Adjourn




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If you have any questions or comments, please contact

 Olivia Parker at oparker@leg.state.vt.us