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  • Sen. Russ Ingalls, Chair
  • Sen. Wendy Harrison, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Brian Collamore
  • Sen. Irene Wrenner, Clerk

Senate Committee on Institutions




Room 7 and Zoom

February 14, 2023 - February 17, 2023

Last Updated 2/16/2023 12:22 PM


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are livestreamed at https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/streaming/senate-institutions.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

1:15 PM                   Capital Expenditure Cash Fund

Hardy Merrill, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

Nicolas Kramer, Budget Analyst, Department of Finance and Management


2:00 PM                   BGS Property Sales and Process

Erik Filkorn, Principal Assistant, Department of Buildings and General Services

Eric Pembroke, Director of Planning and Property Management, Department of Buildings and General Services


3:00 PM                   Committee Adjourns


Wednesday, February 15, 2023

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor


15 minutes after Senate adjourns                   Governor's Recommended FY24 - FY25 Capital Budget Proposal

Department of Children and Families Secure Residential Treatment

Proposed pods to be constructed on state land


-                                   Governor's Recommended FY24 - FY25 Capital Budget Proposal

Section 2: Agency of Human Services, Line 42, DCF Short-term Secure Stabilization Facility

Aryka Radke, Deputy Commissioner, Family Services Division, Department for Children and Families

Geoffrey Pippenger, Director of Policy and Planning, Department for Children and Families

Tyler Allen, Adolescent Services Director, DCF, Family Services Division

Jennifer Fitch, Commissioner, Department of Buildings and General Services

Tabrena Karish, Building Engineer, Department of Buildings and General Services


2:30 PM                   Break until 3:30


3:30 PM                   Governor's Recommended Capital Budget FY 2022 - 2023 Budget Adjustment

Section 8: Vermont State Colleges

Parwinder Grewal, President, Vermont State University

Dr. Nolan Atkins, Provost, Northern Vermont University


Thursday, February 16, 2023

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor


2:00 PM                   Federal Delegation

Kathryn Van Haste, State Director, Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Rebecca Ellis, State Director, Office of Senator Peter Welch

David Scherr, State Director, Office of Congresswoman Becca Balint


2:30 PM                   Governor's Appointment

Capital Complex Commission

John Hollar, Montpelier


3:00 PM                   Committee Adjourns


Friday, February 17, 2023

12:30 PM                   Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition Legislative Day

Joint hearing with House Corrections and Institutions Committee.

Showcase work of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.

Livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGUUW2t_oymOH0woEfTl3Kg/featured


Chris Donnelly, Director of Community Relations, Champlain Housing Trust

Cindy Reid, Director of Development, Cathedral Square Corporation

Erin De Vries, Conservation Director, Vermont River Conservancy

Elizabeth Bridgewater, Executive Director, Windham and Windsor Housing Trust

Abby White, Vice President of Engagement, Vermont Land Trust


1:30 PM                   Committee Adjourns




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

 Linda Leehman at lleehman@leg.state.vt.us