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House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs (Room 41)

The House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs considers matters relating to alcoholic beverages; housing; claims against the State; labor relations; military matters, including those relating to civil defense and discharged veterans, their dependents, and survivors; and all matters relating to subjects for which there is no other appropriate committee.

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Previous Meetings - Full Report

Summary Report

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

The House is called to order for the 72nd biennial session of the General Assembly by James C. Condos, Secretary of State.

1:30 PM

House Floor

Afternoon Session

15 min. after Floor

Committee Organization

If Committee assignments are made by end of Floor business, then Committee will meet for welcome and organization in room 41.

-

Adjourn


Thursday, January 8, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-01
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

Speaker calls the House to order

10:00 AM

Joint Assembly

Receive Report of the Canvassing Committee - Governor's Election.

15 Min. after Floor

Housing and Homelessness

Committee will hear from regional homelessness leaders.

  • Sara Kobylenski , Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Rita Markley, Executive Director, Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  • Kathy Metras, Deputy Director of Program Services, Northeast Kingdom Community Action, Inc.
  • Linda Ryan, Director, Samaritan House
12:00 PM

Lunch

There will be a Homeless Vigil on the State House steps starting at Noon.

1:30 PM

Joint Assembly

Administering Oaths and Governor's Inaugural Message.

15 min. after Floor

Committee Organization

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, January 9, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-2, 3
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 Min. after Floor

Housing and Homelessness

  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Angus Chaney, Director of Housing, Agency of Human Services
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Committee Organization

Expense reports and passwords

  • Janet Miller, Deputy Director of Operations, Office of Legislative Council
-

Committee Discussion

Committee business and future agendas.

2:30 PM

Education Reform Efforts

House Chamber

  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Department of Education

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-4, 5, 6, 7
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Veteran's Service Organizations

Room 10 - presentations by Vermont Veterans Service Organizations

  • Katelyn Atwood, Vermont Poverty Law Fellow, Vermont Veterans Legal Assistance Project
  • Darlene Badger, Board of Directors, The Veteran's Place, Inc.
  • Robert Burke, Director, Vermont Office of Veteran Affairs
  • Brenda Cruickshank, Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars - Department of Vermont
  • Dale Farrar, Veteran's Place
  • John Miner, National Board of Directors, Vietnam Veterans of America
  • David Morgan, Founder & President, Vermont Vet-to-Vet
  • Christina Morgan, Ex. Director, Dodge House
  • Donna Nobrega, State Director, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service
  • Robert Paolini, Executive Director, Vermont Bar Association
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Veterans Affairs

Overview, challenges and opportunities.

  • Al Faxon, Chief Operating Officer, Vermont Veteran's Home
  • Melissa Jackson, Administrator, Vermont Veteran's Home
  • Joseph Krawczyk, President, Board of Trustees, Vermont Veteran's Home
3:30 PM

National Guard Briefing

The Adjutant General will provide an overview of Guard activities, challenges and opportunities.

  • Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

IT Training for the Committee

30 minute introduction to website and i-pads

  • Michael Berry, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
  • Albert Coccagna, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
9:40 AM

Housing

Overview, challenges and opportunities.

  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Maura Collins, Policy and Planning Manager, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Housing

Introductions and overviews.

  • Ted Brady, State Director, USDA Rural Development
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Kenn Sassorossi, Vice President, Housing Vermont
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, January 15, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-14, 15
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Housing

Introduction and overview.

  • Polly Nichol, Housing Programs Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
10:00 AM

Housing and Community Development

Report of the renters rebate study.

  • Shaun Gilpin, Housing Policy Specialist, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
11:00 AM

Vermont State Housing Authority

System overview, current opportunities and challenges.

  • Richard Williams, Executive Director, Vermont State Housing Authority
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Joint Assembly

2:00 PM

Governor's Budget Address

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Adjourn


Friday, January 16, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-16, For recorded testimony of joint hearing with House Human Services, see their CD 15-12, and 13
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Organization

9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Department of Mental Health

Section B.314 Joint Meeting with House Human Services - Ethan Allen Room

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Paul Dupre, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health
  • Christie Everett, Clara Martin Center
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Hilary Melton, Director, Pathways Vermont
  • Frank Reed, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health
  • Shannon Thompson, Interim Financial Services Director, Department of Mental Health
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Veterans Affairs

Overview, Challenges and Opportunities.

  • Deborah Amdur, Medical Center Director, White River JunctionVA Medical Center
  • Andrew LaCasse, Staff Assistant to Medical Center Director, White River JunctionVA Medical Center
2:30 PM

House Chambers

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-17, 18, 19, 20
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Labor Relations

  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Labor and Employment Issues

Overview, current opportunities and challenges.

  • Dirk Anderson, Counsel, Vermont Department of Labor
  • John Berard, Director, Labor Relations, Department of Human Resources
  • Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
  • Chad Wawrzyniak, Director of Finance, Department of Labor
4:00 PM

Committee Discussion

Discussion of section B. 314 budget adjustment request.

5:00 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont State Employees Association

Current issues; challenges and opportunities.

  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Leslie Mathews, Legislative Committee Chair, VSEA
10:00 AM

Housing

Testimony from the offices of Senators Leahy and Sanders.

  • Katherine Ash, Field Representative, Senator Patrick Leahy
  • David Weinstein, Policy Advisor, Senator Bernie Sanders
11:00 AM

Basic Needs Budget

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Landlord and Tenant Education

Review of materials pertaining to landlord / tenant rights and responsibilities.

  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
3:00 PM

Supports and Services at Home: A Caring Partnership (SASH)

Overview and current activities.

  • Nancy Eldridge, Executive Director, Cathedral Square Corporation
4:00 PM

Committee Discussion

5:00 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, January 22, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-26, 27, 28, 29
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Housing Needs Assessment

Presentation of recently completed statewide assessment.

  • Maura Collins, Policy and Planning Manager, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Shaun Gilpin, Housing Policy Specialist, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
10:15 AM

Vermont Lottery Update

Current challenges and opportunities.

  • Gregory Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery Commission
11:15 AM

Housing Coalition presentation

Priorities for 2015.

  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

3:00 PM

Shared Equity Home Ownership

  • Chris Donnelly, Director of Community Relations, Champlain Housing Trust
4:30 PM

Adjourn

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-30, 31, 32, 33
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion

Budget adjustment regarding housing vouchers

9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Department of Liquor Control

Overview of activities, challenges and opportunities.

  • Marcia Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing, Department of Liquor Control
  • Michael Hogan, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
11:15 AM

Liquor Control System

Presentation of findings from audit of the Department of Liquor Control .

  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Committee

Discussion of home foreclosure in Vermont.

  • Susan Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
2:30 PM

House Caucus

Presentation on water quality.

3:30 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-34, 35, 36
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

Hearing will be in Ethan Allen

  • Lisa Carlson, Executive Director, Funeral Ethics Organization
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Michael Yantachka, Sponsor, Charlotte
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Report

Room 11
Joint hearing with Senate Committee on Government Operations to hear Vermont National Guard's Legislative Report.

  • Colonel Ellen Abbott, Counsel, Vermont National Guard
  • Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
  • Angela Lakey, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Vermont National Guard
  • Doris Sumner, Chief Warrant Officer III, State Equal Employer Manager, Vermont National Guard
4:00 PM

Committee Discussion

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-37, 38, 39, 40, 41
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Weatherization Program

Overview of program, and specific applications.

  • Paul Dragon, Chief Administrator, Office of Econ. Opportunity
10:15 AM

Committee Discussion

Meeting with Committee Counsel.

11:00 AM

Youth Homelessness

  • Kreig Pinkham, Director, Washington County Youth Services Bureau
  • Calvin Smith, Director, Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Press conference in the Cedar Creek room regarding release of the new Basic Needs report. By Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

15 min. after Floor

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Update

Overview, challenges and opportunities, as well as discussion of Basic Needs Budget.

  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
2:30 PM

Vermont Human Rights Commission

Fair Housing, also a potential change to the Commission statute.

  • Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, January 29, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-42, 43
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Field Trip

Committee will travel to Waterbury in order to visit the South Main Street Apartments, and the Alchemist Brewery.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Pathways Vermont

Update and Overview

  • Maura Collins, Policy and Planning Manager, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Rebeka Lawrence-Gomez, Assistant Director, Pathways Vermont
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Hilary Melton, Director, Pathways Vermont
4:00 PM

No- Fault Sick Leave

Discussion of Dept. of Labor's report on no-fault sick leave.

  • Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General
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Vermont Human Rights Commission

Discussion of statute language.

  • Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, January 30, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-44
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

IT Training for the Committee

  • Michael Berry, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
  • Albert Coccagna, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Vermont Veterans' Home

Committee will hear about a report on the Veterans' Home capacity and marketing potential.

  • Rep. Rachael Fields
  • Michael Pulling, President, Health Care Management Associates
2:30 PM

House Chambers

Members will hear a presentation on economic development, and the Vermont economy.

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-45, 46, 47, 48
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Veterans Affairs

  • Dave Leonard, State Family Program Director, Vermont National Guard
  • Karen Pelletier, Coordinator, Family Assistance Center
  • Tammie Schmitt, Support Coordinator, Survivor Outreach Services
  • Andre Wing , Team Leader, Vermont Veterans Outreach
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

3:00 PM

H.256 - An act relating to disposal of property following an eviction, and fair housing and public accommodations

Disposal of Property

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
3:30 PM

H.70 - An act relating to casino gaming

  • Rep. Ronald E. Hubert, Sponsor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-49, 50, 51, 52, 53
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Mobile Home Update

Overview of statutes, status of programs.

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Arthur Hamlin, Housing Program Coordinator, Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Emily Higgins, Director of Home Ownership, Champlain Housing Trust
  • Craig Peltier, Asset Manager, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

H.106 - An act relating to the Battle of Bennington Flag

Introduction.

  • Rep. Richard Lawrence, Sponsor
2:15 PM

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

Introduction

  • Rep. Butch Shaw, Sponsor
2:30 PM

H.111 - An act relating to the removal of grievance decisions from the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s website

Introduction.

  • Rep. William Canfield, Sponsor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, February 5, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-54, 55, 56, 57, 58
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Education Labor Relations

Room 10.
Committee will hear presentation on various topics related to Labor Relations in Vermont Schools

  • Richard Cassidy, Esq.
  • Jeff Fannon, General Counsel, Vermont National Education Association
  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Chair, South Burlington School Board
  • Rep. Martin LaLonde, Sponsor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nicole Mace, General Counsel, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Rep. Kurt Wright, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

In Ethan Allen.

  • Mary Alice Bisbee, Vice President, Funeral Consumers Alliance
  • Lisa Carlson, Executive Director, Funeral Ethics Organization
  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health
  • Joyce Foley, Vice President, Cedar Brook Burial Ground, Inc.
  • Randy Garner, Day Funeral Home
  • Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Sandra Mennella, Cabot
  • David Mickenberg, Attorney, Community of Vermont Elders (COVE)
  • Brian Miller, Detective Lieutenant, Department of Public Safety
  • Jess Robinson, State Archaeologist, Department of Housing and Community Development. Division of Historic Preservation
  • Peter Smith, Vice Chair, Stowe Cemetery Commission
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Vermont Attorneys Title Corporation
  • Christine Thompson, Director, Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Marlene Wallace, South Burlington
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, February 6, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-59, 60
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Emergency Housing

Room 10
Joint Hearing with House Human Services on the Vermont Department of Children and Families - General Assistance; Emergency Housing Report

  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Chris Dally, General Assistance Housing Director, Department for Children and Families
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Housing

Presentation of report on Recommendations for Re-Occupancy of Buildings Previously Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine

  • Sarah Vose, State Toxicologist, Department of Health
2:30 PM

Caucus of The Whole

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-61, 62, 63
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

H.256 - An act relating to disposal of property following an eviction, and fair housing and public accommodations

Disposal of property.

  • Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Pam Favreau, Director, Vermont Tenants, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.150 - An act relating to gun silencers

  • Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor
2:45 PM

H.121 - An act relating to the use of criminal records in employment decisions

  • Rep. Joanna Cole, Sponsor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:15 PM

H.123 - An act relating to mobile home parks, habitability standards, and compliance

  • Rep. William Botzow, Sponsor
3:30 PM

H.119 - An act relating to energy disclosure for multi-family residential buildings

  • Rep. David Sharpe, Sponsor, House Committee on Ways and Means
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H.136 - An act relating to residential building energy standards for rental multi-unit residential buildings

  • Rep. Curt McCormack, Sponsor
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Liquor Licensing

Requirements and procedures.

  • William Goggins, Director of Enforcement, Department of Liquor Control
  • Michael Hogan, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
  • Laurie Pecor, Administrative Services Coordinator, Department of Liquor Control
10:30 AM

Vermont Lottery Update

Discussion of FY16 budget, and funds recipients.

  • Gregory Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery Commission
11:15 AM

Education Labor Relations

Discussion of ability to pay in fact finding.

  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

In Room 10.
Testimony on bill.

  • Richard Brock, Lobbyist, Association of Vermont Credit Unions
  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Patrick Healy, President, Vermont Cemetery Association
  • Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Jim Johnston, Director, Vermont Funeral Directors Association
  • Rep. Linda J. Martin, Town Clerk - Treasurer, Wolcott
  • Rep. Patricia McCoy, Town Clerk - Treasurer, Poultney
  • Christine Thompson, Director, Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, Agency of Natural Resources
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, February 12, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-70, 71, 72, For joint hearing with Senate Committee on Economic Development see their CD 15-43
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.256 - An act relating to disposal of property following an eviction, and fair housing and public accommodations

Disposal of property.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
10:00 AM

Vermont Housing & Conservation Coalition Day

Room 11
Joint Meeting with the Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs Committee.

  • Robert Naylor, Principal, Naylor and Breen Builders
  • Nancy Owens, President, Housing Vermont
  • Eileen Peltier, Executive Director, Central Vermont Community Land Trust
  • Glenn Seward, Selectboard Chair, West Windsor
  • Andrew Winter, Executive Director, Twin Pines Housing Trust
11:15 AM

H.174 - An act relating to binding arbitration for State employees

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Transitional Housing

Room 10
Joint hearing with House Committee on Corrections and Institutions.

  • Dale Crook, Correctional Field Services Director
  • Larry Martineau, Casework Director
  • Derek Miodownik, Restorative and Community Justice Executive, Department of Corrections
  • Jan Tarjan, Executive Director, Dismas House of Vermont
  • Suzi Wizowaty, Executive Director, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, February 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Discussion

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Committee

2:00 PM

Department of Liquor Control

Tour of facility and operation.

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-73, 74, 75
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.256 - An act relating to disposal of property following an eviction, and fair housing and public accommodations

Property Disposal

  • Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.123 - An act relating to mobile home parks, habitability standards, and compliance

Ethan Allen.

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Arthur Hamlin, Housing Program Coordinator, Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Wendy Morgan, Chief, Public Protection Division, Attorney General's Office
  • Richard Williams, Executive Director, Vermont State Housing Authority
  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-76, 77(disk error), 78, 79
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Caucus of The Whole

Clean Water for the State of Vermont.

15 min. after Caucus

Veterans Affairs

  • Katelyn Atwood, Vermont Poverty Law Fellow, Vermont Veterans Legal Assistance Project
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.174 - An act relating to binding arbitration for State employees

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
  • Ben Palkowski, Legislative Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
3:30 PM

H.256 - An act relating to disposal of property following an eviction, and fair housing and public accommodations

Property Disposal.
Discussion and possible vote.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, February 19, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-80, 81
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Bill Introductions

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H.175 - An act relating to labeling of roll-off dumpsters

  • Rep. William Botzow, Sponsor
  • Rep. Alice M. Emmons, Sponsor
  • Rep. James Masland, Sponsor
  • Rep. Tristan Toleno, Sponsor
10:30 AM

Joint Hearing

Election of Sergeant at Arms, Adjutant and Inspector General, and
Trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Education Labor Relations

Ethan Allen

  • Elaine Carpenter, Chair, School Board, Fairfax
  • Michael Marks, School Board Member
  • Rama Schneider, School Board Member
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, February 20, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-82, 83
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Introductions

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H.219 - An act relating to the sale of fortified wine

  • Rep. John L. Bartholomew, Sponsor
  • Rep. William Canfield, Sponsor
  • Rep. Alison H. Clarkson, Sponsor
  • Rep. Susan Davis, Sponsor
  • Rep. Maxine Grad, Sponsor
  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, Sponsor
  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, Sponsor
  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, Sponsor
  • Rep. Maida Townsend, Sponsor
11:15 AM

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

  • Andrea Morgante, Selectboard Member, Hinesburg
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Bill Introductions

2:30 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-84, 85, 86
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

  • John Black, Chief Electrical Inspector, Fire Safety Division, Department of Public Safety
  • Michael Desrochers, Director, Fire Safety Division, Department of Public Safety
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Dan Kinney, Co-Founder, Renewable Energy Vermont
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.201 - An act relating to farm brewers’ licenses

  • Ken Albert, Vermont Grape and Wine Council
  • Steve Gagner, Vermont Brewers Association
  • Michael Hogan, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
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H.219 - An act relating to the sale of fortified wine

  • Michael Hogan, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
3:30 PM

H.254 - An act relating to growlers

  • Steve Gagner, Vermont Brewers Association
  • William Goggins, Director of Enforcement, Department of Liquor Control
  • Michael Hogan, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-87, 88
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.246 - An act relating to veterans

  • Robert Burke, Director, Vermont Office of Veteran Affairs
  • Brenda Cruickshank, Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars - Department of Vermont
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Richard Reed, Veterans' Advocate
10:45 AM

Education Labor Relations

  • Matt Dickstein, Teacher, Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union
  • Chris Guros, Teacher, Montpelier School District
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. After Floor

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

Committee will view the documentary "A will for the Woods".

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, February 26, 2015
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9:00 AM

Education Labor Relations

  • Scott Cameron, Attorney
  • Lori Dickerson, School Director, Hartford
  • Jeff Fannon, General Counsel, Vermont National Education Association
  • Nicole Mace, General Counsel, Vermont School Boards Association
10:30 AM

Prevailing Wage

  • Justin Johnson, Secretary of Administration
-

Department of Labor

Discussion of various topics with the Commissioner

  • Dirk Anderson, Counsel, Vermont Department of Labor
  • Debbie Damore, Purchasing and Contracting Director, Department of Buildings & General Services
  • Michael Hoyt, Attorney, Vermont Department of Labor
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

Committee Discussion in Ethan Allen

  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, February 27, 2015
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CDs
15-94
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9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

Committee Discussion

3:30 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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-

The Vermont General Assembly is on break during the Town Meeting Recess. No Committee meetings are scheduled.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Discussion Regarding Crossover Bills

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:30 PM

Education Labor Relations

Testimony from neighboring states.

  • Ted Comstock, Executive Director, New Hampshire School Boards Association
  • Steve Finnegan, General Counsel, Massachusetts Association of School Committees
  • Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
  • Jay Worona, Deputy Executive Director, General Counsel & Director of Legal & Policy Services, New York State School Boards Association
5:00 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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9:00 AM

Education Labor Relations

  • Joseph McNeil, Attorney
  • Nora Skolnick, Teacher, Randolph School District
10:30 AM

H.123 - An act relating to mobile home parks, habitability standards, and compliance

  • Pam Favreau, Director, Vermont Tenants, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Nadine Scibek, Attorney, Vermont State Housing Authority
  • Richard Williams, Executive Director, Vermont State Housing Authority
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

Committee discussion and possible vote.

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:30 PM

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

Committee discussion as needed.

  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:15 PM

Committee Discussion

Discussion and possible response to Appropriations memo.

6:00 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, March 12, 2015
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8:00 AM

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

Committee discussion and possible vote.

  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

Committee Discussion

Continued discussion regarding response to Appropriations.

  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
-

Committee Discussion

Discussion of Crossover bills and other matters as needed.

  • Dale Azaria, General Counsel, Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Wendy Morgan, Chief, Public Protection Division, Attorney General's Office
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

Committee discussion and possible vote.

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:45 PM

Committee Discussion

Discussion and possible response to Appropriations memo.

5:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, March 13, 2015
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9:00 AM

H.123 - An act relating to mobile home parks, habitability standards, and compliance

  • Dale Azaria, General Counsel, Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Shaun Gilpin, Housing Policy Specialist, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Discussion

Discussion and possible response to Appropriations memo.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Committee Discussion & Possible Action on Bills

Discussion and possible action on memo to Appropriations.

1:30 PM

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:45 PM

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

  • Michael Desrochers, Director, Fire Safety Division, Department of Public Safety
-

H.123 - An act relating to mobile home parks, habitability standards, and compliance

Discussion and possible vote.

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:00 PM

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

Discussion and possible vote.

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:30 PM

Commission Discussion

Final discussion on Committee response to Appropriations.

4:00 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

S.72 - An act relating to binding arbitration for State employees

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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9:00 AM

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

  • Rep. Charles Conquest, Sponsor
  • Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
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H.420 - An act relating to the qualifications for candidates for Adjutant and Inspector General

  • Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Patti J. Lewis, Sponsor
10:00 AM

JRH8 - Joint resolution relating to military suicides

  • Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
  • Rep. Mark Higley, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, March 19, 2015
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9:00 AM

JRH8 - Joint resolution relating to military suicides

  • Laura Gibson, PH.D, Director of Behavioral Health, Burlington Lakeside VA Clinic
  • David Morgan, Founder & President, Vermont Vet-to-Vet
  • Steve Robertson, Senior Legislative Assistant for Military and Veterans Affairs, Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Bryan Smith, Morrisville
  • John Tracy, Vermont State Director, Senator Patrick Leahy
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Judicial Retention

15 min. after Floor

Committee

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Kurt Wright, Reporter
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, March 20, 2015
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9:30 AM

House Floor

After the Floor

H.76 - An act relating to the requirement of mandatory binding arbitration and to the elimination of strikes and imposed contracts in connection with collective bargaining for teachers’ and school administrators’ contracts

  • Jeff Fannon, General Counsel, Vermont National Education Association
  • Nicole Mace, General Counsel, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
12:00 PM

Lunch

3:00 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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10:00 AM

House Floor

After the Floor

H.76 - An act relating to the requirement of mandatory binding arbitration and to the elimination of strikes and imposed contracts in connection with collective bargaining for teachers’ and school administrators’ contracts

Committee discussion and possible vote.

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

S.72 - An act relating to binding arbitration for State employees

Committee hearing and discussion.

  • Sen. Philip Baruth, Reporter
  • Jonathan Goddard, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
  • Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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9:00 AM

HomeShare Vermont

Room 10.

  • Kirby Dunn, Executive Director, HomeShare Vermont
  • Christina Godwin, Director, Home Share Now
9:30 AM

H.76 - An act relating to the requirement of mandatory binding arbitration and to the elimination of strikes and imposed contracts in connection with collective bargaining for teachers’ and school administrators’ contracts

Room 10.
Committee discussion.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Christopher Leopold, Labor Attorney, Wells & Leopold, LLC
  • Steven Stitzel, Labor Attorney, Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, PC
  • Rep. Kurt Wright, Sponsor
11:00 AM

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

Room 10.

  • Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:30 AM

JRH8 - Joint resolution relating to military suicides

Room 10.

  • Robert Burke, Director, Vermont Office of Veteran Affairs
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee

As Floor time allows.

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, March 26, 2015
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9:00 AM

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

Hear and possibly vote on amendment.

  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Friday, March 27, 2015
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9:00 AM

JRH8 - Joint resolution relating to military suicides

The Committee will hear from the mother of Joshua Pallotta, a deceased Vermont National Guard Veteran.

  • Valerie Pallotta, Colchester
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Month of the Military Child Kick-off

The Month of the Military Child kicks-off with a morning of activities at the State House:
9:45am - Acknowledgment and Reading of Proclamation in Governor's Ceremonial Office
11:00am - Month of the Military Child Celebration in Room 11

10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

JRH8 - Joint resolution relating to military suicides

Committee discussion as Floor time allows.

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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9:00 AM

JRH8 - Joint resolution relating to military suicides

Committee Discussion.

  • Michael Chernick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee

Committee discussion as Floor time allows.

-

Adjourn


Thursday, April 2, 2015
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9:00 AM

JRH8 - Joint resolution relating to military suicides

Discussion and vote.

  • Katelyn Atwood, Vermont Poverty Law Fellow, Vermont Veterans Legal Assistance Project
  • Michael Chernick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Mark Higley, Sponsor
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee

Committee discussion as Floor time allows.

-

Adjourn


Friday, April 3, 2015
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8:30 AM

H.76 - An act relating to the requirement of mandatory binding arbitration and to the elimination of strikes and imposed contracts in connection with collective bargaining for teachers’ and school administrators’ contracts

Committee discussion and vote.

9:00 AM

House Floor

After House Floor

Committee

Committee discussion as Floor time allows.

11:00 AM

Proclamation

Executive Chamber (Governor's ceremonial office)
Governor to sign proclamation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

12:00 PM

Lunch

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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Digital Storage. Recording of joint hearing with Education Committee is on their CD# 15-164.
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10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after the Floor

H.123 - An act relating to mobile home parks, habitability standards, and compliance

  • Sen. Ann Cummings, Reporter
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
  • Richard Williams, Executive Director, Vermont State Housing Authority
-

H.256 - An act relating to disposal of property following an eviction, and fair housing and public accommodations

Comments on Senate action.

  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
11:30 AM

H.76 - An act relating to the requirement of mandatory binding arbitration and to the elimination of strikes and imposed contracts in connection with collective bargaining for teachers’ and school administrators’ contracts

Room 10
House General and Education Committees will hear proposed amendments to H.76

  • Rep. Kevin Christie
  • Rep. Martin LaLonde, < None >
  • Rep. Kurt Wright
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Room 11

  • Lindsay DesLauriers, State Director, Main Street Alliance of VT
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Marc Sherman, Chair, Legislative Committee, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Rep. Tristan Toleno, Sponsor
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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9:00 AM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Cathy Davis, Director of Government & Media Relations, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephanie Hainley, Chief Operating Officer, White & Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors
  • Michele Kropp, Co-owner, Gringo Jack's Bar and Grill
9:45 AM

H.123 - An act relating to mobile home parks, habitability standards, and compliance

Discussion and vote on Senate amendment.

-

H.256 - An act relating to disposal of property following an eviction, and fair housing and public accommodations

Discussion and vote on Senate amendment.

10:00 AM

H.76 - An act relating to the requirement of mandatory binding arbitration and to the elimination of strikes and imposed contracts in connection with collective bargaining for teachers’ and school administrators’ contracts

Discussion and possible vote on amendments.

  • Rep. Willem Jewett
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
10:30 AM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Daniel Barlow, Public Policy Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Jennifer Kimmich, Co-owner/General Manager, The Alchemist
  • Kiki McShane, President, Managing Director, Fucci Associates
  • Paul Millman, Owner, Chroma Technology, Rockingham
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor


Thursday, April 9, 2015
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9:00 AM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Chris Bailey, CEO, Vermont Smoke and Cure
  • William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Jim Houser, Co-owner, Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Portland. OR
  • Debbie Ingram, Executive Director, Vermont Interfaith Action
  • Caleb Magoon, Owner, Power Play Sports
  • Stephanie Seguino, Professor of Economics, University of Vermont
  • Trudy Trombley, The Boutique, Stowe Mercantile
  • Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Room 10.

  • Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women
  • Anne Burmeister, Lobbyist, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
  • Michelle Fay, Paid Sick Days Campaign Manager, Voices for Vermont's Children
  • Kendal Melvin, Government Affairs Specialist, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Burton Wilcke, UVM, Vermont Public Health Association
3:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, April 10, 2015
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9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Dirk Anderson, Counsel, Vermont Department of Labor
  • Mathew Barewicz, Chief, Labor Market and Information, Vermont Department of Labor
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Report on paid sick leave study.

  • Tracy Dolan, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health
  • Amy Lester, Guidance Counselor, Plainfield
  • Gini Milkey, Director, Community of Vermont Elders (COVE)
  • Sarah Wylie, Vermont Department of Health
-

Adjourn


Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
  • Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
  • Rep. Tristan Toleno, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Committee discussion.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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8:30 AM

Ethics Training

House Chamber

After Training

S.72 - An act relating to binding arbitration for State employees

  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
  • Ben Palkowski, Legislative Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
-

S.72 - An act relating to binding arbitration for State employees

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, April 16, 2015
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9:00 AM

Security Update

  • Janet Miller, Sergeant at Arms
9:30 AM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Aidan Davis, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

Fair Housing Proclamation

Governor's Ceremonial Office -
Governor Shumlin will sign a proclamation declaring “April is Fair Housing Month”.

10:30 AM

S.72 - An act relating to binding arbitration for State employees

Discussion and possible vote.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Committee discussion.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor


Friday, April 17, 2015
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8:30 AM

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Committee will hear testimony on the fortified wines section of the Economic Development bill.

  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Michael Hogan, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:00 PM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Committee discussion and possible vote.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

Adjourn


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee

11:30 AM

Press Conference

Governor's Ceremonial Office.
Governor Shumlin will sign an executive regarding a “Ban the Box” hiring policy for state government.

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Committee will hear testimony on the fortified wine portion of the bill.

  • Joan Wilson, Owner, The Waitsfield Wine Shoppe
3:00 PM

H.175 - An act relating to labeling of roll-off dumpsters

  • Richard Filion
-

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Discussion on fortified wines section of bill.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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9:00 AM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Tristan Toleno, Representative, Brattleboro
10:00 AM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Committee discussion and possible vote on fortified wines section of bill.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Committee discussion and action as needed.

10:30 AM

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

  • Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Action as needed

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, April 23, 2015
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9:00 AM

Committee Action as needed

-

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Time permitting -
Discussion and possible vote.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

Evacuation Drill

  • Janet Miller, Sergeant at Arms
11:00 AM

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

  • Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Floor Recess

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Aidan Davis, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. Alyson Eastman
  • Matt Hill, Research Assistant, Department of Labor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
  • Rep. Donald Turner
5:00 PM

Adjourn


Friday, April 24, 2015
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9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Whistleblowing

  • Michele Anderson, Legal Counsel, Department of Human Resources
  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.175 - An act relating to labeling of roll-off dumpsters

  • Pat Austin, Owner, Austins Rubbish & Roll-Off Service, Inc.
  • Emily Brown, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors
  • Henry Marckres, Chief of Consumer Protection, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
  • Jeff Myers, President, Myers Waste and Recycling
4:00 PM

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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10:30 AM

Earned Sick Time Insurance

  • Rep. Cynthia Browning, Sponsor
-

H.339 - An act relating to paid family leave

  • Rep. Christopher Pearson, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee

Committee discussion as Floor time allows.

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, April 30, 2015
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9:30 AM

House Floor

12:15 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Friday, May 1, 2015
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8:45 AM

H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds

Update on Senate action.

  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:00 AM

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Action as needed

As Floor time allows.

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Whistleblowing

  • Michele Anderson, Legal Counsel, Department of Human Resources
  • Robert Appel, Attorney, Kohn Rath Danon & Appel LLP
  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
  • Ben Palkowski, Legislative Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission
-

Adjourn


Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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9:00 AM

Whistleblowing

  • Michele Anderson, Legal Counsel, Department of Human Resources
  • Ted Hobson, Attorney
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Ben Palkowski, Legislative Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General
11:00 AM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Committee will hear and consider a proposed amendment.

  • Rep. Alison H. Clarkson, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • William Goggins, Director of Enforcement, Department of Liquor Control
  • Rep. Patricia Komline, House Committee on Ways and Means
11:30 AM

Military Community and Family Policy

  • Harold Cooney, Northeast Regional Liason, ODASD (Military Community and Family Policy)
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:30 PM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Committee discussion of amendment and related matters.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

Adjourn


Thursday, May 7, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

Field Trip

Veterans' Cemetery in Randolph.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Friday, May 8, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
Digital Storage
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Clarkson amendment.
Discussion and possible vote.

  • Rep. Alison H. Clarkson, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Rep. Patricia Komline, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Committee Action as needed

As House Floor time allows.

1:30 PM

Adjourn


Monday, May 11, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor


Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor


Thursday, May 14, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:15 AM

Committee

Session wrap-up.

9:30 AM

House Floor


Friday, May 15, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor


Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Reconvening of Legislature

15 min. after Floor

Committee Organization (as needed)

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Outline of Statewide Outcomes

Legislative Council presentation on 2016 legislation.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Housing and Homelessness

Joint Hearing with House Committee on Human Services
Room 11

-

Agency of Human Services

Development in Emergency Housing

  • Chris Donnelly, Director of Community Relations, Champlain Housing Trust
  • Patrick Gallagher, Housing Director, Pathways Vermont
  • Rita Markley, Executive Director, Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
  • Hilary Melton, Director, Pathways Vermont
  • Melissa Picard, Pathways Vermont
  • Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
  • Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
12:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Housing and Homelessness

Affordable Housing for the Homeless.

  • Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
3:30 PM

House Floor

Following Floor

Adjourn


Thursday, January 7, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Training

Presentation about Harassment in the Workplace for House Members and Staff.
House Chamber

After Training

Homelessness - Current Issues and Needs

Homelessness Awareness Day:
Joint Hearing with House Committee on Human Services
Room 11

  • Sara Kobylenski , Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven
  • Linda Ryan, Director, Samaritan House
  • Megan Sandel, Principal Investigator, Boston Medical Center
12:00 PM

Lunch

Vigil for Homelessness on Statehouse Steps

2:00 PM

Governor's State of the State Address

3:30 PM

House Floor

Resolution on Homelessness will be Read.

After the Floor

Homelessness - Current Issues and Needs

Continuation of testimony from the morning.
Room 41

  • Chris Brzovic, Hundred Thousand Homes
  • Mary Ellen Mendl, Director, Vermont 2-1-1
-

Adjourn


Friday, January 8, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee

Legislative briefing and updates

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:30 AM

Security Update

  • Janet Miller, Sergeant at Arms
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Population-level Outcomes and Indicators

  • Rep. Tristan Toleno
-

Department of Liquor Control

Summer Study Report

  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, House Committee on General, Housing & Military Affairs

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Resolution honoring former Rep. Bob Walsh for his efforts on behalf of the Vermont Veterans Cemetery.

15 min. after Floor

Veteran's Service Organizations

Testimony from various Veterans' Service Organizations in Vermont.
Ethan Allen Room

  • Shawn Brian, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
  • Robert Bridges, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
  • Bob Burke, Director, Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Mike Choquette, Veterans of Foreign Wars - Department of Vermont
  • Brenda Cruickshank, Legislative Liaison, Veterans of Foreign Wars - Department of Vermont
  • Rich Farmer, American Legion
  • Gene Hicks, North Country Veterans Leadership Coalition
  • Fred Latour, Commander, American Legion - Department of Vermont
  • Charlie Magnet, Veterans of Foreign Wars - Department of Vermont
  • Christine Morgan, Executive Director, Dodge House
  • David Morgan, Vermont Vet-to-Vet
  • Stephen Weston, The Veteran's Place, Inc.
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

3:00 PM

Population-level Outcomes and Indicators

  • Angus Chaney, Director of Housing, Agency of Human Services
-

Adjourn


Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Population-level Outcomes and Indicators

  • Mathew Barewicz, Chief, Labor Market and Information, Vermont Department of Labor
10:45 AM

Population-level Outcomes and Indicators

  • Molly Dugan, Director, Support and Services at Home (SASH)
  • Kim Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, Cathedral Square Corporation
  • John Michael Hall, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Area Agency on Aging
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Housing

  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Brian Evans, Chief Fiscal Officer, Department for Children and Families
  • Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
-

Committee

  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
2:30 PM

Committee Discussion

  • Rep. Tristan Toleno
3:30 PM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Committee Discussion as Needed

5:00 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, January 14, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion as Needed

Budget Adjustment Memo

  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
10:00 AM

Population-level Outcomes and Indicators

  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Maura Collins, Policy and Planning Manager, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
11:00 AM

Department of Liquor Control

Summer Study Report

  • James Giffin, Interim Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Population-level Outcomes and Indicators

  • Rep. Anne Theresa O'Brien, Appropriations Committee
1:10 PM

Population-level Outcomes and Indicators

  • Josh Hanford, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
1:30 PM

Budget Adjustment Request

  • Rep. Matthew Trieber, House Committee on Appropriations
2:00 PM

-

  • James Giffin, Interim Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
  • William Goggins, Director of Enforcement, Department of Liquor Control
3:30 PM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Committee Discussion as Needed

5:00 PM

Adjourn


Friday, January 15, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Overview of current Guard activities and discussion of proposed Governor's Budget Adjustment.

  • Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
  • Kenneth Gragg, Financial Director, Vermont Military Department
-

Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Committee Discussion

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Kathryn Becker Van Haste, Director of Health Policy, Senator Bernie Sanders
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Vermont National Guard Briefing

Joint hearing with Senate Government Operations to receive VT National Guard annual report on Sexual Assault in the Military.
Room 11

  • Colonel Ellen Abbott, Counsel, Vermont National Guard
  • Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
  • Scott Detweiler, Victims Advocate Coordinator, Vermont National Guard
  • Michael Heston, Deputy Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
  • Doris Sumner, Chief Warrant Officer III, State Equal Employer Manager, Vermont National Guard
  • Theresa Wolbach, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Vermont National Guard

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

11:00 AM

Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

2016 Priorities

  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
11:45 AM

H.450 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

  • Rep. Job Tate, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

H.420 - An act relating to the qualifications for candidates for Adjutant and Inspector General

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.565 - An act relating to United Methodist Church property

  • Thomas Franklin, White River Jct.
  • Linda Johnson, White River Jct.
  • Rep. Gabrielle Lucke, Sponsor
10:00 AM

H.111 - An act relating to the removal of grievance decisions from the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s website

  • John Alexander, Self-Advocate
  • Tim Belcher, General Counsel, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
  • Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
11:15 AM

H.526 - An act relating to the Commissioner of Liquor Control and the Liquor Control Board

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

H.572 - An act relating to the Commissioner of Liquor Control and liquor control investigators

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Kesha K. Ram, Sponsor
  • Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Following Floor

H.307 - An act relating to access to personnel records

  • Rep. Willem Jewett, Sponsor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:00 PM

H.526 - An act relating to the Commissioner of Liquor Control and the Liquor Control Board

  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, Sponsor

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Department of Labor

  • Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Vermont Department of Labor
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
10:00 AM

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

  • Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
11:00 AM

Vermont Veterans' Home

Summer Study Report

  • Rep. Gabrielle Lucke, Study Committee
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Committee

2:00 PM

Governor's Budget Address

Joint Session of House and Senate

3:30 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Friday, January 22, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

11:45 AM

H.565 - An act relating to United Methodist Church property

  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:30 PM

Lunch

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Committee

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Tenant and Landlord Education

Update on tenant / landlord education project funded by the legislature. Room 10

  • Jonathan Bond, Director of Vermont Tenants & Mobile Home Programs, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
4:00 PM

H.565 - An act relating to United Methodist Church property

Discussion and possible vote.

-

Adjourn


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion

10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Committee Discussion and Bill Introductions

As Floor time allows

-

Adjourn


Thursday, January 28, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion and Bill Introductions

-

H.688 - An act relating to good cause employment

  • Rep. David L. Deen, Sponsor
  • James Giffin, Interim Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
  • James Giffin, Interim Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
  • Rep. Kathleen C. Keenan, Sponsor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Curt McCormack, Sponsor
  • Rep. Curt McCormack, Sponsor
  • Rep. Herbert Russell, Sponsor
  • Rep. Job Tate, Sponsor, < None >
10:30 AM

Non-flush Toilets

  • Jonathan Bond, Director of Vermont Tenants & Mobile Home Programs, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Gail Center, Senior Drinking Water Engineer, Vermont Department  of Health
  • Ernest Christianson, Regional Office Program Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • David Englander, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health
  • Gerald Garrow, Chief Plumbing Inspector, Department of Public Safety
11:15 AM

H.336 - An act relating to rental housing

Bill introduction.

  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Following Floor

Committee Discussion and Bill Introductions


Friday, January 29, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Committee Discussion

Bill review

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Committee Discussion

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

H.451 - An act relating to nano breweries

  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
3:00 PM

Vermont Veterans' Home

  • Charly Dickerson, Board Member, Vermont Veterans' Home
  • Melissa Jackson, Administrator, Vermont Veteran's Home
  • Joseph Krawczyk, President, Vermont Veteran's Home
4:00 PM

H.526 - An act relating to the Commissioner of Liquor Control and the Liquor Control Board

  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
5:00 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
-

No Committee Meetings Scheduled


Thursday, February 4, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
-

No Committee Meetings Scheduled


Friday, February 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Employee Wage and Hour Unit

  • Michael Hoyt, Attorney, Department of Labor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Budget Memo

Inquiry from House Appropriations.

2:00 PM

H.111 - An act relating to the removal of grievance decisions from the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s website

  • Michele Anderson, General Counsel, Department of Human Resources
  • Tim Belcher, General Counsel, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
  • Elizabeth Novotny, Vermont Police Association
  • Mike O'Neil, President, VT Troopers Association
-

Adjourn


Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

Committee Discussion

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Permitting

Pausing in Permitting. A discussion inspired by H.234.
Joint Hearing with House Commerce Committee.
Room 10

  • Kathy Beyer, Vice President for Development, Housing Vermont
  • Matthew Chapman, General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
3:45 PM

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

No Committee Meetings Scheduled

Housing related bills.

-

H.635 - An act relating to local land use bylaws and affordable housing

  • Rep. Fred Baser, Sponsor
  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Rep. Marianna Gamache, Sponsor
  • Rep. Marianna Gamache, Sponsor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. James Masland, Sponsor
  • Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann, Sponsor
  • Rep. Maida Townsend, Sponsor
  • Rep. Tommy Walz, Sponsor
10:15 AM

Housing Investment

Local Investment Advisory Committee

  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Tim Lueders-Dumont, Executive Assistant, State Treasurer's Office
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
11:00 AM

Bill Introductions

Tenant / landlord related bills.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

H.526 - An act relating to the Commissioner of Liquor Control and the Liquor Control Board

Committee Discussion

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:30 PM

Committee Discussion

FY17 budget memo.

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, February 11, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Bill Introductions

Labor related bills.

-

H.464 - An act relating to gender equality on State boards, commissions, and similar entities

  • Rep. William Botzow, Sponsor
  • Rep. William Botzow, Sponsor
  • Rep. Sarah E. Buxton, Sponsor
  • Rep. Susan Davis, Sponsor
  • Rep. Alice M. Emmons, Sponsor
  • Rep. Robert Forguites, Co-sponsor
  • Rep. Ronald E. Hubert, Sponsor
  • Rep. Willem Jewett, Sponsor
  • Rep. Anne Theresa O'Brien, Sponsor
  • Rep. Christopher Pearson, Sponsor
  • Rep. Butch Shaw, Sponsor
  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, Sponsor
  • Rep. Teo Zagar, Sponsor
  • Rep. Teo Zagar, Co-sponsor
10:45 AM

Bill Introductions

Alcohol related bills.

11:30 AM

Department of Liquor Control

Introduction of new Commissioner.

  • Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

H.808 - An act relating to accommodations for pregnant employees

Ethan Allen

  • Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women
  • Sharon Cox, Self Advocate
  • Catherine Davis, Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Erin Jones, Regional Director, Advocacy and Government Affairs, March of Dimes
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Gabrielle Lucke, Sponsor
  • Ashley Moore, Community and Business Relations Manager, Main Street Alliance of VT
  • Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission
  • Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General
  • Trudy Trombley, Truly Trudy's Boutique
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, February 12, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Discussion of Senate action.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Committee Action as needed

-

H.111 - An act relating to the removal of grievance decisions from the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s website

Update from working group.

  • Michele Anderson, General Counsel, Department of Human Resources
  • Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Vermont Department of Labor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

House Floor

After the Floor

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Amendments, discussion, and possible vote.

  • Rep. Alyson Eastman, Sponsor of amendment
  • Matt Hill, Research Assistant, Department of Labor
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
  • Rep. Oliver Olsen, Sponsor of amendment
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Commission Discussion and Possible Vote

-

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Discussion of amendments and Senate action.

  • Rep. Paul Dame, Sponsor of amendment
  • Matt Hill, Research Assistant, Department of Labor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Budget Memo

Discussion on FY17 General Assistance Budget.

  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Sarah Phillips, Chief Administrator, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department for Children and Families
  • Karen Vastine, Principal Assistant to the Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
10:00 AM

Bill Introductions

-

H.648 - An act relating to the Vermont National Guard Educational Assistance Program

  • Rep. Maxine Grad, Sponsor
  • Rep. Maxine Grad, Sponsor
  • Rep. Kathleen C. Keenan, Sponsor
  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Sponsor
  • Rep. Constance Quimby, Sponsor
  • Rep. Vicki Strong, Sponsor
  • Rep. Job Tate, Sponsor
  • Rep. Job Tate, Sponsor
  • Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor
  • Rep. Mark Woodward, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, February 18, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Property Transfer Tax

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
-

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

  • Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Election of two Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges Corporation.

After Joint Assembly

Vermont Property Transfer Tax

  • Douglas Farnham, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes
  • Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Governor's Proposed FY 2017 Budget

Low-Income Weatherization .

  • Matt Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
  • Dan Hoxworth, Executive Director, Capstone Community Action
  • Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Vermont Community Action Partnership
  • Erhard Mahnke, Lobbyist, Weatherization Assistance Programs
  • Geoff Wilcox, Weatherization Program Administrator, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department for Children and Families
  • Jenn Wood, Weatherization Director, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
5:00 PM

Adjourn


Friday, February 19, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Governor's Proposed FY 2017 Budget

Committee Discussion

9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

H.640 - An act relating to expenses for the repair of town cemeteries

  • Rep. Dennis J. Devereux, Commissioner, Vermont Old Cemetery Association
  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

Vermont Veterans' Home

Committee discussion.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.671 - An act relating to creating the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

  • Rep. Alison H. Clarkson, Sponsor
  • Elise Iannone, Vermont Law School
  • Mathew Pritchard, Vermont Law School
1:45 PM

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

VHCB assets and loan portfolio

  • Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Committee Discussion

Budget memo to House Appropriations

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.261 - An act relating to criminal record inquiries by an employer

Room 10.

  • Sue Bette, Owner, Bluebird Barbecue and Parties
  • T.J. Donavan, State's Attorney, Chittenden County
  • Cheryl Elovirta, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Corrections
  • Richard Gagne, Program Manager, Dismas of Vermont
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Kurt Kuehl, General Counsel, Department of Corrections
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, Sponsor
  • Michelle-Natividad Rodriguez, Senior Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project
  • Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
4:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.797 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

Ethan Allen Room

  • Josh Hanford, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Larry Lozier, Landlord, Barre, VT
  • Dan Thompson, Landlord, Barre, VT
10:00 AM

Vermont Housing & Conservation Coalition Day

Joint Hearing in Room 11 with Senate Commerce Committee on Current Issues and Needs.

  • Rob Giotti, Owl's Head Town Forest, Dorset
  • Elisabeth Kulas, Executive Director, Housing Trust of Rutland County
  • Thom Lauzon, Mayor, Barre City
  • Luke O'Brien, Northwoods Stewardship Center
  • Chris Snyder, President, Snyder Homes
  • Brenda Torpy, CEO, Champlain Housing Trust
After joint hearing

H.797 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

Ethan Allen

  • Jonathan Bond, Director of Vermont Tenants & Mobile Home Programs, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Jack McCullough, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Ray Otis, Landlord, Barre, VT
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

H.640 - An act relating to expenses for the repair of town cemeteries

  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

Committee Action as needed

Budget memo

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, February 25, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.261 - An act relating to criminal record inquiries by an employer

Room 10.

  • Dan Barlow, Policy Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Russ Bennett, Owner, Northland Construction
  • Richard Cassidy, Esq., Hoff and Curtis Law firm
  • Matt Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Catherine Davis, Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Anthony Dion, Manager, 5 Guys, Burlington, VT
  • Alec Ewald, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont
  • Kendal Melvin, Government Affairs Specialist, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Wendy Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
  • Rebecca Ronga, Paralegal, Civil Rights Unit, Attorney General's Office
  • Mickey Wiles, Chief Financial Officer, Burlington Labs
  • Suzi Wizowaty, Executive Director, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Heather Wright, Attorney, WrightJones PLC
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

15 min after Floor

H.702 - An act relating to a workforce housing demonstration project

Room 10

  • Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tom Corbin, Rentals and Real Estate, Middlebury College
  • Billy Coster, Director, Planning and Policy, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Peter Gill, Associate General Counsel, Natural Resources Board
  • Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Jeff Lewis, Futures Project, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
  • Katie Taylor, Director of Workforce Development & Entrepreneurship, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce & GBIC
  • Michael Zahner, Environmental and Energy Policy, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
-

Committee Discussion as Needed

4:30 PM

Adjourn


Friday, February 26, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion and Action as Needed

  • Rep. Matthew Trieber, House Committee on Appropriations
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.797 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

  • Katrina DeLaBruere, Advocacy and Development Director, Vermont Realtors
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
-

H.261 - An act relating to criminal record inquiries by an employer

Discussion

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
-

No Committee Meetings Scheduled

The General Assembly is on break for the week of Town Meeting.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

After Floor

Committee Discussion

Weatherization and LIHEAP memo.

  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Vermont Community Action Partnership
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Karen Vastine, Principal Assistant to the Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
12:00 AM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.261 - An act relating to criminal record inquiries by an employer

  • Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General
  • Rep. Janssen Willhoit
-

H.865 - An act relating to promoting workforce housing

Discussion on a Committee Housing bill.

  • John Adams, Planning Coordinator, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Matthew Chapman, General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Polly Nichol, Director, Housing Programs, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.640 - An act relating to expenses for the repair of town cemeteries

Possible vote

  • Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Rep. Linda J. Martin, Wolcott
  • Rep. Patricia McCoy, Poultney
  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

H.824 - An act relating to the adoption of occupational safety and health rules and standards

  • Bob Burke, Director, Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Harold Cooney, Northeast Regional Liason, ODASD (Military Community and Family Policy)
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor
  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, Sponsor
10:30 AM

H.187 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety

Governor Shumlin will sign the bill into law.
In the well of the House.

After bill signing

H.111 - An act relating to the removal of grievance decisions from the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s website

  • Michele Anderson, General Counsel, Department of Human Resources
  • Tim Belcher, General Counsel, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

H.807 - An act relating to veterans’ preference hiring policies

  • Bob Burke, Director, Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Harold Cooney, Northeast Regional Liason, ODASD (Military Community and Family Policy)
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:30 PM

H.702 - An act relating to a workforce housing demonstration project

  • Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.721 - An act relating to extending the first time homebuyer’s Down Payment Assistance Program

Related housing bills such as H.702 may also be discussed.

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

Weatherization and LIHEAP Program

  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Matt Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
  • Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Vermont Community Action Partnership
  • Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
10:45 AM

H.721 - An act relating to extending the first time homebuyer’s Down Payment Assistance Program

  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
11:00 AM

H.807 - An act relating to veterans’ preference hiring policies

  • Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

after Floor

Committee Discussion & Possible Action on Bills

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

H.111 - An act relating to the removal of grievance decisions from the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s website

  • Michele Anderson, General Counsel, Department of Human Resources
  • Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council
  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, March 11, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.261 - An act relating to criminal record inquiries by an employer

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min after Floor

Committee Discussion and Action as Needed

-

H.865 - An act relating to promoting workforce housing

  • Rep. Fred Baser, Sponsor
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General
  • Rep. Tommy Walz, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Committee Discussion and Action on Remaining Bills as Needed


Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Committee Business

Bill review and report preparation.

-

Adjourn


Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Veterans' Home

Committee Discussion

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Thursday, March 17, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

JRH22 - Joint resolution supporting the merger of the Vermont Veterans’ Home into the U.S. Veterans Health Administration beginning in federal fiscal year 2018

  • Rep. Steven Berry, Sponsor, < None >
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Judicial Retention

After Assembly

H.867 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Friday, March 18, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.867 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.867 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

  • Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Vermont Department of Labor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.867 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

Room 10.

  • Rep. William Botzow, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • Rep. Michael Marcotte, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
  • Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
-

Adjourn


Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.867 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

Ethan Allen room (located at the back of the Statehouse dining room).

  • Tom Buchanan, Self-Advocate
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

Adjourn


Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.867 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

Ethan Allen room (located at the back of the Statehouse dining room).

  • Alan Bjerke, Attorney
  • Jeff Couture, Executive Director, Vermont Technology Alliance
  • Catherine Davis, Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • John Hollar, Lobbyist, Vermont Insurance Agents Association
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, Working Vermont
  • Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • Mike Plageman, Co-owner, Plageman, Gagnon & Daughters
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Thursday, March 24, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.867 - An act relating to classification of employees and independent contractors

Room 10.

  • Rep. Mollie S. Burke, Brattleboro
  • Matt Durocher, Business Manager, Carpenters Local 1996
  • Jocelyn Jones, Attorney, Segal Roitman, LLP
  • Dennis LaBounty, Vermont State Labor Council/AFL-CIO
  • John LeBourveau , Vice President Human Resources, Seventh Generation
  • Rep. James Masland, Thetford
  • Rep. Curt McCormack, Burlington
  • Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor
  • Dan Mulcahy, Labor Management Representative, Sheet Metal Workers Local 63
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Friday, March 25, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

Resolution Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Vermont Air National Guard.

15 min. after Floor

Committee Discussion as Needed

Progress of bills passed out of Committee.
Thoughts on testimony heard on H.867.

12:00 PM

Lunch

-

Adjourn


Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.176 - An act relating to disclosure of compliance with accessibility standards in the sale of residential construction

Introduction and Walk-through.

  • David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, Council of Vermont Elders and AARP
  • Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Reporter, Senate Committee on Finance
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

Committee Discussion as Needed

To be determined.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Thursday, March 31, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Bill Introductions

Followed by walk-throughs.

-

S.252 - An act relating to the sale of lottery products

  • Sen. Becca Balint, Reporter, Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee
  • Sen. Philip Baruth, Reporter, Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
  • Sen. Ann Cummings, Reporter, Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Kevin Mullin, Reporter, Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee
10:00 AM

S.252 - An act relating to the sale of lottery products

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

As Floor time allows.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, April 1, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

Appreciation of departing Pages.

15 min. after Floor

H.93 - An act relating to increasing the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age

Poirier amendment.

  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Sponsor of amendment
11:00 AM

S.223 - An act relating to regulating fantasy sports contests

As Floor time allows.

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

S.176 - An act relating to disclosure of compliance with accessibility standards in the sale of residential construction

  • Katrina DeLaBruere, Advocacy and Development Director, Vermont Realtors
  • Michael Desrochers, Director, Division of Fire Safety, Department of Public Safety
  • Tim Heney, Owner, Heney Realtors
  • Sarah Launderville, Executive Director, Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
-

Adjourn


Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Resolution proclaiming April to be Month of the Military Child.

During the Floor

Month of the Military Child Kick-off

Room 11

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

House Floor

-

Adjourn


Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.865 - An act relating to promoting workforce housing

Committee will hear and consider amendments.

  • Rep. Alice M. Emmons, Reporter, House Committee on Institutions and Corrections
  • Rep. Adam Greshin, Reporter, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Mitzi Johnson, Reporter, House Committee on Appropriations
  • Lucy Leriche, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Rep. Thomas Stevens, Reporter, House Committee on General, Housing & Military Affairs
  • Rep. Matthew Trieber, Reporter, House Committee on Appropriations
10:15 AM

S.252 - An act relating to the sale of lottery products

  • Peter Espenshade, Executive Director, Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
  • Gregory Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery Commission
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

S.223 - An act relating to regulating fantasy sports contests

  • Les Bernal, National Director, Stop Predatory Gambling
  • Chris Grimm, Partner and Communications Director, The Impact Group
-

Adjourn


Thursday, April 7, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Public Housing

  • Chip Castle, Executive Director, Barre Housing Authority
  • Janet Green, Assistant Director, Burlington Housing Authority
  • Kevin Loso, Executive Director, Rutland Housing Authority
  • Jo Ann Troiano, Executive Director, Montpelier Housing Authority
9:45 AM

S.257 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

  • Jonathan Bond, Director of Vermont Tenants & Mobile Home Programs, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
11:00 AM

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

  • Sean Lawson, President, Vermont Brewers Association
  • Paul Sayler, Owner, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery
  • Marc Sherman, Owner, Stowe Mercantile
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Discussion as Needed

To be determined.

-

Adjourn


Friday, April 8, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

  • Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
  • William Goggins, Director of Enforcement, Department of Liquor Control
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

S.176 - An act relating to disclosure of compliance with accessibility standards in the sale of residential construction

  • John Pierce, volunteer, National MS Society
-

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

  • Clare Buckley, Lobbyist, Vermont Wholesale Beverage Association
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tori Ossola, Vice President of Tourism, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Carl Roesch, Owner, The Diner

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

11:30 AM

H.565 - An act relating to United Methodist Church property

Governor will sign into law.
Ceremonial Office.

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

S.176 - An act relating to disclosure of compliance with accessibility standards in the sale of residential construction

Review and possible markup.

  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

Adjourn


Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

Review and possible markup.

  • Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
-

H.824 - An act relating to the adoption of occupational safety and health rules and standards

Update on Senate action.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:00 AM

S.223 - An act relating to regulating fantasy sports contests

  • Wendy Koenig, Director of Federal and State Relations, University of Vermont
  • John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Discussion as Needed

To be determined.


Thursday, April 14, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

Review and possible markup.

  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

JRH12 - Joint resolution supporting the Vermont citizens who filed the federal law suit related to the basing of F-35A military jets at the Burlington International Airport and the majority of the voters of the city of Winooski who voted on March 3, 2015 for the city to join the lawsuit

.

  • Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Co-sponsor
-

S.223 - An act relating to regulating fantasy sports contests

Committee discussion.

3:00 PM

S.257 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

  • Joseph Giancola, Landlord, Rutland
  • John Ruggerio, Landlord, Rutland

Friday, April 15, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

H.640 - An act relating to expenses for the repair of town cemeteries

Presentation of Senate amendment.

  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

S.223 - An act relating to regulating fantasy sports contests

Vote by Committee.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

Walk-through and mark-up.

  • Kirby Keeton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rebecca Sameroff, Fiscal Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, Vermont Brewers Association

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

House Reconvenes

15 min. after Floor

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

As Floor time allows. Discussion and possible vote.

  • Kirby Keeton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rebecca Sameroff, Fiscal Analyst, Department of Taxes
-

Adjourn


Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.257 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

  • Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
-

H.824 - An act relating to the adoption of occupational safety and health rules and standards

Consider Senate Amendment

  • Dirk Anderson, General Counsel, Vermont Department of Labor
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Discussion and Action as Needed


Thursday, April 21, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.223 - An act relating to regulating fantasy sports contests

Consumer protections.

  • Rick Barnett, President, CEO of CARTER, Inc
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • James Layman, Assistant Attorney General, Public Protection Division, Attorney General's Office
  • Angel Rayford, Intern, Office of Legislative Council
-

H.84 - An act relating to consumer protection

  • Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • John Ruggerio, Landlord, Rutland
  • Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

S.257 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

  • Christopher Curtis, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • John Ruggerio, Landlord, Rutland

Friday, April 22, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

Welcome luncheon and facility tour with new DLC Commissioner.

1:00 PM

House Reconvenes

3:00 PM

Field Trip

ROTC Centennial Symposium at Norwich University.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Discussion and Action on Remaining Bills as Needed

As Floor Time Allows.

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

House Reconvenes

-

Adjourn


Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion and Action on Remaining Bills as Needed

-

S.257 - An act relating to residential rental agreements

Discussion and possible vote.

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

Update from House Ways and Means.

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion and Action on Remaining Bills as Needed

To be determined.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

15 min. after Floor

Committee Discussion and Action on Remaining Bills as Needed

To be determined. As Floor time allows.

-

Adjourn


Friday, April 29, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Business

Review and update.

9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Reconvenes

-

Adjourn


Monday, May 2, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
2:00 PM

House Floor


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

H.261 - An act relating to criminal record inquiries by an employer

Bill signing. Governor's Ceremonial Office.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Updates

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
-

H.278 - An act relating to selection of the Adjutant and Inspector General

9:30 AM

House Floor


Thursday, May 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor


Friday, May 6, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor


Saturday, May 7, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

As needed.