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House Committee on Ways and Means (Room 34)

The House Committee on Ways & Means considers matters relating to the revenue of the state, and which shall inquire into the state of the treasury; ascertain the amount of debt due the state, and the claims against it; report the amount of taxes necessary to be raised for the support of the government and inquire what measures, if any, ought to be adopted, the better to equalize the public burdens, secure the accountability of public agents, and otherwise improve the financial concerns of the state, including all matters relating to taxation, local or otherwise and all matters relating to the grand list.

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Previous Meetings - Full Report

Summary Report

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-1
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Convenes

1:30 PM

House Convenes

2:00 PM

Payroll and Expenses System Tutorial

  • Janet Miller, Deputy Director of Operations, Office of Legislative Council
2:15 PM

Committee Introductions


Thursday, January 8, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Convenes

10:00 AM

Joint Assembly

Receive Report of the Canvassing Committee - Governor's Election

1:30 PM

Joint Assembly

Administering Oaths and Governor's Inaugural Address


Friday, January 9, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-2, 3, 4
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Ways and Means 101

Committee jurisdiction, staff introductions

  • Emily Brown, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Convenes

9:45 AM

Tax Department Introductions

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Tax Legislation, Department of Taxes
  • Aaron Kaigle, Executive Staff Assistant, Department of Taxes
  • Jim Knapp, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs (POLA), Department of Taxes
  • Gregg Mousley, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
10:30 AM

Amazon Tax

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • William Griffin, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:15 AM

Education Finance

Report from Study Committee of 2014

  • Oliver Olsen, Committee Member, Education Finance Study Committee
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:30 PM

Education Reform Efforts

House Chamber

  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-5, 6, 7, 8
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

IT Training

  • Michael Berry, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
  • Albert Coccagna, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

Cadillac Tax

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Health Care Reform
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

House Convenes

10:15 AM

Auditor's Update

  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
11:15 AM

Lake Champlain Clean Up / TMDL

  • Trey Martin, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources
  • David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
1:00 PM

Caucus

2:30 PM

Update on e-Cigarettes

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:30 PM

Treasurer's Update

  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Stephen Wisloski, Deputy Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Household Insurance Survey

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Brian Robertson, Market Decisions Research
10:30 AM

RAND Study

The Economic Incidence of Health Care Spending in Vermont

  • Christine Eibner, Project Lead, RAND Corporation
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

1:15 PM

Administration Report on Health Care Finance

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

Administration Report on Health Care Finance

Alternative Financing Concepts

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Tax Expenditure Report

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:45 AM

ACA True Up Issues

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Christine Speidel, Staff Attorney, Office of the Health Care Advocate
10:30 AM

Revenue Update

  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
11:30 AM

Tax Delinquent List

  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

2:00 PM

Joint Assembly

Budget Address

3:45 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Introduction to the 2015 fee bill

  • Aimee Pope, Budget Analyst, Department of Finance & Management
4:15 PM

Budget Issues

  • Justin Johnson, Secretary, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
-

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Miscellaneous tax proposals.
Overview from the Department of Taxes

  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Friday, January 16, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-20, 21, 22
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Education Tax Rate Letter

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Convenes

After

Education Finance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:00 AM

Tuition Report

  • Aaron Brodeur, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:15 PM

Taxation and Regulation of Marijuana

Rand Report

  • Jonathan Caulkins, RAND Drug Policy Research Center
  • Beau Kilmer, Codirector, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-23, 24, 25, 26
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Payroll Tax OverView

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Tax Legislation, Agency of Administration
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

House Convenes

10:30 AM

Income Tax Deductions

Overview

  • Jeffrey Dooley, Lead Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rebecca Sameroff, Fiscal Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:15 AM

Renter Rebate Report

  • Jennifer Hollar, Chair, Vermont Housing Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Caucus

2:00 PM

Revenues

Update and Forecast

  • Tom Kavet, Economist, Kavet, Rockler and Associates
3:00 PM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Current Use - changes proposed in the administration's miscellaneous tax provisions

  • Putnam Blodgett, President, Current Use Tax Coalition
  • Jamey Fidel, Forest Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Steve Jeffrey, Executive Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Jim Knapp, Property, Valuation, and Review Consultant, Department of Taxes
  • Bill Moore, Legislative Director, Vermont Farm Bureau
  • Siobhan Smith, Vice President for Conservation and Stewardship, Vermont Land Trust

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Health Care Resources Fund

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:00 AM

Medicaid Cost Shift

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
9:45 AM

Break

10:00 AM

Medicaid Cost Shift

  • Michael Davis, Director of Health System Finances, Green Mountain Care Board
10:45 AM

Health Care Resources Fund

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

1:30 PM

Medicaid Cost Shift

  • Peter Cobb, Director, VT Assembly of Home Health and Hospice Agencies
  • Michael Del Trecco, Vice President of Finance, Vermont Hospital Association
  • Bea Grause, President, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-32, 33, 34, 35, 36
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Exchange Update

  • Devon Green, Health Policy Analyst, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
9:45 AM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Non-revenue proposals

  • Molly Bachman, General Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Devon Green, Health Policy Analyst, Agency of Administration
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jim Knapp, Property, Valuation, and Review Consultant, Department of Taxes
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

3:10 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Agency of Natural Resources - Electric generation application review, Act 250 application, reimbursement of agency costs

  • Jon Groveman, General Counsel, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Trey Martin, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources
3:45 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Natural Resource Board - Act 250 fees

  • Lou Borie, Executive Director, Natural Resources Board
4:15 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Department of Labor - Workers Compensation
Office of Professional Regulation
DCF - VSNIP fee
Agency of Education

  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary for Educator Quality, Agency of Education
  • Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor
  • Christopher Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office

Friday, January 23, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-37, 38, 39, 40, 41
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Department of Health - Food and Lodging Establishment Issues
Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Paul Daley, Director of Administrative Services, Department of Health
  • Steve Gomez, Business Manager, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Liz Wirsing, Food & Lodging Program Chief, Department of Health
9:30 AM

House Convenes

10:00 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Department of Environmental Conservation

  • David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Alyssa Schuren, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
12:00 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Vermont Center for Geographic Information
Board of Medical Practice
X-ray Registration
Agency of Agriculture - Fertilizer Fee; Apiaries

  • Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture
  • Paul Daley, Director of Administrative Services, Department of Health
  • David Herlihy, Executive Director, Vermont Board of Medical Practice
  • Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
  • Lucy Leriche, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • David Metraux, Director of Information Technology & Performance Management, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
2:30 PM

Caucus of The Whole

Lake Champlain Clean Up Issues


Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-42, 43, 44, 45, 46
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Tax Expenditures

  • Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

House Convenes

10:30 AM

Itemized Deductions

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

Lunch

1:00 PM

Caucus

2:15 PM

Ski Area Land Leases

  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

TIF sections

  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
  • Susan Mesner, Deputy State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
3:15 PM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Adding health insurance information to W2s

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Tax Legislation, Department of Taxes
3:45 PM

Property Tax Expenditures

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-47, 48, 49, 50, 51
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Understanding the Cost-Shift

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
9:45 AM

Transparency and Pricing in Health Care

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
  • Andrew Stein, Special Investigator, State Auditor's Office
10:30 AM

Cost Shift

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
11:15 AM

Cost Shift

  • John Franco, Burlington
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

1:30 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Committee Discussion

2:30 PM

Payroll Tax

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
3:30 PM

Medicaid Reimbursement Report

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Kara Suter, Director of Payment Reform, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-52, 53, 54, 55
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Lottery section

  • Greg Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery Commission
9:15 AM

Payroll Tax

Business organization testimony on the administration's proposal

  • Andrea Cohen, Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration
  • Catherine Davis, Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce
  • William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont
  • John Hollar, Lobbyist, Vermont Business Roundtable
  • Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • David Sichel, Deputy Director of Risk Management Services, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
11:30 AM

Overview of Budget Proposal

Revenues

  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

Budget Adjustment bill

3:30 PM

Employer Assessment

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Friday, January 30, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-56, 57, 58
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Agency of Education Fees

  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary for Educator Quality, Agency of Education
-

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Department of Health - Grocery Store License Fees

  • Emily Brown, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
9:30 AM

House Convenes

10:20 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Food and Lodging

  • Liz Wirsing, Food & Lodging Program Chief, Department of Health
10:30 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

  • Dan Cole, President, Physician Assistant Academy of vermont
11:00 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Department of Environmental Conservation Fees

  • David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Alyssa Schuren, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Fish and Wildlife Fees - hunters and anglers

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Clint Gray, President
1:20 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Effects on municipalities and towns

  • Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
2:00 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Wastewater and storm water issues

  • Chris Louras, Mayor, City of Rutland
  • Jeff Wennberg, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, Rutland City
2:30 PM

Caucus of the Whole Meeting

Economic Development


Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-59, 60, 61, 62
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Testimony on fees from affected parties

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Catherine Davis, Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Ed Miller, Lobbyist, Vermont Truck and Bus Association
10:00 AM

House Convenes

10:30 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Testimony on fees from affected parties

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Steve Gomez, Business Manager, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Tori Ossola, Vice President of Tourism, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, Casella Waste Systems
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Caucus

2:15 PM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Nonrevenue proposals: Sec 10 - housing; Sec 9 - garages

  • Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Katherine Decarreau, City Manager, Winooski
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
3:30 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Department of Environmental Conservation fees

  • David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Alyssa Schuren, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-63, 64, 65, 66, 67
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Health Care Reform

John Franco Proposal

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
9:15 AM

All Payer Waiver

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
10:15 AM

Health Care Reform

- Medicaid reimbursement rates in Vermont compared to other states

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
-

Health Care Reform

Access to Care

  • Peggy Brozicevic, Research and Statistics Section Chief, Department of Health
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • John Olson, Rural Health and Primary Care Chief, Department of Health
11:30 AM

Health Care Reform

Comment from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce on the administration's health care reform proposal

  • Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
11:45 AM

Payroll Tax

Uses for the payroll tax, including charts

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

After the floor

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Current use

  • Putnam Blodgett, Current Use Tax Coalition
  • Darby Bradley, Calais
  • Jamey Fidel, Forest Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:30 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Paid fundraisers

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tod Daloz, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
2:45 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

ATV fees

  • Danny Hale, Executive Director, Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association
  • Steve McLeod, Executive Director, Vermont Traditions Coalition
  • Craig Whipple, Director of State Parks, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
3:15 PM

Education Finance

Yield Proposal

  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner, Agency of Education

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-68, 69, 70, 71, 72
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Fees affecting developers

  • Wayne Lamberton, Principal, Superior Development
  • Michael Zahner, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
-

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Agency of Education Accreditation Fees

  • Diane Byrne, Ph.D. Director, Norwich University Teacher Education Program
  • Patricia Coates, Director of External and Government Affairs, Vermont State Colleges
  • Joel Cook, Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Paul Daley, Director of Administrative Services, Department of Health
  • Clarence Davis, Director of State Relations, University of Vermont
  • Heather Shouldice, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Susan Stitely, President, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges
  • Liz Wirsing, Food & Lodging Program Chief, Department of Health
  • Yasmine Ziesler, Chief Academic and Academic Technology Officer, Vermont State Colleges
11:00 AM

Health Care Reform

Comment from VASBO and VEHI on the administration's health care reform proposal

  • Grant Geisler, Past President, Vermont Association of School Business Officials
  • Robert Mason, Chief Operating Officer, Chittenden South Supervisory Union
  • Laura Soares, Chair, Vermont Education Health Initiative
11:30 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Committee Discussion; Restaurant Fees

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

1:30 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Carey Hengstenberg, Environmental Analyst, Department of Environmental Conservation
2:00 PM

Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee (VTCAC) on the Future of Lake Champlain

2015 Lake Champlain Action Plan

  • Lori Fisher, Vice Chair, Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain
  • Julie Moore, Chair, Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain
  • Denise Smith, Executive Director, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain
2:30 PM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

  • Lou Borie, Executive Director, Natural Resources Board
  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Billy Coster, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, February 6, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-73, 74, 75, 76, 77
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Taxpayer Advocate Report

  • Gloria Hobson, Taxpayer Advocate, Department of Taxes
  • Valerie Rickert, Director, Unemployment Insurance and Wages, Department of Taxes
9:30 AM

House Convenes

9:45 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Vote

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Matthew Chapman, General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary for Educator Quality, Agency of Education
  • Carey Hengstenberg, Environmental Analyst, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Education Finance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:45 PM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Steve Jeffrey, Executive Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

Caucus of the Whole Meeting


Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-78, 79, 80, 81
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Review of the current use program

  • Jamey Fidel, Forest Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:45 AM

Governor's Veterans Advisory Council

  • Brenda Crookshank, Governor's Veterans Advisory Council
10:00 AM

House Convenes

After

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Current use language

  • Jamey Fidel, Forest Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Caucus

2:30 PM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Current use

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Steve Jeffrey, Executive Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Jim Knapp, Property, Valuation, and Review Consultant, Department of Taxes
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Randy Viens, Assesssor, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association
3:45 PM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Non-revenue provisions

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Health Care Reform

Administration's health care reform proposal

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
10:25 AM

Health Care Reform

  • Hans Kastensmith, Managing Partner, Capitol Health Associates
10:55 AM

Payroll Tax

Operational aspects of collecting the payroll tax

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Gregg Mousley, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:15 AM

Health Care Reform

Vermont's Uninsured

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

1:35 PM

Health Care Reform

Comment from Rutland Regional Medical Center on the cost shift

  • Tom Huebner, President, Rutland Regional Medical Center
After

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Department of Taxes budget

  • Gregg Mousley, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
3:30 PM

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Joint Meeting with House Appropriations in Room 11


Thursday, February 12, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-88, 89, 90, 91, 92
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Global Budgets

  • Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform, Green Mountain Care Board
9:45 AM

Break

10:15 AM

Green Mountain Care Board

Cost shift and creating savings
Joint meeting with House Health Care in Room 10

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
11:30 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Committee discussion

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

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

possible lengthy floor time

3:30 PM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Walk through of House Education bill

  • Rep. David Sharpe, Chair, House Committee on Education

Friday, February 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-93, 94
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Convenes

possible long floor time

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Tax Havens

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-95, 96, 97, 98
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Current use and nonrevenue provisions

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Steve Jeffrey, Executive Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

House Convenes

After

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Nonrevenue provisions

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Caucus

2:30 PM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Lottery products

  • Greg Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery Commission
  • Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
3:30 PM

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Current use

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Randy Viens, Assesssor, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-99, 100, 101
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Committee Discussion

9:00 AM

Caucus of the Whole Meeting

Clean Water for the State of Vermont

11:00 AM

Health Care Reform

Payroll tax

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

After

H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program

  • Rebecca Ellis, House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy
3:30 PM

Joint Meeting

Joint Meeting with House Appropriations in Room 10
Revenue Landscape

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
4:45 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, February 19, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-102, 103, 104, 105
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Health Care Reform

Uncompensated Care

  • Michael Davis, Director of Health System Finances, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Michael Del Trecco, Vice President of Finance, Vermont Hospital Association
  • Sharon Winn, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association
9:45 AM

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Review of certain provisions

  • Lucy Leriche, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Trey Martin, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources
  • James Reardon, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

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 Convenes

After the Floor

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Tax Havens

  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont
After

H.272 - An act relating to current use and technical tax changes

Current use and nonrevenue provisions.
Vote.

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, February 20, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-106, 107
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program

  • Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Public Service Department
  • Darren Springer, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service
9:30 AM

House Convenes

After

H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program

  • Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Public Service Department
  • Darren Springer, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-108, 109, 110, 111
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Walk through of bill

  • Jonathan Copans, Senior Policy Advisor for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

House Convenes

After

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Fees related to ANR/Ag collaborative laboratory

  • Jolinda LaClair, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture
  • Trey Martin, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Joanna Pallito, Business Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Caucus

3:00 PM

H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program

  • Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Public Service Department
  • Tom Kavet, Economist, Kavet, Rockler and Associates
  • Darren Springer, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service
  • George Twigg, Director of Public Affairs, Efficiency Vermont

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-112, 113, 114, 115
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Budget Gap Discussion

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:30 AM

H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program

Komline amendment

  • Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Darren Springer, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service
  • George Twigg, Director of Public Affairs, Efficiency Vermont
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

After the Floor

H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program

Greshin amendment
Vote

  • Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Anthony Klein, Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy
  • Darren Springer, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service
  • George Twigg, Director of Public Affairs, Efficiency Vermont
After

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Fiscal note

  • Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture
  • Jonathan Copans, Senior Policy Advisor for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-116, 117, 118, 119
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

TBA

Proposal for a two-tiered system

  • Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife
9:45 AM

H.117 - An act relating to telecommunications.

Walk through of the bill

  • Rep. Stephen Carr, Representative, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • Rep. Michael Marcotte, Representative, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department
  • Chris Recchia, Commissioner, Public Service Department
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:45 AM

Budget Gap Discussion

Mortgage interest examples

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:30 AM

Provider Tax

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

House Convenes

After

H.117 - An act relating to telecommunications.

Committee Discussion

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department

Friday, February 27, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-120, 121, 122
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Briefing

  • Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
-

H.117 - An act relating to telecommunications.

Vote

After

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
-

-

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


Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-123, 124, 125, 126
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Town Meeting Day School Budget Results

  • Stephen Dale, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
10:00 AM

House Convenes

After

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

2:30 PM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax

  • Shawn Bartlett, Jolley Convenience Stores
  • Frank Chaloupka, Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Kevin Dietly, Principal, Northbridge Environment Management Consulting
  • Barbara Frankowski, M.D., MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Vermont Medical School
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Anthony Iarrapino, Director, Alliance for a Healthier Vermont
  • Jane Kolodinsky, Professor of Economics, Community Development and Applied Economics Department, UVM
  • Amy Mattinat, Owner, Auto Craftsmen in Montpelier
  • Jay Mitiguy, Dowlings Distributors
  • Pam Trag, Owner, Quality Market, Barre
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

After

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

  • Stephen Dale, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Jeff Fannon, General Counsel, NEA
  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Grant Geisler, Former President, Vermont Association of School Business Officials
  • Steve Jeffrey, Executive Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Thomas Pelham, Co-Founder, Campaign for Vermont
  • Rick Pembroke, President, Vermont Association of School Business Officials
  • Tom Vickery, Board of Directors, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-134, 135, 136, 137, 138
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Property Tax Rates

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:20 AM

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Response to Memo from Appropriations Committee

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:50 AM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Tax Incentives

  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:45 AM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Property Tax Rates - vote on rates

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:20 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Implementation Costs of Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax and Payroll Tax

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Gregg Mousley, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Taxes
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

After

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Capping deductions

  • Dan Barlow, Public Policy Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • John Killacky, Executive Director, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
  • Shayla Livingston, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Mary Alice McKenzie, Executive Director, Burlington Boys and Girls Club
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

Break

3:45 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Capping deductions without charitable contributions

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Friday, March 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-139, 140, 141, 142
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax

  • Tatiana Andreyeva Ph.D., Director of Economic Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, University of Connecticut
  • Tom Kavet, Economist, Kavet, Rockler and Associates
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
9:30 AM

House Convenes

After the Floor

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax

  • Anthony Iarrapino, Senior Attorney, Alliance for a Healthier Vermont
-

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Memo draft to Appropriations Committee

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

Lunch

1:15 PM

H.5 - An act relating to hunting, fishing, and trapping

Vote

1:30 PM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

"Affinity"; Two Yield Idea

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. David Sharpe, Chair, House Committee on Education

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-143, 144, 145, 146, 147
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Presentation and 5-year budget proposals

  • David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
10:00 AM

Break

10:15 AM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

  • Matthew Chapman, General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Rep. David L. Deen, Chair, House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
11:00 AM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Revenue proposals

  • Rep. David L. Deen, Chair, House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources
  • David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, Chair, House Committee on Agriculture
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Caucus

2:15 PM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Revenue proposals

  • Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, Chair, House Committee on Agriculture
-

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Presentation and 5-year budget proposals

  • Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture
  • Rep. David L. Deen, Chair, House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources
  • Carey Hengstenberg, Environmental Analyst, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.480 - An act relating to making miscellaneous technical and other amendments to education laws

Vote

  • Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:15 AM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

DEC fees

  • David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
After

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Property transfer tax

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
-

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Committee discussion

  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Realtors Association
11:45 AM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Property transfer tax

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

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

1:15 PM

One Vermont Income Tax Proposal

  • Paul Cillo, President, Public Assets Institute
2:05 PM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Property transfer tax

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:20 PM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:35 PM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Property transfer tax

  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Realtors
3:30 PM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Per parcel fee and DEC fees effect on municipalities

  • Jonathan Copans, Senior Policy Advisor for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
4:00 PM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Possible vote

  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-154, 155, 156, 157
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Vote

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:45 AM

H.282 - An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

10:00 AM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Possible vote

  • Rep. Sarah E. Buxton, House Committee on Education
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. David Sharpe, Chair, House Committee on Education
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Judicial Retention

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

1:30 PM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Possible vote

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:15 PM

Break

4:00 PM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Vote

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:20 PM

H.488 - An act relating to the State’s Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Vote

  • Rep. Patrick Brennan, Chair, House Committee on Transportation
  • Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes

Friday, March 20, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-156, 157, 158, 159, 160
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.135 - An act relating to enabling the Vermont Department of Health to reach an agreement with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding authority over regulation and licensing of radioactive material

Vote

  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health
9:15 AM

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Decisions

  • Rep. Mitzi Johnson, Chair, House Committee on Appropriations
9:30 AM

House Convenes

10:30 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

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

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.108 - An act relating to electrical installations

Vote

1:25 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Vote

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-161, 162, 163, 164, 165
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. William J. Lippert, Chair, House Committee on Health Care
10:00 AM

House Convenes

After

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Caucus

2:15 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
2:30 PM

Break

3:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Office of the Governor
  • Deborah Richter, MD, Family Physician in Addiction Medicine

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15- 166, 167, 168, 169
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Dan Barlow, Policy Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Jennifer Chiodo, Managing Principal, Cx Associates, LLC, Board of Directors, VBSR
  • Peter Cobb, Director, VNAs of Vermont
  • Catherine Davis, Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Mike Hammond, Distributor, Coca Cola of Northern New England
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Paul Millman, President, Chroma Technology, Rockingham
  • Falko Schilling, Consumer Advocate, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
11:30 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Sugar sweetened beverage tax

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

After

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-170
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Update from committee reporter Rep. Condon

-

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Update from committee reporter Rep. Branagan

9:00 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Amendments

  • Rep. Oliver Olsen, Representative
9:30 AM

House Convenes

Long floor times expected

10:30 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Amendments: O'Sullivan/Poirier, and Davis, O'Sullivan, Poirier

  • Rep. Susan Davis, Working Vermonters Legislative Caucus
  • Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, Representative
  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch


Friday, March 27, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-171, 172
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Rep. Dame Amendment

  • Rep. Paul Dame
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

Long floor times expected

11:35 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Rep. Donahue and Wright floor amendment

  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
  • Rep. Kurt Wright
11:50 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Rep Willhoit amendment

  • Rep. Janssen Willhoit
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes


Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-173, 174, 175
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Revenue options

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

House Convenes

11:30 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Stephen Wisloski, Deputy Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Caucus

2:15 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Tredwell - e-cigarettes; Revenues

  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Adam Tredwell, President, Vermont Vapor
  • Tina Zuk, Coordinator, American Heart Association
4:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Health Care Committee's new proposal

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. William J. Lippert, Chair, House Committee on Health Care
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-176, 177
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Amendments

  • Rep. Eileen Dickinson
  • Rep. Corey Parent
-

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Revenue options

9:30 AM

H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters

Amendments

  • Rep. Cynthia Browning
  • Rep. Mark Higley
12:00 PM

Lunch

6:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Revenue options
If there is a break from the floor.


Thursday, April 2, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-178, 179, 180
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Committee discussion

9:05 AM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

Scheuermann amendment

  • Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann
9:30 AM

House Convenes

Long floor times expected

9:40 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:45 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Nancy Rowden Brock, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
  • John Evans, President and CEO, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
12:20 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Vote


Friday, April 3, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-181
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

House Convenes

10:30 AM

S.41 - An act relating to developing a strategy for evaluating the effectiveness of individual tax expenditures

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-182, 183,184, 185
Meeting Record
9:00 PM

H.317 - An act relating to military pension income tax exemption

  • Rep. Brian K. Savage
-

H.354 - An act relating to clarifying the meaning of food processing for the purpose of the manufacturer’s exemption to Vermont’s sales and use tax

  • Rep. Daniel Connor, Sponsor
  • Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge
  • Rep. Christopher Pearson
10:00 AM

House Convenes

10:45 AM

H.356 - An act relating to an income tax checkoff for the General Fund

  • Rep. Anthony Klein, Sponsor
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes
11:00 AM

Tax Reform

Rep. Browning proposals

  • Rep. Cynthia Browning
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Caucus

2:15 PM

Sergeant at Arms Update

Panic button

  • Les Dimick, Chief of Capitol Police
  • Janet Miller, Sergeant-At-Arms
2:45 PM

H.222 - An act relating to extraction of groundwater and surface water

  • Rep. Teo Zagar, Sponsor
3:10 PM

H.178 - An act relating to the assessment of residential property values near the Burlington Airport

  • Rep. Clement Bissonnette, Sponsor
3:30 PM

H.442 - An act relating to trustee process of income tax refunds and renter rebates

  • Rep. Corey Parent, Sponsor

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-186, 187, 188
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.22 - An act relating to military pension income tax exemption

  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue, Sponsor
-

H.238 - An act relating to an income tax credit for home modifications required by a disability or physical hardship

  • Jeffrey Dooley, Lead Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Rep. Patsy French, Sponsor
  • Rep. Patsy French, Sponsor
  • Kimberly McSweeney, Chair, Government Relations Committee, Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes
  • Rep. Oliver Olsen, Sponsor
9:45 AM

Education Reform

Rep. Scheuermann proposals

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann
10:45 AM

Tax Havens

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

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes


Thursday, April 9, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-189, 190, 191 and HNR CDs 15-133, 134
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Wood Products Manufacture Study

  • Jared Duval, Economic Development Director, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Lucy Leriche, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
10:00 AM

Joint Meeting

Joint Meeting with House Natural Resources in Room 11
Regional Economic Models, Inc. - Carbon Tax

  • Jon Erickson, Managing Director, The Gund Institute
  • Scott Nystrom, Regional Economic Models, Inc.
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

Possible long floor time

2:30 PM

S.55 - An act relating to Vermont’s estate tax

  • Victor Gauto, Economist, Department of Taxes
  • Andrew MacLean
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

Friday, April 10, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-192, 193
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Analyses of Vermont Tax System

ITEP and Pew Analyses

  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

11:00 AM

S.41 - An act relating to developing a strategy for evaluating the effectiveness of individual tax expenditures

  • Carl Davis, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

TBA


Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-194, 195, 196
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.55 - An act relating to Vermont’s estate tax

  • Mark A. Langan, Attorney, Dinse, Knapp, & McAndrew, P.C.
  • Stephen P. Trenholm, CPA, Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP
10:00 AM

House Convenes

After the Floor

Research & Development Tax Credit Update

  • Victor Gauto, Economist, Department of Taxes
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
11:00 AM

S.55 - An act relating to Vermont’s estate tax

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:15 AM

Research & Development Tax Credit Update

  • Victor Gauto, Economist, Department of Taxes
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Caucus

3:00 PM

S.41 - An act relating to developing a strategy for evaluating the effectiveness of individual tax expenditures

  • Jeff Chapman, Director, Economic Development, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-197, 198, 199, 200
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

Ethics Training

House Chamber

10:00 AM

Discussion of Vermont Tax System Analysis

ITEP and Pew Analyses

  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

After

Wood Products Manufacture Tax Credit

2:20 PM

Tax Havens

  • William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont
3:30 PM

Audits and Amnesty

  • Gregg Mousley, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-201, 202
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Employment Growth Incentive

  • Tom Kavet, Economist, Kavet, Rockler & Associates, LLC
  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
  • Pat Moulton , Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

Long floor times expected


Friday, April 17, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
-

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

9:30 AM

House Convenes


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-203, 204, 205, 206
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Sales tax; income tax

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

House Convenes

After

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Sales tax; income tax

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

Lunch and Caucuses

2:00 PM

Employer Assessment

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:20 PM

Tax Havens

  • Jeffrey Dooley, Lead Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
2:45 PM

Capital Gains

History, trends

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
-

S.55 - An act relating to Vermont’s estate tax

  • James Feehan, Lobbyist, Certified Public Accountants
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-207
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.184 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Briefing

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jonathan Copans, Senior Policy Advisor for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, McLean, Meehan & Rice
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes


Thursday, April 23, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-208, 209, 210
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Tax Appeals Report

  • Steve Jeffrey, Executive Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Jim Knapp, Property, Valuation, and Review Consultant, Department of Taxes
  • Randy Viens, Assesssor, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association
10:00 AM

Evacuation Drill

  • Janet Miller, Sergeant-At-Arms
After

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Revenue Options

  • Catherine Davis, Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Dale Hackett, Consumer Advocate
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, Candy Distributors
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

2:55 PM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. William J. Lippert, Chair, House Committee on Health Care
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Office of the Governor
4:25 PM

House Convenes


Friday, April 24, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-211
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

10:15 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Vote

  • Brent Farrell, Vitality Vending
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-212, 213
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.497 - An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Colchester

  • Dawn Francis, Town Manager, Colchester
  • Steve Jeffrey, Executive Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Kirby Keeton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Cameron Wood, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

H.355 - An act relating to licensing and regulating foresters

  • Colin Benjamin, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • Kirby Keeton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
10:00 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

E-Cigarettes

  • Gaetano Putignano, 802-E-Cig Supply
2:45 PM

H.355 - An act relating to licensing and regulating foresters

  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-214, 215, 216
Meeting Record
10:30 AM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

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

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

4:10 PM

H.355 - An act relating to licensing and regulating foresters

4:15 PM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-217
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Amendments

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Willem Jewett
  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier
  • Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
9:30 AM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

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

Lunch


Friday, May 1, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-218, 219
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Amendments

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Rep. Ronald E. Hubert
9:30 AM

House Convenes

After

H.497 - An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Colchester

Vote

-

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Memo to Tax Department, Proposed Language, Hubert Amendment

12:00 PM

Lunch


Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-220, 221, 222
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Walk though of Senate-passed version

  • Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

S.41 - An act relating to developing a strategy for evaluating the effectiveness of individual tax expenditures

Vote

3:05 PM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Fortified Wines, Affordable Housing Tax Credit

  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Marcia Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing, Department of Liquor Control
  • William Goggins, Director of Enforcement, Department of Liquor Control
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • Jo Bradley, Director, Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
  • Pat Moulton , Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
10:10 AM

Break

10:30 AM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
11:00 AM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
  • Tom Kavet, Economist, Kavet, Rockler & Associates, LLC
  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
  • Lucy Leriche, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

2:45 PM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • Jeffrey Dooley, Lead Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
  • Lucy Leriche, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
5:30 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Committee of Conference in Senate Finance


Thursday, May 7, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-229, 230, 231, 232
Meeting Record
9:15 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Wage garnishment

  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Christine Speidel, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
10:40 AM

S.138 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Vote

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

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Wage garnishment; issues contained in letter from Commissioner Peterson re H.489 Senate Proposal of Amendment

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

2:45 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Employer assessment

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Laura Merone-Walsh, Co-owner, Midway Oil and Donuts of Rutland
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor

Friday, May 8, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-233, 234
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Satellite tax

  • Paul Cianelli, President, New England Cable
  • Damon Stewart, Vice President - State Government Affairs, Direct TV
9:25 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Judiciary Committee Memo on Judiciary Fees

  • Rep. Willem Jewett, House Committee on Judiciary
9:30 AM

House Convenes

11:10 AM

H.361 - An act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:00 PM

House Convenes

2:00 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Committee of Conference Meeting in Room 6


Monday, May 11, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-235, 236
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Committee of Conference in Room 6

11:00 AM

Forest Fragmentation

  • Deb Brighton, Consultant, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
11:30 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Dams; encroachment; bill backs on 248 applications; moorings

  • Billy Coster, Policy and Planning Analysis, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Alyssa Schuren, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
12:20 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

VHFA 10 year renewal

  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
1:00 PM

House Convenes

4:30 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Committee of Conference in Room 6


Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-237
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Local Option Taxes

  • Steve Jeffrey, Executive Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
9:30 AM

House Convenes

12:15 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Committee of Conference Room 6

2:00 PM

House Convenes

6:00 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Committee of Conference Room 6


Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CD
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Convenes

10:00 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Committee of Conference in Room 6

4:00 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Committee of Conference in Room 6

6:45 PM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Committee of Conference in Room 6


Thursday, May 14, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-238
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.489 - An act relating to revenue

Debriefing on committee of conference proceedings

9:30 AM

House Convenes


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

House Convenes


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

House Convenes

10:15 AM

Auditor's Update

  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
11:30 AM

Clean Water Fund Update

  • Alyssa Schuren, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
1:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

Outline of Statewide Outcomes

Legislative Council presentation on 2013 legislation


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

Security Update

  • Janet Miller, Sergeant at Arms
9:45 AM

Tax Department Update

  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
10:45 AM

Education Fund Update

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Revenue Outlook

Budget Overview, Emerging Tax Issues, and Updates

  • Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office
3:30 PM

House Convenes


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

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Session

House Chamber

10:45 AM

Current Use Update

  • Doug Farnham, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Garnishment and Contracts

  • Gregg Mousley, Department of Taxes
2:00 PM

Governor's State of the State Address

House Chamber

3:30 PM

House Convenes


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

House Convenes

10:00 AM

Sales Tax Nexus

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:15 AM

Vermont Employment Growth Incentive Update

  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
11:15 AM

Governmental Accounting Standards Board 77

  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Dean Mead, Research Manager, Governmental Accounting Standards Board
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Treasurer's Update

  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Tonnage Fee

  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Director of Legal Staff, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

School Budgets

  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
10:00 AM

House Convenes

After Floor

Medicaid Update

  • Stephanie Barrett, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:15 PM

Health Care Reform

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
3:15 PM

Primary Care Study

  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Tax Expenditure Presentation

  • Robert J Rehmann, Policy Analyst, Maryland Department of Legislative Services
  • Heather Ruby, Policy Analyst, Maryland Department of Legislative Services
  • Julie Srey, Senior Research Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

Education Consolidation and Funding

  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education
11:00 AM

Medicaid Update

  • Stephanie Barrett, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Threshold Bill

  • Sharpe David, Committee Chair, House Education Committee
2:30 PM

Education Update/Thresholds

  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
3:30 PM

House Convenes


Thursday, January 14, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Education Funding/Yields

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council
  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

Pre-Existing Debt

  • Chauntelle Eckhaus
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Scott Thompson, Board Member, Union-32
11:00 AM

All Payer Model Update

  • Gobeille Al, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
12:00 PM

Lunch

After Lunch

Tentative Vote on H.556

3:30 PM

House Convenes


Friday, January 15, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Tax Expenditures Report

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

10:00 AM

Current Use Annual Report

  • Doug Farnham, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes
11:00 AM

Current Use Annual Report

  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
12:00 PM

Lunch


Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:45 AM

Revenue Forecast

  • Tom Kavet, Economist, Kavet, Rockler & Associates, LLC
10:00 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

2:15 PM

Update on VEGI and the Enterprise Fund

  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
3:30 AM

Sales Tax on Services Study

  • Tom Kavet, Economist, Kavet, Rockler & Associates, LLC

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

H.556 - Act act relating to raising the education spending thresholds for fiscal year 2017

  • Paul Dame, Rep
  • Job Tate, Rep
  • Janssen Willhoit, Rep
9:45 AM

Tax Department Follow-Up

  • Doug Farnham, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes
10:30 AM

H.556 Discussion continued

  • Patricia Komline
  • David Sharpe, , Rep
  • Chip Troiano, Rep
12:00 PM

Lunch

3:30 PM

House Convenes


Thursday, January 21, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Primary Care Proposal

  • Deborah Richter, MD, Family Physician in Addiction Medicine
9:15 AM

Health Care Advocate Report

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
10:15 AM

Medicaid Update

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Vermont Enterprise Fund Annual Report

  • Pat Moulton , Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
2:00 PM

Governor's 2016 Budget Address

  • Peter Shumlin, Governor, State of Vermont
3:30 PM

House Convenes


Friday, January 22, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Fee Bill

Overview

  • Brad Ferland, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
  • Aimee Pope, Fiscal Analyst, Agency of Finance and Management
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

- After Floor

Fee Bill

Liquor Enforcement

  • James Giffin, Interim Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
11:00 AM

S.233

4.2

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • David Sharpe, Chair, House Education Committee
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider Tax

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
-

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Fuel Gross Receipts

  • Sarah Phillips, Community Services Administrator, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department for Children and Families
  • Karen Vastine, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

  • Kirby Keeton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes
10:00 AM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:15 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Sales and Use Tax

  • Matthew Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
-

S.233 - An act relating to amending Act 46

Amendments

  • Rep. Paul Dame
  • Rep. Ann Manwaring
  • Rep Butch Shaw
  • Rep. Teo Zagar

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

S.233 - An act relating to amending Act 46

Amendments

  • Rep. Diane Lanpher
  • Rep Kesha Ram
  • Rep Chip Troiano
  • Rep. Teo Zagar
10:00 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Fee Bill

Worker's Compensation

  • Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor
1:15 PM

S.233 - An act relating to amending Act 46

  • Rep Chip Troiano
1:30 PM

House Convenes


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

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider Tax

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
10:00 AM

Fee Bill

Financial Regulations, Mutual Fund Fee

  • Susan Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
11:00 AM

Education Funding

Cost of an Adequate Education in Vermont

  • Lawrence Picus, Professor, Picus Odden & Associates
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Fee Bill

Liquor Control

  • James Giffin, Interim Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
3:00 PM

Fee Bill

Public Safety

  • Jeffrey Wallin, Director, Department of Public Safety
3:15 PM

Fee Bill

Fire Safety

  • Michael Desrochers, Deputy Director of Fire Management, Department of Public Safety

Friday, January 29, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

S.233 - An act relating to amending Act 46

Education Bill Discussion

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

3:30 PM

S.233 - An act relating to amending Act 46

Committee Discussion


Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Fee Bill

Agriculture, Food and Markets

  • Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kristin Haas, Director, Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Katherine M McNamara, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Shelley L Mehlenbacher, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
10:00 AM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Fee Bill

Liquor

  • Heather Duke, Business Manager, Department of Liquor Control
  • Bill Goggins, Liquor Enforcement
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:15 PM

Fee Bill

Fish and Wildlife

  • Steve Gomez, Business Manager, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife
3:00 PM

Fee Bill

Judiciary

  • Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office
  • Hon Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge
  • Matt Riven, Director of Budget and Management, Vermont Judiciary

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider Tax-Physicians

  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Hannah Rabin, MD
  • Toby Sadkin, MD
10:00 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider Tax- Dentists

  • Grace Branon
  • Vaughn Collins, Executive Director, Vermont State Dental Society
  • Tom Connolly
  • Laurie Ann Forest, DDS, Forest Family Dentistry
11:00 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider Tax-Providers

  • Amy Cooper, Executive Director, Healthfirst, Inc.
  • Linn Larson , MD, Middlebury Health Center
11:30 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider Tax-Providers

  • Sharon Winn, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association
11:45 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider Tax-Providers

  • Bernie Noe ND, Naturopathic Physician
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Estate Tax

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark A. Langan, Attorney, Dinse, Knapp, & McAndrew, P.C.
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Stephen Trenholm, CPA, Gallagher Flynn

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Fee Bill

Agency of Transportation

  • Chris Cole, Secretary, Agency of Transportation
  • Leonard LeBlanc, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Transportation
10:00 AM

Fee Bill

Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Smith Michael, Director of Operations, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Cherie Yaeger, Department of Motor Vehicles
11:00 AM

Fee Bill

Crime Victim Services

  • Cara Cookson, Public Policy Director and Victim Assistance Program Coordinator, Center for Crime Victims Services
  • Judith Rex, Executive Director, Center for Crime Victims Services
  • Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Fee Bill

Agriculture, Food and Markets

  • Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Kristin Haas, Director, Food Safety and Consumer Protection, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
  • Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Mark Paquet, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
  • Randy Quenneville, Section Chief, Meat Inspection Section, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
  • Tim Schmalz, Plant Pathologist, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

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

House Convenes

-After Floor

All-Payer Model Update

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
11:00 AM

H.656 - An act relating to creating an education tax that is adjusted by income for all taxpayers

  • Rep. Christopher Pearson, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Fuel Gross Receipts

  • Matt Cota, Lobbyist, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
  • Rep Mary Hooper
  • Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Vermont Community Action Partnership
1:30 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Lister Education

  • Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Randy Viens, Assesssor, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association

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

Property Tax Rate/Yield Bill

Update on Balance Sheet

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

House Convenes

- After Floor

Property Tax Rate/Yield Bill

Update on Balance Sheet

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:15 PM

FY 2017 General Fund Budget Framework

  • Stephanie Barrett, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

Property Tax Rate/Yield Bill

How to Characterize Income

  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes

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

Committee Members Bills

10:00 AM

Fee Bill

Web Portal Board

  • Richard Boes, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation
10:30 AM

Excise Tax on Sugary Drinks in Mexico

  • Tina Zuk, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association
11:00 AM

Property Tax Discussion

  • Val Almosnino, Rupert
  • Donna Fitch, Calais
  • Stacy Jewell, St. Johnsbury
  • Patricia Komline
  • Todd LeBlanc, Vice President
  • Janice Ohlsson, Calais
  • Linda Perkins, St Johnsbury
  • Camilla Roberts, Rockingham
  • Randy Viens, Assessor, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

2:00 PM

Local Government Day Visit by Town Clerks

Municipal Fees and Marriage Licenses

  • Tammy Legacy, Town Clerk, Roxbury
  • Sandy Pinsenault, Dover
  • Karen Richard, Town Clerk - Treasurer, Colchester
2:30 AM

Fee Bill

Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Dan Dickerson, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Michael Smith, Operations Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Cherie Yaeger, Project Specialist, Department of Motor Vehicles

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

Fee Bill from line 254

Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Legislative Council
  • Michael Smith, Operations Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Cherie Yaeger, Project Specialist, Department of Motor Vehicles
10:00 AM

Property Tax Rate/Yield Bill

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

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

- After Floor

Fee Bill

Walk Through of Fee Bill Language

  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Legislative Council
3:00 PM

FY 2017 Dept of Vermont Health Access Budget Book

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access

Friday, February 12, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Members Bills

  • Rep Stephen A Carr
  • Rep Paul LeFebvre
  • Scott Lobdell
  • Cameron Wood, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Members Bills

  • Rep Chip Conquest
  • Rep Maida Townsend
11:15 AM

Shrinkage Allowance

  • George Beato, Chief Financial Officer, Champlain Oil Co., Inc.
  • Joe Choquette, Lobbyist, Downs Rachlin Martin
  • Dan Freihofer, Vice President, Operations, Summit Distributors
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Vermont Employment Growth Incentive and Enterprise Fund

  • Frank Cioffi, President, GBIC
1:30 PM

Members Bills

H. 707
H.729

  • Rep Heidi Scheuermann
2:00 PM

Members Bills

H. 718

  • Rep Oliver Olsen

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:15 AM

Members Bills

H.735

  • Rep Clement Bissonnette
9:30 AM

Fee Bill

Web Portal Board

  • Richard Boes, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation
10:00 AM

House Convenes

- After Floor

Property Tax

Excess Spending

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:30 AM

Members Bills

H.472

  • Rep Susan Hatch Davis
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

  • Jeffrey Michael Dooley, Lead Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes

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

Property Tax Bill

Education Department

  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
  • Rep Ann Manwaring
  • William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner, Agency of Education
-

Property Tax Rate Yield Bill

  • Jeffrey Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After Floor

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

Discussion on the House Floor


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

Education FUnding Proposal

  • Rep Scott Beck
9:45 AM

Home Buyer Tax Credit

Update on First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
10:00 AM

Bill Back

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Election of two Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges Corporations

-After Assembly

Property Tax Rate Yield Bill

Committee Discussion

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:45 AM

H.652 - An act relating to school district reporting to the Agency of Education

  • Rep Alyson Eastman
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Property Tax Rate Yield Bill

Committee Discussion

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

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

Fee Bill

Section 96 Motor Vehicle Emission Fee

  • Chris Cole, Secretary, Agency of Transportation
  • Alyssa Schuren, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
9:30 AM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Fee Bill

  • Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Fee Bill

  • Danny Hale, Executive Director, VT ATV Sportsmen's Association
  • Cindy Locke, Navigator, VAST
  • Steve McLeod, Executive Director, Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association
  • William Smith, Truck and Bus Association
2:00 PM

Fee Bill

  • Sean Lawson, President, Vermont Brewers Association

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Property Tax Rate Yield Bill

  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education
10:00 AM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Property Tax Bill

  • Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

Property Tax Rate Yield Bill

Tentative Vote

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

Fee Bill

  • Ray Bouffard, Owner, Georgia Market
  • Jamie Feehan, Lobbyist, Property & Casualty Insurance Association and State Farm
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
9:00 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Proposed Estate Tax Changes

  • Jamie Feehan, Lobbyist, Property & Casualty Insurance Association and State Farm
  • Andrew MacLean, Lobbyist, MMR
9:30 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Federal Income Tax Changes

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:00 AM

National Conference of State Legislators

Telephone Testimony

  • Max Behlke, National Conference of State Legislatures
11:45 AM

National Conference of State Legislators

  • Erica MacKellar, National Conference of State Legislatures
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 AM

House Convenes

1:30 PM

Green Mountain Care Board Bill Backs

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Kate Jones, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:00 PM

Children's Savings Accounts

  • Shana Trombley, Governor's Office
  • Daniel Tukey, GlobalFoundries
3:30 PM

Fee Bill

  • Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

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

Fee Bill

Walk Through with Committee

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

Fee Bill

DOE Results Oriented Program Approval (ROPA)

  • Patricia Coates, State Director, Vermont State Colleges
  • Patti Coultas, Secretary, Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators
10:30 AM

Fee Bill

Bill Back

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Agency of Administration
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Laura Pelosi, Lobbyist, MMRVT
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

2:00 PM

Fee Bill

DEC Permit Fees for CAFOs

  • Rebecca Ellis, Senior Counsel for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation
2:30 PM

Fee Bill

Mutual Fund Fee

  • Daniel Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

Fee Bill

Bill Back

  • Kate Jones, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

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

Fee Bill

Committee Discussion

  • Daniel Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Susan Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Fee Bill

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Fee Bill

Tentative Vote


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

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

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


Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.852 - An act relating to State lands

Maple sap collection on state lands

  • Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
10:00 AM

House Convenes

11:30 AM

Fee Bill

Update on Ag Fees

  • Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Marcey Hodgdon, Business Manager, Agency of Agriculture
11:55 AM

H.852 - An act relating to State lands

Maple sap collection on state lands

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:15 PM

H.571 - An act relating to driver's license suspensions, driving with a suspended license, and DUI penalties

  • Rep. Charles Conquest
  • Helena Gardner, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council
  • Matt Riven, Director of Budget and Management, Vermont Judiciary
  • Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

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

Transportation Funding Bill

  • Daniel Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Legislative Council
  • Cherie Yaeger, Project Specialist, Department of Motor Vehicles
11:30 AM

H.852 An act relating to maple sap collection on state lands

Tentative vote

  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Transportation Funding Bill

Continued

  • Rep Patrick Brennan
  • Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:45 PM

H.571 An act relating to driver's license suspensions, driving with a suspended license, and DUI penalties

  • Cara Cookson, Public Policy Director and Victim Assistance Program Coordinator, Center for Crime Victims Services
4:00 PM

H.570 An act relating to Hunting, Fishing and Trapping

  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Jannsen Willhoit

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

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Rebecca Sameroff, Fiscal Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Rep Patricia Komline
10:00 AM

Fee Bill

Committee Discussion

  • Daniel Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

- After Floor

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Internet Tax (Quill)

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council
-After Floor+

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Local Option

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office

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

Health Care Advocate Bill Back

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Agency of Administration
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

-After Floor

Budget

  • Rep. Patrick Brennan, House Committee on Transportation
11:00 AM

Budget

  • Rep Mitzi Johnson
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Mutual Fund Fee

  • Susan Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
1:15 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Bank Franchise Tax

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:00 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Employer Assessment

  • Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 AM

Fee Bill

Executive Branch Fees

  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Legislative Council

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Susan Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Thomas Gallagher, President & CEO, People's Trust Company
  • John Pelletier, Director, Center for Financial Literacy, Champlain College
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Mark Young, First National Bank, Orwell
10:00 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

  • Gregory Conley, President, American Vaping Association
2:15 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Employer Assessment

  • Daniel Barlow, Public Policy Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Lindsay DesLauriers, Director, Main Street Alliance of VT
  • Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office
-End of Day

Fee Bill

Tentative Vote by Committee

  • Daniel Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Legislative Council

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

Fee Bill

  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, VT Retail & Grocers
9:15 AM

Transportation Funding Bill

Walk-Through Language and Fiscal Note

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, VT Retail & Grocers
  • Cherie Yaeger, Project Specialist, Department of Motor Vehicles
10:45 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Walk-Through

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.562 - An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation and to the review of professional regulation

  • Colin Benjamin, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • Rep. Donna Sweaney
-

Transportation Funding Bill

  • Rep. Patrick Brennan, House Committee on Transportation
  • Michael Derouchers, Director, Fire Safety Division, Public Safety Department
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council
  • John Hollar, Lobbyist
  • Rep. David Sharpe, House Committee on Education
3:00 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Fuel Gross Receipts Tax

  • Matthew Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
  • Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Community Action Partnership
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Ben Walsh, Clean Energy Advocate, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
3:30 PM

H.562 - An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation and to the review of professional regulation

  • Colin Benjamin, Counsel, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
5:00 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Quarterly to Monthly Returns

  • Matthew Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
5:30 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Employer Assessment

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
5:45 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider tax for ambulance services

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
6:00 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Bank Franchise Tax

  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
6:45 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Ways and Means Revenue

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
7:00 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Meals and Rooms Tax Compliance- Short-term rentals

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
7:15 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Bank Franchise Fee

7:20 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Employer Assessment

7:30 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Vote

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes

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

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Health Care Fund Contribution Assessment

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Judicial Retention

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:30 PM

H.552 - An act relating to threatened and endangered species

  • Rep. David L. Deen
  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife
-

H.206 - An act relating to regulating notaries public

  • Rep. Joanna Cole
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
  • Cameron Wood, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

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

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider Tax for Ambulance Services

  • Stephanie Barrett, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • James Finger, Director, Vermont Ambulance Association
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Agency of Administration
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Drew Hazelton, Member, Rescue Inc. of Brattleboro
  • Oliver Olsen, Representative, Committee to Examine Strategies  to Enhance Software & Information Technology Sector in Vermont
  • Mike Paradis, Newport Ambulance Service
  • Phil Swanson, Town & Village Manager, Town of Woodstock
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VT League of Cities and Towns
9:30 AM

House Convenes

-After Floor

H.864 - An act relating to agricultural exemption from Vermont’s sales and use tax

  • Rep. Alyson Eastman, House Committee on Agriculture
  • Rep. Rodney Graham, < None >
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Richard Lawrence
  • Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes
  • Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, House Committee on Agriculture
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

H.519 - An act relating to approval of the adoption and codification of the charter of the Town of Brandon

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:15 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

H.864 - An act relating to agricultural exemption from Vermont’s sales and use tax

Tentative Vote by Committee

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Provider Tax for Ambulance Services,
Committee Discussion of Possible Revenue Reductions
& Short-Term Rentals

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. Oliver Olsen, < None >
10:00 AM

House Convenes

11:45 AM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

Employer Assessment &
Provider Tax for Ambulance Services

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

  • Rep. William Botzow, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Lucy Leriche, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
3:30 PM

Budget & Tax Presentation

House Chamber


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

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

Amendments

  • Rep. Steven Berry
  • Rep Alyson Eastman
  • Rep. Oliver Olsen
11:00 AM

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

Employee Ownership Section

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Don Jamison, Program Director, Vermont Employee Ownership Center
  • Tom Kavet, Economist, Kavet, Rockler & Associates, LLC
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes


Thursday, March 24, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:45 AM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

Employer Assessment amendment

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Alyson Eastman
10:00 AM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

Ambulance Provider Fee

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. Oliver Olsen
11:00 AM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

E-Cigarette Tax

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
  • Andrew MacLean, Lobbyist, MMR
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. George W. Till
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After Floor

TBA


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

House Convenes

-After Floor

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

  • Jo Bradley, Director, Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
  • Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • Katie Taylor, Government Affairs Director, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce & GBIC
12:00 PM

Lunch


Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.853 - An act relating to setting the nonresidential property tax rate, the property dollar equivalent yield, and the income dollar equivalent yield for fiscal year 2017, and other education changes

Amendments

  • Rep. Cynthia Browning
  • Rep. Peter J. Fagan
  • Rep. Oliver Olsen
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. David Sharpe
  • Rep. Laura Sibilia
10:00 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

House Convenes


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

H.879 - An act relating to the Health Care Fund contribution assessment and the taxation of e-cigarettes

  • Linda Barker, Citizen, Vermont Vapor
  • Colette DuBlois, Beverage Den & Smoke Shop, Bennington
  • Bill Garen, Store Manager, Cumberland Farms, Burlington
  • Kathleen Hamilton
  • Ronald Kern, Vietnam Veteran
  • Gaetano Putignano, 802-E-Cig Supply LLC
  • Rebecca Ryan, Director, Health Promotion and Public Policy, American Lung Association of the Northeast
9:30 AM

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

Vermont Employment Growth Incentive

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:00 AM

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

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:45 PM

H.853 - An act relating to setting the nonresidential property tax rate, the property dollar equivalent yield, and the income dollar equivalent yield for fiscal year 2017, and other education changes

Amendments

  • Rep. Cynthia Browning
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes


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

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

Vermont Employment Growth Incentive

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
  • Kirby Keaton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
11:30 AM

H.865 - An act relating to promoting workforce housing

First-Time Homebuyers Section

  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Thomas Stevens
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-

H.865 - An act relating to promoting workforce housing

  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

  • Kirby Keaton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
  • Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

Friday, April 1, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.865 - An act relating to promoting workforce housing

Tentative Vote by Committee

  • Sarah Carpenter, Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

-After floor

H.870 - An act relating to telecommunications

Walk-Through of the Bill

  • Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

Discussion of VEGI Provision

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
  • Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:45 PM

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

Tentative Committee Vote


Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

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

Amendment regarding members of the military

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Robert Helm
10:00 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

-After floor

H.870 - An act relating to telecommunications

Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Beth Fastiggi, State President, Fairpoint Communications
  • Rep. Laura Sibilia
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, AT&T

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

H.870 - An act relating to telecommunications

Testimony & Committee Discussion

  • Warren Coleman, General Counsel, Verizon
  • Peter Drescher, Education Technology Coordinator, Agency of Education
  • Beth Fastiggi, Vice President Government Relations, Fairpoint Communications
  • Adam Necrason, Lobbyist, Comcast
  • Roger Nishi, Vice President for Industry Relations, Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom
  • Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department
  • Franklin Shiner, Vermont Center for Independent Living
11:00 AM

H.870 - An act relating to telecommunications

Tentative Vote

  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM

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

Amendments: Purvis & Ram/Young

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Joey Purvis
  • Rep. Kesha K. Ram
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After floor

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

Proposed Amendment


Thursday, April 7, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

Amendments

  • Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. Cynthia Browning
  • Rep. James Masland
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes


Friday, April 8, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.868 - An act relating to miscellaneous economic development provisions

Amendments

  • Rep. Susan Davis
  • Lucy Leriche, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Rep. James Masland
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

11:00 AM

H.870 - An act relating to telecommunications

  • Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

TBA


Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.870 - An act relating to telecommunications

Proposed Amendment

  • Rep. Kathleen C. Keenan
10:00 AM

House Convenes

-After floor

TBA

12:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

S.241 - An act relating to regulation of marijuana

Walk-Through &
Review of Fiscal Note

  • Maria Belliveau, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

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

S.241 - An act relating to regulation of marijuana

  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health
  • Chris Cole, Secretary, Agency of Transportation
  • Trisha Conti, Laboratory Director, Vermont Forensics Laboratory, Department of Public Safety
  • Joe Flynn, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
11:00 AM

Evaluation of Tax Expenditures

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:30 AM

H.870 - An act relating to telecommunications

  • Rep. Donald Turner, Minority Leader
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After floor

S.241 - An act relating to regulation of marijuana

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

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

S.241 - An act relating to regulation of marijuana

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:15 AM

S.241 - An act relating to regulation of marijuana

  • Margo Austin, Student Assistance Program, Burlington High School
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

2:30 AM

S.241 - An act relating to regulation of marijuana

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

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

House Convenes

10:15 AM

S.225 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to motor vehicles

  • Rep. Patrick Brennan, House Committee on Transportation
10:45 AM

S.241 - An act relating to regulation of marijuana

Possible Vote

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch


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

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

2:30 PM

House Convenes

4:15 PM

Revenue Update

  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

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

S.20 - An act relating to establishing and regulating dental therapists

  • Michelle Fay, Voices for Vermont's Children
  • Jamie Feehan, Lobbyist, Vermont Dental Society
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Larry Novins, Counsel, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes


Thursday, April 21, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

TBA

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

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes


Friday, April 22, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

  • Kirby Keeton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

2:30 PM

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Monday, April 25, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
2:00 PM

House Convenes


Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

  • Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:55 AM

S.20 - An act relating to establishing and regulating dental therapists

  • Rep. George W. Till
  • Heidi Tringe, Maclean, Meehan & Rice, Inc., Vermont State Dental Society
10:00 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

4:00 PM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
5:00 PM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Abby Shepard, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

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

S.243 - An act relating to combating opioid abuse in Vermont

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:45 AM

H.871 - An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the City of Montpelier

  • Rep. Warren F. Kitzmiller, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:45 AM

S.250 - An act relating to alcoholic beverages

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:15 AM

S.55 - An act relating to Vermont’s estate tax

Possible Vote

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Andrew MacLean, Lobbyist, MMR
  • Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

Committee Vote

1:45 PM

S.243 - An act relating to combating opioid abuse in Vermont

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • David Englander, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health
  • Andrew MacLean, Lobbyist, MMR

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

H.872 - An act relating to Executive Branch fees

Broker/Dealer Fee

  • Susan L Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
11:00 AM

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

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • James Layman, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

-After Floor

House Convenes


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

Committee Discussion

9:30 AM

House Convenes

-After Floor

TBA

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

TBA


Monday, May 2, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Committee Discussion

12:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

House Convenes


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

Committee Discussion

9:30 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

TBA


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

Committee Discussion

9:30 AM

House Convenes

11:30 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 AM

TBA

2:00 PM

House Convenes

5:30 PM

House Convenes


Thursday, May 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion

9:30 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Convenes

3:00 AM

House Convenes

6:00 PM

House Convenes


Friday, May 6, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion

9:30 AM

House Convenes

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

TBA