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The Senate Committee on Finance has jurisdiction over matters affecting the revenues of the State or its instrumentalities and relating to banks; trust companies; insurance; utility companies; and private and quasi-public corporations, including other companies subject to regulation by the Public Service Board.

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Previous Meetings - Full Report

Summary Report

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Committee Discussion

2:00 PM

S.95 - An act relating to municipal utility capital investment

  • Melissa Bailey, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Representative, VPPSA
  • Reggie Belliveau, General Manager, Swanton Electric
  • Lynn Paradis, Assistant Village Manager/Controller, Swanton Village
2:30 PM

The Power Sector Landscape in Vermont

  • Riley Allen, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service
  • Ed McNamara, Director of Planning and Energy Resources Division, Department of Public Service
3:30 PM

The Telecommunications Landscape in Vermont

  • Jim Porter, Director for Public Advocacy, Department of Public Service
  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Education Finance

  • Douglas Farnham, Director of Policy and Tax Department Economist, Department of Taxes
  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
12:30 PM

Senate Floor

Sexual Harassment Training

2:00 PM

Tax Expenditures

Part I

  • Graham Campbell, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

Health Care Economics

  • Jessica Holmes, Economics Professor, Middlebury College

Friday, January 18, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Tax Workshop - Principles of a High-Quality Tax System

  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

Medicaid Financing

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Senate Protocols and Floor Decorum

9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Captive Insurance 101

Room 10

  • David Provost, Deputy Commissioner, Captive Insurance Division, Department of Financial Regulation
2:00 PM

Water Quality Funding

  • Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:50 PM

January 2019 Consensus Revenue Forecast Review

  • Tom Kavet, Legislature's Economist, Kavet, Rockler & Associates, LLC
3:30 PM

Break

4:05 PM

Wayfair Marketplace

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Tax Expenditures

Part II

  • Graham Campbell, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

Vermont Captive Insurance Association

  • Ian Davis, Director of Financial Services, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Heather McClure, Chief Risk Officer, Academic Physicians Insurance Company
  • Richard Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Captive Insurance Association
3:00 PM

Tax Abatement Audit and Other Issues

  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
4:00 PM

Credentialing of New Practitioners

  • Georgia Maheras, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association
  • Pam Parsons, Executive Director, NOTCH

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:50 PM

Senate Floor

2:00 PM

Governor's 2020 Budget Address

Joint Assembly - House Chamber

3:30 PM

Governor's Budget

Discussion

  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Susanne Young, Secretary of Administration, Agency of Administration

Friday, January 25, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 PM

Implicit Bias Training

Ethan Allen Room

1:30 PM

Tax Expenditures

Part III

  • Graham Campbell, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
2:00 AM

Land Gains Tax Overview

  • Graham Campbell, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

Implications of the Federal Shutdown on Vermonters

  • Joseph Bergeron, Executive Director, Association of Vermont Credit Unions
  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Molly Dillon, Deputy Commissioner, Banking, Department of Financial Regulation

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Vermont Telecommunications Plan

  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service
2:30 AM

Vermont Telecommunications Plan

  • Stephen Whitaker, Telecom/IT Planning and Accountability Advocate, Montpelier
3:00 PM

Break

3:30 AM

Vermont Telecommunications Plan

  • David Healy, Town of Calais
4:00 PM

Vermont Telecommunications Plan

  • Kevin Christopher , President, Vermont Access Network
  • Lauren-Glenn Davidian, Executive Director, CCTV Center for Media and Democracy

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Public Utility Commission

Electric vehicle charging stations

  • John Cotter, Staff Attorney, Public Utility Commission
2:00 PM

S.41 - An act relating to regulating entities that administer tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Sen. Christopher Bray, Sponsor
  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:30 PM

Independent Hydroelectric Projects

Committee Discussion

3:30 PM

S.52 - An act relating to creating an education property tax that is adjusted by income for all taxpayers

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Sen. Christopher A. Pearson, Co-sponsor
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sen. Anthony Pollina, Sponsor
4:15 PM

Insurance Minimums applicable to Transportation Network Companies

  • Kevin Gaffney, Director of Rates & Forms, Department of Financial Regulation

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Vermont Health Connect

  • Cassandra Madison, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Sean Sheehan, Healthcare Deputy Director of Operations, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
2:30 PM

Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey

  • Jessie Hammond, Public Health Statistics Chief, Department of Health
  • Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health
  • Sean Sheehan, Healthcare Deputy Director of Operations, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
3:30 PM

Update on "Silver-loading"

  • Michael Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Addie Strumolo, Health Care Director, DVHA
  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
4:15 PM

Independent Hydroelectric Projects

  • Mathew Rubin, President, Vermont Independent Power Producers Association

Friday, February 1, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

E-911 Overview

  • Barbara M. Neal, Executive Director, Enhanced 9-1-1 Board
  • John Quinn, Secretary, Agency of Digital Services
2:30 PM

S.41 - An act relating to regulating entities that administer tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses

  • Gavin Boyles, General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Cannabis Regulation

Taxes and Fees in S. 54

  • Craig Bolio, Deputy Commissioner, VT Department of Taxes
  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jake Perkinson, Co Chair, VT Marijuana Commission
  • Abby Shepard, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
3:00 PM

Break

3:30 PM

FirstNet

  • Christopher Herrick, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • Owen Smith, Regional Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, AT&T

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

ACO Update

  • Alicia Cooper, Director of Payment Reform, Reimbursement and Rate Setting, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Michael Costa, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Victoria Loner, Chief Operating Officer, OneCare Vermont
2:30 PM

Alcoholic Beverages Tax

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:00 PM

Break

3:30 PM

S.41 - An act relating to regulating entities that administer tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Hage, Trust Administrator, VEA/VEHI
  • Bobby-Jo Salls, Trust Administrator, VSBIT/VEHI
4:00 PM

S.67 - An act relating to the property transfer tax

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sponsor

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Telecom

  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:00 PM

Telecom

  • Irv Thomae, Chair, ECFiber
2:30 PM

GIS and Telecom

  • John Adams, Director, Vermont Center for Geographic Information
  • John Quinn, Secretary, Agency of Digital Services
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, AT&T
3:00 PM

Break

3:30 PM

Utilities and Telecom

  • Christine Hallquist
4:00 PM

Hydro Electric Power

Standard Offer Explained

  • Jake Marren, Staff Attorney, Public Utility Commission

Friday, February 8, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

History of Health Care Reform in Vermont

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:00 PM

Health Insurance 101

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.71 - An act relating to eliminating the sales tax exemption for candy and using that money to support child care assistance

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Sponsor
1:45 PM

S.77 - An act relating to creating an exemption from the land gains tax for land sold to a governmental entity

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:00 PM

H.47 - An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Roberto Gonzalez, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor
2:30 PM

Break

3:00 PM

Cannabis Regulation

(S.54) Taxes and Fees

  • Aaron Ferenc, Financial Examination Director, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Shayne Lynn, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Dispensary, Inc.
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.41 - An act relating to regulating entities that administer tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses

Testimony, Mark-up and Possible Vote

  • Emily Allaire, Healthy Dollars
  • Emily Brown, Director of Rates and Forms, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:30 PM

S.27 - An act relating to maintaining the home health agency provider tax

Introduction, Walk-through and Testimony

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Jill Olson, Executive Director, VNAs of Vermont
  • Laura Pelosi, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Bayada Home Health Care
3:30 PM

Break

3:45 PM

Cannabis Regulation

(S.54) Tax Payments in Cash?

  • Craig Bolio, Deputy Commissioner, VT Department of Taxes
4:00 PM

S.85 - An act relating to the valuation of landlocked parcels

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Douglas Farnham, Director of Policy and Tax Department Economist, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

5G Technology in Vermont

  • Gordon Mathews, Vice President Legal and Regulatory Affairs, VTel
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Verizon
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, AT&T
2:00 PM

Replacement of Coverage Co and Micro-cell Update

  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service
  • Stephen Whitaker, Telecom/IT Planning and Accountability Advocate, Montpelier
2:30 PM

S.67 - An act relating to the property transfer tax

Testimony and Possible Vote

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
3:00 PM

Break

3:45 PM

Cannabis Regulation

(S.54) Taxes and Fees in Other States

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, Marijuana Policy Project

Friday, February 15, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Vermont Economic Development Authority

Update and Telecom Loans

  • Jo Bradley, CEO, Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • David Carter, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • Cassie Polhemus, Chief Operating Officer, incoming CEO, Vermont Economic Development Authority
2:30 PM

The Administration's Plans for Telecommunications

  • Ted Brady, Deputy Commissioner, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service
  • June Tierney, Commissioner, Department of Public Service

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Transportation Climate Initiative

  • Peter Walke, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources
2:00 PM

S.87 - An act relating to updating Vermont’s rooms tax collection practices

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Reporter, Senate Committee on Finance
2:15 PM

S.54 - An act relating to the regulation of cannabis

Committee Discussion

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, Marijuana Policy Project
3:00 PM

S.87 - An act relating to updating Vermont’s rooms tax collection practices

Fiscal Note

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:15 PM

Break

3:30 PM

Telecom Issues

  • Peter Bluhm, Vermont PSB Policy Director,, Consultant and Owner, Berkshire Telecommunications Consulting

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 minutes after the floor

S.27 - An act relating to maintaining the home health agency provider tax

Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:50 PM

S.89 - An act relating to allowing reflective health benefit plans at all metal levels

Introduction, Walk-through and Testimony

  • Emily Brown, Director of Rates and Forms, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Michael Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
2:40 PM

S.54 - An act relating to the regulation of cannabis

Committee Discussion

  • Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:15 PM

Break

3:30 PM

Vermont Access Network

  • Kevin Christopher , President, Vermont Access Network
  • Michael Wassenaar, Director, Alliance for Community Media
3:45 PM

JRS13 - Joint resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation to amend the Department’s lease with the Okemo Limited Liability Company and to authorize a conveyance of Woodchuck Mountain in Newbury as an alternative to the conveyance authorized in 2002 Acts and Resolves No. 149, Sec. 83(a)(3)

  • Warren Coleman, Lobbyist, Vail Resorts
  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
  • Rebecca Washburn, Director, Lands and Administration, Division Recreation, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
4:15 PM

S.93 - An act relating to the creation of an income tax deduction for union dues

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Roberto Gonzalez, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Christopher A. Pearson, Sponsor
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S.98 - An act relating to the deferral of property taxes for taxpayers 65 years of age or older

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Sen. Christopher A. Pearson, Sponsor

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:25 AM

Senate Floor

10:30 AM

Election of Sergeant at Arms, Adjutant and Inspector General, and Trustees of UVM and State Agricultural College

Joint Assembly

1:30 PM

S.89 - An act relating to allowing reflective health benefit plans at all metal levels

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

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S.54 - An act relating to the regulation of cannabis

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

3:00 PM

Break

3:30 PM

S.91 - An act relating to electric companies and broadband Internet access service

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Sen. Christopher Bray, Sponsor, Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
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S.95 - An act relating to municipal utility capital investment

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Melissa Bailey, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Representative, VPPSA
  • Sen. Ann Cummings, Sponsor
  • Jamie Feehan, Lobbyist, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

S.109 - An act relating to captive insurance companies and risk retention groups

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

Friday, February 22, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.103 - An act relating to calculating premium rates for fully insured association health plans

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Emily Brown, Director of Rates and Forms, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Michael Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons, Sponsor
  • Christine Oliver, NFP Senior Vice President and Business Resource Services Consultant, Business Resource Service
  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
3:00 PM

Community Action Partnership Day

  • Jan Demers, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.86 - An act relating to increasing the legal age for buying and using cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age

  • John Bloomer, Secretary, Vermont Senate
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
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S.87 - An act relating to updating Vermont’s rooms tax collection practices

Testimony, Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Steve Shur, President, Travel Technology Association
2:00 PM

S.77 - An act relating to creating an exemption from the land gains tax for land sold to a governmental entity

  • Sen. Robert Starr, Sponsor
2:15 PM

S.85 - An act relating to the valuation of landlocked parcels

  • Sen. Richard Westman, Sponsor
2:30 PM

S.102 - An act relating to the evaluation of the carbon impact on business tax credits in Vermont

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons, Sponsor
3:00 PM

Break

3:30 PM

S.67 - An act relating to the property transfer tax

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Maura Collins, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
4:00 PM

S.109 - An act relating to captive insurance companies and risk retention groups

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 mins after the floor

S.98 - An act relating to the deferral of property taxes for taxpayers 65 years of age or older

Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Therese Corsones, Executive Director, Vermont Bar Association
  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
2:00 PM

Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO)

Fiber

  • John Flynn, Vice President of Strategic Business Development, VELCO
2:30 PM

S.91 - An act relating to electric companies and broadband Internet access service

  • Barry Bernstein, President, Board of Directors, Washington Electric Coop
  • Patricia Richards, General Manager, Washington Electric Coop
3:00 PM

Break

3:30 PM

S.95 - An act relating to municipal utility capital investment

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Melissa Bailey, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Representative, VPPSA
3:45 PM

E911, Isolation and the Current State of the Contract

  • Stephen Whitaker, Telecom/IT Planning and Accountability Advocate, Montpelier
4:00 PM

E911, Isolation and the Current State of the Contract

  • Barb Neal, Executive Director, Enhanced 9-1-1 Board

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

3:00 PM

Banking Bill - Draft

Introduction

  • Molly Dillon, Deputy Commissioner, Banking, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Amy Richardson, Director of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs, Department of Financial Regulation
3:30 PM

S.58 - An act relating to the State hemp program

Walk-through

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:20 PM

S.102 - An act relating to the evaluation of the carbon impact on business tax credits in Vermont

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, March 1, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.41 - An act relating to regulating entities that administer tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses

Testimony, Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
2:00 PM

S.131 - An act relating to insurance and securities

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Banking Bill

Further Walk-through, Committee Discussion

  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Molly Dillon, Deputy Commissioner, Banking, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Steve Knudson, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation
3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

S.131 - An act relating to insurance and securities

Testimony, Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Jamie Feehan, Lobbyist, American Property and Casualty Insurance Association
  • Kevin Gaffney, Director of Rates & Forms, Department of Financial Regulation
  • John Hollar, Lobbyist, Vermont Insurance Agents Association
  • Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health
  • Jill Rickard, Director of Policy, Department of Financial Regulation
3:45 PM

S.102 - An act relating to the evaluation of the carbon impact on business tax credits in Vermont

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
4:00 PM

S.150 - An act relating to approval for fossil fuel pipelines

Walk-through

  • Matt Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

2:30 PM

S.58 - An act relating to the State hemp program

  • Stephanie Boucher, Clinical Herbalist, CannaBotanicals, LLC
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management
  • Sen. Christopher A. Pearson, Reporter, Senate Agriculture Committee
  • Sen. John Rodgers, Sponsor
  • Andrea Stander, Policy Consultant, Rural Vermont
3:00 PM

S.137 - An act relating to health insurance coverage for hearing aids

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Deb Charlae Baker, Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons, Sponsor
3:40 PM

S.96 - An act relating to the provision of water quality services

  • Sen. Christopher Bray, Sponsor, Addison County
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
  • Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 min after the floor

S.73 - An act relating to licensure of ambulatory surgical centers

Introduction, Walk-through and Vote

  • Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health
  • Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons, Sponsor
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S.140 - An act relating to allowing the Green Mountain Care Board to modify health insurance premiums

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sponsor
2:45 PM

S.154 - An act relating to miscellaneous banking provisions

Committee Discussion and Vote

3:00 PM

Break

3:15 PM

The Administration's Proposal for Exploring Health Insurance Marketplace Reforms

  • Ena Backus, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Human Services
  • Emily Brown, Director of Rates and Forms, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Addie Strumolo, Health Care Director, DVHA
4:00 PM

S.131 - An act relating to insurance and securities

Committee Discussion and Vote

  • Kevin Gaffney, Director of Rates & Forms, Department of Financial Regulation
  • John Hollar, Lobbyist, Vermont Insurance Agents Association
  • Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health
  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Jill Rickard, Director of Policy, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, March 15, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.96 - An act relating to the provision of water quality services

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
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S.131 - An act relating to insurance and securities

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Christopher Curtis, Chief, Public Protection Division, Attorney General's Office
  • Kevin Gaffney, Director of Rates & Forms, Department of Financial Regulation
  • John Hollar, Lobbyist, Vermont Insurance Agents Association
  • David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, AARP Vermont
  • Jill Rickard, Director of Policy, Department of Financial Regulation

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.58 - An act relating to the State hemp program

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management
1:45 PM

S.149 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Sen. Tim Ashe, Reporter
  • Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Michael Smith, Director of Operations, Department of Motor Vehicles
2:30 PM

Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
2:45 PM

Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

  • June Tierney, Commissioner, Department of Public Service
3:00 PM

Break

3:45 PM

S.131 - An act relating to insurance and securities

  • David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, AARP Vermont
  • Adam Necrason, Lobbyist, Vermont Association for Justice
  • Jill Rickard, Director of Policy, Department of Financial Regulation
4:15 PM

S.117 - An act relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

S.113 - An act relating to the management of single-use products

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 min after the floor

S.58 - An act relating to the State hemp program

Discussion and Vote

  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Ryan Patch, Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
`

S.160 - An act relating to agricultural development

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

S.131 - An act relating to insurance and securities

Review of possible floor amendment

  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:15 PM

S.149 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles

Discussion and Vote

4:30 PM

S.117 - An act relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Virginia Renfrew, Lobbyist, AIDS Service Organizations
  • Jeffrey Wallin, Director,Vermont Crime Information Center, Department of Public Safety
5:00 PM

S.163 - An act relating to housing safety and rehabilitation

Discussion and Walk-through

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

25 min after the floor

S.161 - An act relating to housing investments

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Tax and Revenue, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Maura Collins, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
  • Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
  • Sen. Michael Sirotkin
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
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S.117 - An act relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis

Review Committee Amendment and Vote

  • Cathy Jamieson, Program Manager, WMPD Solid Waste Program, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Ed McNamara, Director of Planning and Energy Resources Division, Department of Public Service

Friday, March 22, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.161 - An act relating to housing investments

Testimony

  • Nancy Owens, President, Housing Vermont
  • Dylan Zwicky, Lobbyist, Leonine Public Affairs, Travel Technology Association

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.161 - An act relating to housing investments

Sec 19

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Dylan Zwicky, Lobbyist, Travel Technology Association
2:30 PM

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

Walk-through

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:30 AM

Retention of Superior Court Judges and Magistrates

Joint Assembly

1:30 PM

Senate Floor

3:30 PM

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

  • Clare Buckley, Lobbyist, Vermont Vehicle and Automotive Distributors Association
  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Jamey Fidel, General Counsel, Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Tom Little, General Counsel, VSAC
4:15 PM

S.162 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Walk-through

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:40 PM

H.532 - An act relating to fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:45 PM

S.162 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Megan Sullivan, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
5:15 PM

H.532 - An act relating to fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments

Vote


Thursday, March 28, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 mins after the floor

H.47 - An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes

  • Tiffany DeBona, Manager, Token Glass
  • Amanda Kitchen, Vermont Patients Alliance Inc.
  • Helen Labun, Vermont Director of Public Poliby, Bi-State Primary Care Association
  • Mark Levine, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health
  • Alex Morano, Valley Vap
  • Gaetano Putigano, 802 E-cig Supply, Inc
  • Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Government Relations Director, Vermont Medical Society
  • Monte Williams, Principal, Monte Williams Consulting Group, LLC

Friday, March 29, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

2:30 PM

S.170 - An act relating to the Standard Offer Program and hydroelectric plants

  • Warren Coleman, Lobbyist, Green Mountain Power
  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Patricia Richards, General Manager, Washington Electric Coop
  • Mathew Rubin, President, Vermont Independent Power Producers Association
3:15 PM

Efficiency Vermont

  • Rebecca Foster, Director, Efficiency Vermont

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.131 - An act relating to insurance and securities

New Amendment

  • Jill Rickard, Director of Policy, Department of Financial Regulation
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T-Mobile Overview

  • Stacey Briggs, Senior Manage, Legislative Affairs, T-Mobile
1:45 PM

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

Further Testimony

  • Will Baker, Director of Legal Unit, Department of Taxes
  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Walter Hastings, Chairman of Legislative Affairs, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Brian Murphy, Attorney, Dinse
  • Jessica Radbord, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Abby Shepard, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes
3:15 PM

Break

3:30 PM

NCSL Update

Committee Discussion

3:40 PM

H.133 - An act relating to miscellaneous energy subjects

  • Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 min after the floor

S.162 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Megan Sullivan, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 mins after the floor

Confirmation of Governor's Appointments

Hearing for Commissioner Pieciak and Vote on Commissioners Pieciak and Tierney

  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
3:30 PM

H.47 - An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Jennifer Costa, Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • Roberto Gonzalez, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Andrew MacLean, MMR, RAI - formerly RJR Tobacco
  • Rebecca Ryan, Division Director, Health Promotion, American Lung Association of the Northeast
  • Tina Zuk, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association

Friday, April 5, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.126 - An act relating to a deduction for medical expenses

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
2:30 PM

S.130 - An act relating to exempting veterinary supplies from sales tax

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jill Skochdopole, Veterinarian, Ryegate Small Animal Hospital
3:45 PM

Confirmation of Governor's Appointments

Vote on Commissioners Pieciak and Tierney


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.126 - An act relating to a deduction for medical expenses

  • Ruby Baker, Executive Director, Community of Vermont Elders (COVE)
  • Jason Cadwell, CPA/PFS, CFP, Shelburne
  • Christopher Chapman, Vice President and Principal, Trust Company of Vermont
  • David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, AARP Vermont
  • Laura Pelosi, Lobbyist, Vermont Health Care Association & Bayada Home Health
  • Bob Ullrich, Resident, Shelburne
  • Michael Wood-Lewis, Resident, Burlington
2:30 PM

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Walk-through and Testimony

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:20 PM

Break

3:30 PM

S.162 - An act relating to promoting economic development

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Kenneth Jones, Economic Research Analyst, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Megan Sullivan, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 mins after the floor

H.527 - An act relating to Executive Branch and Judicial Branch fees

Walk-through and Testimony

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Roberto Gonzalez, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
2:30 PM

H.133 - An act relating to miscellaneous energy subjects

  • Bill Jordan, Director of Engineering, Department of Public Service
  • Greg Magnant, Highway Foreman, South Burlington Public Works Department
2:45 PM

Medicaid Asset Verification

  • Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association
3:00 PM

Association of Vermont Credit Unions

  • John Dwyer, President & CEO, New England Federal Credit Union
3:30 PM

S.162 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Review Amendment and Vote

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

S.170 - An act relating to the Standard Offer Program and hydroelectric plants

  • Jake Marren, Staff Attorney, Public Utility Commission

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 mins after the floor

H.524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Walk-through and Testimony

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:50 PM

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Testimony

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
4:10 PM

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

Section 32

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Friday, April 12, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Walk-through

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Annette Smith, Executive Director, Vermonters for a Clean Environment
2:30 PM

H.47 - An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes

  • Kinn Elliott, Director of Tax Policy, Vapor Technology Association
2:45 PM

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Section 3 Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit

  • Paul Bruhn, Executive Director, Preservation Trust of Vermont
  • Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Housing and Community Development
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
3:15 PM

H.524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
3:30 PM

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

Committee Discussion

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.527 - An act relating to Executive Branch and Judicial Branch fees

Sec 44-45

  • Tari Scott, Chief of Trial Court Operations, Office of Court Administrator
`

Sections 26-29

  • Ann Bishop, Operations Director, Public Utility Commission
  • James Feehan, Lobbyist, American Property and Casualty Insurance Association
  • James Feehan, Lobbyist, Vermont State Dental Society
  • Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor
  • Ashley Norris, President, Vermont Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Jill Rickard, Director of Policy, Department of Financial Regulation
  • June Tierney, Commissioner, Department of Public Service
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
3:15 PM

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

Testimony and Possible Vote

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Heidi Moreau, Policy Analyst, Department for Children and Families
4:15 PM

H.536 - An act relating to education finance

Walk-through

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 PM

S.126 - An act relating to a deduction for medical expenses

Testimony

  • Irene Racz, Resident, Montpelier
4:45 PM

H.536 - An act relating to education finance

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
5:00 PM

S.126 - An act relating to a deduction for medical expenses

Committee Discussion

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 Mins after the floor

H.47 - An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
`

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Sec 2 - Tax Credits for Affordable Housing

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Maura Collins, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Matt Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
  • Austin Davis, Government Affairs Manager, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Chris Donnelly, Director of Community Relations, Champlain Housing Trust
  • Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Community Action Partnership, Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Ken Libby, Owner, Stowe Area Real Estate
  • Erhard Mahnke, Coordinator, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Gloria Rice, Attorney, Rice & Riley, PLLC
  • Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
  • Paul Zabriskie, Director of Weatherization and Home Performance, Capstone Community Action
4:00 PM

H.527 - An act relating to Executive Branch and Judicial Branch fees

Sections 21-23

  • Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife
4:15 PM

H.524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Committee Discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:40 PM

H.133 - An act relating to miscellaneous energy subjects

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Gregg Faber, Analyst, Public Utility Commission
5:00 PM

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Council, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 mins after the floor

H.524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Further Testimony

  • Joe Armstrong, Christian Healthcare Ministries
  • Ena Backus, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Human Services
  • Emily Brown, Director of Rates and Forms for Life and Health, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Michael Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Martin Hoyt, Alliance of Healthcare Sharing Ministries
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Addie Strumolo, Health Care Director, DVHA
  • Shanee Tracey, Government Affairs and Policy Representative, Christian Care Ministry
3:00 PM

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Chuck Finberg, Resident, Shrewsbury
  • Jonathan Gibson, Resident, Shrewsbury
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Nancy Lynch, Government Affairs Director, Vermont Association of Realtors
  • Greg Marchildon, State Director, AARP
  • Jim Porter, Director for Public Advocacy, Department of Public Service
  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service
  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service
  • Irv Thomae, Chair, ECFiber
  • Stephen Whitaker, Telecom/IT Planning and Accountability Advocate, Montpelier
  • James White, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, Comcast - Northeast Division
  • Dylan Zwicky, Lobbyist, New England Cable & Telecommunications Association
4:50 PM

H.47 - An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

5:15 PM

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, April 19, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.439 - An act relating to the Home Weatherization Assistance Program

Walk-through

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Warren Coleman, Lobbyist, Vermont Gas
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:00 PM

H.526 - An act relating to town clerk recording fees and town restoration and preservation reserve funds

Walk-through

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Carol Dawes, Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:40 PM

S.154 - An act relating to miscellaneous banking provisions

Review House Proposal of Amendment

  • Steve Knudson, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation
3:00 PM

Break


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Further Testimony

  • Dan Barlow, Public Policy Manager, Vermont Business for Social Responsibility
  • Donald Blake, President, Donald P. Blake Jr, Inc
  • Mitch Fleischer, President, Business Resource Service
  • Chris Palmer, Woods CRW Corp
  • Mike Smullen, Controller, Trowel Trades Supply, Inc
  • Andrew Wible, Director of Operations, Catamount Solar
2:20 PM

H.47 - An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes

Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Virginia Renfrew, Lobbyist
2:45 PM

S.154 - An act relating to miscellaneous banking provisions

House Proposal of Amendment
Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

`

H.526 - An act relating to town clerk recording fees and town restoration and preservation reserve funds

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Sen. Anthony Pollina, Reporter, Senate Government Operations Committee
3:00 PM

Break

3:10 PM

H.351 - An act relating to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and ski tramway amendments

Walk-through

  • Roberto Gonzalez, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
  • Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor
  • Cameron Wood, Director, Unemployment Insurance Division, Department of Labor
4:00 PM

House Revenue Plans

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
4:30 PM

Potential Revenue Forecast

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sen. Jane Kitchel, Senate Committee on Appropriations

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
12:00 PM

Gilbert King

Senate Floor

1:45 PM

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

Committee Discussion

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 mins after the Floor

H.524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Further Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Lori Houghton, House Health Care
  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
4:15 PM

H.527 - An act relating to Executive Branch and Judicial Branch fees

Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Olivia Campbell Andersen, Director, Renewable Energy Vermont
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 mins after the floor

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Further Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Will Baker, Director of Legal Unit, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Ed Larson, Lobbyist, Vermont Forest Products Association
  • Steve Webster, Landowner, Randolph
3:15 PM

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Section 18

  • Sen. Jane Kitchel, Senate Committee on Appropriations
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Daniel G. Smith, IT Consultant for the Joint Fiscal Office
  • Michael K. Smith, Interim President and CEO, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
  • Stephen Whitaker, Telecom/IT Planning and Accountability Advocate, Montpelier
4:20 PM

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Further Testimony

  • iishana Artra, Co-Founder, EMF Safety for Vermont
  • Jeff Austin, Director of Government Relations, Consolidated Communications
  • Jeremy Hanson, Chair, CVFiber
  • Leslie Nulty, CFO, Mansfield Community Fiber, Inc.
  • Em Peyton, Putney, VT

Friday, April 26, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
12:15 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.82 - An act relating to the taxation of timber harvesting equipment

Walk-through

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
2:15 PM

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Further Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Michael Birnbaum, Owner, Kingdom Fiber
  • John Brabant, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Vermonters for a Clean Environment
  • Gregg Faber, Analyst, Public Utility Commission
  • Jamie Feehan, Lobbyist, VPPSA
  • Garrett Ryan, Resident, Woodbury, VT
  • Irv Thomae, Chair, ECFiber
  • Zachary Tomanelli, Communications and Technology Director, VPIRG
  • James White, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, Comcast - Northeast Division
  • Stan Williams, Chair, ValleyNet
  • Dylan Zwicky, Lobbyist, New England Cable & Telecommunications Association

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM)

Overview

  • Jeff Hochberg, President, Vermont Retail Druggists
  • Nancy Hogue, Director of Pharmacy Services, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Brian Murphy, Director of Pharmacy and Vendor Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
3:00 PM

S.95 - An act relating to municipal utility capital investment

Committee Discussion

  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:15 PM

H.82 - An act relating to the taxation of timber harvesting equipment

Vote

3:30 PM

H.205 - An act relating to the regulation of neonicotinoid pesticides

Walk-through

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, CropLife America
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:20 PM

H.249 - An act related to the Reach Up and Reach Ahead pilot program

Walk-through

  • Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Costa Pappis, Planning Coordinator, Agency of Transportation
  • Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Karen Vastine, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
4:35 PM

H.529 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Walk-through

  • Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

2:00 PM

H.47 - An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

  • Andrew MacLean, MMR, RAI - formerly RJR Tobacco
  • Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Policy and Communications Manager, Vermont Medical Society
2:30 PM

H.527 - An act relating to Executive Branch and Judicial Branch fees

Committee Discussion and Possible Vote

3:00 PM

Break

3:40 PM

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Further Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Brian Shupe, Executive Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council
4:15 PM

S.95 - An act relating to municipal utility capital investment

  • Gregg Faber, Analyst, Public Utility Commission
`

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

  • Gregg Faber, Analyst, Public Utility Commission
4:30 PM

H.205 - An act relating to the regulation of neonicotinoid pesticides

Vote

4:40 PM

H.460 - An act relating to sealing and expungement of criminal history records

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Tari Scott, Chief of Trial Court Operations, Office of Court Administrator
5:05 PM

H.529 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation
  • Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services
5:40 PM

H.249 - An act related to the Reach Up and Reach Ahead pilot program

Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation
  • Sen. Jane Kitchel, Senate Committee on Appropriations
  • Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

10 mins after the floor

H.13 - An act relating to miscellaneous amendments to alcoholic beverage and tobacco laws

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Roberto Gonzalez, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council
2:00 PM

Governor's Appointments

Mary Alice McKenzie
David Coates
Katherine Buckley
Fred Baser
Dana Kittell

2:30 PM

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Further Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Michael Burke, Director of Field Operations, Green Mountain Power
  • Robert Dostis, Vice President of Stakeholder Relations, Green Mountain Power
  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service
  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor, Windham-Bennington
3:20 PM

H.529 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Vote

3:30 PM

Break

3:45 PM

H.536 - An act relating to education finance

Further Testimony and Committee Discussion

  • Jeanne Kennedy, Lobbyist, Enterprise Holdings
  • Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Verizon
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, AT&T
4:20 PM

Revenue Discussion

  • Alena Berube, Special Education Finance Director, Agency of Education
  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education
5:20 PM

S.95 - An act relating to municipal utility capital investment

House Proposal of Amendment - Committee Discussion of the Pearson Amendment

  • Gregg Faber, Analyst, Public Utility Commission
  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, May 3, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Committee Discussion

2:15 PM

H.47 - An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes

Vote

2:30 PM

H.527 - An act relating to Executive Branch and Judicial Branch fees

Further Testimony, Committee Discussion, and Possible Vote

  • Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation
  • Justin Johnson, Lobbyist, Nextera Energy
3:30 PM

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Committee Discussion

  • William Sayre, Economist, Bristol, VT

Monday, May 6, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
2:00 PM

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Tax and Revenue, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Paul Ralston, President, Vermont Coffee Company
3:00 PM

Senate Floor

-After the floor

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Vote

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Tax and Revenue, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

Committee Discussion

1:00 PM

Senate Floor

-After the floor

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:30 AM

H.63 - An act relating to weatherization, a Public Utility Commission proceeding, and unclaimed beverage container deposits

Walk- through

  • Gregg Faber, Analyst, Public Utility Commission
  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • TJ Poor, Energy Efficiency Specialist, Department of Public Service
3:15 PM

H.524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Possible Vote

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

H.536 - An act relating to education finance

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
4:30 PM

H.107 - An act relating to paid family and medical leave

Walk through

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

H.541 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, Green Mountain Dairy Farmers
  • Erin Sigrist, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
10:30 AM

H.107 - An act relating to paid family and medical leave

Possible Vote

  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
11:30 AM

H.525 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

Vote

  • Peter Walke, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

-After the floor

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Walk-through of Amendment

  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Irv Thomae, Chair, ECFiber
  • June Tierney, Commissioner, Department of Public Service
-

H.536 - An act relating to education finance

Possible Vote

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Friday, May 10, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Net-Metering Overview

  • Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
  • Jake Marren, Staff Attorney, Public Utility Commission
  • Ben Walsh, Climate & Energy Program Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
9:45 AM

H.107 - An act relating to paid family and medical leave

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

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.63 - An act relating to weatherization, a Public Utility Commission proceeding, and unclaimed beverage container deposits

  • Gregg Faber, Analyst, Public Utility Commission
  • Nancy Lynch, Government Affairs Director, Vermont Association of Realtors
  • Jessica Oski, Lobbyist, Vermont Brewers Association
-

H.524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Irv Thomae, Chair, ECFiber
  • Dylan Zwicky, Lobbyist, NECTA

Monday, May 13, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

H.63 - An act relating to weatherization, a Public Utility Commission proceeding, and unclaimed beverage container deposits

  • Dick Marron, President, VLITE
  • Michael O'Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • TJ Poor, Energy Efficiency Specialist, Department of Public Service
  • Richard Rubin, Vice President, VLITE
  • Falko Schilling, Lobbyist, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont
  • Abby White, Director of Communications, Efficiency Vermont
-

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

  • Jeff Austin, Director of Government Relations, Consolidated Communications
  • Jeff Austin, Director of Government Relations, Consolidated Communications
  • Lauren-Glenn Davidian, Executive Director, CCTV Center for Media and Democracy
  • Gregg Faber, Analyst, Public Utility Commission
  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service
  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service
  • Chris Recchia, General Manager, EC Fiber
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Abby White, Director of Communications, Efficiency Vermont
1:30 PM

Senate Floor

Five Mins. After Floor

H.514 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Vote

9:30 AM

Senate Floor

Five Mins. After Floor

S.96 - An act relating to the provision of water quality services

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:30 PM

Senate Floor

-

S.131 - An act relating to insurance and securities

  • Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Anne Margolis, Renewable Energy Development Manager, Department of Public Service
  • Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

S.41 - An act relating to regulating entities that administer tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Senate Floor

-

H.135 - An act relating to the authority of the Agency of Digital Services

  • Robbie Adler, Chief Strategy Officer, Faraday
  • Ted Adler, Union Street Media
  • Mike Lane, Chief Operating Officer, Fluency
  • Shawn Nailor, Deputy Director, Agency of Digital Services
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:15 AM

H.508 - An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Bennington

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

H.135 - An act relating to the authority of the Agency of Digital Services

  • John Quinn, Secretary, Agency of Digital Services
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Stephen Whitaker, Telecom/IT Planning and Accountability Advocate, Montpelier
10:00 AM

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:30 AM

Senate Floor

2:00 PM

S.96 - An act relating to the provision of water quality services

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Tax and Revenue, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Matthew Chapman, General Counsel, Agency of Natural Resources
4:00 PM

Senate Floor


Friday, May 17, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.96 - An act relating to the provision of water quality services

  • Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Kim Donahue, Co-owner, The Inn at Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield
  • Wendy Knight, Commissioner, Department of Tourism and Marketing, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Molly Mahar, President, Vermont Ski Areas Association
  • Bob Montgomery, Owner, Killington Group
  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • Amy Spear, Executive Director, Stowe Area Association, Stowe
11:00 AM

Senate Floor

-

H.513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

  • Will Baker, Director of Legal Unit, Department of Taxes
  • Sen. Christopher Bray
  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Tax and Revenue, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Sen. Cheryl Hooker
  • John Quinn, Secretary, Agency of Digital Services
  • Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes
  • June Tierney, Commissioner, Department of Public Service
1:30 PM

Senate Floor


Monday, May 20, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
3:00 PM

S.96 - An act relating to the provision of water quality services

  • Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Senate Floor


Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

Senate Floor

2:00 PM

Senate Floor


Thursday, May 23, 2019
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:30 AM

Senate Floor


Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Committee Discussion

Goals and Priorities

2:00 PM

Introduction of Key Staff

New Tax Lawyer

  • Abby Shepard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:05 PM

Introduction of New Tax Commissioner

  • Craig Bolio, Commissioner, VT Department of Taxes

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Health Insurance Affordability and Merged Markets Report

2019, Act 69, Sec. 9 and Sec. 12

  • Ena Backus, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Human Services
  • Emily Brown, Director of Rates and Forms for Life and Health, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Addie Strumolo, Deputy Commissioner, DVHA
  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Wendy Trafton, Deputy Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Human Services
2:30 PM

BCBS's Captive Health Insurance Arrangements

Small Group Health Insurance Pool Stability

  • Michael Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
  • David Provost, Deputy Commissioner, Captive Insurance Division, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
4:00 PM

Senate Floor


Thursday, January 9, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
2:00 PM

Governor's State of the State Address

Joint Assembly - House Chamber

10 mins after the floor

Committee Discussion

  • Susanne Young, Secretary of Administration, Agency of Administration
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Review of Expiring Reports


Friday, January 10, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Tax Structure Commission

Overview and First Report

  • Sean Sheehan, Staff Director, Tax Structure Commission, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

Tax Payer Migration

  • Graham Campbell, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Jake Feldman, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Department of Taxes

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Education Funding Update

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:00 PM

Revenue Update

  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

Tax Increment Financing

  • Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, Attorney General's Office
  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
  • John Kessler, General Counsel, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
3:30 PM

Update from the Vermont Economic Progress Council

  • Megan Sullivan, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Bill Walk-throughs

  • Abby Shepard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
`

S.179 - An act relating to the calculation of income for purposes of the homestead property tax income sensitivity adjustment and renter rebate

2:00 PM

S.191 - An act relating to tax increment financing districts

Walk-through

  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:30 PM

S.190 - An act relating to the Standard Offer Program

Walk-through

  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Ryegate Power Station
3:00 PM

Pass-through Businesses in Vermont: A Snapshot

  • Graham Campbell, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:50 PM

School Construction and Impact on the Education Fund

  • Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Report on Health Consequences of Exposure to Radio Frequency Fields

  • Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health
2:15 PM

Governor's Appointments

Craig Bolio, Tax Commissioner

2:30 PM

Break

2:45 PM

Emergency Board Presentation Concensus Forecast

  • Tom Kavet, Legislative Economist, Kavet, Rockler & Associates, LLC
3:30 PM

Update from the Public Service Department

  • June Tierney, Commissioner, Department of Public Service
4:00 PM

Report on Data-Sharing Opportunities for Maximizing Eligibility for Public Benefit Programs

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes

Friday, January 17, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
2:30 PM

Taxation of Solar Panels

  • Doug Farnham, Senior Research Economist and the Director of Policy, Department of Taxes
  • Walter Hastings, Chairman of Legislative Affairs, Vermont Assessors & Listers Association
  • David Russell, Barrington Power
  • Peter Tucker, Managing Broker, Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty
  • Michelle Wilson, President, Vermont Assessors and Listers Association

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:55 PM

Senate Floor

2:00 PM

Governor's FY2021 Budget Address

Joint Session - House Chamber

15 mins after the Budget Address

S.279 - An act relating to the sales tax and vehicle charging stations

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Sponsor
`

S.277 - An act relating to heating fuel and the Department of Public Service

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Sponsor
4:00 PM

S.301 - An act relating to repealing the sunset on 30 V.S.A. § 248a

  • Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Broadband Update

  • Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service
2:30 PM

S.255 - An act relating to captive insurance

Update on Captives and Walk-through of Bill

  • Ian Davis, Director of Financial Services, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • David Provost, Deputy Commissioner, Captive Insurance Division, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Richard Smith, President, Vermont Captive Insurance Association
3:30 PM

Governor's Budget Address Discussion

  • Craig Bolio, Commissioner, VT Department of Taxes
  • Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.191 - An act relating to tax increment financing districts

  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
2:00 PM

Tax Increment Financing Districts

Towns' Perspective

  • Dominic Cloud, City Manager, City of St. Albans
  • Carol Dawes, City Clerk/Treasurer, Barre City
  • Kevin Dorn, City Manager, City of South Burlington
  • Richard Haesler, Assistant City Clerk, Burlington
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:50 PM

S.283 - An act relating to the Town of Hartford’s tax increment financing district

Walk-through

  • Michael Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
  • David Provost, Deputy Commissioner, Captive Insurance Division, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, January 24, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Energy Issues

Department of Public Service Update

  • Riley Allen, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service
  • Ed McNamara, Director of Planning, Department of Public Service
  • TJ Poor, Director of Efficiency and Energy Resources, Department of Public Service
2:50 PM

S.245 - An act relating to eliminating cost-sharing requirements for primary care

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Christopher A. Pearson, Sponsor
3:00 PM

S.296 - An act relating to limiting out-of-pocket expenses for prescription insulin drugs

Walk-through

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Stephen Habbe, Director State Government Affairs, American Diabetes Association
  • Kevin O'Hara, Williston, Vermont
3:20 PM

Unfunded Budget Pressures Report

  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
3:45 PM

Tax Increment Financing Districts

Committee Discussion


Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.245 - An act relating to eliminating cost-sharing requirements for primary care

Testimony

  • Michael Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Nissa James, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
2:30 PM

S.267 - An act relating to the Renewable Energy Standard

Introduction and Walk-through

  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Christopher A. Pearson, Sponsor
  • Sen. Andrew Perchlik
3:00 PM

Tax Increment Financing

  • Ted Brady, Deputy Commissioner, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Josh Hanford, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Lindsay Kurrle, Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Megan Sullivan, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council
4:00 PM

S.332 - An act relating to regulating student loan servicers

Introduction

  • David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council