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Senate Committee on Government Operations (Room 4)

The Senate Committee on Government Operations has jurisdiction over matters relating to the administration of government and justice; compensation of and retirement benefits for public officials and employees; suffrage; nominations and elections; municipal corporations; military affairs, including veterans and civil defense; public records and open meetings; and reapportionment.

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Previous Meetings - Full Report

Summary Report

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Senate Floor


Thursday, January 7, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Joint Assembly

Canvassing Committee Report

11:30 AM

Senate Floor

2:00 PM

Joint Assembly

Governor's Remarks


Friday, January 8, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Town Meeting Bill

Committee Discussion

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Susan Clark, Moderator, Middlesex
  • Hon. James Condos, Secretary of State
  • Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
  • Kendal Smith, Director of Policy Development and Legislative Affairs, Governor's Office
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:30 PM

Town Meeting Bill

Committee discussion and continued testimony.

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Kendal Smith, Director of Policy Development and Legislative Affairs, Governor's Office
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
2:00 PM

Update from Ethics Commission

  • Julie Hurlburd, Commission Chair, Vermont State Ethics Commission
  • Larry Novins, Executive Director, Vermont State Ethics Commission
3:00 PM

15 Minute Break

3:15 PM

Committee Discussion

Priorities and committee logistics


Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:30 PM

H.48 - An act relating to authorizing alternative procedures for 2021 annual municipal meetings in response to COVID-19

Vote

2:00 PM

Public Records

Discuss public records of arrests and charges of juveniles.

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County, Sheriffs' Association
  • Michael Donoghue, Executive Director, Vermont Press Association
  • Patricia Gabel, Vermont State Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary
  • Jennifer Myka, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families
  • James Pepper, Deputy State's Attorney, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs
  • David Scherr, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General's Office
  • Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
3:00 PM

15 Minute Break

3:15 PM

Update from VSEA

  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Vincent Illuzzi, Attorney/Lobbyist, VSEA
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:30 PM

Elections Discussion

Debriefing from the past election and suggestions for either temporary or permanent changes.

  • Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
  • Hon. James Condos, Secretary of State
  • Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Donna Kinville, South Burlington City Clerk, VMCTA Legislative Committee
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Friday, January 15, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Briefing from JFO

Regarding CARES funds that might be within the jurisdiction of government operations: EMS, law enforcement, state employees, military, elections, etc.

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Doug Farnham, Chief Operations Officer, Agency of Administration
  • Richard Hallenbeck, Director of Administration, Department of Public Safety
  • Drew Hazelton, Chief of Operations, Rescue Inc.; Chair, Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee, Rescue Inc.
  • Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Susanne Young, Secretary of Administration, Agency of Administration

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

10:15 AM

Implicit Bias Prevention Training

1:30 PM

Committee Discussion

Committee discussion of how cannabis bill affects municipalities. S.54 and S.25.

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Michele Childs, Attorney, Legislative Counsel
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
2:15 PM

Census Report

Committee discussion

  • Jason Broughton, State Librarian, Department of Libraries
  • Tom Little, Chair, Legislative Apportionment Board
3:15 PM

Committee Discussion

Committee discussion

  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
4:00 PM

Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Racial Equity Plan Report

Committee discussion

  • Andrea Brett, Chair, Racial Equity Advisory Panel
  • Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity, Agency of Administration; and Chair of the Governor's Task Force on Racial Equality, Agency of Administration
  • Clarence Davis, Director of State Relations, University of Vermont
  • Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission
  • Stephanie Seguino, Professor, University of Vermont
2:15 PM

Commission Discussion

RDAP Report

  • Etan Nasreddin-Longo, Chair, RDAP, Co-Chair Fair and Impartial Policing Committee
3:30 PM

Committee Discussion

Committee discussion

  • Gregory C. Knight, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:45 PM

VLCT Priorities; Clerks; CARES Past and Future Needs

Committee discussion

  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
2:15 PM

Preparedness Bill

DR 21-0002, Draft 1.1, 1-12-2021

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • David Herlihy, Executive Director, Vermont Board of Medical Practice
3:15 PM

EMS - What Worked, What Didn't; Needs Going Forward

Committee discussion

  • Dan Batsie, Chief, Emergency Medical Services, Vermont Department of Health
  • Jim Finger , President, Vermont Ambulance Association
  • Drew Hazelton, Chief of Operations, Rescue Inc.; Chair, Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee, Rescue Inc.

Friday, January 22, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

No Committee Meeting

Hearing canceled.


Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Governor's FY2022 Budget Address

Joint Assembly

2:15 PM

Continued discussion of public records of juveniles

Committee discussion

  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County, Sheriffs' Association
  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Patricia Gabel, Vermont State Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary
  • Christopher Herrick, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office
  • James Pepper, Deputy State's Attorney, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Governor's Executive Order - DPS

Committee discussion

  • Michael E. Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
2:00 PM

Criminal Justice Council

Discuss law enforcement reports (S.124)

  • Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • William Sheets, Interim Executive Director, Vermont Criminal Justice Council
  • William Sorrell, Chair, Criminal Justice Council

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Elections Discussion

Discuss issues list

  • Deborah Billado, Chair, Vermont Republican Party
  • Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
  • Hon. James Condos, Secretary of State
  • Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • Audrey Kline, Policy Director, National Vote at Home Institute
  • Greg Marchildon, State Director, AARP
  • Pat McDonald, Board President, Campaign for Vermont
  • Amber McReynolds, Executive Director, National Vote at Home Institute
  • Bruce Olsson, Chair, Democratic Party
  • Lila Richardson, League of Women Voters
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
3:15 PM

Vermont State Employees

Discuss retirement proposal

  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Will Kriewald, Chief Financial Officer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Aimee Towne, President, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Erika Wolffing, Retirement Policy and Outreach Director, State Treasurer's Office

Friday, January 29, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Committee Discussion

Regarding commission as described in S.42

  • James Baker, Commissioner, Department of Corrections
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Elizabeth Novotny, Lobbyist
1:30 PM

EMS - What Worked, What Didn't; Needs Going Forward

Continued

  • Cory Gustafson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Pat Moulton , President, Vermont Technical College
2:15 PM

Discuss Approach to Address Elections Issues

Committee discussion


Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.43 - An act relating to the contractual rights of members of the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System

Walk-through

  • Vincent Illuzzi, Attorney/Lobbyist, VSEA
  • Michael O'Neil, President, Vermont Troopers Association
  • Tom Waldman, General Counsel, Department of Human Resources
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:15 PM

Temporary Workers

  • Vincent Illuzzi, Attorney/Lobbyist, VSEA
  • Aimee Pope, Classification Manager, Department of Human Resources
  • Dan Pouliot, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
4:00 PM

Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Elections Discussion

CHECKLIST
-Purging
-One checklist statewide
-Remove name upon death notice from tax department

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
  • Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • Audrey Kline, Policy Director, National Vote at Home Institute
  • Pat McDonald, Board President, Campaign for Vermont
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Lila Richardson, League of Women Voters
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
1:50 PM

Elections Discussion

BALLOTS
-Guarantee paper ballot
-Nicknames on ballots
-Expand electronic return
-Clarify defective ballot
-Inner envelope
-Curing, signature verification
-Ballots to nursing homes
-Use postmark for receipt
-Absentee deadline same as in person

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
  • Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
3:00 PM

Elections Discussion

TOWN CLERKS
-TC independence from select boards
-Allow muni to mail out
-Multiple return options
-Drop boxes
-Flexibility for election venues
-Consistent polling hours across state
-Early processing
-Wire-ins must declare
-Report total number of votes cast at end of day
-Collect data on number returned late
-Voter ID required
-Authorize multi-party observers
-Same day registrants get provisional ballot

  • Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Lila Richardson, League of Women Voters
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Continued discussion of public records of juveniles

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County, Sheriffs' Association
  • Michael Donoghue, Executive Director, Vermont Press Association
  • Jaye Johnson, General Counsel, Governor's Office
  • Lisa Loomis, President, Vermont Press Association
  • David Scherr, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General's Office
  • Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
2:30 PM

Elections Discussion

CANDIDATES
- Residency
- Define requirements
- Deadlines for parties
- Run one party
- Primary party same as general
- Penalty for candidates opening ballot bag

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Bruce Olsson, Chair, Democratic Party
  • Sue Racanelli, President, League of Women Voters
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Friday, February 5, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Retirement for State Employees

Committee discussion

  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Michael O'Neil, President, Vermont Troopers Association
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Aimee Towne, President, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Erika Wolffing, Retirement Policy and Outreach Director, State Treasurer's Office

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Department of Public Safety

Creation of the Agency of Public Safety

  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County Sheriff's Department
  • Bill Bohnyak, Sheriff, Sheriffs' Association
  • Tony Facos, Director of Enforcement & Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • John Federico, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inspector, VSEA Board of Trustees
  • Timothy Page, Chief of Police, St. Johnsbury, Police Chief's Association
  • Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • William Sheets, Interim Executive Director, Vermont Criminal Justice Council
  • William Sorrell, Chair, Criminal Justice Council
  • Cindy Taylor-Patch, Director of Training, Vermont Police Academy
3:00 PM

State Employees

Temporary workers

  • Patricia Gabel, Vermont State Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Aimee Pope, Classification Manager, Department of Human Resources
  • Dan Pouliot, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
4:00 PM

Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Elections Discussion

Continued

-Candidate voting requirements
- Limit number of JP candidates from each party

PRIMARIES
-Timing of local ballots
-Alternative to three ballots
-Allow people to request ballot
-Allow parties to use RCV in their own primary

GENERAL ELECTION
-RCV for federal elections
-Presidential nominating process
-Election day holiday
-Coordination of school/town
-Review major party requirements
-Mail out ballots

MISC.
-Corporate contributions
-Translation services

  • Martha Abbott, State Assistant Treasurer, Vermont Progressive Party
  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Deborah Billado, Chair, Vermont Republican Party
  • Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
  • Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • Audrey Kline, Policy Director, National Vote at Home Institute
  • Greg Marchildon, State Director, AARP
  • Pat McDonald, Board President, Campaign for Vermont
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Bruce Olsson, Chair, Democratic Party
  • Lila Richardson, League of Women Voters
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Continued discussion of public records of juveniles

  • Tyler Allen, Adolescent Services Director, DCF, Family Services Division
  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County, Sheriffs' Association
  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Patricia Gabel, Vermont State Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office
  • James Pepper, Deputy State's Attorney, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs
  • Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • David Scherr, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General's Office
  • Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
3:00 PM

Preparedness Bill

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, February 12, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:15 PM

Proposed Changes to Retirement System

Committee discussion

  • Keith Brainard, Research Director, National Association of State Retirement Administrators
  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Mike O'Neil, Executive Director, Vermont Troopers Association
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Erika Wolffing, Retirement Policy and Outreach Director, State Treasurer's Office

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Preparedness Bill

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:00 PM

OPR

Discussion; DOC Notaries

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • Lauren Layman, Staff Attorney, Secretary of State
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
2:30 PM

Mixed Martial Arts

Committee discussion

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • Rex Thompson, Owner, DonnyBrooke Fight Promotion

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

After the Floor

Caucus of the Whole

Update of the State's Vaccination Efforts

  • Mark Levine, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health
2:00 PM

Department of Public Safety

Joint Meeting Between HGO and SGO: Draft bill walk-through: Creation of the Agency of Public Safety

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County Sheriff's Department
  • Bill Bohnyak, Sheriff, Orange County, Sheriffs' Association
  • John Campbell, Executive Director, Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs
  • Tony Facos, Director of Enforcement & Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • John Federico, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inspector, VSEA Board of Trustees
  • Timothy Page, Chief of Police, St. Johnsbury, Police Chief's Association
  • Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • William Sheets, Interim Executive Director, Vermont Criminal Justice Council
  • William Sorrell, Chair, Vermont Criminal Justice Council

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:30 AM

Election of UVM Trustees, Sergeant at Arms and the Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard

Joint Assembly

1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.107 - An act relating to confidential information concerning the initial arrest and charge of a juvenile

Discuss proposed bill

  • Tyler Allen, Adolescent Services Director, DCF, Family Services Division
  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County, Sheriffs' Association
  • Michael Donoghue, Executive Director, Vermont Press Association
  • Kevin Gaffney, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation, Insurance Division
  • Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office
  • David Scherr, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General's Office
2:30 PM

S. - An act relating to establishing the Municipal Self-Governance Program

Discuss proposed bill

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
3:30 PM

Temporary Workers

Committee discussion

  • Patricia Gabel, Vermont State Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary
  • Vince Illuzzi, State's Attorney, Essex and Orleans County
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer
  • Aimee Pope, Classification Manager, Department of Human Resources
  • Dan Pouliot, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
  • Harold Schwartz, Director of Operations, Department of Human Resources
4:00 PM

S.43 - An act relating to the contractual rights of members of the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System

  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, February 19, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Elections Discussion

Continued. Review outline of bill.

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
  • Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association
  • Audrey Kline, Policy Director, National Vote at Home Institute
  • Pat McDonald, Board President, Campaign for Vermont
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Lila Richardson, League of Women Voters
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Cannabis Bill

(S.25) Discuss aspects of the bill relevant to government operations

  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
2:00 PM

S.15 - An act relating to correcting defective ballots

Voted out of committee

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:15 PM

Cannabis Bill

(S.25) Discuss aspects of the bill relevant to government operations

  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
3:00 PM

S. - An act relating to establishing the Municipal Self-Governance Program

Committee discussion

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
4:00 PM

Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.95 - An act relating to government accountability and State quality of life outcomes

Discuss proposed bill; adding indicators specific to Black, Indigenous and people of color to the outcome in our statutes

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Dru Roessle, Director of Performance Improvement, Agency of Human Services
  • Susan Zeller, Chief Performance Officer, Agency of Administration
2:00 PM

S.51 - An act relating to the persons authorized to make contributions to candidates and political parties and to political committee names

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
3:00 PM

S.43 - An act relating to the contractual rights of members of the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System

Committee discussion

  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
3:30 PM

S.78 - An act relating to binding interest arbitration for employees of the Vermont Judiciary

Committee discussion

  • Patricia Gabel, Vermont State Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Joseph McNeil, Chief Negotiator, Employer Commissioners, Vermont Judiciary

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Agency of Public Safety

Discuss bill proposal

  • Christopher Cockrell, Vermont Racial Justice Foundation
  • Mark Hughes, Executive Director, Vermont Racial Justice Alliance
  • Jessica Laporte, Resident, Burlington, Vermont
  • William Sorrell, Chair, Vermont Criminal Justice Council
2:00 PM

Results of the Votes for Sergeant at Arms, Adjutant and Inspector General, Trustees of the UVM and State Agricultural College

Joint Assembly

2:15 PM

Agency of Public Safety

Resume discussion after joint assembly


Friday, February 26, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Mixed Martial Arts

  • Rebecca Bell, Doctor, Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter
  • Rex Thompson, Owner, DonnyBrooke Fight Promotion
1:30 PM

Cannabis Bill

(S.25) Discuss aspects of the bill relevant to government operations

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mark Hughes, Executive Director, Vermont Racial Justice Alliance
  • Geoffrey Pizzutillo, Executive Director and CoFounder, Vermont Growers Association
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Results of the Votes for Sergeant at Arms, Adjutant and Inspector General, Trustees of the UVM and State Agricultural College

Joint Assembly

1:30 PM

Cannabis Bill

(S.25) Discuss aspects of the bill relevant to government operations

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mark Hughes, Executive Director, Vermont Racial Justice Alliance
  • Monica Caserta Hutt, Chief Prevention Officer, Office of Phil Scott
  • Geoffrey Pizzutillo, Executive Director and CoFounder, Vermont Growers Association
  • Virginia Renfrew, Lobbyist, Marijuana Dispensaries
  • Graham Unangst-Rufehacht, Policy Director, Rural Vermont
5:00 PM

Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S.107 - An act relating to confidential information concerning the initial arrest and charge of a juvenile

Voted out of committee

1:45 PM

S.51 - An act relating to the persons authorized to make contributions to candidates and political parties and to political committee names

Voted out of committee

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Deborah Billado, Chair, Vermont Republican Party
  • Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group
  • Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
2:15 PM

S.78 - An act relating to binding interest arbitration for employees of the Vermont Judiciary

Committee discussion; voted out of committee

  • Patricia Gabel, Vermont State Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Joseph McNeil, Chief Negotiator, Employer Commissioners, Vermont Judiciary
3:15 PM

Cannabis Bill

Proposed amendment

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Sen. Corey Parent, Sponsor, Franklin County
3:30 PM

S.15 - An act relating to correcting defective ballots

Proposed amendments

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Sen. Joe Benning, Sponsor, Caledonia District
  • Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

2:15 PM

Cannabis Bill

Proposed amendment to bill

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Sen. Corey Parent, Sponsor, Franklin County
3:00 PM

Cannabis Bill

(S.25) Continue discussion of aspects of the bill relevant to government operations

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Virginia Renfrew, Lobbyist, Marijuana Dispensaries

Friday, March 12, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

No Committee Meeting


Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:15 PM

S.15 - An act relating to correcting defective ballots

Discuss proposed amendment

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Sen. Corey Parent, Sponsor
1:30 PM

Committee Discussion

Discuss committee priorities

2:00 PM

H.289 - An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

Walk-through

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rep. Harold "Hal" Colston, Reporter, House Committee On Government Operations
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
2:15 PM

H.338 - An act relating to reapportionment proposal deadlines

Walk-through

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Jason Broughton, State Librarian; Commissioner of Libraries, Vermont Department of Libraries
  • Tom Little, Chair, Legislative Apportionment Board
5:00 PM

Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
12:30 PM

Senate Floor

2:00 PM

S.15 - An act relating to correcting defective ballots

Discuss Parent Amendment, Draft 2.0

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Sen. Corey Parent, Sponsor
  • Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office
2:15 PM

H.122 - An act relating to boards and commissions

Walk-through

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rep. Robert LaClair, Reporter, House Committee On Government Operations
2:45 PM

H.135 - An act relating to the State Ethics Commission

Walk-through

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rep. John Gannon, Reporter, House Committee On Government Operations
  • Larry Novins, Executive Director, Vermont State Ethics Commission

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

After the Floor

H.127 - An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Barre

Walk-through

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:30 PM

H.177 - An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the City of Montpelier

Walk-through

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
3:00 PM

H.151 - An act relating to vital records, mausoleums and columbaria, and emergency health orders

Walk-through

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rep. Robert LaClair, Reporter, House Committee On Government Operations

Friday, March 19, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:00 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Potential New Employee Classification System

Discuss Vermont state employees proposed classification system

  • Beth Fastiggi, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
  • Patricia Gabel, Vermont State Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Neville Kenning, DHR Consultant, Kenning Consulting
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Aimee Pope, Classification Manager, Department of Human Resources
  • Dan Pouliot, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
  • Harold Schwartz, Director of Operations, Department of Human Resources
2:30 PM

Filling Vacancies on School Boards

Committee discussion

  • Rob Congdon, Select Board Member, Clarendon resident
  • Lynn Edmunds, Retired Businessman, Shrewsbury resident
  • Todd Fillmore, Self-Employed Businessman, Shrewsbury resident
  • Ken Fredette, Former School Board Member, Wallingford
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Update and independence of the Council under APS

  • Christopher Corbin, Vermont Fire Service Training Council
  • Michael Desrochers, Director, Division of Fire Safety, Department of Public Safety
  • Peter Lynch, Chief of Training, Vermont Fire Academy
  • William Sheets, Interim Executive Director, Vermont Criminal Justice Council
  • William Sorrell, Chair, Vermont Criminal Justice Council
2:30 PM

S.96 - An act relating to the State Planning Office

Walk-through

  • Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
3:00 PM

S.122 - An act relating to the required votes of presidential electors

Walk-through

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Sen. Christopher A. Pearson, Sponsor
3:30 PM

S.106 - An act relating to the livestream of legislative proceedings of the General Assembly and lobbying regulations

Walk-through

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sponsor

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

3:30 PM

Legislative Reports: Update on military equipment, body cam policy and hiring/supervising qualifications

Committee discussion

  • William Sheets, Interim Executive Director, Vermont Criminal Justice Council

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
10:30 AM

Retention of Superior Court Judges and Magistrates

1:00 PM

Senate Floor

2:30 PM

H.289 - An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

MMA Amendment; Update on massage therapists

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Michelle Feldman, Program Director, Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Joshua Gaines, Senior Policy Analyst, Criminal Records Project, Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • Rex Thompson, Owner, DonnyBrooke Fight Promotion
4:15 PM

H.10 - An act relating to permitted candidate expenditures

Walk-through

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rep. John Gannon, Reporter, House Committee On Government Operations
  • Kate Lapp, Government Reform Associate and Project Coordinator, VPIRG
4:30 PM

S.73 - An act relating to allowing probation and parole officers to carry firearms while on duty

Walk-through

  • Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, March 26, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

After the Floor

Municipal Priorities

Committee discussion

  • Chris Brimmer, Zoning Administrator, Fairlee
  • Julie Hance, Town Manager, Chester
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Kristine Lott, Mayor, Winooski
  • Walter Martone, Resident, Springfield
  • Erik Wells, Town Manager, Williston
  • Deborah Wright, President, Bellows Fall Village
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Emergency Management

Committee discussion

  • Erica Bornemann, Director, Vermont Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • Christopher Herrick, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • Kim LaPierre, Chair, State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
  • Victoria Littlefield, Committee Liaison Chair, State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
  • Patrick McLaughlin, Response Team Chief, VT State Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
2:15 PM

H.149 - An act relating to modernizing statutes related to the Vermont National Guard

  • Ken Gragg, Deputy Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:45 PM

H.337 - An act relating to the printing and distribution of State publications

Walk-through

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Jason Broughton, State Librarian; Commissioner of Libraries, Vermont Department of Libraries
  • Rep. Samantha Lefebvre, Reporter, House Committee On Government Operations
  • Thomas McMurdo, Assistant State Librarian, Vermont Department of Libraries

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

2:15 PM

H.337 - An act relating to the printing and distribution of State publications

Vote

2:50 PM

H.154 - An act relating to the failure of municipal officers to accept office

Walk-through

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rep. Tanya Vyhovsky, Reporter, House Committee On Government Operations
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
3:00 PM

Government Accountability Report

Walk-through

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Dru Roessle, Director of Performance Improvement, Agency of Human Services

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Governor's Appointments

Beth Fastiggi

  • Beth Fastiggi, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
2:00 PM

Results of the Votes for Retention of Superior Court Judges and Magistrates

Joint Assembly

2:30 PM

Governor's Appointments

John Quinn

  • John Quinn, Secretary, Agency of Digital Services
3:15 PM

Governor's Appointments

Susanne Young

  • Susanne Young, Secretary, Agency of Administration
3:45 PM

Governor's Appointments

Adam Greshin

  • Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
4:15 PM

H.338 - An act relating to reapportionment proposal deadlines

Vote

4:25 PM

H.149 - An act relating to modernizing statutes related to the Vermont National Guard

Vote


Friday, April 2, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

H.177 - An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the City of Montpelier

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk
  • Dan Richardson, Attorney, Tarrant, Gilles, Richardson & Shems
2:00 PM

H.135 - An act relating to the State Ethics Commission

Committee discussion

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Larry Novins, Executive Director, Vermont State Ethics Commission

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.289 - An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

Committee discussion

  • Michelle Feldman, Program Director, Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Joshua Gaines, Senior Policy Analyst, Criminal Records Project, Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Joshua Green, Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • Jill Mazza Olson, Executive Director, VNAs of Vermont
  • Elizabeth St.James, Chief Prosecutor, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
2:45 PM

S.106 - An act relating to the livestream of legislative proceedings of the General Assembly and lobbying regulations

Committee discussion

  • Kevin Christopher , President, Vermont Access Network
  • Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Executive Director, CCTV Center for Media and Democracy
3:15 PM

Adjourn

4:00 PM

Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Meeting Details
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Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.151 - An act relating to vital records, mausoleums and columbaria, and emergency health orders

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • David Englander, Senior Policy & Legal Advisor, Department of Health
2:00 PM

Agency of Public Safety

Committee discussion

  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County Sheriff's Department
  • Anthony Facos, Director of Enforcement & Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • John Federico, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inspector, VSEA Board of Trustees
  • Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • William Sorrell, Chair, Vermont Criminal Justice Council
  • Cindy Taylor-Patch, Director of Training, Vermont Police Academy
3:30 PM

ARPA Funds

Committee discussion

  • Jack Anderson, President, Vermont Association of County Judges
  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County Sheriff's Department
  • Peter Gregory, Executive Director, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
  • Drew Hazelton, Chief of Operations, Rescue Inc.; Chair, Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee, Rescue Inc.
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

H.289 - An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

Possible mark-up and vote

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mike Duteau, Kinney Drugs, Vermont Association of Chain Drug Stores
  • David Englander, Senior Policy & Legal Advisor, Department of Health
  • Lauren Hibbert, Director, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
3:00 PM

H.337 - An act relating to the printing and distribution of State publications

  • Jason Broughton, State Librarian; Commissioner of Libraries, Vermont Department of Libraries
  • Thomas McMurdo, Assistant State Librarian, Vermont Department of Libraries
  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
3:30 PM

Governor's Appointments

Discussion of confirmations/vote

4:00 PM

H.154 - An act relating to the failure of municipal officers to accept office

Discuss adding school board vacancies.

  • Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Rob Congdon, Select Board Member, Clarendon resident
  • Todd Fillmore, Self-Employed Businessman, Shrewsbury resident
  • Ken Fredette, Former School Board Member, Wallingford
4:30 PM

S.85 - An act relating to designating certain sheriff’s deputies as classified State employees

Walk-through

  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Annie Noonan, Labor Relations Manager, State's Attorneys and Sheriffs Association

Friday, April 9, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

Legislative Reports: Models of civilian oversight and how they might meet the needs of our communities

  • Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General
2:30 PM

H.135 - An act relating to the State Ethics Commission

Vote

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:45 PM

H.384 - An act relating to adoption of a State code of ethics

Walk-through

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Thomas K. Jones, Ethics Enforcement Officers, Office of State Ethics, Connecticut
  • Larry Novins, Executive Director, Vermont State Ethics Commission

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

S. - An act relating to the creation of the Agency of Public Safety

Committee discussion

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Mark Anderson, Sheriff, Windham County Sheriff's Department
  • Bill Bohnyak, Sheriff, Orange County, Sheriffs' Association
  • Anthony Facos, Director of Enforcement & Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • John Federico, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inspector, VSEA Law Enforcement Representative
  • Timothy Page, Chief of Police, St. Johnsbury, Police Chief's Association
  • Michael Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • William Sorrell, Chair, Vermont Criminal Justice Council
  • Cindy Taylor-Patch, Director of Training, Vermont Police Academy
3:00 PM

JRH2 - Joint resolution sincerely apologizing and expressing sorrow and regret to all individual Vermonters and their families and descendants who were harmed as a result of State-sanctioned eugenics policies and practices

Walk-through

  • Michael Chernick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
4:00 PM

Chairs' Meeting


Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

ARPA Funds

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
3:30 PM

H.366 - An act relating to 2021 technical corrections

Walk-through

  • Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

Senate Floor

1:30 PM

Pay Act

H.439; Section F, Starting on page 170

  • Amerin Aborjaily, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Beth Fastiggi, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Harold Schwartz, Director of Operations, Department of Human Resources
2:30 PM

Governor's Appointments

Committee discussion

  • Kyle Harris, Appointee, Cannabis Control Board
2:50 PM

Governor's Appointments

Committee discussion

  • Julie Hulburd, Appointee, Cannabis Control Board
3:10 PM

Governor's Appointments

Committee discussion

  • James Pepper, Appointee, Cannabis Control Board
3:30 PM

Pensions

DR-21-0967, v1.4 Walk-through

  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Friday, April 16, 2021
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
11:30 AM

Senate Floor

1:00 PM

ARPA Funds

  • Drew Hazelton, Chief of Operations, Rescue Inc.; Chair, Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee, Rescue Inc.
1:45 PM

Pensions

Committee discussion

  • Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Chair, House Committee On Government Operations
  • Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Thomas Golonka, Chair, Vermont Pension Investment Committee
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Michael O'Neil, President, Vermont Troopers Association
3:00 PM

H.449 - An act relating to the membership and duties of the Vermont Pension Investment Commission and the creation of the Pension Benefits, Design, and Funding Task Force

Continued walk-through

  • Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel