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General Assembly

Standing Committee Meetings

Week of March 17, 2019 - March 23, 2019

House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

 

AGENDA

 

Room 32

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 3:20 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

following                           Caucuses and Lunch

 

3:30 PM                   H. 254 - An act relating to adequate shelter for livestock

Annual Report of the Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board

Jessica Danyow, Chair, Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board

Erika Holm, Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board

Mary McFaun, Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board

Barry Londeree, Vermont State Director, United States Humane Society

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   iPad Training

Brandon Dyer, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM                   Rural Vermont

Introductions and Issues

Andrea Stander, Policy Consultant, Rural Vermont

Kurt Ericksen, Assistant General Manager, Vermont Compost Company

Buzz Ferver, Owner, Full Circle Farm

Christine Bourque, Blue Heron Farm

Nick Zigelbaum, Owner, Longest Acre Farm

 

11:00 AM                   Vermont Farm Bureau

Introductions and Issues

Ethan Allen Room

Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau

Heidi Krantz, Vermont Horse Council, Farm Bureau

Joie Lehovillier, Foote Brook Farm, Johnson

Bob Sherwin, Farm owner, Norwich

Anne Tisbert, Valley Dream Farm

Art Whitman, Chair Government Relations Committee, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance

Jennifer Lambert, Washington

Mary White, Corinth

Rob Carey, Vermont Farm Bureau, Rutland County

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor                   To Be Determined

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   iPad Training

Brandon Dyer, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM                   On Farm Accessory Businesses

Jackie Folsom, Lobbyist, Vermont Farm Bureau

 

10:30 AM                   Senate Agriculture Committee

 Overview of rural development bill

 

11:30 AM                   Forestry issues

Ed Larson, Lobbyist, Vermont Forest Products Association

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

3:45 PM                   H. 254 - An act relating to adequate shelter for livestock

Lieutenant Robert Lucas, Board Member, Animal Cruelty Investigation Advisory Board

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman at 802-828-2233 or lleehman@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Appropriations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 42

March 18, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 12:15 PM

 

Monday, March 18, 2019

9:30 AM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Committee Discussion

 

11:45 AM                   Committee Discussion

USS VT Commission

Bernie Juskiewicz, Former Representative

Albert Perry, Former Representative

 

12:00 PM                   Recess for Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Fish Hatcheries - Language

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

 

1:30 PM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Committee Discussion

 

2:00 PM                   H. 531 - An act relating to Vermont’s child care and early learning system

Overview

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:45 PM                   H. 533 - An act relating to workforce development

Overview

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:30 AM                   H. 524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Overview

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

4:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:30 AM                   H. 513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Overview

Rep. Timothy Briglin, Chair, House Committee on Energy and Technology

Rep. Laura Sibilia, Vice Chair, House Committee on Energy and Technology

 

10:30 AM                   House Floor and Caucuses

 

1:00 PM                   Transportation Bill

Overview

Rep. Curt McCormack, Chair, House Committee on Transportation

Rep. Timothy R. Corcoran, Member, House Committee on Transportation

 

3:15 PM                   H. 533 - An act relating to workforce development

Rep. Michael Marcotte, Chair, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

 

4:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Committee Discussion

 

9:30 AM                   H. 530 - An act relating to the qualifications and election of the Adjutant and Inspector General

Overview

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

 

10:00 AM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Grant Language

Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Committee Discussion

 

11:45 AM                   Recess for Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   H. 531 - An act relating to Vermont’s child care and early learning system

Rep. Theresa Wood, Reporter, House Committee On Human Services

Rep. Francis McFaun, Reporter, House Committee On Human Services

 

1:45 PM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Committee Discussion

 

2:30 PM                   H. 334 - An act relating to temporary State employees

Overview

Rep. Marcia Gardner, Reporter, House Committee On Government Operations

 

3:00 PM                   H. 533 - An act relating to workforce development

Proposed Amendment

Rep. Michael Marcotte, Reporter, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

Rep. Charles Kimbell, Member, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

Dan Pouliot, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

 

4:00 PM                   H. 249 - An act relating to additional Reach Up Program benefits

Overview

Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Reporter, House Committee On Human Services

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

8:30 AM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Committee Discussion

 

10:30 AM                   H. 342 - An act relating to qualification for a public defender

Overview

Rep. Nader Hashim, Reporter, House Committee on Judiciary

 

11:00 AM                   H. 205 - An act relating to the regulation of neonicotinoid pesticides

Overview

Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge, Chair, House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

 

11:45 AM                   Recess for Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

 

4:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

8:30 AM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

 

11:45 AM                   Recess for Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

 

 


House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

 

AGENDA

 

Room 35

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:33 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:00 AM                   School Nutrition Day

Anore Horton, Executive Director, Hunger Free Vermont

Molly Betournay, Director, Social Research and Advocacy, Clean Yield Asset Management

 

9:30 AM                   H. 513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Unofficial Proposed Amendments

Maria Royle, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jo Bradley, CEO, Vermont Economic Development Authority

 

10:00 AM                   House Floor and Caucuses

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

3:35 PM                   Introduction of Bills

 

-                                   H. 193 - An act relating to creating a State funding match for Americorps members

Rep. Daniel Noyes, Sponsor

Phil Kolling, Executive  Director, SerVermont

 

-                                   H. 316 - An act relating to creating an automotive workforce training pilot program

Rep. Daniel Noyes, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 328 - An act relating to supporting workforce development at Salvation Farms

Rep. Daniel Noyes, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 67 - An act relating to workers’ compensation

Rep. Charles "Butch" Shaw, Sponsor

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 109 - An act relating to captive insurance companies and risk retention groups

Mark-up

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council - Invited

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

Ian Davis, Director of Financial Services, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Richard Smith, President, Vermont Captive Insurance Association

 

10:30 AM                   Break

10 minutes

 

10:40 AM                   H. 533 - An act relating to workforce development

George Russell, Chair, Vermont Youth Conservation Corp, Founder of Machinery Advisors Consortium

 

10:50 AM                   Introduction of Bills

 

-                                   H. 101 - An act relating to creating an Event Marketing Fund

Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 298 - An act relating to the creation of the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund

Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 326 - An act relating to promoting maker spaces

Rep. Amy Sheldon, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 415 - An act relating to consumer protection and prohibiting special heating fuel charges

Rep. Johannah Donovan, Sponsor

 

11:30 AM                   Vermont Convention Bureau

Jeff Lawson, Executive  Director, Vermont Convention Bureau

Austin Davis, Government Affairs Manager, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   Introduction of Bills

 

-                                   H. 335 - An act relating to providing workers’ compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by Family Services Division caseworkers

Rep. Ann Pugh, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 386 - An act relating to promoting economic development in smaller Vermont communities

Rep. Katherine "Kari" Dolan, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 148 - An act relating to prize-linked savings accounts

Rep. Matthew Hill, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 374 - An act relating to the creation of the Workforce Development Educational Loan Benefit Program for doctors, physician assistants, police officers, nurses, and teachers

Rep. James Carroll, Sponsor

 

10:30 AM                   Break

 

-                                   H. 200 - An act relating to drug testing of employees

Rep. Eileen Dickinson, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 14 - An act relating to workers’ compensation

Rep. Charles Kimbell, Sponsor

 

After                               Review Bills Introduced

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House  Floor

 

10 min. after Floor                   TBA

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:00 AM                   Committee Discussion

Committee liaison update

 

9:30 AM                   House  Floor

 

10 min. after Floor                   TBA

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   TBA

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- House Commerce is a paperless committee. Please email handouts in PDF form to the committee assistant by the day before your scheduled testimony. Please include your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Liz First Raddock at 802-828-2255 or lraddock@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Corrections and Institutions

 

AGENDA

 

Room 33

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 5:37 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House  Floor

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

After the Floor                    Caucuses

 

3:35 PM                   Capital Bill Mark-Up

Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services

Michael Kuhn, Design & Construction Program Chief, Department of Buildings & General Services

James  Whitcomb, Major, Vermont State Police

Garry Scott, Lieutenant, Vermont State Police

 

4:20 PM                   Capital Bill Mark-Up

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

5:00 PM                   Committee Adjourns

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8:30 AM                   Capital Bill Mark-Up

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

10:00 AM                   Committee Discussion

 

10:30 AM                   Capital Bill Mark-Up

Discussion regarding Integrated Eligibility funding.

Rep. Timothy Briglin, House Committee on Energy and Technology

Daniel G. Smith, IT Consultant for the Joint Fiscal Office

 

11:10 AM                   H. 525 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

Bill walk through with a focus on sections that involve CREP as it relates to water quality and Capital funding.

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

 

11:40 AM                   Capital Bill Mark-Up

Continued discussion regarding Integrated Eligibility program funding.

Daniel G. Smith, IT Consultant for the Joint Fiscal Office

Brad Ferland, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Administration

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

2:45 PM                   H. 525 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

Discussion regarding the CREP as it relates to clean water funding and the Capital Bill.

Laura DiPietro, Water Quality Division Director, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

 

4:00 PM                   Committee Discussion

 

4:30 PM                   Committee Adjourns

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

8:30 AM                   Capital Bill Mark- Up

Walk through of Draft 3.1 language

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

9:00 AM                   H. 525 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

Draft 2.1 amendment walk through regarding CREP, clean water, and funding as it relates to the Capital Bill.

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

 

9:35 AM                   Capital Bill Mark- Up

Walk through of Draft 3.1 language

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Michael Touchette, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

 

11:30 AM                   Committee  Discussion

Discussion regarding amendment to H.525 Draft No.2.1 to include committee vote.

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House  Floor

 

4:00 PM                   Committee Adjourns

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

8:30 AM                   Capital Bill Mark-Up

Discussion with ANR regarding clean water and municipal pollution control grants priority list.

Eric Blatt, Director Facilities Engineering Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

After the Floor                    Committee Discussion

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   Capital Bill Mark- Up

 

4:30 PM                   Committee Adjourns

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 5 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Danielle Bean at 802-828-2259 or dbean@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Education

 

AGENDA

 

Room 31

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:35 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House  Floor

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House  Floor

Caucuses immediately following Floor

 

10 mins after Caucuses                   S. 40 - An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities

Bruce MacIntire, Director of Facilities, Addison Central School District

Lyall Smith, Facilities Director, Williston Schools, Champlain Valley School District

Ken Sullivan, Director of Buildings, Grounds, and Safety, Addison Northwest School District

Jeffrey Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

Elizabeth Novotny, General Counsel, Mosaic Learning Center

Michael Desrochers, Executive Director of Fire Management, Department of Public Safety

Rep. Charles Conquest, Liaison, House Committee on Appropriations

David Englander, General Counsel, Vermont Department of Health

Bryan Redmond, Director, Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

Ted Fisher, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Agency of Education

 

4:45 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 40 - An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities

Testimony and possible vote

Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children and Families

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Ted Fisher, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Agency of Education

 

10:00 AM                   15 Minute Break

 

10:15 AM                   S. 40 - An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities

Committee discussion

David Englander, General Counsel, Vermont Department of Health

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

Bryan Redmond, Director, Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

Elizabeth Novotny, General Counsel, Mosaic Learning Center

Jeffrey Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

 

-                                   The Compass School

Student Introductions

Chandre Pero, Student, The Compass School

Abigail Ham, Student, Lyndon Institute

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House  Floor

 

10 mins after Floor                   Committee Check-In

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 40 - An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities

David Englander, General Counsel, Vermont Department of Health

Elizabeth Novotny, General Counsel, Mosaic Learning Center

Bryan Redmond, Director, Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

Elena Mihaly, Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation

Jeffrey Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Ted Fisher, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Agency of Education

 

-                                   10 Minute Break

 

-                                   S. 40 - An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities

Testimony and possible mark-up

David Englander, General Counsel, Vermont Department of Health

Elizabeth Novotny, General Counsel, Mosaic Learning Center

Bryan Redmond, Director, Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, Department of Environmental Conservation

Jeffrey Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

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

Elena Mihaly, Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Ted Fisher, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Agency of Education

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House  Floor

 

10 mins after Floor                   S. 40 - An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities

Ted Fisher, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Agency of Education

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

8:30 AM                   H. 536 - An act relating to education finance

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Chloe Wexler, Fiscal Data Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education

 

9:30 AM                   House  Floor

 

10 mins after Floor                   S. 40 - An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities

Mark-up as time allows

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

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   S. 40 - An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities

Mark-up

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

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 1 hard copy. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Shannon Esrich at 802-828-2256 or sesrich@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Energy and Technology

 

AGENDA

 

Room 41

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:15 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

-                                   Caucuses

Immediately Following Floor Adjournment

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

-                                   Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Immediately Following Floor & Caucuses

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   CPG Process

Richard Cowart, Director, The Regulatory Assistance Project

 

10:30 AM                   Break

 

11:00 AM                   Vermont Climate Action Commission

Peter Walke, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 338 - An act relating to the Standard Offer Program and hydroelectric plants

Mathew Rubin, President, Vermont Independent Power Producers Association

Andrew Locke, Vice President, Vermont Independent Power Producers Association

 

9:30 AM                   S. 95 - An act relating to municipal utility capital investment

Walk-through

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:45 AM                   H. 513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Discussion of Amendment

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:15 AM                   H. 155 - An act relating to the Standard Offer Program exemption for utilities

Introduction

Rep. Michael Yantachka, Sponsor

 

10:30 AM                   H. 337 - An act relating to energy transformation projects under the Renewable Energy Standard

 

-                                   H. 339 - An act relating to energy efficiency programs and equipment powered by fossil fuels

Introductions

Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Sponsor

 

11:00 AM                   Break

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

2:30 PM                   Vermont Climate Action Commission

Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

Discussion of Amendment

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   Renewable Energy

Discussion of Report

Ed McNamara, Director of Planning and Energy Resources Division, Department of Public Service

Maria Fischer, Utilities Economic Analyst, Department of Public Service

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Sarah Tewksbury at 802-828-2263 or stewksbury@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs

 

AGENDA

 

Room 44

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:40 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

-                                   Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:15 PM                   Bill Introductions:

As time allows

 

 

-                                   H. 293 - An act relating to casino gaming

Rep. Peter J. Fagan, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 315 - An act relating to requiring clubs to file quarterly reports of break-open ticket sales

Rep. Maida Townsend, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 482 - An act relating to drink specials

Rep. Matthew Trieber, Sponsor

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:15 AM                   Bill Introductions:

 

-                                   H. 322 - An act relating to family leave and insurance protections for organ donors

Rep. Anne B. Donahue, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 434 - An act relating to including the amount expended by an employer for health insurance in the determination of the minimum wage

Rep. Anne B. Donahue, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 431 - An act relating to prohibiting agreements that prevent an employee from working for the employer or an affiliate of the employer

Rep. Kevin "Coach" Christie, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 137 - An act relating to exemptions from the minimum wage

Rep. Mary E. Howard, Sponsor

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

15 min after Floor                   Bill Introductions:

As time allows

 

-                                   H. 448 - An act relating to funding affordable housing initiatives

Rep. Peter Anthony, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 224 - An act relating to expediting evictions for owner-occupied rental properties

Rep. Peter J. Fagan, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 450 - An act relating to the creation of the Vermont Housing Incentive Program

Rep. Casey Toof, Sponsor

 

3:45 PM                   H. 132 - An act relating to adopting protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence

Discussion of possible amendment

Rep. Robert LaClair, Sponsor

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   Housing

Briefing from Congressional Delegation

Pollaidh Major, Outreach Representative, Office of US Senator Patrick Leahy

Sheila Reed, Outreach Representative, Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Kevin Veller, Outreach Representative, Office of Congressman Peter Welch

 

10:00 AM                   H. 132 - An act relating to adopting protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence

Proposed amendment

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Kara Casey, Housing and Economic Justice Specialist, Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

 

11:00 AM                   Twin-state Paid Family Leave Plan

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

Briefing update

Kendal Smith, Director of Policy Development and Legislative Affairs, Governor's Office

Michael Pieciak, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 530 - An act relating to the qualifications and election of the Adjutant and Inspector General

Helm amendment

Rep. Robert Helm, Sponsor - Invited

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

15 min after Floor                   Committee Meeting

TBD

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   J.R.H. 1 - Joint resolution urging the President to issue an executive order and the Congress to enact a federal law prohibiting a U.S. nuclear first strike

Introduction and walk-through

Rep. Mary Sullivan, Sponsor

Michael Chernick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring one hard copy. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

When coming to this Committee, please use unscented body and cosmetic products and refrain from using perfume, aftershave, or cologne.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Ron Wild at 802-828-3559 or rwild@leg.state.vt.us

 

 


House Committee on Government Operations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 49

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:33 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

-                                   Party Caucuses

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor Convenes

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 54 - An act relating to the regulation of cannabis

Walk - through

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM                   H. 292 - An act relating to town banners over highway rights-of-way

Amendment Introduction

Rep. Charles "Butch" Shaw, Sponsor

 

11:10 AM                   H. 304 - An act relating to legislative leave

Introduction

Rep. Mari Cordes, Sponsor

 

11:15 AM                   H. 143 - An act relating to appointing town agents

Introduction

Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor

 

11:30 AM                   H. 478 - An act relating to establishing a task force to study and consider a State apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery

Introduction

Rep. Brian Cina, Sponsor

 

11:45 AM                   H. 469 - An act relating to reporting on data regarding State proceeds from civil asset forfeiture

Introduction

Rep. Felisha Leffler, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 493 - An act relating to prohibiting Vermont agencies from assisting the federal government in the collection of private electronic communications data

Introduction

Rep. Felisha Leffler, Sponsor

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

After House Floor                   H. 45 - An act relating to water supply rates

Introduction

Rep. Eileen Dickinson, Sponsor

Al Vogele, Town Manager, St. Albans Town

 

3:00 PM                   H. 53 - An act relating to disturbing the legislature

Introduction

Rep. Patrick Brennan, Sponsor

Matthew S. Romei, Chief of Police, Capitol Police Department

 

3:15 PM                   H. 49 - An act relating to municipal authority to regulate the possession, use, and manufacture of knives

Introduction

Rep. Patrick Brennan, Sponsor

 

3:30 PM                   H. 88 - An act relating to requiring a presidential candidate to disclose federal tax returns in order to be placed on the presidential primary and general election ballots

Introduction

 

Rep. Matthew Birong, Sponsor

Will Senning, Director, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office

 

3:40 PM                   H. 422 - An act relating to notice of property tax appeals

Introduction

Rep. Robert Hooper, Sponsor

 

3:50 PM                   Commission Discussion

 

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:30 AM                   Champlain Valley Dispensary

Tour

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

Right After House Floor                   H. 376 - An act relating to creating the Public Safety Dispatch Study Committee

Introduction

Rep. Brian K. Savage, Sponsor

 

11:15 AM                   H. 378 - An act relating to incompatible local offices

Introduction

Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Sponsor

 

11:30 AM                   H. 444 - An act relating to ranked choice voting

Introduction

Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Sponsor

Rep. Laura Sibilia, Sponsor

Rep. Randall Szott, Sponsor

 

11:45 AM                   H. 509 - An act relating to designating Election Day as a State holiday

Introduction

Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Sponsor

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   H. 426 - An act relating to the deadline to prepare local election ballots

Introduction

Rep. Charles "Butch" Shaw, Sponsor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Kelly O'Brien at 802-828-2267 or kobrien@leg.state.vt.us

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring one hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 


House Committee on Health Care

 

AGENDA

 

Room 45

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 5:37 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

-                                   Caucuses and Lunch

 

3:45 PM                   Discuss Senate Bills that Might be Referred to Committee

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:30 AM                   All-Payer Model

Background and status update

Ena Backus, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Human Services

 

-                                   Break

 

-                                   All-Payer Model

Continue testimony

Susan Barrett, J.D., Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Michael Barber, General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board

 

11:45 AM                   Childrens Inpatient Update

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health - Phone

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   Secure Recovery Residence Proposal (Middlesex)

Rep. Alice M. Emmons, Chair, House Committee on Corrections and Institutions

Claudio Fort, President, Rutland Regional Medical Center

Jeffrey McKee, Psy.D., VP, Community & Behavioral Health Services, Rutland Regional Medical Center

Richard Courcelle, Chief Executive Officer, Rutland Mental Health Services

 

10:10 AM                   Break

 

10:30 AM                   Secure Recovery Residence Proposal (Middlesex)

Continued testimony and committee discussion

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Mourning Fox, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

4:00 PM                   Circles of Support and Accountability

Optional - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - The committee is invited to attend a screening of Coming Home, a new documentary by Bess O'Brien about Vermont's COSA (Circles of Support and Accountability), followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and Coming Home participants.  The event will be held in the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier.

 

4:30 PM                   Secure Recovery Residence Proposal (Middlesex)

Committee discussion

 

5:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

15 min. after floor                   Secure Recovery Residence Proposal (Middlesex)

Committee discussion

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Demis Martin at 828-2264 or demis@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Discrimination Prevention Panel

 

AGENDA

 

Room 10

March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/15/2019 12:58 PM

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

8:00 AM                   Committee Discussion

developing a policy

 

9:00 AM                   Adjourn

 

 


House Ethics Panel

This agenda has not yet been published.


House Sexual Harassment Prevention Panel

This agenda has not yet been published.


House Committee on Human Services

 

AGENDA

 

Room 46

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:23 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   FLOOR

 

Immediately following adjournment                   Caucuses

 

after caucuses                      Unused Drug Repository Report 2018

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health

Carrie Phillips, Executive Officer, Vermont Board of Pharmacy

 

4:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 14 - An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need

 

Sen. Tim Ashe, Sponsor

Amerin Aborjaily, Associate General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jill Olson, Executive  Director, VNAs of Vermont

 

10:25 AM                   Committee Discussion

 

11:00 AM                   Prevention: Afterschool Programs

Holly Morehouse, Executive Director, Vermont Afterschool, Inc.

Humberto Soriano, Pediatrician, Gastroenterology, Nutritionist, Hematologist, President, Chilean Society of Pediatrics

Michael Mann, Ph.D., Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis Community Intervention Specialist, Associate Professor, Boise State University

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

15 mins after Floor                   Committee  Discussion

 

4:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

 

9:00 AM                   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

Walk-through

Sen. Debbie Ingram, Reporter

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Prospero Gogo, Cardiologist and Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab at UVMMC, On Behalf of the Vermont Medical Society

Rebecca Bell, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Intensivist, University of Vermont Medical Center, On behalf of Vermont Medical Society

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office - Invited

 

10:15 AM                   Break

 

10:30 AM                   Marijuana for Symptom Relief 2018 Report

Jeffrey Wallin, Director,Vermont Crime Information Center, Department of Public Safety

Amy Klingler, Member, Marijuana for Symptom Relief Oversight Committee

 

11:45 AM                   Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

15 mins after Floor                   Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   S. 14 - An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need

Vote

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Julie Tucker 828-2265 or jtucker@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 30

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 8:22 AM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

2:00 PM                   Caucuses

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 18 - An act relating to consumer justice enforcement

Walk-through and Testimony

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association - Written

Jeff Couture, Executive Director, Vermont Technology Alliance

Seamus Duffy, Attorney, New England Cable & Telecommunications Association (NECTA)

Tim Wilkerson, Vice President & Policy Counsel, New England Cable and Telecommunications Association

Jamie Feehan, Lobbyist, American Property and Casualty Insurance Association - Written

Mark Heyman, General Counsel, Logic Supply

David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, Vermont Association for Justice

Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, AT&T

Dean Thompson, Vice President, Enterprise Holdings - Phone

 

10:15 AM                   Break

 

10:30 AM                   S. 18 - An act relating to consumer justice enforcement

Continued Testimony

 

11:00 AM                   H. 330 - An act relating to repealing the statute of limitations for civil actions based on childhood sexual abuse

Donahue Amendment

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rep. Anne B. Donahue, Sponsor

 

11:45 AM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

3:00 PM                   H. 460 - An act relating to sealing and expungement of criminal history records

Discussion about Fiscal Note and Backup Memo

Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge

Theresa Scott, Chief of Trial Court Operations, Vermont Judiciary

James Pepper, Deputy State's Attorney, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

David Scherr, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General's Office

Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

4:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   -

 

9:45 AM                   S. 37 - An act relating to medical monitoring

Walk-through and Testimony

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

Emily Joselson, Board Member, Vermont Association for Justice

William Moore, President and CEO, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce

James Bolduc, President, Bolduc Auto Salvage - Written

Chris Carrigan, Vice President of Business Development, Vermont Chamber of Commerce - Written

Bill Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont

Jamie Feehan, Lobbyist, American Property and Casualty Insurance Association

Jon Groveman, Policy and Water Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

John Hollar, Lobbyist, Vermont Insurance Agents Association

Jill Rickard, Director of Policy, Department of Financial Regulation - Invited

Ken Rumelt, Attorney, Vermont Law School

Elena Mihaly, Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation

Chris Appel, Counsel, American Tort Reform Association

Devon Green, Vice President of Government Relations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

 

10:15 AM                   Break

 

10:30 AM                   S. 37 - An act relating to medical monitoring

Continued testimony from above

 

11:45 AM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

15 Minutes After Floor                   Judicial Retention 101

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

4:00 PM                   Coming Home Screening

Pavilion Auditorium with Gov. Scott and Cabinet

 

6:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

15 Minutes After Floor                   H. 419 - An act relating to criminal threatening

Walk-through of New Draft

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Mike Bailey at 828-2257 or mbailey@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife

 

AGENDA

 

Room 47

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:29 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

12:00 PM                   Caucuses and Lunch

 

2:30 PM                   19-0040 - An act relating to changes to Act 250

Ethan Allen Room.

Slate Quarries.

Craig Markcrow, Owner and President, Vermont Structural Slate Company

Richard Hill, Owner and CEO, Greenstone Slate Company

Beverly Tatko, Owner and Secretary, Sheldon Slate Products Company

Charles Brown, Owner and President, Brown's Quarried Slate Products Company

Kim Gaschel, Resident, West Pawlet

Lou Magnani, Resident, Wells - Phone

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 357 - An act relating to prohibiting the wanton waste of wildlife

Walk-through and Testimony.

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

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Mark Scott, Wildlife Director, Department of Fish & Wildlife

Colonel Jason Batchelder, Game Warden, Department of Fish & Wildlife

Mike Covey, Executive Director, Vermont Traditions Coalition

 

10:30 AM                   19-0040 - An act relating to changes to Act 250

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

-                                   19-0040 - An act relating to changes to Act 250

Mark-up.

Ethan Allen Room.

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

8:30 AM                   19-0040 - An act relating to changes to Act 250

Forestry.

Anthony D'Amato, Professor and Director, Forestry Program, UVM

 

9:15 AM                   19-1295 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Land Gain Tax Language

Room 10

Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:45 AM                   19-0040 - An act relating to changes to Act 250

Racial Equity.

Room 10.

Mikaela Osler, Resident, Jericho

 

10:15 AM                   S. 49 - An act relating to the regulation of polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking and surface waters

Walk-through.

Room 10.

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

Matthew Chapman, General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation

Jen Duggan, Vice President/Director, Conservation Law Foundation

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

10 min. after Floor                   19-1295 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Ethan Allen Room.

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

Brian Shupe, Executive Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

 

-                                   19-0040 - An act relating to changes to Act 250

Ethan Allen Room.

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:15 AM                   H. 99 - An act relating to trade in covered animal parts or products

Students from Shelburne

 

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

10 min. after Floor                   19-0040 - An act relating to changes to Act 250

Mark-up.

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   19-0040 - An act relating to changes to Act 250

Committee Discussion of Slate Quarrying.

Mark-up.

Evan Meenan, Associate General Counsel, Vermont Natural Resources Board

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 3 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Laura Bozarth at 802-828-2266 or lbozarth@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Transportation

 

AGENDA

 

Room 43

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 11:25 AM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor and Caucuses

 

15 min after Caucuses                   Bill Introductions:

As time allows

 

-                                   H. 499 - An act relating to automobile insurance discounts for seniors

Rep. Kevin "Coach" Christie, Sponsor, Hartford - Invited

 

-                                   H. 217 - An act relating to vehicle safety inspections

Rep. Matthew Hill, Sponsor, Wolcott

 

-                                   H. 364 - An act relating to agreements between the State, railroads operating over State-owned railroad property, and third-parties

Rep. Peter J. Fagan, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 239 - An act relating to distracted driving

Rep. Martin LaLonde, Sponsor, South Burlington

 

-                                   H. 277 - An act relating to increasing the gasoline and diesel taxes to fund electric vehicle infrastructure and efficient vehicle purchase assistance to Vermonters with low income

Rep. Martin LaLonde, Sponsor, South Burlington

 

-                                   H. 459 - An act relating to saliva testing

Rep. David Potter, Sponsor, City of Rutland

 

-                                   H. 383 - An act relating to the creation of the pet vehicle registration plate

Rep. Brian K. Savage, Sponsor

 

4:40 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 529 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Committee Discussion

Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:30 AM                   S. 149 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles

Walk-through

Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:30 AM                   Committee Discussion

 

10:50 AM                   Bill Introductions:

 

-                                   H. 384 - An act relating to increasing the gasoline and diesel fee revenue to provide aid to municipalities for road infrastructure

Rep. Katherine "Kari" Dolan, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 391 - An act relating to municipal highway access standards for private roads and surfaces

Rep. Katherine "Kari" Dolan, Sponsor

 

-                                   H. 380 - An act relating to school bus safety

Rep. Maida Townsend, Sponsor

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

3:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

4:00 PM                   Field Trip

EV Demonstration at Department of Labor

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:30 AM                   S. 149 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles

Jennifer Pittsley, Acting Commissioner and Director of Special Programs, Department of Motor Vehicles

Michael Smith, Director of Operations, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

10:45 AM                   Amendments to H.529

Committee discussion and vote on:

McCormack Amendment

Amendment As Recommended by H. Ways and Means

Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:30 AM                   Adjourn

 

12:00 PM                   Vermont Truck and Bus Association Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

15 min after Floor                   TBD

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

15 min after Floor                   TBD

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

When coming to this Committee:

Please use unscented body and cosmetic products and refrain from using perfume, aftershave, or cologne.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Madeleine Boyce at 802-828-2262 or mboyce@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Ways and Means

 

AGENDA

 

Room 34

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:25 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 82 - An act relating to the taxation of timber harvesting equipment

Rep. Thomas Bock, Co-Sponsor

Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

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

 

9:15 AM                   H. 205 - An act relating to the regulation of neonicotinoid pesticides

Rep. John L. Bartholomew, Sponsor

Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management

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

 

9:45 AM                   H. 249 - An act relating to additional Reach Up Program benefits

Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Member, House Committee On Human Services

Erin Oalican , Reach-Up/TANF Program Director, Department for Children and Families

Rep. Harold "Hal" Colston, Sponsor

 

10:00 AM                   FLOOR

 

11:20 AM                   H. 205 - An act relating to the regulation of neonicotinoid pesticides

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

Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

11:40 PM                   H. 249 - An act relating to additional Reach Up Program benefits

Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

11:55 AM                   H. 529 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Rep. Curt McCormack, Chair, House Committee on Transportation

Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   19-1232 - An act relating to the statewide education property tax yields and the nonresidential rate for fiscal year 2020

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education

Nicole Mace, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association, VT Superintendents Association, VT School Boards Association, VT Principals' Association

Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

James Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association

Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 

2:00 PM                   Caucus

 

3:30 PM                   H. 513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

potential vote

Erin Sigrist, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association - Phone

 

4:10 PM                   H. 439 - An act relating to the Home Weatherization Assistance Program

Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Community Action Partnership, Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council

Matt Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association

Paul Zabriskie, Director of Weatherization and Home Performance, Capstone Community Action

Warren Coleman, Attorney, MMR, Vermont Gas and Omya

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   19-1295 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Tax and Revenue, Joint Fiscal Office

Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

 

10:15 AM                   H. 439 - An act relating to the Home Weatherization Assistance Program

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

Karen Lafayette, Lobbyist, Community Action Partnership, Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council

Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

11:00 AM                   H. 107 - An act relating to paid family and medical leave

Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office

 

11:45 AM                   Veterinary Tax

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

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   FLOOR

 

1:00 PM                   H. 513 - An act relating to broadband deployment throughout Vermont

possible vote

Dan Dickerson, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

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

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

1:15 PM                   H. 529 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

possible vote

Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

1:25 PM                   H. 205 - An act relating to the regulation of neonicotinoid pesticides

possible vote

 

1:45 PM                   19-1295 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:00 PM                   H. 82 - An act relating to the taxation of timber harvesting equipment

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

 

2:45 PM                   H. 439 - An act relating to the Home Weatherization Assistance Program

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Warren Coleman, Attorney, MMR, Vermont Gas and Omya

 

3:15 PM                   19-1295 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

HIT Claims Tax Language

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

 

3:20 PM                   H. 526 - An act relating to town clerk recording fees and town restoration and preservation reserve funds

Rep. John Gannon, House Committee On Government Operations - Invited

Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association

 

3:40 PM                   H. 439 - An act relating to the Home Weatherization Assistance Program

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Warren Coleman, Attorney, MMR, Vermont Gas and Omya

 

4:00 PM                   H. 107 - An act relating to paid family and medical leave

committee discussion

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   19-1295 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Capital Gains

Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Jake Feldman, Tax Research Statistician, Department of Taxes

Patricia Komline, Lobbyist, Vermont Independent Schools Association

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:00 AM                   H. 526 - An act relating to town clerk recording fees and town restoration and preservation reserve funds

possible vote

Chloe Wexler, Fiscal Data Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

11:10 AM                   H. 524 - An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council - Invited

Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

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

Kaj Samsom, Commissioner, Department of Taxes

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   FLOOR

 

2:20 PM                   H. 107 - An act relating to paid family and medical leave

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

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

Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office

 

4:25 PM                   19-1295 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Fuel tax amendments

Matt Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 107 - An act relating to paid family and medical leave

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:30 AM                   FLOOR

 

After the Floor                     TBA

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   19-1295 - An act relating to changes that affect the revenue of the State

Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

 


Senate Committee on Agriculture

 

AGENDA

 

Room 26

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 12:04 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor                   School Nutrition Day

Faye Mack, Advocacy and Education Director, Hunger Free Vermont

Jaycie Puttlitz, Wellness Coordinator, Winooski School District

Heather Torrey, Assistant Director, Burlington School Food Project

 

11:45 AM                   H. 79 - An act relating to eligibility for farm-to-school grant assistance

Rosie Krueger, Assistant Director, Child Nutrition Programs, Agency of Education

 

12:00 PM                   School Nutrition Day

Kathy Alexander, Food Service Director, Mount Abraham Unified School District and Addison Northwest School District

Doug Davis, Director, Food Service, Burlington School District

Alison Forrest, Brewster Pierce School

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8:30 AM                   19-0792 - An act relating to a committee bill that amends wetlands statutes to exempt certain farming activities from permitting or permitting fees

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

Marli Rupe, Agricultural Water Quality Section Chief, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

9:00 AM                   Federal Farm Bill Update

Wendy Wilton, USDA Farm Service Agency

 

9:50 AM                   Break

 

10:00 AM                   Vermont Farm Bureau

Introductions and Issues

Ethan Allen Room

 

11:00 AM                   Rural Vermont

Introductions and Issues

Lt. Governor's office

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   Dairy Marketing

Henry Commack, Sales Manager, Kimball Brook Farm

 

10:00 AM                   H. 79 - An act relating to eligibility for farm-to-school grant assistance

Abbey Willard, Director, Agricultural Development Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Rosie Krueger, Assistant Director, Child Nutrition Programs, Agency of Education

Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education

 

10:30 AM                   S. 160 - An act relating to agricultural development

In House Agriculture and Forestry Committee.

Overview of bill

 

11:00 AM                   19-0792 - An act relating to a committee bill that amends wetlands statutes to exempt certain farming activities from permitting or permitting fees

Committee discussion of latest draft

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:00 AM                   19-0792 - An act relating to farming activities in wetlands

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

Marli Rupe, Agricultural Water Quality Section Chief, Department of Environmental Conservation

Hannah Smith, Associate General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation

Laura DiPietro, Water Quality Division Director, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Ryan Patch, Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman at 802-828-2233 or lleehman@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Appropriations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 5

March 18, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 9:25 AM

 

Monday, March 18, 2019

1:00 PM                   No Committee Meetings Scheduled

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1:30 PM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

FY 2020 Budget--Mental Health  [HUMAN SERVICES]

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Mourning Fox, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Shannon Thompson, Financial Director, Department of Mental Health

Tracy O'Connell, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services

 

2:15 PM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

FY 2020 Budget--State Treasurer/Retirement  [GENERAL GOVERNMENT]

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Will Kriewald, Chief Financial Officer, Office of the State Treasurer

John Booth, Director of Treasury Operations, Office of the State Treasurer

Ashlynn Doyon, Executive Assistant and Policy Analyst, Office of the State Treasurer

 

3:00 PM                   Break

 

3:30 PM                   19-0730 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

FY 2020 Budget--Corrections  [HUMAN SERVICES]

Michael Touchette, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Matt D'Agostino, Financial Officer, Department of Corrections

Tracy O'Connell, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3:30 PM                   S. 32 - An act relating to the public financing of campaigns

Sen. Anthony Pollina

 

3:45 PM                   S. 164 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

Sen. Philip Baruth

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

2:00 PM                   S. 146 - An act relating to substance misuse prevention

Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:30 PM                   S. 94 - An act relating to expanding Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to dental care and establishing the VDent dental assistance program

Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Cory Gustafson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

 

3:00 PM                   Break

 

3:30 PM                   S. 96 - An act relating to establishing a Clean Water Assessment to fund State water quality programs

and S.113 (Prohibition of Plastic Carryout Bags, Expanded Polystyrene, and Single-Use Plastic Straws)

Sen. Christopher Bray

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

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

4:00 PM                   S. 131 - An act relating to insurance and securities

Sen. Ann Cummings

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

4:30 PM                   S. 162 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Sen. Randy Brock

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

1:00 PM                   Bills

(To Be Scheduled)

 

 


Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs

 

AGENDA

 

Room 27

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 1:09 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

11:00 AM                   H. 327 - An act relating to automatic renewal contract provisions

Rep. Michael Marcotte, Reporter

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 26 - An act relating to restricting retail and Internet sales of electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine, and tobacco paraphernalia in Vermont

Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Reporter

Christopher Curtis, Chief, Public Protection Division, Attorney General's Office

Mark Levine, M.D., Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health

 

10:30 AM                   H.13, An act relating to alcoholic beverages

Roberto Gonzalez, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

Rep. Michael Marcotte, Sponsor

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor and Lottery

 

-                                   S.144, An act relating to establishing a single tax rate for revenues from the sale of spirits and fortified wines

Sen. Richard Westman, Sponsor

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Roberto Gonzalez, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor and Lottery

 

11:30 AM                   S. 162 - An act relating to promoting economic development

Sen. Brock's Amendment

Sen. Randy Brock, Sponsor

Megan Sullivan, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   Paid Family Leave

Rep. Thomas Stevens, Reporter

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Kendal Smith, Director of Policy Development and Legislative Affairs, Governor's Office

Kevin Gaffney, Deputy Commissioner, The Department of Financial Regulation, Insurance Division

Jessica Vintinner, Legislative Director and Principal Assistant, Department of Labor

Ashley Moore, State Director, Main Street Alliance of VT

Samatha Sheehan, Communication Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

 

10:30 AM                   Break

 

10:45 AM                   Paid Family Leave

Continued

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

8:45 AM                   S. 29 - An act relating to trade in covered animal parts or products

 Students, Shelburne Community School

Ashley Prout McAvey, Master of Environment Management, Vermont for Wildlife

 

9:15 AM                   S. 15 - An act relating to unemployment compensation

Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sponsor

 

-                                   TBD

 

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 6 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Kayla Dewey at 828-3803 or kdewey@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Education

 

AGENDA

 

Room 28

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 3:51 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

1:30 PM                   Student Data Privacy

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Ryan Krieger, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

Charity Clark, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Vermont Attorney General

 

- -                                 School Nutrition Day

Anore Horton, Executive Director, Hunger Free Vermont

Heather Torrey, Assistant Director, Burlington School Food Project

 

- -                                 Governor's Appointments

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor

 

15 min after Floor                   Student Data Privacy

Committee discussion

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

- -                                 The Creation of a Tuition-Free Scholarship

Carlie Larrow, Student, Castleton University

Kendra Ross, Student, Castleton University

Ryan Heath, Student, Castleton University

Jeff Hazard, Student, Castleton University

Rowie Budde, Student, Castleton University

Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Chloe Wexler, Fiscal Data Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Marilyn Cargill, Vice President, Financial Aid Services, Marketing and Research, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

Tom Little, General Counsel, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor

 

15 min after Floor                   H. 140 - An act relating to the State Advisory Panel on Special Education

Introduction by sponsor, walk-through by legislative counsel, and witness testimony

Rep. Kathryn Webb, Sponsor

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Troy McAllister, Chair, Special Education Advisory Council

Rachel Seelig, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

1:00 PM                   S. 164 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law

CTE Pilot Project

Patricia Coates, Director of Government and External Affairs, Vermont State Colleges

Pat Moulton , President, Vermont Technical College - Invited

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Jeannie Lowell at 802-828-3805 or jlowell@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Ethics

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Senate Committee on Finance

 

AGENDA

 

Room 6

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 6:08 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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

Adam Necrason, Lobbyist, Vermont Association for Justice

David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, AARP

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 prohibition of plastic carryout bags, expanded polystyrene, and single-use plastic straws

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

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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

Jeffrey Wallin, Director,Vermont Crime Information Center, Department of Public Safety

Virginia Renfrew, Lobbyist, AIDS Service Organizations

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office - Invited

 

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

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor

 

25 min after the floor                   S. 161 - An act relating to housing investments

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Sen. Michael Sirotkin

Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Graham Campbell, Fiscal Analyst, Tax and Revenue, Joint Fiscal Office

Jennifer Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Maura Collins, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

 

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

Review Committee Amendment and Vote

 

`                                   S. 160 - An act relating to agricultural development

Discussion and Possible 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

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

1:00 PM                   S. 161 - An act relating to housing investments

Testimony

Dylan Zwicky, Lobbyist, Travel Technology Association

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Faith Brown at 802-828-2253 or fbrown@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Government Operations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 4

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 3:43 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

1:15                   S. 107 - An act relating to elections corrections

Proposal of amendment

Sen. Christopher A. Pearson, Chittenden County

 

-                                   S. 106 - An act relating to establishing the Municipal Self-Governance Program

Committee discussion

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jared Cadwell, Selectboard Chair, Fayston

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Peter Elwell, Town Manager, Brattleboro

Tim Meehan, Lobbyist, Vermont Coalition of Sportsmen's  Clubs

Teri Corsones, Chair, Mendon Planning Commission

Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association

 

3:00 PM                   15 Minute Break

 

3:15 PM                   S. 143 - An act relating to the membership of the Vermont Municipal Employees’ System

Walk-through

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:45 PM                   S. 151 - An act relating to the Twin State Voluntary Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan

Walk-through

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Beth Fastiggi, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

Kevin Gaffney, Deputy Commissioner, Insurance

Kendal Smith, Director of Policy Development and Legislative Affairs, Governor's Office

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor

 

After the Floor                     S. 124 - An act relating to miscellaneous law enforcement amendments

Walk-through

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

James  Whitcomb, Major, Vermont State Police

John Campbell, Executive Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

 

-                                   TBD

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

1:00 PM                   Senate Floor

 

After the Floor                     S. 153 - An act relating to creating the Vermont 250th Commission

Walk-through (Tentative - if time allows after the floor)

Michael Chernick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

After the Floor                     Charters

(As time allows)

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Gail Carrigan at 828-2272 or gcarrigan@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Health and Welfare

 

AGENDA

 

Room 17

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:42 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

11:15 AM                   Introductions and Updates

Auburn Watersong, Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development, VT Agency of Humans Services

 

11:30 AM                   School Nutrition Day

Anore Horton, Executive Director, Hunger Free Vermont

Kathy Alexander, Food Service Director, Mount Abraham Unified School District and Addison Northwest School District

 

11:40 AM                   S. 7 - An act relating to the evaluation of social service integration with accountable care organizations

Discussion of Amendment

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Conor Kennedy, Agency of Human Services

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 7 - An act relating to the evaluation of social service integration with accountable care organizations

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Ena Backus, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Human Services

Susan Barrett, J.D., Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Kirsten Murphy, Executive Director, Vermont Development Disabilities Council

 

9:30 AM                   Prop 5 - Declaration of rights; right to personal reproductive liberty

Committee Discussion

 

10:15 AM                   Afterschool Programs

Humberto Soriano, President, Chilean Society of Pediatrics

Michael Mann, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Boise State University

Holly Morehouse, Executive Director, Vermont Afterschool, Inc.

 

10:45 AM                   S. 73 - An act relating to licensure of ambulatory surgical centers

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health

David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, Green Mountain Surgery Center

 

11:00 AM                   Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Mental Health Workforce

Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services

Dr. Patricia Prelock , Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont

Dr. Nolan Atkins, Provost, Northern Vermont University

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   FY2020 Budget

Cory Gustafson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Michael Costa, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

 

10:00 AM                   Break

 

10:15 AM                   S. 128 - An act relating to physician assistant licensure

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

David Herlihy, Executive Director, Vermont Board of Medical Practice

Christine O'Neill, MMSc, PA-C, President, Physician Assistants Academy of Vermont

Sarah Bushweller, P.A.

 

11:15 AM                   Health Care Workforce

Deborah Wachtel, DNP, MPH, APRN, Assistant Professor, UVM College of Nursing, Vermont Nurse Practitioners' Association

 

11:25 AM                   S. 31 - An act relating to requiring hospitals to provide certain financial information to patients and prohibiting surprise billing for emergency medical services

Possible amendment

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Sen. Joe Benning, Sponsor

 

-                                   S. 53 - An act relating to increasing the proportion of health care spending allocated to primary care

Possible amendment

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sponsor

 

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

Possible amendment

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Sen. Randy Brock, Sponsor

 

11:50 AM                   Prop 5 - Declaration of rights; right to personal reproductive liberty

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:00 AM                   H. 218 - An act relating to lead poisoning prevention

Rep. Carl Rosenquist, Sponsor

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health

 

9:30 AM                   S. 117 - An act relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM                   S. 53 - An act relating to increasing the proportion of health care spending allocated to primary care

Possible amendment

Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Susan Barrett, J.D., Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

 

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

Possible amendment

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health

 

11:00 AM                   Prop 5 - Declaration of rights; right to personal reproductive liberty

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 1 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Maya Sutton-Smith at 802-828-2279 or msuttonsmith@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Institutions

 

AGENDA

 

Room 7

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/19/2019 2:55 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:30 AM                   FLOOR

 

1:00 PM                   State Treasurer's Office

Bonding

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Scott Baker, Director Financial Reporting, Office of the State Treasurer

 

2:00 PM                   Department of Buildings and General Services

Capital Bill: Mental Health Facilities

Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services

Michael Kuhn, Design & Construction Program Chief, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

1:00 PM                   FLOOR

 

2:00 PM                   Department of Mental Health

Capital Bill:  Mental Health Facilities

Rep. Anne B. Donahue, House Committee on Health Care

Michael Kuhn, Design & Construction Program Chief, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

2:30 PM                   Department of Mental Health

Capital Bill:  Mental Health Facilities

Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Mourning Fox, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Michael Kuhn, Design & Construction Program Chief, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

1:00 PM                   FLOOR

 

2:00 PM                   Department of Mental Health

Capital Bill: Therapeutic Beds - UVM, Liberal Arts in Prison Program; UVM Health Network

Eve Hoar, Director of Strategic and Business Planning, UVM Health Network

Kathy Fox, Professor, Liberal Arts in Prison Program, University of Vermont

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Mourning Fox, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Michael Kuhn, Design & Construction Program Chief, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

2:45 PM                   Department of Mental Health

Capital Bill:  Secure Residential Beds - Rutland Regional Medical Center, Department of Building and General Services

Claudio Fort, President, Rutland Regional Medical Center

Richard Courcelle, Chief Executive Officer, Rutland Mental Health Services

Dr. Jeffrey McKee, VP, Community & Behavioral Health Services, Rutland Regional Medical Center

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Michael Kuhn, Design & Construction Program Chief, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

11:30 AM                   FLOOR

 

1:00 PM                   TBA

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 6 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Denise Diehl at 802-828-2352 or ddiehl@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 1

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 11:13 AM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

11:20 AM                   H. 19 - An act relating to sexual exploitation of a person in law enforcement officer custody

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Chris Fenno, Executive Director, Center for Crime Victim Services

James Pepper, Deputy State's Attorney, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs - Invited

Honorable Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Superior Court

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8:45 AM                   H. 511 - An act relating to criminal statutes of limitations

Rep. Martin LaLonde, Sponsor, South Burlington

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

James Pepper, Deputy State's Attorney, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

David Scherr, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General's Office

Honorable Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Superior Court

 

10:00 AM                   Break

 

10:30 AM                   H. 7 - An act relating to second degree aggravated domestic assault

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Robert Lucas, Lieutenant, Vermont State Police

Tracy Shriver, State's Attorney, Windham County State's Attorneys

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

Chris Fenno, Executive Director, Center for Crime Victim Services

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

8:45 AM                   H. 146 - An act relating to increasing the number of examiners on the Board of Bar Examiners from nine to 11 members

Rashida Butler, Office of Legislative Council

Keith Kasper, Chair, Board of Bar Examiners, Vermont Bar Association

 

9:15 AM                   Senate Amendments

Sen. Ruth Hardy, Sponsor

Sen. John Rodgers, Sponsor

Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General

Evan Hughes, Lobbyist, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs

 

10:30 AM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

8:45 AM                   S. 99 - An act relating to spousal support and maintenance reform

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Hon Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Court Administrator's Office - Phone

Anne Venture - Phone

Rick Fleming, Vermont Alimony Reform

Martin Feldman

Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women

 

10:00 AM                   Break

 

10:30 AM                   TBD

 

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Peggy Delaney at 802-828-2278 or pdelaney@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

 

AGENDA

 

Room 8

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/21/2019 4:22 PM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

11:10 AM                   Weatherization for All

Jared Duval, Executive Director, Energy Action Network

Ed McNamara, Director of Planning and Energy Resources Division, Department of Public Service

Geoff Wilcox, Weatherization Program Administrator, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department for Children and Families

 

12:00 AM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8:30 AM                   Weatherization for All

Richard Faesy , Principal, Energy Futures Group, Inc.

Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development

Johanna Miller, Energy & Climate Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Paul Zabriskie, Director of Weatherization and Home Performance, Capstone Community Action

Abby White, Director of Communications, Efficiency Vermont

Ludy Biddle, Executive Director, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont - Invited

Erhard Mahnke, Coordinator, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Thomas Murray, Vice President, Vermont Gas

 

10:00 AM                   Break

 

11:30 AM                   Toxic Substances

S. 55 Amendment

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

Jordan Gonda, Associate General Counsel Waste Management, ANR

 

12:00 AM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   Toxic Substances

Committee Discussion and Possible Amendment to S.55

Peter Walke, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group

Lauren Hierl, Executive Director, Vermont Conservation Voters

 

9:30 AM                   S. 170 - An act relating to the Standard Offer Program and hydroelectric plants

Possible Committee Bill and Vote

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Mathew Rubin, President, Vermont Independent Power Producers Association

Patricia Richards, General Manager, Washington Electric Coop

Andrew Locke, Vice President, Vermont Independent Power Producers Association

Warren Colman, MMR, Green Mountain Power

Melissa Bailey, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Representative, VPPSA

 

10:15 AM                   Break

 

10:30 AM                   Community Scale Energy

Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Vermont

Joel Stettenheim, President, Norwich Technologies

Gregg Beldock, President, Belrock Corp

Billy Coster, Director of Planning and Policy, Agency of Natural Resources

Chad Farrell, Principal, Encore Redevelopment

 

12:00 AM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 171 - An act relating to addressing climate change, increasing weatherization, and rating the energy performance of buildings

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Ben Walsh, Climate & Energy Program Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group

Rep. R. Scott Campbell, < None >

 

9:30 AM                   Weatherization for All

Leslie Fieldler, VSECU

Helen Hossley, VT Realtors Association

Chris Delia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association

 

10:30 AM                   Weatherization for All

Mat Cota, Lobbyist, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association

 

11:30 AM                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 6 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Jude Newman at 828-2296 or jnewman@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Transportation

 

AGENDA

 

Room 3

March 19, 2019 - March 22, 2019

Last Updated 3/20/2019 10:31 AM

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10:00 AM                   Senate Floor

 

11:30 AM                   19-0462 - An act relating to the Public Utility Commission’s jurisdiction over electric vehicle charging stations and electric vehicle charging tariffs

Committee Discussion

Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 AM                   Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

Joe Flynn, Secretary of Transportation, Agency of Transportation

 

9:30 AM                   Committee  Discussion

Act 250

Greg Boulbol, General Counsel, Natural Resources Board

Diane Snelling, Chair, Natural Resources Board

 

10:30 AM                   19-0462 - An act relating to the Public Utility Commission’s jurisdiction over electric vehicle charging stations and electric vehicle charging tariffs

Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Marc Paquette, Section Chief Weights & Measures, Food Safety & Consumer Protection Division, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

John Cotter, Staff Attorney, Public Utility Commission

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:00 AM                   Vermont Railway

Mary Anne Michaels, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont Railway

 

9:30 AM                   H. 529 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Committee Review of Electric Vehicle Incentives and VW Settlement Fund Proposals

Daniel Dutcher, Environmental Policy Manager, Agency of Transportation

Dan Potter, Energy Policy and Program Analyst, Department of Public Service

Emily Boedecker, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation

Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Housing and Community Development

 

11:15 AM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

9:00 AM                   Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Cindy Locke, Executive  Director, VAST

Ken Brown, Project Manager, Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Sue Scribner, Municipal Assistance Bureau, Director, Agency of Transportation

 

10:00 AM                   19-0462 - An act relating to the Public Utility Commission’s jurisdiction over electric vehicle charging stations and electric vehicle charging tariffs

Committee Discussion

Anthea Dexter-Cooper, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Vermont

Nicole Lepre, Energy Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy Vermont

 

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 6 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Kirsten Seibert at 802-828-2254 or kseibert@leg.state.vt.us