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General Assembly

Standing Committee Meetings

Week of March 29, 2020 - April 4, 2020

House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

 

AGENDA

 

Room 32

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 3:57 PM

 

These meetings are live streamed. Click here to view the meeting.

 

You can also click on the Live Stream link on the Committee Website.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

9:00 AM                   Farms and Essential Services

Will Stevens, Owner, Golden Russet Farm

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

 

following                           H. 656 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

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

Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

-                                   S. 336 - An act relating to establishing standards for the sale of hemp seed

 

-                                   S. 180 - An act relating to the use and application of pesticides

 

-                                   S. 265 - An act relating to the use of food residuals for farming

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

 

10:30 AM                   Committee Adjourns

 

12:30 PM                   Vermont Foodbank Update

John Sayles, CEO, Vermont Foodbank

Nicole Whalen, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Vermont Foodbank

 

following                           2020 Growing Season Hemp Language

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

Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

2:00 PM                   Committee Adjourns

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

11:00 AM                   COVID-19 Related Agricultural Issues

farmers markets

John Primmer, Wildstone Farm - Invited

 

11:30 AM                   S. 336 - An act relating to establishing standards for the sale of hemp seed

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

Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Joe Veldon, Cannabis Farmer, 7 Leaf Genetics

Ted Sheehan, Green Mountain Organic Hemp LLC

Daniel Maclure, Century 21 Farm & Forest - Invited

 

12:30 PM                   Committee Adjourns

 

If you have any questions or comments please contact Linda Leehman:  lleehman@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Appropriations

 

AGENDA

 

March 30, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 3/30/2020 4:58 PM

 

This meeting will be live streamed. Click HERE to view the meeting.

 

Monday, March 30, 2020

9:00 AM                   20-0731 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Committee Discussion

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

9:00 AM                   20-0731 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Committee Discussion

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

9:00 AM                   20-0731 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Q & A on Covid-19

Adam Greshin, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services

Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

9:00 AM                   20-0731 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

TBA

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

9:00 AM                   Joint Meeting with House Ways & Means

Shared Challenges and Directions

 

 


House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

 

AGENDA

 

Room 35

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 3/31/2020 5:21 PM

 

 

If you'd like to join us live on Youtube, please go here.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

9:30 AM                   Grid Optimization Memo to House Committee on Energy and Technology

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:45 AM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association

 

10:30 AM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

Michael Harrington, Acting Commissioner, Department of Labor

 

11:30 AM                   Break

 

2:00 PM                   Covid 19 Response Committee Discussion

Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Darcy Carter, District Director, Vermont District Office, U.S.Small Business Administration

Charles Martin, Government Affairs Director, VT Chamber of Commerce

Erin Sigrist, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Amy Todisco, atodisco@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Corrections and Institutions

 

AGENDA

 

Via Videoconference

 

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 8:57 AM

 

Click here to view the live stream or click the Live Stream button on the Committee's Information Page

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

12:30 PM                   Capital Budget Adjustment FY20-21 Mark-up

Draft 1.7 Language

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

2:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

9:00 AM                   S. 338 - An act relating to justice reinvestment

Walk-through

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Ellen Whelan-Wuest, Deputy Program Director, Council of State Governments Justice Center

 

11:00 AM                   Break until 1:00 pm

 

1:00 PM                   Commission Discussion

S.338 - Develop List of Potential Witnesses

 

3:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

9:30 AM                   S. 338 - An act relating to justice reinvestment

Probation - Sections 2,3,4 of S.338

Presumptive Parole

Good Time

Hon Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary

 

11:30 AM                   Break until 1:30 pm

 

1:30 PM                   Everbridge Remote Voting Tutorial

Committee Training

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

 

2:30 PM                   S. 338 - An act relating to justice reinvestment

Walk-through: Act 88 - Graduated Sanctions

Walk-through: Escape Language in S.338

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

9:30 AM                   S. 338 - An act relating to justice reinvestment

Parole

Mary Jane Ainsworth, Director, Parole Board

 

11:30 AM                   Break until 1:30 pm

 

1:30 PM                   TBD

 

3:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact

Phil Petty at ppetty@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Education

 

AGENDA

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 12:38 PM

 

 

These meetings will be live streamed here.

 

You can also click on the Livestream link on the Committee's Information Page

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

12:00 PM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Laura Soares, President, VSBIT

 

12:30 PM                   S. 224 - An act relating to evidence-based structured literacy instruction for students in kindergarten–grade 3 and students with dyslexia and to teacher preparation programs

The title of S.224 is outdated. The subject matter is now the Miscellaneous Education bill. Committee discussion and walk-through

 

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   S. 46 - An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools

Committee discussion and walk-through of proposed pupil weighting language

 

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   S. 166 - An act relating to the dissolution of the State Board of Education

Committee Discussion and walk-through

 

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   S. 226 - An act relating to statewide public school employee health benefits

Committee Discussion and walk-through

 

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

-                                   S. 335 - An act relating to universal access to afterschool programs

Committee Discussion and walk-through

 

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:00 PM                   Break

 

2:30 PM                   COVID-19 Response

Mill Moore, Executive Director, Vermont Independent Schools Association - ZOOM

Edward Nasta, Executive Director, New School of Montpelier - ZOOM

Sue Ceglowski, Executive  Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association

Traci Sawyers, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association

Jeff Francis, Executive Director, VT Superintendents Association

 

4:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

-                                   No Committee Meeting Scheduled

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

10:00 AM                   COVID-19 Response

Dan French, Secretary, Agency of Education

Emily Simmons, General Counsel, Agency of Education

Sharon Davison, Kindergarten teacher, Williston

Alex Eskra-St.Louis, Second Grade Teacher, Berkshire Elementary

 

2:00 PM                   Education Finance

Joint Hearing with House Committee on Ways and Means

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education

Sue Ceglowski, Executive  Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Martha Heath, Chair, Essex-Westford School District Board

Tim Smith, Chair, Slate Valley Unified School District Board

Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association

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

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

-                                   No Committee Meeting Scheduled

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date. Please include your name, organization, date and title in your email. 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 or comments, please contact

 Avery Lamb at alamb@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Energy and Technology

 

AGENDA

 

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 2:02 PM

 

 

Committee meetings can be live streamed here

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

11:00 AM                   Department of Public Service

How the State's energy and telecommunications infrastructure is performing.

June Tierney, Commissioner, Department of Public Service

Riley Allen, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service

Bill Jordan, Director of Engineering, Department of Public Service

Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service

John Quinn, III, Secretary, Agency of Digital Services

 

2:30 PM                   911 Bill

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

 

If you have questions or comments please contact dbean@leg.state.vt.us

Friday, April 3, 2020

1:00 PM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Terry LaValley, Radio Technology Service Director, Department of Public Safety

John Quinn, III, Secretary, Agency of Digital Services

Owen Smith, Regional Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T

 

Please contact Danielle Bean at dbean@leg.state.vt.us with questions.

 


House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs

 

AGENDA

 

Room 44

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 1:58 PM

 

 

Please Note

Hearings will be streamed live on YouTube at:

 

Live Stream Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

-                                   No Committee Meetings Scheduled

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2:00 PM                   20-0939 - An act relating to amending the earned sick time law and Parental and Family Leave Act and providing emergency housing-related assistance to address COVID-19

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

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

Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC - ZOOM

Wendy Morgan, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid - Invited

Jean Murray, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid - ZOOM

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

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

2:00 PM                   20-0939 - An act relating to amending the earned sick time law and Parental and Family Leave Act and providing emergency housing-related assistance to address COVID-19

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

Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC - ZOOM

Jean Murray, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid - ZOOM

 

-                                   20-0867 - An act relating to miscellaneous amendments to alcoholic beverage laws

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council - ZOOM

Kobey Shwayder, Owner, Vermont Vermouth - ZOOM

 

-                                   Update from Congressional Delegation

Employee and employer supports in federal covid-related aid package (CARES)

Chris Saunders, Field Representative, Office of Senator Patrick Leahy - ZOOM

Erica Campbell, Outreach Representative, Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Meagan Foster, Legislative Director, Office of Congressman Peter Welch - ZOOM

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

-                                   No Committee Meeting Scheduled

 

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date. 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  Ron Wild - rwild@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Government Operations

 

AGENDA

 

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 9:08 AM

 

This meeting will be live streamed. Click here to view the meeting.

You can also click on the Live Stream link on the Committee's Information Page.

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

10:30 AM                   S. 153 - An act relating to creating the Vermont 250th Commission

Michael Chernick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jonah Spivak

Laura Trieschmann, State Historic Preservation Officer, Department of Housing and Community Development

David Schutz, State Curator, Department of State Buildings

Rep. Mary A. Morrissey

Stephen Perkins, Executive Director, Vermont Historical Society

 

11:15 AM                   Committee  Discussion

 

11:45 AM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

9:30 AM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Assocation

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

Sue Ceglowski, Executive  Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Martha Heath, Chair, Essex-Westford School District Board

Tim Smith, Chair, Slate Valley Unified School District Board

 

 


House Committee on Health Care

 

AGENDA

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 11:34 AM

 

These meetings will be live streamed.  Click here to view the meeting.

You can also click on the Live Stream link on the Committee's Information Page.

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

-                                   No Committee Meeting Scheduled

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2:30 PM                   COVID-19 Federal Funds Update

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

2:40 PM                   Office of the Health Care Advocate, COVID-19 Update

Michael Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid

 

-                                   Committee Discussion

 

-                                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

-                                   No Committee Meeting Scheduled

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

11:30 AM                   OneCare Vermont - COVID-19 Update

Victoria Loner, RN.C, MHCDS, Chief Executive Officer, OneCare Vermont - Phone

 

12:30 PM                   Vermont's Free and Referral Clinics - COVID-19 Update

Steve Maier, Executive Director, Vermont's Free and Referral Clinics (VFRC)

Heidi Sulis, Executive Director, Open Door Clinic, Middlebury, and Chair, Vermont's Free and Referral Clinics (VFRC)

Lynn Raymond-Empey, Executive Director, Valley Health Connections, Springfield

Dana Michalovic, Executive Director, Good Neighbor Health and Red Logan Dental Clinics, White River Junction

 

1:00 PM                   Break until 2:30 PM

 

2:30 PM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

Stephen Leffler, M.D., President, University of Vermont Medical Center

Georgia Maheras, Esq., Vice President of Policy and Programs, Bi-State Primary Care Association

 

-                                   Committee Discussion

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date. 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 or comments, please contact

Demis Martin - demis@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Discrimination Prevention Panel

This agenda has not yet been published.


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 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 9:55 AM

 

 

These meetings will be live streamed, click here to watch.

 

You can also click on the livestream link on the Committee's Information page

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

11:00 AM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Department for Children and Families

Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

 

-                                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Childcare

 

Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Melissa Riegel-Garrett, Child Development Division Policy Director, Department for Children and Families

Sonja Raymond, Executive Director, Vermont Association for the Education for Young Children

Floyd Nease, Lamoille Parent Child Center

Aly Richards, Chief Executive Officer, Let's Grow Kids

 

12:30 PM                   Break

 

2:30 PM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Woodside

Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

 

-                                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Foster Care and Residential Program

Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Christine Johnson, Deputy Commissioner, Family Services Division, Department for Children and Families

Robin Sweet, Vice President, Vermont Foster/Adoptive Families Association

Bethany Pombar, Director, Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs - Invited

Dave McAllister, Director, Laraway School and Treasurer of, Vermont Coalition of Residential Youth Programs

Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

-                                   No Committee Meetings Scheduled

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

12:00 PM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

 

Monica Caserta Hutt, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

Max Barrows, Outreach Director, Green Mountain Self Advocates

Mary Moulton, Executive Director, Washington County Mental Health Services

Julie Tessler, Executive Director, Vermont Care Partners

Laura Pelosi, Lobbyist, Vermont Health Care Association

Jill Mazza Olson, Executive Director, VNAs of Vermont

Kirsten Murphy, Executive Director, Vermont Development Disabilities Council

 

2:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

2:00 PM                   Covid-19 Response Committee Discussion

 

3:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

If you have any questions contact

Julie Tucker @ jtucker@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 30

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 12:22 PM

 

Meetings will be streamed live. You can access it directly from the Committee page, or by clicking here.

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

12:00 PM                   S. 316 - An act relating to execution of wills during an emergency

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Therese Corsones, Executive  Director, Vermont Bar Association

Benj Deppman, Partner, Deppman Law PLC

Jeanne Blackmore, Shareholder, Gravel and Shea

 

-                                  Additional Probate Law Changes Due to Covid-19 Emergency

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Therese Corsones, Executive  Director, Vermont Bar Association

Benj Deppman, Partner, Deppman Law PLC

Jeanne Blackmore, Shareholder, Gravel and Shea

 

1:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

2:30 PM                   Covid-19 Impact

Hon. Paul Reiber, Chief Justice, Vermont Supreme Court (2:30 PM)

Honorable Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary (2:45 PM)

James Pepper, Deputy State's Attorney, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs (2:55 PM)

Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office (3:05 PM)

Chris Fenno, Executive Director, Center for Crime Victim Services (3:15 PM)

Carol Brochu, Director of Finance and Administration, Center for Crime Victim Services (3:15 PM)

Sarah Robinson, MSW, Deputy Director, Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (3:25 PM)

David Scherr, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General's Office (3:35 PM)

Christopher Herrick, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Safety (3:45 PM)

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Bailey at mbailey@leg.state.vt.us.

 


House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife

 

AGENDA

 

 

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 11:40 AM

 

Meetings will be live streamed.

 

You can access it though the Committee Page or by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2:00 PM                   Committee Discussion

ANR/DEC responses to COVID-19

Peter Walke, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation

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

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

2:30 PM                   Committee Discussion

Agency of Natural Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife responses to COVID-19

Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Major George Scribner, Major, Enforcement Division, Vermont Fish and Wildlife

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date. 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 or comments, please contact

Marc Grimes at mgrimes@leg.state.vt.gov

 


House Committee on Transportation

 

AGENDA

 

Room 43

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 11:40 AM

 

 

These meetings will be live streamed. Click here to watch or click on the Live Stream link on the Committee's information page.

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

9:30 AM                   Briefing on Status of COVID-19 DMV Legislation

 

9:45 AM                   Federal Stimulus

Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

10:00 AM                   H. 942 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Walk-through of Agency must-have proposals

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

 

11:00 AM                   S. 339 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles

Walk-through

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

 

11:30 AM                   Break

 

1:30 PM                   S. 339 - An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles

Continue Walk-through

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

Wanda Minoli, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Michael Smith, Operations Director, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

3:40 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

9:00 AM                   H. 942 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Agency must-have proposals

Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

Leonard LeBlanc, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Transportation

Dan Delabruere, Rail and Aviation, Director, Agency of Transportation

Ross MacDonald, Public Transit Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

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

Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

11:00 AM                   Break

 

1:00 PM                   H. 942 - An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Agency must-have proposals

Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

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

Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

1:40 PM                   COVID-19

Impact on Transit

Ross MacDonald, Public Transit Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

 

2:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

-                                   No Committee  Meeting Scheduled

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

-                                   No Committee  Meeting Scheduled

 

If you have any questions, please contact  Lori Morse at lmorse@leg.state.vt.us

 


House Committee on Ways and Means

 

AGENDA

 

Virtual Meeting

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/1/2020 6:44 PM

 

 

Meetings will be live streamed.  Click HERE to view the meetings.

Please note that there are several joint hearings this week that will need to be accessed via a different live stream link. See details below.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

10:00 AM                   20-0791 - An act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions

Abby Shepard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Graham Campbell, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

10:30 AM                   Proposed Federal Education Stabilization Grant

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

10:00 AM                   Meals and Rooms Tax

Sales and Use Tax

Meals and Room Tax

Craig Bolio, Commissioner, VT Department of Taxes

Graham Campbell, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

10:30 AM                   Establishing the Grand List for FY2021

Jill Remick, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes

Christie Wright, Property Valuation Field Director, Department of Taxes

Lisa Wright, President, Vermont Assessors and Listers Association

Carol Dawes, Legislative Chair, Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association

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

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

2:00 PM                   Education Finance

Joint Hearing with House Committee on Education

2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

This hearing will live stream via the link on the House Education web page.

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education

Sue Ceglowski, Executive  Director, Vermont School Boards Association

Martha Heath, Chair, Essex-Westford School District Board

Tim Smith, Chair, Slate Valley Unified School District Board

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

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

9:00 AM                   Shared Challenges and Directions

Joint Hearing with House Committee on Appropriations

This hearing will live stream via the link on the House Appropriations web page.

 

 


Senate Committee on Agriculture

 

AGENDA

 

Room 26

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 10:40 AM

 

 

 

These meetings are live streamed. Click HEREto view the meeting.

 

You can also click on the Live Stream Link on the Committee's website

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

10:30 AM                   Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Update: Overview of federal COVID-19 money for agriculture; farmers markets and essential workers list; H2A seasonal workers program; federal farm insurance marginal protetion program.

Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

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

Steven Collier, General Counsel, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Laura Ginsburg, Agricultural Development Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

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

Kyle Harris, Agricultural Development Specialist, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

11:00 AM                   S. 273 - An act relating to creating incentives for schools and establishing a goal for correctional facilities to purchase locally produced foods

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

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

Laura Ginsburg, Agricultural Development Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:30 AM                   Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

continuation of update

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Linda Leehman: lleehman@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Appropriations

This agenda has not yet been published.


Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs

 

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 11:45 AM

 

 

Hearings can be Live Streamed on Youtube here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

9:30 AM                   COVID-19 Committee Discusssion

Governor's March 30 COVID 19 Executive Order

Josh Hanford, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development

 

9:50 AM                   COVID-19 Committee Discusssion

Landlord Tenant Eviction Issues

David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Jean Murray, Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid

Angela Zaikowski , Director, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC

Shawn Handy, Landlord, Burlington

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

Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce

 

11:25 AM                   COVID-19 Committee Discusssion

Worker's Compensation Update

Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor

David Mickenberg, Lobbyist, Vermont Association for Justice

Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce

 

11:35 AM                   COVID-19 Committee Discusssion

Department of Labor Update

Michael Harrington, Acting Commissioner, Department of Labor

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

9:45 AM                   Covid 19 Response Committee Discussion

Update on Small Business relief options

Lindsay Kurrle, Secretary, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development

Linda Rossi, State Director, VT Small Business Development Center (10:00 AM)

Darcy Carter, District Director, Vermont District Office, U.S.Small Business Administration (10:00 AM)

 

11:00 AM                   Update on Federal Relief Assistance for Self-Employed and Unemployment Insurance

Update on intent of certain CARES Act provisions; i.e., $600 pandemic relief assistance

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

9:30 AM                   Covid 19 Response Committee Discussion

Topics To Be Determined

 

For questions and comments, please contact dgumpper@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Education

 

AGENDA

 

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 7:41 AM

 

 

Senate Education meetings are live-streamed here

unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2:00 PM                   Special Education K-12

Joint Committee meeting with Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Erin Maguire, Special Education Administrator/Westford-Essex School District, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

Kirsten Murphy, Executive Director, Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

Rachel Seelig, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid Disability Law Project, Vermont Special Education Advisory Council

Jacqueline Kelleher, State Director of Special Education, Agency of Education

Anastasia Douglas, Parent

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

9:30 AM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Joint Hearing with Senate Committee on Health and Welfare

Jessica Robinson , Medicaid Programs Administrator, Agency of Education

Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education

Laurel Olmland, Director,Child,Adolescent, and Family Unit, Vermont Department of Mental Health

 

Contact Jeannie Lowell at jlowell@leg.state.vt.us with questions.

 


Senate Committee on Ethics

This agenda has not yet been published.


Senate Committee on Finance

 

AGENDA

 

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 3/31/2020 3:55 PM

 

 

Hearings can be streamed on Youtube here

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

1:30 PM                   Covid 19 Response Committee Discussion

Broadband Issues - Students Online Access

Heather Bouchey, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education

Jay Nichols, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association

Jeff Francis, Executive Director, VT Superintendents Association

Chelsea Myers, Director of Communications and Professional Development, Vermont Superintendents Association

Clay Purvis, Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity, Department of Public Service

Gordon Mathews, Vice President Legal and Regulatory Affairs, VTel

Chris Recchia, General Manager, ValleyNet

Jeff Austin, Director of Government Relations, Consolidated Communications

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

1:30 PM                   Covid 19 Response Committee Discussion

Property Taxes and the Change in Income Tax Filing Date

Carol Dawes, City Clerk/Treasurer, Barre City

Lisa Wright, President, Vermont Assessors and Listers Association

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

Doug Farnham, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Taxes

Abby Shepard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

If you have any questions or comments please contact fbrown@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Government Operations

 

AGENDA

 

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 3/30/2020 1:39 PM

 

 

Hearings can be Live Streamed on Youtube here

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

1:00 PM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

Electronic Signatures

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

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

Chris Campany, Executive Director, Windham Regional Commission

Chris Winters, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of State's Office

Therese Corsones, Executive  Director, Vermont Bar Association

 

1:30 PM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

State Workers

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Beth Fastiggi, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

Tom Waldman, General Counsel, Department of Human Resources

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

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association

 

2:00 PM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

EMS

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Drew Hazelton, Chief of Operations, Rescue Inc.; Chair, Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee, Rescue Inc.

Patrick Malone, Director of the Initiative for Rural Emergency Medical Services, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, UVM

Shayla Livingston, Public Health Policy Advisor, Department of Health

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

1:00 PM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

 

`                                   S. 124 - An act relating to miscellaneous law enforcement amendments

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Sergeant Mike O'Neil, Executive  Director, Vermont Troopers Association

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

Michael E. Schirling, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Christopher Herrick, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association

Rick Gauthier, Director, LEAB

Colonel Matthew Birmingham, Vermont State Police, Department of Public Safety

 

1:30 PM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

Retirement of Law Enforcement

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:15 PM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

Fire and Safety

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:45 PM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

Voting Protocol

Tucker Anderson, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

John Quinn, III, Secretary, Agency of Digital Services

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

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

1:00 PM                   COVID-19 Committee Discussion

Communities At-Risk

 

If you have any questions or comments, please email gcarrigan@leg.state.vt.us

 


Senate Committee on Health and Welfare

 

AGENDA

 

Room 17

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 7:40 AM

 

 

 

These meetings will be live streamed.  Click here to view the meetings unless otherwise noted in the comments section.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

9:30 AM                   Zoom Training

This will not be live streamed

 

10:00 AM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Hospitals and FQHCs

Steve Leffler, M.D., President, University of Vermont Medical Center

Georgia Maheras, Esq., Vice President of Policy and Programs, Bi-State Primary Care Association

 

11:45 AM                   Break

 

2:00 PM                   Special Education K-12 COVID-19 Updates

Joint Committee with Senate Committee on Education

Please click here for the livestream

 

Erin Maguire, Special Education Administrator/Westford-Essex School District, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

Kirsten Murphy, Executive Director, Vermont Development Disabilities Council

Rachel Seelig, Staff Attorney, Vermont Special Education Advisory Council

Jacqueline Kelleher, State Director of Special Education, Agency of Education

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

10:00 AM                   Temporary Closing of Woodside

Joint Meeting with Senate Committee on Judiciary

This meeting will be livestreamed here

 

Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

 

10:50 AM                   Break

 

11:00 AM                   Covid-19 Impact on Residential Care and Foster Care

Joint Hearing with Senate Committee on Judiciary

continued

Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Monica Caserta Hutt, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

9:30 AM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Joint Hearing with Senate Committee on Education

Jessica Robinson , Medicaid Programs Administrator, Agency of Education

Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education

Laurel Olmland, MS, NCC, Director,Child,Adolescent, and Family Unit, Vermont Department of Mental Health

 

11:45 AM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

9:30 AM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Nursing Homes and Residential Care Homes

Laura Pelosi, Lobbyist, Vermont Health Care Association

Monica Caserta Hutt, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

 

-                                   -

Home Health and Hospice Services

Jill Mazza Olson, Executive Director, VNAs of Vermont

 

-                                   -

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Jessica Barquist, Director of Policy and Organizing, Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

 

-                                   -

Pathways Support Line

Patrick Gallagher, Development Director, Pathways Vermont

 

11:00 AM                   COVID-19 Response Updates

Support Services

 

Mary Moulton, Executive Director, Washington County Mental Health Services

Julie Tessler, Executive Director, Vermont Care Partners

Linda Johnson, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont

JoEllen Tarallo Ed.D., MCHES, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Health and Learning, Director, VT Suicide Prevention Center

 

12:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

 


Senate Committee on Institutions

This agenda has not yet been published.


Senate Committee on Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 1

March 30, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/1/2020 12:19 PM

 

Meetings will be live streamed. You can access it directly from the Committee page or by clicking here

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

10:00 AM                   COVID-19

Mark Hughes, Executive Director, Justice for All

 

10:15 AM                   Judiciary Proposed Emergency Legislative Changes

Committee Discussion and Mark-up

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Honorable Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary

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

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Vermont Defender General's Office

John Campbell, Executive Director, State's Attorneys and Sheriffs' Dept.

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

 

10:50 AM                   Break

 

11:00 AM                   Civil Law Changes, Deeds, Power of Attorney Statute of Limitations

Committee Discussion and Mark-up

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Benj Deppman, Partner, Deppman Law PLC

Chris Maley, Attorney, Vermont Association for Justice  VTAJ

Therese Corsones, Executive  Director, Vermont Bar Association

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

10:00 AM                   Temporary Closing of Woodside

Joint Meeting with Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

 

10:50 AM                   Break

 

11:00 AM                   Covid-19 Impact on Residential Care and Foster Care

Joint Meeting with Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Honorable Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary

Ken Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

Christine Johnson, Deputy Commissioner, Family Services Division, Department for Children and Families

Monica Caserta Hutt, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

-                                  No Committee Meeting Scheduled

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

-                                  No Committee Meeting Scheduled

 

If you have questions please contact Peggy Delaney at pdelaney@leg.state.vt.us.

 


Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

 

AGENDA

 

Committee meetings will be live streamed here

 

March 31, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 12:11 PM

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

10:00 AM                   ANR General Update on Programs Impacted by COVID-19 (10 minutes)

Peter Walke, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

-                                   Water Systems (10 minute report)

COVID-19 impact on public water systems and wastewater systems

 

Tom Dipietro, President, Green Mountain Water Environment Association

 

-                                   Solid Waste (7 minute reports)

COVID 19 impact on solid waste systems

Kim Crosby, Environmental Compliance Officer, Casella Waste Management

John Leddy, Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District

Jennifer Holliday, Director of Public Policy and Diversion Policy, Chittenden Solid Waste District

Terri Kuczynski, Addison County Solid Waste

Cary Giguere, Policy Director, Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Cathy Jamieson, Program Manager, WMPD Solid Waste Program, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

-                                   Municipal Sludge (20 minutes)

Field Application of: Regulation and Current Status: PFAS

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

Peter Walke, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation

Matthew Chapman, General Counsel, Agency of Natural Resources

 

-                                   Energy Programs

COVID 19 impact on energy efficiency programs and weatherization?

Darren Springer, General Manager, Burlington Electric Department

Rebecca Foster, Director, Efficiency Vermont

Paul Zabriskie, Director of Weatherization and Climate Impact, Capstone Community Action

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

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

10:00 AM                   COVID-19 Impacts: ANR General Update

 

 

 

 

Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Matthew Chapman, General Counsel, Agency of Natural Resources

 

-                                   COVID-19 Impacts : Vermont Clean Water Acts/TMDLS

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

Jill Arace, Executive Director, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts

Charlie Baker, Executive Director, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

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

Lyn Munno, Director, Watershed United Vermont

Mary Russ, Director, White River Partnership

Hilary Solomon, Manager, Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District

 

Please contact jnewman@leg.state.vt.us with questions and comments.

 


Senate Rules Committee

 

AGENDA

 

via conference call

April 3, 2020

Last Updated 4/2/2020 3:15 PM

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

12:00 PM                   Discuss changes to Rules

 

 


Senate Committee on Transportation

This agenda has not yet been published.