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Title 3 Appendix: Executive Orders

Chapter 020: INTERNAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Executive Order No. 20-1

    (No. 67-82)

    [Cadre of the Vermont State Guard

    WHEREAS, the Reserve Components of the military services, including the National Guard of the State of Vermont, are now considered to be the immediate back-up force of the Active Armed Forces; and

    WHEREAS, on short notice, the National Guard of the State of Vermont could be deployed out of Vermont in order to back-up the Active Armed Forces; and

    WHEREAS, once the Vermont National Guard has been mobilized and departs the state, the State of Vermont loses its effective back-up force for public safety and the security of the state; and

    WHEREAS, in order to be duly prepared for an emergency situation,

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Richard A. Snelling, Governor of the State of Vermont, under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Laws of the State of Vermont, order as follows:

    SEC. (1) The Cadre of the Vermont State Guard is organized.

    SEC. (2) The Adjutant General of the State of Vermont is authorized and directed to take all appropriate steps to organize and maintain the formation of the Vermont State Guard Cadre in an inactive status without pay, to serve for an indefinite period and until relieved by proper authority.

    Dated April 26, 1982.

  • Executive Order No. 20-2

    (No. 12-85)

    [Activation of Vermont National Guard for Assistance of Civilian Authorities in City of Barre

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-3

    (No. 51-87)

    [Order Into Service of Vermont National Guardsmen for Assistance to Civilians and Authorities of State and Bennington County

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-4

    (No. 58-88)

    [Veterans' Advisory Council

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-46 (codified as Executive Order 06-05), dated September 13, 2005.

  • Executive Order No. 20-5

    (No. 77-89)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency and Activation of Emergency Disaster Preparedness Plan for Washington County

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-6

    (No. 82-90)

    [Designation of Vermont State Police as State Clearinghouse for  Missing and Exploited Children

    WHEREAS, the Missing Children's Assistance Act, passed by the United States Congress in 1984, established a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and

    WHEREAS, the National Center is designed to help in establishing, maintaining and providing support information networks for state clearinghouses on missing and exploited children; and

    WHEREAS, a state clearinghouse is necessary in order to maintain records, disseminate information on reported missing children and to assist local, state and federal agencies as well as family members on cases relating to missing and exploiting children; and

    WHEREAS, each state clearinghouse serves as a state based extension of the national effort to provide training, education, and public information relating to missing and exploited children; and

    WHEREAS, the Vermont General Assembly by enactment of Title 20, chapter 112, has mandated that the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety cooperate with and support all law enforcement agencies in matters relating to missing persons, and when necessary in order to protect a missing person from harm, to coordinate all efforts to search for the missing person.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Madeleine M. Kunin, by virtue of the powers vested in me as Governor of the State of Vermont, do hereby designate the Vermont State Police, Department of Public Safety, as the state clearinghouse for missing and exploited children. The Vermont State Police shall contract with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and coordinate with other state clearinghouse agencies in order to receive and provide training, education, and public information relating to missing and exploited children.

    This Executive Order takes effect upon signing.

    Dated January 12, 1990.

  • Executive Order No. 20-7

    (No. 06-91)

    [Utilization of National Guard to Carry Out Vermont's Drug Enforcement Support Plan

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-8

    (No. 03-95)

    [Activation of National Guard to Assist Vermont State Police and the City of Burlington

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-9

    (No. 04-95)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency for Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Lamoille, Orleans and Washington Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-10

    (No. 05-95)

    [Activation of National Guard to Assist State and Local Officials in Stabilizing Conditions Resulting From Flooding

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-11

    (No. 08-96)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency and Activation of Emergency Disaster Preparedness Plan for State of Vermont

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-12

    (No. 11-96)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency for Windham and Windsor Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-13

    (No. 12-96)

    [Activation of National Guard to Assist in Flood Recovery Operations in Windham County

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-14

    (No. 01-97)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency for Franklin, Lamoille, and Orleans Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-15

    (No. 02-97)

    [Activation of National Guard to Assist in Flood Recovery Operations and Security in Franklin, Lamoille, and Orleans Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-16

    (No. 01-98)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency for Grand Isle County

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-17

    (No. 02-98)

    [Activation of National Guard to Assist in Flood Recovery Operations and Security in Grand Isle County

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-18

    (No. 03-98)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency for Chittenden, Franklin, and Addison Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-19

    (No. 04-98)

    [Activation of National Guard to Assist in Flood Recovery Operations and Security in Chittenden, Franklin, and Addison Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-20

    (No. 06-98)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency for Addison, Orange, Washington, and Windsor Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-21

    (No. 07-98)

    [Activation of National Guard to Assist in Flood Recovery Operations and Security in Addison, Orange, Washington, and Windsor Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-22

    (No. 08-99)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency and Activation of Emergency Disaster Preparedness Plan for Town of Springfield

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-23

    (No. 09-99)

    [Activation of National Guard to Assist in Recovery Operations and Security in Town of Springfield

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-24

    (No. 10-99)

    [Vermont National Guard Trust Fund

    WHEREAS, upon deactivation of the members of the Vermont Army National Guard after World War I, the company funds of various units comprising the First Infantry Regiment, Vermont National Guard, were turned over to the federal government, more specifically the War Department (the forerunner of the Department of Defense);

    WHEREAS, in 1927, the War Department returned the company funds to the Adjutant General for the Vermont Army National Guard, Brigadier General Herbert T. Johnson, to benefit the present and future elements of any reconstituted and/or reactivated regiment;

    WHEREAS, in 1927, the Honorable John E. Weeks, Governor of the State of Vermont, by special order 54, dated 21 June 1927, created a special committee to review the receipt of these funds and to make recommendations;

    WHEREAS, on 30 June 1927, upon the recommendation of the special committee, the Governor established the 172d Infantry Memorial Trust Fund;

    WHEREAS, the 172d Infantry constituted the reorganized units of Vermont National Guard units that served in World War I;

    WHEREAS, on 1 July 1960, the fund was redesignated by Executive Order (no number) of the Honorable Robert T. Stafford, Governor of the State of Vermont, as the "Vermont Army National Guard Memorial Trust Fund;"

    WHEREAS, as of this date, the "Vermont Army National Guard Trust Fund" is still a functional fund but with the changes in the force structure over the last 40 years, there is a need to revise the fund.

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Howard Dean, by virtue of the power vested in me as Governor, do hereby reconstitute the "Vermont Army National Guard Memorial Trust Fund" as the "Vermont National Guard Trust Fund" (hereinafter referred to as the "Trust") and establish a Trust Fund Board with the duties and responsibilities as follows:

    1. The Trust will be for the benefit of all members of the Vermont National Guard.

    2. The Trust Fund Board will be chaired by the Adjutant General for the State of Vermont, and be comprised of the Deputy Adjutant General for the State of Vermont, the Vermont Army National Guard Assistant Adjutant General, and the Air National Guard Assistant Adjutant General. A majority of the sitting members shall constitute a quorum and action taken by the board under the provisions of this Executive Order may be authorized by a majority of members present and voting at any regular or special meeting. The members of the board will not receive any remuneration for their participation on the board except for the reimbursement of reasonable business expenses and/or operational costs.

    3. The Trust Fund shall be administered by the board and effectuate the policies and purposes of this Executive Order. Deposits to the currently existing monies shall be made to the fund from moneys appropriated thereto by the general assembly from time to time and from any other source, private or public, as approved by the board. Unexpended balances and any earnings shall not revert to the general fund but shall remain in the fund for use in accord with the purposes of this Executive Order.

    4. The original purpose of the Fund was to benefit the members of the Vermont National Guard in time of federal activation during an emergency and, in keeping with that purpose, the fund will continue to be used for members of the Vermont National Guard in times of federal activation during emergencies, war, rebellion, humanitarian effort, operations other that war and in times of state active duty. The board will establish rules and regulations governing the expenditure of funds under these conditions.

    5. In further keeping with the original intent of the fund, the Board may disburse part of fund as a discretionary fund to be used for the purpose of the betterment of the members of the Vermont National Guard. But under no circumstance will this allocation and disbursement reduce the total fund to an amount lower than $30,000, an amount to be used for the purposes stated in paragraph 4 above.

    6. The Fund, principle and interest, will be invested and reinvested in commercially reasonable investment vehicles as approved by the Board.

    7. If the Board deems necessary, the Board may contract with and/or hire investment consultants, brokers, counselors, or the like and the cost therefore, will be borne by the fund.

    This Executive Order shall take effect upon signing.

    Dated October 8, 1999.

  • Executive Order No. 20-25

    (No. 05-00)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency and Activation of Emergency-Disaster Preparedness Plan for Addison, Bennington, Windham and Windsor Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-26

    (No. 10-01)

    [Reconstitution of the Vermont Terrorism Task Force

    Superseded by Executive Order No. 01-03 (codified as Executive Order No. 20-29), dated February 20, 2003.

  • Executive Order No. 20-27

    (No. 04-02)

    [Reestablishment of the Veterans Advisory Council

    Superseded by Executive Order No. 08-03 (codified as Executive Order No. 20-30), dated May 13, 2003.

  • Executive Order No. 20-28

    (No. 05-02)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency for the County of Caledonia

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-29

    (No. 01-03)

    [Governor's Homeland Security Advisory Council

    Superseded and replaced by Executive Order No. 29-48 (codified as Executive Order No. 04-13), dated April 4, 2013.

  • Executive Order No. 20-30

    (No. 08-03)

    [Governor's Veterans Advisory Council

    Superseded and replaced by Executive Order No. 20-54 (codified as Executive Order No. 17-17), dated October 3, 2017.

  • Executive Order No. 20-31

    (No. 03-05)

    [Designation Of The National Incident Management System (NIMS) As The Basis For All Incident Management In The State

    Superseded and replaced by Executive Order No. 07-12 (codified as Executive Order No. 20-45), dated April 12, 2012.

  • Executive Order No. 20-32

    (No. 05-05)

    [Activation of National Guard to Assist in Hurricane Recovery Operations and Security in the State of Louisiana

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-33

    (No. 02-06)

    [Vermont Communications Board

    Superseded and replaced by Executive Order No. 20-35 (codified as Executive Order No. 08-07), dated November 14, 2007.

  • Executive Order No. 20-34

    (No. 04-07)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency and Activation of Emergency Operations Plan for State of Vermont

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-35

    (No. 08-07)

    [Vermont Communications Board

    Superseded and replaced by Executive Order No. 04-08 (codified as Executive Order No. 20-36), dated October 28, 2008.

  • Executive Order No. 20-36

    (No. 04-08)

    [Vermont Communications Board

    Superseded and replaced by Executive Order No. 20-44 (codified as Executive Order No. 02-12), dated January 17, 2012.

  • Executive Order No. 20-37

    (No. 05-08)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency and Activation of Emergency Operations Plan for Bennington, Orange, Windham, and Windsor Counties

    Revoked and rescinded by Executive Order No. 3-65 (codified as Executive Order 01-15), dated February 13, 2015.

  • Executive Order No. 20-38

    (No. 03-11)

    [Declaration of Emergency

    Pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of Vermont under 20 V.S.A. Section 9, and as a result of excessive wind and rainfall combined with water runoff and resulting damages which occurred beginning April 23, 2011 and considered ongoing at this time, I hereby declare a State of Emergency for the State of Vermont.

    I further order and direct the activation of the Vermont State Emergency Operations Plan and authorize the use of state resources to alleviate hardship and suffering of citizens and communities impacted by the emergency event.

    This Executive Order shall take effect upon signing.

    Dated May 5, 2011.

     

    ADDENDUM TO EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 03-11

     

    Pursuant to 20 V.S.A. § 13, I, Peter Shumlin, hereby proclaim that the state of emergency declared in Executive Order #03-11, dated May 5, 2011, has terminated effective June 6, 2011 at 11:59 PM.

    Dated June 8, 2011.

  • Executive Order No. 20-39

    (No. 04-11)

    [Champlain Flooding Guard Call-Out]

    WHEREAS, on May 5, 2011, there exists an emergency within the State, to wit, flooding along the shores of Lake Champlain affecting Grand Isle, Franklin, Chittenden, and Addison Counties.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Peter Shumlin,  Governor of the State of Vermont, under and by virtue of the Authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Vermont, including Chapter II, Section 20, of the Constitution of the State of Vermont, and Title 20 V.S.A. §§ 601 and 603, hereby order as follows:

    SEC. (1) The National Guard of the State of Vermont is called out.

    SEC. (2) The Adjutant General of the State of Vermont is authorized and directed to take all appropriate steps to alleviate hardship and suffering of citizens and communities in Vermont that are impacted by flooding.

    SEC. (3) In furtherance of the authorization and direction contained in SEC. (2) hereof, the Adjutant General is authorized to use such of the National Guard of the State of Vermont as he may deem necessary.

    SEC. (4) I HEREBY AUTHORIZE AND DIRECT THE Adjutant General to call into Active State Service, as he may deem appropriate to carry out the purpose of this Order, any and all units of the National Guard of the State of Vermont to serve for an indefinite period and until relieved by proper authority.

    Dated May 5, 2011.

     

    ADDENDUM TO EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 04-11

     

    WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order 04-11, the National Guard of the State of Vermont has provided services in support of the emergency management operations of the State of Vermont in connection with the State of Emergency declared in Executive Order No. 03-11; and

    WHEREAS, by addendum to Executive Order No. 03-11, June 8, 2011, that state of emergency terminated effective June 6, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.;

    NOW THEREFORE I, Peter Shumlin, hereby terminate the call-out of the Vermont National Guard and the provisions of Executive Order No. 04-11, effective June 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m.

    Dated June 14, 2011.

  • Executive Order No. 20-40

    (No. 06-11)

    [Barre Flooding Guard Call-Out

    WHEREAS, on May 27, 2011, there exists an emergency within the State, to wit:  wide spread flooding throughout the State of Vermont, to include but not limited to the following counties:  Washington, Orange, Essex, Lamoille, Caledonia, Rutland, Orleans and Chittenden.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Peter Shumlin, Governor of the State of Vermont, under and by virtue of the Authority vested in me by the Constitution of Laws of the State of Vermont, including Chapter II, Section 20, of the Constitution of the State of Vermont, and Title 20 V.S.A. §§ 601 and 603, do hereby order as follows:

    SEC. (1) The National Guard of the State of Vermont is called out.

    SEC. (2) The Adjutant General of the State of Vermont is authorized and directed to take all appropriate steps to alleviate hardship and suffering of citizens and communities in Vermont that are impacted by flooding.

    SEC. (3) In furtherance of the authorization and direction contained in SEC. (2) hereof, the Adjutant General is authorized to use such of the National Guard of the State of Vermont as he may deem necessary.

    SEC. (4) I hereby authorize and direct the Adjutant General to call into Active State Service, as he may deem appropriate to carry out the purpose of this Order, any and all units of the National Guard of the State of Vermont to serve for an indefinite period and until relieved by proper authority.

    Dated May 27, 2011.

     

    ADDENDUM TO EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 06-11

     

    WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order 06-11, the National Guard of the State of Vermont has provided services in support of the emergency management operations of the State of Vermont in connection with the State of Emergency declared in Executive Order No. 03-11; and

    WHEREAS, by addendum to Executive Order No. 03-11, June 8, 2011, that state of emergency terminated effective June 6, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.;

    NOW THEREFORE I, Peter Shumlin, hereby terminate the call-out of the Vermont National Guard and the provisions of Executive Order No. 06-11, effective June 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m.

    Dated June 14, 2011.

  • Executive Order No. 20-41

    (No. 11-11)

    [State of Emergency, Call-Out of Guard]

    As of August 27, 2011, a state of emergency exists within the State. In particular, Vermont faces the imminent likelihood of extremely high winds, excessive rain and flooding from Hurricane Irene and related storms, with the likelihood of widespread damage. The State of Vermont, through its various agencies, is taking steps to prepare for the anticipated storm.

    Accordingly, I, Peter Shumlin, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Vermont Constitution, Chapter II, Section 20 and 20 V.S.A. sections 9, 601 and 603, do hereby order as follows:

    1. I declare a state of emergency for the State of Vermont;

    2. I hereby call out the National Guard of the State of Vermont;

    3. I authorize and direct the Adjutant General of the State of Vermont to take all appropriate steps to alleviate hardship and suffering of citizens and communities throughout Vermont that are impacted by the hurricane and associated storms;

    4. I hereby authorize and direct the Adjutant General to call into Active State Service, as he may deem appropriate to carry out the purpose of this Order, any and all units of the National Guard of the State of Vermont to serve for an indefinite period and until relieved by proper authority.

    Dated August 27, 2011.

     

    ADDENDUM TO EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 11-11

     

    [Terminating Guard Call-Out]

     

    WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order No. 11-11, the National Guard of the State of Vermont has provided services in support of the emergency management operations of the State of Vermont in connection with the State of Emergency declared in Executive Order No. 11-11 incident to Tropical Storm Irene; and

    WHEREAS, the National Guard of the State of Vermont, having served ably and with distinction in Vermont's time of extraordinary need, has completed its mission;

    NOW THEREFORE I, Peter Shumlin, hereby terminate the call-out of the Vermont National Guard and the provisions of Executive Order No. 11-11 relative thereto effective this 23rd day of November, 2011.

    Dated November 23, 2011.

  • Executive Order No. 20-42

    (No. 17-11)

    [Vermont Military Humanitarian Service Medal

    I, Peter Shumlin, Governor of the State of Vermont, under and by virtue of the Authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Vermont, do order as follows:

    SEC. (1) There is hereby established a =bi Vermont Military Humanitarian Service Medal with accompanying ribbons and appurtenances for award by the Adjutant General. Individuals eligible for the medal are members of the Vermont National Guard and the Vermont State Guard when in active service, who, subsequent to August 27, 2011, distinguished themselves by meritorious participation in a military act or operation of a humanitarian nature. The Adjutant General will determine types of acts or operations that warrant award of the medal.

    SEC. (2)  The =bi Vermont Military Humanitarian Service Medal and ribbons and appurtenances thereto shall be of appropriate design approved by the Adjutant General and shall be awarded by the Adjutant General under uniform regulations, as prescribed by the Adjutant General.

    SEC. (3)  No more than one =bi Vermont Military Humanitarian Service Medal  shall be awarded to any one person, but for each subsequent participation in a humanitarian act or operation justifying such an award, a suitable device may be awarded to be worn with that medal as prescribed by appropriate regulations of the Vermont National Guard.

    SEC. (4)  The =bi Vermont Military Humanitarian Service Medal or device may be awarded posthumously, and when so awarded, may be presented to such representative of the deceased as may be deemed appropriate by the Adjutant General.

    Dated November 23, 2011.

  • Executive Order No. 20-43

    (No. 18-11)

    [Vermont National Guard Civilian Humanitarian Service Medal

    I, Peter Shumlin, Governor of the State of Vermont, under and by virtue of the Authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Vermont, do order as follows:

    SEC. (1) There is hereby established a =bi Vermont National Guard Civilian Humanitarian Service Medal with accompanying ribbons and appurtenances for award by the Adjutant General. Those eligible for the medal are individuals, government employees, organizations, corporations, associations and other groups that have made a substantial contribution to the Vermont National Guard, and subsequent to August 27, 2011, have distinguished themselves by meritorious participation and support to a military act or operation of a humanitarian nature. The Adjutant General will determine types of acts or operations that warrant award of the medal.

    SEC. (2)  The =bi Vermont National Guard Civilian Humanitarian Service Medal and ribbons and appurtenances thereto shall be of appropriate design approved by the Adjutant General and shall be awarded by the Adjutant General under uniform regulations, as prescribed by the Adjutant General.

    SEC. (3)  No more than one =bi Vermont National Guard Civilian Humanitarian Service Medal  shall be awarded to any one individual, but for each subsequent participation in a humanitarian act or operation justifying such an award, a suitable device may be awarded to be worn with that medal as prescribed by appropriate regulations of the Vermont National Guard.

    SEC. (4)  The =bi Vermont National Guard Civilian Humanitarian Service Medal or device may be awarded posthumously, and when so awarded, may be presented to such representative of the deceased as may be deemed appropriate by the Adjutant General.

    Dated November 23, 2011.

  • Executive Order No. 20-44

    (No. 02-12)

    [Vermont Communications Board]

    Superseded and replaced by Executive Order No. 20-57 (codified as Executive Order No. 05-19), dated July 9, 2019.

  • Executive Order No. 20-45

    (No. 07-12)

    [Designation of The National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the Basis for all Incident Management in the State

    WHEREAS, Homeland Security Directive (HSPD)-5 directed the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS) to provide a consistent nationwide approach for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to work together to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size or complexity; and

    WHEREAS, Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-8 describes the approach to national preparedness, including the National Preparedness System, as the instrument the nation will employ to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities; and

    WHEREAS, the NIMS standardized procedures for managing personnel, communications, facilities and resources improve the State's ability to utilize federal funding to enhance local and state agency readiness, maintain first responder safety, and streamline incident management processes; and

    WHEREAS, the Incident Command System components of NIMS are integral to various incident management activities, including emergency management training programs.

    NOW THEREFORE, I, Peter Shumlin, by virtue of the power vested in me as Governor, do hereby re-establish the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the State standard for incident management.

    This Order supersedes and replaces Executive Order # 03-05 (codified as No. 20-31).

    Dated April 12, 2012.

  • Executive Order No. 20-46

    (No. 11-12)

    [Declaration of State of Emergency - Storm Sandy

    As of October 28, 2012, a state of emergency exists within the State due to Storm Sandy. The State of Vermont, through its various agencies, is taking steps to prepare for the anticipated storm.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Peter Shumlin, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Vermont by the Vermont Constitution, Chapter II, § 20 and 20 V.S.A. §§ 8, 9 do hereby declare a state of emergency for the State of Vermont. I further order and direct activation of the Vermont State Emergency Operations Plan and authorize the use of state resources to protect the public and to alleviate hardship and suffering of citizens and communities impacted by the emergency event.

    ADDENDUM TO EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 11-12

    Pursuant to 20 V.S.A. § 13, I, Peter Shumlin, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Vermont, hereby proclaim that the state of emergency declared in Executive Order No. 11-12, dated October 29, 2012, has terminated effective November 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

    Dated November 9, 2012.

  • Executive Order No. 20-47

    (No. 13-12)

    [Vermont National Guard Trust Fund Board

    WHEREAS, upon deactivation of members of the Vermont Army National Guard after World War I, the company funds of units comprising the First Infantry Regiment, Vermont National Guard, were turned over to the federal War Department (now the Department of Defense); and

    WHEREAS, in 1927, the War Department returned the company funds to the Adjutant General for the Vermont Army National Guard, Brigadier General Herbert T. Johnson, to benefit the present and future elements of any reconstituted and/or reactivated regiment; and

    WHEREAS, in 1927, Governor John E. Weeks, by special order 54, dated June 21, 1927, created a special committee to review the receipt of these funds and to make recommendations; and

    WHEREAS, on June 30, 1927, upon the recommendation of the special committee, the Governor established the 172d Infantry Memorial Trust Fund - the 172d Infantry being the reorganized units of Vermont National Guard units that served in World War I; and

    WHEREAS, on July 1, 1960, the fund was re-designated by Executive Order (no number) of Governor Robert T. Stafford as the "Vermont Army National Guard Memorial Trust Fund"; and

    WHEREAS, on October 8, 1999, Governor Howard Dean reconstituted the fund as the "Vermont National Guard Trust Fund" and established the Trust Fund Board;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Peter Shumlin, by virtue of the power vested in me as Governor, do hereby amend the duties and responsibilities of the Trust Fund Board as follows:

    I. Composition, Appointments, and Process

    The Trust Fund Board shall be chaired by the Adjutant General for the State of Vermont, or his/her designee. The Adjutant General shall appoint members to the Board and shall appoint not less than three members. A majority of the sitting members shall constitute a quorum and action taken by the Board under this Executive Order may be authorized by a majority of members present and voting at any regular or special meeting. The members of the board will not receive any remuneration by the State of Vermont for their participation on the Board.

    II. Charge

    The Board shall administer the Trust Fund and effectuate the policies and purposes of this Executive Order. Deposits to the currently existing monies shall be made to the Fund from moneys appropriated thereto by the General Assembly from time to time and from any other source, private or public, as approved by the Board. Unexpended balances and any earnings shall not revert to the general fund but shall remain in the fund for use in accord with the purposes of this Executive Order.

    The Trust will be for the benefit of all members of the Vermont National Guard.

    The original purpose of the Fund was to benefit members of the Vermont National Guard in times of federal activation during an emergency and, in keeping with that purpose, the Fund will continue to be used for members of the Vermont National Guard in times of federal activation during emergencies, war, rebellion, humanitarian effort, operations other that war and in times of state active duty. The Board will establish rules and regulations governing the expenditure of funds under these conditions.

    In further keeping with the original intent of the Fund, the Board may disburse part of the Fund as a discretionary fund for the purpose of betterment of the members of the Vermont National Guard. Under no circumstance will this allocation and disbursement reduce the total Fund to an amount lower than $30,000, to be used for the purposes stated in the preceding paragraph.

    The Fund, principle and interest, will be invested and reinvested in commercially reasonable investment vehicles as approved by the Board.

    If the Board deems necessary, the Board may contract with and/or hire investment consultants, brokers, counselors, or the like and the cost therefore, will be borne by the Fund.

    III. Effective Date

    This Executive Order shall take effect upon signing and shall continue in full force and effect until further order by the Governor.

    Dated November 8, 2012.

  • Executive Order No. 20-48

    (No. 04-13)

    [Governor's Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council

    Superseded and replaced by Executive Order No. 20-58.

  • Executive Order No. 20-49

    (No. 05-13)

    [Public Safety Broadband Network Commission

    Superseded and replaced by Executive Order No. 20-57 (codified as Executive Order No. 05-19), dated July 9, 2019.

  • Executive Order No. 20-50

    (No. 05-15)

    [State of Emergency in Washington County, Call-Out of Guard

    As of July 19, 2015, a state of emergency exists within Washington County due to excessive rainfall. In particular, the town of Barre, located in Washington County, is experiencing severe flooding due to unusually heavy rain and thunderstorms, with the likelihood of significant damage.

    Accordingly, I, Peter Shumlin, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Vermont Constitution, Chapter II, § 20 and 20 V.S.A. §§ 9, 601, and 603, do hereby order as follows:

    1. I declare a state of emergency for Washington County;

    2. I hereby call out the National Guard of the State of Vermont;

    3. I authorize and direct the Adjutant General of the State of Vermont to take all appropriate steps to alleviate hardship and suffering of citizens and communities throughout Washington County that are impacted by the recent storms and flooding;

    4. I hereby authorize and direct the Adjutant General to call into Active State Service, as he may deem appropriate to carry out the purpose of this Order, any and all units of the National Guard of the State of Vermont to serve for an indefinite period and until relieved by proper authority; and

    5. I further order and direct activation of the Vermont State Emergency Operations Plan and authorize the use of state resources to protect the public and to alleviate hardship and suffering of citizens and communities impacted by the emergency event.

    Dated July 20, 2015

  • Executive Order No. 20-51

    (No. 10-17)

    [Activation of Vermont National Guard for Special Duty

    Pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of Vermont and Commander-in-Chief, Vermont National Guard by the Constitution of Laws of the State of Vermont, Chapter II, Section 20, and 20 V.S.A. § 601, 603 and 366, and having determined that the necessity of public service requires it, hereby order and direct the Adjutant General of Vermont to order into service, as he may deem appropriate to carry out the purpose of this Order, any and all units of the National Guard of the State of Vermont for the performance of special duty for the purpose of responding to and providing support for a recovery mission at Mt. Pisgah in Westmore, Vermont.

    The Adjutant General of the State of Vermont is authorized and directed to take all appropriate steps to assist in the performance of this special duty.

    Payment for personnel performing the State service shall be in accordance with the provisions of 20 V.S.A. § 603.

    This Order shall take effect upon signing.

    Dated May 17, 2017.

    ADDENDUM TO EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 10-17

    WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order 10-17, the Vermont National Guard has provided special duty services for the purpose of responding to and providing support for a recovery mission at Mt. Pisgah in Westmore, Vermont.

    WHEREAS, the recovery mission has been successfully completed effective May 19, 2017.

    NOW THEREFORE, I, Philip B. Scott, hereby terminate the call-out of the Vermont National Guard and the provisions of Executive Order No. 10-17, effective May 20, 2017 at 00:01.

    Dated May 31, 2017.

  • Executive Order No. 20-52

    (No. 14-17)

    [Activation of Vermont National Guard in the Aftermath of Tropical System Harvey in the State of Texas

    Pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Vermont and Commander-in-Chief, Vermont National Guard by the Constitution of Laws of the State of Vermont, Chapter II, Section 20, and pursuant to a request from the Governor of Texas pursuant to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, 20 V.S.A. Ch. 4, for the provision of aid and assistance in the aftermath of the Tropical System Harvey declared disaster, I hereby order into service four (4) personnel of the National Guard for the purpose of providing crucial public affairs support to the Defense Support to Civilians mission and conduct media operations. These assets will bolster public affairs capabilities as the mission continues to transition into logistics distribution and long-term life support of affected areas in the Joint Operations Area in the State of Texas.

    This Order shall take effect upon signing.

    Dated September 5, 2017.

  • Executive Order No. 20-53

    (No. 16-17)

    [Activation of Vermont National Guard to Assist with Hurricane Irma

    As of September 11, 2017, the President of the United States had signed a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Florida and Emergency Declarations for the States of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, the United States Territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Governor of the State of North Carolina declared a State of Emergency, all as a result of extremely high winds, excessive rain and flooding from Hurricane Irma and related storms, and the devastating impacts and widespread damage which was anticipated and which in fact occurred. The States, Territories and Tribes affected by Hurricane Irma are responding to property damage and the human toll taken by the storm.

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Vermont and Commander-in-Chief, Vermont National Guard, by the Constitution of the State of Vermont, Chapter II, Section 20, and by Title 20, Chapter 4 of Vermont Statutes Annotated, and pursuant to requests from the Governors of affected States and Territories in accordance with the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, I hereby authorize and direct the Adjutant General to call into Active State Service, for the purpose of assisting and supporting the requesting States and Territories in their efforts to respond to the conditions created or caused by Hurricane Irma and associated storms in order to alleviate hardship and suffering of citizens and communities and in order to preserve the lives and property of the requesting States and Territories, any and all units of the National Guard of the State of Vermont as he may deem appropriate to carry out the purposes of this Order, to serve for an indefinite period and until relieved by proper authority.

    This Order shall take effect upon signing and shall amend and restate Executive Order 16-17 originally issued September 8, 2017, and ratify all deployments made since the original issuance of this Executive Order.

    Dated September 13, 2017.

  • Executive Order No. 20-54

    (No. 17-17)

    [Governor's Veterans Advisory Council

    WHEREAS, since the founding of our nation, the members of our armed forces have stood courageously against the enemies of freedom and liberty; and

    WHEREAS, Vermont is currently home to more than 49,000 men and women who have served their State and country in the armed services, many at great personal sacrifice; and

    WHEREAS, the conflicts overseas spanning nearly two decades bring a new generation of Veterans to Vermont; and

    WHEREAS, all Vermonters are grateful for the sacrifices of our Veterans who have served our country with distinction; and

    WHEREAS, as a society, we place a special responsibility on ourselves to care for our Veterans, or in the words of Calvin Coolidge, "The Nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten"; and

    WHEREAS, the military experience of many Vermont Veterans has created special, long-term needs requiring recognition and assistance; and

    WHEREAS, the aging population of our Veterans continues to create significant new demands on public services; and

    WHEREAS, for their well-being, the voices of the Veteran community must be heard clearly by the State's political leaders at the highest level in a forum conducive to a free exchange of ideas.

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Philip B. Scott, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, do hereby reconstitute the Governor's Veterans Advisory Council to advise on public policy relating to Vermont's Veterans as follows:

    The Council shall advise the Governor on the full spectrum of Veterans' needs and how State government can best address the interests of Veterans.

    The Council shall be comprised of not more than fifteen (15) members and not more than four (4) alternate members appointed by the Governor. The Council will reflect the diversity of service and experience of Vermont Veterans. Council members shall serve on the Council for a term of two years. The Governor shall appoint the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Council. The Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard or designee, the CEO of the Vermont Veterans' Home or designee, and the Director of the White River Junction Veteran's Affairs (VA) Medical Center or designee shall serve as ex-officio members of the Council.

    The appointees to the Council will be broadly representative of the Veteran community and may include members of Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), Vermont National Guard, Vermont Veterans' Home, the VA Medical Center and Veterans Benefits Office, Vermont General Assembly, the healthcare community, and individuals not having served in the military with an interest in Veterans' affairs. The Office of Veterans Affairs will staff the Council.

    I hereby authorize per diem compensation and reasonable and necessary expense reimbursement for travel and food for members who are not fulltime State employees pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 1010(e).

    This Executive Order supersedes and replaces Executive Order No. 08-03 dated May 13, 2003 (codified as Executive Order 20-30). This Executive Order shall take effect upon signing.

    Dated October 3, 2017.

  • Executive Order No. 20-55

    (No. 03-18)

    [Governor's Community Violence Prevention Task Force

    WHEREAS, we need a forum for honest, respectful and fact-based discussions about how all Vermonters can play a role to reduce the risk of violence in our communities, including identifying root causes and developing avenues for open conversations about behavior, mental health, firearm safety, the breakdown of civil discourse and personal responsibility; and

    WHEREAS, there is no single solution and Vermonters themselves must be part of any effort to ensure supportive communities, healthy families and positive school climate that are based on inclusion and promoting resiliency and acknowledging these contribute to positive social and emotional development in children; and

    WHEREAS, Vermont is not immune to the risk of extreme violence in our schools and communities as evidenced by the recent events in Fair Haven, Vermont which resulted in criminal charges being brought against an 18-year-old former student in connection with what court records show to be a detailed plan to conduct a mass shooting at his former high school in Fair Haven, Vermont; and

    WHEREAS, Vermont is currently one of the healthiest and safest states in America with many of the best - and safest - schools in the country; and

    WHEREAS, we are also reminded, while we can plan for the eventuality of these horrific events, this is an opportunity to focus our efforts on understanding and addressing the root causes of violent behavior.

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Philip B. Scott, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, do hereby create the Governor's Community Violence Prevention Task Force as follows:

     I. Composition and Appointments

    The Governor's Community Violence Prevention Task Force shall consist of not more than 14 members to be appointed by the Governor from inside and outside of State government. The State members shall include the Governor's Commissioner of Public Safety, the Secretary of the Agency of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, the Agency of Education School Security Liaison Officer and the Secretary of the Agency of Digital Services or designees.

    The remaining appointees to the Task Force will be broadly representative of stakeholders and may include, but not be limited to, mental health care professionals, teachers, students, school officials, sportsmen and/r licensed gun dealers, veterans, security consultants, health care providers, first responders, states attorneys and cybersecurity professionals.

    The Task Force will be co-chaired by no more than three members designated by the Governor.

    The Task Force may, in its discretion, establish interagency working groups to support its mission, drawing membership from any agency or department of the executive branch of State government, including, but not limited to the Department of Health, Department of Children and Families and the Agency of Education.

    The Task Force may also, in its discretion, consult with private sector professionals outside of the Task Force for information and advice on best practices.

     II. Community Violence Prevention Task Force Charge and Process

    The mission of the Task Force will be to identify the primary root causes of behavior that leads to violence against others in schools and communities and lead the State's response to address these issues by ensuring full interagency and intra-agency coordination among state and local governments and schools. The Task Force will identify strategies and lessons learned, relying on credible research and successful community-based violence prevention programs.

    The Community Violence Prevention Task Force will be advisory to the Governor. The Task Force shall meet at the call of the Chair(s), but not less frequently than monthly. The Task Force shall:

    1. Assess high-quality primary research, including evidence-based Vermont data to the extent it is available regarding the underlying causes of violent behavior in communities. At the request of the House of Representatives by way of Resolution, this review will also consider the connection between excessive video game playing and the propensity to engage in gun violence;

    2. Identify best practices for schools and communities to prevent violent behavior including, but not limited to, identifying warning signs and how to report them, recommending ways to improve prevention and reporting of bullying and harassment and closing the operational gaps among the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Mental Health, the Agency of Education, law enforcement and our schools;

    3. Identify opportunities to strengthen existing support systems to ensure every school and community has a local rapid reaction/early intervention team involving educators, mental health/social service professionals and law enforcement when concerning behavioral issues are identified;

    4. Review opportunities for expanding school safety prevention and preparedness capacity in the Agency of Education and the Department of Public Safety and supporting the work of the Vermont School Safety Center;

    5. Evaluate the adequacy of protections for individuals (students and adults) reporting threats, including consideration of shield laws;

    6. Explore the feasibility of stronger open source intelligence gathering by the Vermont Intelligence Center and the cybersecurity center with Norwich University once established; and

    7. Review existing State health, mental health, education and criminal laws, regulations, policies, and programs and propose appropriate legislative changes, including changes to eliminate redundancy and break down barriers faced by communities and schools in coordinating action with State government.

    The Task Force will report to the Governor and make recommendations December 1, 2018, June 1, 2019 and December 1, 2019.

    In consultation with the Vermont School Safety Center, the Task Force will do all things necessary to carry out the purpose of this Executive Order.

    Meetings of the Task Force will be public. The Task Force will hold at least one (1) meeting in each region of the State. The Task Force shall invite public comment and participation to the greatest extent practicable.

    The Community Violence Prevention Task Force shall receive administrative and staff support from the Office of the Governor, and public health data support from the Vermont Departments of Health and Mental Health.

     III. Effective Date

    This Executive Order shall take effect upon execution and shall expire December 31, 2019.

    Dated April 19, 2018.

  • Executive Order No. 20-56

    (No. 01-19)

    [State Emergency Management Plan Promulgation

    WHEREAS, the 2019 Vermont State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP) provides the framework for the State's emergency management enterprise across the five mission areas identified in the National Preparedness Goal: Prevention, Protection, Response, Mitigation, and Recovery; and

    WHEREAS, the SEMP provides the mechanism for the notification, coordination, and deployment of state and federal resources, if necessary, to assist local jurisdictions in responding to, mitigating against, and recovering from disasters, regardless of cause; and

    WHEREAS, the SEMP is formulated to utilize all available federal, state, private sector, and volunteer and non-governmental agency resources in responding to or supporting the response to a disaster; and

    WHEREAS, the 2019 SEMP replaces the 2013 State Emergency Operations Plan and builds on lessons learned and best practices during disaster responses, exercises, and workshops; and

    WHEREAS, the Plan further includes a focus on ensuring that components are streamlined and more operational and integrates the revised National Incident Management System (NIMS) doctrine released in October 2017; and

    WHEREAS, State Agencies and Departments, private sector entities, and volunteer and non-governmental organizations described in the plan partner and participate in prevention, protection, response, mitigation, and/or recovery activities and as part of the plan have an obligation to provide services and support that save lives and protect property and the environment during a disaster.

    NOW THEREFORE, I, Philip B. Scott, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor pursuant to 20 V.S.A. § 8, do hereby promulgate the 2019 Vermont State Emergency Management Plan.

    I further order and direct all State Agency Secretaries and Department Commissioners with defined roles and responsibilities in the State Emergency Management Plan to develop and maintain procedures to ensure emergency preparedness and the capacity to provide response, mitigation and recovery support to the people of Vermont.

    Assignments within the Plan are based on functional capabilities and statutory responsibilities of each partner. To make the Plan viable, participants must be prepared to execute their assignments when called upon during an emergency and sustain that effort during the subsequent recovery.

    Each identified State Agency and Department shall fulfill or execute its respective responsibilities outlined in this Plan.

    Each identified State Agency and Department shall provide a minimum of three trained and qualified representatives to act in coordination with the Vermont Emergency Management Division (VEM) and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in the delivery of their respective services throughout all of the mission areas.

    This Plan shall be in effect as of January 1, 2019 and remain in effect through December 31, 2023. Subject to the approval of the Governor, the Plan may be amended by the Director of the Vermont Emergency Management Division.

    Dated: January 4, 2019

  • Executive Order No. 20-57

    (No. 05-19)

    [Emergency Communications Advisory Council

    WHEREAS, in 2012, Congress enacted The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act that created FirstNet, the authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to oversee the building, deployment and operation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN); and

    WHEREAS, by Executive Order 05-13 (codified as Executive Order 20-49), effective April 30, 2013, Governor Peter Shumlin created the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Network Commission ("Commission"), to help plan, develop, and implement an interoperable wireless network to support the communication needs of Vermont's first responders and others; and

    WHEREAS, after four years of study and consideration, in consultation with a professional technical consultant, the first responder community and the Treasurer's Office, and after a competitive process conducted to assess the alternatives and an independent review conducted on behalf of the Agency of Digital Services, at its November 20, 2017 meeting the Commission voted to recommend the Governor opt-in to the FirstNet solution for the State of Vermont, thus fulfilling the Commission's charge to advise the Governor on issues related to the development of a public safety broadband network in Vermont; and

    WHEREAS, on November 29, 2017, Governor Philip B. Scott officially "opted-in" to the federal FirstNet plan, allowing FirstNet and AT to begin deployment of the NPSBN in Vermont; and

    WHEREAS, the initial deployment of the NPSBN will take place over a five-year period from 2018-2022 and will require feedback and evaluation from Vermont's public safety community; and

    WHEREAS, the deployment of broadband technology interfaces with other types of emergency communication, such as Next Generation 911, Land Mobile Radio, microwave and fiber-based systems; and

    WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the Vermont public safety community to plan for the use of this evolving technology.

    NOW THEREFORE, I, Philip B. Scott, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, do hereby amend and reconstitute the Commission as follows:

     I. Composition and Appointments

    The Vermont Public Safety Broadband Network Commission is hereby renamed the "Emergency Communications Advisory Council."

    The Council shall include the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, or designee, the Director of Vermont Emergency Management and the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator from the Department of Public Safety and the Colonel of the Vermont State Police, or designee; the Executive Director of the Enhanced 9-1-1 Board, or designee; the Commissioner of the Department of Public Service, or designee; the Secretary of the Agency of Transportation, or designee; and the Secretary of Digital Services, or designee.

    The Governor shall appoint members from the Vermont State Firefighters Association; Professional Firefighters of Vermont; Vermont Fire Coalition; municipal law enforcement; Sheriffs; Emergency Medical Service personnel; and one at-large member.

    These Council members Council members shall be appointed by the Governor to three-year terms, except that the Governor shall stagger initial appointments so that the terms of no more than four members expire during a calendar year. In appointing Council members, the Governor shall give due consideration to the different geographical regions of the State, and the need for balance between rural and urban areas. Council members shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

    All Council members shall be voting members.

     II. Charge

    The purpose of the Council shall be the following:

    •  Advise the Governor on issues related to the NPSBN and on emergency communications, generally, in Vermont;

    •  Advise on the needs of Vermont's public safety community as it relates to FirstNet and the need for an interoperable, robust, reliable and affordable cellular broadband network, including advice on the placement of fixed network assets and deployables;

    •  Advise on protocols and policies related to the NPSBN and, as needed, on emergency communications generally; and

    •  Advise on planning activities needed to prepare Vermont's public safety community for emergency communications technology transitions.

    The Council shall report to the Governor bi-annually on the NPSBN in Vermont and nationally, and shall include information regarding the use of grant money received in Vermont for coordination efforts during the initial deployment phases of the NPSBN.

     III. Council Process

    The Commissioner of the department of Public Safety shall appoint the Chair of the Council, which may be the Commissioner. The Council shall meet at the call of the Chair and shall keep the Governor apprised on the State's overall interactions with FirstNet and the deployment of the NPSBN in Vermont and emergency communications generally. The Council may select a Vice Chair. If necessary, the Council may designate an Executive Committee and other subcommittees. A majority of members shall constitute a quorum.

    The Council shall receive administrative support from the Department of Public Safety and meet on an as-needed basis.

    Members who are not otherwise employed by the State, a County or a municipality may receive per diem compensation in accordance with 32 V.S.A. § 1010(e).

     IV. Effective Date

    This Executive Order shall take effect upon signing and shall supersede and replace Executive Order 05-13 (codified as Executive Order 20-49), dated April 30, 2019 and Executive Order No. 02-12 (codified as E.O. 20-44), dated January 17, 2012.

    Dated July 9, 2019

  • Executive Order No. 20-58

    (No. 06-19)

    [Governor's Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council

    WHEREAS, Vermont must be prepared to prevent, respond to, recover from, mitigate and protect Vermonters from all natural and man-made hazards; and

    WHEREAS, Vermont must be prepared to prevent, and protect Vermonters from terrorism, homegrown violent extremists and evolving threats both domestic and foreign; and

    WHEREAS, the Governor is responsible for coordinating, to the fullest extent possible, the emergency management plans and program of the State; and

    WHEREAS, it is imperative that there be the greatest possible coordination and communication among federal, state and local governments, the Vermont National Guard, first responders, law enforcement, emergency managers, public health officials, regional planning commissions and private community organizations, including faith-based organizations in order to provide the Governor with advice and counsel on approaches to strengthen and improve our homeland security and emergency preparedness.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Philip B. Scott, by virtue of the authority vested in me as the Governor of the State of Vermont, do hereby order and direct:

    The "Governor's Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council" (Council) is reconstituted as set forth below:

    I. Composition and Appointments

    The Council shall include members from the following interested parties to be appointed by the Governor: volunteer fire service; career fire service; emergency medical services; municipal police; sheriffs; state fusion center (in Vermont, known as the Vermont Information Center); federal government; municipal government; local emergency management; private community organizations; the Vermont utility industry; hospitals; public health officials; statewide interoperability governing body; disability inclusion working group; a state Citizen Corps representative; and faith-based organizations.

    The Council shall include the following ex officio members or their designees: the Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, the Adjutant General, the Secretary of Administration, the Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Secretary of the Agency of Transportation, the Secretary of the Agency of Digital Services, the Secretary of the Agency of Education, the Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, the Commissioner of Health, the Commissioner of Public Safety, the E-911 Director, the state Homeland Security Advisor, the Colonel of the Vermont State Police, the Director of the Division of Emergency Management, the Chief Information Security Officer and the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator.

    The Governor shall invite the Speaker of the House, the Lieutenant Governor and a member of the Senate appointed by the Committee on Committees to participate on the Council.

    The Governor may consult with private sector professionals outside of the Council for information and advice. All State Agencies and Departments, as well as the Attorney General and the Executive Director of the Office of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs shall participate upon request of the Governor or the Chair of the Council, as needs dictate.

    The Governor shall appoint the Chair of the Council.

    II. Charge

    The mission of the Council shall be to assess the State's overall homeland security and emergency preparedness programs, policies, and communications and provide for coordinated input by stakeholders in the preparation, implementation, evaluation and revision of the current systems.

    Further, the Council shall consider the interdependencies between the private sector, non-profit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and all levels of government, including local, state and federal with the goal of maximizing these relationships and reducing duplication of effort. The Council shall advise on the allocation of funding to support the programs while mindful of available financial resources and fiscal realities.

    III. Council Process

    The Council shall meet at the call of the Chair and shall advise the Governor, as needed, on the State's overall threat and hazard preparedness, policies and communications.

    Administrative and staff support shall be provided by the Department of Public Safety.

    The Council may adopt operating guidelines which are consistent with this Executive Order.

    IV. Effective Date

    This Executive Order shall be effective as of July 15, 2019 and shall expire on July 15, 2024.

    This Executive Order supersedes and replaces Executive Order# 04-13 (codified as Executive Order No. 20-48).

    Dated: July 17, 2019