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2017 Vermont Legislative Review- Bills Introduced- Senate

S. 3 AN ACT RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS’ DUTY TO WARN. 
Introduced by Senators Sears, Ayer, and White
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to impose a duty 7 on mental health professionals to take reasonable precautions when a patient 8 poses an imminent risk of serious danger to a reasonably identifiable victim.
Link to S.3

S. 7 AN ACT RELATING TO DEFERRED SENTENCES AND THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY.
Introduced by Senators Benning and Sears
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to clarify that the name of a sex offender whose sentence is deferred is not placed on the sex offender registry unless the offender violates the terms of the deferred sentence agreement and is sentenced on the conviction.
Link to S.7

S. 14 AN ACT RELATING TO EXPANDING THE VERMONT PRACTITIONER RECOVERY NETWORK.
INTRODUCED BY SENATOR SEARS

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expand the Vermont Practitioner Recovery Network to include treatment for psychiatric disabilities in addition to substance use.
Link to S.14

S. 40 AN ACT RELATING TO INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE. 
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase the minimum wage so that it reaches $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2022.
Link to S.40

S. 61 AN ACT RELATING TO OFFENDERS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to direct courts to appoint specialized mental health counsel to proceedings involving a person found incompetent to stand trial; change the definition of segregation to allow inmates requiring treatment to be kept in treatment settings; and require the Department of Corrections to provide evaluation, treatment, and services to those inmates who require them.
Link to S.61

S. 82 AN ACT RELATING TO PAID FAMILY LEAVE. Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a Family Leave Insurance Program within the Department of Labor that will provide employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave and that will be funded by contributions from employers and employees. This bill also proposes to amend Vermont’s existing family leave law to extend coverage to additional employees, to clarify certain provisions, and to create an exemption from the law’s rehiring requirements for employers that employ the equivalent of four or fewer full-time employees.
Link to S.82