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VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events MARCH 19

 

 

 

 

VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events

 March 19 – March 22

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2019 Legislative Session. This is the first year of the two year legislative biennium.

These weekly alerts contain summaries of legislative activities, committee agendas, and House and Senate Calendar items that would be of interest to the disability community. The complete committee schedules will not be found here, but a link has been provided for the complete Legislative Committee agendas, the Legislative Calendar and Journal Page, and the Legislative Web-Site.

You will find highlights of the week’s Legislative activities for specific committees, public hearing notifications, and calendar activity of interest in this weekly report, as well as a listing and brief explanations of legislation introduced at the end of the committee schedules when available.

This Committee Schedule is generally published on Monday of each week, but is subject to change throughout the week. Please check the calendar online, on the Vermont Legislative web page for updates.

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*** LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGE***

http://legislature.vermont.gov/

***COMMITTEE INFORMATION ***

Committees have their own web-pages, where you can find documents and written testimony as well as committee schedules.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2020#

House & Senate Committee Assignments:

Make sure when you go to this page you click on “SHOW ALL MEMBERS”

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2020#

 

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** Calendars and Journals **

 

Floor Times:

 

House Senate
Tuesday: 10:00 am 9:30 am
Wednesday: 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am 11:30 am

 

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***LIVE STREAMS***

You can listen on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/online-streams

Listen to House and Senate activity when they are in session

     VCDR – **Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights**

Information may also be found on the VCDR Website: www.vcdr.org

The VCDR Website is now online. Some pages are still under construction.

Please visit our FACEbook Page

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***Joint Fiscal Page ***

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/

Joint Fiscal has a new legislative page. You can find the Budget Documents and Fiscal Reports on their site, as well as other information

Department of Mental Health

Budget Talking Points

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/34f136d18e/DMH-FY20-Talking-Points-Final.pdf

Budget Presentation

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/788c0335e1/DMH-FY20-Budget-Presentation_HCA_-2019-02-11.pdf

Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/77c346104c/DAIL-SFY20-Budget-Testimony-for-AHS-DAIL.pdf

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/c78ae97426/DAIL-SFY_2020_Budget_Vantage_Reports.pdf

Department of Children and Families

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/64cb3e595d/2019-DCF-Budget-Presentation-for-FY20.pdf

Agency of Human Services – Agency-wide Crosswalks – FY20 https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/d48ab7d5e6/AHS-Agency-wide-FY20-Ups-Downs-v55.pdf

FY20 Agency Budget Presentation

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Appropriations/FY%202020%20State%20Budget/C.%20Human%20Services/19-0730~Al%20Gobeille,%20Secretary,%20Agency%20of%20Human%20Services~FY20%20Agency%20Budget%20Presentation~1-31-2019.pdf

FY 2020 Executive Budget Summary – Agency of Administration | FY 2020                                 https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/9387e7a566/FY-2020-Executive-Budget-Summary.pdf

Budget documents showing the individual agency budgets and the “Up and Downs” (increases and reductions) have not yet been published. Those will be available when the human Services Secretary testified and the Department heads in front of the Appropriations Committee

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***This Week’s Highlights***

Numerous bills that made it out of committees of jurisdiction to meet the “crossover” deadline will be debated on the House and Senate floors this week. The House Appropriations Committee is expecting to vote out their version of the FY 2020 Budget by Friday of this week.

The House has concurred with the Senate Proposal of Amendment on   H.3 An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0003/H-0003%20Senate%20proposal%20of%20amendment%20Official.pdf  This bill is on its way to the Governor to be signed

H.140 – An act relating to the State Advisory Panel on Special Education. As passed by House:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0140/H-0140%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Unofficial.pdf

H.107 An act relating to paid family and medical leave is in House Ways and Means on its way to the House Floor: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0023/S-0023%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

S.23 An act related to raising the minimum wage has passed the Senate in House General https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0023/S-0023%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

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*** Committee Schedules***

Complete Weekly Committee Schedules

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/weeklyAgendas/2020

 

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***Committee Highlights***

 

HOUSE COMMITTEES

House Appropriations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/9

The House Appropriations Committee will continue their discussions about the proposed FY 2020 Budget and will discuss their priorities for the budget this week. The Committee is expected to vote the bill out by Friday of this week.

House Health Care Committee memo to Appropriations:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Health%20Care/Budget%20FY2020/W~Katie%20McLinn~Final%20Memo%20to%20House%20Appropriations%20Regarding%20Recommendations%20on%20the%20Governor’s%20FY2020%20Budget~2-27-2019.pdf

House Human Services Committee memo to Appropriations:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/AHS%20Proposed%20FY2020%20Budget/W~Jared%20Adler~Governor’s%20Proposed%20FY2020%20Budget%20Memo%20Response%20to%20H.%20Appropriations~2-28-2019.pdf

 

House Commerce and Economic Development:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/11

The Committee will take up a number of bills introduced and in their committee including:

H. 415 – An act relating to consumer protection and prohibiting special heating fuel charges: https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.415

H. 335 – An act relating to providing workers’ compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by Family Services Division caseworkers: https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.335

H. 14 – An act relating to workers’ compensation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.14

H. 371 – An act relating to creating an opportunity economy for all Vermonters: https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.371

 

House Corrections and Institutions: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/17

The Committee will be “marking up” the Capital Bill all week.

H.282 – An act relating to integration of Vermont’s inmate population into the State’s health care reform initiatives  

H.282 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.282

H.362 – An act relating to prohibition on the transfer of Vermont inmates to an out-of-state correctional facility

H. 362 https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.362

 

House Committee on Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/10

On Tuesday the Committee will discuss   S. 40 – An act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Education/Bills/H.40/Drafts,%20Amendments,%20and%20Summaries/H.40~James%20DesMarais~As%20Introduced~1-29-2019.pdf

House General, Housing, and Military: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/13

On Wednesday the Committee will take up a number of employment and wage bills including:

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

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

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

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

On Thursday they will take up Housing, and hear from the VT Congressional Offices and take up

H. 107 – An act relating to paid family and medical leave     https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0107/H-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.23 An act relating to increasing the minimum wage and hear from Senate sponsors. As passed by the Senate: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0023/S-0023%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

Other bills in committee:

H.396 – An act relating to the Twin State Voluntary Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan.   https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.396

House Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/14

House Health Care: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/15

On Wednesday the Committee will take up the All-Payer Waiver and Accountable Care Organization Model and on Thursday will hear about Secure Residential Recovery Center Proposal in Middlesex,

House Human Services: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/531

The Committee will hear from Hunger Free VT on Tuesday and on Wednesday will take up    S. 14 – An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need and hear about after school programs. As passed by the Senate: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0014/S-0014%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

Other bills in committee:

H. 249 – An act relating to additional Reach Up Program benefits https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0249/H-0249%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 60 – An act relating to making the Agency of Human Services’ Department for Children and Families responsible for the oversight and regulation of child care and prekindergarten education for children 0 years of age through the age when they are enrolled in kindergarten https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.60

H. 70 – An act relating to compliance with child care providers’ educational and experiential requirements https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.70

H. 349 – An act relating to raising revenue to improve access to affordable, high quality child care and early learning https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.349

House Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/291

On Thursday the Committee will take up  S.18 – An act relating to consumer justice enforcement: https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.18

Other bills in committee:

H.460 – An act relating to sealing and expungement of criminal history records https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0460/H-0460%20As%20Introduced.pdf

House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/12   

Other bills in Committee:

H. 74 – An act relating to the prohibition of plastic carryout bags, expanded polystyrene, and single-use plastic straws. As introduced https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0074/H-0074%20As%20Introduced.pdf

House Transportation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/20

The Committee will take up bills that have been introduced all week.

House Ways and Means: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/21

On Tuesday the Committee will take up H. 249 – An act relating to additional Reach Up Program benefits https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0249/H-0249%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

Senate Appropriations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/23

The Committee will continue to take testimony on 19-0730 – An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government all week. On Tuesday they will hear from the Commissioner of Mental Health and the Department of Corrections and on Wednesday they will hear from the Center for Crime Victim Services  and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Program.

Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/32

On Thursday the Committee will take up Paid Family Leave and hear from House sponsors.

Other bills in committee:

S. 83 – An act relating to prohibiting agreements that prevent an employee from working for the employer following the settlement of a discrimination claim https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0083/S-0083%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/24

On Thursday the Committee will take up  H.140 – An act relating to the State Advisory Panel on Special Education and hear from House sponsors. As passed by House: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0140/H-0140%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Unofficial.pdf

Report of the Agency of Education Census-Based Advisory Group https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Legislative-Reports/edu-act-173-advisory-group-legislative-report-january-2019.pdf

Senate Finance: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/25

Other bills in committee:

S.98 – An act relating to the deferral of property taxes for taxpayers 65 years of age or older  https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.98

Senate Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/26

On Tuesday afternoon the Committee will take up S. 151 – An act relating to the Twin State Voluntary Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan. https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.151

Senate Health and Welfare: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/27

On Tuesday the Committee will hear from the new Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development, VT Agency of Humans Services and on Wednesday will take up Prop 5 – Declaration of rights; right to personal reproductive liberty and also hear from the Secretary of Human Services on Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Mental Health Workforce

Other bills in committee:

S. 94 – An act relating to expanding Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to dental care and establishing the VDent dental assistance program https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.94

S.53 – An act relating to increasing the proportion of health care spending allocated to primary care https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Institutions: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/28

On Wednesday and Thursday the committee will hear from the Department of Mental Health about Therapeutic Beds in the Capital Bill.

Senate Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/29

Senate Transportation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/539

 

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***Legislation Introduced of Interest***

This is a weekly list of bills introduced this session of interest to the disability community with a short summary of each courtesy of Disability Rights Vermont.

NEW Bills as of March 15, 2019 are posted separately

A full listing is attached and can also be found at WWW.VCDR.org

 

 

 

Submitted by Karen Lafayette kmlafayette@aol.com

 

VCDR Email: vcdrvt@gmail.com