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Legislation Introduced – 2019 Legislative Session – As of APRIL 5th 2019

***LEGISLATION INTRODUCED OF INTEREST***

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

HOUSE BILLS:

H. 3 An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools

Introduced by Representatives Kevin Christie, Brian Cina, Dylan Giambatista, Diana Gonzalez

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the Ethnic and Social Equity Standards Advisory Working Group to advise the State Board of Education on the adoption of ethnic and social equity studies standards into statewide educational standards. This bill also proposes to require the State Board of Education to publish, to the extent consistent with State and federal privacy laws and regulations, data on student performance and hazing, harassment, or bullying incidents disaggregated by student groups, including ethnic and racial groups, poverty status, disability status, English language learner status, and gender.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0003/H-0003%20As%20Introduced.pdf 

H. 5 An act relating to physician expert witnesses in medical malpractice actions

Introduced by Representative George Till

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to set standards for the qualification of physician expert witnesses in medical malpractice actions.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0005/H-0005%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 6 An act relating to immunity from liability for licensed professionals providing essential services during emergencies

Introduced by Representative Jim Masland

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make licensed professionals immune from civil liability for injuries caused by the provision of essential services during states of emergency declared by the Governor.

H. 14 An act relating to workers’ compensation

Introduced by Representative Charles Kimbell

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend benefit payments in workers’ compensation insurance claims to the prescription of medical marijuana.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0014/H-0014%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 19 An act relating to sexual exploitation of a person in law enforcement officer custody

Introduced by Representatives Maxine Grad, Sarah “Sarita” Austin, Selene Colburn, Kimberly Jessup, Ann Pugh, Barbara Rachelson

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the crime of sexual exploitation of a person in the custody of a law enforcement officer.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0019/H-0019%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 21 An act relating to prohibiting the display of individuals for money

Introduced by Representatives Kathryn Webb and Jessica Brumsted

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit so called freak shows and the display of individuals for money.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0021/H-0021%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 22 An act relating to Green Mountain Care Board hospital budget review

Introduced by Representative Anne Donahue

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expand the types of hospitals for which the Green Mountain Care Board reviews the annual budget to include all hospitals that are not conducted, maintained, or operated by the State.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0022/H-0022%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 24 An act relating to criminal history record fees

Introduced by Representatives Martin LaLonde , Selene Colburn, Johannah Donovan, Avram Patt, George Till, Joseph “Chip” Troiano

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to exempt from the Vermont criminal history record check fee individuals earning at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and the organizations that serve them.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0024/H-0024%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 25 An act relating to the regulation of electroconvulsive therapy

Introduced by Rep. Anne Donahue , Rep. Warren Kitzmiller

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that the Commissioner of Mental Health ensure that any hospital or health care facility using electroconvulsive therapy be qualified to do so. It further requires a hospital or health care facility administering electroconvulsive therapy on minors to seek specific approval from the Commissioner. The bill requires the Commissioner to adopt related rules.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0025/H-0025%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 28 An act relating to pharmacists providing information on the proper disposal of unused regulated drugs

 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require pharmacists dispensing regulated drugs to provide patients with information regarding the importance of and processes for proper disposal of unused medication.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0028/H-0028%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.30 An act relating to relief from abuse orders and relinquishment of firearms and other dangerous or deadly weapons

Introduced by Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Ann Pugh

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that relief from abuse orders include a provision requiring the defendant to relinquish his or her firearms and other dangerous or deadly weapons until the order expires. The bill also proposes to make it a crime for a person to possess a firearm if the person is the subject of a relief from abuse order.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0030/H-0030%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.31 An act relating to establishing the Windsor County Domestic Violence Restorative Justice Pilot Program

Introduced by Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Ann Pugh , Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Rebecca White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish the Windsor County Domestic Violence Restorative Justice Pilot Program. The Program would permit restorative justice services to be provided on a pilot basis in Windsor County to victims and offenders in domestic violence cases as a condition of probation, furlough, parole, or supervised community sentence.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0031/H-0031%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.35 An act relating to medical monitoring damages

Introduced by Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Cynthia Browning , Rep. Christopher Bates, Rep. Nelson Brownell, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. John Gannon, Rep. Mary Morrissey

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a private right of action for medical monitoring damages incurred due to exposure to a toxic substance.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0035/H-0035%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.37 An act relating to eliminating the Secretary of Human Services’ authority to reverse or modify a decision or order of the Human Services Board

Introduced by Rep. Anne Donahue

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to eliminate the authority of the Secretary of Human Services to reverse or modify a decision or order of the Human Services Board.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0037/H-0037%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 44 An act relating to participating hospital and Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital advisory groups

Introduced by Rep. Anne Donahue

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that participating hospitals and the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital each maintain an advisory group that meets on a bimonthly basis.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0044/H-0044%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

  1. 52 An act relating to requiring at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional

Introduced by Representatives Lori Houghton, Carol Ode and George Till

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0052/H-0052%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.67 An act relating to workers’ compensation

Introduced by Rep. Charles Shaw

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create an exemption from the workers’ compensation requirements for workers engaged in equine care and management for an employer whose annual payroll is less 8 than $10,000.00.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0067/H-0067%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.68 An act relating to voting leave

Introduced by Rep. Nader Hashim

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide up to two consecutive hours of paid leave so that employees may vote in primary and general elections held in Vermont and on Town Meeting Day.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0068/H-0068%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.71 An act relating to prohibiting State contracts with for-profit correctional facilities

Introduced by Rep. Nader Hashim , Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. William Notte, Rep. Barbara Rachelson

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the Commissioner of Corrections from contracting with a for-profit contractor to own, operate, or manage a State correctional facility, or supervise or house inmates under the custody of the Commissioner in an out-of-state correctional facility.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0071/H-0071%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.72 An act relating to fishing licenses for persons with a developmental disability

Introduced by Rep. Robin Scheu , Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Peter Conlon, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. James Harrison, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. James Masland, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Terry Norris, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Charles Shaw, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. George Till, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Theresa Wood, Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide a free fishing license to Vermont residents who have a developmental disability.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0072/H-0072%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.85 An act relating to increasing the personal needs allowance for certain nursing home residents

Introduced by Rep. Sandy Haas

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase by $25.00 per person per month the State’s fiscal year 2020 contribution to the personal needs allowance for individuals residing in nursing homes who receive Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid, or both. It would require the Secretary of Human Services to increase the personal needs allowance amount annually beginning in fiscal year 2021 based on the rate of inflation.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0085/H-0085%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.86 An act relating to revenues designated for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust Fund

Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stevens

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the use of the property transfer tax revenue dedicated to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust Fund for any other governmental purpose.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0086/H-0086%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

  1. H. 103 An act relating to unlawful possession of a regulated drug

Introduced by Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Martin LaLonde , Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Nader Hashim

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to restructure drug possession laws moving from a graduated penalty structure based on the amount possessed to a two-tier structure of categorizing possession as a misdemeanor and possession with intent to sell as a felony.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0103/H-0103%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 104 An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

Introduced by Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make miscellaneous amendment to statutes governing professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0104/H-0104%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 107 An act relating to paid family leave

Introduced by Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Rep. Samuel Young , Rep. Janet Ancel, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Sarah “Sarita” Austin, Rep. John Bartholomew, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Timothy Briglin, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. R. Scott Campbell, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Peter Conlon, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. Katherine “Kari” Dolan, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Alice Emmons, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Dylan Giambatista, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Matthew Hill, Rep. Mary Hooper, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Mary Howard, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Jill Krowinski, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. William Lippert, Rep. Emily Long, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. William Notte, Rep. Daniel Noyes, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Ann Pugh, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Amy Sheldon, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. Tristan Toleno, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Rebecca White, Rep. Theresa Wood, Rep. David Yacovone, Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a Paid Family Leave Insurance Program within the Departments of Labor and Taxes that will be funded by contributions from employers and employees. The bill also proposes to amend Vermont’s existing Parental and Family Leave Act to make it applicable to additional employers and to clarify certain provisions.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0107/H-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 108 An act relating to the disproportionate share hospital payment formula

Introduced by Rep. Benjamin Jickling

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the State’s formula for allocation of disproportionate share payments to hospitals from providing for an additional allotment to academic medical centers.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0108/H-0108%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 114 An act relating to Medicaid co-payment amounts and Exchange financial assistance

Introduced by Rep. Matthew Trieber , Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require individuals enrolled in the Medicaid program with incomes between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level to pay the maximum amount of co-payments for their health care services as are allowed under federal law. It would also increase the amount of financial assistance available to income-eligible individuals enrolled in health insurance plans offered through the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0114/H-0114%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 116 An act relating to physician assistant licensure

Introduced by Rep. Alice Emmons , Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Peter Fagan, Rep. Robert Forguites, Rep. Ann Pugh, Rep. Charles Shaw

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make changes to the laws regarding licensure of physician assistants.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0116/H-0116%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 120 An act relating to removing prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment

Introduced by Rep. Ann Pugh

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit health insurance plans and Medicaid from imposing prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0120/H-0120%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 122 An act relating to reapportioning the distribution of benefits within the Child Care Financial Assistance Program

Introduced by Rep. Matthew Trieber

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to reduce the qualifying Federal Poverty Level percentage at which families become eligible for the Child Care Financial Assistance Program. It proposes to use the resulting savings to increase the subsidy amount received by the remaining eligible families.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0122/H-0122%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.129 An act relating to a universal, publicly financed primary care program for Vermont

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Kevin Christie , Rep. John Bartholomew, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Timothy Briglin, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. R. Scott Campbell, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Peter Conlon, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Alice Emmons, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Mary Howard, Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Francis McFaun, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. John O’Brien, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Amy Sheldon, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Rebecca White, Rep. David Yacovone, Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a universal, publicly financed primary care program for all Vermont residents beginning in 2023.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0129/H-0129%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.132 An act relating to adopting protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence

Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stevens , Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Charles “Chip” Conquest, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Charen Fegard, Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Rebecca White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to adopt protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0132/H-0132%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Rep. Mary Howard

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide a minimum salary that an individual must earn to qualify as an executive, administrative, or professional employee for purposes of being exempt from the minimum wage law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0137/H-0137%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 139 An act relating to prescribing by doctoral-level psychologists

Introduced by Rep. Maida Townsend , Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Peter Fagan, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Daniel Noyes, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow the Board of Psychological Examiners to confer prescribing authority upon doctoral-level psychologists who have completed specific educational and training requirements.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0139/H-0139%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.140 An act relating to the Advisory Council on Special Education

Introduced by Rep. Kathryn Webb

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to change the composition and duties of the Advisory Council on Special Education to conform with federal law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0140/H-0140%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 144 An act relating to accounting for medical necessity in commitment decisions

Introduced by Rep. Anne Donahue

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to distinguish between mental illness, developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries for the purpose of examining competency in relation to criminal proceedings. It also amends existing commitment processes for individuals with a mental illness to ensure medical necessity is taken into account.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0144/H-0144%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.165 An act relating to increasing penalties for using a portable electronic device while operating a moving motor vehicle.

Introduced by Rep. Brian Smith, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Robert Bancroft, Rep. Lynn Batchelor, Rep. Patrick Brennan, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Martha Feltus, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Charles Kimbell, Rep. Michael Marcotte, Rep. Leland Morgan, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. John Palasik, Rep. Carl Rosenquist, Rep. Brian Savage, Rep. Charles Shaw, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, and Rep. Tommy Walz.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase penalties for violating laws governing the use of a portable electronic device, including for texting, while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0165/H-0165%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H.167 An act relating to the sale and use of fireworks.

Introduced by Rep. Charles Shaw, Rep. Lawrence Cupoli, Peter Fagan, Rep. James Harrison, Christopher Mattos,

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that a purchaser of fireworks present his or her permit for fireworks use to the seller at the time of the sale, and prohibits the use of fireworks after 10:00 p.m.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0167/H-0167%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H.162 An act relating to removal of buprenorphine from the misdemeanor crime of possession of a narcotic.

Introduced by Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Maria Cordes, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. LaLonde, Rep. Rep. William Lippert, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Ann Pugh, Barbara Rachelson, and Rep. Maida Townsend.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to remove buprenorphine from the misdemeanor crime of possession of a narcotic.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0162/H-0162%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 160 An act relating to support for enhanced broadband deployment in Vermont.

Introduced by Rep. Laura Sibilia.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to develop programs and initiatives designed to facilitate the deployment of broadband Internet access service throughout Vermont.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0160/H-0160%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 159 An act relating to establishing a waiting period for firearms sales.

Introduced by Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. George Till, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colson, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Diane Gonzalez, Rep. Nadir Hashim, Rep. Mary Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Mary Howard, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. William Lippert, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Ann Pugh, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Rebecca White, and Rep. Michael Yantachka.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require a 72-hour waiting period for all firearms sales.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0159/H-0159%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 158 An act relating to standards for the care of domestic pets

Introduced by Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Mary Sullivan, and Rep. Maida Townsend.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend standards relating to the care of domestic pets, including standards for 10 activities and programs intended to reduce the number of cats without homes, such as capturing, spaying or neutering, vaccination, and return of unowned cats.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0158/H-0158%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.153 An act relating to banning preexisting condition exclusions.

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cia, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Anne Donahue, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Lori Houghton, rep. William Lippert, and Rep. Woodman Page.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit preexisting condition exclusions in comprehensive major medical health insurance plans.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0153/H-0153%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 152 An act relating to income-sensitized health insurance premiums.

 

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina, Ann Donahue, and Lori Houghton.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to direct a working group of interested stakeholders to design a program of income sensitized health insurance premiums for individuals and families.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0152/H-0152%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. 174 An act relating to limits on the prescription of opioids and creating a private right of action for prescriptions in excess of those limits.

Introduced by Rep. Cynthia Browning, Rep. Mary Morrissey, Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Robert Bancroft, Rep. Lynn Batchelor, Rep. Christopher Bates, Rep. Scott Beck, Rep. Patrick Brennan, Rep. Nelson Brownell, Rep. William Canfield, Rep. Sara Coffey, rep. Lawrence Cupoli, Rep. Peter Fagan, Rep. Marianne Gamache, Rep. John Gannon, Rep. Kenneth Goslant, Rep. Rodney Graham, Rep. James Gregoire, Rep. James Harrison, rep. Mark Higley, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. Felisha Leffler, Rep. Marcia Martel, rep. Christopher Mattos, Rep. Linda Myers, rep. terry Norris, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. John Palasik, Rep. Carl Rosenquist, Rep. Brian Savage, Rep. Vicki Strong, and Rep. Thomas Terenzini.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to specify statutory limits on the prescription of opioids and create a private right of action for injuries caused by prescriptions made in violation of those limits.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0174/H-0174%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 170 An act relating to requiring community service as a high school graduation requirement.

Introduced by Rep. James Masland, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Kevin Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Charles “Chip” Conquest, Rep. Mary Hooper, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Randall Szott, and Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that the Agency of Education design and implement a program that incorporates community service in all Vermont high schools as a graduation requirement by school year 2025–2026.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0170/H-0170%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 169 An act relating to mental health insurance benefits.

Introduced by Rep. Anne Donahue, rep. Annmarie Christensen Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Benjamin Jickling, Rep. William Lippert, rep. Woodman Page, Rep. Ann Pugh, and Rep. Brian Smith.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit management of mental health insurance benefits separately from other health care benefits. It also prohibits prior authorization requirements for mental health care that differ from medical or surgical prior authorization requirements.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0169/H-0169%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 187 An act relating to home-delivered meals as a reimbursable covered service

Introduced by Rep. Daniel Noyes, Rep. Francis McFaun, Rep. Kelly Pajala, and Rep. Theresa Wood.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Secretary of Human Services to apply for an amendment to Vermont’s Global Commitment to Health Section 1115 Demonstration to allow home-delivered meals to be treated as a reimbursable covered service.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0187/H-0187%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 185 An act relating to transgender and gender nonconforming student access to gender-segregated school programs, activities, and fa

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. John Killacky, and Rep. William Notte.

statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide students access to gender-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities consistent with the individual’s gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the student’s records.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0185/H-0185%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 184 An act relating to providing for conversion of civil fines to community service.

Introduced by Rep. Robin Chestnut-Tangerman, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Anne Donahue, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Benjamin Jickling, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, and Rep. Rebecca White.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow for conversion of civil fines to community service when the defendant is unable to pay.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0184/H-0184%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 183 An act relating to prohibiting the involuntary sterilization of individuals with an intellectual disability.

Introduced by rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. James Masland, and Rep. Barbara Rachelson.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the involuntary sterilization of individuals with an intellectual disability.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0183/H-0183%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 182 An act relating to the creation of the Corrections and Mental Health Study Committee.

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Lori Houghton, and Rep. Woodman Page.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the Corrections and Mental Health Study Committee to examine how to transition the corrections system into a mental health rehabilitation system.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0182/H-0182%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.196 An act relating to the regulation of cannabis and cannabis products for commercial and medical purposes.

Introduced by Rep. Samuel Young, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Scott Beck, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. R. Scott Campbell, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Robin Chestnut-Tangerman, rep. Kevin Christie, rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Nader Hashim, REP. Matthew Hill, REP. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Warren Kitzmi9ller, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. Paul Lefebvre, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, rep. William Notte, Rep. John O’Brien, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan Rep. Kelly Pajala, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Brian Smith, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Randall Szott, rep. Matthew Trieber, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Tommy Walz, and Rep. Rebecca White.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a comprehensive regulatory system for the production and sale of cannabis and cannabis products in Vermont. While the new regulatory structure is being implemented, existing registered medical marijuana dispensaries may apply to the Department of Public Safety for a temporary license to sell cannabis and cannabis products to the public on a limited basis while also serving registered patients and caregivers. Fees paid by dispensaries for temporary licenses and taxes on the sale of cannabis and cannabis products would be used to fund implementation of the new commercial system. The bill creates the Cannabis Control Board as the independent regulatory authority for a commercial cannabis market. The Board is responsible for adopting regulations and administering a licensing program, including compliance and enforcement, for cannabis establishments. Five types of licenses are available: cultivator, product manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and testing laboratory. Applicants are limited to obtaining a maximum of one type of each license. Applicants are not required to be Vermont residents, but residency will be considered in prioritizing issuance of licenses. Application and license fees and an 11 percent tax on cannabis and cannabis products will fund the Board in performance of its duties. Additionally, cannabis and cannabis products will be subject to the six percent sales tax and a potential three percent local option tax for municipalities that choose to host a cannabis retailer. Municipalities have authority to require municipal permits for a cannabis establishment and may prohibit the operation of a cannabis establishment or a specific type of cannabis establishment within the municipality by majority vote of those present and voting at an annual or special meeting warned for the purpose. On January 1, 2021, new statutes, as well as rules adopted by the Board, governing the Medical Cannabis Registry and Medical Cannabis Dispensaries take effect, and those programs transfer from the Department of Public Safety to the Board. The bill also directs the Office of Legislative Council to change “marijuana” to “cannabis” throughout the statutes as needed for consistency with the act.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0196/H-0196%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 194 An act relating to establishing incentives for early learning professionals and improving access to child care.

Introduced by Rep. David Yacovone, Rep. Theresa Wood, Rep. Jessica Brumsted Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Sarah “Sarita” Austin, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Timothy Briglin, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Robert Forguites, Marianna Gamache, Rep. John Gannon, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. James Gregoire, Rep. James Harrison, Rep. Nader Hashim,,, Rep. Matthew Hill, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper,, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Mary Howard, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Paul Lefebvre, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. Francis McFaun,, Rep. Leland Morgan, Rep. Michael Mrowicki Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. Terry Norris, Rep. Daniel Noyes, Rep. John O’Brien, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Kelly Pajala, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Avram Patt Rep. David Potter, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Carl Rosenquist, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, Rep. Amy Sheldon, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. George Till, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Rebecca White, Rep. Michael Yantachka, and Rep. Samuel Young.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0194/H-0194%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  1. H. 189 An act relating to increasing Medicaid rates for home- and community-based service providers.

Introduced by Rep. Daniel Noyes, and Rep. Theresa Wood.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require annual inflationary increases to Medicaid reimbursement rates for home-and community-based service providers.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0189/H-0189%20As%20Introduced.pd

H.200 An act relating to drug testing of employees

Introduced by Representatives Dickinson, Browning, Gamache, Gregoire, Higley, Marcotte, Bennington, Page, Rosenquist, Savage, Shaw, Strong, and Till

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend the drug testing law to permit an employer to conduct a drug test if it has a reasonable basis to believe that an employee is under the influence of a drug on the job or that an employee caused an accident on the job that resulted in damage. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0200/H-0200%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.199 An act relating to a deduction for medical expenses

Introduced by Representatives Webb, Brumsted

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to permit a reduction in taxable income for Vermont’s personal income tax filers for medical expenses deducted at the federal level.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0199/H-0199%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.202 An act relating to identifying allergens on menus and menu boards

Introduced by Rep. Kathryn Webb, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Charen Fegard, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Amy Sheldon, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Mary Sullivan

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require restaurants and other food service establishments to identify allergens present in a menu offering.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0202/H-0202%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.203 An act relating to negligent storage of firearms

Introduced by Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Janet Ancel, Rep. Ann Pugh

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit keeping a firearm on premises that are under a person’s immediate possession or control if the person knows or reasonably should know that a child or person barred from possessing a firearm may gain access to the firearm.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0203/H-0203%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.204 An act relating to miscellaneous provisions affecting navigators, Medicaid records, and the Department of Vermont Health Access

Introduced by Rep. Lori Houghton

 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to eliminate the duty of navigators for the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange to help employers establish plans that allow employees to pay for health insurance premiums with pretax dollars. It would clarify the circumstances under which Medicaid applications and records are considered confidential. It would also require the Green Mountain Care Board, rather than the Department of Vermont Health Access, to submit a report with health insurers by November 15, 2021 regarding the impact of co-payment limits on utilization of chiropractic and physical therapy services.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0204/H-0204%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.217 An act relating to vehicle safety inspections

Introduced by Rep. Matthew Hill, Rep. Daniel Noyes

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to eliminate the annual vehicle safety inspection for all vehicles except school buses.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0217/H-0217%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.221 An act relating to the role of the Office of the Health Care Advocate and notice to policyholders of proposed health insurance rate increases

Introduced by Rep. William Lippert

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require health insurers to notify affected policyholders of proposed rate increases. It would also expand the role of the Office of the Health Care Advocate in the health insurance rate review process and specify that one of the Office’s duties is to advocate for consumers’ access to appropriate health care services.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0221/H-0221%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.219 An act relating to Medicaid coverage for doula services

Introduced by Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Michael McCarthy

 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require Medicaid coverage for doula services during labor and birth and for the prenatal and postpartum periods.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0219/H-0219%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.223 An act relating to residential rental agreements for substance abuse recovery homes

Introduced by Rep. Jean O’Sullivan

Statement of Purpose of Bill as Introduced: This bill proposes to require a tenant of a substance abuse recovery home that has been certified by the Vermont affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences to vacate the premises immediately after he or she violates the terms of his or her contract with the home’s operator.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0223/H-0223%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Rep. Peter Fagan, Rep. Thomas Burditt, Rep. William Canfield, Rep. Lawrence Cupoli, Rep. James Harrison, Rep. Michael Marcotte, Rep. Patricia McCoy, Rep. Linda Myers, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. Terry Norris, Rep. William Notte,Rep. David Potter, Rep. Charles Shaw, Rep. Linda Sullivan

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create an expedited eviction process for dwelling units in owner-occupied rental properties.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0224/H-0224%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.225 – An act relating to exploring the potential for a regional universal health care program   

Introduced by Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to direct the Agency of Human Services to explore the potential to establish a regional Medicare for All or similar universal, publicly financed health care program in cooperation with other states.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0225/H-0225%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.227 An act relating to a property tax exemption for veterans

Introduced by Rep. Laura Sibilia, Rep. Lynn Batchelor, Rep. Thomas Burditt, Rep. William Canfield, Rep. Seth Chase, Rep. Lawrence Cupoli, Rep. Peter Fagan, Rep. Mark Higley, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. David Potter, Rep. Brian Smith, Rep. Harvey Smith, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expand the existing property tax exemption for disabled veterans to all veterans.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0027/H-0027%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.229 An act relating to rental housing safety, oversight, data collection, and enforcement

Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stevens

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to identify the Department of Health as the primary government entity responsible for rental housing health code enforcement; to direct the Department to create a rental housing code website; to create two FTE positions in the Department to oversee enforcement; to authorize the Department to provide legal assistance to municipalities concerning housing enforcement; to enhance municipal authority to enforce housing code violations; to require town health officers to provide health inspection reports to the Department and create a data collection system for reports; and to direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop an implementation plan for the comprehensive collection of rental housing data enforcement.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0229/H-0229%20As%20Introduced.pdf      

H.230 An act relating to utility repairs and the Choices for Care program

Introduced by Rep. Laura Sibilia

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require electric and telecommunications companies to prioritize any repair work needed by persons who receive services provided through the Choices for Care program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0230/H-0230%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.237 An act relating to continuation of group health insurance coverage for dependents after the death of the covered member

Introduced by Rep. Theresa Wood

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require a group health insurance plan to continue to provide coverage for a covered member’s dependents after the death of the covered member until the insurer receives verification that each dependent has either obtained coverage from another source or elected not to have health insurance coverage.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0237/H-0237%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.239 An act relating to distracted driving

Introduced by Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Brian Smith

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0239/H-0239%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.249 – An act relating to additional Reach Up Program benefits

Introduced by Rep. Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Curtis McCormack

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to exempt motor vehicles purchased by a participant in the Reach Up Program as a benefit provided through the Department for Children and Families from sales and use tax and waive the initial registration fee for motor vehicles purchased by a participant in the Reach Up Program as a benefit provided through the Department for Children and Families.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0249/H-0249%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.250 – An act relating to the regulation of cannabis

Introduced by Rep. Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Christopher Bates

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a comprehensive regulatory system for the production and sale of cannabis and cannabis products in Vermont. The bill creates the Cannabis Control Board as the independent regulatory authority for a commercial cannabis market. The Board is responsible for adopting regulations and administering a licensing program, including compliance and enforcement, for cannabis establishments. Five types of licenses are available: cultivator, product manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and testing laboratory. Applicants are limited to obtaining a maximum of one type of each license. Applicants are not required to be Vermont residents, but residency will be considered in prioritizing issuance of licenses. Application and license fees fund the Board in performance of its duties. Cannabis is taxed at ten percent with a potential one percent local option tax for municipalities that choose to host a cannabis retailer. Municipalities have authority to require municipal permits for a cannabis establishment and may prohibit the operation of a cannabis establishment or a specific type of cannabis establishment within the municipality by majority.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0250/H-0250%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.251 – An act relating to expungement of misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions

Introduced by Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Barbara Rachelson,Rep. Samuel Young

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expunge misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions obtained prior to July 1, 2019 and decriminalize possession of more than one ounce, but less than two ounces, of marijuana.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0251/H-0251%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.258 – An act relating to establishing an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis registry       

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Cynthia Browning, Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis registry.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0258/H-0258%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.260 – An act relating to sudden cardiac arrest prevention during school athletic activities

Introduced by Rep. George Till

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Secretary of Education and public and approved independent schools to take steps to prevent sudden cardiac arrest by students participating in school athletic activities.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0260/H-0260%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.276 An act relating to the expungement of certain civil violations

Introduced by Rep. Martin LaLonde and Rep. Nader Hashim

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to automatically expunge certain civil violations after two years and establish a process by which an individual can petition the Judicial Bureau to expunge certain traffic violations after two years.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0276/H-0276%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 H.278          An act relating to acknowledgment or denial of parentage

Introduced by Rep. Maxine Grad and Rep. Martin LaLonde

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to change the timing of the rescission process for an acknowledgment or denial of parentage and to clarify when the Department of Health may release various documents relating to an acknowledgment of parentage, denial of parentage, and rescission of these documents.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0278/H-0278%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. James McCullough, and Rep. George Till

 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a working group in the Agency of Human Services that would explore opportunities to integrate the inmate population into new and existing health care payment and delivery system reform initiatives in order to promote inmate health and constrain State spending by managing chronic conditions, focusing on wellness and preventive care, and making appropriate use of existing programs and resources.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0282/H-0282%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.283 An act relating to penalties for animal cruelty offenses

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow courts the discretion to place restrictions on people convicted of animal cruelty offenses regarding their future ownership interest in animals.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0283/H-0283%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.296 An act relating to creating the Self-Employment Assistance Program

Introduced by Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Matthew Hill, and Rep. Zachariah Ralph

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to reenact Vermont’s Self-Employment Assistance Program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0296/H-0296%20As%20Introduced.pdf

  H.297 An act relating to protecting students from bullying

Introduced by Rep. Vicki Strong, Rep. Lynn Batchelor, Rep. Marianna Gamache, Rep. James Gregoire, Rep. Mary Morrissey, and Rep. Constance Quimby

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a process for a parent or guardian of a student, who believes that the student has been bullied and that the school has not taken appropriate action to protect the student from further instances of bullying, to have the school district pay tuition for the student to attend another school.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0297/H-0297%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.284 An act relating to data collection in the criminal justice system

Introduced by Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, and Rep. Maida Townsend

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Judiciary, the Center for Crime Victim Services, the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, and the Department of Corrections to collect and publicly post criminal justice data.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0284/H-0284%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.300          An act relating to education and training for probation and parole officers

Introduced by Rep. Michael Marcotte, Rep. Robert Bancroft, Rep. Lynn Batchelor,

Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Katherine “Kari” Dolan, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. Charles Kimbell, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, and Rep. Linda Sullivan

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Department of Corrections to provide standardized education and training to probation and parole officers.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0300/H-0300%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.305 An act relating to requiring implicit bias training for State employees

Introduced by Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Katherine “Kari” Dolan, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Charen Fegard, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, and Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require all State employees to attend a four-hour in-person implicit bias training course within 90 days of being hired by the State, and to attend a two-hour in-person implicit bias training course at least every two years thereafter.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0305/H-0305%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.312 An act relating to open movie captioning in movie theaters

Introduced by Rep. Michael Yantachka, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. David Potter, Rep. Carl Rosenquist, Rep. Harvey Smith, Rep. Mary Sullivan, and Rep. Tommy Walz

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require movie theaters to provide showings of motion pictures with open movie captioning.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0312/H-0312%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.313 An act relating to safe patient handling and staff-to-patient ratios

 Introduced by Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. David Yacovone, and Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require hospitals and nursing home facilities to establish safe patient handling programs and would prohibit mandatory overtime for certain health care employees. It would also require the Department of Health to adopt rules pertaining to safe staff-to-patient ratios.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0313/H-0313%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 H.318 An act relating to the study and design of a long-term care trust fund

Introduced by Rep. David Yacovone, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. Daniel Noyes, Rep. Avram Patt, and Rep. Tommy Walz

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Secretary of Administration to: (1) study and design a trust fund that will provide for long-term care for certain Vermont residents, and (2) propose legislation to statutorily create this fund.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0318/H-0318%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.320 An act relating to reduced motor vehicle registration fees for veterans, exempting certain pensions from taxable income, and the maintenance of a database of veterans in Vermont

Introduced by Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Nelson Brownell,

Rep. David Durfee, Rep. John Gannon, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Nader Hashim,

Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. John Palasik, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, and Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to waive 50 percent of the registration fee for certain motor vehicles upon proof that the registered owner or co-owner is a veteran who received a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions and to exempt from State income taxation the first $15,000.00 of Vermont state government, federal government, and U.S. Armed Forces pension plan income. This bill also requires the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs to develop and maintain a database of veterans in Vermont but indicates that any information that is collected is exempt from public inspection and copying.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0320/H-0320%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.321 An act relating to aggravated murder for killing a firefighter or an emergency medical provider

Introduced by Rep. Brian Savage, Rep. Lynn Batchelor, Rep. Thomas Burditt, Rep. James Gregoire, Rep. Francis McFaun, Rep. Linda Myers, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. Carl Rosenquist,and Rep. Thomas Terenzini

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expand the aggravated murder statute to include the killing of a firefighter or an emergency medical provider.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0321/H-0321%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.323          An act relating to Medicaid coverage for acupuncture

Introduced by Rep. Martin LaLonde

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require Vermont’s Medicaid program to provide coverage for acupuncture services.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0323/H-0323%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.324 An act relating to parole eligibility and furlough violations

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Tommy Walz, and Rep. Rebecca White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase the opportunity for parole for low-risk offenders and reduce reincarceration for offenders for furlough violations when there is no risk to public safety.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0324/H-0324%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.326 An act relating to promoting maker spaces

Introduced by Rep. Amy Sheldon

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a fund to promote the establishment and growth of maker spaces.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0326/H-0326%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Rep. Martin LaLonde and Rep. Maxine Grad

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to repeal the statute of limitations for civil actions based on childhood sexual abuse, and permit such actions to be brought at any time.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0330/H-0330%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.332 An act relating to the establishment of Developmental Disabilities Independence Day

Introduced by Rep. Theresa Wood

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to designate November 17 as Developmental Disabilities Independence Day to commemorate the closing of the Brandon Training School on that date in 1993.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0332/H-0332%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.333          An act relating to prohibiting discrimination based on an individual’s criminal history

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Nelson Brownell, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Logan Nicoll, and Rep. Kelly Pajala

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s criminal history in employment and the rental or sale of housing.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0333/H-0333%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Rep. Ann Pugh and Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by a caseworker in the Department for Children and Families’ Family Services Division who investigates complaints of neglect, abuse, or abandonment of children was incurred in the line of duty for purposes of determining eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0335/H-0335%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.336 An act relating to including psychological abuse as the basis for obtaining a civil abuse protection order

Introduced by Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Felisha Leffler, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. William Notte, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. George Till, Rep. Catherine Toll, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Rebecca White, Rep. David Yacovone, and Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow a person to obtain a relief from abuse order against a family or household member based upon psychological abuse.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0336/H-0336%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.340          An act relating to the dissolution of the State Board of Education

Introduced by Rep. Brian Savage, Rep. Lynn Batchelor, Rep. Marianna Gamache, Rep. James Gregoire, Rep. Mark Higley, Rep. Felisha Leffler, Rep. Marcia Martel, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. Constance Quimby, and Rep. Carl Rosenquist

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to dissolve the State Board of Education and to transfer the Board’s current authorities and duties to the Secretary of Education.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0340/H-0340%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 H.347          An act relating to the creation of the Task Force on Campus Sexual Harm

ntroduced by Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, and Rep. Barbara Rachelson

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the task force on campus sexual harm to examine issues relating to responses to sexual harm, dating and intimate partner violence, and stalking on campuses of postsecondary education institutions in Vermont.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0347/H-0347%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.348          An act relating to health insurance coverage for hearing aids

Introduced by Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Seth Chase, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. Theresa Wood, and Rep. Michael Yantachka

 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require health insurance coverage for hearing aids and related services.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0348/H-0348%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.351 An act relating to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance

Introduced by Rep. Michael Marcotte and Rep. Jean O’Sullivan

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to clarify the purposes for which the Workers’ Compensation Administration Fund may be used, to repeal the Short-Time Compensation Program, and to permit the Passenger Tramway Board to expend funds for ski lift mechanic training, education, and apprenticeships.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0351/H-0351%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.354 An act relating to studying the effectiveness of a Windham County drug treatment court

Introduced by Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Kelly Pajala, and Rep. Tristan Toleno

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to: 1) establish a study committee to analyze the potential impact of a drug treatment docket in Windham County with membership drawn from the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, the Office of the Defender General, Windham County law enforcement, the Center for Restorative Justice, Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Vermont, and Turning Point of Windham County, and to require the committee to report to the General Assembly on or before January 15, 2020 with its analysis of the efficacy of such a drug treatment docket and a recommendation for legislative action; and 2) establish a drug treatment docket in Windham County to take effect upon the recommendation of the study committee established in the act.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0354/H-0354%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.355 An act relating to enhanced community mental health pilot projects

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, and

Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to fund two enhanced community mental health service pilot projects for individuals seeking diversion from an order of non-hospitalization.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0355/H-0355%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Seth Chase, Rep. Brian Cina,

Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. William Notte, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, and Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the transfer of Vermont inmates to an out-of-state correctional facility.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0362/H-0362%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.365 An act relating to landlord policies and lease provisions

Introduced by Rep. Robert Helm, Rep. William Canfield, Rep. Patricia McCoy, and Rep. Thomas Terenzini

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow landlords to establish and enforce reasonable policies and lease provisions concerning pets, noise, and conduct that may negatively impact other tenants.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0365/H-0365%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.361 An act relating to setting commissary and telecommunications prices in State correctional facilities

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Thomas Burditt, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Seth Chase, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Kelly Pajala, Rep. Avram Patt, and Rep. Trevor Squirrell

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that commissary and telecommunications prices in a State correctional facility are set at fair market value as compared to products and telecommunications services sold in the State outside of the correctional facility.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0361/H-0361%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.371          An act relating to creating an opportunity economy for all Vermonters

Introduced by Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. Charles Kimbell, Rep. Michael Marcotte, Rep. Zachariah Ralph

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to support the creation of an opportunity economy by providing funding and policy guidance for: (1) the Microbusiness Development Program; (2) the Vermont Matched Savings Account Program; (3) workforce development and training programs for Vermonters with barriers to employment; (4) financial education, coaching, and credit building services for Vermonters with barriers to financial security; and (5) the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0371/H-0371%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.377 An act relating to statewide professional regulation standards for the licensure of applicants with criminal conviction histories

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide statewide standards for the licensure of applicants with criminal conviction histories.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0377/H-0377%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.381 An act relating to racial impact statements

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. R. Scott Campbell, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. William Lippert, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, and Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Office of Legislative Council to prepare a racial impact statement on certain proposed legislation

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0381/H-0381%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.382 An act relating to eliminating life without parole

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina and Rep. Barbara Rachelson

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to substitute a sentence of 25 years to life for life without parole and sentences that do not provide a sentence of life without parole specifically, but that provide a sentence that, in effect, amounts to life without parole due to the length of the sentence and restriction on parole; prohibit consecutive sentences that amount to life without parole; and commute the sentences of persons who are serving life without parole to 25 years to life.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0382/H-0382%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.385 An act relating to prohibiting the arrest of a person who misses a court date because of inpatient mental health or substance abuse reatment

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, and Rep. Mari Cordes

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit a person from being arrested if the person misses a court date in a criminal proceeding because the person was receiving treatment in an inpatient setting for a mental condition or a substance abuse disorder.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0385/H-0385%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.388 An act relating to appropriations to expand the peer-run warm line and the Pathways Vermont Housing First program

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expand 7 appropriations to the peer-run warm line and to the Pathways Vermont 8 Housing First program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0388/H-0388%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.395          An act relating to voluntary family and medical leave insurance

Introduced by Rep. Cynthia Browning, Rep. Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, and Rep. Linda Sullivan

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to enable the Governor to enter into a contract with a private insurance carrier to provide family and medical leave insurance benefits to State employees, which shall also be available to other employers and individuals who elect to enroll in the insurance program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0395/H-0395%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.396 An act relating to the Twin State Voluntary Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan

Introduced by Rep. Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson, Rep. Robert Bancroft, Rep. Lynn Batchelor, Rep. Christopher Bates, Rep. Scott Beck, Rep. Patrick Brennan, Rep. Cynthia Browning, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Lawrence Cupoli, Rep. Robert Forguites, Rep. Marianna Gamache, Rep. Kenneth Goslant, Rep. Rodney Graham, Rep. James Gregoire, Rep. Lisa Hango, Rep. James Harrison, Rep. Patricia McCoy, Rep. Francis McFaun, Rep. Leland Morgan, Rep. Barbara Murphy, Rep. Terry Norris, Rep.

Constance Quimby, Rep. Carl Rosenquist, Rep. Brian Savage, Rep. Patrick Seymour, Rep. Linda Sullivan, and Rep. Casey Toof,

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to enable the Governor to enter into a contract with a private insurance carrier to provide family and medical leave insurance benefits to State employees, which shall also be available to other employers and individuals who elect to enroll in the insurance program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0396/H-0396%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.401 An act relating to the Vermont National Guard

Introduced by Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. George Till, and Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the position of Chief Diversity Officer within the Vermont National Guard and to require the Adjutant and Inspector General to submit an annual report on gender equity in the Vermont National Guard and the Guard’s efforts and programs to recruit, retain, and promote women to be senior noncommissioned officers, warrant officers, and senior commissioned officers. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0401/H-0401%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.402 An act relating to food security for veterans

Introduced by Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Thomas Bock,Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Marianna Gamache, Rep. Marcia Gardner,Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. William Notte,Rep. John O’Brien, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Tommy Walz, and Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the Vermont Veterans Food Security Pilot Program. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0402/H-0402%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.403 An act relating to trustee process of income tax refunds and renter rebates

Introduced by Rep. Robert Helm

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to permit a landlord to recover a judgment for unpaid rent following an eviction proceeding by garnishing the tenant’s income tax refund or renter rebate.https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0403/H-0403%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.405 An act relating to harassing marketing or solicitation of vulnerable adults 

Introduced by Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. R. Scott Campbell,

Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Charen Fegard, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan,

Rep. John Palasik, Rep. George Till, and Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit a person from selling or marketing goods to, or accepting business from, a vulnerable adult after the vulnerable adult or his or her agent or guardian has asked the person in writing to discontinue selling or marketing goods to or accepting business from the vulnerable adult. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0405/H-0405%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.406 An act relating to screening students for dyslexia and ensuring teachers receive training concerning dyslexia

Introduced by Rep. Felisha Leffle                                                                                                                                  Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that students in public schools be screened for dyslexia and that teachers receive training concerning dyslexia. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0406/H-0406%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.407 An act relating to creating the Vermont Native American Scholarship Program

Introduced by Rep. Brian Savage and Rep. Marianna Gamache

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a competitive scholarship program for Vermont Native Americans to attend the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Colleges and to create a specialty vehicle registration plate to provide partial funding for this program.  https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0407/H-0407%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.408 An act relating to reducing the risk of head injury during athletic events 

Introduced by Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Terence Macaig, and Rep. Trevor Squirrell

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require elementary and secondary schools to take action to reduce the risk of head injury during athletic events.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0408/H-0408%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.412 An act relating to parental rights and responsibilities

Introduced by Rep. James Masland and Rep. Timothy Briglin

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to declare that it is the public policy of the State to encourage parents to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children after their parents have separated or divorced; to create a rebuttable presumption that shared parental rights and responsibilities are in the best interests of the child; and to amend the factors a court considers in determining the best interests of a child.  https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0412/H-0412%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.413 An act relating to recognition and enforcement of Canadian domestic violence protection orders

Introduced by Rep. Martin LaLonde

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to adopt a uniform act recognizing and enforcing abuse prevention orders that were issued in Canada.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0413/H-0413%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.418 An act relating to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections

Introduced by Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Scott Beck, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Mary Sullivan, and Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0418/H-0418%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.419 An act relating to criminal threatening

Introduced by Rep. Maxine Grad and Rep. Martin LaLonde

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create an enhanced penalty for criminal threatening with the intent to threaten any civilian population with mass destruction, mass killings, or kidnapping. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0419/H-0419%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.424 An act relating to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children                                                           Introduced by Rep. Ann Pugh

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to adopt the most recent version of the uniform Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children which provides the legal framework for timely placement of children across state lines, suitability of prospective families, and the provision of support services to those children and families. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0424/H-0424%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.426 An act relating to the deadline to prepare local election ballots Introduced by Rep. Charles Shaw

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require a town clerk to prepare local election ballots not later than 46 days before the local election if that local election will be held on the same day as a statewide primary or general election.                                                            https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0426/H-0426%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.429 An act relating to increasing the minimum wage and phasing out the tipped minimum wage

Introduced by Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Rep. Peter Anthon, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, and Rep. Tommy Walz

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2024. It also proposes to phase out the tipped minimum wage by January 1, 2029. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0429/H-0429%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.431 An act relating to prohibiting agreements that prevent an employee from working for the employer or an affiliate of the employer Introduced by Rep. Kevin Christie

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit agreements to settle a discrimination claim from prohibiting the employee from working for the employer or an affiliate of the employer. It also proposes to prohibit agreements entered into after whistleblowing has occurred from prohibiting the employee from working for the State.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0431/H-0431%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend the minimum wage set forth in 21 V.S.A. § 384 to include a calculation for the amount expended by each employer to provide an employee with health insurance. The minimum wage for each employee shall be reduced by a prorated amount based on the employer’s annual cost to provide him or her with health insurance coverage up to a maximum reduction equal to the full annual cost of the premium for the lowest cost silver-level plan available through the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0434/H-0434%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.444 An act relating to ranked choice voting

Introduced by Rep. Laura Sibilia, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Benjamin Jickling, Rep. Logan Nicoll, and Rep. Kelly Pajala

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the use of ranked choice voting in all primary elections except for that of President and in general elections for the offices of U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0444/H-0444%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.445 An act relating to developing a strategy for addressing the unaffordability of health insurance

Introduced by Rep. Benjamin Jickling

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to direct the Agency of Human Services to develop a strategy for addressing the unaffordability of health insurance premiums for individuals not eligible for subsidized coverage through the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0445/H-0445%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.446 An act relating to access to health care in rural Vermont

Introduced by Rep. Benjamin Jickling, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Charles “Chip” Conquest, Rep. Anne Donahue, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. Kelly Pajala, Rep. Laura Sibilia, Rep. Brian Smith, and Rep. Randall Szott

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the Rural Health Commission to assess the current system of rural health care in Vermont and to explore ways to ensure that the system is sustainable and provides access to affordable, high-quality health care for all Vermont residents. It would establish a five percent tax on the gross charges to commercial payers assessed by retail health clinics and certain urgent care clinics in this State. The bill would appropriate $250,000.00 of the revenue from the health clinic tax to the Agency of Human Services in fiscal year 2020 for three awards to community-based organizations proposing pilot projects focused on new models and approaches to rural health care delivery in different parts of the State. It would direct the remainder of the revenue to increases in disproportionate share hospital payments.                                                       https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0446/H-0446%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.458 An act relating to workforce development in immigrant and refugee communities

Introduced by Rep. Selene Colburn and Rep. Jean O’Sullivan

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a task force to study opportunities for workforce development in immigrant and refugee communities in Vermont. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0458/H-0458%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.459 An act relating to saliva testing

Introduced by Rep. David Potter, Rep. Robert Bancroft, Rep. Patrick Brennan, Rep. Cynthia Browning, Rep. William Canfield, Rep. Robert Forguites, Rep. Robert Helm, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Constance Quimby, and Rep. Brian Savage

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow law enforcement to administer preliminary and evidentiary saliva testing on operators of motor vehicles to determine drug-impairment. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0459/H-0459%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.460 An act relating to sealing and expungement of criminal history records

Introduced by Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Thomas Burditt, Rep. Selene Colburn, and Rep. Martin LaLonde

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend generally the statutes relating to expungement and sealing of criminal history records.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0460/H-0460%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.464 An act relating to law enforcement training on appropriate use of force, de-escalation tactics, and cross-cultural awareness

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, and Rep. William Lippert

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require: 1) the collection and distribution of data regarding the use of force used in a traffic stop; 2) the Criminal Justice Training Council to develop a model policy regarding the use of force, de-escalation, and cross-cultural awareness, and for law enforcement agencies to adopt a policy containing each component of the model policy; and 3) the Criminal Justice Training Council to report to the Executive Director of Racial Equity regarding trainings on the model policy and race based data collection. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0464/H-0464%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.465 An act relating to addressing racial bias                                                                                                         Introduced by Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Mari Cordes, and Rep. Diana Gonzalez

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to 1) prohibit racial profiling; 2) redefine the operational structure and process of the Human Rights Commission; and 3) require the community justice centers to provide education regarding the Human Rights Commission complaint process. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0465/H-0465%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.466 An act relating to supporting workers with barriers to employment 

Introduced by Rep. Felisha Leffler, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Mary Morrissey, Rep. Brian Savage, and Rep. Casey Toof

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to promote hiring and retention of workers with barriers to employment, including workers in recovery from addiction and workers with past incarceration. https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0466/H-0466%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 H.477 An act relating to a carbon charge, public transportation, tax credits, weatherization, and incentives

 Introduced by Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, and Rep. Mary Sullivan

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to impose a carbon charge and use funds raised from that charge to support public transportation and a tax credit for rural Vermonters; to support weatherization and increase the earned income tax credit for Vermonters with low income; and to provide incentives for weatherization, electric vehicles, and other purposes.                                                   https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0477/H-0477%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.485 An act relating to SerVermont

Introduced by Rep. Daniel Noyes

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to codify in law SerVermont, which currently exists pursuant to Executive Order to serve as a State Commission on National and Community Service in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 12638.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0485/H-0485%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.488 An act relating to creating a statewide school district

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Lawrence Cupoli, and Rep. Laura Sibilia

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Secretary of Education to develop a detailed proposal to move the State to a single, statewide school district similar to the education governance model in Hawaii.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0488/H-0488%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.492 An act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against people without homes 

Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, and Rep. Mary Sullivan

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a homeless bill of rights and prohibit discrimination against people without homes.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0492/H-0492%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.494 An act relating to ensuring inmates have the documentation necessary to secure employment upon release from a correctional facility

 Introduced by Rep. Matthew Trieber and Rep. Carolyn Partridge

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Department of Corrections to: 1) conduct an assessment of each inmate in the custody of the Department no later than three months prior to the inmate’s release date to ensure the inmate possesses all necessary identification and documentation for securing employment upon the inmate’s release into the community; and 2) assist the inmate to obtain and maintain the necessary identification and documentation to secure employment, if the inmate does not have them, and provide them to the inmate upon his or her release.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0494/H-0494%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.496 An act relating to bias-motivated crimes and misconduct

Introduced by Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Sarah “Sarita” Austin,

Rep. Christopher Bates, Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Timothy Corcoran, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. Katherine “Kari” Dolan, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Charen Fegard, Rep. John Gannon, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Mary Morrissey, Rep. William Notte, Rep. John O’Brien, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Laura Sibilia, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. George Till, Rep. Maida Townsend, and Rep. Rebecca White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to 1) amend the hate-motivated crimes statutes to clarify that prohibited conduct may be motivated by bias; and 2) create a civil penalty for repeated harassment or intimidation of a person.                                                                  https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0496/H-0496%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.498 An act relating to penalties for DUI with aggravating circumstances

Introduced by Kevin Christie                                                                                                                                           Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create additional penalties for driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle and driving with a BAC of 0.16 or greater.  https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0498/H-0498%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.500 An act relating to universal home visiting and parenting classes

Introduced by Rep. George Till, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. William Lippert, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Mary Sullivan, and Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a universal home visiting program for families caring for a newborn infant and parenting classes within obstetric and midwifery practices.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0500/H-0500%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.502 An act relating to a provisional license to operate or provisional privilege to operate a motor vehicle to drive to work or school

Introduced by Rep. Matthew Trieber , Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Marybeth Redmond

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a means for an individual whose license to operate a motor vehicle or privilege to operate a motor vehicle has been suspended to apply to the Agency of Transportation to obtain a provisional license to operate or provisional privilege to operate a motor vehicle to drive to work or school.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0502/H-0502%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.504 An act relating to eligibility for Dr. Dynasaur for any child with type 1 diabetes or an autoimmune disorder

Introduced by Rep. Diane Lanpher and Rep. Matthew Birong

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide health care coverage under Dr. Dynasaur for any child residing in Vermont with type 1 diabetes or an autoimmune disorder, or both, regardless of family income.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0504/H-0504%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.505 An act relating to enrollment in Medicare supplemental insurance policies

Introduced by Rep. Diane Lanpher and Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create annual open enrollment periods for Medicare supplemental insurance policies and to prohibit health insurers from charging additional premiums, fees, or penalties based on an individual’s failure to enroll in a Medicare supplemental insurance policy within six months following the individual’s 65th birthday. The bill would also permit enrollees to change at any time from one Medicare supplemental insurance policy to another policy with comparable or lesser benefits.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0505/H-0505%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.510 An act relating to increasing the minimum wage

Introduced by Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Sarah “Sarita” Austin,Rep. John Bartholomew, Rep. Nelson Brownell, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn,Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Dylan Giambatista, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Amy Sheldon, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Maida Townsend, and Rep. Tommy Walz

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2024.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0510/H-0510%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.511 An act relating to criminal statutes of limitations

Introduced by House Committee on Judiciary

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend the statute of limitations for several crimes.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0511/H-0511%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.518 An act relating to fair and impartial policing

 Introduced by the Committee on Judiciary

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow law enforcement agencies to keep information regarding citizenship and immigration status confidential to a greater extent than the model fair and impartial policing policy requires.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0518/H-0518%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.519 An act relating to providing autopsy results to treating hospitals

 Introduced by Rep. George Till

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to provide the results of an autopsy, upon request, to a hospital that treated the decedent within the 30-day period prior to the decedent’s death.                                                   https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0519/H-0519%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 H.521 An act relating to amending the special education laws

 Introduced by House Committee on Education

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend the special education laws.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0521/H0521%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.524 An act relating to health insurance and the individual mandate

Introduced by House Committee on Health Care

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to implement Vermont’s individual mandate to maintain health insurance coverage. It would also codify in State law certain health insurance consumer protections, including a ban on preexisting condition exclusions and a requirement to provide coverage for dependents up to 26 years of age. The bill would require looking through the structure of an association to provide health insurance plans based on the size of each underlying employer. It would prohibit licensed brokers from accepting payment for enrolling Vermont residents in certain health expense-sharing arrangements and would require the Green Mountain Care Board to quantify the impact of the Medicaid and Medicare cost shifts and uncompensated care on health insurance premiums. The bill would also direct the Agency of Human Services to develop strategies for increasing the affordability of health insurance and to evaluate options for the future of Vermont’s health insurance markets.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0524/H-0524%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.528 An act relating to the Rural Health Services Task Force

Introduced by the House Committee on Health Care

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the Rural Health Services Task Force to evaluate the current state of rural health care in Vermont and to explore ways to ensure that the system is sustainable and provides access to affordable, high-quality health care services.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0528/H-0528%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.529 An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

Introduced by House Committee on Transportation

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to adopt the State’s annual Transportation Program and make miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0529/H-0529%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.533 An act relating to workforce development

Introduced by House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to adopt miscellaneous provisions relating to workforce development.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0533/H-0533%20As%20Introduced.p

NEW House Bills, 3/29/2019

H.537 – An act relating to affirmative consent

Introduced by Rep. Linda Sullivan

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to: 1) define “consent” for purposes of the sexual assault statutes as positive cooperation in act or attitude pursuant to the exercise of free will and that the person must act freely and voluntarily and have knowledge of the nature of the act or transaction involved; and 2) provide that an individual can be prosecuted under the sexual assault statutes for engaging in a sex act with another person that the individual knew, or reasonably should have known, was prevented from resisting by any intoxicating or anesthetic substance or any controlled substance.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0537/H-0537%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.538 An act relating to the right of a grandparent to petition for visitation with grandchildren

Introduced by Rep. Vicki Strong and Rep. Samuel Young

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow grandparents to petition the court for reasonable visitation rights with a minor child. Upon such a petition, the court shall consider criteria in making an order relative to a grandparent’s visitation rights to the minor child, including: 1) whether such visitation would be in the best interests of the child; 2) whether such visitation would interfere with any parent-child relationship or with a parent’s authority over the child; 3) the nature of the relationship between the grandparent and the minor child, including the frequency of contact; 4) the nature of the relationship between the grandparent and the parent of the minor child, including animosity between the grandparent and the parent and the effect such animosity would have on the child; 5) the recommendation regarding visitation made by any guardian ad litem appointed for the child; 6) any preference or wishes expressed by the child; and 7) any such other factors as the court may find appropriate or relevant to the petition for visitation.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0538/H-0538%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.546 An act relating to insurance coverage for medically necessary gender-affirming surgery regardless of patient age

Introduced by Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Peter Anthony Rep. John Bartholomew, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Timothy Briglin, Rep. R. Scott Campbell, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Seth Chase, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Rep. Katherine “Kari” Dolan, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. John Gannon, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Mary Hooper, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Stephanie Jerome, Rep. Benjamin Jickling, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki,

Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. William Notte, Rep. John O’Brien, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Lucy Rogers, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. George Till, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Theresa Wood, Rep. David Yacovone, and Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require health insurance coverage for medically necessary gender-affirming surgery and other procedures related to a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, regardless of the age of the patient.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0546/H-0546%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

SENATE BILLS:

S.3 Declaration of rights; right to privacy

Introduced by Sen. Joseph Benning, Sen. Richard McCormack

This proposal would amend the Constitution of the State of Vermont specifically to provide that each individual has a right to privacy, including the right to keep personal information private; to communicate with others privately; and to make decisions concerning his or her body. The proposal shall not be construed to modify the public’s right of access to public records and open meetings as provided by law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/PR0003/PR0003%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 4 An act relating to amending the charge of the Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families

Introduced by Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Virginia Lyons

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend the charge of the Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families to include the mitigation of childhood trauma and the responsibilities of the Child Protection Oversight Committee.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0004/S-0004%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 5 An act relating to prohibiting the involuntary sterilization of individuals with an intellectual disability

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the involuntary sterilization of individuals with an intellectual disability.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0005/S-0005%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 6 An act relating to implementation of the Bright Futures Guidelines

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development to convene a

meeting to develop recommendations on the integration of the pediatric Bright Future Guidelines into the practice of those Vermont primary care and social service providers serving children and families.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0006/S-0006%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 7 An act relating to the evaluation of social service integration with accountable care organizations

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Green Mountain Care Board to conduct an evaluation of the extent to which social services are integrated into accountable care organizations.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0007/S-0007%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 9 An act relating to conducting background checks for home study programs

Introduced by Sen. Philip Baruth

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend the requirement for conducting criminal and child abuse background checks to an operator of a home study program and to any person who will have ongoing contact with students in a home study program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0009/S-0009%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 14 An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need

Introduced by Sen. Timothy Ashe

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend until January 1, 2022 the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0014/S-0014%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 15 An act relating to unemployment compensation

Introduced by Sen. Michael Sirotkin

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to permit an individual to reuse wages from the base period for the prior benefit year to qualify for unemployment benefits after his or her workers’ compensation benefits terminate if he or she was determined to be ineligible for unemployment benefits during the prior benefit year because he or she was unable to work due to a work-related injury.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0015/S-0015%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 17 An act relating to filing fees for petitions to expunge or seal a criminal history record

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to specify that the filing fee to seal or expunge a criminal history record applies to each petition, which may request multiple instances of sealing or expungement for a single individual, and to waive the filing fee if the petitioner is the State’s Attorney.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0017/S-0017%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 18 An act relating to consumer justice enforcement

Introduced by Sen. Christopher Pearson, Sen. Richard Sears , Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Sen. Michael Sirotkin

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a rebuttable presumption that certain contractual terms are substantively unconscionable when included in certain standard-form contracts.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0018/S-0018%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 19 An act relating to violent habitual criminals

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to merge Vermont’s habitual criminals and violent career criminals statutes so that there is a single statute governing violent habitual criminals.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0019/S-0019%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 21 An act relating to establishing the Public Employee Health Benefit Plan

Introduced by Senator White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish the Public Employee Health Benefit Plan, which would provide health insurance coverage for all State employees, municipal employees, legislators, teachers, and other eligible public employees. The bill would remove medical benefits and health insurance from the subjects on which State employees, municipal employees, teachers, and other public employees may collectively bargain. The bill also expresses legislative intent to evaluate whether and how to expand eligibility to Vermont residents who are not public employees and to consider funding mechanisms to ensure the coverage is affordable for enrollees.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0021/S-0021%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 27An act relating to maintaining the home health agency provider tax

Introduced by Sen. Ann Cummings, Sen. Mark MacDonald

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to maintain the provider tax assessed on home health agencies by removing the July 1, 2019 7 sunset.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0027/S-0027%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 28 An act relating to selling or dispensing a regulated drug with death resulting

Introduced by Sen. Jeanette White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to include selling or dispensing a regulated drug with death resulting as a crime for purposes of compensation to victims under State law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0028/S-0028%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.41 An act relating to regulating entities that administer health reimbursement arrangements

Introduced by Sen. Christopher Bray , Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Philip Baruth, Sen. Joseph Benning, Sen. Brian Campion, Sen. Deborah Ingram

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to direct the Department of Financial Regulation to adopt rules regulating entities that administer health reimbursement arrangements.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0041/S-0041%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.42 An act relating to requiring at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons , Sen. Ann Cummings, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Richard McCormack, Sen. Richard Westman

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0042/S-0042%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.43 An act relating to prohibiting prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons , Sen. Ann Cummings, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Richard McCormack, Sen. Richard Westman

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit health insurance plans and Medicaid from imposing prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0043/S-0043%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.48 An act relating to authorizing a person with a temporary physical disability to take game from a motor vehicle

Introduced by Sen. Anthony Pollina

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife to authorize a person to take or attempt to take game by shooting from a motor vehicle if the person is unable to pursue game due to a temporary severe physical disability certified by a physician.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0048/S-0048%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Sen. Timothy Ashe

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Green Mountain Care Board to determine the proportion of health care spending currently allocated to primary care, recommend the proportion that should be allocated to primary care going forward, and project the avoided costs that would likely result if that proportion were achieved. It would then direct certain payers to provide a plan for achieving the allocation of primary care recommended for them by the Board.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.54 An Act relating to the regulation of cannabis

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears, Sen. Timothy Ashe, Sen. Joseph Benning, Sen. Christopher Pearson, Sen. John Rodgers, Sen. Jeanette White, Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Philip Baruth, Sen. Brian Campion, Sen. Alison Clarkson, Sen. Ann Cummings, Sen. Ruth Hardy, Sen. Cheryl Hooker, Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Sen. Richard Westman

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a comprehensive regulatory system for the production and sale of cannabis and cannabis products in Vermont. The bill creates the Cannabis Control Board as the independent regulatory authority for a commercial cannabis market. The Board is responsible for adopting regulations and administering a licensing program, including compliance and enforcement, for cannabis establishments. Five types of licenses are available: cultivator, product manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and testing laboratory. Applicants are limited to obtaining a maximum of one type of each license. Applicants are not required to be Vermont residents, but residency will be considered in prioritizing issuance of licenses. Application and license fees fund the Board in performance of its duties. Cannabis is taxed at ten percent with a potential one percent local option tax for municipalities that choose to host a cannabis retailer. Municipalities have authority to require municipal permits for a cannabis establishment and may prohibit the operation of a cannabis establishment or a specific type of cannabis establishment within the municipality by majority vote of those present and voting at an annual or special meeting warned for the purpose. On January 1, 2021, new statutes, as well as rules adopted by the Board, governing the Medical Cannabis Registry and Medical Cannabis Dispensaries take effect, and those programs transfer from the Department of Public Safety to the Board. The bill also directs the Office of Legislative Council to change “marijuana” to “cannabis” throughout the statutes as needed for consistency with the act.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0054/S-0054%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 72 An act relating to extreme risk protection orders

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Court Administrator and the Agency of Human Services to report annual data on the use of extreme risk protection orders, and to permit a health care provider to notify a law enforcement officer when the health care provider reasonably believes that a patient poses an extreme risk of causing harm to himself or herself or another person by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a dangerous weapon or by having a dangerous weapon within his or her custody or control.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0072/S-0072%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 80 An act relating to certificates of need for hospital leases and an opt-out consent policy for the health information exchange.

Introduced by Sen. Christopher Pearson and Sen. Michael Sirotkin.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require a hospital to obtain a certificate of need from the Green Mountain Care Board prior to entering into a lease of real property in excess of certain monetary thresholds. It would also require the State’s Health Information Technology Plan to include providing individuals with the opportunity to opt out of having their health information shared with health care providers through the State’s health information exchange.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0080/S-0080%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 S. 82 An act relating to equal pay.

Introduced by Sen. Christopher Brown, Sen. Rebecca Balint, Brian Campion, Sen., Alison Clarkson, Sen. Ruth Hardy, Sen. Richard McCormack, Sen. Anthony Pollina, Sen. John Rodgers, Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sen. Jeanette White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create record keeping and reporting requirements in relation to the equal pay provisions of Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act and to require the Commissioner of Labor to analyze and address the presence of gender and other bias in State supported training programs.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0082/S-0082%20As%20Introduced.pdf

PR.4 An act relating to equality of rights.

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons, Sen. Timothy Ashe, Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Philip Baruth, Sen. Joseph Benning,, Sen. Christopher Bray, Sen. Randolph Brock Sen. Brian Campion, Sen. Alison Clarkson, Sen. Brian Collamore,, Sen. Ann Cummings, Sen. Ruth Hardy, Sen. Cheryl Hooker, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. M. Jane Kitchel Sen. Mark MacDonald, Sen. Richard Mazza, Sen. James McNeil, Sen. Alice Nitka

Sen. Corey Parent, Sen. Christopher Pearson,, Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Sen. Anthony Pollina, Sen. Richard Sears, Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sen. Robert Starr, Sen. Richard Westman.

PURPOSE

(a) This proposal would amend the Constitution of the State of Vermont to

ensure that every Vermonter enjoys equal treatment and respect under the law. The Constitution is our founding legal document stating the overarching values of our society. This amendment is in keeping with the values espoused by the current Vermont Constitution. Chapter I, Article 1 declares “That all persons are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent, and unalienable rights.” Chapter I, Article 7 states “That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people.” The core value reflected in Article 7 is that all people should be afforded all the benefits and protections bestowed by the government, and that the government should not confer special advantages upon the privileged. This amendment would reassert the principles of equality and personal liberty reflected in Articles 1 and 7 and ensure that government does not create or perpetuate the legal, social, or economic inferiority of any class of people.

This proposed constitutional amendment is not intended to limit the scope of rights and protections afforded by Article 7 or any other provision in the

Vermont Constitution.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/PR0004/PR0004%20As%20Introduced.pd f

S. 83 An act relating to prohibiting agreements that prevent an employee from working for the employer following the settlement of a discrimination claim

Introduced by Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Philip Baruth, Sen. Alison Clarkson.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit agreements to settle a discrimination claim from prohibiting the employee from working for the employer or an affiliate of the employer.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0083/S-0083%20As%20Introduced.pdfhttps://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0083/S-0083%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 86 An act relating to increasing the legal age for buying and using cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Philip Baruth, Sen. Alison Clarkson.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase the legal age for buying and using cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0086/S-0086%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 92 An act relating to adopting protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Introduced by Sen. Alison Clarkson , Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Brian Campion, Sen. Ruth Hardy, Sen. Cheryl Hooker, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Virginia Lyons, Sen. Anthony Pollina, Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sen. Alison Clarkson, Sen. Rebecca Balint

Sen. Brian Campion, Sen. Ruth Hardy, Sen. Cheryl Hooker, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Virginia Lyons, Sen. Anthony Pollina, and Sen. Michael Sirotkin.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to adopt protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence.                                https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0092/S-0092%20As%20Introduced.pdf

PR.5 Declaration of rights; right to personal reproductive liberty

Introduced by Sen. Timothy Ashe, Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Virginia Lyons, Sen. Richard Sears

Purpose: Sec. 1. PURPOSE (a) This proposal would amend the Constitution of the State of Vermont to ensure that every Vermonter is afforded personal reproductive liberty. The Constitution is our founding legal document stating the overarching values of our society. This amendment is in keeping with the values espoused by the current Vermont Constitution. Chapter I, Article 1 declares “That all persons are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent, and unalienable rights.” Chapter I, Article 7 states “That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people.” The core value reflected in Article 7 is that all people should be afforded all the benefits and protections bestowed by the government, and that the government should not confer special advantages upon the privileged. This amendment would reassert the principles of equality and personal liberty reflected in Articles 1 and 7 and ensure that government does not create or perpetuate the legal, social, or economic inferiority of any class of people. This proposed constitutional amendment is not intended to limit the scope of PROPOSAL 5 Page 2 of 2 2019 VT LEG #337616 v.1 rights and protections afforded by Article 7 or any other provision in the Vermont Constitution. (b) The right to reproductive liberty is central to the exercise of personal autonomy and involves decisions people should be able to make free from compulsion of the State. Enshrining this right in the Constitution is critical to ensuring equal protection and treatment under the law and upholding the right of all people to health, dignity, independence, and freedom. Sec. 2. Article 22 of Chapter I of the Vermont Constitution is added to read: Article 22. [Personal reproductive liberty] That the people are guaranteed the liberty and dignity to determine their own life’s course. The right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty protected by this Constitution and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/PR0005/PR0005%20As%20Introduced.pdf 

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

Introduced by Sen. Ruth Hardy, Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Christopher Bray, Sen. Alison Clarkson, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Virginia Lyons, Sen. Christopher Pearson, Sen. Andrew Perchlik, Sen. Anthony Pollina

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expand Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to dental care by increasing Medicaid adult dental benefits, eliminating co-payments for preventive services, and directing the Department of Vermont Health Access to develop a new reimbursement structure for Medicaid participating dental providers and increase rates at least annually. It would establish the VDent dental assistance program for Medicare beneficiaries up to 225 percent of the federal poverty level. The bill would direct the Department of Vermont Access to explore opportunities to further expand access to dental care in Vermont, including examining the potential to reimburse for teledentistry services and exploring the possible integration of dental services into the work of accountable care organizations, and require the Department to include in its fiscal year 2021 budget proposal targeted rate increases to dental service providers. The bill would also require the Secretary of Human Services to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for approval to expand the Medicaid adult dental benefits and to secure federal financial participation for the VDent program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0094/S-0094%20As%20Introduced.pdf 

S.99 An act relating to spousal support and maintenance reform

Introduced by Sen. Jeanette White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend generally the statutes related to spousal support and maintenance, including: 1) limiting judicial discretion in awarding spousal support and maintenance; 2) limiting the amount and duration of maintenance payments; and 3) requiring a threshold change in the income or health of a party in order to revise an existing maintenance judgement.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0099/S-0099%20As%20Introduced.pdf 

S. 103An act relating to calculating premium rates for fully insured association health plans

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require health insurers offering health benefit plans to associations to classify each employer member of the association based on the employer’s size for purposes of determining applicable premium rates. It would also expand to large group plans an existing prohibition on including brokers’ fees in the premiums for health insurance plans in the individual and small group market.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0103/S-0103%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.107 An act relating to elections corrections

Introduced by Sen. Jeanette White and Sen. Richard Sears

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make miscellaneous amendments to election law. Substantive provisions include: (1) requiring voter registration agencies designated by the Secretary of State to provide automatic voter registration as an integrated option on application forms for services or benefits provided by those agencies; (2) updating the procedure to organize major political parties; (3) requiring that a primary petition contain only one office for which a person seeks to be a candidate; (4) requiring that primary election ties be decided by the party committee; (5) requiring a write-in candidate in a primary or general election to file a candidate consent form prior to the election; (6) prohibiting a person from seeking nomination as both a party candidate and independent candidate prior to the primary election, but permitting a person to file as an independent candidate after the primary; (7) prohibiting a person from being a candidate for two or more offices that are incompatible under Vt. Const. Ch. II, § 54; (8) prohibiting a person from being a candidate for more than one political party; (9) updating provisions regarding early or absentee voters; and (10) revising the dates to file campaign finance reports.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0107/S-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S,111 An act relating to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

Introduced by Sen. Jeanette White, Sen. Timothy Ashe, Sen. Christopher Bray, Sen. Alison Clarkson, Sen. Brian Collamore, and Sen. Anthony Pollina

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Commissioner of Health to develop educational materials to make veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces aware of the health effects associated with exposure to open burn pits during overseas military deployments and of the existence of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry and to require the Adjutant and Inspector General and the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs to contact certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans regarding the health effects associated with exposure to open burn pits during overseas military deployments and of the existence of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0111/S-0111%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.112 An act relating to earned good time

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears, Sen. Philip Baruth, Sen. Joseph Benning, and Sen. Jeanette White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Department of Corrections to implement a system of earned good time on or before January 1, 2020.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0112/S-0112%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.114 An act relating to expungement of misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions

Introduced by Sen. Christopher Pearson, Sen. Joseph Benning, Sen. John Rodgers, and Sen. Jeanette White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expunge misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions obtained prior to July 1, 2019, and decriminalize possession of more than one ounce, but less than two ounces, of marijuana.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0114/S-0114%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears and Sen. Jeanette White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to eliminate the three-month requirement for a bona fide health care professional-patient relationship; to expand the definition of debilitating medical condition to include any disease, condition, or treatment as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s health care professional; to increase a patient’s possession limit from two mature plants to three and from two ounces of useable marijuana to three; to align patient cultivation rules with cultivation rules for nonmedical adult use; to allow patients and caregivers to purchase marijuana and marijuana-infused products from any registered dispensary; and to eliminate the requirement that patients with chronic diseases reapply annually to renew their Registry status.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0117/S-0117%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.119 An act relating to law enforcement training on appropriate use of force, de-escalation tactics, and cross-cultural awareness

Introduced by Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Christopher Pearson, and Sen. Anthony Pollina

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require 1) the collection and distribution of data regarding the use of force used in a traffic stop; 2) the Criminal Justice Training Council to develop a model policy regarding the use of force, de-escalation, and cross-cultural awareness, and for law enforcement agencies to adopt a policy containing each component of the model policy; and 3) the Criminal Justice Training Council to report to the Executive Director of Racial Equity regarding trainings on the model policy and race based data collection.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0119/S-0119%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.132 An act relating to hate crimes and bias incidents

Introduced by Sen. Brian Campion and Sen. Richard Sears

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to 1) expand the authority of the Attorney General to investigate bias incidents and enforce civil penalties; 2) create a working group to establish a system of uniform reporting of bias incidents; 3) require minimum training standards for law enforcement officers to include trainings on hate crimes and bias incidents; and 4) require the Attorney General to report annually to the General Assembly on hate crimes and bias incidents.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0132/S-0132%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.137 An act relating to health insurance coverage for hearing aids

Introduced by Sen. Virginia Lyons, Sen. Rebecca Balint, Sen. Alison Clarkson,

Sen. Ruth Hardy, Sen. Deborah Ingram, Sen. Michael Sirotkin, and             Sen. Jeanette White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require health insurance coverage for hearing aids and related services.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0137/S-0137%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.140 An act relating to allowing the Green Mountain Care Board to modify health insurance premiums

Introduced by Sen. Michael Sirotkin

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide the Green Mountain Care Board with flexibility to modify health insurance rates before or during a plan year if needed to respond to emergency circumstances or to a change in federal or State law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0140/S-0140%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.145 An act relating to addressing racial bias

Introduced by Senate Committee on Government Operations

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to 1) prohibit racial profiling; 2) redefine the operational structure and process of the Human Rights Commission; and 3) require the community justice centers to provide education regarding the Human Rights Commission complaint process.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0145/S-0145%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.146 An act relating to substance misuse prevention

Introduced by Senate Committee on Appropriations

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a Substance Misuse Prevention Advisory Council to replace the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. It also proposes to establish a Director of Substance Misuse Prevention. The bill proposes to eliminate the Tobacco Evaluation and Review Board and rename the Controlled Substances and Pain Management Advisory Council to be the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System Advisory Council.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0146/S-0146%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.151 An act relating to the Twin State Voluntary Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan

Introduced by Sen. Randolph Brock, Sen. Joseph Benning, Sen. Brian Collamore, Sen. James McNeil, Sen. Corey Parent, Sen. Robert Starr, and Sen. Richard Westman

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to enable the Governor to enter into a contract with a private insurance carrier to provide family and medical leave insurance benefits to State employees, which shall also be available to other employers and individuals who elect to enroll in the insurance program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0151/S-0151%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 S.157 An act relating to expanding the powers of the State Ethics Commission

Introduced by Sen. Anthony Pollina

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to grant the State Ethics Commission the authority to adopt by rule an enforceable State Code of Ethics and to permit the Commission to receive, investigate, and adjudicate complaints alleging a violation of the State Code of Ethics, and to impose penalties upon a finding of such a violation.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0157/S-0157%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

Introduced by Sen. Randolph Brock, Sen. Joseph Benning, Sen. Brian Collamore, Sen. James McNeil,Sen. Corey Parent, Sen. Robert Starr, and Sen. Jeanette White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to dissolve the State Board of Education and to transfer the Board’s current authorities and duties to the Secretary of Education.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0166/S-0166%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.167 An act relating to compassionate release and parole eligibility

Introduced by Sen. Jeanette White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a judicial procedure to allow for the compassionate release of certain inmates, including those who have been diagnosed with a terminal disease, and to increase parole eligibility for older inmates who have served their minimum sentence.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0167/S-0167%20As%20Introduced.pdf

NEW Senate Bills as of April 5th, 2019

S.174 An act relating to ranked choice voting

Introduced by Sen. Christopher Pearson, Sen. Andrew Perchlik, and Sen. Anthony Pollina

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the use of ranked choice voting in all primary elections for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, and State office and in general elections for U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0174/S-0174%20As%20Introduced.pdf