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Legislation Introduced – 2019 Legislative Session – As of February 19, 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

  1. 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.pdf

NEW House Bills, 2/19/19

HOUSE

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

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

  1. 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

NEW Senate Bills 2/19/2019

SENATE

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