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VCDR 2020 Weekly Legislative Calendar of Activities – February 10 -14, 2020

 

VCDR 2020 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events

February 10 – February 14, 2020

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2020 Legislative Session. This is the second year of a two year legislative biennium (2019-2020).

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

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

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

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***THIS WEEK***

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees held their community based hearing in nine areas of the State to take testimony from the public on the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2020 on Monday night. The House Committee will discuss the public hearings on Tuesday morning.

House Human Services and Senate Health and Welfare will take up   hold a joint hearing on Thursday and take up H.611 –An Act related to the older Vermonters act and review the Master Plan for Aging

House Education will take up H.611– An act relating to increasing special education State aid for prekindergarten students https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0661/H-0661%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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***ARTICLES of INTEREST ***

 

***NEW*** Scott vetoes minimum wage bill, citing concerns about its economic impact By Grace Elletson Feb 10 2020

https://vtdigger.org/2020/02/10/scott-vetoes-minimum-wage-bill-citing-concerns-about-its-economic-impact/

***NEW*** House fails to override Scott’s veto of paid family leave by one vote By Xander Landen Feb 5 2020

https://vtdigger.org/2020/02/05/house-fails-to-override-scotts-veto-of-paid-family-leave-by-one-vote/

Scott vetoes paid family leave bill, By Xander Landen, Jan 31 2020 February 2, 2020  https://vtdigger.org/2020/01/31/scott-vetoes-paid-family-leave-bill/

Committee of Conference Report passed in House and Senate on Paid Family Leave compromise and was delivered to the Governor. H.107

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0107/H-0107%20As%20Passed%20by%20Both%20House%20and%20Senate%20Official.pdf

Committee of Conference Report adopted in the House on Minimum Wage compromise S.23

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0023/S-0023%20House%20proposal%20of%20amendment%20Official.pdf

 

Raise the Wage Principles   https://raisethewagevt.wordpress.com/2019/12/05/raise-the-wage-principles-for-2020/

 

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*** LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGE***

http://legislature.vermont.gov/

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***COMMITTEE INFORMATION ***

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

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

House & Senate Committee Assignments:

Make sure when you go to this page you click on “SHOW ALL MEMBERS” https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2020#

 

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** Calendars and Journals **

 

House Calendars & Journals

Current HOUSE CALENDAR

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/CALENDAR/hc200211.pdf

HOUSE CALENDARS: https://legislature.vermont.gov/house/service/2020/calendar

HOUSE JOURNALS: https://legislature.vermont.gov/house/service/2020/journal

 

Senate Calendars & Journals

 Current SENATE CALENDAR

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/CALENDAR/sc200211.pdf

SENATE CALENDARS: https://legislature.vermont.gov/senate/service/2020/calendar

SENATE JOURNALS: https://legislature.vermont.gov/senate/service/2020/journal

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As a general rule the House and Senate meet at these times during the session.

Floor Times:

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

 

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***Joint Fiscal Page ***

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/

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

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***BUDGET TESTIMONY & INFORMATION***

Agency of Human Services FY2021 Budget Summary
Agency of Human Services FY2021 Budget Ups and Downs
Agency of Human Services FY2021 Budget Presentation
Department of Mental Health – FY 2021 Talking Points
Department of Mental Health – FY21 Budget Presentation
Department of Mental Health – FY21 Budget Vantage Reports

 

DDAIL – FY 2021 Budget Summary
DDAIL – FY 2021 Budget Vantage Reports

 

Department for Children and Families – FY 2021 Budget Vantage Reports
Department for Children and Families – FY21 Budget Presentation

 

FY 2021 Agency of Human Services – Agency-wide Crosswalks 

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/f16b93feb4/AHS-FY21-Ups-Downs-v53.pdf

Budget Bill Language

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/255f5b0b02/FY2021-Big-Bill-Language.pdf

 Executive Budget Book

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/a9e3f65cee/FY2021-Executive-Budget-Book.pdf

 

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***Reports of Interest to the General Assembly***

Reach Up Annual Report (2019, 33 V.S.A. §1134) https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Legislative-Reports/Reach-Up-Annual-Report_FINAL_2020.01.15.pdf

Vermont Human Rights Commission:  https://hrc.vermont.gov/sites/hrc/files/FY19%20Annual%20Report.pdf

Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families – 2019 Recommendations

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/ACCP/Reports%20&%20Resources/W~Katie%20McClinn~2019%20Recommendations~1-17-2020.pdf

Older Vermonters Act Working Group Report:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Human%20Services/Older%20Vermonters%202020/W~Monica%20Hutt~Older%20Vermonters%20Report%20with%20Appendices~1-8-2020.pdf

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*** SELECTED TESTIMONY*** 

 

H.611 An act relating to the Older Vermonter Act

 Ed Paquin – DRVT – H.611: Disability Rights Vermont Testimony

Ruby Baker – COVE – H.611: Community of Vermont Elders Testimony

 

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

H.312: AARP Testimony Philene Taormina

H.312: Theatre Owners of New England Testimony Andrew MacLean

H.312: Vermont Chapter Hearing Loss Association of America Testimony John Quinney

 

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*** Committee Schedules***

Complete Weekly Committee Schedules

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

 

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***Committee Highlights***

HOUSE COMMITTEES

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

House Appropriations continues to take testimony on the Fiscal Year 2020 Governor’s proposed budget all week and they will discuss the community based public hearings on Tuesday morning

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

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

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

On Wednesday morning the committee will take up H. 661 – An act relating to increasing special education State aid for prekindergarten students https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0661/H-0661%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

On Tuesday and Wednesday the committee will take up H. 783 – An act relating to recovery residences, H. 492 – An act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against people without homes and H. 739 – An act relating to improving rental housing health and safety.

On Thursday and Friday the committee will take up  J.R.H. 7 – Joint resolution apologizing and expressing sincere condolences to all Vermonters and their families who were harmed as a result of State-sanctioned and eugenically inspired sterilization

H.492 – An act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against people without homes https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0492/H-0492%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

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

On Wednesday the committee will hear from the Vermont Retail Druggists on Pharmacy Pricing and from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on Pharmacist Prescribing Authority in the morning and from the Department of Mental Health in the afternoon. On Thursday the committee will talk about Suicide Prevention Efforts in Vermont.

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

On Tuesday the committee will walk through the House Committee on Education’s Pre-K bill. On Wednesday they will hear from Woodside employees and take up       H. 611 – An act relating to the Older Vermonters Act.   On Thursday the committee will hold a joint hearing with Senate Health and Welfare on the older Vermonter bill and a Review of the Master Plan for Aging

Bills in Committee:

H.312 – An act relating to open movie captioning in movie theaters https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0312/H-0312%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.611 – An act relating to the Older Vermonters Act https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0611/H-0611%20As%20Introduced.pdf

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

On Tuesday the committee will take testimony from the Access to Justice Coalition and hear from Vermont Legal Aid, the Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates.

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

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

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

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

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

The Committee will continue to take testimony on the FY 2021 Budget taking testimony on Tuesday from the Department of Mental Health; Wednesday from the Department of Vermont Health Access; and Thursday from the Green Mountain Care Board  the Human Rights.

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

On Thursday the committee will take up S. 237 – An act relating to promoting affordable housing.

S.237 – An act relating to promoting affordable housing https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/Senate%20Economic%20Development/Bills/S.237/S.237~David%20Hall~as%20Introduced~1-8-2020.pdf

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

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the committee will take up Proficiency Based Learning and Notation

Bills in committee:

S.224 An act relating to evidence-based structured literacy instruction for students in kindergarten–grade 3 and students with dyslexia and to teacher preparation programs. https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.224

S.223 An act relating to universal school breakfast and lunch for all public school students

S.236 An act relating to holding school districts accountable for deficiencies in their graduates in the subject areas of reading, writing, and mathematics

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

On Tuesday and Thursday the committee will take up S. 309 – An act relating to limitations on health care contract provisions and surprise medical bills and S. 296 – An act relating to limiting out-of-pocket expenses for prescription insulin drugs.

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

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

On Wednesday morning the committee will take will take up: S. 290 – An act relating to health care reform implementation and on Thursday hold a joint hearing with House Human Services on H.611 – an act relating to the Older Vermonters Act, and take up S. 243 – An act relating to establishing the Emergency Service Provider Wellness Commission and Suicide Prevention

Bills in committee:

S.300 – An act relating to planning for the care and treatment of patients with cognitive impairments

S. 302 – An act relating to establishing a mental health mobile response unit pilot program in the city of Rutland

S. 243 – An act relating to establishing the Emergency Service Provider Wellness Commission.

S. 202 – An act relating to limiting the co-payment amount for chiropractic services in certain health insurance

S.284 – An act relating to suicide prevention initiatives

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

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

On Wednesday and Thursday the committee will take up S.183 – An act relating to competency to stand trial and insanity as a defense

S.183 – An act relating to competency to stand trial and insanity as a defense https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0183/S-0183%20As%20Introduced.pdf

**Senate Natural Resources https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/30

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

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A guide to House and Senate Committee pages:

Below is a link to the VT State legislative Page. If you click on the Committees page – you can go to any of the House or Senate Committees page and look up a number of items.

VT State Legislative Page: https://legislature.vermont.gov/

Using House Human Services as an example:

You can find the Agenda (the weekly schedule) on each Page: Agenda

You can look up testimony, witnesses, bills in committee, reports to the committee, and any other submitted documents

  • Week of Monday, January 6, 2020
    • Friday, January 10, 2020
    • Thursday, January 9, 2020
    • Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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    •  ***Legislation Introduced of Interest***
    • Due to the length of the list of the most recent bills introduced you will find the document attached in the email. If on the website you can find them in the Sidebar Menu.
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    • You can listen on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/online-streams      VCDR – **Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights**The VCDR Website is being revised but is still online. Please visit our FACEbook Page
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    • Some pages are still under construction.
    • Information may also be found on the VCDR Website: www.vcdr.org
    • Listen to House and Senate activity when they are in session
    • ***LIVE STREAMS***
    • A full listing of bills of interest can be found at WWW.VCDR.org
    • VCDR publishes a weekly list of bills introduced this session of interest to the disability community when available with a short summary of each courtesy of Disability Rights Vermont.
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