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BILLS OF INTEREST

Bills of Interest 2018

In the House

H.640 An act relating to the right to a hospice consultation

Introduced by Representatives Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Clement Bissonnette, William Botzow, Susan Buckholz, Stephen Carr, Annmarie Christensen, Kevin “Coach” Christie, Daniel Connor, David L. Deen, Johannah Donovan, Marcia Gardner, Diana Gonzalez, Helen Head, Lori Houghton, Mary E. Howard, Kimberly Jessup, Ben W. Joseph, Kathleen C. Keenan, Diane Lanpher, James Masland, Barbara Murphy, Daniel Noyes, Jean O’Sullivan, Carol Ode, Paul N. Poirier, Laura Sibilia, Trevor Squirrell, Valerie A. Stuart, Linda Joy Sullivan, Mary Sullivan, Tristan Toleno, Maida Townsend, Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Tommy Walz, Theresa Wood, David Yacovone, Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to specify that the right of a patient with a terminal illness to be informed of all available options related to terminal care includes the right to a consultation regarding hospice services. It would also specify that a physician’s failure to comply with the Patient’s Bill of Rights for Palliative Care and Pain Management constitutes unprofessional conduct.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0640/H-0640%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.641 An act relating to co-payments for nonpharmacological approaches to treating pain

Introduced by Representatives Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Susan Buckholz, Kevin “Coach” Christie, Johannah Donovan, Marcia Gardner, Diana Gonzalez, Lori Houghton, Mary E. Howard, Benjamin Jickling, Barbara Murphy, Carol Ode, Amy Sheldon, Laura Sibilia, Trevor Squirrell, Valerie A. Stuart, Linda Joy Sullivan, Mary Sullivan, Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Theresa Wood, David Yacovone, Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose as introduced: This bill proposes to limit the co-payment amount for physical therapy and chiropractic services under a health insurance plan to the amount of the co-payment for primary care services. It also expresses legislative intent to require the same co-payments for visits to additional providers as part of new requirements for insurance coverage of nonpharmacological approaches to treating pain to be enacted as soon as federal law allows the addition of new benefit mandates without the State being liable for the increased premium amounts.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0641/H-0641%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

 

H.523 An act relating to fair and impartial policing

Introduced by House Committee on Judiciary

Statement of purpose of bill as passed by House: This bill proposes to require law enforcement to adopt the Criminal Justice Training Council’s model fair and impartial policing policy.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0523/H-0523%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

 

H.550 An act relating to childhood trauma and the best interests of the child

Introduced by Representatives Janssen Willhoit and Catherine Toll

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to 1) require the court to integrate trauma-informed analysis in making a best-interests determination in a CHINS proceeding; and 2) require trainings for attorneys and judges practicing in the CHINS docket.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0550/H-0550%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.578 An act relating to establishing the Coordinator of Trauma-Informed Systems and the Childhood Trauma Tri-Branch Commission

Introduced by Representatives Michael Mrowicki, Anne B. Donahue, and Kathryn Webb

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to improve systems that support persons who have experienced childhood trauma and toxic stress by establishing the Coordinator of Trauma-Informed Systems in the Agency of Human Services and the Childhood Trauma Tri-Branch Commission.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0578/H-0578%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.579 An act relating to trauma-informed care in health care settings

Introduced by Representatives Anne B. Donahue, Michael Mrowicki, and Kathryn Webb

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to integrate trauma-informed care into health care settings by requiring Blueprint for Health providers to assess trauma and seek opportunities for resilience building and by requiring accountable care organizations to provide incentives for addressing adverse childhood experiences and other types of trauma.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0579/H-0579%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.580 An act relating to trauma-informed policies in educational settings

Introduced by Representatives Kathryn Webb, Anne B. Donahue, and Michael Mrowicki

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to incorporate various trauma-informed initiatives in school settings, including expanding the youth risk behavior survey to pose questions about adverse childhood experiences, developing a curriculum for students that addresses child brain development, and requiring that a student who is placed outside a traditional school setting be given priority for reintegration into a traditional school setting.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0580/H-0580%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.584 An act relating to the disproportionate share hospital payment formula

Introduced by Representative 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/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0584/H-0584%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.586 An act relating to the exemption for nonprofit organizations from the meals tax

Introduced by Representatives Barbara Murphy, Robert Bancroft, Thomas Bock, Mollie S. Burke, Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Robert Frenier, John Gannon, James Harrison, Kathleen C. Keenan, Patricia McCoy, David Potter, Brian K. Savage, Charles “Butch” Shaw, Valerie A. Stuart, Donald Turner, and Kurt Wright

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to remove the requirement that nonprofits must serve meals on their premises in order to qualify for the nonprofit exemption to the meals tax.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0586/H-0586%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.589 An act relating to the reasonable and prudent parent standard

Introduced by Representatives Maxine Grad, Ann Pugh, and Janssen Willhoit

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a reasonable and prudent parent standard that limits foster parents’ liability for decisions made in compliance with the standard.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0589/H-0589%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.608 An act relating to creating an Older Vermonters Act working group

Introduced by Representatives Ann Pugh, Theresa Wood, and Carl Rosenquist

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish an Older Vermonters Act working group that would develop recommendations for an Older Vermonters Act aligned with the federal Older Americans Act, the Vermont State Plan on Aging, and the Choices for Care program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0608/H-0608%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

In The Senate

 

S.152 An act relating to an endorsement for three-wheeled motorcycles

Introduced by Senator Joe Benning

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to offer a motorcycle endorsement specific to three-wheeled motorcycles.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0152/S-0152%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.159 An act relating to the evidentiary rules governing proceedings concerning a child or person with a psychiatric, intellectual, or developmental disability who is a victim of an offense involving bodily injury or serious bodily injury

Introduced by Senator Dick Sears

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expand the hearsay exception under specific circumstances to include statements made by a child or person with a psychiatric, intellectual, or developmental disability who is a victim of a crime involving bodily injury or serious bodily injury; expand the application of Rule 807 of the Rules of Evidence regarding testimony of a child or person with a psychiatric, intellectual, or developmental disability to include cases involving bodily injury or serious bodily injury; prohibit the taking of a deposition of a child who is a victim of a physical assault except by agreement of the parties or after court approval; and require a hearing before a court may issue a subpoena for a victim’s personal records.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0159/S-0159%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.162 An act relating to services for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind

Introduced by Senator Jeanette K. White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to rename the existing Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired within the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living as the Division for the Visually and Hearing Impaired and to expand the Division’s scope of services to individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0162/S-0162%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.179 An act relating to community justice centers

Introduced by Senator Joe Benning

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to clarify how community justice centers receive cases, specify how volunteers are screened prior to service on restorative justice panels and reentry programs, and make various technical updates to the statutes governing community justice centers.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0179/S-0179%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.200 An act relating to the phased-in exemption from State income taxation of Social Security payments for certain taxpayers

Introduced by Senator Brian Campion

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to exempt from State income taxation payments made under the Social Security Act for taxpayers with less than $60,000.00 in federal adjusted gross income. The exemption is phased in over a ten-year period.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0200/S-0200%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.203 An act relating to systemic improvements of the mental health system

Introduced by Senator Claire Ayer

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to adopt an action plan submitted by the Agency of Human Services pertaining to Vermont’s mental health system. It also proposes to fund the construction of any necessary mental health facilities.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0203/S-0203%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.208 An act relating to prescribing by doctoral-level psychologists

Introduced by Senators Debbie Ingram, Virginia “Ginny” Lyons, Christopher A. Pearson, Robert Starr

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/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0208/S-0208%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.211 An act relating to explanation of advance directives and treating clinicians who may sign a DNR/COLST

Introduced by Senator Claire Ayer

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to identify additional individuals who may explain the nature and purpose of an advance directive to persons who are being admitted to or are residents of a nursing home or residential care facility or who are being admitted to or are patients in a hospital, and it would require nursing homes and residential care facilities to designate individuals for this purpose. The bill would specify that a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order or clinician order for life-sustaining treatment (COLST) to be used in Vermont may be signed by a licensed clinician practicing in another state if the clinician was treating the patient in the other state at the time the DNR/COLST was issued.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0211/S-0211%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.221 An act relating to establishing extreme risk protection orders

Introduced by Senator Dick Sears

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a procedure for a law enforcement officer to obtain an extreme risk protection order. The order would prohibit a person from possessing a firearm for up to one year if the Family Division of the Superior Court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the person poses a significant danger of causing injury to himself or herself or another person by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm or by having a firearm within the person’s custody or control.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0221/S-0221%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.242 An act relating to health insurance coverage for hearing aids

Introduced by Senator Virginia “Ginny” Lyons

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

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0242/S-0242%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.282 An act relating to health care providers participating in Vermont’s Medicaid program

Introduced by Senator Claire Ayer

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Department of Vermont Health Access to complete the screening and enrollment for an applicant to be a participating provider in the Medicaid program within 60 days after receiving the application. It would also direct the Department to identify and report on the main concerns of participating providers and to make recommendations for any necessary changes to the Medicaid fraud and abuse statutes.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0282/S-0282%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

S.283 An act relating to establishing the Department of Long-Term Care

Introduced by Senator Alison Clarkson

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish the Department of Long-Term Care to regulate and oversee all aspects of nursing homes, assisted living residences, and residential care homes. The new department would assume responsibility for long-term care-related duties currently administered by the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, the Office of Professional Regulation, the Green Mountain Care Board, and the Division of Rate Setting.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0283/S-0283%20As%20Introduced.pdf