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VCDR 2022 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities- April 25 – April 29, 2022

VCDR 2022 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events

April 25 – April 29, 2022

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

NEW LEGISLATURE

The Legislature is now moving towards adjournment. The Senate passed its version of the Budget on Friday April 22.  and a committee of conference has been named by both sides to work out the differences. The governor however wants items that are not currently in the House or Senate Budget and he has threatened to veto the budget.

The Legislature reconvened on Tuesday January 4th for the second year of the 2021-2022 Biennium.  They have been meeting in person for both committee meetings and House and Senate floor action for the last month of the session. Members of the public, lobbyists, advocates, and others have been in the Statehouse in person in increasing numbers.

Committee and Floor activity in the House and Senate continues to be livestreamed, as most of the Legislative activity is available remotely. This includes the respective caucuses, floor sessions of the House and Senate, legislative committees, and other proceedings. There are special rules in the House and Senate about members participating remotely and voting if there are COVID concerns.

Although the Legislature and Statehouse staff have experienced an increase in the number of COVID cases, the Legislature did lift the mask mandate. The Legislative Joint Rules Committee passed a new mask policy last week that strongly encourages wearing masks but does not mandate the policy except for in staff areas and committee rooms.

LEGISLATIVE FACE MASK POLICY Approved by Joint Rules Committee on 3/29/22 (revised from 1/12/22) https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/WorkGroups/Joint%20Rules/Policies%20approved/W~none~220329FINAL;%20Joint%20Rules%20Committee;%20face%20mask%20policy%20(rev.)~3-29-2022.pdf

Below you will find: the VCDR Legislative Platform, Legislative Pages, Highlights of Legislative Activities, Selected Testimony and Legislation Updates, Committee Highlights, Legislation Introduced, Articles of interest, and others.

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***VCDR 2022 PLATFORM***

The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights 2022 Legislative Platform

can be found on the VCDR website

VCDR Website: www.VCDR.org

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***SAVE the DATE***

VCDR Disability Awareness Days(s)

Disability Awareness Day 

Keynote Speaker Event 

Tuesday , May 10th  Time: 3:00 to 4:00 pm 

Ming M. Canaday – Keynote Speaker

Ming M. Canaday is the founder of Traipsin’ Global On Wheels – https://www.traipsinglobalonwheels.com/

In addition to her extensive coaching experience with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures, she has done speaking engagements and held workshops all around the globe to advocate and empower people with disabilities to live their best lives. 

Registration Link:https://tinyurl.com/DAD22Keynote

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SENATE

Senate Committees took testimony on House passed bills and continue to vote them out of committee with their recommendations including:

H.96 An act relating to creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Development Task Force (in Senate Government Operations)

H.720 An act relating to the system of care for individuals with developmental disabilities (On the Senate Floor this week)                                                                                   

H. 716 – An act relating to making miscellaneous changes in education law (On the Senate Floor this week)                                                                                                                                                                            H. 266 – An act relating to health insurance coverage for hearing aids                                                                                                                                                                  H.266: As Recommended by the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare  (On the Senate Floor this week)                                                                                   

H. 464 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to the Reach Up Program (in Senate Appropriations)

HOUSE

House Committees took testimony on House passed bills and continue to vote them out of committee with their recommendations including:

S. 100 – An act relating to universal school breakfast and the creation of the Task Force on Universal School Lunch (voted out of House Education)S.100: As Recommended by the House Committee on Education   (On House Floor this week)

S. 226 – An act relating to expanding access to safe and affordable housing                                                                       https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0210/S-0210%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf   (On House Floor this week)

S. 195 – An act relating to the certification of mental health peer support specialists (On House Floor this week)

S.210 An act relating to rental housing health and safety and affordable housing (On House Floor this week)

S. 74 – An act relating to modifications to Vermont’s patient choice at end-of-life laws (As passed by the House and Senate)https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0074/S-0074%20As%20Passed%20by%20Both%20House%20and%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

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***FY 2023 BUDGET INFORMATION***


NEW Senate Appropriations advances $8 billion budget bill – VTDigger: https://vtdigger.org/2022/04/15/senate-appropriations-advances-8-billion-budget-bill/ 

NEW FY 2023 Budget Committee of Conference –  9:00 AM Tuesday, April 26 https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/committeesofconference/2022

JOINT FISCAL for Updated Documents: https://ljfo.vermont.gov/subjects/appropriations-and-budget/fy-2023

NEW Committee of Conference

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/82607ff30f/GENERAL-362473-v1-FY23-Budget-COC-List-of-Differences.pdf

NEW H.740 Budget Bill as passed by the Senate

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0740/H-0740%20Senate%20Proposal%20of%20Amendment%20Unofficial.pdf

Senate Budget Summary  

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/bc57dcfd91/Senate-FY23-Budget-Summary.pdf

House Budget Summary https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/d6c0e2f449/Combined-House-Floor-Summary-of-H-v2.740-Final-3-23-2022.pdf

FY 2023 Budget Web Report

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/custom_reports/webreports/webreports/web/FY2023%20Big%20Bill%20Web%20Report%204-19-2022%209_42_14%20AM.html

Senate One -Time Appropriations https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/2e0bdca782/ARPA-and-Other-Funds-G-Section-Major-Investment-Categories.pdf

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***LEGISLATIVE PAGES***

Legislature Website: https://legislature.vermont.gov/

Announcements – Caucuses, Meetings and Streaming Links:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/home/noteworthy/announcements/

Complete Schedule of Legislative Committee Agendas: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/weeklyAgendas/2022

House and Senate Standing Committees: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2022/

All committees can be viewed through you tube LIVE STREAM. You can find the link on the committee’s page or the agenda. https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/streaming/

HOUSE Calendars: https://legislature.vermont.gov/house/service/2022/calendar

SENATE Calendars: https://legislature.vermont.gov/senate/service/2022/calendar

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***SELECTED LEGISLATION MOVING ***

H.96 An act relating to creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Development Task Force – As passed the House (In Senate Government Operations)     H.96: As Recommended by the House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs 

This bill proposes to create the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Development Task Force to develop and submit to the General Assembly a proposal for legislation to create one or more truth and reconciliation commissions to examine and begin the process of dismantling institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination in Vermont, both past and present

NEW H.720 Developmental Disabilities Bill

H.720: As recommended by the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare

H.720 – SYSTEM OF CARE – DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES – As passed by the House HTTPS://LEGISLATURE.VERMONT.GOV/DOCUMENTS/2022/DOCS/BILLS/H-0720/H-0720%20AS%20PASSED%20BY%20THE%20HOUSE%20UNOFFICIAL.PDF                                

Legislative Intent: (1) Individuals who qualify for developmental services and who meet a funding priority as outlined in the State system of care plan for developmental services receive full and complete information in plain language regarding their options and services. (2) Individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members, allies, and advocates are respected and active participants in systems change activities, including payment reform, development of resources to comply with the federal home- and community-based services regulations, and development of additional residential service options. Information provided to stakeholders shall be in plain language.

H. 266 – An act relating to health insurance coverage for hearing aids

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0266/H-0266%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Unofficial.pdf

The purpose of this bill is to ensure continued coverage of hearing aids and related services in Vermont Medicaid, affirm ongoing efforts to make hearing aids and related services part of Vermont’s benchmark plan, and make hearing aids and related services more accessible to Vermont residents by requiring coverage in large group health insurance plans, which comprise the remaining segment of the commercial health insurance market over which Vermont has regulatory authority and which do not currently offer these benefits.

H.716 An act relating to making miscellaneous changes in education law – As passed by the House https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0716/H-0716%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Unofficial.pdf.  This bill adjusts the methodology for computing Fiscal Year 2023’s special education grant payment under 2018 Acts and Resolves No. 173, and it delays the implementation of State Board of Education rules 2362 and 2362.2.5.T 

S. 226 – An act relating to expanding access to safe and affordable housing S.226: As Recommended by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs This bill proposes to increase the supply of affordable housing in this State, promote homeownership, and broaden housing opportunities for Vermonters.

H. 329 – An act relating to amending the prohibitions against discrimination.  https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0329/H-0329%20As%20Introduced.pdf

This bill proposes to amend the laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, education, public accommodations, and housing to provide that harassment need not be severe and pervasive to constitute unlawful discrimination and to establish a uniform six-year statute of limitations for claims of discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing. This bill also proposes to amend the law prohibiting employment discrimination to provide that an employee need not pursue an internal grievance process prior to filing a claim and shall not be required to demonstrate that a comparable employee was treated differently to prove that discrimination occurred.

H.464 – The medical review process in the Reach Up program and Postsecondary Education Program eligibility

NEW H.464: As recommended by the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0464/H-0464%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Unofficial.pdf

This bill makes changes to and updates the Reach-Up Statute: allowing two parents to participate in post-secondary education, increasing income disregards and child support payments, expanding the aged of a child covered from 19 to 22, aligns the family development plan consistent with research on best practices, changes “work requirement” language to program participation and other, expands the list of acceptable activities, sand other.

S.210 An act relating to rental housing health and safety and affordable housing – As passed by the Senate

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0210/S-0210%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

This bill proposes to improve rental housing health and safety and expand opportunities for affordable housing. The bill would create a statewide registry of rental units and would make the Dept of Public Safety responsible for rental investigations. It is a replacement bill for

Proposition 2 The House adopted Prop 2 on Friday (139-3 in favor). Prop 2 is a constitutional amendment clarifying the prohibition on slavery and indentured servitude. The Amendment:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/PR0002/PR0002%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

H.628 -An act relating to amending a birth certificate to reflect gender identity (S.273) Signed by the Governor on April 6th https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/ACTS/ACT088/ACT088%20As%20Enacted.pdf

It is the intent of the General Assembly to promote equity by allowing all individuals, regardless of gender, to amend their vital records to accurately reflect and affirm their identities.

S. 195 An act relating to the certification of mental health peer support specialists – As passed by the Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0195/S-0195%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

This bill proposes to require the State Agency of Human Services (AHS) to establish, no later than January 1, 2023, a statewide mental health peer support specialist certification program, as a part of the state’s comprehensive mental health system and Medicaid program

S.195 was a bill advanced by the leaders of Vermont peer-led organizations. The bill, as proposed, would have created a statewide, mental health peer specialist certification program. The bill included safeguards to ensure the certification program adhered to peer support values. S.194, also a bill advanced by leaders of Vermont peer-led organizations, would have created seven, new geographically dispersed peer respites. Following hearings in the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, S.194 was incorporated in S.195. The Senate Appropriation committee did take the funding out of the bills but left unfunded, statewide mental health peer support certification program. 

H.506 – An act relating to preserving the rights of a parent with a disability https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0506/H-0506%20As%20Introduced.pdf

This bill proposes to prohibit using a person’s disability as a reason to deny or restrict the rights of a parent, prospective parent, foster parent, or guardian unless doing so is in the best interests of the child

S. 247 An act relating to prohibiting discrimination based on genetic information

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0247/S-0247%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

This bill proposes to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s genetic information in relation to insurance coverage and the provision of social and medical services.

H.703 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT. The Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee has been working their way through H.703 this week, which includes strategies for expanding Vermont’s workforce, BIPOC business support, funding for career technical education, economic recovery grants, the new Forest Future program, and more. Here is the bill as passed by the House: 

H.703 As passed by the House (In Senate Economic Development)

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0703/H-0703%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Unofficial.pdf

S.147 An act relating to language access plans

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0147/S-0147%20As%20Introduced.pdf

This bill proposes to require State agencies to create language access plans and to require the Agency of Administration to complete an evaluation of the sufficiency of agencies’ provision of translated materials and interpretation services.

S.74 – An act relating to modifications to Vermont’s patient choice at end-of-life laws – As Passed by the Senate:https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0074/S-0074%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

As Voted out of House Human Services: S.74: As Recommended by the House Committee on Human Services

This bill proposes to eliminate a requirement in Vermont’s patient choice at end-of-life laws that both oral requests required of the patient with a terminal condition for medication to be self-administered to hasten the patient’s death must have been made in the physical presence of the physician to whom the patient made the request.

H.159 – An act relating to community and economic development and workforce revitalization all week long

The senate committee on Economic Development has revived tis bill from last year – Much of the bill that passed the House last session was incorporated in last year’s Budget bill.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/WorkGroups/House%20Commerce/Bills/H.159/Drafts,%20Amendments,%20and%20Legal%20Documents/H.159~Patrick%20Titterton~Fiscal%20Note~4-7-2022.pdf

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***TESTIMONY***

Senate Health and Welfare

NEW H.464 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to the Reach Up Program

o    H.464: Vermont Low Income Advisory Council Written Comments

Thursday, April 14, 2022

o    H.464: Reach Up Budget and Story

Thursday, April 14, 2022

o    H.464: Voices for Vermont’s Children Written Testimony

Thursday, April 14, 2022

House Human Services

S.74 – An act relating to modifications to Vermont’s patient choice at end-of-life laws – As Passed by the Senate:

  • THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2022

oS.74: Vermont Center for Independent Living Comments Sarah Launderville

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2022

oS.74: Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council Comments Kirsten Murphy

                     S.74: Vermont Right to Life Testimony

Senate Education

H.716 An act relating to making miscellaneous changes in education law

· H.716: Vermont Family Network Statement

Friday, March 18, 2022

· H.716: Vermont Family Network – Written Testimony

House Government Operations and Senate Government Operations

H. 661 – An act relating to licensure of mental health professionals

H.661: Vermont Center for Independent Living Written Testimony

House Education

H. 716 An act relating to making miscellaneous changes in education law https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0716/H-0716%20As%20Introduced.pdf

VT Family Network Testimony https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/WorkGroups/House%20Education/Act%20173/W~Karen%20Price~Vermont%20Family%20Network%20Testimony%20on%20Act%20173~1-19-2022.pdf

House Health Care

H. 266 – An act relating to an incremental approach to health insurance coverage for hearing aids  

Vermont Center for Independent Living VCIL: H.266: Vermont Center for Independent Living, Deaf Independent Program Coordinator Testimony 

Hear!Hear!VT: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2022/15/Date/2-24-2022#documents-section

Community of Vermont Elders (COVE):                                                           H.266: Community of Vermont Elders Testimony

House Human Services

H.720 Developmental Disabilities Services System                                                     

VT Coalition for Disability Rights Parent Testimony: Developmental Disabilities Services System Testimony                                                                                                      

VT Developmental Disabilities Council Center for Medicare Services Home & Community-Based Services Rules

House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs

H.96 – An act relating to creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Development Task Force                                                                                                  

Green Mountain Self-Advocates  H.96: Written Copy of Testimony 

From Disability Rights Vermont   H.96: Comment from Disability Rights Vermont

H. 329 – An act relating to amending the prohibitions against discrimination.

· H.329: Testimony from Vermont Legal Aid Rachel Seelig

· H.329: Copy of Testimony – HRC Bor Yang

Senate Health and Welfare

S. 195 “An act relating to the certification of mental health peer support specialists” S.195: As Recommended by the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare

Sandi Yandow S.195: Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Written Testimony                                                                                               

S.195: National Alliance on Mental Illness Vermont Written Testimony 

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***COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHTS***

House and Senate Committee Pages: https://legislature.vermont.gov/

Weekly Committee Agendas: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/weeklyAgendas/2022

Below please find highlights of House and Senate Committees this week. You can go to any committee page to find documents, bills, and testimony by date, witness, bill numbers and key word searches.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

House Committee on Appropriations:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/9

Schedule to be determined

House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/11

On Tuesday and Thursday the Committee will take up S. 247 – An act relating to prohibiting discrimination based on genetic information

House Committee on Corrections and Institutions: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/17

On Wednesday the committee will discuss Mental Health Services for Inmates in DOC Custody

House Committee on Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/10

On Tuesday the Committee will take up S.139 – An act relating to nondiscriminatory school branding

Bills in Committee:

S. 197 – An act relating to the provision of mental health supports

S.287 As passed by the Senate

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0287/S-0287%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

House Committee on Energy and Technology: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/19

House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairshttps://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/13

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 210 – An act relating to rental housing health and safety and affordable housing and S.226 – An act relating to expanding access to safe and affordable housing, looking at amendments to the bills.

S.210 – As passed by the Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0210/S-0210%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

S.226 – As passed by the Senate

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0226/S-0226%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

Bills in Committee:

H. 329 – An act relating to amending the prohibitions against discrimination.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0329/H-0329%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 273 – An act relating to promoting racial and social equity in land access and property ownership and on

H.273 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0273/H-0273%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.387 – An act relating to establishing the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for the Institution of Chattel Slavery https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0387/H-0387%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 93 – An act relating to establishing a homeless bill of rights and prohibiting discrimination against people without homes.

H.93 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0093/H-0093%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 403 – An act relating to prohibiting no cause evictions

H. 625 – An act relating to providing protections against eviction, foreclosure, and tax sales

House Committee on Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/14

House Committee on Health Carehttps://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/15

No agenda published

Bills in Committee:

S.285 – as passed by the Senate

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0285/S-0285%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

S. 247 – An act relating to prohibiting discrimination based on genetic information, as passed by the Senate.

S.247: Draft 2.1, 4-5-2022, House Committee on Health Care Amendment 

S.247 – As passed by the Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0247/S-0247%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

House Committee on Human Services: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/16

On Tuesday the committee will take up H. 711 – An act relating to the creation of the Opioid Settlement Advisory Committee and the Opioid Abatement Special Fund and Wednesday and Thursday the committee will take up S.91- An act relating to the Parent Child Center Network

House Committee on Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/18

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Committee will take up S. 224 – An act relating to juvenile proceedings

Bills in Committee:

S. 254 – An act relating to recovering damages for Article 11 violations by law enforcement and a report on qualified immunity

S.254, as passed by the Senate

S.254 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0254/S-0254%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife

On Tuesday the Committee will vote on S. 148 – An act relating to environmental justice in Vermont

S.148, as passed by the Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0148/S-0148%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf

House Committee on Transportation:    https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/20

The Committee will continue to work on

H. 736 – An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation during the week.

House Committee on Ways and Means: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/21  

S.287- An act relating to improving student equity by adjusting the school funding formula and providing education quality and funding oversight

As passed by the Senate https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0287/S-0287%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20Senate%20Unofficial.pdf                              (On notice in the House)                              

SENATE COMMITTEES

Senate Committee on Appropriations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/23

Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/32                    

No agenda published

Other Bills in Committee:

S. 52 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2025 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0052/S-0052%20As%20Introduced.pdf                                                                                                    

S. 65 – An act relating to paid family leave https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0065/S-0065%20As%20Introduced.pdf

House and Senate leadership will not take this bill up this session.

Senate Committee on Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/24                                                          

On Tuesday and Wednesday the committee will take up H. 101 – An act relating to the implementation of 2018 Acts and Resolves No. 173 by providing grant funding to build systems-driven, sustainable literacy support for all students with measurable outcomes

Other Bills in Committee:

S.189 – An act relating to the status of Holocaust education in public schools https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0189/S-0189%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Committee on Finance: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/25

On Tuesday, the committee will take H. 489 – An act relating to miscellaneous provisions affecting health insurance regulationand on Wednesday will take up H. 737 – An act relating to setting the homestead property tax yields and the non-homestead property tax rate

Senate Committee on Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/26

Senate Committee on Health and Welfare: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/27

On Monday the committee will take upS. 285 – An act relating to health care reform initiatives, data collection, and access to home- and community-based services

Senate Committee on Institutions: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/28

Bills in Committee:

S. 245 – An act relating to a secure facility for justice-involved youth                                                                         S.245 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0245/S-0245%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Committee on Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/29

Tuesday the committee will take up   H. 551 – An act relating to prohibiting racially and religiously restrictive covenants in deeds

Bills in Committee:

S. 228 – An act relating to prohibiting no-knock warrants

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/S-0228/S-0228%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/30

Senate Committee on Transportation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2022/31

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***ARTICLES OF INTEREST***

NEW Senate Appropriations advances $8 billion budget bill – VTDigger: https://vtdigger.org/2022/04/15/senate-appropriations-advances-8-billion-budget-bill/ 

Final Reading: Let the budget dance begin  Riley RobinsonSarah Mearhoff and Lola Duffort Apr 8 2022                   https://vtdigger.org/2022/04/08/final-reading-let-the-budget-dance-begin

Scott signs bill allowing Vermonters to amend their birth certificates to reflect gender identity By Sarah Mearhoff Apr 6 2022                             https://vtdigger.org/2022/04/06/scott-signs-bill-allowing-vermonters-to-amend-their-birth-certificates-to-reflect-gender-identity/                                                                                           

What if something happens to me? Parents lobby Legislature to expand housing choices for Vermonters with developmental disabilities By Riley Robinson Apr 5 2022 https://vtdigger.org/2022/04/05/what-if-something-happens-to-me-parents-lobby-legislature-to-expand-housing-choices-for-vermonters-with-developmental-disabilities/

Scott names Jenney Samuelson new human services secretary  https://vtdigger.org/2022/03/28/scott-names-jenney-samuelson-new-human-services-secretary/?u=0b4d4764f5&utm_source=VTDigger+Subscribers+and+Donors&utm_campaign=7f57d4e438-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_03_29_03_37&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc3c5486db-7f57d4e438-25680049 

Vt. lawmakers consider lifting mask mandate at Statehouse: https://www.wcax.com/app/2022/03/23/vt-lawmakers-consider-lifting-mask-mandate-statehouse/?outputType=apps 

House approves bill to put Education Fund surplus toward universal meals – VTDiggerhttps://vtdigger.org/2022/03/23/house-approves-bill-to-put-education-fund-surplus-toward-universal-meals/ 

House favors commission to study history of eugenics and racism in Vermont – VTDiggerhttps://vtdigger.org/2022/03/23/house-favors-commission-to-study-history-of-eugenics-and-racism-in-vermont/                                                                                                                    

Vermont Conversation: Does Vermont need a Truth Commission? By David Goodman Mar 6 2022

Laurie Mumley: Vermont is failing people with developmental disabilities By Commentary Mar 4 2022      https://vtdigger.org/2022/03/04/laurie-mumley-vermont-is-failing-people-with-developmental-disabilities/

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**INFORMATIONAL LINKS**

VT Department of Health – COVID -19:   https://www.healthvermont.gov/                                  

VT Digger State Coronavirus Updates: https://vtdigger.org/coronavirus/

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Legal and Benefits Updates for Vermonters https://vtlawhelp.org/coronavirus-updates

VT Digger Coronavirus Update: https://vtdigger.org/coronavirus/

Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living:  https://dail.vermont.gov/novel-coronavirus-information

Department of Mental Health:  https://mentalhealth.vermont.gov/coronavirus-and-our-mental-health

Resources for Education Agency of Education Guidance to Schoolshttps://education.vermont.gov/news/covid-19-guidance-vermont-schools