Legislation

House committees tackle three R’s: Race, Relinquishing guns, Reduction of carbon

By Guy Page

Committees in the Vermont House this week will review bills regarding three of the Legislature’s favorite R’s: race, relinquishing firearms, and reduction of carbon. They also will review three-acre runoff, redemption of beverage containers, reorganizing police under one state agency, and raising the standard for police use of force, and new regulations.

The full schedule of all Vermont House and Senate committees, including Zoom links, can be seen here

Tuesday:

1 pm, House General, Housing and Military Affairs is scheduled to vote on S14, which would invalidate any deed or covenant restrictions on property development that conflict with state law.

Later that afternoon, House General will discuss J.R.H. 2 – “Joint resolution sincerely apologizing and expressing sorrow and regret to all individual Vermonters and their families and descendants who were harmed as a result of State-sanctioned eugenics policies and practices.” Nancy Gallagher, Author, “Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State,” is scheduled to testify. 

2 pm, House Government Operations will discuss H196, adding two new full-time positions to support the Director of Racial Equity, currently Xusana Davis. 

3 pm, House Transportation will discuss its committee bill and H94, to further fund electric vehicles, bicycles, buses and infrastructure and initiatives.

Wednesday:

9 AM, House Corrections and Institutions will hear state officials discuss the governor’s budget as it relates to compliance with stormwater regulations, including the three-acre runoff rule

This controversial regulation requires all property owners of three acres or more of impervious surfaces (driveways, parking lots, rooftops, etc.) – including the State of Vermont – to implement expensive phosphorus runoff control systems, or face steep fines. Rutland County compliance alone would cost about $300 million, a DEC official said. A list of every affected parcel is published on the Department of Environmental Conservation website. 

In the morning, House Education will discuss H106, equitable access to a high-quality education, and also will hear a Vermont law school professor discuss the recent Supreme Court decision allowing public tuition funding for parochial schools.

Beginning at 10:30 AM, House Government Operations will discuss creation of the Department of Public Safety, which concentrates much of Vermont police administration, training and policy in one new agency. 

9 AM, Health Care will discuss H. 210, addressing disparities and promoting equity in the health care system. Health Commissioner Mark Levine is scheduled to testify. This Democrat and Progressive-sponsored bill would (1) establish the Office of Health Equity; (2) establish the Health Equity Advisory Commission; (3) issue grants for the promotion of health equity; (4) collect data to better understand health disparities in Vermont; and (5) require an additional two hours of continuing medical education on cultural competency in the practice of medicine.

In the afternoon, Human Services will discuss H171, more funding and training for early childhood education

9 AM, House Judiciary will take testimony on H. 133, emergency relief from abuse orders and relinquishment of firearms. Pro-Second Amendment representatives scheduled to testify are Eric Davis, President, Gun Owners of Vermont and Chris Bradley, President, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. William Moore, Firearms Policy Analyst, Vermont Traditions Coalition, has been invited to testify.  

House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife will spend all day on H175, to expand the beverage container deposit-redemption system to include water bottles, wine bottles, and containers for all noncarbonated and carbonated drinks, except for milk, rice milk, soy milk, almond milk, hemp seed milk, and dairy products. The bill also would increase the deposit on all beverage containers, except those containing liquor, from five cents to ten cents.

Thursday:

House Corrections and Institutions will learn more about the governor’s plan to sell properties at 9, 13, 14 and 16 Baldwin Street, with proceeds to benefit future capital construction projects. These properties include the current home of the Vermont Human Rights Commission.

Thursday, 1:30 AM, the joint Legislature will elect a Sergeant-at-Arms, a National Guard adjutant and inspector general, and trustees of the University of Vermont. 

Friday:

In the morning, House Corrections and Institutions will hear the governor’s plan to build a “Women’s Correctional Facility / Agency of Human Services Multipurpose Campus Facility.” The State is working with an outside consultant to develop a long-term recommendation for replacement of our aging and outdated correctional facilities. A final report is expected to be completed during the legislative session.

House Judiciary will discuss H. 145, raising the standard for law enforcement use of force.

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  1. What are the Tax em to death Pols in MontpecuLIAR Goimg to do when they Hit the BOTTOM of the tax Barrel?

    • Tax and legalize prostitution or virtual pornography or bring back slavery when you can’t afford a roof over your head!

  2. I do not believe there is a race problem in Vermont.The Carbon Reduction,Three Acre Runoff,Electric Vehicle dream are all not needed at this time!!Our legislators need to focus on doing anything to help Vermonters,and not do anything from unelected GWSA CouncilsThat will only raise taxes !!Last of all,what is needed to Breed Better Vermonters ,is to put prayer in the State House ,schools,Town Meetings,State Buildings,etc…and get political correctness out of our lives,as well as Welfare State practices and State intervention in our lives,and let us live for Life,Liberty,and Happiness through hard work.Apologies for the past will do nothing;forget the past,and press forward to a hope of our high calling ,to Love God with our heart soul and spirit,and love our neighbor as ourselve!!

  3. Transportation committee is as incompetents’ of a committee I have ever seen. No science just righteousness. More wars and strip mining to get battery materials like lithium. Pollutes more than fossil fuels. At least combustible engines provide heat for your vehicle and fossil power plants provide C02 for vegetables to grow in your garden. What does a battery provide other than adding hazardous material to landfills when they expire.

    • RE: Green energy aka, windmills,Just look to Texas to see how good windmills are. When they FREEZE UP, guess what NO POWER Output. You FREEZE Until they thaw loose.

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