This Week In Committee

Abortion/transgender shield bills get look in House, Senate committees this week

by Guy Page and Tim Page

Bills to watch in the Vermont Legislature’s committee this week include:

H165 – universal free school meals.

H92 – collection of unemployment after quitting job

H126 – 50% conservation of total land area by 2050

H66 – paid family and medical leave 

H89 – shield law for abortion, transgender service providers

H158 – expand Bottle Bill

S32 – ranked choice voting in presidential primary 

S36 – Arrest without warrant for health care worker assault

 S3 – Prohibits paramilitary training camps

S4 – Juvenile gun control

S37 – Protections for abortion and gender-reassignment. Also includes advertising restrictions for pregnancy counseling services.

S56 – Public preschool and other childcare, education changes

Schedule for All Vermont Legislature Committees this week: Click on Committee name for Zoom links. Agenda listings top-line only, not inclusive. Click here to see the complete weekly schedule of all committees on one page. Click here for list of all committees and links to their bills, members and contact information. 

House Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry

H. 165 – Requires public schools to serve free meals

Farm to School Awareness Day

House Appropriations

FY24 Budget

House Commerce and Economic Development

H. 87 – Access to wages before payday

H. 92 – Unemployment insurance after voluntary separation

H. 55 – Unemployment insurance amendments

H. 10 – Create VEGI oversight board

H. 121 – An act relating to enhancing consumer privacy

House Corrections and Institutions

Governor’s FY24 – FY25 Capital Budget Proposal

Former Southeast State Correctional Facility Proposed Use Survey

Buildings and General Services Energy Office

House Education

H. 99 – Amending National Guard Tuition Benefit Program

Workforce Shortage

Farm to School Awareness Day

House Environment and Energy

H. 67 – Household Products Containing Hazardous Substances

H. 126 – 50% conservation by 2050, Community Resilience and Biodiversity Protection

H. 158 – Expands the beverage container redemption system

House General and Housing

H. 66 – Paid family and medical leave

House Government Operations and Military Affairs

H. 127 – Sports Betting

H. 62 – Interstate Counseling Compact

H. 49 – Retirement plan for volunteer firefighters

H. 52 – Retirement benefits for temporary state employees

H. 54 – Municipal services support

House Health Care

H. 77 – Adopting the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

H. 86 – Audiology, Speech Pathology Interstate Compact

H. 62 – Interstate Counseling Compact

Suicide Prevention

House Human Services

Governor’s Proposed FY2024 Budget

H. 171 – Amends adult protective services

House Judiciary

H. 89 – Legal protections for abortion, transgender service providers

H. 122 – Bans surveillance devices on private property w/o owner’s consent

H. 35 – Responsibility for Victims Assistance Program

H. 53 – Driver’s license suspensions

H. 175 – Modernizes the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs

H. 173 – Expands the statute against manipulating a child for sexual contact

H. 41 – Domestic-/sex-assault cases referred to community justice centers

House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife

Not yet published

House Transportation

Governor’s Proposed FY2024 Budget

23-0157 – Transportation Program

H. 53 – Driver’s license suspensions

H. 101 – Reducing transportation carbon emissions

House Ways and Means

H. 153 – An act relating to Vermont tax incentives

23-0161 – An act relating to defining new categories of nonhomestead property

23-0629 – Imposing a multi-year moratorium on the reappraisal requirement under 32 VSA section 4041s and to create a State appraisal assistance program

H. 166 – Removes limit to medical-expense tax deduction

Tax Workshop #4

Senate Agriculture

Protection from nuisance suits against farming

Farm to School Day

Maple Syrup industry update

Senate Appropriations

H. 145 – FY2023 budget adjustment

Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs

Omnibus Housing Bill

Senate Education

S. 34 – Kindergarten enrollment age

Farm to School Awareness Day


Senate Finance

S. 45 – Establishes elective income tax on pass-through businesses

S. 35 – Hartford’s infrastructure financing

S. 54 – Maintains separation of insurance markets in VT Health Connect

Senate Government Operations

Emergency Response Operations

S. 32 – Ranked-choice voting for presidential primary elections

Retired State Employee Benefits

Senate Health and Welfare

S. 37 – Protections for abortion and gender-reassignment

S. 56 – Public preschool and other childcare, education changes

Senate Institutions

Governor’s FY24 – FY25 Capital Budget Proposal

Senate Judiciary

S. 36 – Arrest without warrant for health care worker assault 

 S. 3 – Prohibits paramilitary training camps

S. 14 – Justice expenditure reporting

S. 4 – Juvenile gun control

S. 6, Interrogation of juveniles

Senate Natural Resources and Energy

S. 5 – Affordable Heat Act mandate

Senate Transportation

23-0178 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles

Agency of Transportation Bicycle/Pedestrian Program