By Guy Page and Tim Page
A House bill introduced by three progressive Democrats would create a legislative study committee to consider (among other topics) the Vermont Legislature meeting year-round.
H221, introduced Thursday Feb. 9 by Reps. Gabrielle Stebbins (Burlington), Conor Casey (Montpelier) and Leslie Goldman (Bellows Falls) would “create a legislative study committee to consider and make recommendations regarding potential modifications to the structure and processes of the Vermont General Assembly to ensure diversity, provide fair compensation and health insurance to members, and ensure that the Legislative Branch is an equal branch of State government with the Executive and Judicial Branches,” according to a ‘short-form’ bill.
The issues to be considered by the study committee would include whether the General Assembly should meet year-round and whether to pursue restructuring the General Assembly in the Vermont Constitution, including evaluating changing to a unicameral legislature or having fewer than the current 180 legislators, or both.
The bill was sent to the House Government Operations and Military Affairs Committee. S39, in the Vermont Senate, also would consider a year-round Legislature.
A bill introduced by Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanek (D/P Burlington) and others would give farm and domestic workers benefits and employment rights enjoyed by other sectors of the economy.
H219 would provide agricultural and domestic workers with the right to collectively bargain; receive the minimum wage and overtime pay, unemployment insurance, severance pay, and workers’ compensation coverage; establish a good cause standard for termination of employment; and, permit employees or representative organizations to bring an enforcement action on behalf of the State for violations of the good cause termination requirement.
The bill was referred to the General and Housing Committee.
|Bill #||Introduced||Title||Lead Sponsor||Sponsor party||Committee|
|H.221||2/9/2023||Study committee for year round Legislature, other changes||Stebbins||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.220||2/9/2023||Increases Medicaid spending for primary care, preventive services||Black||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.219||2/9/2023||Defines the rights of agricultural and domestic workers||Mulvaney-Stanak||Prog./ Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.218||2/9/2023||Requires good cause for termination of employment||Mulvaney-Stanak||Prog./ Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.217||2/9/2023||Sets the contribution rate for Workers’ Compensation fund||Marcotte||Democrat||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.216||2/9/2023||Legalizes open air cremation||Birong||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.215||2/9/2023||States Vermont will join all health care interstate compacts||Cina||Prog./ Democrat||Health Care|
|H.214||2/9/2023||Creating a body to examine police bodycam and dashcam footage||Chesnut-Tangerman||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.213||2/9/2023||Commissions study on mobile homes and mobile home parks||Stevens||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.212||2/9/2023||Allows minors to possess tobacco for religious reasons||Roberts||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.211||2/9/2023||Infrastructure for electric vehicles at former welcome centers||Labor||Republican||Transportation|
|H.210||2/9/2023||Allows legislators to take leave from their primary employment||Dolan||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.209||2/9/2023||Expands choice of public elementary schools in supervisory union||Sibilia||Democrat||Education|
|H.208||2/9/2023||Establish a public prekindergarten education program||Brumsted/ Wood||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.207||2/8/2023||Allows those acquitted due to insanity to be judged “guilty, but insane”||Satcowitz||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.206||2/8/2023||Vermont Health Access changes, Medicaid dental coverage||Goldman||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.205||2/8/2023||Provides State assistance in diversifying farm production||Graham/ Surprenant||Rep./ Dem.||Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry|
|H.204||2/8/2023||Bans the retail sale of flavored tobacco products||Nugent||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.203||2/8/2023||Report on distracted driving||Smith||Republican||Transportation|
|H.202||2/8/2023||Allows tickets for illegally passing a school bus, bus driver’s testimony||LaBounty||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.201||2/8/2023||Requires installation of fireblocking in single-family homes||Toof||Republican||General and Housing|
|H.200||2/8/2023||Names 133 State Street, Montpelier State building after Gov. Hoff||Casey||Democrat||Corrections and Institutions|
|H.199||2/8/2023||Expands health insurance eligibility regardless of immigration status||Christie||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.198||2/8/2023||Creates a Dementia Coordinator position within Human Service||Noyes||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.197||2/8/2023||Gets rid of State Pension Fund investments in fossil fuels||Stebbins||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.196||2/8/2023||Wages on State construction projects||Stanak||Prog./ Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.195||2/8/2023||Limits jurisdiction over electric distribution upgrades||Elder||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.194||2/8/2023||Creates Office for planning and government accountability||Stebbins/ Torre||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.193||2/8/2023||Increases the solid waste franchise and hazardous waste taxes||Dolan||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.192||2/7/2023||Mandatory training for use of electric cargo bicycles||Burke||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.191||2/7/2023||Establishes a nuisance wildlife trapping license||Satcowitz||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.190||2/7/2023||Removing the residency requirement from assisted suicide||Garofano||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.189||2/7/2023||Requires D.o.H.to report on adverse reactions to immunizations||Higley||Republican||Health Care|
|H.188||2/7/2023||Informed consent for administration of immunizations||Higley||Republican||Judiciary|
|H.187||2/7/2023||Creates a conscientious exemption to immunization requirements||Higley||Republican||Human Services|
|H.186||2/7/2023||Stops merchants using product registry as requirement for warranties||Birong||Democrat||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.185||2/7/2023||Authorizes dredging for navigation of public waters||Chase||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.184||2/7/2023||Exempt landlords from renovation, repair licensing requirements||Blumle/ Ode/ Stebbins||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.183||2/7/2023||Protect the conscience rights of health care providers, institutions||Higley||Republican||Health Care|
|H.182||2/7/2023||Ensures bodily autonomy in health-care decision-making||Higley||Republican||Human Services|
|H.181||2/7/2023||Comissions study on the creation of a statewide supervisory union||Elder||Democrat||Education|
|H.180||2/7/2023||Standardizes the opening time of polling places||Burrows||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.179||2/7/2023||Transfer certain responsibilities to Secretary of Education||Elder||Democrat||Education|
|H.178||2/7/2023||Allows commissioning of D.o.C.personnel as notaries public||Emmons||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.177||2/7/2023||Bicycle path running adjacent to U.S. Route 5||Bartholemew||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.176||2/7/2023||Allows for secondary enforcement of certain motor vehicle violations||Small||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.175||2/7/2023||Modernizes the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs||LaLonde||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.174||2/7/2023||Establishes legal personhood for fetuses past 24 weeks||Peterson||Republican||Health Care|
|H.173||2/7/2023||Expands the statute against manipulating a child for sexual contact||Small||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.172||2/7/2023||Expands selection of persons authorized to carry firearms in hospitals||Hooper||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.171||2/3/2023||Amends adult protective services||Noyes/ Brumsted/ Wood||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.170||2/3/2023||Examines the restorative justice approach to criminal justice system||Emmons/Shaw/Squirell/Wood||Democrat||Corrections and Institutions|
|H.169||2/3/2023||Amends child abuse investigation, use of Child Protection Registry||Blumle/ Stebbins||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.168||2/3/2023||Maintenans a database of veterans, expands veteran benefits||Hooper||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.167||2/3/2023||Supports expanded access to emergency veterinary care||Chesnut-Tangerman||Democrat||Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry|
|H.166||2/3/2023||Removes limit to medical-expense tax deduction||Ode||Democrat||Ways and Means|
|H.165||2/3/2023||Requires public schools to serve free meals||Brady||Democrat||Education|
|H.164||2/2/2023||Authorizes ecofriendly wastewater systems||Burke||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.163||2/2/2023||Creates working group to develop ecofriendly sanitation methods||Burke/ Gregoire||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.162||2/2/2023||Bans snow tires from VT Highways from May 16 to Oct. 31||Burke||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.161||2/2/2023||Clarifies burning-permit policy||Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry||N/A|
|H.160||2/2/2023||Labor reimbursement rates for auto insurance claims||Christie||Democrat||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.159||2/1/2023||Protects internet service provider data privacy||Sibilia||Democrat||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.158||2/1/2023||Expands the beverage container redemption system||Sheldon||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.157||2/1/2023||Vermont basic needs budget||Bluemle||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.156||2/1/2023||Incrementally implements Green Mountain Care||Cina/ Christie||Democrat/ Prog.||Health Care|
|H.155||2/1/2023||Mileage reimbursement rates for plug-in electric vehicles||Willams||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.154||2/1/2023||Medicaid coverage for doula services||Coffey/ Rachelson||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.153||2/1/2023||Numerous changes to Vermont’s tax laws||Canfield||Republican||Ways and Means|
|H.152||2/1/2023||Prohibits products containing PFAS by 2024||Dolan/ Whitman||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.151||2/1/2023||Petitions for guardianship of the developmentally disabled||Brumsted/ Wood||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.150||2/1/2023||Amends the charter of the Village of Alburgh||Leavitt||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.149||2/1/2023||Protocol for write-in-candidate consent filings in State elections||Brennan||Republican||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.148||2/1/2023||Raises the marriagable age to 18||Ode/ Burke||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.147||2/1/2023||Creates a Vermont State Building Security Board||Demrow/ Hooper/ Sims||Democrat||Corrections and Institutions|
|H.146||2/1/2023||Amends the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management charter||Sims||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.145||1/31/2023||FY2023 budget adjustment||Apropriations||N/A|
|H.144||1/31/2023||Exempts unemployment from income tax||Mulvaney-Stanak||Prog./ Democrat||Ways and Means|
|H.143||1/31/2023||Towing companies can’t solicit roadside business||Rachelson||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.142||1/31/2023||Raise juvenile delinquency age from 10 to 12||Small/ Christie/ Rachelson||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.141||1/31/2023||Inventory, assessment of immigrant-support organizations||Sibilia||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.140||1/31/2023||Database of state grants to municipalities||Willams||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.139||1/31/2023||Required employee breaks||Stevens||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.138||1/31/2023||Employers receiving state grants, contracts||Kornheiser||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.137||1/31/2023||Home share for disabled||Stevens||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.136||1/31/2023||Restrict Social Media on state-owned devices, networks||Donahue||Republican||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.135||1/31/2023||Rent control||Bos-Lun/ Burrows||Dem./ Prog.||General and Housing|
|H.134||1/31/2023||Default speed limit for unposted town highways||Templeman||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.133||1/31/2023||Reduces penalties for distracted driving||Smith||Republican||Transportation|
|H.132||1/31/2023||Homeless bill of rights||Stevens||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.131||1/31/2023||Establishes Green Mountain Recreation Fund||Sims||Democrat||Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry|
|H.130||1/31/2023||Retricts management of sewage and septic waste||Dolan||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.129||1/31/2023||More funding for pollution cleanup||Dolan||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.128||1/31/2023||Exempts small wood producers from Act 250||Sims||Democrat||Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry|
|H.127||1/31/2023||Legalize sports betting||Birong||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.126||1/31/2023||Conserve 50% of Vermont land by 2050||Sheldon||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.125||1/31/2023||Revises rules for various boards and commissions||Dolan/ Brumsted||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.124||1/27/2023||Supports rural economic development||Sibilia/ Sims/ Hango/ Priestly||Democrat||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.123||1/27/2023||Repeal State Lottery||Stevens||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.122||1/27/2023||Bans surveillance devices on private property w/o owner’s consent||Black||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.121||1/26/2023||Affords data privacy protections||Marcotte||Republican||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.120||1/26/2023||Imposes sales tax on digital sale of software and games||Masland||Democrat||Ways and Means|
|H.119||1/26/2023||Combats excessive motor vehicle noise||Bartholemew||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.118||1/26/2023||Broadens eligibility for Medicare Savings Program||Donahue/ Noyes||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.117||1/26/2023||Strengthens suicide prevention effortd||Black||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.116||1/26/2023||Protects job applicants from discrimination and ensures privacy||Mulvaney-Stanak||Prog./ Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.115||1/26/2023||Requires insurance coverage of breast milk for infants||Cordes||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.114||1/26/2023||Restricts electronic monitoring of employees and automated HR decisions||Priestly||Democrat||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.113||1/26/2023||Bans tax exemptions to any organization engaged in lobbying||Sibilia||Democrat||Ways and Means|
|H.112||1/26/2023||Ensures coverage for opiate abuse treatment||Small||Prog./ Democrat||Human Services|
|H.111||1/26/2023||Amends housing investment and regulaton||Sims/ Harrison||Rep./ Dem.||General and Housing|
|H.110||1/26/2023||Extends application period for telecom siting||Sibilia||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.109||1/26/2023||Ensures reimbursement for home-delivered meals||Noyes||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.108||1/25/2023||Update Vermont School Bus Manual and the CDL tests||LaBounty||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.107||1/25/2023||Hartford infrastructure financing||Christie||Democrat||Ways and Means|
|H.106||1/25/2023||Protects teaching gender-identity and racism||Headrick||Prog./ Democrat||Education|
|H.105||1/25/2023||Create $3 mil disaster fund||Sims||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.104||1/25/2023||Defining membership in worker cooperatives||Andriano||Democrat||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.103||1/25/2023||Required state reporting on staff-to-patient ratios||Page||Republican||Health Care|
|H.102||1/25/2023||Amending the Art in State Buildings Program||Coffey||Dem./ Rep.||Corrections and Institutions|
|H.101||1/25/2023||Reducing transportation carbon emissions||Burke/ Stebbins||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.100||1/25/2023||Seasonal signs at pedestrian crossings||Dolan/ McGill||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.99||1/25/2023||Amending National Guard Tuition Benefit Program||Hango/ Birong/ Sibilia||Democrat||Education|
|H.98||1/24/2023||Firearms storage restrictions, 10-day waiting period||Mulvaney-Stanak||Prog./ Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.97||1/24/2023||Write-in candidates, primary elections||Scheu||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.96||1/24/2023||Clean Heat Standard||Stebbins/ Sibilia||Democrat/ Ind.||Environment and Energy|
|H.95||1/24/2023||Municipal Energy Grants||Willams||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.94||1/24/2023||Reach Up||Garofano/ Gregoire/ Brumsted/ Small||Dem./ Rep.||Human Services|
|H.93||1/24/2023||Reach Up benefits||Garofano/ Gregoire/ Brumsted/ Small||Dem./ Rep.||Human Services|
|H.92||1/24/2023||Uneemployment insurance after voluntary separation||Mulvaney-Stanak||Prog./ Democrat||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.91||1/24/2023||Paid family leave for serious injury||Stevens||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.90||1/24/2023||Defunct Congregational churches||Stevens||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.89||1/24/2023||Legal protections for abortion, transgender service providers||Donally/ LaLonde/ Small||Democrat/ Prog.||Judiciary|
|H.88||1/24/2023||Cash bail restrictions, prohibitions||Bos-Lun||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.87||1/24/2023||Access to wages before payday||Marcotte||Republican||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.86||1/24/2023||Audiology, Speech Pathology Interstate Compact||McCarthy||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.85||1/24/2023||Public trails accessibility||Burroughs||Democrat/ Prog.||Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry|
|H.84||1/24/2023||Wastewater discharge permits||Sims||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.83||1/20/2023||Tax credits for living organ donations||Noyes||Democrat||Ways and Means|
|H.82||1/20/2023||Sell two state buildings to Town of Waterbury||Wood||Democrat||Corrections and Institutions|
|H.81||1/20/2023||Ensure fair repair of agricultural equipment||Donahue/ Sims||Rep./ Dem.||Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry|
|H.80||1/20/2023||License freestanding birth centers||Cordes||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.79||1/20/2023||Ensure rights to independent auto repair||Donahue/ Sims||Rep./ Dem.||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.78||1/20/2023||Takeout of alcoholic beverages||Birong||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.77||1/20/2023||Adopting the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact||Ode||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.76||1/20/2023||Regulating captive insurance companies||Marcotte||Republican||Environment and Energy|
|H.75||1/20/2023||Notify planned outages of 911 services||Sibilia||Independent||Environment and Energy|
|H.74||1/20/2023||Repeal Global Warming Solutions Act||Higley||Republican||Environment and Energy|
|H.73||1/20/2023||Revoking VT use of California’s Clean Air Act waiver||Higley||Republican||Environment and Energy|
|H.72||1/19/2023||Safe injection sites||Small||Prog./ Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.71||1/19/2023||Expanding DMV veteran designations||Peterson||Republican||Transportation|
|H.70||1/19/2023||Restrictions on telecommunications sitings||Dolan/ Patt||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.69||1/19/2023||Ban smoking outdoors near entrances||Dolan||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.68||1/19/2023||Urban zoning, housing development||Bongartz||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.67||1/19/2023||Manufacturers pay for household hazardous products collection||Dolan||Democrat||Human Services|
|H.66||1/19/2023||Mandated family and medical leave insurance||Kornheiser/ Scheu/ Stevens||Democrat||General and Housing|
|H.65||1/18/2023||Raise Small claims from $5,000 to $10,000||Patt||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.64||1/18/2023||Ban on wake boats||Sims||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.63||1/18/2023||Marriage/family therapists licensed clinical social workers||Coffey||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.62||1/18/2023||Interstate Counseling Compact||Houghton/ Durfee||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.61||1/18/2023||Elective income tax and credit||Harrison||Republican||Ways and Means|
|H.60||1/18/2023||More 4th classes licenses for alcohol manufacturers||Birong||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.59||1/18/2023||Amending veterans‘ death certificates||Coffey||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.58||1/18/2023||Unbiased appointment of zoning administrators||Peterson||Republican||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.57||1/18/2023||Dog trainers, client consent||Coffey||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.56||1/18/2023||Ban natural gas line extension||Cordes/ Elder||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.55||1/18/2023||Unemployment insurance amendments||Marcotte||Republican||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.54||1/17/2023||Municipal services support||Anthony||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.53||1/17/2023||Eliminate driver’s license suspension for some nonpayment||Dolan/ LaLonde||Dem./ Rep.||Transportation|
|H.52||1/13/2023||Retirement benefits for temporary state employees||Casey||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.51||1/13/2023||Boaters pay $20 for aquatic nuisance passes||Dolan||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.50||1/13/2023||Ban on sale of PFA products||Dolan/ Whitman||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.49||1/13/2023||Retirement plan for volunteer firefighters||Nicoll||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.48||1/12/2023||Find new landfill site||Sims/ Page||Dem./ Rep.||Environment and Energy|
|H.47||1/12/2023||Disposal of solar panels||Harrison||Republican||Environment and Energy|
|H.46||1/12/2023||Dissolution of Colchester Fire District No. 3||Taylor||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.45||1/12/2023||Restrict litigation against abuse survivors||Donnally||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.44||1/12/2023||Small town local option tax||Dolan||Democrat||Ways and Means|
|H.43||1/12/2023||Military protection orders||Ode||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.42||1/11/2023||Public meetings alternatives||Gov. Ops.||referral||Ways and Means|
|H.41||1/11/2023||Domestic-/sex-assault cases to community justice centers||Dolan||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.40||1/11/2023||Make contraceptive tampering a crime||Rachelson||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.39||1/11/2023||New plan for State distributing revenues to municipalities||Anthony||Democrat||Ways and Means|
|H.37||1/11/2023||Require winter tires on rental cars||Patt||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.36||1/11/2023||Exempt forests from small town planning||Parsons||Republican||Environment and Energy|
|H.35||1/10/2023||Responsibility for Victims Assistance Program||Rachelson||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.34||1/10/2023||State-owned public restroom near Capitol||Casey||Democrat||Corrections and Institutions|
|H.33||1/10/2023||Legislator expenses: reimbursement or allowance||Harrison||Republican||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.32||1/10/2023||Social Security benefits exemption||Harrison||Republican||Ways and Means|
|H.31||1/10/2023||Aquatic nuisance control moratorium||Bongartz||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.30||1/10/2023||Increase acreage of wetlands||Sheldon||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.29||1/10/2023||Restrict all mapped river corridor development||Sheldon||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.28||1/10/2023||Expand expungement of court diversion cases||LaLonde||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.27||1/10/2023||Coercive controlling behavior basis for abuse order||Donnally||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.26||1/10/2023||National Guard income tax exemption||Birong||Democrat||Ways and Means|
|H.25||1/6/2023||Feasibility study for child care facility in a State building||Anthony||Democrat||Corrections and Institutions|
|H.24||1/6/2023||State Auditor examining State contractor records||Page||Republican||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.23||1/6/2023||Mail-in ballots upon request only for general elections||Labor||Republican||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.22||1/6/2023||Sexual exploitation by police||Small||Prog./ Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.21||1/6/2023||Require utility to notify landlord of disconnections||Page||Republican||General and Housing|
|H.20||1/5/2023||One person, one vote’ reapportionment study||Sims||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.19||1/5/2023||Municipal boards of abatement||Arrison||Democrat||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.18||1/5/2023||Ban sale of single-use-filter cannabis and tobacco products||Page||Republican||Human Services|
|H.17||1/5/2023||More time, money for towing abandoned vehicles||Page||Republican||Transportation|
|H.16||1/5/2023||Study to expand passenger, freight rail service||Page||Republican||Transportation|
|H.15||1/5/2023||Protecting golf courses from development||Page||Republican||Environment and Energy|
|H.14||1/5/2023||More pay for jurors||Coffey||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.13||1/5/2023||Legalizing switchblade knives||Brennan||Republican||Judiciary|
|H.12||1/5/2023||Dismiss nonviolent misdemeanors to reduce court backlog||LaLonde/ Burditt/ Christie||Rep./ Dem.||Judiciary|
|H.11||1/5/2023||Insurance for epinephrine auto-injectors||Hango||Republican||Health Care|
|H.10||1/5/2023||Create VEGI oversight board||Kornheiser/ Marcotte||Dem./ Rep.||Commerce and Economic Development|
|H.9||1/5/2023||Exempt EVs from inspection for 40 months||Anthony||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.8||1/5/2023||Repeal statute of limitations for childhood emotional abuse||Austin||Democrat||Judiciary|
|H.7||1/5/2023||Replacing term “cider” with “hard cider“||Donahue||Republican||Government Operations and Military Affairs|
|H.6||1/5/2023||Expand development ban down to 1,500 ft.||Anthony||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.5||1/5/2023||Regional plan reform||Bongartz||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.4||1/5/2023||Removal of pilings causing ice jams at Barre bridge||Anthony||Democrat||Transportation|
|H.3||1/5/2023||$800K for mental health providers working with police||Anthony||Democrat||Health Care|
|H.2||1/5/2023||Exempt aircraft hangars from Act 250 review||Corcoran||Democrat||Environment and Energy|
|H.1||1/5/2023||Payment, case management for developmental disability services||McFaun/ Wood||Rep./ Dem.||Human Services|
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Can you imagine how much damage they do if they met year-round?
How about they sit a few years out, let the adults sort it out?
OMG ! Mount Peculiar is the most schizophrenic town in the state with them meeting 5 months a year. For seven months, life was good, relatively stable, and somewhat predictable. The upper echelon of state bureaucracy are easy going, easy to talk to, for the most part, average human beings. But for the five months that the circus is in town, everybody walks around on pins and needles worrying about things they may say, or do that may offend the clown show under the Golden Dome. These “public servants” (that’s laughable, as they are anything but ! they are the most self serving lot of people that you will ever meet) should be doing there best to shorten the legislative season. It was not that long ago that they met for 6 weeks, every other year. The only thing that has changed is the legislatures seeming need to regulate (limit) our freedoms,and spend more, and more of our money !
Very well stated Pat. This session is already turning out to be even worse than some of us feared. How about they start addressing some of the REAL issues, Ie. Affordable Housing, as well as several more,
How about we reduce it to two weeks instead
That sounds just about right. Keep the damage to a minimum.
pigfarmer56……..lets give em 2 months….8weeks….and what gets done is done, if not done waits till the next year, and prioritize before session actually convenes…….
So another was of taxpayer money on another useless study
LOL! And by meeting they mean collecting their salary, getting their free health insurance and passing the most ludicrous woke/commie/anti business laws they can think of….all from the comfort of their bedrooms as they Zoom all their meetings.
I never thought I’d get to see Rome burn in real time…..
ok, ummm it now takes close to 5 months to do 12 month budget/business……..my vote is 2 months……get it done or wait till the next year……and ya all go home……
this bill is insane
And remember, the budget is the LAST thing they “debate”. They do all their spending, then vote to give themselves enough of our money to cover their wish list. The budget should be the FIRST thing they approve, set by the previous year’s plus a projected COLA if you will, then they should have to live within that budget PERIOD! This is the way state gov. operates if you can believe it. Imagine this. You go, and buy a new Tesla (of course) then come back to your boss, (the people of the SOV) and tell him or her (them) you need a raise because you bought a new car. That’s the way these people conduct business ! Why are we broke and getting further in debt ?
God help us all! With the damage they spray on us in five months, just imagine
what catastrophics they could impose upon us given seven more months to do their
dirty work. No way, Jose!
An issue of this nature should not be decided by those who would directly benefit from it. Legislators are “public servants” which should mean that “we the people” are their employers, and as such we should be the ones to decide if the legislative season should be revised. Put it to a vote on Town Meeting Day and let the voters decide. I would propose the same for their benefits and salary packages as well. And after reviewing a number of the current proposals, I would vote not only to shorten the season but cap the number of bills proposed. So many of the proposals are time wasters and reduce the time that could be spent debating issues that actually impact the well being of the state. It would appear as if the legislative body as a whole, has lost sight of it’s purpose.
the nature of government is to expand and take over more and more of citizens’ rights. if allowed they will keep going until it is full time and they tell people what to do in every part of life. what has happened to being a free country with limited government
How best to never have to get a “real job”? I’d suggest 1 month every 3 years; should reduce the damage that way.
Why should they create a “job” that we the people have to pay for in benefits. Many people that they represent have NO insurance even if they work!! This legislature under Mitzi voted themselves a PERPETUAL annual payraise. For 2 yrs they never stepped foot inside the dome in Montpelier. They have passed socialist/communist laws without ANY oversight from we the people. This really needs to stop. Now!!
OMG they do enough damage as it is. Heaven help us. It’s so bad people I know are leaving the state.
The biggest problem with a long session is preventing decent, working or entrepreneurial Vermonters from being able to serve and leave them enough time to earn a living. This is obviously BY DESIGN, and now the marxists in charge want to double down on this strategy? The democrat caucus has been effectively meeting year round for a decade or so. At a minimum level of reform, what is needed is for them to get paid only through the second week of March and anything not finished they want to continue with they do on their own time. They waste the taxpayers money in actual legislative expenses for a much-too-long session as well as the horrible economic damage they do through the bills they pass. Ultimately though it is the majority of voters who put these charlatans in office who are to blame for the fiscal and social mess Vermont is in…but hey, one in 5 Americans approve of the job being done by the President. If you need a good insight into the intelligence and awareness level of the average American these days, just observe the behavior at a 4-way stop sign.
I’d say the legislature should meet every 10 years. Most of what they do is “busy work” and figuring out how to make more problems which make more work that make more problems. Many of them seem like they are working for the special interests. I do not know of many bills that have made my life better in Vermont.
Worst idea I have ever heard (I seem to say that every week)
Just what this state needs – an entire year of liberal lawmaking!
As if they don’t do enough damage in the few months they’re there now.
God Help Us!