Gov signs Burlington, Essex charter changes, Abenaki tax exemption

On April 21, Governor Phil Scott signed into law these bills passed by the 2022 Legislature:    

  • S.113, establishing a cause of action for medical monitoring expenses. When signing S.113, Governor Scott issued the following statement: “I appreciate the Legislature for working towards a solution on this legislation, in particular Senator Sears and the Bennington County delegation. I know we’ve had differences on this issue in the past, but this result is a good example of how we can work to address each other’s concerns and get to ‘yes.’ That’s what good government is about.”
  • S.183, midpoint probation review, allowing Dept. of Corrections to terminate probationary period after midpoint review. 
  • S.184, defense of others and justifiable homicide

On April 20, Governor Scott signed these bills:    

  • H.448, approval of Burlington charter amendment, including regulation of thermal heat systems in homes and businesses. When signing H.448, Governor Scott issued the following statement: “Although I’m concerned by the potential cost impacts this could have for Burlingtonians, I’m signing the bill because any new policy that could result from it will need to be brought back to Burlington residents for their final say.”
  • H.491, creation of City of Essex Junction and adoption of City charter. When signing H.491, Governor Scott issued the following statement: “I know this issue has been the subject of debate for decades, and I’m happy to see a resolution. Congratulations to the people of Essex Junction on the establishment of Vermont’s newest city.”
  • H.556, exempting property owned by Vermont-recognized Native American tribes from property tax. When signing H.556, Governor Scott sent a letter to the General Assembly, which can be viewed by clicking here.
  • H.627, the Vermont Economic Development Authority.
  • H.680, obtaining a marriage license in any town in Vermont.

The language and legislative history of these new laws may be seen at www.leg.state.vt.us

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