by Guy Page
Published below: the READABLE Tuesday, March 16 Journal of the House of the Vermont House of Representatives, edited, abbreviated, and faithfully translated from the original Parliamentary.
Three bills approved by the Senate were sent to House committees:
S22 – health care practitioners administering stem cell products not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (sent to Health Care Committee).
S39 – Judicial Branch fee report and electronic filing fees. (Judiciary).
S117 – extending health care regulatory flexibility during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and to coverage of health care services delivered by audio-only telephone. (Health Care).
These ‘committee bills’ (introduced by entire committees, not individual legislators) were referred to the Appropriations Committee because they include large spending proposals:
H430, Health Care Committee – expanding eligibility for Dr. Dynasaur to all income eligible children and pregnant individuals regardless of immigration status.
H432, Government Operations – compensation for certain State employees (Pay Act).
H433, Transportation – the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to
H434, Agriculture and Forestry, establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board.
H435, Corrections and Institutions, miscellaneous Department of Corrections-related
These non-committee bills also were sent to Appropriations:
H153 – Medicaid reimbursement rates for home and community-based service providers.
H183 – sexual violence.
H210 – addressing disparities and promoting equity in the healthcare system
H293 – creating a State Youth Council
Sent to Ways & Means, the House’s tax and fee committee:
H431 – a committee bill from Energy and Technology on “miscellaneous energy subjects.”
H157 – registration of construction contractors.
H159 – creating the Better Places Program.
H313 – miscellaneous amendments to alcoholic beverage laws.
J.R.H. 5 – authorizing, subject to the determination of and limitations
that the Sergeant at Arms may establish, the Green Mountain Boys State
educational program to use the State House; put on calendar for vote next day.
J.R.H. 6 – racism as a public health emergency; sent to Human Services Committee.
Committee relieved of bill
House Education relieved of H152, education property tax; bill moved Ways and Means.
The House gave preliminary approval to these bills:
H366 – 2021 technical corrections
H10 – expands permitted candidate expenditures to include childcare – and possibly other unspecified expenditures – during campaign season.
H337 – printing and distribution of State publications.
H. 46 – miscellaneous provisions of mental health law, including voluntary admission to mental health facility.
H. 104 – certain licensed out-of-state mental health professionals to treat Vermont patients using telemedicine.
H. 149 – modernizing statutes related to the Vermont National Guard.
Sent to House Government Operations Committee: H. 227 – approval of amendments to the charter of the City of Winooski, including non-citizen voting.
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