Legislation

Solar panel recycling, 24/7 public restroom at Capitol proposed in House

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By Guy Page

The State of Vermont needs a plan for disposal of solar panels. It also needs a 24/7/365 public restroom on the Capitol Complex grounds.

Those are just two of the 52 bills introduced to date in the 2023-24 Vermont House of Representatives. 

H47, introduced by Rep. Jim Harrison of Mendon/Killington, would “require all solar panel installers to have an approved recycling plan for the solar panels. It proposes to give the Public Utility Commission authority to approve recycling plans.”

Most solar panels have a full-strength lifespan of at least 10 years, after which they lose efficiency over time. Harrison, a Republican, wants the Legislature’s trend towards recycling to include solar panels.

H34, the brainchild of new Montpelier City representatives Conor Casey and Kate McCann, would “require the Commissioner of Buildings and General Services, on or before September 1, 2023, to issue a request for proposal to study the feasibility of a State-owned

public restroom open 24 hours a day and seven days a week in or near the Capitol Complex.”

Contacted by email, Casey cited the need to provide restroom services to visitors to the state capitol and the city’s homeless population. 

H.511/13/2023establishing the Aquatic Nuisance Prevention Pass for use of State waters
H.501/13/2023prohibiting the labeling of consumer products that contain PFAS as compostable
H.491/13/2023establishing a statewide retirement system for voluntary firefighters
H.481/12/2023solid waste management
H.471/12/2023disposal of solar panels
H.461/12/2023approval of the dissolution of Colchester Fire District No. 3
H.451/12/2023abusive litigation filed against survivors of domestic abuse, stalking, or sexual assault
H.441/12/2023local option tax in small towns
H.431/12/2023recognition and enforcement of a military protection order
H.421/11/2023temporary alternative procedures for annual municipal meetings and electronic meetings of public bodies
H.411/11/2023referral of domestic and sexual violence cases to community justice centers
H.401/11/2023nonconsensual removal of or tampering with a sexually protective device
H.391/11/2023a local revenue distribution working group
H.381/11/2023the use of a portable electronic device in non-hands-free mode while operating a motor vehicle
H.371/11/2023winter tires on rental cars
H.361/11/2023exempting small towns from mapping forest blocks and habitat connectors
H.351/10/2023the Victims Assistance Program
H.341/10/2023studying the feasibility of a State-owned public restroom near the Capitol Complex
H.331/10/2023allowing legislators to elect taxable or nontaxable meals and lodging expense reimbursement
H.321/10/2023the Social Security benefits exemption
H.311/10/2023aquatic nuisance control
H.301/10/2023the regulation of wetlands
H.291/10/2023development in mapped river corridors
H.281/10/2023diversion and expungement
H.271/10/2023coercive controlling behavior and abuse prevention orders
H.261/10/2023an income tax exemption for members of the National Guard
H.251/6/2023feasibility study for operating a child care facility in a State building
H.241/6/2023the authority of the State Auditor to examine the books and records of State contractors
H.231/6/2023mail-in ballots for general elections
H.221/6/2023sexual exploitation of a person who is being investigated by law enforcement
H.211/6/2023landlord notice of utility disconnections
H.201/5/2023exploring modification to Vermont’s reapportionment process
H.191/5/2023abating de minimis amounts of taxes owed for purposes of balancing municipal accounts
H.181/5/2023prohibiting the sale of cannabis and tobacco products utilizing single-use filters
H.171/5/2023abandoned motor vehicles and the towing of abandoned motor vehicles
H.161/5/2023a rail feasibility study
H.151/5/2023protecting golf courses from development
H.141/5/2023jurors’ compensation
H.131/5/2023switchblade knives
H.121/5/2023reducing the case backlog in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court
H.111/5/2023commercial insurance coverage of epinephrine auto-injectors
H.101/5/2023amending the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive Program
H.91/5/2023motor vehicle inspections
H.81/5/2023repealing the statute of limitations for civil actions based on childhood emotional abuse
H.71/5/2023replacing the term “cider” with “hard cider” within Title 7
H.61/5/2023development and subdivisions above 1,500 feet
H.51/5/2023a study on strengthening regional plans and their implementation
H.41/5/2023the removal of the pilings of Bridge 308
H.31/5/2023the provision of grants for mental health providers working in collaboration with municipal police departments
H.21/5/2023Act 250 jurisdiction over aircraft hangars
H.11/5/2023legislative oversight of payment reform and conflict-free case management for developmental disability services

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12 replies »

  1. Conner Casey, well, Mount peculiar, you made that bed, you lie in it. So who (what) agency, state or local would be responsible for security in, and around a 24/7/365 public restroom on, or near the state complex when the inevitable problems arise. This is an invitation to drug addicts, homeless, vandals, and mentally unstable people. I would point to the State garage in Rutland as an example. A former associate of mine, (a State Security Officer) had numerous (almost daily) interactions with down and out citizens miss using the facilities. Some of these people are very contentious, to say the least. Somebody had better be prepared for the consequences.

  2. We’ll, that’ll be another two, maybe three, state employees just to keep that joint clean. What a lousy idea!

  3. Connor Casey, one of the Mount Stupid brain trusts, comes on strong with a bill to help Montpeculier’s homeless relieve themselves on the Capitol grounds. Now, that is one of Vermont’s most pressing issues. When this plan is complete and the state spends another million on a heated, gender inclusive, nonbinary restroom, the homeless class can stop pooping and urinating in the street or in the information hut near Julio’s. It might be less costly to the taxpayers to hang a plastic bag dispenser downtown. Responsible dog owners use these bags so why can’t the homeless? Thanks Connor, keep those important bills coming!

  4. Solar panel recycling seems like a good idea. I bingled the subject and found a very detailed explanation of the process, but little solid information on the cost. Seems like the obvious direction to go. Otherwise all those “rare-earth metals” that are so critical to our national defense will just end up leaching into the ground in Coventry.

    Of course this will add to the unknown costs to consumers of the new exciting e-society.

  5. Funny, even the solar panel manufacturers don’t take damaged panels back. Thousands of panels are stacked behind the solar installer’s businesses. Ask a solar installer. But lets push social justice and gun control right phil beruit and phony phil scott.

  6. These are the places (aside from bars, restaurants and hotels) I’ve used to powder my nose in downtown Montpelier: State House, City Hall, Kellogg Hubbard Library, Visitor Information Center, and one, I think, in the City Center.

  7. There are a lot of very hazardous chemicals in solar panels. This is going to be a big, big issue because of the ever increasing number of them. I think they are or should be biohazard. Once they are “discarded” people will lose track of how dangerous they are as they use them as tabletops, for example, which is fine until they get cracked or dropped. More poison!!!!

  8. I think the legislature should arrange to have used up solar panels stored at the lawns and backyards of the legislators who, in a gross conflict of interest, make very nice livings working for Vermont solar companies.

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