Exempting electric bikes from the vehicular ‘purchase and use’ tax, expanding the sale of unpasteurized milk, creating another state commission, and requiring an economic impact study of closing the Ryegate biomass power plant are among the bills to be taken up Tuesday by the Vermont House of Representatives.
As of this week, the Vermont House of Representatives has passed the following bills, according to the Campaign for Vermont.
The Vermont House of Representatives yesterday, March 17 reclassified felonies and misdemeanors, banned police use of chokeholds except to prevent death or bodily injury, and removed the motivation of malice from punishable hate crimes.
New bill – expanding Racial Equity staff, spending
Approved bills – no feminine hygiene tax, pandemic UI extended, judge retention vote scheduled, gender identity victim protection, non-citizen voting in Montpelier, facial recog tech, animal cruelty investigation, relinquishment of firearms.
A Vermont House resolution to admit Washington, D.C. as the 51st state has been sent to a committee for further study.
The Vermont House of Representatives today passed ‘Covid Relief Bill’ H315, allocating $79 million in federal and state funding, according to release from the office of the Speaker of the House.
The Vermont House of Representatives will meet remotely for the rest of this year’s session, House Speaker Jill Krowinski said.
New House bills: cops lose pensions for excessive force; raise income tax; limit cash bail; gun background checks; Legislature picks National Guard leader candidates – etc.
New House bills would take pension from cops found guilty of excessive force; create “Youth Council”; reduce cash bail; raise income tax; give Legislature nominating board control over candidates for National Guard leadership; increase water quality monitoring and reporting. Also – a bill for background checks on firearms.
Bills up for House committee review this week would encourage home visitation by school workers, allow candidates to spend campaign money on personal expenses, let a judge order police to take away firearms, study a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” for Vermont, promote BIPOC home ownership, and reimburse farmers for crop damage caused by black bears.
Committees in the Vermont House this week will review bills regarding three of the Legislature’s favorite R’s: race, relinquishing firearms, and reduction of carbon. They also will review three-acre runoff, redemption of beverage containers, reorganizing police under one state agency, and raising the standard for police use of force, and new regulations.