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Vermont Senate Bills

VDC’s comprehensive, detailed updated list of all Senate legislation

By Guy Page and Timothy Page

This is the Vermont Daily Chronicle Vermont Senate Bills page, listing on one page every bill introduced into the current session of the Vermont Senate. 

Vermont Senate Bills will be updated three days a week most weeks of the legislative session (January – May). The page will be posted prominently for easy access. Information will include:

  • Date of introduction
  • Topic, as distinct from the title of the bill listed on the Legislature’s website. Many readers find the bill titles vague, confusing or both. We try to present a clear, succinct, descriptive topic. 
  • Lead sponsor
  • Sponsor’s party
  • Committee of jurisdiction

All bills introduced into the 2023-24 session to date. Current through January 27, 2023. For more information see http://www.legislature.vermont.gov

Bill #IntroducedTopic Lead SponsorSponsor partyCommittee
S.471/27/2023Transport of individuals to psychiatric careLyons/ SearsDemocratHealth & Welfare
S.461/27/2023Ensure rights to independent auto repairGulickDemocratEconomic Development
S.451/27/2023Establishes elective income tax on pass-through businessesChittendenDem./ Rep.Finance
S.441/27/2023Manufacturers pay for household hazardous products collectionBrayDemocratNatural Resources
S.431/26/2023Legal representation in the child protection systemRam HinsdaleDemocratJudiciary
S.421/26/2023Prohibits State retirement systems from investing in fossil fuelsRam HinsdaleDemocratGovernment Operations
S.411/26/2023Eliminates life without paroleRam HinsdaleDemocratJudiciary
S.401/26/2023Regulates firearm usage, storage, and purchaseClarkson/ HardyDemocratJudiciary
S.391/26/2023Legislators’ pay and benefitsClarkson/ HardyDemocratGovernment Operations
S.381/26/2023Municipal planning permitsMcCormackDemocratNatural Resources
S.371/25/2023Access to abortion and gender-reassignmentLyons/ Hardy/ Clarkson/ Ram HinsdaleDemocratHealth & Welfare
S.361/25/2023Permits arrest without a warrantSears/ LyonsDemocratJudiciary
S.351/25/2023Hartford’s infrastructure financingWhiteDemocratFinance
S.341/25/2023Kindergarten enrollment ageChittendenDemocratEducation
S.331/25/2023Miscellaneous judiciary proceduresSearsDemocratJudiciary
S.321/25/2023Ranked-choice voting for presidential primary electionsRam Hinsdale/ HardyDemocratGovernment Operations
S.311/24/2023Open carry and self-defense with firearmsRam HinsdaleDemocratJudiciary
S.301/24/2023Sister State ProgramHardyDemocratEconomic Development
S.291/24/2023Military protection ordersRam HinsdaleDemocratJudiciary
S.281/24/2023Restrict litigation against abuse survivorsWhiteDemocratJudiciary
S.271/24/2023Reducing usage of cash bailsRam HinsdaleDemocratJudiciary
S.261/20/2023Removing residency requirement from assisted suicideLyonsDemocratHealth & Welfare
S.251/20/2023Banning certain harmful chemicals from cosmetic, health productsLyonsDemocratHealth & Welfare
S.241/19/2023Implementing the Clean Fuels ProgramWhiteDemocratNatural Resources
S.231/19/2023Prohibiting certain forms of discriminationHardyDemocratEconomic Development
S.221/18/2023Posting of land, hunting/ fishingPerchlikDem./ Prog.Natural Resources
S.211/18/2023Safety zonesPerchlikDem./ Prog.Natural Resources
S.201/18/2023Basic Needs Budget and minimum wage calculationRam HinsdaleDemocratEconomic Development
S.191/18/2023Tobacco prohibitionsRam Hinsdale/ LyonsDemocratEconomic Development
S.181/18/2023Flavored-tobacco banLyonsDemocratEconomic Development
S.171/17/2023Sheriff reformsSears/ HardyDemocratJudicial
S.161/12/2023Exceptions for clergySearsDemocratJudicial
S.151/12/2023Presumptive probationSearsDemocratJudicial
S.141/12/2023Justice expendature reportingSearsDemocratJudicial
S.131/11/2023Referral of cases to community justice centersHashimDemocratJudicial
S.121/11/2023Union electionsRam HinsdaleDemocratEconomic Development
S.111/10/2023Persons prohibited from firearmsBaruthDemocratJudicial
S.101/10/2023Water filling stations in schoolsChittendenDemocratEducation
S.91/10/2023State Auditor examining State contractor recordsBrayDemocratGovernment Operations
S.81/6/2023Counsel for the legally insaneHashimDemocratJudiciary
S.71/6/2023Public defender expanded accessHashimDemocratJudiciary
S.61/6/2023Police interrogation of juvenilesSearsDemocratJudiciary
S.51/6/2023Affordable Heat Act mandateBrayDemocratNatural Resources
S.41/6/2023Violent crime reduction for juveniles through gun controlSearsDemocratJudiciary
S.31/6/2023Prohibiting paramilitary training campsBaruthDemocratJudiciary
S.21/6/2023Payment, case management for developmental disability servicesLyonsDemocratHealth & Welfare
S.11/6/2023Act 250 and aircraft hangarsSearsDemocratNatural Resources

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4 replies »

  1. Guy, I really appreciate this information. I was wondering if S3 would apply to hunter safety courses. As written, it does not apply to hunter safety courses. All of my children took hunter safety courses and I often recommend them to friends. I don’t think there are any paramilitary training camps in Vermont so I don”t think this is a bill that the Senate should waste time on. The people of Vermont have so many problems now like unfunded pensions, the high cost of health care. I don’t want tax dollars being spent on a problem that does not exists now. I am not fooled by S5. Instead of creating a convoluted plan, to reach the goals of the GWSA the Vermont Legislature should abolish the GWSA. The goals were never attainable and we all knew it. Despite what the backers say I know S5 will hurt most Vermonters and will not solve any problems.

    • This bill (S3) appears to prohibit anyone, on any private property in Vermont, from practicing archery, or using rifles, shotguns, or pistols, or skeet and trap shooting, using black powder in any way, or any other similar sport shooting. See 10 V.S.A. § 5227.

      You can own them. But you can’t use them.

      OTOH: “… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” makes a distinction between ‘keeping’ (owning or having) a weapon, and bearing (using) a weapon.

      Keeping clearly means possessing.

      Bearing clearly means using.

      And neither right shall be infringed.

      Guess we’ll see Mr. Baruth in court.

  2. As prefaced in the explanation of this list of senate bills, the title does not tell the whole story. S-11 about referrals of cases to Criminal Justice Centers sounds all fine and dandy until you read that they want an option to refer cases of sexual assault and domestic violence to the justice centers. In addition they want the justice center staff and volunteers to receive initial and annual training on dealing with these types of referred cases. Having some history with CJ Centers, we don’t normally deal with felony cases. These types of cases are more complex and require much more follow-up for an offender to satisfy repair to the victim and the community. When an offender does complete their agreement for repair of harm, the case is not brought up for prosecution. That means that the original offense is not on the offender’s record. Do we really want such offenses not appearing on a person’s record? Just food for thought here.
    Also with volunteers on a CJ panel, aren’t we requiring a lot of them to attend mandatory annual training after the initial training session? These are volunteers involved here, not paid staff members. Another food for thought.

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