On May 24, Gov. Phil Scott signed these bills into law:
- H.96, creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. H96 creates a task force to develop “legislation to create one or more truth and reconciliation commissions to examine and begin the process of dismantling institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination in Vermont, both past and present.”
The Truth and Reconcilation movement began after the downfall of apartheid in South Africa, to peacefully address its wrongs. A modern-day movement in the U.S., with a focus on law enforcement, has set up similar commissions in San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia. The bill hires a full-time executive director, requires a report, and allocates $748,000 to establish the new commission.
- H.265, the Office of the Child, Youth, and Family Advocate
- H.279, miscellaneous changes affecting the duties of the Department of Vermont Health Access
- H.353, pharmacy benefit management
- H.410, the use and oversight of artificial intelligence in State government
- H.444, approval of amendments to the charter of the City of Barre
- H.464, miscellaneous changes to the Reach Up Program
- H.465, boards and commissions
- H.466, surface water withdrawals and interbasin transfers
- H.477, leave for crime victims
- H.489, miscellaneous provisions affecting health insurance regulation
To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2022 legislative session, click here.