Veto Update: Gun control no, 50% land conservation maybe, contractor & rental registries yes

By Guy Page

Gov. Phil Scott won’t veto S4, the replacement gun control bill, he said at his press conference yesterday. 

Scott vetoed S30, the session’s first gun control bill, because it allowed a 30 day waiting period while the federal government conducted its required background check. S4 limits the waiting period to seven days, as he requested. “A deal’s a deal,” he told Vermont Daily Chronicle.  

However, the governor cautioned legislative leaders who (he said) are sneaking vetoed rental and contractor registration legislation into other bills. He vetoed the rental contractor bill because it would weaken a vital employment sector and increase Vermont’s affordable housing crisis. When you need to have your porch fixed, you call a small contractor. The contractor registration will force more of these ‘mom and pop’ operations to close and offer their services to big contractors, who can’t be bothered with fixing your porch, he predicted. 

He’s equivocal on H606, the land conservation bill passed by the House last week. It requires 30% of total Vermont land area to be protected from development by 2030, and 50% by 2050. Scott said he can live with 30 x 30 – we’re almost there now, he said. 

About 25% of Vermont land area is protected from development because it is state or national forest, wetlands, owned by a land trust, zoned for non-development, or falls into another category in which development is prohibited. 

But 50% by 2050 is another matter. If the bill passes the Senate with that language still included, “I’ll have to look at that,” he said. 

On March 22, Governor Scott signed these bills:      

  • H.367, An act relating to the management of perpetual care funds by cemetery associations
  • H.654, An act relating to extending COVID-19 health care regulatory flexibility

When signing H.654, Governor Scott issued a joint statement with Secretary of State Jim Condos:

“This bill provides important ongoing flexibility for healthcare delivery and access to telehealth services for Vermonters. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth access was shown to be a valuable way to increase access to healthcare for Vermonters, which is a shared priority of the Governor’s office and the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR), a division of the Secretary of State’s office. Moving forward, it can continue to play an important role for Vermonters and their health and wellbeing.

“The bill provides an extension for out of state providers to practice telehealth in our state without a Vermont license, so long as they are licensed to operate in another state. Now, H.654 requires them register with the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) or the Board of Medical Practice by March 31, 2022. Given the short timeframe for this to occur, OPR will allow for delayed enforcement of this provision, while encouraging compliance to ensure providers can follow through on the requirements without disrupting care for Vermonters.“We thank the Legislature and the hardworking staff at OPR for their work on this initiative.”

To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2022 legislative session, click here.

7 replies »

  1. “A deal’s a deal” ? A domino is a domino. How many dominoes = an infringement ?

  2. If it deals a deal then what about the paper that you signed at a gun show saying you wouldn’t change any gun laws?

    What a liar.

    Does anyone have a link to that video it needs to be here.

    It should be played on a giant screen on the State House lawn over and over and over again with the same fanfare that he used to sign his first gun control bill.

  3. More power grab over Vermonter’s lives who did NOT vote for the changes, were NOT asked (but you can bet Karl Schwab was consulted of the NWO) – the renter registries are just another way of making housing impossible for Vermonters, kettling them into institutional housing not of their liking or choice (ask all the institutionalized Vermonters in ‘approved’ state housing how they like being shuffled into their cubicles, surrounded by wifi poison 24/7 so they can be connected to Lifeline, a requirement in low income and senior housing, AND a way to surveille via the IOT – everything).

    This is fascism. We are funding it.
    I say no no no and no again. Make me.

    • I didn’t know about the lifeline thing… Scary, but coming to you or already done to you depending on your life choices (jab).

      • What part of Vermonter’s lives will NOT be regulated/controlled by the VT legislators/government?

      • Sadly it would seem to me that since the government is paying the left wing media directly that they are controlling our thoughts… or at least attempting to.

        Then there’s the jab and what it does but that’s just theory. For now…

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