By Guy Page
Last week these bills were introduced, or released for introduction, into the Vermont House of Representatives:
H.30 makes it a crime for a person to possess a firearm if the person is the subject of a relief from abuse order. Relief from abuse orders must require defendant to relinquish his or her firearms and other dangerous or deadly weapons until the order expires. The court order shall require the relinquishment of all firearms and other weapons that are in the defendant’s possession, ownership, or control, or that another person possesses, owns, or controls on behalf of the defendant. Sponsors: Reps. Maxine Grad, Anne Pugh.
H.29 exempts feminine hygiene products from sales tax. Rep. Dr. George Till.
H.28 requires pharmacists to inform patients about disposal of unused regulated drugs. Rep. Till, others.
H.27 increases smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age. Rep. Till, others.
H.26 restricts retail and Internet sales of electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine, and tobacco paraphernalia. Rep. Till, others.
H.25 permits electroconvulsive therapy only in hospital or state-qualified health care facilities. Reps. Donahue, Kitzmiller.
H.24 exempts from the Vermont criminal history record check fee individuals earning at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and the organizations that serve them. Rep. Lalonde, others.
H.23 creates checkoff on personal income tax return to allow taxpayers to designate funds to increasing organ donations. Rep. Lalonde, others.
H.22 expands types of hospitals for which the Green Mountain Care Board reviews the annual budget to include all hospitals that are not conducted, maintained, or operated by the State. Rep. Donahue.
H.21 prohibits so-called “freak show” display of individuals for money. Reps. Webb, Brumstead.
H.20 exempts from income taxation first $5,000 of military retirement income. Reps. Donahue, Goslant, others.
H.19 creates crime of sexual exploitation of a person in custody of law enforcement officer. Rep. Grad, others.
H.18 requires dollar value benefit of energy efficiency charge to be displayed on customers electricity bills. Rep. Sullivan.
H.17 allows mineral prospecting with a sluice box without a stream alteration permit, subject to conditions. Rep. Yantachka.
H.16 amends state boards and commissions law in keeping with recommendations of Sunset Advisory Commission. Reps. Gannon, LaClair.
The following bills are scheduled to be introduced into the Vermont Senate:
S.12 extends three years, until 2022, the State Energy Management Program of energy conservation, renewable energy in state buildings. Sponsor: Sen. Tim Ashe
S.11 limits senatorial districts to a maximum of three members, beginning 2022 General Election. Sens. Ashe, Benning, Sirotkin.(Chittenden County now has six seats.
S.10 places all prekindergarten education under VT Dept. of Education. Clarifies quality criteria for pre-K providers. Sponsor: Sen. Philip Baruth.
S.9 requires criminal and child abuse background checks for operators of home study programs and any persons with ongoing contact with home study students. Sen. Baruth.
S.8 establishes minimum qualifications for candidates for Adjutant and Inspector General. AG must be VT resident, Lt. Colonel or above, on or eligible for active duty, and enrolled in Senior Service College. Sen. Jeannette White.
S.7 requires Green Mountain Care Board to determine social services integration into accountable care organizations. Sen. Ginny Lyons.
S.6 integrates Bright Futures Guidelines into primary care and social services. Sen. Lyons.
S.5 prohibits involuntary sterilization of individuals with an intellectual disability. Sen. Lyons.
S.4 Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families to accept charge of childhood trauma mitigation. Sen. Lyons, Sen. Debbie Ingram.
S.3 permits large capacity ammunition feeding devices of up to 30 rounds, up from current maximum of 10 rounds for long gun and 15 for handgun. Sen. John Rodgers.
S.2 permits large capacity ammunition feeding devices to be transferred from one immediate family member to another by a properly executed will. Sen. Rodgers.
S.1 repeals 7/1/2019 sunset of transporting large capacity ammunition feeding devices into Vermont for shooting competitions. Sen. Rodgers.
Statehouse Headliners is intended primarily to educate, not advocate. It is e-mailed to an ever-growing list of interested Vermonters, public officials and media. Guy Page is affiliated with the Vermont Energy Partnership; the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare; and Physicians, Families and Friends for a Better Vermont.