By Guy Page
New bills introduced in the Vermont House of Representatives would, among other things, increase the state contribution to nursing home residents, prohibit female genital mutilation, oversee dangerous household products, prohibit plastic straws and takeout bags at restaurants, and define “milk.”
H.87 – Requires State to maximize environmental benefits of Volkswagen settlement. Rep. Michael Yantachka.
H.86 – Restricts property transfer tax revenue to Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust Fund. Rep. Thomas Stevens.
H.85 – Increases by $25 per person per month State’s contribution to personal needs allowance for nursing home residents on Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid, or both. Rep. Sandy Haas.
H.84 – Removes Act 250 jurisdiction over telecommunications facilities and grants permanent jurisdiction to Public Utility Commission. Rep. Laura Sibilia.
H.83 – Prohibits female genital mutilation. Rep. George Till.
H.82 – Exempt from sales and use tax parts and accessories for timber harvesting equipment. Co-Sponsors: Reps. Wood, Stevens, Noyes.
H.81 – Defines of “milk” as “pure lacteal secretion of hooved animals.” Rep. Partridge.
H.80 – Authorizes gun suppressor while hunting, and provides hearing protection for persons while hunting. Reps. Brennan, Till, Rep. Chase.
H.79 – Provides that organizations administering or assisting development of farm-to-school programs are eligible for funding from the Farm-to-School Program at the Agency of Agriculture. Rep. Partridge.
H.78 – Places moratorium on school district mergers ordered by the State Board of Education until legal issues are adjudicated. Rep. Partridge.
H.77 – Authorizes commercial landlord to retake possession of property upon breach of a lease agreement. Rep. Sibilia.
H.76 – Study creation of sales tax zones on eastern VT border. Rep. Seymour.
H.75 – Requires manufacturers of household products containing hazardous substance to participate in a stewardship organization; implement plan to collect household products containing a hazardous substance free of charge to the public. Rep. Sullivan.
H.74 – Prohibit food service establishments from providing carryout bags, expanded polystyrene food service products, and plastic straws to customers. Rep. Scheu.
H.73 – Approve amendments to charter of the City of Barre. Rep. Walz.
H.72 – Provide free fishing license to residents with developmental disability. Rep. Robin Scheu.
The following bills introduced earlier this month in the House would require in-state sale of renewable energy credits, allow gun suppressors for hunting, require voters to OK school mergers, and ban driving with ice and snow on cars, among other things.
H.52 – Requires at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional. Sponsor: Rep. Till.
H.53 – Establishes crime of disturbing the legislature, with punishment of fine and/or jail. Rep. Brennan.
H.54 – Requires solar generation renewable energy credits to be sold to Vermont utilities and applied to Vermont Renewable Energy Standard. Rep. Shaw.
H.55 – Requires consultant study of microplastics in Vermont waters and environment. Rep. Walz.
H.56 – Allows use of gun suppressor for game hunting. Rep. Till.
H.57 – Establishes in state law the unrestricted right to abortion. Reps. Pugh, Grad.
H.58 – Adds gender-inclusive language for town officers to charter of the Town of Barre. Reps. LaClair, McFaun.
H.59 – Codifies charter of Rutland County Solid Waste District. Rep. Harrison.
H.60 – Makes Agency of Human Services sole agency responsible for oversight and regulation of child care and prekindergarten education for children until enrolled in kindergarten. AHS now shares role with Agency of Education. Rep. Rosenquist.
H.61 – Imposes strict liability for damages caused by domestic dogs. Rep. Rosenquist.
H.62 – Prohibits school district from closing school due to consolidation without permission from voters. Rep. Ancel.
H.63 – Extends from three days to 30 the time frame for return of unclaimed beverage container deposits
H.64 – Financing water quality programs with excise taxes on polluters. Rep. Brownell.
H.65 – Requires removal of snow and ice from vehicles operated on public highways. Rep. Browning.
H.66 – Provides same benefit to survivors of firefighters and emergency personnel now available to survivors of law enforcement officers. Rep. Yantachka.
H.67 – Creates exemption from the workers’ compensation requirements for workers engaged in equine care and management for an employer whose annual payroll is less than $10,000. Rep. Shaw.
H.68 – Provide up to two consecutive hours of paid leave so that employees may vote in primary and general elections held in Vermont and on Town Meeting Day. Rep. Hashim.
H.69 – Creates a one-month grace period for a lapse in motor vehicle registration. Rep. Hashim.
H.70 – Postpones enforcement of compliance with child care providers’ educational and experiential requirements. Rep. Rosenquist.
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.