By Guy Page
This week Vermont House committees will review bills passed by the Senate and look at new House bills whose sponsors have been waiting patiently for a few minutes of the committee of jurisdiction’s time.
For a complete listing of legislation scheduled for House Committee review this week, see this week’s In Committee, a Headliners weekly publication of bills in House committees. They include:
- S40, controlling lead in school drinking water (Education Committee, all week long).
- S23, minimum wage (General, Housing & Military Affairs Thursday).
- S54, cannabis tax and regulate (Gov Ops, Wednesday).
- S86 Raising smoking age to 21 (Human Services, Thursday).
- S18, consumer justice enforcement (Judiciary, Wednesday).
- S37 medical monitoring (Judiciary, Thursday). About 10 lobbyists are scheduled to testify, in part because the business community is concerned it would allow medical expense recovery from consumer-related exposure to chemicals such as beautician’s hair treatments and service station gasoline fumes.
House bills getting their first look by committees address casino gaming, sports wagering, family leave for organ donors, disclosing presidential tax returns, municipal regulation of knife possession, disturbing the Legislature, slavery apology and reparations, incompatible local offices, ranked choice voting, criminal threatening (the “Kiah Morris bill”), wanton waste of wildlife, a several transportation-related bills, including increasing the gas tax to pay for electronic vehicle infrastructure.
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.