Statehouse Headliners: Carbon tax study, marijuana odor bills and more survive crossover

By Guy Page

Bills about drones near prison, fireworks, marijuana odor, studying carbon taxation, the statewide voter checklist, campaign finance, child fatality, human trafficking, vagrancy, animal cruelty and more survived the Vermont Legislature March 2 crossover deadline and remain under consideration for approval this year.

Some of the bills below have already passed the House and are now under Senate review. Any 2017-18 biennium bill not appearing below has either become law already, or (more likely) is dead for 2018, barring a vote to the contrary by the full House.

The Legislature is home this week on Town Meeting, and will return Tuesday, March 13. For more information on specific bills, see the bill number below.

Agriculture & Forestry Committee:

H.663 municipal land use regulation of accessory on-farm businesses
H.726  creating a voluntary pollinator-friendly standard for solar arrays
H.780  the inspection of amusement rides
H.903  regenerative farming
H.904  miscellaneous agricultural subjects
H.915  the protection of pollinators

Appropriations:

H.549  the Petroleum Cleanup Fund
H.571  creating the Department of Liquor and Lottery and the Board of Liquor and Lottery
H.608  creating an Older Vermonters Act working group
H.638  increasing Board of Bar Examiners from nine to 11 members
H.718  creation of the Restorative Justice Study Committee
H.854  promoting television and film production
H.911  changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

Commerce and Economic Development:

H.593  miscellaneous consumer protection provisions
H.620  State-owned airports and economic development
H.694  captive insurance companies
H.719  insurance companies and trust companies
H.731  miscellaneous workers’ compensation and occupational safety amendments
H.748  State designations and electronic filing of proposed plans, plan amendments, and bylaws under Title 24
H.764  data brokers and consumer protection
H.766  creating a homeowner’s rehabilitation tax credit
H.780  the inspection of amusement rides
H.854  promoting television and film production
H.916  increasing the moral obligation authority of the Vermont Economic Development Authority
H.919  workforce development

Corrections and Institutions:

H.551  flying the Green Mountain Boys Flag at the State House
H.615  prohibiting the use of drones near correctional facilities
H.718  creation of the Restorative Justice Study Committee
H.806  the Southeast State Correctional Facility Study Committee
S.149  the authority of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to enter into land transactions

Education:

H.897  enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support

Energy and Technology:

H.581  Connectivity Initiative grant eligibility
H.582  increased funding for the Connectivity Initiative
H.616  thermal efficiency monies and biomass-led district heat
H.726  creating a voluntary pollinator-friendly standard for solar arrays
H.920  the authority of the Agency of Digital Services

General ,Housing, & Military Affairs:

H.571  creating the Department of Liquor and Lottery and the Board of Liquor and Lottery
H.614  the sale and use of fireworks
H.693  the Honor and Remember Flag
H.711  employment protections for crime victims
H.831  funding for an accelerated weatherization program
H.906  professional licensing for service members and veterans
H.907  improving rental housing safety

Government Operations:

H.585  management of records
H.624  the protection of information in the statewide voter checklist
H.677  collecting attorney’s fees after enforcing a municipal zoning bylaw
H.684  professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation
H.700  the Open Meeting Law and meeting minutes
H.779  the legislative directory prepared by the Secretary of State
H.828  disclosures in campaign finance law
H.829  appointing town grand jurors
H.843  technical corrections
H.846  the application of general law to chartered municipalities
H.859  requiring municipal corporations to affirmatively vote to retain ownership of lease lands
H.894  pensions, retirement, and setting the contribution rates for municipal employees
H.895  legislative review of certain report requirements
H.899  fees for records filed in town offices and a town fee report and request
H.908  the Administrative Procedure Act
H.910  the Open Meeting Law and the Public Records Act
H.913  boards and commissions

Health Care:

H.892  regulation of short-term, limited-duration health insurance coverage and association health plans
H.901  health information technology and health information exchange
H.905  the Green Mountain Care Board’s billback formula
H.912  the health care regulatory duties of the Green Mountain Care Board
H.914  reporting requirements for the second year of the Vermont Medicaid Next Generation ACO Pilot Project

Human Services:

H.589  the reasonable and prudent parent standard
H.608  creating an Older Vermonters Act working group
H.673  miscellaneous amendments to the Reach Up program
H.686  establishing the Child Fatality Review Team
H.690  explanation of advance directives and treating clinicians who may sign a DNR/COLST
H.727  the admissibility of a child’s hearsay statements in a proceeding before the Human Services Board
H.736  lead poisoning prevention
H.822  repealing Vermont’s certificate of need laws
H.921  nursing home oversight

Judiciary:

H.562  parentage proceedings
H.563  repealing the crimes of vagrancy
H.566  animal cruelty
H.589  the reasonable and prudent parent standard
H.603  human trafficking
H.611  compensation for victims of crime
H.638  increasing the number of examiners on the Board of Bar Examiners from nine to 11 members
H.660  establishing the Geographic Justice Criminal Code Reclassification Commission
H.675  conditions of release prior to trial
H.689  funding domestic violence accountability programs and the position of Vermont Council on Domestic Violence Coordinator
H.717  penalties for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors
H.727  the admissibility of a child’s hearsay statements in a proceeding before the Human Services Board
H.728  bail reform
H.741  criminal history record fees
H.764  data brokers and consumer protection
H.799  notice of sale of property subject to unpaid property taxes
H.819  municipal authority to adopt nuisance ordinances regarding marijuana odor
H.836  electronic court filings for relief from abuse orders
H.868  mitigating statewide systemic racism
H.875  immunity for recreational use of municipally owned land

Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife:

H.549  the Petroleum Cleanup Fund
H.554  the regulation of dams
H.559  miscellaneous environmental subjects
H.576  stormwater management
H.636  miscellaneous fish and wildlife subjects
H.730  State response to waters in crisis
H.763  a study of approaches to greenhouse gas reduction
H.881  corrective action plans under Act 250

Transportation:

H.654  Burlington International Airport and noise compatibility programs
H.691  highway safety
H.909  technical and clarifying changes in transportation-related laws
H.917  the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to transportation-related law
H.918  taxation of aircraft fuel

Ways & Means:

H.549  the Petroleum Cleanup Fund
H.576  stormwater management
H.582  increased funding for the Connectivity Initiative
H.636  miscellaneous fish and wildlife subjects
H.684  professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation
H.694  captive insurance companies
H.731  miscellaneous workers’ compensation and occupational safety amendments
H.764  data brokers and consumer protection
H.901  health information technology and health information exchange
H.911  changes in Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system

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, Divestment Facts, the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and the Church at Prison.

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One thought on “Statehouse Headliners: Carbon tax study, marijuana odor bills and more survive crossover

  1. Far too many worthless, time consuming activities. Shut down the legislature for the season. The longer they stay, the more we see useless legislation to justify staying in session.

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