Statehouse Headliners: List of bills signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott

By Guy Page

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday signed into law H.57, the unrestricted abortion bill, and vetoed S.169, a gun control bill that would have required a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

Between the two bills, the Legislature held 23 rolls calls: 16 for H.57, and seven for S.169. An S.169 veto override attempt could take place in the 2020 session, although it’s unclear if it has sufficient support. It cleared the House 82-58. H.57 passed the House 106-37, so a veto might well have been overridden. However, the governor could have allowed the bill to pass into law without his written and verbal endorsement.

Gov. Scott’s office reported that yesterday he also signed the following bills into law:

  • S.7, social service integration with Vermont’s health care system
  • S.31, informed health care financial decision making and the consent policy for the Vermont Health Information Exchange
  • S.41, regulating entities that administer tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses
  • S.73, licensure of ambulatory surgical centers
  • S.112, earned good time
  • S.131, insurance and securities
  • S.134, background investigations for State employees with access to federal tax information
  • H.132, adopting protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence
  • H.135, the authority of the Agency of Digital Services
  • H.292, miscellaneous natural resources and energy subjects
  • H.508, approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Bennington
  • H.514, miscellaneous tax provisions

H.536, the education finance bill, was signed June 4.

The following bills approved by the 2019 Legislature also have been signed into law:

Signed by governor
Act 45  Family court jurisdiction of juveniles up to age 25
Act 44  State hemp program
Act 43  limiting prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment
Act 42   capital construction and State bonding
Act 41  public education for fair and impartial policing
Act 40  miscellaneous: alimony, medical marijuana, juveniles, campus sex crime task force
Act 39  no statute of limitations for sexual exploitation of minor
Act 38  town clerk recording fees and town restoration and preservation reserve funds
Act 37  repealing the statute of limitations for civil actions based on childhood sexual abuse
Act 36  small probate estates
Act 35  the regulation of neonicotinoid pesticides
Act 34  eligibility for farm-to-school grant assistance
Act 33  approval of the dissolution of Rutland Fire District No. 10
Act 32  sealing and expungement of criminal history records
Act 31  Required reporting on hydro, efficiency, net-metering; pipeline excavation rules; district thermal heat funding; regulation of energy storage; small hydro rates
Act 30  professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation
Act 29  taxation of timber harvesting equipment
Act 28  taxation of electronic cigarettes
Act 27  increasing the legal age for buying and using cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age
Act 26  Rural Health Services Task Force
Act 25  miscellaneous changes to the State’s retirement systems
Act 24  acknowledgment or denial of parentage
Act 23  Farm-to-Plate Investment Program
Act 22  restricting retail and Internet sales of electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine, and tobacco paraphernalia in Vermont
Act 21  the regulation of polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking and surface waters
Act 20  miscellaneous banking provisions
Act 19  allowing reflective health benefit plans at all metal levels
Act 18  Indigenous Peoples’ Day replacing Columbus Day
Act 17  determining the proportion of health care spending allocated to primary care
Act 16  aggravated murder for killing a firefighter or an emergency medical provider
Act 15  miscellaneous provisions affecting navigators, Medicaid records, and the Department of Vermont Health Access
Act 14  technical corrections
Act 13  increasing the number of examiners on the Board of Bar Examiners from nine to 11 members
Act 12  the time frame for the adoption of administrative rules
Act 11   international wills
Act 10  a uniform process for foreign credential verification in the Office of Professional Regulation
Act 9  the disposition of the remains of veterans
Act 8  sexual exploitation of a person in law enforcement officer custody
Act 7   second degree aggravated domestic assault
Act 6  fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments
Act 5  extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need
Act 4   lead poisoning prevention
Act 3  captive insurance companies and risk retention groups
Act 2  limiting senatorial districts to a maximum of three members
Act 1   ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools

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.

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One thought on “Statehouse Headliners: List of bills signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott

  1. Act 18. Indigenous Peoples’ Day replacing Columbus Day, Next will be replacing Christmas with Allah Akbar day. When will the needs of the few stop outweighing the needs of the many?

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