Reps. Oliver Olsen and Paul Dame objected to what they said is the potential impact of unintended consequences on businesses. They also said the bill leaves “a host of unanswered questions.”
Senate Pro Tempore John Campbell was able to find a strategy and another vote to defeat an exemption that would have allowed businesses with five or fewer employees to not be subject to the Senate bill.
Chris Lu, secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, said paid sick leave, eventually will become as accepted as the 40-hour work week, a ban on child labor and other fair work laws.
An amendment that would have exempted businesses with five or fewer employees failed.
The legislation could morph before a final vote on Wednesday: A number of amendments that could alter sick day rules will likely be considered.
The Senate committee wrote in exemptions for part-timers who don’t work more than 20 weeks in a year and workers younger than 18.
With a 72-63 majority vote in the House in April, strong support from House Speaker Shap Smith and newly announced backing from Senate Pro Tem John Campbell, the workplace benefit is likely to be approved by both chambers this session.
Farmers who offer value-added products among those no longer exempt from federal overtime rules.
The new technology allows patients to keep track of treatment and medication, office visits, immunization records and test results. The portals are also designed to enhance communication between patients and providers.
Experts say labeling genetically modified foods could confuse consumers. Vermont Senate to take up bill in January.
Dow is no longer selling the herbicide aminopyralid in the region after the chemical tainted compost sold by the Chittenden Solid Waste District.
The new law permits on-farm outdoor slaughter but under more tightly regulated conditions.
Rep. Janet Ancel, chair of Ways and Means, says one reason to revise sales tax exemptions is the need for immediate income. “Sales taxes come in quickly, while revenue from income taxes would not come in until 2015,” she said.
The art installation at the Statehouse was a visual statement about the preponderance of plastic waste generated by single serving water bottles.