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This Week's Committee Meetings

House Ag

 

AGENDA

 

Room 31

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 9:46 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

10:00 AM

         

Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor

         

Farm taxes

Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's 2017 Budget Address

House chamber

 

15 minutes after Budget Address

         

Results Based Accountability Presentation

Drusilla Roessle, Performance Improvement Director, Agency of Human Services

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and the Impact of Grazing on Vermont Farms

Regina Beider, Organic Dairy Farmer and Farmers In Marketing Regional Specialist for Organic Valley

Jenn Colby, Program Coordinator, Pasture Program, Center for Sustainable Agriculture, UVM Extension

 

9:45 AM

         

H. 76 - An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

Discussion about bill and FSMA

Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

10:45 AM

         

Break

 

11:00 AM

         

Introductions

Vermont Farm Bureau

 

1:00 PM

         

Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor

         

iPad Training

Brandon Dyer, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council

 

3:00 PM

         

Introductions

Farm First

Myra Handy, Manager, Farm First

Steve Dickens, Director, Employee Assistance Program

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Introduction

Center for an Agricultural Economy

Vermont Food Venture Center

Sarah Waring, Executive Director, Center for an Agricultural Economy

 

9:45 AM

         

Break

 

10:00 AM

         

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

Room 11

 

1:00 PM

         

Floor Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor

         

Forests, Parks and Recreation

the Parks and Recreation component of the Department

Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:30 AM

         

Floor Convenes

 

10:00 AM

         

Introductions

Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Bill Rowell, Board Member and Green Mountain Dairy Farm owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Richard Hall, Board member and Fairmont Farm Owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

 

11:00 AM

         

Introductions

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

Ela Chapin, Farm Viability Enhancement Program, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Nancy Everhart, Agricultural Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

 

1:00 PM

         

Water Quality in Vermont

Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Kari Dolan, Clean Water Initiative Program Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman at 802-828-2233 or [email protected]

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 

House Appropriations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 42

January 9, 2017 - January 13, 2017

Last Updated 1/13/2017 8:52 AM

 

Monday, January 9, 2017

10:00 AM

No Committee Meeting

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

9:30 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Overview

Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

Tracy O'Connell, Financial Manager, Agency of Human Services

 

11:00 AM

Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM

Lunch

 

2:15 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Protection to Persons and Property

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control

Heather Duke, Business Manager, Department of Liquor Control

 

3:00 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

General Education

Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education

William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Education

 

3:30 PM

Committee Discussion

 

4:30 PM

Adjourn

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

8:45 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Human Services

Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services

Martha Maksym, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Human Services

Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services

 

9:45 AM

Global Commitment Waivers Update

Selina Hickman, Director of Health Care Operations, Compliance & Improvement, Agency of Human Services

Sarah Clarke, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services

 

10:30 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Higher Education

Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges

Elaine Collins, President, Johnson State College

 

11:00 AM

iPad Training

Kevin Moore, Deputy Director for Information Technology, Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM

Lunch

 

1:15 PM

Updates:

All-Payer Model

Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Kate Slocum, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board

 

2:00 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Human Services - GMCB

Kate Slocum, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Susan Barrett, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

 

3:00 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Single Audit Reserve; Single Audit 101

Susan Mesner, Economist, State Auditor's Office

 

3:45 PM

Committee Discussion

 

4:45 PM

Adjourn

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

8:45 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Human Services - DVHA

 

10:15 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Human Services - DCF

 

11:45 AM

Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM

Lunch

 

1:15 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Natural Resources

Julie Slack Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Joanna Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation

Matthew Chapman, Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Steve Gomez, Business Manager, Department of Fish and Wildlife

 

2:00 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Protection to Persons and Property - Pre-trial Services

William Griffin, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

Willa Farrell, Director, Court Diversion and Pre Trial Services

 

2:45 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Labor

Lindsay Kurrle, Commissioner, Department of Labor

Chad Wawrzyniak, Director of Finance, Department of Labor

 

3:30 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Direct Applications and Reversions; Fund Transfers; Exempt Positions; Risk Management

Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

Emily Byrne, Director, Budget Management Division, Department of Finance & Management

 

4:30 PM

Adjourn

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

8:45 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Committee Discussion

 

9:15 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Human Services - Mental Health

 

10:00 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Human Services - DAIL

 

10:30 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Human Services - Health

 

11:15 AM

Committee Discussion

 

12:00 PM

Lunch

 

1:15 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Protection to Persons & Property

Chris Fenno, Executive Director, Center for Crime Victims Services

 

2:00 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Non-budgeted Revenue Account -- BAA and Background

Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services

 

If you have questions or comments, please contact

 Theresa Utton-Jerman at 802-828-5767 or [email protected]

 

House Commerce

 

AGENDA

 

Room 35

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 8:06 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Entrepreneurship

Marguerite Dibble, CEO, Game Theory

Lars Hasselblad Torres, Executive  Director, Generator

 

10:00 AM

         

House Floor

 

After Floor

         

Entrepreneurship

Jeff Couture, Executive  Director, Vermont Technology Alliance

Matt Dodds, Brandthropology

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch, Republican Caucus

 

1:15 PM

         

Democratic and Progressive Caucuses

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's 2017 Budget Address

House Chamber

 

3:00 PM

         

TBA

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Economic Development and Taxes

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst: Revenue & Tax, Joint Fiscal Office

Tom Kavet, State Economist and Principal Economic Advisor to the Vermont Legislature

 

11:45 AM

         

Vermont Mortgage Bankers

Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Floor

 

2:00 PM

         

Joint Committee Meeting

House Committees on Commerce and Energy - Fairpoint - Room 10

Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department

Beth Fastiggi, President, Fairpoint Communications

Jeff Austin, Director of Government Relations, Fairpoint Communications

 

3:30 PM

         

H.85

 An Act Relating to Captive Insurance Companies

David Provost, Deputy Commissioner, Captive Insurance, Department of Financial Regulation

Maria Royle, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Apprenticeships In Vermont

Judy Bourbeau, Apprenticeship Program Supervisor, Department of Labor

Kathy Lavoie, Executive Director, Franklin Grand Isle Workforce Investment Board

Jeff Potvin, Business Manager, Financial Secretary, UA Local 693, Professional Plumbers and Pipefitters

Mike Burke, Director of Field Operations, Green Mountain Power

 

11:00 AM

         

Workforce Development Student Perspective

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Floor

 

After the Floor

         

Vermont Captive Insurance Association, H.85

Janice Klodowski, Board Vice Chair, Vermont Captive Insurance Association

Richard Smith, President, Vermont Captive Insurance Association

Dan Towle, Director of Financial Services, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Corporate Structure

 

9:30 AM

         

House Floor

 

After Floor

         

H.35, An Act Adopting the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act

 An Act Adopting the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

Economic Development

Jo Bradley, Director, Vermont Economic Development Authority

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Liz Raddock at 802-828-2255 or [email protected]

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 3 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 

House Corrections

 

AGENDA

 

Room 33

January 23, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 8:54 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

10:00 AM

         

House Floor

 

11:00 AM

         

Debt Affordability Report and Recommended Bonding Amount

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's Budget Address

 

3:15 PM

         

BGS Governor's Proposed Capital Bill FY '18 & '19

re; BGS

Commissioner Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

8:30 AM

         

History of School Construction Aid

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM

         

Update on Current Projects and Capital Bill with BGS

Capital Bill FY 16 & 17, status of current projects and Proposed Capital Bill FY 18 & 19

Commissioner Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services

 

1:00 PM

         

House Floor

 

1:30 PM

         

Parole Board

Dean George, Chair, Vermont Parole Board

 

2:30 PM

         

TBD

 

3:30 PM

         

TBD

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

8:30 AM

         

DOC Mental Health

Mental health service contract, pre-trial service, SFI

Annie Ramniceanu, Mental Health Systems Director, Department of Corrections

Ben Watts, Department of Corrections

 

10:30 AM

         

TBD

 

1:00 PM

         

House Floor

 

2:00 PM

         

TBD

 

3:00 PM

         

Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets

re; Capital Budget: Clean Water Act and ANR lab

Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Guy Roberts, Lab Director, VT Agricultural and Environmental Laboratory

Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Marcey Hodgdon, Business Manager, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

8:30 AM

         

TBD

 

9:30 AM

         

House Floor

 

10:00 AM

         

Agency of Natural Resources

re; Capital Budget

Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Rebecca Ellis, Senior Counsel for Government Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation

Kari Dolan, Clean Water Initiative Program Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Rebecca Baruzzi at 802-828-2259 or [email protected]

 

House Education

 

AGENDA

 

Room 32

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 9:19 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

10:00 AM

         

FLOOR

 

After the floor

         

H. 15 - An act relating to amendments to Act 46 to facilitate the approval of alternative governance structures and extend time frames

Rep. Janet Ancel, Sponsor of Bill

Rep. Charles Conquest, Sponsor of Bill

Rep. Timothy Briglin, Sponsor of Bill

 

12:00 PM

         

Republican Party Caucus

 

1:00 PM

         

Democratic Party and Progressive Party Caucuses

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's 2017 Budget Address

 

After the address

         

TBD

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

School Choice

 

10:00 AM

         

Governor's Education Finance Proposals

     Proposed FY'18 AOE budget

Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

10:30 AM

         

Act 46

Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association

 

11:00 AM

         

H. 15 - An act relating to amendments to Act 46 to facilitate the approval of alternative governance structures and extend time frames

     Also H.7

Dan MacArther, School Board Member, Marlboro Elementary School

Douglas Korb, Chair, School Board, Marlboro Elementary School

Lauren Poster, School Board Member, Marlboro Elementary School

 

1:00 PM

         

FLOOR

 

After the floor

         

Teacher Health Care Insurance

Laura Soares, Chair, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust

 

2:30 PM

         

Career and Technical Education

Scott Giles, President and CEO, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

 

3:30 PM

         

Act 46

Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Act 46

Catherine Gallagher, Superintendent, Lamoille North Supervisory Union

John Pandolfo, Superintendent, Barre Supervisory Union

 

10:00 AM

         

Act 46

Nicole Mace, Executive  Director, Vermont School Boards' Association

 

11:00 AM

         

Every Student Succeeds Act

     RBA

Amy Fowler, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary for Educator Quality, Agency of Education

 

1:00 PM

         

FLOOR

 

After the floor

         

Autism Awareness Day

Julie Erdelyi, Co-Chair, Vermont Autism Task Force

Philip Eller, Co-Chair, Vermont Autism Task Force

 

2:30 PM

         

Disability Awareness

Peter Kriff, Executive Director, Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council

Susan Yuan, Secretary, Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:30 AM

         

FLOOR

 

After the floor

         

Act 46

David Cain, School Board Member, Folsom Education and Community Center

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 20 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Marjorie Zunder at 802-828-2258 or [email protected]

 

House Energy

 

AGENDA

 

Room 41

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 2:29 PM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

10:00 AM

         

House Convenes

 

15 min after Floor

         

Committee Business

 

11:00 AM

         

Hydro Power

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

12:15 PM

         

Republican Caucus

 

1:15 PM

         

Democratic and Progressive Caucus

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's Budget Address

 

3:30 PM

         

Energy and Telecom Overview

Telecom Siting

Aaron Adler, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

E-911

Overview & 911 Call-Taking/Dispatch Working Group Report

Barb Neal, Executive Director, Enhanced 9-1-1 Board

Gary Taylor, 911 Call-Taking/Dispatch Working Group, E-911 Board

Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department

 

10:45 AM

         

AT&T

Owen Smith, Regional Vice President, AT&T

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Convenes

 

15 min after Floor

         

Committee Business

 

2:00 PM

         

Fairpoint

Joint Meeting of House Committees on Energy and Commerce  - Room 10

Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department

Beth Fastiggi, President, Fairpoint Communications

Jeff Austin, Director of Government Relations, Fairpoint Communications

 

3:45 PM

         

Verizon

Invited but unconfirmed

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Telecom Issues

Stephen Whitaker

 

10:00 AM

         

Comcast

John Sutich, Director of State Government Relations, Comcast

 

11:00 AM

         

Energize Vermont

Mark Whitworth, President, Energize Vermont

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Convenes

 

15 min after Floor

         

Committee Business

 

2:00 PM

         

Telecom Issues

10 year Telecom Plan

Jim Porter, Director of Telecommunications, Public Service Department

 

3:15 PM

         

EC Fiber

East Central Vermont Telecommunications - Overview

Irv Thomae, Chairman, EC Fiber

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:30 AM

         

House Convenes

 

15 min after Floor

         

Committee Business

 

10:30 AM

         

Vermont Electric Cooperative

Andrea Cohen, Government Affairs and Member Relations, Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc.

 

11:15 AM

         

Burlington Electric Department

Neale Lunderville, General Manager, Burlington Electric Department

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

ISO New England

Overview

Eric Johnson, Director of External Affairs, ISO New England

Molly Connors, External Affairs Representative, ISO New England

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Faith Brown at 802-828-2263 or [email protected]

 

House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs

 

AGENDA

 

Room 44

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 2:19 PM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

10:00 AM

         

House Floor

 

15 min. after Floor

         

Department of Liquor Control

Title VII Revision

Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's Budget Address

House Chamber

 

3:30 PM

         

Vermont Labor Relations Board

Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board

 

-

         

Adjourn

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Department of Liquor Control

Comments on proposed Title VII Review

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control

Clare Buckley, Lobbyist, Vermont Wholesale Beverage Association

Avery Schwenk, Hermit Thrush Brewery

Will Duane, Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont

 

11:00 AM

         

H. 64 - An act relating to increasing the minimum wage

Introduction

Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Sponsor

 

-

         

H. 93 - An act relating to increasing the minimum wage

Introduction

 

Rep. Curt McCormack, Sponsor

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Floor

 

15 min. after Floor

         

Executive Order 07-17

Testimony Concerning the Creation of a Department of Liquor and Lottery

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

4:30 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Tobacco Compliance Testing

Discussion of Recently Released Report

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control

Gary Kessler, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control

 

10:00 AM

         

J.R.H. 1 - Joint resolution expressing strong opposition to any governmental registry based on religion, race, or ethnicity and to any mass deportation of undocumented residents

Rep. David L. Deen, Sponsor

 

10:30 AM

         

H. 89 - An act relating to the service of alcoholic beverages by theaters

Introduction

 

Rep. Mary A. Morrissey, Sponsor

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Floor

 

15 min. after Floor

         

Committee

 

4:30 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:30 AM

         

House Floor

 

15 min. after Floor

         

H. 72 - An act relating to the Vermont National Guard Educational Assistance Program

Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor

James DesMarais, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:30 PM

         

Vermont National Guard Briefing

Sexual Harassment in Guard Report,

Joint Hearing with Senate Government Operations,

Room 11.

Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard

 

-

         

Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring two hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Ron Wild at 802-828-3559 or [email protected]

 

House Gov Ops

 

AGENDA

 

Room 49

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 8:51 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Committee Discussion and decision

Contested Election

 

10:00 AM

         

FLOOR

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's Budget Address

Phil Scott, Governor, State of Vermont

 

3:00 PM

         

Committee Discussion and decision

if needed - Contested Election

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Department of Public Safety

Overview

Thomas Anderson, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

 

9:15 AM

         

Vermont Forensics Laboratory

Overview

Dr. Trisha Conti, Laboratory Director, Vermont Forensics Laboratory, Department of Public Safety

 

9:45 AM

         

Vermont State Police

Overview

Lieutenant Matthew Birmingham, Colonel, Department of Public Safety

 

10:30 AM

         

Body Cameras

Overview

Lieutenant Garry Scott, Sergeant, Vermont State Police

 

11:15 AM

         

Homeland Security/Risk Management

Overviews

Erica Bornemann, Director, Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Richmond Hopkins, Major, Homeland Security/Risk Management

 

11:45 AM

         

Body Cameras

Jay Diaz, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union - Vermont

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

FLOOR

 

10 minutes after adjournment

         

Vital Records Proposed Bill

Background

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Rich McCoy, Director, Office of Vital Records

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Vital Records

Walk-through

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

FLOOR

 

10 minutes after adjournment

         

Vital Records Proposed Bill

Witnesses

Linda Martin, Town Clerk/Treasurer, Wolcot

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Tanya Marshall, State Archivist and Director, VT State Archives & Records Administration

Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, VT League of Cities and Towns

Stacy Jewell, Town Clerk, St. Johnsbury

Cassandra Barbeau, Town Clerk, Bennington

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Committee Discussion

 

9:30 AM

         

FLOOR

 

10 minutes after adjournment

         

H. 5 - An act relating to investment of town cemetery funds

Introduction

Rep. Janet Ancel

Rodney Buck, Calais

 

11:00 AM

         

H. 13 - An act relating to fees and costs allowed at a tax sale

Introduction

Rep. Gary Viens

Rep. Mark Higley

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

H. 42 - An act relating to appointing municipal clerks and treasurers and to incompatible municipal offices

Introduction

Rep. Michael Marcotte

Jeffrey Graham, President, Graham & Graham, P.C.

 

1:30 PM

         

H. 48 - An act relating to water supply rates

Rep. Eileen Dickinson

Rep. Marianna Gamache

 

2:00 PM

         

Tour Vermont Archives

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 2 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Denise Diehl at 802-828-2267 or [email protected]

 

House Health Care

 

AGENDA

 

Room 45

January 10, 2017 - January 13, 2017

Last Updated 1/12/2017 3:35 PM

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10:00 AM

FLOOR

 

10:30 AM

Health Care 101

Introduction to Health Care.

10:30 or 15 minutes after Floor adjourns

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

 

2:30 PM

Health Care 101

Introduction, continued

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

9:00 AM

Health Care Reform

History of Health Care Reform; discussion

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM

Committee Discussion

Introduction to 4th Floor, room, projector, chairs, storage, etc.

Loring Starr, Committee Staff, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:30 AM

Security Briefing

Janet Miller, Sergeant-at-Arms, Vermont Legislature

 

12:00 PM

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

FLOOR

 

1:30 PM

Decorum Training

House Chamber

 

3:00 PM

Green Mountain Care Board

Overview of GMCB

Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

 

4:00 PM

Department of Vermont Health Access

Overview of work of DVHA

Cory Gustafson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Lori Collins, Director, Policy, Fiscal and Support Services, Department of Vermont Health Access

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

9:00 AM

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

Overview of the Exchange (Vermont Health Connect)

Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect

 

10:00 AM

iPad Training

Update, new iPads and functions

 

11:00 AM

Department of Mental Health

Introduction and overview

Melissa Bailey, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Emma Harrigan, Quality Management Director, Department of Mental Health

 

12:00 PM

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

FLOOR

 

2:00 PM

Accountable Care Organizations

Introduction and overview

Kate Simmons, Director, Community Health Accountable Care LLC (CHAC)

Martita Giard, Director, ACO Programs strategy and Development, OneCare Vermont

 

3:00 PM

Health Care Advocate

Introduction and update, Office of the Health Care Advocate

Michael Fisher, Vermont Health Care Advocate, Office of Health Care Advocate, Vt. Legal Aid

Kaili Kuiper, Attorney, Office of Health Care Advocate, Vt. Legal Aid

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

9:30 AM

FLOOR

 

10:00 AM

Medicaid Overview

10:00 or 15 minutes after Floor adjourns; will end at 11:00 AM.

Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Lindsay Parker, Health Access Policy and Planning Chief, Agency of Human Services

 

11:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

 

12:00 PM

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

Health Care Legislation

Legislation from the last Biennium, overview

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:30 PM

Adjourn

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Loring Starr at 802-828-2264 or [email protected]

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring three hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 

House Human Services

 

AGENDA

 

Room 46

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 2:05 PM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

10:00 AM

         

FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor

         

Poverty in Vermont

Poverty Commission Report

Marissa Parisi, Executive Director, Hunger Free Vermont

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch & Caucuses

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's Budget Address

Joint Assembly

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Overview

Maternal and Child Health Division, Department of Health

Breena Holmes MD, Director of Maternal and Child Health, Department of Health

 

10:30 AM

         

Break

 

10:45 AM

         

Overview and Statistics

Department for Children and Families, Office of Child support

Robin Arnell, Director, Office of Child Support

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor

         

Overview

Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living,

Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services and Vocational Rehabilitation, including Creative Workforce Solutions

Camille George, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

Roy Gerstenberger, Director, Developmental Disabilities Services Division, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

Diane Dalmasse, Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

Hugh Bradshaw, Employment Services Manager, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

DJ Masi, Creative Workforce Solutions

 

4:30 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Overview

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (ADAP); Department of Health,

Part II

Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program,Vermont Department of Health

 

10:45 AM

         

Break

 

11:00 AM

         

Overview

Foster Parent Work Group Report

Lissa Schneckenberger, Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association

Karen Vastine, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor

         

Overview

Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS)

 

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Hannah Hauser, VPMS Manager, Department of Health

David Englander, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health

James Ulager, Primary Care Physician, Hinesburg Family Practice, University of Vermont Medical Center

 

4:30 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:30 AM

         

FLOOR

 

15 mins after floor

         

H. 10 - An act relating to increasing the population served by the Child Care Services Program and the rates of the Child Care Financial Assistance Program

Rep.  David Yacovone, Sponsor

 

-

         

H. 32 - An act relating to the provision of traumatic brain injury services to family members of active duty service members

Rep. Maxine Grad, Sponsor

 

-

         

H. 11 - An act relating to foster parents’ right to intervene in CHINS proceedings

Rep. Janssen Willhoit, Sponsor

 

-

         

H. 23 - An act relating to building resilience for persons experiencing adverse childhood experiences

Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor

 

-

         

H. 34 - An act relating to banning baby bumper pads

Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor

 

-

         

H. 52 - An act relating to increasing the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age

Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

Committee Discussion

 

3:00 PM

         

Adjourn

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 3 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact

 Julie Tucker 828-2265 or [email protected]

 

House Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 30

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 12:05 PM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

10:00 AM

         

House Convenes

 

15 Min After Floor

         

Committee Discussion

H. 4 (calculating time periods in court proceedings)

H. 14 (automatic external defibrillators)

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

11:30 AM

         

Lunch & Caucuses

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's 2017 Budget Address

 

3:15 PM

         

Recommendations on Bail

T.J. Donovan, Attorney General - Invited

Robert Sand, Vermont Law School

 

4:30 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

H. 25 - An act relating to sexual assault survivors’ rights

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:10 AM

         

H. 27 - An act relating to eliminating the statute of limitations on prosecutions for sexual assault

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:20 AM

         

H. 74 - An act relating to nonconsensual sexual conduct

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:35 AM

         

Sexual Assault Bills Discussion

Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence - Invited

Chris Fenno, Executive Director, Center for Crime Victim Services

John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office - Invited

Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office

 

10:35 AM

         

Break

 

10:50 AM

         

Sexual Assault Bills Discussion

(continued)

 

11:30 AM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Convenes

 

15 Min After Floor

         

Committee Discussion

 

3:00 PM

         

TBA

 

5:00 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

H. 9 - An act relating to deferred sentences

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:15 AM

         

H. 55 - An act relating to appointing public defenders for accused persons 25 years of age or less

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:30 AM

         

Update on Expungement & Current Laws

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

10:00 AM

         

Break

 

10:15 AM

         

H.9 & H.55 Discussion

T.J. Donovan, Attorney General - Invited

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy, Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence - Invited

Willa Farrell, Director, Court Diversion and Pre Trial Services - Invited

 

11:35 AM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Convenes

 

15 Min After Floor

         

Bail Update - Current Laws

Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:00 PM

         

Recommendations on Bail

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Matt D'Agostino, Financial Officer, Department of Corrections

Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office - Invited

David Cahill, State's Attorney, Windsor County -

 

4:30 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:30 AM

         

House Convenes

 

15 Min After Floor

         

Statewide Treatment Courts - Policy Discussion

Robert Sand, Vermont Law School - Phone

David Cahill, State's Attorney, Windsor County

Tom Dalton, Director, Safe Recovery Program, Howard Center - Invited

Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office - Invited

 

11:30 AM

         

Lunch

 

1:30 PM

         

Adjourn

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Shannyn Morse at 802-828-2257 or [email protected]

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 

House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife

 

AGENDA

 

Room 47

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 10:30 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

10:00 AM

         

House Floor

 

11:00 AM

         

Training Session

ATLAS GIS Training

Erik Enstrom, ANR GIS Project Supervisor, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch & Caucuses

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's Budget Address

House Chamber

 

3:15 PM

         

H. 31 - An act relating to the use of gun suppressors for hunting

Introduction by the sponsor.

Rep. George W. Till, Jericho

 

3:30 PM

         

H. 45 - An act relating to amending the settlement patterns criterion of Act 250

Introduction by the sponsor.

Rep. David Potter, Sponsor, City of Rutland

 

3:45 PM

         

Clean Water Fund

Funding sources. Committee discussion.

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Informational Meeting

Local zoning and planning; Title 24, Chapter 117

Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

 

10:00 AM

         

H. 19 - An act relating to notice for local development review

Committee discussion.

Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Chris Cochran, Director of Community Planning & Revitalization, Agency of Commerce and Community Development

James Valente, Attorney, Brattleboro Development Review Board

Bill Hodgman, Park Manager, TriPark Mobile Home Park

 

11:00 AM

         

Informational Meeting

Lampricide and the impact on water resources.

INVITED: TNC representative

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Jared Carpenter, NLC Representative, Trout Unlimited

James Ehlers, Executive Director, Lake Champlain International

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Floor

 

2:00 PM

         

H. 38 - An act relating to the membership of the Clean Water Fund Board

Discussion of Clean Water Fund Board.

 

Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

Brad Ferland, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Administration

Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Bob Krebs

 

3:30 PM

         

Clean Water Fund

Committee discussion of funding sources.

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

H. 53 - An act relating to permitting planting projects in flood hazard areas

Committee discussion.

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Rob Evans, River Corridor and Flood Plain Manager, Agency of Natural Resources

Ron Rhodes, North Country River Steward, Connecticut River Watershed Council

Mary Russ, Executive  Director, White River Partnership

 

10:30 AM

         

Informational Meeting

NPDES Permits

INVITED: DEC Representative.

Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 

11:00 AM

         

Informational Meeting

High Elevation Alternative Stormwater Evaluation.

 

Kevin Burke, Environmental Analyst, Stormwater Program

Jeff Nelson, Director of Energy & Environmental Services, VHB Engineering

 

11:30 AM

         

Informational Meeting

Climate Change

Johanna Miller, Energy & Climate Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

House Floor

 

2:15 PM

         

Informational Meeting

Municipal roads general permit

Jim Ryan, Environmental Analyst, Department of Environmental Conservation

 

3:15 PM

         

Clean Water Fund

Committee Discussion

 

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

4:00 PM

         

H. 38 - An act relating to the membership of the Clean Water Fund Board

Committee discussion.

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:30 AM

         

House Floor

 

10:00 AM

         

H. 38 - An act relating to the membership of the Clean Water Fund Board

Committee discussion and vote.

Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

TBD

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Laura Bozarth at 802-828-2266 or [email protected]

 

House Transportation

 

AGENDA

 

Room 43

January 10, 2017 - January 13, 2017

Last Updated 1/13/2017 12:11 PM

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10:00 AM

House Floor

 

12:00 PM

Republican Party Caucus

 

1:15 PM

Democratic Party Caucus

 

2:00 PM

Committee Discussion and Planning

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

9:30 AM

CDL Licensing

Roland Bellavance, President, Vermont Truck and Bus Association

 

10:00 AM

DMV Update

Department Update;  Hand-held Inspections

Wanda Minoli, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Colonel Jake Elovirta, Director of Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles

Jennifer Pittsley, Project Manager, Department of Motor Vehicles

Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel and Records Officer, Office of Legislative Council

Colonel Jake Elovirta, Director of Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

1:00 PM

House Floor

 

1:15 PM

Decorum Training

House Chamber

 

2:30 PM

VTrans Agency Overview and Budget Adjustment

Overview 2:30 to 4:30 PM

Joe Flynn, Secretary of Transportation, Agency of Transportation

Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

Kevin Marshia, Chief Engineer and Director of Highway Division, Agency of Transportation

Lenny Leblanc, Acting Director of Finance and Administration Division, Agency of Transportation

Neil Schickner, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

9:00 AM

VTrans Strategic Plan and Results-Based Accountability

Joe Segale, Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

 

9:30 AM

Agency of Transportation Bureau Overviews

Bureau Overviews 9:30 to 11:30 AM

 

-

Policy, Planning & Research Bureau

Joe Segale, Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

 

-

Office of Highway Safety & Safety Alliance Update

Kevin Marshia, Chief Engineer and Director of Highway Division, Agency of Transportation

Bruce Nyquist, Office of Highway Safety Director, Agency of Transportation

Glen Button, Enforcement and Safety Division Director, Highway Safety Alliance

 

-

Asset Management & Performance Bureau

Kevin Viani, Deputy Chief Engineer, Agency of Transportation

Chad Allen, Director of Asset Management & Performance Bureau, Agency of Transportation

 

-

Project Delivery Bureau

Ken Robie, Project Delivery Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

 

-

Construction & Materials Bureau

David Hoyne, Construction & Materials Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

 

-

Municipal Assistance Bureau

Sue Scribner, Municipal Assistance Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

 

-

Maintenance & Operations Bureau

Scott Rogers, Maintenance and Operations Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

 

1:00 PM

House Floor

 

1:30 PM

Agency of Transportation Program Overviews

Presentations 1:30 to 3:30 PM

 

-

Agency of Transportation Bureau Overviews

District Organization/ Maintenance Challenges with District Personnel

Scott Rogers, Maintenance and Operations Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

Jerold Kinney, Transportation Area Maintenance Supervisor, District 4  Randolph Garage

Nicole Pierpont, Apprentice Maintenance Worker, Agency of Transportation

Brian Roberts, Transportation Area Maintenance Supervisor, Agency of Transportation

Tess Kennedy, Lobbyist, Associated General Contractors of Vermont

Wayne Gammell, Deputy Director of Maintenance & Operations Bureau, Agency of Transportation

Roy Willey, Area Maintenance Supervisor, Agency of Transportation

Bill Sargent, Bridge Crew Manager, Agency of Transportation

Ernie Patnoe, General Manager, District 8 St Albans

David Blackmore, District Transportation Administrator, Agency of Transportation

 

3:30 PM

MOB- VTrans Training Center

Presentations 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Workforce Recruitment, Development & Retention

Scott Rogers, Maintenance and Operations Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

Christine Hetzel, VTrans Training Center Manager, Agency of Transportation

Lori Valburn, Civil Rights & Labor Compliance Chief, Agency of Transportation

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

9:30 AM

House Floor

 

10:30 AM

Security Update

Janet Miller, Sergeant at Arms

 

11:00 AM

iPad Training

Jeffrey Schumann, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 12 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Barbara Dall at 802-828-2262 or [email protected]

 

House Ways & Means

 

AGENDA

 

Room 34

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 10:36 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Vermont Employment Growth Incentive

VEPC Report

Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office

 

10:00 AM

         

FLOOR

 

12:00 PM

         

Caucuses and Lunch

 

2:00 PM

         

Joint Assembly - Governor's Budget Address

Phil Scott, Governor, State of Vermont

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

8:30 AM

         

Governor's Budget Address

Walk-thru

Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

 

9:30 AM

         

Technical Tax

Candace Morgan, Director of Policy, Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Department of Taxes

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

FLOOR

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

8:45 AM

         

TBA

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

         

FLOOR

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:00 AM

         

TBA

 

9:30 AM

         

FLOOR

 

AFTER the FLOOR

         

Tax Expenditures

Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

 

12:00 PM

         

Lunch

 

 

Senate Ag

 

AGENDA

 

Room 26

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 4:20 PM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:30 AM

         

Senate Convenes

 

15 minutes after Floor

         

Rural Economic Development

Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Commerce and Community Development

 

11:00 AM

         

Property Valuation Report

Doug Farnham, Director of Property Valuation and Review, Department of Taxes

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Introduction

Rural Vermont

Ethan Allen Room

Andrea Stander, Executive Director, Rural Vermont

Graham Unangst-Rufehacht,  , Rural Vermont

 

9:45 AM

         

Introduction

Vermont Farm Bureau

Ethan Allen Room

 

10:45 AM

         

Break

 

11:00 AM

         

Vermont Technical College

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Introduction

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Vicky Drew, State Conservationist

 

9:45 AM

         

Break

 

10:00 AM

         

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

Joint hearing with House Agriculture and Forestry Committee

Room 11

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Introductions

Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Bill Rowell, Board Member and Green Mountain Dairy Farm owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Richard Hall, Board member and Fairmont Farm Owner, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

 

10:00 AM

         

Introductions

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

Ela Chapin, Farm Viability Enhancement Program, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Nancy Everhart, Agricultural Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

 

11:00 AM

         

Committee Discussion and Planning

Vermont Farm Show preparations

 

11:15 AM

         

Break

 

11:30 AM

         

Senate Convenes

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Linda Leehman at 802-828-2233 or [email protected]

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 

Senate Appropriations

 

AGENDA

 

Room 5

January 23, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 3:51 PM

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

1:30 PM

No Committee Meetings Scheduled

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2:00 PM

Joint Assembly - Governor's Budget Address

 

3:30 PM

FY2017 Governor’s Proposed Budget Adjustment

Committee Deliberations

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1:30 PM

FY 2018 Governor's Proposed Budget

Administration Overview

Susanne Young, Secretary of Administration, Agency of Administration

Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

 

2:30 PM

FY 2018 Governor's Proposed Budget

Fiscal Issues

Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office

 

3:00 PM

Break

 

3:30 PM

FY2017 Governor’s Proposed Budget Adjustment

Labor Department

Lindsay Kurrle, Commissioner, Department of Labor

 

4:00 PM

FY2017 Governor’s Proposed Budget Adjustment

Barbara M. Neal, Executive Director, Enhanced 9-1-1 Board

Bradley Kukenberger, Financial Manager, Agency of Administration

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

1:30 PM

FY2017 Governor’s Proposed Budget Adjustment

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control

Heather Duke, Business Manager, Department of Liquor Control

 

2:00 PM

FY2017 Governor’s Proposed Budget Adjustment

Committee Deliberations

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

1:00 PM

FY2017 Governor’s Proposed Budget Adjustment

Committee Deliberations

 

 

 

Senate Housing

 

AGENDA

 

Room 27

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 10:41 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:30 AM

         

Senate Floor

 

10:00 AM

         

State Treasurer's Office

Overview and Update

Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer

 

10:30 AM

         

A Review Of Policy Questions Related To The VEGI Program

Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council

 

11:00 AM

         

Workforce Development Council

will include update on GBIC

Frank Cioffi, Chair, Vermont State Workforce Development Board

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Act 157 Housing & Infrastructure Report

Overview

Katie Buckley, Commissioner, Housing and Community Development

Josh Hanford, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development

 

10:00 AM

         

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Update

Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

 

10:30 AM

         

Vermont Mortgage Bankers

 

11:00 AM

         

Merger of the Dept. of Liquor Control & the State Lottery Commission

Patrick Delaney, Commissioner, Department of Liquor Control

Martha O'Connor, Chair, Vermont Lottery Commission

Jeff Cavender, Lottery Director, Marketing and Sales

Mary Cassani, Business Manager, Vermont Lottery Commission

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:15 AM

         

Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Overview of the housing and rural economic development work done by the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

 

Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

 

10:00 AM

         

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative

Joint Hearing with Senate and House Agriculture and Forestry Committee            -- Room 11

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:00 AM

         

VT Seed Capital Fund FY16 Public Report

 

9:30 AM

         

Change the Story VT

Women's Economic Advancement

Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women

 

10:00 AM

         

iPad Training

 

11:00 AM

         

To Be Scheduled

 

11:30 AM

         

Senate Floor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Cheryl Ewen 828-3803 or [email protected]

 

Senate Education

 

AGENDA

 

Room 28

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 2:17 PM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2:00 PM

         

Governor's Budget Address

 

15 minutes after Floor

         

S. 18 - An act relating to freedom of expression for students

Ken Page, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association

Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont National Education Association

Peter Teachout, Professor, Vermont Law School

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1:00 PM

         

Senate Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor

         

Home Schooling in Vermont

Retta Dunlop, Home School Advocate, Vermont Home Education Network

 

2:00 PM

         

S. 18 - An act relating to freedom of expression for students

Nicole Mace, Executive  Director, Vermont School Boards' Association

 

3:00 PM

         

Act 46

Dan MacArthur, School Board Member, Marlboro Elementary School

John Alberghini, Superintendent, Chittenden East Supervisory Union

Jon Milazzo, Board Chair, Chittenden East Supervisory Union

Kevin Campbell, Chair of Finance, Chittenden East Supervisory Union

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

1:00 PM

         

Senate Floor

 

15 minutes after Floor

         

Agency of Education Report on Act 77

Heather Bouchey, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary, Agency of Education

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

1:00 PM

         

Act 46 Field Hearings

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Jeannie Lowell at 802-828-3805 or [email protected]

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 10 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 

Senate Finance

 

AGENDA

 

Room 6

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 8:36 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2:00 PM

         

Governor's 2017 Budget Address

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1:30 PM

         

EC Fiber

Brief Overview

Irv Thomae, Chairman, EC Fiber

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

1:30 PM

         

Vermont Captive Insurance Association

Brief Overview

Richard Smith, President, Vermont Captive Insurance Association

Janice Klodowski, Board Vice Chair, Vermont Captive Insurance Association

 

2:30 PM

         

Department of Labor

Brief Overview - Ethan Allen Room

Lindsay Kurrle, Commissioner, Department of Labor

Michael Schirling, Secretary, Commerce and Community Development

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Andrew Grenier at 802-828-2253 or [email protected]

 

Senate Ops

 

AGENDA

 

Room 4

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 10:13 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

1:00 PM

         

S. 8 - An act relating to establishing the State Ethics Commission and standards of governmental ethical conduct

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's 2017 Budget Address

Joint Assembly held in House Chambers

 

after the Address

         

S. 8 - An act relating to establishing the State Ethics Commission and standards of governmental ethical conduct

 

4:30 PM

         

Chairs' Meeting

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1:00 PM

         

Senate Floor

 

-after the floor

         

S. 8 - An act relating to establishing the State Ethics Commission and standards of governmental ethical conduct

Committee Discussion

Markup, Possible Vote

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

1:00 PM

         

Executive Order No. 06-17

Creation of the Agency of Digital Services

Joint Hearing with Senate Institutions in Ethan Allen Room

John Quinn, Chief Innovation Officer, Governor's Office

Darwin Thompson, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation

 

2:30 PM

         

Executive Order No. 05-17

Joint Hearing with Senate Finance

to be held in the Ethan Allen room

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

1:30 AM

         

Vermont National Guard Briefing

Sexual Harassment in Guard Report

held in Room 11

Maj. Gen. Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Cheryl Ewen 828-2272 or [email protected]

 

Senate Health

 

AGENDA

 

Room 17

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 12:52 PM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:30 AM

         

Senate Convenes

 

After the floor

         

Report on Act 79

Including updates

Melissa Bailey, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Frank Reed, Director of Operations and Planning and Development, Department of Mental Health

Emma Harrigan, Quality Management Director, Department of Mental Health

 

12:00 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

8:30 AM

         

Mental Health and the Elderly

Mourning Fox, Director of Mental Health Services, Department of Mental Health

Monica Hutt, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

 

9:30 AM

         

Vermont Veterans' Home

Capacity and Alternative Uses

Melissa Jackson, Administrator, Vermont Veteran's Home

Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management

 

10:00 AM

         

Planned Parenthood - LARCs

Budget Adjustment Discussion

Meagan Gallagher, Planned Parenthood

Cory Gustafson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Aaron French, Deputy Commissioner,  Health Services and Managed Care, Department of Vermont Health Access

 

12:00 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

8:30 AM

         

Agency of Human Services

Report on Designated Agencies

Melissa Bailey, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

 

9:30 AM

         

Children's Mental Health

360 Overview

Melissa Bailey, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Charlie Bliss, Children's Director, Department of Mental Health

Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families

 

11:00 AM

         

TBD

 

12:00 PM

         

Adjourn

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

8:30 AM

         

Committee Discussion

 

9:30 AM

         

TBD

 

11:30 AM

         

Senate Floor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Chrissy Gilhuly 828-2299 or [email protected]

 

Senate Institutions

 

AGENDA

 

Room 7

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 3:28 PM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:30 AM

         

Senate Convenes

 

1:30 PM

         

Confirmation of Governor's Appointment

Commissioner Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services

 

2:00 PM

         

Joint Assembly - Governor's Budget Address

 

3:00 PM

         

Judiciary

Update on case management

Patricia Gable, Court Administrator, Vermont Judiciary

Jeff Loewer, Chief Information Officer, Vermont Judiciary

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1:00 PM

         

Senate Convenes

 

1:30 PM

         

Capital Bill Review

Capital budget proposal

Commissioner Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services

Bob Rea, Regional Director, Eastern Region, Department of Buildings & General Services

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

1:00 PM

         

Senate Convenes

 

1:00 PM

         

Executive Order No. 06-17

Creation of the Agency of Digital Services

Joint Hearing with Senate Government Operations in Ethan Allen Room

 

3:00 PM

         

FY 18 Capital Bill

Vermont State Colleges

Tricia Coates, Director of External & Governmental Affairs, Vermont State Colleges - Invited

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

11:30 AM

         

Senate Convenes

 

1:30 PM

         

Status Report

Buildings and General Services projects from last year's capital bill.

Commissioner Chris Cole, Commissioner, Buildings and General Services

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Heather Calderwood at 802-828-2352 or [email protected]

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

 

Senate Committee on Judiciary

 

AGENDA

 

Room 1

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 9:30 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Offenders with  Mental Illness

Visit Southern State Correctional Facility/

Legislators Only due to Safety

 

Meet with staff and Inmates to discuss Mental Health and Segregation Issues

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission

Lisa Menard, Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Seth Lipschutz, Defender General, Prisoners' Rights Office

 

11:00 AM

         

Pre-Trial Services/Offenders with Mental illness

Windsor County District Court

 

Witness Arraignments to get better understanding of the  Pre Trial               Process and how it relates to offenders with Mental Illness

 

David Cahill, State's Attorney, Windsor County

 

12:30 PM

         

Adjourn

 

2:00 PM

         

Governor's Budget Address

House Chamber

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

8:45 AM

         

S. 7 - An act relating to deferred sentences and the sex offender registry

Mark Up

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

David Silver, Esq. - Phone

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

John Campbell, Executive  Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

 

10:15 AM

         

Break

 

10:45 AM

         

S. 12 - An act relating to increasing the maximum prison sentence for first, second, and subsequent offenses of aggravated animal cruelty

Mark up of Bill

 

Marie Horbar, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council

Barry Londeree, Vermont State Director, United States Humane Society

Rory Thibault, Chief Deputy State's Attorney

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

 

12:00 AM

         

Adjourn

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

8:30 AM

         

S. 23 - An act relating to juvenile jurisdiction

Also Act 153 Sec 1-5 Youthful Offenders

Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office

John Campbell, Executive  Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs

Hon Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Court Administrator's Office

 

10:00 AM

         

Break

 

10:30 AM

         

S. 23 - An act relating to juvenile jurisdiction

Witnesses TBD

 

Dept of Corrections

Dept of Child and Family Services

 

11:30 AM

         

Report on Alimony Reform

Hon Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Court Administrator's Office

 

12:00 AM

         

Adjourn

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

8:30 AM

         

S. 3 - An act relating to mental health professionals’ duty to warn

Room 11

Laurie Emerson, Executive  Director, NAMI VT

Heather Pierce, Committee Member, Vermont Mental Counselors Association

John Wallace, General Counsel, Rutland Medical Center

Karen Barber, Chief Legal Counsel, Department of Mental Health

Richard Cassidy, Esq., Rich Cassidy Law

James Beck, Professor of Psychiatry - Phone

Darlene Furey, Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

 

10:00 AM

         

Break

 

10:30 AM

         

S. 3 - An act relating to mental health professionals’ duty to warn

Mark Up of Bill

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel

 

11:30 AM

         

Senate Floor

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Peggy Delaney at 802-828-2278 or [email protected]

 

Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

 

AGENDA

 

Room 8

January 24, 2017 - January 27, 2017

Last Updated 1/23/2017 10:18 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:30 AM

         

Senate Convenes

 

10:00 AM

         

Overview & Updates

The impact of Renewables on the grid

Implications of this impact on net-metering

 

Ed McNamara, Director of Regional Policy, Department of Public Service

 

11:00 AM

         

Break

 

11:30 AM

         

S. 20 - An act relating to awarding hunting and fishing licenses at no cost to persons 65 years of age or older

Kevin Mullin, Bill Sponsor

 

2:00 PM

         

Joint Assembly - Governor's Budget Address

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

10:00 AM

         

Field Trip

The Public Service Board

 

1:00 PM

         

Senate Convenes

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

9:00 AM

         

S. 10 - An act relating to liability for the contamination of potable water supplies

Detailed briefing on PFOA in Bennington County.

Matthew Chapman, Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation - Invited

 

10:30 AM

         

Break

 

10:45 AM

         

Briefing and Overview

Chemical Use Working Group Report

2016 Act 154, Section 10

Jennifer Duggan, General Counsel, Agency of Natural Resources

 

1:00 PM

         

Senate Convenes

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

8:00 AM

         

To Be Announced

 

11:30 AM

         

Senate Convenes

 

ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 7 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Heather Calderwood at 802-828-2352 or [email protected]

 

Senate Committee on Transportation

 

AGENDA

 

Room 3

January 22, 2017 - January 28, 2017

Last Updated 1/20/2017 11:09 AM

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

9:30 AM

         

Senate Convenes

 

10:30 AM

         

F & A  VTrans Performance, Innovation and Excellence Section

Process improvement at VTrans

Mike Lozier, PIE Section Chief, Agency of Transportation

June Burr, Business Process Manager, Agency of Transportation

Robert White, Right of Way Chief, Agency of Transportation

Jim Cota, Program Manager VTrans District 8, Agency of Transportation

 

11:00 AM

         

Vermont Local Roads Update

Christine Hetzel, VTrans Training Center Manager, Agency of Transportation

Stu Johnson, Branch Manager, VT Local Roads (VLR)

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

9:00 AM

         

DMV Update

Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Wanda Minoli, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles

Colonel Jake Elovirta, Director of Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles

Jennifer Pittsley, Project Manager, Department of Motor Vehicles

 

10:00 AM

         

Transportation Board Report

Vanessa Kittell, Chair, Transportation Board

John Zicconi, Executive Secretary, Transportation Board

 

10:30 AM

         

Transportation Budget

including Budget Adjustment Act

Joe Flynn, Secretary of Transportation, Agency of Transportation

Leonard LeBlanc, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Transportation

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

8:45 AM

         

Middlebury Tunnel

update

Wayne Symonds, Bridge Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

Daniel Delabruere, Rail Program Manager, Agency of Transportation

Erik Filkorn, Public Outreach Manager, Agency of Transportation

Kevin Marshia, Chief Engineer and Director of Highway Division, Agency of Transportation

 

10:00 AM

         

PPAID Program Overview

Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation

 

11:00 AM

         

Highway Division Budget Overview

Kevin Marshia, Chief Engineer and Director of Highway Division, Agency of Transportation

Kevin Viani, Deputy Chief Engineer, Agency of Transportation

Chad Allen, Director of Asset Management & Performance Bureau, Agency of Transportation

 

Friday, January 27, 2017

9:00 AM

         

Strategic Highway Safety Plan

also Vermont Safety Alliance update

Bruce Nyquist, Office of Highway Safety Director, Agency of Transportation

Glen Button, Board Chair, Highway Safety Alliance

Lieutenant John Flannigan, Department of Public Safety

 

10:00 AM

         

Municipal Assistance Bureau Budget

Sue Scribner, Municipal Assistance Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation

 

11:30 AM

         

Senate Convenes

 

If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Ken Feld at 802-828-2254 or [email protected]

 

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