2019-2020 Biennium

Act 46

Child Care

  • H. 194 - An Act Relating to Establishing Incentives for Early Learning Professionals and Improving Access to Child Care
    • A bill to enhance the capacity and affordability of the child care and early learning system and support the retention, growth, and professional development of its workforce; and investments and initiatives set forth in this act are meant to compliment the anticipated redesign of the Child Care Financial Assistance Program, which shall be monitored by the General Assembly.
      • Committee bill, H. 531, progressed and passed with overwhelming support.
      • Significant increased investments included in FY 2020 Budget too.

Economic Development

Education

  • H. 690 - An Act Relating to State Aid for School Construction of Merged School Districts
    • A bill to require for the period between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2028 the State to provide to school districts that were required to merge by the “Final Report of the Decisions and Order on Statewide School District Merger Decisions Pursuant to Act 46, Sections 8(b) and 10” issued by the State Board of Education on November 28, 2018 State aid in the amount of 75 percent of the construction costs of a school building if a new school is necessary for ensuring equity and quality throughout the newly merged district. 

Energy

  • H. 133 - An Act Relating to Miscellaneous Energy Subjects
    • Legislative Council Act Summary
      • Consolidates multiple reports from the Department of Public Service into the Annual Energy Report.
      • Makes the Secretary of Transportation a voting member on the Connectivity Advisory Board. It also changes the dates for the accounting of the fund and its submission to the Board.
      • Makes multiple amendments to the Dig Safe chapter.
      • Allows thermal energy and process fuel efficiency funds to be used for design and engineering of a district heating system, as well as construction.
      • Amends the formula for the Standard Offer Program contract price for existing hydroelectric power.
      • Extends the Department of Public Service’s existing Public Records Act exemption for consumer complaint information to the Public Utility Commission.
      • Makes multiple changes to the Public Utility Commission’s certificate of public good hearing process and rate change hearing process.
      • Creates the position of Deputy Clerk at the Public Utility Commission.
      • Requires energy storage facilities greater than 500 kW to receive a certificate of public good.
      • Makes changes to the Standard Offer Program exemption.
    • Became Law

 

Family and Medical Leave

Tourism

 

2017-2018 Biennium

Child Care and Benefits Cliff

Economic Development

  • H. 119 - An Act Relating to the Classification of Employees and Independent Contractors
    • A bill to establish a common definition of "independent contractor" for the workers' compensation and unemployment insurance statutes
      • In June 2017, the Vermont Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a single-member LLC would not be classified as an employee for the purposes of Unemployment Insurance.  After discussions with the VT Department of Labor, it was determined that while this case was limited to Unemployment Insurance, the arguments used by the Court in making the determination would hold true in the Workers' Compensation program as well.  The Department, therefore, released a Guidance Document in late 2017 regarding he hiring of independent contractors that opens the door to allow for greater flexibility to do so.
  •  H. 710 - An Act Relating to Beer Franchises
    • A bill to create an exception to the beer and wine franchise law for small manufacturers of malt beverages
      • Passed by the House and Senate and signed into law on May 21, 2018 (See Here)
  • H. 811 - An Act Relating to Promoting and Expanding Workforce Development and Recruitment
    • A bill to implement multiple workforce development and recruitment strategies
      • Various provisions included in other legislation that became law
  • H. 841 - An Act Relating to Miscellaneous Economic Development Provisions
    • A bill to (1) increase the amounts available under the downtown and village tax credit program; (2) expand access to the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive Program for small businesses; (3) create the ThinkVermont Innovation Initiative to provide flexible funding for economic development grants; (4) create a homeowner's rehabilitation tax credit pilot program; (5) expand assistance for repairing failing or failed wastewater or water supply systems; (6) increase the amounts available under the first-time homebuyer down payment assistance program; (7) expand eligible uses of energy efficiency funds in self-administered energy efficiency programs; (8) make 50 percent of the research and development tax credit refundable; (9) create a framework for public-private partnerships; and (10) increase the frequency for reviewing a village center designation to once every eight years and adopt miscellaneous amendments to enable municipal electronic filings.
      • Various provisions included in other legislation that became law

Education

  • H. 304 - An Act Relating to Making Changes to the Calculation of the Statewide Education Property Tax
    • A bill to make several changes to the state education funding system: (1) removes the excess spending penalty starting in Fiscal Year 2018; (2) creates a new system for calculating spending-adjusted tax rates that will allow towns to raise more than the base amount on an equalized basis, or allow towns that raise less than the base amount to lower their spending-adjusted tax rates.
      • Still no progress on any meaningful reform to our education funding system

Ethics

Seniors

 

2015-2016 Biennium

Economic Development

  • H. 378 - An Act Relating to Independent Contractors

    • Independent Contractor Bill passed unanimously out of House Economic Development Committee, but Big Labor (labor unions) opposed it and had ear of Speaker of House and House Leadership.  House Speaker and Leadership refused to allow bill to progress. (See Here)

 

Education

 

Ethics

Health Care

  • H. 189 - An Act Relating to Direct Enrollment in Exchange Plans

    • Under significant pressure from many, the legislative majority finally agreed to allow Vermonters to enroll and manage their insurance coverage directly with the insurance companies.  While still required to purchase insurance products only offered inside the Health Insurance Exchange, Vermonters can now manage them without having to go to Vermont Health Connect.

 

Taxes