New Legislation

The following are selected bills re­cently cleared for introduction in the Legislature that might be of interest to mem­bers.  The bill number and “official statement of purpose” are provided (please note, however, that “state­ments of purpose” are drafted by the bill’s sponsors and might not accu­rately reflect the bill’s content or im­pact).  Click on the bill number for more information and texts.  For more information about these or any other bills introduced during this Legislature, please don’t hesitate to contact us at  To look up other bills introduced in the Legislature, click here.

House Bills

H.883:  This bill proposes to implement a public-private partnership program for infrastructure projects.  Introduced by Representatives Botzow of Pownal and Marcotte of Coventry.

H.881:  This bill proposes to clarify that actions under a correction action plan or abatement do not require a permit or permit amendment under 10 V.S.A. chapter 151 (Act 250).  Under current law, these actions do not constitute “development” as defined in that chapter.  Introduced by Representatives Forguites of Springfield, Bock of Chester, and Emmons of Springfield.

H.879:  This bill proposes to require that all federally funded workforce education and training programs be administered by the Department of Labor.  Introduced by Representative Keenan of St. Albans City.

H.852:  This bill proposes to create the framework for a public engagement process, and assign duties to the State Workforce Development Board, the Department of Labor, Career Technical Education Centers, and other stakeholders to modernize Vermont’s workforce development system.  Introduced by Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Marcotte of Coventry, Frenier of Chelsea, Hill of Wolcott, Kimbell of Woodstock, McCoy of Poultney, Myers of Essex, O’Sullivan of Burlington, Sheldon of Middlebury, Stuart of Brattleboro, and Sullivan of Dorset.

H.850:  This bill proposes to hold any person who releases a toxic substance strictly, jointly, and severally liable for any harm resulting from the release.  The bill also proposes to establish a private right of action for medical monitoring damages incurred due to exposure to a toxic substance.  Introduced by Representative Browning of Arlington.

H.847:  This bill proposes to permit employers to conduct post-accident drug testing.  Introduced by Representatives Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Beyor of Highgate, Bissonnette of Winooski, Browning of Arlington, Gage of Rutland City, Gamache of Swanton, Harrison of Chittenden, Helm of Fair Haven, Higley of Lowell, Hooper of Randolph, Joseph of North Hero, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lefebvre of Newark, Marcotte of Coventry, Mattos of Milton, McCoy of Poultney, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nolan of Morristown, Norris of Shoreham, Rosenquist of Georgia, Savage of Swanton, Smith of New Haven, Turner of Milton, Van Wyck of Ferrisburgh, and Viens of Newport City.

H.841:  This bill proposes 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 mall 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.  Introduced by Representatives Harrison of Chittenden, Bancroft of Westford, Baser of Bristol, Brumsted of Shelburne, Condon of Colchester, Conquest of Newbury, Devereux of Mount Holly, Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Fagan of Rutland City, Gannon of Wilmington, Higley of Lowell, Hooper of Randolph, Keefe of Manchester, Kimbell of Woodstock, LaClair of Barre Town, Marcotte of Coventry, McCoy of Poultney, Myers of Essex, Parent of St. Albans Town, Read of Fayston, Scheuermann of Stowe, Sibilia of Dover, Turner of Milton, Willhoit of St. Johnsbury, and Wright of Burlington.