The Week Ahead in the State House | Week of February 12

The following are selected items on committee calendars for the coming week that might be of interest to members.  Schedules are subject to change.  If you would like more in­formation on any of these issues or others of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org.  You can also review full agendas by clicking here.

Environmental Regulation.  The House Agriculture and Forestry Committee will discuss H.688, regulating neonicotinoid pesticides, Wednesday and Thursday.  The House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee will discuss a range of bills during the week addressing water quality issues, including H.564, addressing funding for water cleanup, and H.729, creating a Vermont Water Resources Board.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss S.197, imposing sweeping strict liability and medical monitoring liability related to unpermitted and permitted chemical releases, Friday.  The House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee will discuss H.850, the house version of S.197, Tuesday.  The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee will discuss and possibly vote on S.260, addressing water quality funding, Tuesday through Thursday.   The Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss S.260, addressing water quality funding, Friday, with a focus on provisions allowing citizen lawsuits to enforce alleged permit violations.

Workplace and Labor Regulation.  The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will discuss and possibly act on H.731, addressing miscellaneous workers’ compensation and independent contractor issues, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee will discuss H.707, addressing sexual harassment, and H.294, prohibiting inquiries into a job applicant’s salary history, Tuesday.  The Committee will discuss H.711, addressing employment protections for crime victims, and H.812, addressing employee scheduling, Wednesday.  The House Judiciary Committee will also discuss H.707 and H.711 Thursday.  The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee will discuss S.94, addressing remote work and flexible work arrangements, Thursday.  The Committee is expected to consider proposed floor amendments to S.40, increasing the minimum wage, later in the week.

Workforce Development.  The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will discuss a committee sponsored workforce development bill Thursday.

Energy.  The House Energy and Technology Committee will discuss recommendations to improve options for self-administered energy efficiency programs (from the Act 77 report) Wednesday.

Product and Manufacturing Regulation.  The House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee will review and possibly act on H.560, imposing costs and public reporting requirements on manufacturers of certain household products, Wednesday through Friday.  The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee will discuss S.180, which would require manufacturers to make repair manuals and other information, including potentially proprietary or other sensitive information, available to independent repair service providers, Wednesday.   The Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss S.197, imposing sweeping strict liability and medical monitoring liability related to unpermitted and permitted chemical releases, Friday.  The House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee will discuss H.850, the house version of S.197, Tuesday.