The Week Ahead in the State House | Week of February 19

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.

Product and Manufacturing Regulation.  The House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee will discuss and possibly vote on a new version of H.560, addressing extended producer responsibility for household products containing a hazardous substance, Thursday.  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, Tuesday.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss updated language for S.197, imposing sweeping strict liability and medical monitoring liability related to unpermitted and permitted chemical releases, Tuesday.

Workplace and Labor Regulation.  The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will discuss and likely vote on a final version of H.731, addressing miscellaneous worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance issues, Tuesday.  The House General Affairs, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee will discuss H.707, addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, Wednesday.  The House Judiciary Committee will discuss H.707 Friday.  The House Judiciary Committee will discuss H.711, addressing employment protections for crime victims, Tuesday.  The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee will discuss S.94, addressing remote work and flexible work arrangements, Thursday.

Environmental Regulation.  The Senate Agriculture Committee will review S.260, addressing water quality funding, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss updated language for S.197, imposing sweeping strict liability and medical monitoring liability related to unpermitted and permitted chemical releases, Tuesday.  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.

Workforce Development.  The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will discuss various workforce development proposals through the week.

Energy.  The House Energy and Technology Committee will discuss H.739, addressing reforms to self-managed energy efficiency programs, Thursday.