The Week Ahead in the State House | Week of February 26

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.

NOTE:  Friday is “Crossover”, the deadline for most legislation to move out of committees if it is to be allowed to be taken up by the other chamber and have a chance for passage.  Therefor committee schedules are largely left open and might be subject to change on short notice as time shortens for priority bills.

Workplace and Labor Regulation.  The House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee will discuss and possibly vote on H.707, addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, Thursday.  The House Commerce Committee will discuss alternative language addressing independent contractors for H.707, addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, Tuesday.  The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs committee will take up S.94, addressing remote work and flexible work arrangements, Wednesday ad Thursday, with a vote expected.

Product and Manufacturing Regulation.  The House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee will review H.560, imposing extended producer responsibility/product stewardship mandates on manufacturers of certain household products, Wednesday through Friday, with possible vote (AIV will be engaging with the Committee on the bill, for the most recent version click here).  The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up S.197, imposing wide ranging liabilities on companies related to permitted and unpermitted releases of chemicals, Wednesday (AIV will be engaging with the Committee on the bill, for the most recent version click here).  The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee will take up 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 (it is expected that the Committee will recommend a revision to the bill to form a study committee to consider the issues further).

Environmental Regulation.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up S.197, imposing wide ranging liabilities on companies related to permitted and unpermitted releases of chemicals, Wednesday (AIV will be engaging with the Committee on the bill, for the most recent version click here).  The House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee will review H.560, imposing extended producer responsibility/product stewardship mandates on manufacturers of certain household products, Wednesday through Friday, with possible vote (AIV will be engaging with the Committee on the bill, for the most recent version click here).  The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up provisions in S.260, addressing water quality funding, that would allow citizen suits in cases of alleged clean water violations, Thursday.