UPDATED | New Legislation

The following are bills introduced in the Legislature this year that might be of particular interest to members, with first the House bills and then the Senate bills.  Click on the bill number for more about texts, sponsors, procedural history, and other information.  Keep in mind that the statements of purpose provided below are part of the drafting process and might or might not be fully complete or accurate as to the bill’s content and effect.  For more information about these or any other bills, contact us at info@aivt.org or click here.

HOUSE

H.1:  This bill proposes to prohibit agreements that prohibit individuals from competing with their former employers following the conclusion of their employment.  Introduced by Representatives LaLonde of South Burlington and Christensen of Weathersfield.

H.14:  This bill proposes to extend benefit payments in workers’ compensation insurance claims to the prescription of medical marijuana.  Introduced by Representative Kimbell of Woodstock.

H.18:  This bill proposes to display the economic benefits of the energy efficiency charge on the bill.  Introduced by Representatives Sullivan of Burlington, Cina of Burlington, Cordes of Lincoln, Dolan of Waitsfield, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Hashim of Dummerston, Killacky of South Burlington, Lanpher of Vergennes, Townsend of South Burlington, White of Hartford, Yacovone of Morristown, and Yantachka of Charlotte.

H.32:  This bill proposes to require the Agency of Natural Resources, the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Health, and the Natural Resources Board to establish and operate an office of regulatory assistance to assist businesses and citizens with understanding and complying with State regulatory requirements.  The bill also proposes that if, after consultation with a regulatory assistance office, a person or business applying for a permit, license, certificate, other approval, or renewal is informed that a new or additional permit, license, certificate, approval, or renewal is required, the relevant State agency shall waive or otherwise not charge the applicant a fee for the new or additional permit, license, certificate, other approval, or renewal.  Introduced by Representatives LaClair of Barre Town, Gannon of Wilmington, Harrison of Chittenden, Higley of Lowell, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, and Savage of Swanton.

H.35:  This bill proposes to establish a private right of action for medical monitoring damages incurred due to exposure to a toxic substance.  Introduced by Representatives Sullivan of Dorset, Browning of Arlington, Bates of Bennington, Brownell of Pownal, Carroll of Bennington, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Coffey of Guilford, Gannon of Wilmington, and Morrissey of Bennington.

H.51:  This bill proposes to prohibit the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure in Vermont, except for infrastructure certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Introduced by Representatives Sullivan of Burlington, Bartholomew of Hartland, Briglin of Thetford, Burke of Brattleboro, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Cina of Burlington, Colburn of Burlington, Cordes of Lincoln, Donovan of Burlington, Gardner of Richmond, Gonzalez of Winooski, Hashim of Dummerston, Hooper of Randolph, Jessup of Middlesex, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, McCarthy of St. Albans City, McCullough of Williston, Mrowicki of Putney, O’Sullivan of Burlington, Patt of Worcester, Ralph of Hartland, Scheu of Middlebury, Sheldon of Middlebury, Squirrell of Underhill, Szott of Barnard, Townsend of South Burlington, Troiano of Stannard, White of Hartford, Wood of Waterbury, Yacovone of Morristown, and Yantachka of Charlotte.

H.55:  This bill proposes to require the Secretary of Natural Resources to contract with a consultant or organization to study the extent of microplastic contamination in the environment and drinking water of Vermont.  Introduced by Representatives Walz of Barre City, Ancel of Calais, Bartholomew of Hartland, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Christensen of Weathersfield, Cina of Burlington, Demrow of Corinth, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Hashim of Dummerston, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, LaLonde of South Burlington, Lanpher of Vergennes, Macaig of Williston, O’Sullivan of Burlington, Patt of Worcester, Squirrell of Underhill, Sullivan of Burlington, Szott of Barnard, Till of Jericho, and Townsend of South Burlington.

H.64:  This bill proposes to require the Joint Fiscal Office to submit to the General Assembly a report that identifies materials or activities in the State that contribute pollutants to State waters, proposes excise taxes on these material or proposes removal of financial incentives that the material or activity receives.  The report would also require the Secretary of Natural Resources to report to the General Assembly regarding initiatives or methods for facilitating the formation of stormwater utilities in municipalities or regions of the State with a density of development or amount of impervious surface sufficient for the feasible implementation and operation of a stormwater utility.  Introduced by Representative Browning of Arlington.

H.82:  This bill proposes to exempt from the sales and use tax parts for or accessories sold with timber harvesting equipment.  Introduced by Representatives Wood of Waterbury, Stevens of Waterbury, and Noyes of Wolcott.

H.75:  This program would require that manufacturers of household products containing a hazardous substance to participate in a stewardship organization and implement a plan to collect household products containing a hazardous substance free of charge to the public.  Introduced by Representatives Sullivan of Burlington, Macaig of Williston, McCullough of Williston, Squirrell of Underhill, Troiano of Stannard, Walz of Barre City, White of Hartford, and Yantachka of Charlotte.

H.74:  This bill proposes to prohibit food service establishments from providing carryout bags, expanded polystyrene food service products, and plastic straws to customers.  Introduced by Representatives Scheu of Middlebury, Brumsted of Shelburne, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Cina of Burlington, Colburn of Burlington, Cordes of Lincoln, Gannon of Wilmington, Macaig of Williston, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, O’Sullivan of Burlington, Squirrell of Underhill, Sullivan of Burlington, Till of Jericho, Troiano of Stannard, Walz of Barre City, and Yantachka of Charlotte.

H.75:  This program would require that manufacturers of household products containing a hazardous substance to participate in a stewardship organization and implement a plan to collect household products containing a hazardous substance free of charge to the public.  Introduced by Representatives Sullivan of Burlington, Macaig of Williston, McCullough of Williston, Squirrell of Underhill, Troiano of Stannard, Walz of Barre City, White of Hartford, and Yantachka of Charlotte.

H.82:  This bill proposes to exempt from the sales and use tax parts for or accessories sold with timber harvesting equipment.  Introduced by Representatives Wood of Waterbury, Stevens of Waterbury, and Noyes of Wolcott.

H.91:  This bill proposes to enable Vermont to participate in a multijurisdictional cap and trade program for greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation, heating, cooling, and ventilation.  Introduced by Representatives Sullivan of Burlington, Burke of Brattleboro, Bartholomew of Hartland, Cina of Burlington, Colburn of Burlington, Donovan of Burlington, Gonzalez of Winooski, McCarthy of St. Albans City, Ralph of Hartland, Scheu of Middlebury, Till of Jericho, and White of Hartford.

H.107:  This bill proposes to create a Paid Family Leave Insurance Program within the Departments of Labor and Taxes that will be funded by contributions from employers and employees.  The bill also proposes to amend Vermont’s existing Parental and Family Leave Act to make it applicable to additional employers and to clarify certain provisions.  Introduced by Representatives Scheu of Middlebury, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Young of Greensboro, Ancel of Calais, Anthony of Barre City, Austin of Colchester, Bartholomew of Hartland, Birong of Vergennes, Bock of Chester, Briglin of Thetford, Brumsted of Shelburne, Burke of Brattleboro, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Carroll of Bennington, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Christensen of Weathersfield, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Coffey of Guilford, Colburn of Burlington, Colston of Winooski, Conlon of Cornwall, Cordes of Lincoln, Demrow of Corinth, Dolan of Waitsfield, Donovan of Burlington, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Elder of Starksboro, Emmons of Springfield, Gardner of Richmond, Giambatista of Essex, Gonzalez of Winooski, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Hashim of Dummerston, Hill of Wolcott, Hooper of Montpelier, Hooper of Randolph, Hooper of Burlington, Houghton of Essex, Howard of Rutland City, James of Manchester, Jessup of Middlesex, Killacky of South Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Krowinski of Burlington, LaLonde of South Burlington, Lanpher of Vergennes, Lippert of Hinesburg, Long of Newfane, Macaig of Williston, Masland of Thetford, McCarthy of St. Albans City, McCormack of Burlington, McCullough of Williston, Mrowicki of Putney, Notte of Rutland City, Noyes of Wolcott, Ode of Burlington, O’Sullivan of Burlington, Partridge of Windham, Patt of Worcester, Pugh of South Burlington, Rachelson of Burlington, Ralph of Hartland, Redmond of Essex, Sheldon of Middlebury, Squirrell of Underhill, Stevens of Waterbury, Sullivan of Burlington, Szott of Barnard, Toleno of Brattleboro, Townsend of South Burlington, Troiano of Stannard, Walz of Barre City, White of Hartford, Wood of Waterbury, Yacovone of Morristown, and Yantachka of Charlotte.

H.137:  This bill proposes to provide a minimum salary that an individual must earn to qualify as an executive, administrative, or professional employee for purposes of being exempt from the minimum wage law.  Introduced by Representative Howard of Rutland City.

H.142:  This bill proposes to provide a member of the National Guard serving on state active duty with the same leave rights and job protections that he or she is entitled to for service under federal authority.  This bill also proposes to provide State employees with up to 15 days of paid military leave per year.  Introduced by Representative Donahue of Northfield.

H.155:  This bill proposes to end the exemption for utilities under the Standard Offer Program but allow utilities that are currently exempt to continue to be exempt, provided that they obtain and retire sufficient RECs to claim that their power supply is 100 percent renewable.  Introduced by Representative Yantachka of Charlotte.

H.166:  This bill proposes to create a secondary offense if an operator violates a law or ordinance governing motor vehicle weight limits, vehicle dimensions, or lawful restrictions on operation by motor vehicles on the highway and, at the time of the violation, the operator failed to possess and attempt to use a GPS device to convey information about weight limits on State and town highways throughout the State or, during the traffic stop, failed to furnish the enforcement officer sufficient information to determine the same.  Introduced by Representatives Shaw of Pittsford, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Burditt of West Rutland, Canfield of Fair Haven, Fagan of Rutland City, Haas of Rochester, Harrison of Chittenden, Helm of Fair Haven, Jerome of Brandon, Potter of Clarendon, Savage of Swanton, and Sullivan of Dorset.

H.168:  This bill proposes to clarify that the property transfer tax applies to property transfers that occur when there is a transfer of a controlling interest in a corporation or legal entity that holds real property in Vermont.  Introduced by Representative Ancel of Calais.

H.171:  This bill proposes to establish an impervious surface fee on all parcels in the State.  The bill would repeal the sunset of the Clean Water Surcharge on the Property Transfer Tax.  The bill also would establish a Water Quality Occupancy Surcharge on the rent of each occupancy in the State.  The bill would impose on milk handlers a fee per pound of fluid milk purchased from a milk producer for the purpose of bottling, manufacturing, processing, distribution, or sale of dairy products in the State.  The bill would require a manufacturer of asphalt to pay an assessment per ton of asphalt sold in the State each year.  The revenue from the impervious surface fee, the Water Quality Occupancy Surcharge, and the asphalt assessment would be deposited in the Clean Water Fund.  The revenue from the milk handling fee would be deposited in the General Fund.  Introduced by Representative Till of Jericho.

H.175:  This bill proposes to prohibit the exercise of eminent domain by utilities for purposes of fossil fuel infrastructure.  Introduced by Representatives Cordes of Lincoln, Burke of Brattleboro, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Colburn of Burlington, Colston of Winooski, Donovan of Burlington, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Elder of Starksboro, Gonzalez of Winooski, Hooper of Randolph, Hooper of Burlington, Jessup of Middlesex, LaLonde of South Burlington, McCarthy of St. Albans City, McCullough of Williston, Mrowicki of Putney, Ralph of Hartland, Redmond of Essex, Scheu of Middlebury, Sullivan of Burlington, Szott of Barnard, Till of Jericho, Troiano of Stannard, Walz of Barre City, White of Hartford, and Yacovone of Morristown

H.176:  This bill proposes to exempt from Vermont’s income tax any capital gains resulting from an investment in a federal Opportunity Zone.  Introduced by Representative Beck of St. Johnsbury.

H.177:  This bill proposes to amend the product stewardship requirements for primary batteries in the State.  The bill would repeal the exemption from product stewardship for batteries intended for industrial, business-to-business, warranty, or maintenance services.  The bill would also clarify the exemption from product stewardship for a battery used in a medical device.  The bill also would authorize the Secretary of Natural Resources to require a primary battery producer or primary battery stewardship organization to engage in additional education, outreach, or collection accessibility if the producer or stewardship organization failed to achieve the required collection rate performance goal.  In addition, the bill would amend the landfill disposal ban on lead acid batteries in order to apply the landfill disposal ban to all batteries.  Introduced by Representatives Yantachka of Charlotte, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, and Forguites of Springfield.

H.197:  This bill proposes to promote the goals in the State’s Capability and Development Plan while reducing the amount of time and money spent obtaining Act 250 and other State permits by:

  • Creating an enhanced designation that would remove Act 250 jurisdiction within designated centers.
  • Creating a process to subject unique resource areas to Act 250 jurisdiction regardless of whether a project in such area would trigger jurisdiction under existing thresholds.
  • Including impacts on forest blocks and connecting habitat in the review process under Act 250 Criterion 8.
  • Updating Act 250 Criterion 1(D) so that it is consistent with the terminology used in the State’s other permitting programs.
  • Defining what kind of evidence is sufficient to rebut permits that create presumptions in Act 250.
  • Clarifying when an Act 250 permit application fee waiver and partial refund may be warranted.
  • Allowing forest-based enterprises flexibility in their hours of operation
  • Clarifying the circumstances in which a recreational trail must receive an Act 250 permit.
  • Exempting transportation projects that are supported, in whole or in part, by federal aid from Act 250 review.
  • Updating the definition of development to address accessory on-farm businesses.

Introduced by Representatives Kimbell of Woodstock, Bock of Chester, Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Fagan of Rutland City, Harrison of Chittenden, Jickling of Randolph, Pajala of Londonderry, and Sibilia of Dover.

H.200:  This bill proposes to amend the drug testing law to permit an employer to conduct a drug test if it has a reasonable basis to believe that an employee is under the influence of a drug on the job or that an employee caused an accident on the job that resulted in damage.  Introduced by Representatives Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Bancroft of Westford, Browning of Arlington, Gamache of Swanton, Gregoire of Fairfield, Higley of Lowell, Marcotte of Coventry, Morrissey of Bennington, Page of Newport City, Rosenquist of Georgia, Savage of Swanton, Shaw of Pittsford, Strong of Albany, and Till of Jericho.

H.205:  This bill proposes to regulate the sale and application of neonicotinoid pesticides in order to protect pollinator populations.  The bill requires the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to register as a restricted use pesticide any neonicotinoid pesticide labeled as approved for outdoor use that is distributed, sold, or offered for sale in the State.  Certain products, including treated article seed and pet products, would be exempt from the requirement to register as a restricted use pesticide.  The registration fees for a neonicotinoid pesticide would be used to provide educational services, technical assistance, and increased inspection services related to neonicotinoid pesticides and pollinator health.  The bill would also require owners of bees, apiaries, colonies, or hives to register with the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets annually.  In addition, new owners of bees, apiaries, colonies, or hives would be required to be certified by the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  Introduced by Representatives Troiano of Stannard, Sheldon of Middlebury, Ancel of Calais, Anthony of Barre City, Austin of Colchester, Bartholomew of Hartland, Birong of Vergennes, Bock of Chester, Briglin of Thetford, Browning of Arlington, Brumsted of Shelburne, Burke of Brattleboro, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Carroll of Bennington, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Christensen of Weathersfield, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Coffey of Guilford, Colburn of Burlington, Colston of Winooski, Conlon of Cornwall, Cordes of Lincoln, Dolan of Waitsfield, Donovan of Burlington, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Forguites of Springfield, Gannon of Wilmington, Gardner of Richmond, Gonzalez of Winooski, Haas of Rochester, Hill of Wolcott, Hooper of Randolph, Hooper of Burlington, Houghton of Essex, Howard of Rutland City, Jessup of Middlesex, Killacky of South Burlington, LaLonde of South Burlington, Lanpher of Vergennes, Lefebvre of Newark, Macaig of Williston, Masland of Thetford, McCarthy of St. Albans City, McCormack of Burlington, McCullough of Williston, Mrowicki of Putney, Noyes of Wolcott, O’Brien of Tunbridge, Ode of Burlington, Pajala of Londonderry, Patt of Worcester, Potter of Clarendon, Ralph of Hartland, Redmond of Essex, Rogers of Waterville, Scheu of Middlebury, Squirrell of Underhill, Sullivan of Burlington, Till of Jericho, Townsend of South Burlington, Walz of Barre City, White of Hartford, Yacovone of Morristown, and Yantachka of Charlotte.

H.220:  This bill proposes to permit the Attorney General to enforce complaints of employee misclassification under the workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance laws.  Introduced by Representatives O’Sullivan of Burlington, Anthony of Barre City, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Cordes of Lincoln, Donovan of Burlington, Hill of Wolcott, Hooper of Burlington, Macaig of Williston, Patt of Worcester, Sullivan of Burlington, and Walz of Barre City.

H.242:  This bill proposes to require energy efficiency charges against fuel ratepayers, Low Income Assistance Program fees assessed against natural gas ratepayers, and electric discount program fees to be voluntary.  This bill also requires that notice be provided to ratepayers of how to withdraw from the proposed voluntary charges.  Introduced by Representative Brennan of Colchester.

H.243:  This bill proposes to direct the Joint Fiscal Office to examine the Vermont tax code and identify all provisions that function to subsidize or reduce the after-tax cost of the use of fossil fuels by businesses, farms, or nonprofit organizations, including sales tax exemptions and deductions of costs from corporate income taxes.  This bill also proposes to create an Energy Efficiency Fossil Fuel tax that would only be imposed on fossil fuels when the market price dropped below an established threshold based on historic prices.  Revenue generated by this tax would be deposited into the General Fund and directed to investments in weatherization, renewable energy, and rural public transit.  Introduced by Representative Browning of Arlington.  SHORT FORM [Full text of bill pending]

 

SENATE

S.15:  This bill proposes to permit an individual to reuse wages from the base period for the prior benefit year to qualify for unemployment benefits after his or her workers’ compensation benefits terminate if he or she was determined to be ineligible for unemployment benefits during the prior benefit year because he or she was unable to work due to a work-related injury.  Introduced by Senator Sirotkin.

S.18:  This bill proposes to create a rebuttable presumption that certain contractual terms are substantively unconscionable when included in certain standard-form contracts.  Introduced by Senators Pearson, Sears, Perchlik, and Sirotkin.

S.23:  This bill proposes to increase the minimum wage so that it reaches $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2024.  Introduced by Senators Sirotkin, Balint, Baruth, Bray, Clarkson, Cummings, Hardy, Hooker, Ingram, Lyons, MacDonald, McCormack, Pearson, Perchlik, Pollina, and White.

S.30:  This bill proposes to regulate the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  Introduced by Senators Pearson and Ashe.

S.35:  This bill proposes to prohibit employers from penalizing employees for the use of employer-provided accrued paid leave or other benefits.  Introduced by Senator Baruth.

S.36:  This bill proposes to permit employees to elect a collective bargaining Representative through card check elections.  Introduced by Senator Baruth.

S.37:  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 Senators Campion, Sears, and Bray.

S.47:  This bill proposes to provide that only the following persons may make a contribution to a candidate or to a political party:  individuals, political committees, and political parties.  Introduced by Senators Pearson, Pollina, Bray, and Perchlik.

S.49:  This bill proposes to adopt a maximum contaminant level for polyfluoroalkyl substances under the Agency of Natural Resources’s Water Supply Rule.  The bill would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to amend the Vermont Quality Standards to include criteria or effluent limitations for polyfluoroalkyl substances.  The bill would also require landfills to treat leachate for polyfluoroalkyl substances prior to delivery to a wastewater treatment facility or other facility where the leachate would be discharged to the waters of the State.  Introduced by Senators Bray, Balint, Campion, and MacDonald.

S.55:  This bill proposes to establish an Interagency Committee on Chemical Management to evaluate chemical inventories in the State and identify potential risks from the inventories.  The bill would require a manufacturer of a children’s product containing a chemical of high concern to children (CHCC) to report the brand name, product model, and available universal product code of a product.  The Commissioner of Health would be authorized to add a chemical to the CHCC list on the basis of independent, peer-reviewed scientific research.  The bill would allow the Commissioner of Health by rule to restrict the sale of or require the labeling of a children’s product containing a CHCC after consultation with the Working Group, instead of upon recommendation of the Working Group.  The bill would authorize the Commissioner of Health to restrict the sale or require labeling of a children’s product with a CHCC if the Commissioner determines children may be exposed to a CHCC in the product.  Introduced by Senators Lyons, Campion, Balint, Bray, Cummings, Ingram, McCormack, Pearson, Pollina, and Sears.

S.66:  This bill proposes to prohibit the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure in Vermont, except for infrastructure certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Introduced by Senators Clarkson, Ingram, McCormack and Pollina.

S.67:  This bill proposes to clarify that the property transfer tax applies to property transfers that occur when there is a transfer of a controlling interest in a corporation or legal entity that holds real property in Vermont.  Introduced by Senators Sirotkin, Brock and MacDonald.

S.75:  This bill proposes to enable Vermont to participate in a multijurisdictional cap and trade program for greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation, heating, cooling, and ventilation.  Introduced by Senators Lyons and McCormack.

S.82:  This bill proposes to create record-keeping and reporting requirements in relation to the equal pay provisions of Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act and to require the Commissioner of Labor to analyze and address the presence of gender and other bias in State-supported training programs.  Introduced by Senators Bray, Balint, Campion, Clarkson, Hardy, McCormack, Pollina, Rodgers, Sirotkin and White.

S.83:  This bill proposes to prohibit agreements to settle a discrimination claim from prohibiting the employee from working for the employer or an affiliate of the employer.  Introduced by Senators Sirotkin, Balint, Baruth and Clarkson.

S.88:  This bill proposes to create a Parental and Family Leave Insurance Program within the Departments of Labor and of Taxes that will provide employees with paid parental and family leave and that will be funded by contributions from employers and employees.  This bill also proposes to amend Vermont’s existing Parental and Family Leave Act to make it applicable to additional employers and to clarify certain provisions.  Introduced by Senators Sirotkin, Balint, Baruth, Bray, Clarkson, Cummings, Hardy, Hooker, Ingram, Lyons, MacDonald, McCormack, Pearson, Perchlik, Pollina and White.

S.93:  This bill proposes to create an income tax deduction for union dues.  Introduced by Senator Pearson.

S.96:  This bill proposes to establish a Clean Water Assessment on all parcels in the State.  Monies collected under the Clean Water Assessment would be deposited in the Clean Water Fund to fund water quality improvement projects in the State.  Introduced by Senators Bray, Lyons, Balint and Starr.

S.100:  This bill proposes to require the Agency of Transportation to use the mean prevailing wage published periodically by the Vermont Department of Labor in its occupational employment and wage survey when making wage determinations for construction and maintenance projects that exceed $100,000.00 and are not supported with federal funds.  Introduced by Senator Pearson.

S.101:  This bill proposes to require the Department of Health to conduct an analyses of the whether there are safer alternatives to food packaging to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been intentionally added in any amount.  If safer alternatives exist for a specific application of food packaging, the bill would prohibit a person from manufacturing, knowingly selling, offering for sale, distributing for sale, or distributing for use in this State food packaging to which that PFAS chemical has been intentionally added in any amount.  Introduced by Senators Campion, Balint, Bray, Clarkson, Ingram, Lyons, MacDonald, McCormack, Pollina and Sears.

S.102:  This bill proposes to direct the Joint Fiscal Office and the Department of Taxes to report to the General Assembly with recommendations for criteria to be used in evaluating the carbon impact of business tax credits in Vermont.  The bill also requires the Joint Fiscal Office and the Department of Taxes to report on how to incorporate these carbon criteria into the biennial tax expenditure report.  Introduced by Senator Lyons.

S.104:  This bill proposes to promote the goals in the State’s Capability and Development Plan while reducing the amount of time and money spent obtaining Act 250 and other State permits by:

  • Creating an enhanced designation that would remove Act 250 jurisdiction within designated centers.
  • Creating a process to subject unique resource areas to Act 250 jurisdiction regardless of whether a project in such area would trigger jurisdiction under existing thresholds.
  • Including impacts on forest blocks and connecting habitat in the review process under Act 250 Criterion 8.
  • Updating Act 250 Criterion 1(D) so that it is consistent with the terminology used in the State’s other permitting programs.
  • Defining what kind of evidence is sufficient to rebut permits that create presumptions in Act 250.
  • Clarifying when an Act 250 permit application fee waiver and partial refund may be warranted.
  • Allowing forest-based enterprises flexibility in their hours of operation.
  • Clarifying the circumstances in which a recreational trail must receive an Act 250 permit.
  • Exempting transportation projects that are supported, in whole or in part, by federal aid from Act 250 review.
  • Updating the definition of development to address accessory on-farm businesses.

Introduced by Senators Parent, Benning, Brock, Collamore, McNeil and Rodgers.