New Legislation | Updated February 4

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 Bills


H.916

SHORT FORM

Introduced by Representatives Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Cordes of Lincoln, Szott of Barnard, Burke of Brattleboro, Cina of Burlington, Colburn of Burlington, Elder of Starksboro, Gonzalez of Winooski, Haas of Rochester, Nicoll of Ludlow, Patt of Worcester, Ralph of Hartland, Sullivan of Burlington, Till of Jericho, and Yantachka of Charlotte

Subject: Taxation; income taxes; natural resources; climate change; Green New Deal

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to create a Vermont Green New Deal Fund to curb climate change by funding energy conservation programs such as weatherization, thermal efficiency, renewable heating systems, public transportation, and the use of electric vehicles.  The Vermont Green New Deal Fund would be administered by the State Treasurer and funding priorities and decisions would be determined by a board appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore.  The Vermont Green New Deal Fund would be funded with revenue raised by an income tax surcharge on high incomes.


H.905

SHORT FORM

Introduced by Representatives Browning of Arlington and Sullivan of Dorset

Subject: State Auditor; climate change legislation; rulemaking; enforcement

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to have the State Auditor perform a public accountability and oversight function and have enforcement authority concerning rules that an agency or department is required to promulgate pursuant to potential legislation to adopt a plan to address climate change.  The State Auditor shall review any proposed rules and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for effectiveness and issue a report within three months.  Should the proposed rules be deemed insufficient by the Auditor and if the selectboards of at least 20 municipalities within the State within 30 days of the issuance of the Auditor’s report request that the Auditor file suit, the Auditor shall file suit asking that a court direct the relevant agency or department to rewrite the rules.  Any amended rules shall have to be approved by the court after a hearing.  After rules have been in effect for three years, the Auditor shall evaluate and report on the effectiveness of the rules in reducing emissions.  If the Auditor determines that the rules are ineffective in reducing emissions and if the selectboards of at least 20 municipalities within the State within 30 days of the issuance of the Auditor’s report request that the Auditor file suit, the Auditor shall file suit asking that a court direct the relevant agency or department to rewrite the rules.  Any amended rules must be approved by the court after a hearing.


H.901

Introduced by Representatives Fagan of Rutland City, Conquest of Newbury, and Myers of Essex

Subject: Commerce and trade; workforce development; adult technical education

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to authorize the Community College of Vermont to be eligible for funding through the Adult Technical Education Equipment Grant Program.


H.899

Introduced by Representatives Birong of Vergennes, Fegard of Berkshire, Gonzalez of Winooski, Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Lanpher of Vergennes, Noyes of Wolcott, Smith of Derby, and Walz of Barre City

Subject: Commerce and trade; consumer protection

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to enhance levels of consumer consent, protection, and transparency throughout the technology industry.


H.896

Introduced by Representative Chase of Colchester

Subject: Commerce and trade; economic development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to create a program as an incubator for technology development.


H.893

SHORT FORM

Introduced by Representatives Kornheiser of Brattleboro and Hill of Wolcott

Subject: Commerce and trade; consumer protection

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require a manufacturer who sells a good with an express warranty to provide service information and parts to authorized and independent service and repair facilities for seven years.


H.892

Introduced by Representatives Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Coffey of Guilford, Redmond of Essex, White of Hartford, and Wood of Waterbury

Subject: Commerce and trade; business organizations

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require the Secretary of State to collect demographic information about Vermont businesses.


H.888

Introduced by Representative Cina of Burlington

Subject: Crimes; products illegal to possess; manufacture prohibited

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to prohibit the manufacture or export of any product in Vermont that cannot legally be possessed in this State and to repeal the statute that permits large capacity ammunition feeding devices to be manufactured in Vermont.


H.868

Introduced by Representatives Cina of Burlington, Burke of Brattleboro, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Colburn of Burlington, Gonzalez of Winooski, Hooper of Montpelier, Hooper of Randolph, Hooper of Burlington, Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Masland of Thetford, O’Sullivan of Burlington, Rachelson of Burlington, Ralph of Hartland, Sheldon of Middlebury, and Sullivan of Burlington

Subject: Economic development; climate change; regenerative economy Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require the State to develop a regenerative economy roadmap by 2023.


H.864

Introduced by Representatives Chase of Colchester and Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs

Subject: Energy; natural gas; renewable natural gas

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require that, by 2035, 75 percent of all natural gas sold or consumed in Vermont shall be renewable natural gas and that, by 2023, all natural gas imported into Vermont shall be responsibly sourced.


H.851

Introduced by Representatives Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Anthony of Barre City, Cina of Burlington, Colburn of Burlington, Cordes of Lincoln, Donovan of Burlington, Killacky of South Burlington, Sullivan of Burlington, Walz of Barre City, and Yantachka of Charlotte

Subject: Labor; employment practices; good cause employment

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to establish a good cause standard for termination of employment in Vermont.


H.850

Introduced by Representatives Hooper of Randolph, Batchelor of Derby, Elder of Starksboro, Higley of Lowell, Lefebvre of Newark, Mattos of Milton, Notte of Rutland City, Potter of Clarendon, Smith of Derby, and Toof of St. Albans Town

Subject: Labor; employment practices; fair employment practices; volunteer firefighters  \Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees who are absent from work while performing duties as volunteer firefighters.


H.841

Introduced by Representatives Beck of St. Johnsbury, Anthony of Barre City, Bancroft of Westford, Goslant of Northfield, Masland of Thetford, Morgan of Milton, and Till of Jericho

Subject: Taxation; sales and use tax; cloud services; meals and rooms tax; allocation

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to remove the current sales and use tax exemption for prewritten software accessed remotely.  The bill would also reallocate three percent of the current meals and rooms tax revenue from the Education Fund to the General Fund.


H.831

Introduced by Representatives Fagan of Rutland City, Harrison of Chittenden, Scheuermann of Stowe, Bancroft of Westford, Beck of St. Johnsbury, Brennan of Colchester, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Cupoli of Rutland City, Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Donahue of Northfield, Gamache of Swanton, Goslant of Northfield, Howard of Rutland City, LaClair of Barre Town, McFaun of Barre Town, Notte of Rutland City, Page of Newport City, Rosenquist of Georgia, Savage of Swanton, Shaw of Pittsford, and Terenzini of Rutland Town

Subject: Conservation and development; water quality; stormwater; three-acre permit

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to delay by two years the deadline for coverage under the stormwater general permit for discharges of stormwater from impervious surface of three or more acres in size, when the stormwater discharge previously was not permitted or was permitted under an individual permit or general permit that did not incorporate the requirements of the 2002 Stormwater Management Manual or any subsequently adopted Stormwater Management Manual.  The bill would also require the Agency of Natural Resources to provide planning and engineering services to an owner of impervious surface subject to coverage under the general permit free of charge at the discretion of the owner of the impervious surface.  In addition, the bill would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to report to the General Assembly with recommendations for how the State should fund or provide financial assistance to owners of impervious surface subject to the three-acre stormwater permit.


H.829

Introduced by Representatives Squirrell of Underhill, Dolan of Waitsfield, McCullough of Williston, and Ode of Burlington

Subject: Agriculture; control of pesticides; chlorpyrifos

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to ban the use, sale, or application of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.


H.828

Introduced by Representatives Cordes of Lincoln, Burke of Brattleboro, Christensen of Weathersfield, Cina of Burlington, Hooper of Burlington, Howard of Rutland City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Ode of Burlington, Patt of Worcester, Sheldon of Middlebury, Sullivan of Burlington, and Wood of Waterbury

Subject: Conservation and development; water quality; water quality standards; certification

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to amend the Vermont Water Quality Standards (VWQS) to clarify that the standards apply to wetlands and discharges to wetlands.  The bill also would amend the VWQS to require that any federal Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 certification issued by the State for waters or for wetlands shall include:  an evaluation of water quality impacts on waters and wetlands and an evaluation of alternative means of accomplishing the proposed action for which certification is sought.  The bill would require that the State conduct a cumulative impacts analysis of the water quality impacts on waters and wetlands of an activity subject to the CWA section 401 certification.  A CWA section 401 certification would not be granted unless the Secretary of Natural Resources determines one of the following:  it is more likely than not that the proposed activity will not cause significant impacts; or when an alternatives analysis is required, there may be significant impacts but no practicable alternative exists.


H.814

Introduced by Representatives Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Szott of Barnard, Birong of Vergennes, Colburn of Burlington, Killacky of South Burlington, Nicoll of Ludlow, Ode of Burlington, O’Sullivan of Burlington, Redmond of Essex, and White of Hartford

Subject: Labor; employment practices; leave; victims of domestic and sexual violence

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to provide up to eight weeks of leave from employment for a victim of domestic or sexual violence.


H.777

Introduced by Representatives Burditt of West Rutland, Squirrell of Underhill, Brumsted of Shelburne, Christie of Hartford, Dolan of Waitsfield, Donovan of Burlington, Grad of Moretown, Hill of Wolcott, LaLonde of South Burlington, Lefebvre of Newark, McCullough of Williston, Ode of Burlington, Pajala of Londonderry, Till of Jericho, and Townsend of South Burlington

Subject: Health; public health; perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances; food packaging

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to impose restrictions on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of food packaging to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, phthalates, or bisphenols have been added.


H.771

Introduced by Representatives Squirrell of Underhill, Brumsted of Shelburne, Dolan of Waitsfield, Donovan of Burlington, Hill of Wolcott, Lefebvre of Newark, McCullough of Williston, Ode of Burlington, Pajala of Londonderry, and Townsend of South Burlington

Subject: Health; public health; perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances; rugs and carpets; chemicals of high concern to children

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to:  (1) impose restrictions on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of residential rugs and carpets to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been added; and (2) include perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances on the list of chemicals of high concern to children.


H.761

Introduced by Representatives Fagan of Rutland City, Harrison of Chittenden, Scheuermann of Stowe, Brennan of Colchester, Gamache of Swanton, McFaun of Barre Town, and Page of Newport City

Subject: Conservation and development; water resources; stormwater; three-acre impervious surface permit

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to extend by two years the required date by which coverage under a general permit shall be sought for a discharge of stormwater from impervious surface of three or more acres in size when the stormwater discharge previously was not permitted or was permitted under an individual permit or general permit that did not incorporate the requirements of the 2002 Stormwater Management Manual.  The bill also would grandfather discharges of stormwater from the requirement to seek coverage under the three-acre permit if the discharge was previously permitted, the current owner of the parcel from which the discharge originates is the original listed permittee on the previously issued individual permit, and the previously issued permit is current or has not expired.


H.756

Introduced by Representative Yantachka of Charlotte

Subject: Sales and use tax; exemptions; cloud-based services

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to repeal the sales and use tax exemption for charges to access prewritten computer software remotely.


H.735

SHORT FORM

Introduced by Representatives Higley of Lowell, Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Gregoire of Fairfield, Martel of Waterford, Seymour of Sutton, Smith of New Haven, Strong of Albany, and Terenzini of Rutland Town

Subject: Public service; renewable energy programs; Standard Offer Program

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to extend the Standard Offer Program until 2032.


H.721

Introduced by Representatives Dolan of Waitsfield, Lefebvre of Newark, Squirrell of Underhill, Bates of Bennington, Brumsted of Shelburne, Carroll of Bennington, Colston of Winooski, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Fegard of Berkshire, Goslant of Northfield, Hill of Wolcott, Hooper of Burlington, James of Manchester, Jerome of Brandon, Killacky of South Burlington, LaLonde of South Burlington, Morgan of Milton, Nicoll of Ludlow, O’Brien of Tunbridge, Ode of Burlington, Page of Newport City, Pajala of Londonderry, Rachelson of Burlington, Ralph of Hartland, Savage of Swanton, Scheu of Middlebury, Shaw of Pittsford, Sheldon of Middlebury, Sullivan of Burlington, Till of Jericho, Townsend of South Burlington, Walz of Barre City, Webb of Shelburne, White of Hartford, and Yantachka of Charlotte

Subject: Health; public health; class B firefighting foam; perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to impose restrictions on the use, manufacturer, sale, and distribution of class B firefighting foam containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


H.712

Introduced by Representatives Masland of Thetford, Anthony of Barre City, Cina of Burlington, Fegard of Berkshire, Hooper of Burlington, McCullough of Williston, Ode of Burlington, Townsend of South Burlington, and White of Hartford

Subject: Public service; Department of Public Service; renewable energy

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to have the Department of Public Service issue a report with recommendations concerning solar development, the grid, and increasing the distributed renewable generation requirement under the Renewable Energy Standard.


H.704

SHORT FORM

Introduced by Representatives Marcotte of Coventry, Bancroft of Westford, Carroll of Bennington, Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Jerome of Brandon, Kimbell of Woodstock, Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Morris of Springfield, O’Sullivan of Burlington, and Ralph of Hartland

Subject: Commerce and trade; workforce development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to direct the Department of Labor to double the number of apprentices and apprenticeship programs in Vermont and to work with the Vermont State Colleges and regional technical centers to expand apprenticeship opportunities, and the bill proposes to direct the Agency of Education and the Department of Labor:  to explore ways to repurpose and retarget federal and State grant funds, within relevant parameters, to revitalize and enhance connections between Vermont’s adult and post-secondary education systems, to propose new partnerships that will incentivize new and more targeted training and workforce development systems, to explore how to fund new investments that are aligned with robust metrics and key indicator analyses, and to assess Vermont’s progress in realignment.


H.703

Introduced by Representatives Marcotte of Coventry, Bancroft of Westford, Carroll of Bennington, Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Jerome of Brandon, Kornheiser of Brattleboro, O’Sullivan of Burlington, and Ralph of Hartland

Subject: Commerce and trade; workforce development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to create a workforce development provider portal to enable providers, educators, training programs, and others to communicate and exchange information about services and other matters.


H.700

Introduced by Representatives Donovan of Burlington, Anthony of Barre City, Cina of Burlington, Colburn of Burlington, Cordes of Lincoln, Gardner of Richmond, Gonzalez of Winooski, Howard of Rutland City, Macaig of Williston, Squirrell of Underhill, Stevens of Waterbury, Sullivan of Burlington, Till of Jericho, Troiano of Stannard, Walz of Barre City, and Yantachka of Charlotte

Subject: Executive; education; labor; human services; collective bargaining; employment practices; good cause employment

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require employers to provide employee contact information in relation to an effort to organize a collective bargaining unit; to provide for the automatic deduction of union dues from members’ paychecks; to permit unions to meet with new employees for the purpose of providing them with information regarding union membership; to prohibit recipients of State grant funds from interfering with union organizing efforts; and to establish a good cause standard for termination of employment in Vermont.


H.691

Introduced by Representatives Fagan of Rutland City and Kimbell of Woodstock

Subject: Taxation; tax increment financing; indebtedness; debt service

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to authorize tax increment financing districts to use debt proceeds to make debt service payments.


H.688

Introduced by Representatives Briglin of Thetford, Colburn of Burlington, Copeland Hanzas of Bradford, Hooper of Montpelier, LaLonde of South Burlington, Sibilia of Dover, Ancel of Calais, Anthony of Barre City, Austin of Colchester, Bartholomew of Hartland, Birong of Vergennes, Bock of Chester, Brownell of Pownal, Brumsted of Shelburne, Burke of Brattleboro, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Carroll of Bennington, Chase of Colchester, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Christensen of Weathersfield, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Coffey of Guilford, Colston of Winooski, Cordes of Lincoln, Demrow of Corinth, Dolan of Waitsfield, Donovan of Burlington, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Elder of Starksboro, Gannon of Wilmington, Gardner of Richmond, Gonzalez of Winooski, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Hashim of Dummerston, Hill of Wolcott, Hooper of Randolph, Hooper of Burlington, Houghton of Essex, Howard of Rutland City, James of Manchester, Jerome of Brandon, Jessup of Middlesex, Killacky of South Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Krowinski of 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, Nicoll of Ludlow, Noyes of Wolcott, O’Brien of Tunbridge, Ode of Burlington, O’Sullivan of Burlington, Pajala of Londonderry, Patt of Worcester, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of South Burlington, Rachelson of Burlington, Ralph of Hartland, Redmond of Essex, Reed of Braintree, Scheu of Middlebury, Sheldon of Middlebury, Squirrell of Underhill, Stevens of Waterbury, Sullivan of Burlington, Szott of Barnard, Till of Jericho, Toleno of Brattleboro, Townsend of South Burlington, Trieber of Rockingham, Troiano of Stannard, Walz of Barre City, Webb of Shelburne, White of Hartford, Wood of Waterbury, Yacovone of Morristown, and Yantachka of Charlotte

Subject: Air pollution control; greenhouse gas reductions; climate change

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to create a legally enforceable system by which Vermont will reduce its statewide greenhouse gas emissions and establish strategies to mitigate climate risks and build resiliency to climate change.


H.681

Introduced by Representatives Marcotte of Coventry, Bancroft of Westford, Carroll of Bennington, Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Jerome of Brandon, Morris of Springfield, O’Sullivan of Burlington, and Ralph of Hartland

Subject: Labor; unemployment insurance; employer registration

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to grant the Department of Labor authority to require electronic business registration for purposes of unemployment insurance.


H.680

Introduced by Representatives Marcotte of Coventry, Bancroft of Westford, Carroll of Bennington, Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Jerome of Brandon, Morris of Springfield, O’Sullivan of Burlington, and Ralph of Hartland

Subject: Labor; workers’ compensation; rate of contribution

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to establish the fiscal year 2021 rate of contribution for the Workers’ Compensation Administration Fund.


H.676

Introduced by Representative Sibilia of Dover

Subject: Income tax; clean grid optimization; pilot

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to create an income tax deduction and to expand the research and development income tax credit available to clean grid optimization companies with qualified research expenses.  The bill would also create a pilot program led by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development in cooperation with the Department of Public Service to provide grant funding to one or more clean grid optimization companies in order to establish the economic viability of controls to electricity using appliances that maximize the utility of Vermont’s electricity grid.


H.658

Introduced by Representative McCullough of Williston

Subject: Conservation and development; solid waste; water quality; sludge; septage; land application

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to prohibit the land application of sludge or septage except for exceptional quality biosolids. The bill would require municipally owned wastewater treatment facilities to accept septage for treatment.  The bill would establish a Biosolids Conversion Special Fund to provide grants to municipal wastewater facilities for the purpose of converting septage and sludge to exceptional quality biosolids.


H.657

Introduced by Representative Yantachka of Charlotte

Subject: Human services; fuel tax; home weatherization assistance program; taxation and finance; general gasoline tax; transportation; electric vehicles

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to increase the fuel tax and use those funds for home weatherization and to impose a fee on motor fuel sales and to use those funds for electric vehicle incentives and town highway aid.


H.648

Introduced by Representative Townsend of South Burlington

Subject: State construction; contracts; Davis-Bacon wages

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require a contractor that is awarded a State construction project to submit proof to the State of completing the Davis-Bacon wage survey prior to execution of the contract.


H.646

Introduced by Representative Killacky of South Burlington

Subject: Labor; employment practices; wages

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require a study of altering or eliminating the tipped wage and the subminimum wage for students and a study of the wage and hour laws for agricultural workers.  This bill also proposes to make technical changes to Vermont’s wage and hour laws in order to modernize the statutory language and to repeal or amend obsolete provisions.


H.645

Introduced by Representatives Stevens of Waterbury, Birong of Vergennes, Gamache of Swanton, Hango of Berkshire, Howard of Rutland City, Killacky of South Burlington, and Walz of Barre City

Subject: Labor; employment practices; wages

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to make technical changes to Vermont’s wage and hour laws in order to modernize the statutory language and to repeal or amend obsolete provisions.


H.642

Introduced by Representatives Marcotte of Coventry and Kimbell of Woodstock

Subject: Municipalities; taxation; tax increment financing; project development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to allow a municipality to use tax increment financing to develop a project.


H.641

Introduced by Representative Kimbell of Woodstock

Subject: Commerce and trade; economic development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to authorize an incentive award under the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program to be made as a forgivable loan.


H.640

Introduced by Representatives Ancel of Calais and Kornheiser of Brattleboro

Subject: Commerce and trade; economic development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require the disclosure of certain information concerning applications and incentives under the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program.


H.633

Introduced by Representatives Anthony of Barre City and McCullough of Williston

Subject: Conservation and development; Act 250

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to give Act 250 jurisdiction over development and subdivision above the elevation of 1,500 feet.


H.631

Introduced by Representative Hill of Wolcott

Subject: Labor; workers’ compensation; temporary partial disability; cost of living adjustment; appeals

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to specify when an employer may require an employee who has been medically cleared to return to work to engage in a work search, to amend the formula for determining the amount of compensation that is due to an employee with a temporary partial disability, to clarify the requirements for providing dependency benefits and cost of living adjustments to compensation paid to an employee with a temporary partial disability, and to permit the Commissioner to award the necessary costs of a proceeding to a claimant if he or she prevails.


H.630

Introduced by Representative Sullivan of Dorset

Subject: Labor; employment practices; employers

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to amend the definition of “employer” in certain employment statutes.


H.612

Introduced by Representatives Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs and Szott of Barnard

Subject: Labor; employment practices; family and medical leave insurance; parental and family leave; leave for victims of domestic and sexual violence

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to create a Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program within the Departments of Labor and of 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, as well as to provide up to eight weeks of leave from employment for a victim of domestic or sexual violence.


H.604

SHORT FORM

Introduced by Representative Masland of Thetford

Subject: Energy; renewable energy

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to support Vermont renewable energy companies and local generation through an expansion of incentives.


H.586

SHORT FORM

Introduced by Representative Masland of Thetford

Subject: Energy; electricity; solar; net metering

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to allow Vermonters to choose their manner of electricity generation by owning solar generation as supported by the continuation and stability of net metering.


H.566

Introduced by Representative Sullivan of Dorset

Subject: Labor; employment practices; arbitration

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to provide that in any arbitration of a dispute related to employment that is substantially located in Vermont employers shall bear the burden of proof for all contested issues of law or of fact.


H.556

Introduced by Representatives Cordes of Lincoln and Killacky of South Burlington

Subject: Health; public buildings; gender-free restrooms; consumer protection

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to authorize the Human Rights Commission to impose a civil penalty for failure to provide gender-free restrooms in public buildings and places of public accommodation.


H.552

Introduced by Representatives Emmons of Springfield and Shaw of Pittsford

Subject: Municipal government; municipal aid; Vermont Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pollution Control Revolving Fund

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to make clarifications to the administration of loans to private entities for clean water projects from the Vermont Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pollution Control Revolving Fund.


Senate Bills


S.337

Introduced by Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

Subject: Public service; regulatory authority of the Public Utility Commission; energy efficiency programs and services

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to allow, for a period of three years, energy efficiency entities to use a portion of their budgets on programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the thermal and transportation sectors.


S.312

Introduced by Senators Collamore, Benning, Brock, Hooker, McNeil, Parent, Rodgers, Starr and Westman

Subject: Conservation and development; water resources; stormwater; three-acre impervious surface permit

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to extend by two years the required date by which coverage under a general permit shall be sought for a discharge of stormwater from impervious surface of three or more acres in size when the stormwater discharge previously was not permitted or was permitted under an individual permit or general permit that did not incorporate the requirements of the 2002 Stormwater Management Manual.


S.311

Introduced by Senators Pollina, Balint, Baruth, Bray, Campion, Clarkson, Hardy, Hooker, Ingram, Lyons, McCormack, Pearson, Perchlik and White

Subject: Taxation; income taxes; natural resources; climate change; Green New Deal

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to create a Vermont Green New Deal Fund to curb climate change by funding energy conservation programs such as weatherization, thermal efficiency, renewable heating systems, public transportation, and the use of electric vehicles.  The Vermont Green New Deal Fund would be administered by the State Treasurer and funding priorities and decisions would be determined by a board appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore.  The Vermont Green New Deal Fund would be funded with revenue raised by an income tax surcharge on high incomes.


S.308

Introduced by Senators Brock, Clarkson and Collamore

Subject: Taxation; tax increment financing; indebtedness; debt service

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to:  (1) allow a tax increment financing district to use debt proceeds to fund a debt reserve fund for a maximum period of 10 years, (2) permit the use of bond anticipation notes for a maximum period of 10 years, and (3) clarify the process for adjusting the boundaries of a district.


S.299

Introduced by Senators Hooker and Clarkson

Subject: Labor; employment practices; minimum wage

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to provide a minimum salary that an individual must earn to qualify as an executive, administrative, or professional employee in order to be exempt from the provisions of the minimum wage law.


S.295

Introduced by Senators Lyons, Bray and Campion

Subject: Health; public health; perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances; class B firefighting foam; food packaging; rugs and carpets

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to:  (1) impose restrictions on the use, manufacture, sale, and distribution of class B firefighting foam containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances; (2)  impose restrictions on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of food packaging to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, phthalates, or bisphenols have been added; (3) impose restrictions on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of residential rugs and carpets to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been added; and (4) include perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances on the list of chemicals of high concern to children.


S.267

Introduced by Senators Pearson, Perchlik, Ashe, Balint, Bray, Campion, MacDonald and Sirotkin

Subject: Energy; public service; renewable energy programs; Renewable Energy Standard

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to make various amendments to the Renewable Energy Standard, including requiring that total renewable energy increase to 100 percent by 2030, and distributed renewable generation to 20 percent by 2032.


S.264

Introduced by Senators Pearson, Ingram and Pollina

Subject: Labor; employment practices; paid vacation leave

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require employers to provide employees with a minimum of two weeks of paid vacation leave per year.


S.256

Introduced by Senators Sirotkin, Brock and Clarkson

Subject: Commerce and trade; workforce development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to create a permanent New Vermont Employee Incentive Program to attract new workers to the State.


S.254

Introduced by Senator Sirotkin

Subject: Executive; education; labor; human services; collective bargaining

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require public employers to provide employee contact information in relation to an effort to organize a collective bargaining unit; to provide for the automatic deduction of public employee union dues from members’ paychecks; and to permit unions to meet with new public employees for the purpose of providing them with information regarding union membership.


S.240

Introduced by Senator Sirotkin

Subject: Commerce and trade; workforce development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to allow remote workers to qualify for grants under the new worker relocation program.


S.237

Introduced by Senators Sirotkin, Clarkson, Balint and Hooker

Subject: Housing

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to adopt miscellaneous provisions to promote access to affordable housing.


S.236

Introduced by Senators Brock and Parent

Subject: Education; postsecondary; remediation courses; accountability

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require that a school district be responsible for the cost of remedial courses in the subject areas of reading, writing, and mathematics charged by a Vermont college or university to a student who graduated from a school within the school district if the student’s date of graduation is within two years from the commencement date of the remedial course or courses.


S.231

Introduced by Senator Clarkson

Subject: Commerce and trade; workforce development

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to expand the number of apprenticeships offered in Vermont from 28 to 50 over five years.


S.227

Introduced by Senator Bray

Subject: Conservation and development; plastics; single-use products; personal care products; lodging establishments

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to prohibit the provision by lodging establishments of personal use products in small plastic bottles.


S.220

Introduced by Senators White, Ashe, Bray, Clarkson, Pearson, Perchlik and Pollina

Subject: Professions and occupations; Office of Professional Regulation; Department of Public Safety; continuing education; State energy goals; architects; boiler inspectors; electricians; gas appliance installers; landscape architects; oil burning equipment installers; plumbers; pollution abatement facility operators; potable water supply and wastewater system designers; professional engineers; property inspectors; real estate appraisers; real estate brokers and salespersons

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require specified professionals to obtain education on the State’s energy goals as a condition of initial licensure and license renewal.


S.214

Introduced by Senator Rodgers

Subject: Agriculture; cannabis; cultivation; processing; regulation

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to establish a State Cannabis Program at the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets for regulation of the cultivation, processing, and sale of cannabis and cannabis products in the State.


S.201

Introduced by Senator Rodgers

Subject: Conservation and development; air pollution control; greenhouse gas emissions

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require that Vermonters be personally responsible for their greenhouse gas emissions.


S.197

Introduced by Senator Ingram

Subject: Genetic information; discrimination

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s genetic information in relation to employment, labor relations, insurance coverage, and the provision of social and medical services.


S.192

Introduced by Senators McCormack, Campion, Clarkson and Lyons

Subject: Agriculture; pesticides; glyphosate

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to ban the sale, use, or application of the herbicide glyphosate.

 

S.191

Introduced by Senator Cummings

Subject: Taxation; tax increment financing; indebtedness; debt service

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to clarify the requirements of a tax increment financing district.


S.190

Introduced by Senators Kitchel, Benning and Starr

Subject: Public service; renewable energy programs; Standard Offer Program

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to extend the Standard Offer Program until 2032.


S.181

Introduced by Senators Sears, Lyons and Ingram

Subject: Health; inflammatory bowel disease; public accommodation; restroom access

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to require retail establishments to allow a customer with an inflammatory bowel disease to use an employee restroom when a public restroom is not immediately accessible.


S.180

Introduced by Senator Ashe

Subject: Agriculture; pesticides; chlorpyrifos

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:  This bill proposes to phase-in a ban on the use and application of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.  Beginning on July 1, 2020, the bill would prohibit the aerial application of chlorpyrifos.  Beginning on January 1, 2021, the bill would prohibit application of chlorpyrifos except for application to the trunks of apple trees.  Beginning on January 1, 2022, all uses and applications of chlorpyrifos would be prohibited.