New Legislation of Interest to Vermont Employers

The following are bills recently introduced that might be of interest to Vermont employers.  Text and other information about a bill’s status are available by clicking on the linked bill number.  Note that official statements of purpose might not fully reflect the purpose or effect of the bill.  If “SHORT FORM” is noted, the text of the bill is still pending.  If you have any questions about the bills listed below, please contact us at info@aivt.org.   If you are interested in other legislation introduced during this Legislature or during past sessions, you can click here.

House Bills

H.173

Subject: Executive Branch; Executive Orders; reorganization of Executive Branch of government

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to repeal the Governor’s authority to propose by Executive Order changes in the organization of the Executive Branch of government.

Introduced by Representative Gannon of Wilmington

H.171

Subject: Human services; child care; financial assistance; workforce

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to: (1) expand the eligibility of the Child Care Financial Assistance Program; (2) appropriate funds for the implementation of the Bright Futures Information System modernization plan; (3) establish scholarships and student loan repayment assistance programs for existing and prospective members of the child care workforce; (4) require the completion of studies on child care financing and governance; and (5) establish an Early Care and Education Governance and Administration Advisory Committee.

Introduced by Representatives Brumsted of Shelburne, James of Manchester, Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Marcotte of Coventry, Townsend of South Burlington, Wood of Waterbury, Yacovone of Morristown, Anthony of Barre City, Austin of Colchester, Batchelor of Derby, Birong of Vergennes, Black of Essex, Bluemle of Burlington, Bongartz of Manchester, Bos-Lun of Westminster, Brady of Williston, Briglin of Thetford, Brown of Richmond, Burke of Brattleboro, Burrows of West Windsor, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Chase of Colchester, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Coffey of Guilford, Colburn of Burlington, Colston of Winooski, Conlon of Cornwall, Copeland Hanzas of Bradford, Cordes of Lincoln, Dolan of Essex, Dolan of Waitsfield, Donnally of Hyde Park, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Elder of Starksboro, Emmons of Springfield, Gannon of Wilmington, Goldman of Rockingham, Goslant of Northfield, Grad of Moretown, Gregoire of Fairfield, Hooper of Randolph, Hooper of Burlington, Houghton of Essex, Howard of Rutland City, Jerome of Brandon, Killacky of South Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, LaLonde of South Burlington, Lanpher of Vergennes, Lefebvre of Newark, Lippert of Hinesburg, Long of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCarthy of St. Albans City, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, Morgan, L. of Milton, Morgan, M. of Milton, Mrowicki of Putney, Mulvaney-Stanak of Burlington, Nicoll of Ludlow, Nigro of Bennington, Norris of Sheldon, Noyes of Wolcott, Ode of Burlington, Page of Newport City, Pajala of Londonderry, Partridge of Windham, Patt of Worcester, Pugh of South Burlington, Rachelson of Burlington, Redmond of Essex, Rosenquist of Georgia, Savage of Swanton, Scheu of Middlebury, Scheuermann of Stowe, Seymour of Sutton, Sheldon of Middlebury, Sims of Craftsbury, Small of Winooski, Smith of New Haven, Squirrell of Underhill, Stebbins of Burlington, Stevens of Waterbury, Till of Jericho, Toleno of Brattleboro, Troiano of Stannard, Vyhovsky of Essex, Walz of Barre City, Webb of Shelburne, White of Bethel, White of Hartford, Whitman of Bennington, and Yantachka of Charlotte

H.167

Subject: Conservation and development; fish and wildlife; Agency of Natural Resources; Environmental Stewardship Board

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill would establish the Environmental Stewardship Board to oversee and consult with the Secretary of Natural Resources regarding the operation and coordination of the Agency of Natural Resources and the management, protection, and conservation of State surface waters, wetlands, wildlife, forests, Agency of Natural Resources lands, groundwater, air quality, and other natural resources managed or regulated by the Agency of Natural Resources.

Introduced by Representatives Sheldon of Middlebury, McCullough of Williston, and Dolan of Waitsfield

Senate Bills

S.55

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.

Introduced by Senator Pearson

S.54

Subject: Taxation; sales tax; exemption; candy

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend the Vermont Sales and Use Tax to the sale of candy and dedicate the revenue from those sales to support the Child Care Financial Assistance Program.

Introduced by Senator Perchlik

S.52

Subject: Labor; employment practices; minimum wages

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase the minimum wage so that it reaches $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2025.

Introduced by Senators Sirotkin, Baruth, Chittenden, Clarkson, Cummings, Hardy, Hooker, Lyons, McCormack, Pearson, Perchlik, Pollina, Ram and Sears