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.2: This bill proposes to exempt certain aircraft hangars from the jurisdiction of the State land use and development law, known as Act 250.  Introduced by Representative Corcoran of Bennington.

H.5: This bill proposes to require the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies to study various issues related to improving and coordinating effectiveness between municipal, regional, and State planning.  Introduced by Representative Bongartz of Manchester.

H.6: This bill proposes to extend Act 250 jurisdiction to development within 100 feet of a stream above 1,500 feet and any subdivisions above the elevation of 2,000 feet.  Introduced by Representative Anthony of Barre City.

H.10: This bill proposes to amend the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive Program.  Introduced by Representatives Kornheiser of Brattleboro and Marcotte of Coventry.

H.16: This bill proposes to have the Agency of Transportation conduct a feasibility study on expanding passenger and freight rail service throughout Vermont and to neighboring states and Canada.  Introduced by Representatives Page of Newport City, Higley of Lowell, Labor of Morgan, Smith of Derby, and Williams of Granby.

H.24: This bill proposes to (1) require the Secretary of Administration to include in Administrative Bulletin 3.5 a requirement that the State Auditor is authorized to examine the books and records of any contractor providing services to the State, and (2) amend the authority of the State Auditor to examine the books and records of any contractor providing services to the State.  Introduced by Representatives Page of Newport City and Labor of Morgan.

H.29: This bill proposes to expand jurisdiction under the existing Vermont Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Rule to all development within a flood hazard area or mapped river corridor. Mapped river corridors shall be those drawn as part of the statewide River Corridor Base Map Layer adopted by the Secretary of Natural Resources.  Introduced by Representatives Sheldon of Middlebury and Dolan of Waitsfield.

H.30: This bill proposes to establish as State policy that wetlands shall be regulated and managed by the State to produce a net gain of wetlands acreage. The bill would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to amend the Vermont Wetlands Rules to incorporate the net gain policy. In addition, the bill would require the Vermont Significant Wetlands Inventory maps to be updated and revised annually.  Introduced by Representatives Sheldon of Middlebury and Dolan of Waitsfield.

H.50: This bill proposes to prohibit the sale, offer for sale, or distribution of a consumer product in the State that has a total organic fluorine concentration of greater than 100 parts per million [and is labeled as compostable].  Introduced by Representatives Dolan of Waitsfield, Whitman of Bennington, Ode of Burlington, Sheldon of Middlebury, and Squirrell of Underhill.

SENATE BILLS

S.1: This bill proposes to exempt certain aircraft hangars from the jurisdiction of the State land use and development law, known as Act 250. Introduced by Senators Sears and Campion.

S.5: This bill proposes to establish the Clean Heat Standard to reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions from the thermal sector. The Clean Heat Standard shall be administered by the Public Utility Commission with assistance from the Clean Heat Standard Technical Advisory Group and the Equity Advisory Group. Introduced by Senators Bray, Baruth, Campion, Clarkson, Cummings, Gulick, Hardy, MacDonald, McCormack, Perchlik, Ram Hinsdale, Watson and White.

S.9: This bill proposes to amend the authority of the State Auditor to examine the books and records of any contractor providing services to the State.  Introduced by Senators Bray and Hardy.

S.12: This bill proposes to permit employees to elect a collective bargaining representative through card check elections.  Introduced by Senators Ram Hinsdale, Baruth, Gulick and Vyhovsky.