The Week in Committees | Week of April 10

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 or here.

Product and Business Practice Regulation.  The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will discuss H.81, addressing right to repair for agricultural equipment, through the week, and will discuss H.121, addressing consumer privacy, Thursday.  The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee will discuss H.158, expanding the beverage container redemption program (bottle bill), Wednesday.

Workforce Development.  The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will discuss revisions to Vermont apprenticeship statutes Thursday.

Environmental Regulation.  The House Environment and Energy Committee will discuss S.5, creating the Clean Heat Standard program that will increase cost for heating and processing fossil fuels, Wednesday, and will likely seek to complete work and vote on the bill by the end of the week.  The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee will discuss and possibly vote on legislation addressing the permitting of indirect discharges Wednesday.

Labor and Workplace Regulation.  The House General and Housing Committee will discuss S.103, lowering standards for harassment in the workplace and prohibiting certain settlement provisions, Tuesday, and is expected to continue work on this and possibly other labor bills through the week. The Senate Economic Development and General Affairs Committee will discuss H.66, imposing mandatory paid family and medical leave, Thursday, and H.217, H.55, and S.101, making potentially significant changes to workers’ compensation, Friday.

Taxes and Fees.  The House Human Services Committee will discuss S.56, increasing taxpayer funding for child care services and early childhood education, through the week.  The House Ways and Means Committee will discuss new tax options to pay for S.56 through the week, and will discuss S.45, addressing an elective pass-through entity income tax and credit, Tuesday.  The Senate Economic Development and General Affairs Committee will discuss H.66, imposing mandatory paid family and medical leave, Thursday.

Energy Policy.  The House Environment and Energy Committee will discuss S.5, creating the Clean Heat Standard program that will increase cost for heating and processing fossil fuels, Wednesday, and will likely seek to complete work and vote on the bill by the end of the week.  The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee will discuss changes to Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard Tuesday.