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.828: This bill proposes to impose a surcharge on taxpayers with high adjusted gross income. Introduced by Representative Kornheiser of Brattleboro.

H.827: This bill proposes to apply income tax to 50 percent of the unrealized gain or loss of a taxpayer’s assets. This treatment would only apply to individuals with a net worth of $10,000,000.00 or greater. The bill would cap the amount of unrealized gains subject to taxation at 10 percent of the worth of a taxpayer’s net assets in excess of $10,000,000.00 in a tax year. Introduced by Representative Kornheiser of Brattleboro.

H.822: This bill proposes to require the Agencies of Education and of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Labor, in consultation with Vermont’s public and private postsecondary education institutions, to issue a report to the General Assembly on the postgraduation career and settlement behaviors of students attending Vermont colleges and universities. Introduced by Representative Toof of St. Albans Town.

H.812: This bill proposes amendments to multiple provisions of State law related to the management of threatened and endangered species. The bill would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to revise the State list of threatened and endangered species every three years. The bill also would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to list critical habitat for each threatened or endangered species. In addition, the bill would prohibit the sale, offer for sale, transport, or import of a threatened or endangered species within the State. The bill would allow the authorized taking of a threatened or endangered species only to enhance the propagation or survival of a threatened or endangered species. The bill also would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to adopt by rule practices that a person engaged in farming, forestry operations, or accepted silvicultural practices may implement to avoid or minimize the taking of a threatened or endangered species or that encourage critical habitat for threatened or endangered species. Introduced by Representatives Satcowitz of Randolph, Berbeco of Winooski, Bongartz of Manchester, Bos-Lun of Westminster, Cina of Burlington, Clifford of Rutland City, Cole of Hartford, Dodge of Essex, Farlice-Rubio of Barnet, Garofano of Essex, Headrick of Burlington, Labor of Morgan, LaBounty of Lyndon, Logan of Burlington, McGill of Bridport, Morris of Springfield, Ode of Burlington, Patt of Worcester, Roberts of Halifax, Sheldon of Middlebury, Sibilia of Dover, Smith of Derby, Stebbins of Burlington, and Torre of Moretown.

H.809: This bill proposes to establish the Climate Superfund Cost Recovery Program at the Agency of Natural Resources. Under the Program, an entity or a successor in interest to an entity that was engaged in the trade or business of extracting fossil fuel or refining crude oil between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2019 would be assessed a cost recovery demand for the entity’s share of fossil fuel extraction or refinement contributing to greenhouse gas-related costs in Vermont. An entity would only be assessed a cost recovery demand if the Agency determined that the entity’s products were responsible for more than one billion metric tons of covered greenhouse gas emissions. Any cost recovery payments received by the Agency would be deposited into the Climate Superfund Cost Recovery Program Fund to provide funding for climate change adaptive or resilience infrastructure projects in the State. Introduced by Representatives LaLonde of South Burlington, Sheldon of Middlebury, Andrews of Westford, Anthony of Barre City, Arsenault of Williston, Austin of Colchester, Bartholomew of Hartland, Berbeco of Winooski, Black of Essex, Bluemle of Burlington, Bongartz of Manchester, Bos-Lun of Westminster, Brady of Williston, Brown of Richmond, Brumsted of Shelburne, Burke of Brattleboro, Burrows of West Windsor, Buss of Woodstock, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Casey of Montpelier, Chapin of East Montpelier, Chase of Chester, Chase of Colchester, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Coffey of Guilford, Cole of Hartford, Conlon of Cornwall, Dodge of Essex, Dolan of Essex Junction, Dolan of Waitsfield, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Elder of Starksboro, Farlice-Rubio of Barnet, Garofano of Essex, Goldman of Rockingham, Graning of Jericho, Headrick of Burlington, Holcombe of Norwich, Hooper of Randolph, Hooper of Burlington, Houghton of Essex Junction, Howard of Rutland City, Hyman of South Burlington, James of Manchester, Jerome of Brandon, Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Krasnow of South Burlington, LaBounty of Lyndon, Lalley of Shelburne, LaMont of Morristown, Leavitt of Grand Isle, Logan of Burlington, Long of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCann of Montpelier, McCarthy of St. Albans City, McGill of Bridport, Minier of South Burlington, Mrowicki of Putney, Mulvaney-Stanak of Burlington, Nicoll of Ludlow, Notte of Rutland City, Nugent of South Burlington, O’Brien of Tunbridge, Ode of Burlington, Patt of Worcester, Pouech of Hinesburg, Priestley of Bradford, Rachelson of Burlington, Rice of Dorset, Roberts of Halifax, Satcowitz of Randolph, Scheu of Middlebury, Sibilia of Dover, Sims of Craftsbury, Small of Winooski, Stebbins of Burlington, Stevens of Waterbury, Stone of Burlington, Surprenant of Barnard, Templeman of Brownington, Torre of Moretown, Troiano of Stannard, Williams of Barre City, and Wood of Waterbury.

H.802: This bill proposes to require every city, town, and incorporated village to adopt a one percent local option tax on any combination of sales, meals and rooms, or alcoholic beverages. Introduced by Representative Carroll of Bennington.

H.792: This bill proposes to change the name of the Division of Fire Safety to the Division of Fire and Building Safety, to require the Division of Fire and Building Safety to adopt a statewide residential building code, to transfer jurisdiction over the Residential and Commercial Building Energy Standards from the Department of Public Service to the Division of Fire and Building Safety, to require the Office of Professional Regulation to make certain changes to the building contractor registry, to require the Division of Fire Safety to make certain energy code related changes to its new database system, and to require the Department of Public Service to design an online application and certification tool for small residential projects. Introduced by Representatives Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Anthony of Barre City, Austin of Colchester, Berbeco of Winooski, Bluemle of Burlington, Bos-Lun of Westminster, Burke of Brattleboro, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Dodge of Essex, Farlice-Rubio of Barnet, Goldman of Rockingham, Headrick of Burlington, Hooper of Burlington, Jerome of Brandon, Krasnow of South Burlington, LaBounty of Lyndon, Logan of Burlington, Masland of Thetford, Morris of Springfield, Mulvaney-Stanak of Burlington, Ode of Burlington, Patt of Worcester, Rachelson of Burlington, Small of Winooski, Stebbins of Burlington, Taylor of Colchester, and Torre of Moretown.

H.788: This bill proposes to change the rates for net metering customers from being utility specific to being the same statewide. Introduced by Representatives Masland of Thetford, Anthony of Barre City, and Cole of Hartford.

H.781: This bill proposes to require the Commissioner of Labor to waive overpayments of unemployment insurance benefits under certain circumstances. Introduced by Representatives Bluemle of Burlington, Jerome of Brandon, Priestley of Bradford, and Williams of Barre City.

H.768: This bill proposes to create a process for municipalities to be delegated authority to review development in lieu of Act 250 permits. Introduced by Representative Stebbins of Burlington.

H.764: This bill proposes to establish a study on employer-provided housing. Introduced by Representative Birong of Vergennes.

H.760: This bill proposes to make multiple changes to Act 250 related to increasing transparency. Introduced by Representatives Buss of Woodstock, Bartley of Fairfax, Boyden of Cambridge, Burrows of West Windsor, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Christie of Hartford, Elder of Starksboro, Harrison of Chittenden, Lalley of Shelburne, Priestley of Bradford, Roberts of Halifax, Sibilia of Dover, and Sims of Craftsbury.

H.751: This bill proposes to extend equal pay protections to individuals in all protected classes. Introduced by Representatives Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Burrows of West Windsor, Elder of Starksboro, Headrick of Burlington, Howard of Rutland City, LaBounty of Lyndon, LaMont of Morristown, Mulvaney-Stanak of Burlington, Roberts of Halifax, Small of Winooski, and White of Bethel.

H.746: This bill proposes to provide that wages earned for work that would not qualify an individual to receive unemployment insurance benefits shall not be counted when determining an individual’s weekly unemployment insurance benefit amount, and to make individuals who work for an educational institution in any capacity other than an instructional, research, or principal administrative capacity eligible for unemployment insurance benefits between academic terms. Introduced by Representative LaBounty of Lyndon.

H.735: This bill proposes to exempt a food manufacturing establishment with gross annual receipts of less than $50,000.00 from licensing fees. It further proposes to exempt from licensing requirements an individual manufacturing and selling bakery products from the individual’s own home kitchen where the individual has gross annual receipts of less than $50,000.00. Introduced by Representative Carroll of Bennington.

H.723: This bill proposes to enact multiple provisions related to statewide flood recovery and improved future flood preparedness and resilience. Introduced by Representatives Williams of Barre City, McCann of Montpelier, Casey of Montpelier, Anthony of Barre City, Boyden of Cambridge, Branagan of Georgia, Brown of Richmond, Brumsted of Shelburne, Burrows of West Windsor, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Chapin of East Montpelier, Chase of Chester, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Cina of Burlington, Cole of Hartford, Farlice-Rubio of Barnet, Goldman of Rockingham, Headrick of Burlington, Howard of Rutland City, Hyman of South Burlington, Krasnow of South Burlington, LaBounty of Lyndon, LaLonde of South Burlington, Logan of Burlington, Ode of Burlington, Patt of Worcester, Priestley of Bradford, Rice of Dorset, Stebbins of Burlington, Surprenant of Barnard, Torre of Moretown, Troiano of Stannard, Waters Evans of Charlotte, and Wood of Waterbury.

H.716: This bill proposes to make changes to Vermont’s career and technical education (CTE) system, including:

(1) basing the tuition charged to a school district on the district’s prior year full-time equivalent student enrollment in a CTE center;

(2) requiring school districts to provide students in grades six through eight with career enrichment and exposure, including at least one annual visit to the school district’s regional career and technical education center;

(3) requiring school districts to provide students enrolled in grades nine and 10 a genuine opportunity to participate fully in pre-tech and exploratory career and technical courses;

(4) requiring the Agency of Education to create and supervisory unions to adopt a model comprehensive career development policy;

(5) changing oversight of CTE from the State Board of Education to the Secretary of Education;

(6) requiring the Vermont State Colleges Corporation to maintain program and course articulation agreements with all secondary CTE centers in certain programs;

(7) articulating the intent to include CTEs in updates to State aid for school construction; and

(8) requiring the Agency of Education to develop a statewide school calendar. Introduced by Representatives Marcotte of Coventry and Jerome of Brandon.

H.715: This bill proposes to make multiple changes to the State land use and development law, known as Act 250. Introduced by Representatives Sibilia of Dover, Buss of Woodstock, Hango of Berkshire, Harrison of Chittenden, Priestley of Bradford, and Sims of Craftsbury.

H.713: This bill proposes to establish a 32-hour workweek by requiring employers to pay overtime for hours worked in excess of 32 and making corresponding amendments to other employment statutes.  Introduced by Representatives Priestley of Bradford, Anthony of Barre City, Howard of Rutland City, McGill of Bridport, Mrowicki of Putney, Mulvaney-Stanak of Burlington, Nicoll of Ludlow, and Williams of Barre City.

H.711: This bill proposes to create oversight and liability standards for developers and deployers of inherently dangerous artificial intelligence systems. Introduced by Representatives Priestley of Bradford, Burrows of West Windsor, Chase of Chester, Christie of Hartford, Jerome of Brandon, Masland of Thetford, Roberts of Halifax, Sibilia of Dover, Sims of Craftsbury, Templeman of Brownington, White of Bethel, and Williams of Barre City.

H.710: This bill proposes to regulate developers and deployers of high-risk artificial intelligence systems and developers of generative artificial intelligence systems. Introduced by Representatives Priestley of Bradford, Anthony of Barre City, Burrows of West Windsor, Chase of Chester, Christie of Hartford, Jerome of Brandon, Masland of Thetford, Roberts of Halifax, Sibilia of Dover, Sims of Craftsbury, Templeman of Brownington, White of Bethel, and Williams of Barre City.

H.709: This bill proposes to create the Office of Entrepreneurship to develop policies and programs pertaining to entrepreneurs. This bill would eliminate all first-year fees for new business registrations. This bill would also require the Agency of Commerce and Community Development to produce a report on how to reduce regulations on home-based food businesses. Introduced by Representatives Priestley of Bradford, Anthony of Barre City, Christie of Hartford, Elder of Starksboro, Farlice-Rubio of Barnet, Graning of Jericho, Headrick of Burlington, Lalley of Shelburne, Logan of Burlington, McCann of Montpelier, Rice of Dorset, Roberts of Halifax, Templeman of Brownington, and White of Bethel.

H.708: This bill proposes to create a forgivable loan track within the Vermont Economic Growth Incentive (VEGI) program for businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees and to repeal the prohibition on the Vermont Economic Progress Council accepting and 12 approving an application for the VEGI program after a certain date. Introduced by Representatives Marcotte of Coventry and Jerome of Brandon.

H.707: This bill proposes to update the delivery and governance of Vermont’s workforce system based on recommendations from the Special Oversight Committee on Workforce Expansion and Development. Introduced by Representatives Marcotte of Coventry and Jerome of Brandon.

H.706: This bill proposes to prohibit the sale, offer for sale or use, distribution, or use of any neonicotinoid treated article seed for soybeans or for any crop in the cereal grains crop group. The bill would also prohibit the application or treatment with a neonicotinoid pesticide for multiple other uses. Introduced by Representatives Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Anthony of Barre City, Bartholomew of Hartland, Berbeco of Winooski, Bongartz of Manchester, Buss of Woodstock, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Carpenter of Hyde Park, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Cole of Hartford, Cordes of Lincoln, Dolan of Waitsfield, Headrick of Burlington, Leavitt of Grand Isle, Logan of Burlington, Masland of Thetford, McGill of Bridport, Morris of Springfield, Mrowicki of Putney, Nugent of South Burlington, O’Brien of Tunbridge, Ode of Burlington, Page of Newport City, Patt of Worcester, Rice of Dorset, Satcowitz of Randolph, Scheu of Middlebury, Sheldon of Middlebury, Squirrell of Underhill, Stebbins of Burlington, Surprenant of Barnard, Templeman of Brownington, Torre of Moretown, Troiano of Stannard, White of Bethel, and Williams of Barre City.

H.704: This bill proposes to require employers to disclose compensation in advertisements of job openings.  Introduced by Representative Garofano of Essex.

H.693: This bill proposes to:

(1) increase the annual appropriations to the Agency of Transportation for the Better Roads Program and the Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Program within the Municipal Mitigation Assistance Program in fiscal year 2025;

(2) appropriate $250,000.00 to the Agency of Transportation for a continuation of the eBike Incentive Program in fiscal year 2025;

(3) require that the annual report on the State’s vehicle incentive programs include information on the State’s outreach and marketing efforts and recommendations for improvement of how the State markets and conducts outreach related to the State’s vehicle incentive programs;

(4) codify the existing State goals for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) along the State highway network and requirement that the Agency of Transportation annually report on the State’s efforts to meet those goals and also require that the Agency report on efforts to increase EVSE in the State and the operational status of EVSE available to the public, which shall be informed, in part, by reports collected through a new EVSE complaint form;

(5) require the Agency of Transportation to prepare a written plan for how to fund and maintain the EVSE necessary for Vermont to meet the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) goals in the Comprehensive Energy Plan and the Vermont Climate Action Plan;

(6) appropriate $3,000,000.00 to the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for a continuation of the EVSE Grant Program in fiscal year 2025;

(7) require the Public Utility Commission to make written recommendations on what level of regulation, if any, should be placed on EVSE available to the public that is not owned and operated by an electric distribution utility;

(8) establish right-to-charge laws to permit property owners and tenants to install EVSE;

(9) allow residential customers to upgrade their electric service to enable participation in substantial domestic electrification, including managed level 2 charging capability for PEVs, without incurring additional customer-specific charges from their electric utility;

(10) require the Agency of Transportation to prepare a written plan to determine what programmatic elements need to be in place to allow for the expansion of carsharing in Vermont;

(11) appropriate $750,000.00 to the Agency of Transportation for a continuation of the Mobility and Transportation Innovation (MTI) Grant Program with an early application window for applicants that are seeking a grant award for a project in a rural community in fiscal year 2025;

(12) require the Agency of Transportation to request of Amtrak and coordinate efforts with Amtrak on the feasibility of adding additional service and increasing bicycle storage on Amtrak trains in Vermont and to report on 6 those efforts;

(13) eliminate the statutory requirement of 50 percent of Transportation Alternatives Grant Program awards being for environmental mitigation projects, thereby potentially increasing the number of bicycle and pedestrian facility projects that can be funded through the Program;

(14) increase the annual appropriation to the Agency of Transportation to provide grants for bicycle and pedestrian facilities projects in fiscal year 2025;

(15) increase the annual transfer from the Transportation Fund to the Downtown Transportation and Related Capital Improvement Fund and the annual appropriation to the Agency of Transportation for the Better Connections Program in fiscal year 2025;

(16) require the Agency of Transportation to incorporate complete streets standards in the replacement to the Vermont State Standards, develop a way to target funding for complete streets projects within State-designated centers, develop a pattern book or other design guidelines to provide safer bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, and establish clear standard treatment guidance for providing safer bicycle facilities on State highways;

(17) allow all State-designated centers to have posted speed limits of less than 25 miles per hour; and

(18) require the State Treasurer to develop a written proposal for new revenue sources for dedicated and ongoing funding related to transportation and the environment.

Introduced by Representatives Coffey of Guilford, Burke of Brattleboro, Andrews of Westford, Anthony of Barre City, Austin of Colchester, Bartholomew of Hartland, Berbeco of Winooski, Black of Essex, Bluemle of Burlington, Bos-Lun of Westminster, Brown of Richmond, Brumsted of Shelburne, Buss of Woodstock, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Carpenter of Hyde Park, Casey of Montpelier, Chapin of East Montpelier, Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Cole of Hartford, Cordes of Lincoln, Dodge of Essex, Dolan of Essex Junction, Dolan of Waitsfield, Durfee of Shaftsbury, Elder of Starksboro, Farlice-Rubio of Barnet, Garofano of Essex, Goldman of Rockingham, Graning of Jericho, Headrick of Burlington, Holcombe of Norwich, Houghton of Essex Junction, Howard of Rutland City, Hyman of South Burlington, James of Manchester, Jerome of Brandon, Kornheiser of Brattleboro, Krasnow of South Burlington, Lalley of Shelburne, LaLonde of South Burlington, Leavitt of Grand Isle, Logan of Burlington, Long of Newfane, McCann of Montpelier, McCarthy of St. Albans City, McGill of Bridport, Mihaly of Calais, Mrowicki of Putney, Mulvaney-Stanak of Burlington, Nugent of South Burlington, Patt of Worcester, Pouech of Hinesburg, Priestley of Bradford, Rachelson of Burlington, Rice of Dorset, Satcowitz of Randolph, Scheu of Middlebury, Sheldon of Middlebury, Sims of Craftsbury, Squirrell of Underhill, Stebbins of Burlington, Stone of Burlington, Surprenant of Barnard, Templeman of Brownington, Toleno of Brattleboro, Torre of Moretown, Troiano of Stannard, Williams of Barre City, and Wood of Waterbury.

H.688: This bill proposes to amend the State’s existing battery stewardship program for primary batteries to also apply to rechargeable batteries and battery-containing products. Introduced by Representatives Stebbins of Burlington, Anthony of Barre City, Burke of Brattleboro, Logan of Burlington, Morris of Springfield, Rice of Dorset, and Satcowitz of Randolph.

H.687: This bill proposes to make multiple changes to the State land use and development law, known as Act 250. It would also make changes to the regional plans and municipal plans. Introduced by Representatives Sheldon of Middlebury and Bongartz of Manchester.

H.679: This bill proposes to create a property transfer tax surcharge at the rate of two percent of the value of property transferred that exceeds $600,000.00. This bill proposes to change the allocation of revenue generated by the property transfer tax so that 75 percent is allocated to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust Fund, 20 percent is allocated between the Municipal Technical Assistance Program and Department of Taxes, 0.2 percent is allocated to the Clean Water Fund, two percent is allocated for administration of the tax, and the remainder is allocated to the General Fund. Introduced by Representative Stevens of Waterbury.

H.674: This bill proposes to prohibit the land application of septage in the State. The bill would prohibit the landfill disposal of waste containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in excess of State standards or from municipalities lacking a solid waste management implementation or from facilities lacking certification from the State. In addition, the bill would ban the use of sludge for daily cover at a landfill.  Introduced by Representatives Templeman of Brownington, Anthony of Barre City, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Carpenter of Hyde Park, Christie of Hartford, Cina of Burlington, Cole of Hartford, Dolan of Waitsfield, Farlice-Rubio of Barnet, Headrick of Burlington, Lalley of Shelburne, McGill of Bridport, Page of Newport City, Priestley of Bradford, Roberts of Halifax, Sims of Craftsbury, Stebbins of Burlington, and Surprenant of Barnard.

H.672: This bill proposes to require individuals to repay any unemployment insurance benefits received during a week in which the individual failed to conduct an interview for suitable work or provided an employer with false or inaccurate information that prevented the employer from scheduling an interview with the individual.  Introduced by Representative Harrison of Chittenden.

H.671: This bill proposes to repeal the Affordable Heat Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act.  Introduced by Representatives Wilson of Lyndon, Brennan of Colchester, Burditt of West Rutland, Clifford of Rutland City, Lipsky of Stowe, Parsons of Newbury, Peterson of Clarendon, Sammis of Castleton, and Smith of Derby.

H.656: This bill proposes to allow owners of powered wheelchairs to repair their wheelchairs on their own or using an independent repair provider. Introduced by Representatives Burrows of West Windsor, Stone of Burlington, and Rachelson of Burlington.

H.650: This bill proposes to exclude income from damages for emotional distress, mental anguish, or lost wages that are awarded as a result of an employment-related lawsuit from income tax. Introduced by Representative Mulvaney-Stanak of Burlington.

H.636: This bill proposes to extend the period of time during which an employer’s unemployment insurance experience rating will be relieved of charges for unemployment that results from a disaster and to require the Commissioner of Labor to waive overpayments of unemployment insurance benefits under certain circumstances.  Introduced by Representative Marcotte of Coventry.

H.635: This bill proposes to prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees who are absent from work while performing duties as volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel. This bill also proposes to create a tax credit for employers who employ volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel. Introduced by Representatives Page of Newport City, Bartley of Fairfax, Buss of Woodstock, Christie of Hartford, Donahue of Northfield, Farlice-Rubio of Barnet, Hango of Berkshire, Harrison of Chittenden, Hooper of Burlington, Howard of Rutland City, Hyman of South Burlington, Krasnow of South Burlington, Labor of Morgan, LaBounty of Lyndon, Masland of Thetford, McGill of Bridport, Nugent of South Burlington, Parsons of Newbury, Peterson of Clarendon, Roberts of Halifax, Sammis of Castleton, Smith of Derby, Templeman of Brownington, Troiano of Stannard, and Wilson of Lyndon.

H.631: This bill proposes to establish a structure for accessing energy consumption data from Vermont utilities and for establishing an energy storage program.  Introduced by Representatives Stebbins of Burlington, Campbell of St. Johnsbury, Patt of Worcester, and Torre of Moretown.

H.628: This bill proposes to establish an extended producer responsibility program for waste motor vehicle tires. Introduced by Representatives Sims of Craftsbury, Anthony of Barre City, Christie of Hartford, Cole of Hartford, Farlice-Rubio of Barnet, Garofano of Essex, Howard of Rutland City, Hyman of South Burlington, LaBounty of Lyndon, Masland of Thetford, Nugent of South Burlington, Ode of Burlington, Priestley of Bradford, Rice of Dorset, Satcowitz of Randolph, Stebbins of Burlington, and Templeman of Brownington.

H.624: This bill proposes multiple provisions related to the support of the forest economy in the State. The bill would require the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to establish and administer the Forest Management and Climate Resilience Grant Program to provide financial assistance to logging contractors to ensure implementation of effective water quality protection and climate adaptation practices on harvest sites. The bill also would require the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation (Commissioner) to coordinate and oversee the creation of an economic impact and workforce availability study of professional logging and trucking in Vermont. In addition, the bill would require the Commissioner to establish a program to provide free safety training to logging contractors and timber truckers. Introduced by Representatives Sims of Craftsbury, Lipsky of Stowe, Anthony of Barre City, Boyden of Cambridge, Brennan of Colchester, Buss of Woodstock, Demrow of Corinth, Harrison of Chittenden, Parsons of Newbury, Pearl of Danville, Rice of Dorset, Templeman of Brownington, and Williams of Granby.

 

Senate Bills

S.261: This bill proposes to provide that any person who releases perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances from a large facility shall be held strictly, jointly, and severally liable for any harm resulting from the release.  Introduced by Senators Campion, Lyons and Sears.

S.259: This bill proposes to establish the Climate Superfund Cost Recovery Program at the Agency of Natural Resources. Under the Program, an entity or a successor in interest to an entity that was engaged in the trade or business of extracting fossil fuel or refining crude oil between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2019 would be assessed a 15 cost recovery demand for the entity’s share of fossil fuel extraction or refinement contributing to greenhouse gas-related costs in Vermont. An entity would only be assessed a cost recovery demand if the Agency determined that the entity’s products were responsible for more than one billion metric tons of covered greenhouse gas emissions. Any cost recovery payments received by the Agency would be deposited into the Climate Superfund Cost Recovery Program Fund to provide funding for climate change adaptive or resilience infrastructure projects in the State.  Introduced by Senators Watson, Sears, Bray, Campion, Chittenden, Clarkson, Cummings, Gulick, Hardy, Harrison, Hashim, Kitchel, Lyons, MacDonald, McCormack, Perchlik, Ram Hinsdale, Vyhovsky, White and Wrenner.

S.254: This bill proposes to amend the State’s existing battery stewardship program for primary batteries to also apply to rechargeable batteries and battery-containing products.  Introduced by Senators Bray, Hardy, Perchlik and White.

S.253: This bill proposes to establish the Building Energy Code Working Group. It would also allow the residential building energy codes and the commercial building energy codes to be updated at the discretion of the Commissioner of Public Service.  Introduced by Senators Bray, Hardy and White.

S.247: This bill proposes to repeal the prohibition on the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) accepting and approving an application for a Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) after a certain date. Introduced by Senators Clarkson, Brock, Cummings, Harrison and Ram-Hinsdale.

S.241: This bill proposes to update the delivery and governance of Vermont’s workforce system based on recommendations from the Special Oversight Committee on Workforce Expansion and Development. Introduced by Senator Clarkson.

S.228: This bill proposes to only require a jurisdictional opinion for projects temporarily exempt from Act 250 if the project will not be complete by June 30, 2026. Introduced by Senators Harrison, Watson and Wrenner.

S.213: This bill proposes to amend provisions related to wetlands, river corridor development, and dam safety. The bill would establish as State policy that wetlands shall be regulated and managed to produce a net gain of wetlands acreage. The Secretary of Natural Resources would be required to amend wetlands rules to incorporate the net gain policy. The bill would require the Vermont Significant Wetlands Inventory maps to be updated and revised annually. The bill would also require amendment to the existing Vermont Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Rule to adopt requirements for issuing and enforcing permits for development within a flood hazard area or a mapped river corridor in the State. In addition, the bill would amend the Unsafe Dam Revolving Fund to be the Dam Safety Revolving Fund to provide loans for emergency and nonemergency funding of dam repair. The bill also provides that the owner of a dam or the owner of land on which a dam is located shall be held strictly, jointly, and severally liable for harm caused by the breach of a dam, provided that the dam has been classified as a significant or high hazard potential dam or the person who owns legal title to a dam or the owner of land on which a dam is located is not in full compliance with dam safety rules. Introduced by Senators Bray, Baruth, Clarkson, Gulick, Hardy, Harrison, Hashim, McCormack, Perchlik, Vyhovsky, Watson, Westman and White.

S.207: This bill proposes to update the funding for and governance of career technical Education based on a report provided by the Agency of Education.  Introduced by Senators Clarkson and Campion.

S.205: This bill proposes to ban the use of the chemical trichloroethylene as a vapor degreaser, an intermediate chemical to produce other chemicals, a refrigerant, or an extraction solvent or in any other manufacturing or industrial cleaning process or use.  Introduced by Senators Lyons, Bray, Gulick, MacDonald, Williams and Wrenner.

S.201: This bill proposes to require employers to provide employees with motor vehicles equipped with air conditioning for use in the delivery, pickup, or transport of cargo and goods.  Introduced by Senators Gulick, Vyhovsky, Watson and Wrenner.

S.197: This bill proposes to restrict the procurement of certain products containing PFAS by school districts and municipal and State government. It would also require the Department of Health to establish a registry to monitor adverse health conditions and diseases that may be attributable to PFAS exposure. This bill proposes to require the Department of Health to issue a public health advisory regarding the presence of PFAS in drinking water. It further proposes to restrict perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances as ingredients in pesticides. The bill also proposes to restrict the use of pesticides that have been stored, distributed, or packaged in a fluorinated, high-density polyethylene container that has a perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance content exceeding 20 parts per 19 trillion.  Introduced by Senators Lyons, Gulick, Watson and Wrenner.

S.182: This bill proposes to require a contractor to be responsible for any harm or injury caused by a subcontractor in the performance of a construction contract that is not covered by the subcontractor’s liability insurance.  Introduced by Senator MacDonald.

S.168: This bill proposes to require the Agencies of Education and of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Labor, in consultation with Vermont’s public and private postsecondary education institutions, to issue a report to the General Assembly on the postgraduation career and settlement behaviors of students attending Vermont colleges and universities. Introduced by Senator Campion.