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.

Senate Bills

S.308: This bill proposes to make multiple changes to the State’s land use planning processes, including Act 250 permit appeals, regional plan future land use maps, and the Designated Areas. Introduced by Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

S.307: This bill proposes to authorize the Secretary of Natural Resources to use written agreements or policies, known as administrative use controls, to reduce hazards posed by a hazardous material contaminated site.  Introduced by Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

S.306: This bill proposes to make multiple miscellaneous changes to the Clean Heat Standard. Introduced by Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

S.305: This bill proposes to make multiple changes to statutes related to the Public Utility Commission, including notice requirements and energy storage facilities. Introduced by Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.

S.304: 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 Committee on Education.