Update and Action Alert | Mandatory Paid Leave Approved in Senate, Moves to House Next Week

House and Senate conferees agreed to a final version of H.107, imposing mandatory paid family and medical leave, earlier this week, with the Senate approving the conference report today. The conference report will be taken up on the House floor next week, likely Tuesday or Wednesday.  Members interested in contacting their representatives about the bill […]

Act 250 Reform Rebooted?

After being bogged down with a wide ranging Act 250 reform proposal last year, the House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee has started working through a new proposal developed in negotiations between the Administration and VNRC.  Still broad in scope, the proposal includes more positive provisions proposed by the Administration, while also containing a […]

Updated | Mandatory Carbon Reductions? 

The House Energy and Technology Committee is considering legislation that would set mandatory greenhouse gas reduction targets for the state.  The proposal raises serious concerns about whether the goals can be achieved by reasonable policies that would avoid undue economic harm, and what the consequences could be if draconian policies are required to be implemented […]

New Legislation | Updated January 14

The following are bills introduced in the Legislature this year that might be of particular interest to members, with first the House bills and then the Senate bills.  Click on the bill number for more about texts, sponsors, procedural history, and other information.  Keep in mind that the statements of purpose provided below are part […]

The Week Ahead in Committees | Week of January 13

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 and also review full agendas […]

Update and Action Alert | Chemical Liability and Medical Monitoring

Members are encouraged to contact Senators to express their opposition to S.37, establishing criteria for medical monitoring liability related to chemicals, and to support the Governor’s veto of the bill. S.37 would make sweeping changes to the potential liabilities that companies could face for medical monitoring costs that individuals might associate with releases of chemicals.  […]

Minimum Wage Increase Goes to Conference Committee

Following similar action on mandatory paid leave, the House this week voted to go to conference with the Senate to resolve differences between their respective versions of S.23, increasing the minimum wage.  The Senate did not act in time last year for the legislature to resolve the two chambers’ versions. Under the House version of […]

Mandatory Paid Family and Medical Leave Goes to Conference Committee

The House this week voted to go to conference with the Senate to resolve differences between their respective versions of H.107, imposing mandatory paid family and medical leave.  The Senate did not act in time last year for the legislature to resolve the two chambers’ versions. We will post updates if a conference report is […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of January 6

Plant security: How to manage a moving target.  Plant Services 1/8 “For some, the September 2019 drone attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities was a wakeup call. Industrial, utility, and other critical infrastructure are subject to ever-evolving external security threats; while cyberattacks have become inevitable, physical risks are intensifying as well. Understanding this harsh truth […]

Governor’s State of the State Address | Press Release and Text

From the Governor’s Press Release: Governor Phil Scott today delivered his 2020 State of the State address, calling for unity and collaborative leadership in making a difference in the lives of Vermonters across the state. The Governor cited Vermont’s growing demographic crisis as the largest threat to sustainable growth. With addressing demographic trends being the […]