UPDATE | Status of Major Chemical Legislation

The following are updates on the status of key chemical related legislation addressed in recent posts.  Links are provided to recent posts with more substantive information.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org for more information or to discuss options for engaging on these issues directly.  Also see this post on the related […]

UPDATE & ACTION ALERT | Energy Efficiency Costs | Proposed Pilot for Company Control over Own Efficiency Funding at Stake      

The House Energy and Technology Company continued testimony and debate this week over whether to include language in H.739, originally introduced to add productivity investments to qualifying investments under the existing Self-Managed Energy Efficiency Program (SMEEP), to also implement a three year pilot program for more robust and flexible program for companies that don’t otherwise […]

ALERT UPDATE | Chemical Regulation:  Significant Developments and Processes Underway, Manufacturer Engagement Critical

There are several legacy legislative and regulatory developments carrying over into 2018 that could significantly impact manufacturers and other companies utilizing or marketing in chemicals and the products they go into, as well as several new bills introduced that would impact a variety of product and process categories. AIV has been and continues to be […]

ACTION ALERT UPDATE | Minimum Wage Continues Rolling Forward | Senators Need to Hear from Employers

The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee is getting closer to finalizing a bill that would increase Vermont’s minimum wage.  Although the Committee is nominally working on S.40, the final language approved is not expected to follow that bill in detail.  The expected core of the bill would increase the minimum wage by […]

UPDATED ACTION ALERT | Legislative and Regulatory Developments Regarding Children’s Products

There are currently two ongoing developments related to Vermont’s Chemicals of High Concern to Children statutes, Chapter 38a of VSA 18 (click here for the statutes).  As you might know, this law (often referred to as Act 188) requires public reporting on products marketed for children that contain one or more of 66 chemicals.  It […]

UPDATED ALERT | Fees and Public Reporting for Manufacturers of Hazardous Household Products

H.560 as introduced would require manufacturers selling household products containing hazardous substances, with certain exemptions, to register and report detailed information about every such product by UPC code or European Article Number, and pay $100 annual for each individual UPC/EAN report, with the money raised going to ANR and solid waste districts.  These reports would […]

UPDATE & FEEDBACK REQUEST | Marijuana Legalization Legislation Signed Into Law | Next Steps and Need to Address Workplace Drug Testing

This week the Governor signed H.511 into law.  The bill, which was passed by the Legislature earlier this month, legalizes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivation of two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants. The bill falls short of more aggressive proposals to legalize and regulate the sale and purchase […]

ALERT & FEEDBACK REQUEST | Vermont Fair Repair Act and Access to Product Information

The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs is reviewing S.180, which proposes to require manufacturers to make repair manuals and other information, including potentially proprietary or other sensitive information, available to independent repair service providers in addition to authorized repair operations. Certain categories of manufacturers would be exempt, at least under the […]

ALERT & FEEDBACK REQUEST | Ban on Mandatory Arbitration, Inconvenient Venue Clauses?

The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing S.105, which proposes to prohibit forced arbitration of consumer disputes. The current draft and other information about the bill can be reviewed here. AIV encourages manufacturers to review the bill and provide feedback to us about potential concerns and recommendations as we consider potential testimony and related engagement.  Companies […]

Broad Review of Chemical Regulation in Vermont:  Interagency Committee on Chemical Management

Governor Scott last summer signed an Executive Order to address several chemical regulatory issues that should be of interest to manufacturers, retailers, and other companies in Vermont and nationally.  AIV had been and continues to be actively engaging on these issues with a coalition of Vermont manufacturers and national trade associations, and we encourage Vermont […]