New Legislation

The following are selected bills re­cently cleared for introduction in the Legislature that might be of interest to mem­bers.  The bill number and “official statement of purpose” are provided (please note, however, that “state­ments of purpose” are drafted by the bill’s sponsors and might not accu­rately reflect the bill’s content or im­pact).  Click on the […]

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 […]

ALERT | Legal and Financial Liabilities Related to Chemicals

Legislation, S.197, was introduced for the new legislative session that contains provisions addressing two of the three legal and financial liability provisions that had been included in the original version of S.103, the wide ranging chemical bill introduced last year. Specifically, S.197 would (1) expose any person who releases a toxic substance strictly, jointly, and […]

The Week Ahead in the State House | Week of January 29

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 […]

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 […]

Budget Address

The following is the Governor’s press release and link to the full text for his budget address: Governor Phil Scott Delivers Balanced Budget Without Raising Taxes or Fees for Second Consecutive Year 23 January 2018 Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott delivered his budget address Tuesday, reaffirming his commitment to fiscal responsibility and ensuring the […]