We hope you can join us this week for Vermont Nonprofit Advocacy Day 2017 on Thursday March 23d. We’ll have a morning of panels to get you up to speed on the bills that have crossed over and the impact of federal budget changes on Vermont. Here’s the Committee action, as we currently know it, so you can sit in or schedule to testify:
This schedule is subject to change, so be sure to check the daily schedule outside the Committee rooms for updated information. The House will gather at 9.30 a.m., at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. in Joint Assembly (with the Senate) for Judicial Retention hearings.
- House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Room 31) – Light schedule on Thursday with introduction of Pathstone’s training director.
- House Committee on Appropriations (Room 42) – Committee discussion of Governor’s FY18 Budget.
- House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development (Room 35) - Variety insurance bills to be discussed including Workers Compensation (H. 374 and H. 461. Starting after the morning House session, the Commiteee will take up Independent Contractor Bills DR 17-1183 for the duration of the morning, afternoon and evening.
- House Committee on Corrections and Institutions (Room 33) – Capital Bill markup for FY18 ahd FY19.
- House Committee on Education (Room 32) – Earlier in the week the Committee takes up changes to early childhood education funding and administration. On Thursday, Act 46 (education funding, spending and governance) is on the docket.
- House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife (Room 47) - Hydrology report at 11 a.m.
- House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs (Room 44) – Committee discussion.
- House Committee on Government Operations (Room 49) – In the morning the Committee will take up H. 387 – An act relating to the Public Retirement Study Committee with a variety of witnesses. The afternoon schedule is open at this time.
- House Committee on Health Care (Room 45) - At 9 a.m., the Committee will take up S. 31 – An act relating to circulating nurses in hospital operating rooms with an introduction and walk-through by Sen. Virginia “Ginny” Lyons, Sponsor. At 1 p.m. they’ll receive an update on the Affordable Care Act from Al Gobeille, Secretary, Agency of Human Services and MaryKate Mohlman, Director of Health Reform, Agency of Administration.
- House Committee on Human Services (Room 46) – FY18 Budget discussion.
- House Committee on Judiciary (Room 30) – There is no specific agenda for Thursday. On Wednesday, the Committee takes up H.492 (The Racial Justice Oversight Board) & Fair and Impartial Policing.
- House Committee on Energy and Technology (Room 41) – Morning: H. 227 – Repeal of Vermont’s statute permitting alternative forms of regulation for electric and natural gas companies. Afternoon: H. 396 – Net metering program and environmental attributes.
- House Committee on Transportation (Room 43) - Likely continued discussion of S. 127 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and vessels.
- House Committee on Ways and Means (Room 34) - Morning presentation on Act relating to miscellaneous tax changes.
Senate Committees are scheduled for morning or afternoons.
- Senate Committee on Agriculture (Room 26) - To be determined.
- Senate Committee on Appropriation (Room 5) - FY2018 Governor’s Proposed State Budget – Liquor Control Board.
- Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs (Room 27) - To be determined.
- Senate Committee on Education (Room 28) – On Wednesday, the Committee takes up Act 166 with testimony from the Permanent Fund. There is no meeting on Thursday afternoon due to the Judicial Retention joint session at 4 p.m
- Senate Committee on Finance (Room 6) – On Monday and Tuesday the Committee will address S. 99 – An act relating to authorizing additional tax increment financing districts and S. 100 – An act relating to promoting affordable and sustainable housing but there is no agenda currently published for Thursday.
- Senate Committee on Government Operations (Room 4) - After the Senate’s 1 p.m. floor meeting, the Committee will meet with the State Treasurer about the state’s use of TD Bank North
- Senate Committee on Health and Welfare (Room 17) – During the morning the Committee will hear from Voices for Vermont’s Children (9 a.m.) and look at two bills H. 201 - An act relating to length of stay at designated shelters (10 a.m.) and S. 113 – An act relating to food and lodging establishments (11 a.m.)
- Senate Committee on Institutions (Room 7) – This week, Senate Institutions takes u Capital Bill FY 18 and 19 but does not appear to have a meeting on Thursday.
- Senate Committee on Judiciary (Room 1) – The Committee takes up a budget review and H. 143 – An act relating to automobile insurance requirements and transportation network companies in their morning session.
- Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Energy (Room 8) - The Committee’s morning schedule is dedicated to S. 51 – An act relating to renewable energy goals for Vermont’s total energy consumption.
- Senate Committee on Transportation (Room 3) – Committee discussion.
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