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Updated each week, this table includes all bills introduced in the House that pertain to Vermont local government.



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Would limit the requirement that public cemeteries be fenced to instances in which there is livestock on the adjoining property.

House Government Operations


Would amend the definition of household for the purposes of the homestead property tax credit in order to exclude the income of asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees from household income.

Signed by Governor

(Act 96)


Would rename the Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs the Division of Substance Use Programs; require pharmacies with ten or more outlets to host a drug disposal kiosk; enable the Health Department to share de-identified data produced by the Child Fatality Review Team with similar review teams in other states; and require the Chief Medical Officer to provide autopsy reports to both federal prosecutors and prosecutors from other states upon written request.

Passed House and Senate; Senate floor action


Would amend statutes relating to the state’s boards and commissions, including the repeal of the Study Committee on Sales and Use Tax; the Committee on Enhancing Vermont’s Software and Information Technology Economy; the Youth in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Food Production Consortium; and the Working Group on State Workforce Development.

Senate Appropriations; on Action Calendar


Would regulate surface water withdrawals and interbasin transfers of surface water occurring in the state.

Passed Senate; on Action Calendar


Would extend the baseload renewable power portfolio requirement until 2032 unless the baseload renewable power plant does not utilize at least 40% of its energy.

House Energy and Technology


Would permit referral of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking cases to a community justice center as of July 1, 2023, provided the center has adopted victim safety standards and protocols that take into consideration victim needs such as safety, confidentiality, and privacy.

House Judiciary


Would clarify that a person may use deadly force to stop another person from committing murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, burglary, or robbery if the person reasonably believed the deadly force was necessary to repel imminent peril to the person.

House Judiciary


Would require the Agency of Education to identify and offer potential new models of funding and governance structures to improve the quality, duration, and access to career technical education in Vermont.

House Appropriations


Would prohibit an individual from running for more than one elected office at one time or holding more than one elected office at any time.

House Government Operations


Would create the City of Essex Junction and approve the adoption of the city charter; provide for the transition of the Village of Essex Junction to the City of Essex Junction, including the city’s contribution to consolidated services with the Town of Essex; and repeal the charter of the Village of Essex Junction.

Signed by Governor

(Act M-10)


Would change the name of the Natural Resources Board to the Environmental Review Board and give it the authority to hear appeals from district commissions and district coordinators in addition to the board’s current duties. The Environmental Division of the Superior Court would continue to hear appeals from other environmental permits, enforcement, and local zoning appeals.

Senate Natural Resources and Energy


Would amend occupational licensing regulations, add a state income tax credit, and require the Agency of Education to propose a funding source for the Vermont Strong Scholars Initiative.

House Government Operations


Would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to adopt standards for the allowable levels of physical contaminants in residual waste, digestate, and soil amendments sold or land applied in the state.

Senate Natural Resources and Energy


Would require the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to submit to the General Assembly a report regarding the reorganization, enhancement, and enforcement of animal welfare requirements in the state, including the establishment of an animal welfare division at the agency.

House Agriculture and Forestry


Would amend (increase) certain civil process fees of sheriffs’ departments.

House Ways and Means


Would refund education property tax overpayments made by the City of Barre in fiscal years 2016-2019 due to a miscalculation of the amount of tax increment to be retained by the city from its Tax Increment Financing District fund.

House Ways and Means


Would clarify the jurisdiction of Act 250 in a town without permanent zoning and subdivision bylaws.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would change the requirements for designated neighborhood development areas and new town centers, change the definition of “priority housing projects,” and change Act 250’s floodway criteria. It would also require hiring a consultant to review the state designated centers program and file a report on proposed updates.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would establish the Lands Record Management Office in the Secretary of State’s Office and enact the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts and the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.

Senate Finance; on Notice Calendar


Would create a uniform local share of sales and use tax revenue for all municipalities and repeal the existing local option tax relating to the sales and use tax. The distribution to municipalities of the local share revenue would be based on an allocation formula that takes into account the destination of each taxable sale and may include other factors. Would apply a local share at a uniform percentage to generate revenues sufficient to fund the state Payment in Lieu of Taxes that are substantially equivalent to revenues currently raised by municipalities with an existing local option tax.

House Ways and Means


Would establish the Municipal Fuel Switching Grant Program, administered by Efficiency Vermont and the Department of Buildings and General Services through the State Energy Management Program, to provide technical assistance and award grants and loans to municipalities for replacing fossil fuel heating systems with renewable and efficient heating systems.

Senate Finance; on Notice Calendar


Would adopt new policies regulating the use and disposal of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in order to more rapidly reduce their emission.

Passed House and Senate


Would eliminate the ability of towns to adopt certain zoning provisions, including setbacks, parking requirements, large lot requirements, and single-family zoning.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would convert civil seizure and forfeiture of property related to drug crimes into a criminal process where the forfeiture of property is an available criminal sanction. Would prohibit state and local law enforcement from sharing in proceeds forfeited under federal law except for cases involving more than $100,000.

Senate Appropriations


Would require all individuals five years of age and older to wear a mask or cloth face covering in public indoor spaces, subject to limited exceptions, in counties in which the CDC indicate a “high” or “substantial” community transmission level.

House Human Services


Would enable a nonprofit college or university to establish, own, and operate a cemetery.

House Gen., Housing, and Military Affairs


Would direct the Center for Crime Victims Services to establish the Victims Services Advisory Council to bring service providers, crime victims, and survivors together to improve public policy for and optimize the provision of services to victims and survivors of crime.

House Judiciary


Would require establishment of a riparian protection area adjacent to each stream in the state. Would prohibit a person from creating cleared area or constructing impervious surface within such an area unless permitted by the Secretary of Natural Resources or allowed as a use under the act.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would establish as policy that wetlands are to be regulated and managed by the State to produce a net gain of wetlands acreage. Would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to amend the Vermont Wetlands Rules to incorporate the net gain policy and require the Vermont Significant Wetlands Inventory maps to be updated and revised annually.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would create the Division of Racial Justice Statistics within the Agency of Administration.

Passed House and Senate


Would amend the list of prohibited cannabis products; allow cannabidiol derived from hemp to be added to cannabis products; exempt solid concentrates, oils, and tinctures from the 50 mg THC limit per package; permit an applicant to hold more than one testing laboratory license; prohibit dispensaries from manufacturing concentrated cannabis by chemical extraction or synthesis using butane or hexane; and limit the time period that dispensaries may cultivate cannabis for the purpose of transferring it to an integrated licensee.

Senate Judiciary, on Action Calendar


Would expand the definition of priority housing project and exempt building supplies and materials used to construct priority housing projects from the sales and use tax.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would limit the energy efficiency charge for net metering customers to the net consumption of electricity.

House Energy and Technology


Would prohibit covenants in deeds that purport to restrict the ownership of property on the basis of race or religion and to establish a process for the removal of such covenants from deeds.

Senate Judiciary; Senate floor action


Would define fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV); appropriate money for the Better Connections program, Better Places program, Incentive Program for New PEVs, MileageSmart, emissions repair vouchers, Replace Your Ride, electric bicycle incentives, and the Mobility and Transportation Innovation Grant Program; and establish and appropriate money for an expanded electric vehicle supply equipment grant program, a pedestrian safety pilot program, and a ZEV school bus and public transit grant program.

House Transportation


Would exempt from the education property tax and the municipal property tax all property owned by Native American tribes that have been recognized pursuant to 1 V.S.A. chapter 23 or owned by the nonprofit organizations that are organized for the benefit of those tribes. To be eligible for the exemption, the property must be used for purposes of the tribe and may not be leased or rented for profit.

Signed by Governor (Act 90)


Would amend the Vermont personal income tax exemption for Social Security benefits by increasing the income thresholds by $10,000.

House Ways and Means


Would set the annual rate of contribution for the Workers’ Compensation Administrative Fund.

Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs


Would require the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Program, in collaboration with the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, to establish the Vermont Forest Future Program to strengthen, promote, and protect the forest products industry in Vermont. To implement the program, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Program would be required to develop the Vermont Forest Future Action Plan.

House Appropriations


Would require the Department of Health to develop and implement a plan to disseminate masks and at-home rapid antigen tests recommended by the CDC or other qualified public health institution throughout the state directly to consumers free of charge. Masks would be either N95, KN95 or their equivalent.

House Human Services


Would encourage new workers to relocate to Vermont, to provide flexibility for Economic Recovery grants, increase the capacity for the Capital Investment Program, enable project-based tax increment financing districts, and promote sustainable development and affordable housing.

House Commerce and Econ. Development


Would prohibit discrimination in employment and public accommodations on the basis of an individual’s immunization status.

House Gen., Housing, and Military Affairs


Would make multiple changes to support economic development in the rural areas of the state, including reducing the requirement to mitigate the reduction of primary agricultural soils for forest-based enterprises and community wastewater systems that will serve a housing development within a designated center; creating an Act 250 master plan permit for municipalities without a designated center; clarifying the definition of an “accessory on-farm business” and how one is regulated; amending the Act 250 jurisdictional trigger for affordable housing in designated centers; and increasing the allowable weight for large trucks.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would create a right of appeal for a municipal board of listers or an appointed assessor to the Director of Property Valuation and Review at the Department of Taxes or the Superior Court from a decision of the board of civil authority that is approved by the governing body of that municipality regarding a property valuation appeal.

House Ways and Means


Would require the Legislative Apportionment Board to conduct a study and make recommendations on Vermont’s reapportionment process.

House Government Operations


Would propose an initial district plan to cities, towns, and boards of civil authority as a starting point to receive testimony and feedback on the reapportionment of the House of Representatives.

Signed by Governor (Act 80)


Would authorize municipalities to adopt an ordinance extending State and local enforcement authority concerning scrapyards to any premises within the municipality that constitutes a public nuisance due to the accumulation of rubbish, scrap, junk, or abandoned vehicles.

House Government Operations


Would change the name of the Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety, to the Division of Fire and Building Safety and give it jurisdiction over the implementation of Vermont’s energy codes, the Residential Building Energy Standards, and the Commercial Building Energy Standards.

House Energy and Technology


Would require the Clean Water Board to recommend for annual appropriation at least $200,000 annually to fund ECO AmeriCorps members who are assigned to clean water programs in the state.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would establish State goals of conserving 30% of the land of the state by 2030 and 50% by 2050.

Senate Natural Resources and Energy; read 3rd time & passed


Would permit employers to provide employees with an electronic or physical copy of the notice of employment laws in lieu of posting that notice in the workplace.

House Commerce and Econ. Development


Would provide temporary protections to tenants and homeowners against no-cause evictions, foreclosure actions, and tax sales.

House Gen., Housing, and Military Affairs


Would require a person certified in erosion control measures to be present at the site of an activity that disturbs soil within a protected lake shoreland area or a protected perennial stream area.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would change the penalties for possession of a personal use supply of drugs from a misdemeanor or low-level felony to a civil offense subject to a $500 penalty. Would establish the Drug Use Standards Advisory Board for the purpose of determining the benchmark personal use dosage and the benchmark personal use supply for regulated drugs with a goal of preventing and reducing the criminalization of personal drug use.

House Judiciary


Would direct the governor to join the Transportation and Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States’ cap-and-invest program, and direct State agencies to adopt rules to administer the cap-and-invest program and how the program’s revenues can be spent.

House Transportation


Would create a special fund to administer funds from a cap-and-invest program and also create the Equity Advisory Body to allocate the program’s revenues to greenhouse gas reduction projects.

House Transportation


Would make the annual motor vehicle safety and emissions inspections biennial and form a study committee to investigate the effect motor vehicle inspections have on Vermonters with low income, who live in rural parts of the state, and who are elder.

House Transportation


Would prohibit the intentional use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in products to be sold in Vermont. Would also prohibit the use and import of wastes that contain microplastics.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would establish an environmental justice policy for the State of Vermont and require state agencies to incorporate environmental justice into their work. Would establish the Advisory Council on Environmental Justice within the Agency of Natural Resources to advise the State on environmental justice issues.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would create a new category of management plans that would allow forested lands managed to increase carbon sequestration, carbon storage, or enhance wildlife biodiversity to qualify for the Use Value Appraisal program.

House Agriculture and Forestry


Would allow the State and its political subdivisions to publish public notices on electronic news media.

House Government Operations


Would strike as a requirement for the designation of a lake in crisis that the lake is located in a municipality in which the lake or a portion of it is located has reduced the valuation of real property due to the condition of the lake.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would create municipal and regional civilian oversight bodies to investigate and address complaints against a law enforcement agency or officer within its jurisdiction. The investigation would be in addition to the investigations that may be conducted by a law enforcement agency and the Vermont Criminal Justice Council.

House Government Operations


Would create a special annual permit for a truck trailer or semi-trailer combination transporting cargo of legal dimensions that can be separated into units of legal weight without affecting the physical integrity of the load at a maximum of 107,000 pounds on 6 axles or 117,000 pounds on 7 axles. Would require that the centralized online permitting system, whose design and development were noted in Act 149 of 2021, be operational by January 1, 2023.

House Transportation


Would make adjustments in the fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations act.

Signed by Governor (Act 83)


Would eliminate the restriction on which town clerks in the state can issue a marriage license to a Vermont resident.

Signed by Governor (Act 92)


Would allow municipalities to adopt ordinances that limit the increase of rental rates.

House Government Operations


Would allow the costs of municipal fire and rescue services to be deducted from the tax monies transmitted to the Commissioner of Finance and Management by the supervisors of unorganized towns and gores.

House Government Operations


Would require municipalities to adopt a local enforcement plan prior to receiving State aid for town highways and related structures.

House Government Operations


Would allow a municipal tax collector to send an initial notice to a delinquent taxpayer by other means, in addition to certified mail, including by first-class mail and personal service, without requiring the collector to first wait for a notice by certified mail to be returned unclaimed.

House Ways and Means


Would establish multiple restrictions on the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the state including prohibiting the intentional use of PFAS in products to be sold in Vermont and prohibiting landfills, refineries, and other industries from bringing industrial leachate to wastewater treatment plants.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would impose a moratorium on the taxation of trailer coaches as real property that would remain in effect until June 30, 2023. Would require a report to the legislature by January 15, 2023 from the Division of Property Valuation and Review in consultation with VLCT and listers in rural communities with large campgrounds. The report would contain data on the value and stability of property tax revenue collected from trailer coaches that qualify as real property and recommendations for any legislative changes.

House Ways and Means


Would add to the definition of accessory on-farm business “on-farm restaurants” as an option for farms looking to add an accessory on-farm business to the property if the restaurant featured products produced on the farm. Would also prohibit municipal bylaws from banning on-farm restaurants.

House Agriculture and Forestry


Would authorize enrollment of reserve forestland in the Use Value Appraisal Program as a new category of managed forestland where active growing and harvesting of forest crops would not be required.

Senate Finance; on Action Calendar


Would set fees for cannabis establishments regulated by the Cannabis Control Board and patients, caregivers, and dispensaries that participate in the Vermont Medical Cannabis Registry.

Signed by Governor (Act 86)


Would clarify the definition of “accessory on-farm business” and prohibit regional and municipal plans from banning accessory on-farm businesses. Would exempt water from the calculation used to determine if products are principally produced on the farm. To be exempt from Act 250, the bill would limit the amount of land used by an accessory on-farm business to one acre and set the maximum size of new buildings to 4,000 square feet.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would prohibit livestock owners from allowing their livestock to run at large. Would authorize a municipality through municipal law enforcement or a public health official to enforce the requirements to enclose livestock and prevent their running at large.

House Agriculture and Forestry


Would approve an amendment to the charter of the City of Burlington to authorize the city council to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the eviction of residential tenants without just cause.

Vetoed by Governor


Would make miscellaneous changes to agricultural issues or programs administered by the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets, including mandating that no bylaw shall have the effect of prohibiting an accessory on-farm business at the same location as a farm. The bill also would make changes to 6 V.S.A. chapter 34, the registration, application and administration of hemp.

Senate Finance; on Notice Calendar


Would prohibit the Secretary of Natural Resources from approving a leachate pretreatment system at a Vermont landfill. Would also prohibit a Vermont landfill from accepting landfill leachate, sludge, or contaminated soils unless the secretary has issued a certification for the facility that produced the landfill leachate, sludge, or contaminated soils or otherwise approved the site or facility where the materials originated. The bill would include a purpose section that declares that regulation of waste accepted by landfills in the state is necessary in order to protect the water quality of Vermont, including Lake Memphremagog.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would establish the Opioid Settlement Advisory Committee and Opioid Abatement Special Fund.

Passed House and Senate


Relating to Vermont Community Broadband Fund grants, would expand the definition of “eligible provider” to include a municipality that is not part of a communications union district and that contracts with an internet service provider that agrees to provide universal broadband service to all unserved and underserved locations in the municipality.

House Energy and Technology


Would provide that an eligible employee may take leave under Vermont’s Parental and Family Leave Act to recover from the employee’s own serious injury or to care for a family member with a serious injury.

House Gen., Housing, and Military Affairs


Would establish a special fund to help municipalities make improvements to blighted properties.

House Government Operations


Would establish the Clean Heat Standard to reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions from the thermal sector. The standard would be administered by the Public Utility Commission with help from the Clean Heat Standard Technical Advisory Group and the Equity Advisory Group.

Vetoed by Governor


Would adjust the methodology for computing the first year special education grant payment under Act 173 (2018) and delay the implementation of State Board of Education rules 2362 and 2362.2.5 (special education rules) until July 1, 2023.

Senate Finance; on Notice Calendar


Would appropriate $644,826 from the General Fund to the Agency of Administration to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine.

Signed by Governor (Act 82)


Would approve the dissolution of Colchester Fire District No. 1 and transfer of the Fire District’s assets and liabilities to the Champlain Water District.

Signed by Governor

(Act M-11)


Would establish a process to support municipalities that have established independent systems and services to replace those had traditionally provided to towns by State agencies and departments. Systems and services may include public safety, emergency, inspection, code enforcement, social services, and managing and implementing State regulatory regimes. Would also establish a fair and equitable system of compensation for the municipalities that considers the costs avoided by the State as a result of not having to deliver a specific service to a particular Vermont town.

House Government Operations


Would allow natural persons who own non-homestead property in a municipality to enroll their child in a public school in the municipality even though the property owned is not their homestead. For a non-homestead owner, in order to enroll the owner’s child in a public school in that municipality, the owner would have to own not less than one acre of undeveloped land in the municipality and pay either the non-homestead property tax rate for the undeveloped land or an amount equal to the average homestead tax bill in that municipality, whichever is higher.

House Education


Would reapportion the members of the House of Representatives.

Signed by Governor

(Act 89)


Would require the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to establish a pilot program to explore providing financial assistance to farmers to implement year-round agricultural practices in various regions of Vermont.

House Agriculture and Forestry


Would require a landlord, cable company, cell phone company, or any other entity that accesses consumer credit and has a contract with a fee for early termination to report the results of the entity’s consumer transactions to credit reporting companies.

House Commerce and Econ. Development


Would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to submit to the House and Senate Natural Resources committees a detailed proposal to test for the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Vermont schools by April 15, 2022.

House Nat. Resources, Fish, and Wildlife


Would update the education statutes on the exploration, formation, and organization of union school districts and unified union school districts.

Senate Committee of Conference members appointed


Would expand the locations in which an organized community-based needle exchange program can operate; prohibit a health insurance plan from requiring prior authorization during the first 60 days of initiating medication-assisted treatment when the prescribed medication is for opioid or opiate withdrawal; establish the Overdose Prevention Site Working Group; and appropriate funds for three pilot programs specific to mobile medication-assisted treatment, supports for justice-involved individuals, and overdose emergency response support.

Senate Health and Welfare; on Action Calendar


Would make a number of miscellaneous amendments related to civil and criminal procedure statutes.

Senate Appropriations; on Action Calendar


Would make non-substantive, technical amendments to the Vermont Statutes Annotated.

Signed by Governor


Would lower the legal blood alcohol concentration limit to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Vermont to below 0.05 and change the current prohibition on operating a motor vehicle from the current blood alcohol concentration limit of 0.08 or more.

House Transportation


Would adopt the recommendations of the Council of State Governments and apply a race equity lens to lower-to-mid level felony drug possession offenses; require the collection and reporting of race and ethnicity data; and develop guidance to increase consistency in charging and plea-bargaining decision with state’s attorneys’ offices.

House Judiciary


Would adopt the State’s annual Transportation Program and make miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development would be authorized to spend up to $10M in the FY23 budget to administer grant programs to build upon the existing EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) Grant Program, support the continued buildout of level 1 and 2 EVSE at multiunit dwellings, and workplaces and level 1, 2, and 3 EVSE at public venues.

Senate proposal of amendment


Would set the property dollar and income dollar equivalent yields for the purpose of setting homestead property tax rates and set the non-homestead property tax rate. Would reserve monies within the Education Fund to fund universal school breakfast and lunch programs.

Senate Finance


Would clarify that the property transfer tax applies to enhanced life estate deeds in the same way as conventional life estate deeds. Would amend penalty provisions and filing due dates for estimated tax payments. The Vermont income tax and the estate tax codes would be made to conform to federal tax statutes in effect at the end of 2021.

Senate Finance


Would adjust the FY22 capital construction budget (Act 50 of 2021).

Senate proposal of amendment


Would make appropriations in support of government for FY23. (The Big Bill)

Conference Committee


Would approve amendments to the charter of the City of St. Albans to convert the City Clerk and City Treasurer from elected offices to appointed offices.

Delivered to Governor


Would approve amendments to the charter of the Town of Milton to clarify language and titles of miscellaneous Town governing bodies and offices; authorize the Town to establish an independent police force; require Town notices of meetings to be distributed electronically as well as through traditional means; create the office of Town Manager; and clarify the process of redistricting and reapportionment for the Town.

House Government Operations; on Action Calendar


Would approve the amendments to the charter of the Town of Hardwick to merge the town offices of Town Clerk and Town Treasurer into the Town Clerk and Treasurer; rename the Zoning Board of Adjustment the Development Review Board; require digital notice of all regular and special town meetings; eliminate some town offices; and make clerical edits.

Senate floor 3rd reading


Would approve an amendment to the charter of the City of Burlington to adopt ranked choice voting for City elections.

Senate Government Operations


Would approve the adoption of the charter of the Town of Montgomery that would organize the town government of the town, adopt all general law not contradicted by this charter, and initiate the use of a local options tax on a contingent basis.

House Ways and Means; on Notice Calendar


Would repeal the Burlington City-specific charter authority to regulate “houses of ill fame.”

House Government Operations; on Action Calendar

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