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Updated each week during the 2023 legislative session, this table includes the bills introduced in the House that pertain to Vermont local government.

Number

Summary

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H.5

Would require the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies to study various issues related to improving and coordinating effectiveness between municipal, regional, and State planning.

H. Committee on Environment and Energy

H.6

Would extend Act 250 jurisdiction to development within 100 feet of a stream above 1,500 feet and to municipal, state or county development above the elevation of 2,000 feet.

H. Committee on Environment and Energy

H.29

Would expand jurisdiction under the existing Vermont Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Rule to all development within a flood hazard area or mapped river corridor.

H. Environment & Energy

H.30

Would establish as State policy that wetlands shall be regulated and managed by the State to produce a net gain of wetlands acreage.

H. Environment & Energy

H. 31

Would establish a moratorium on the issuance of an aquatic nuisance control permit by the Secretary of Natural Resources authorizing use of pesticides, chemicals other than pesticides, or biological controls until one year after completion of an assessment by a study committee

H. Environment & Energy

H.36

Would exempt small municipalities from the requirement in 24 V.S.A. § 4382 for the municipal plan to include forest blocks and habitat connectors on the municipal land use plan map.

H. Environment & Energy

H.39

Would create a local revenue distribution working group to study and propose a new structure for the State to distribute revenues to municipalities, considering the differential between the ability of municipalities to raise funds locally, including any existing local option taxes; the tax base represented by the municipal grand list; and the local tax rates.

H. Ways & Means

H.42

Would extend temporary alternative procedures for annual municipal meetings and electronic meetings of public bodies.

H. Ways & Means

H.44

Would allow towns with a population of 2,400 or fewer to vote to establish a local option tax. Those towns would receive, after reduction for the costs of administration, a percent of the local option tax revenue collected within the town’s jurisdiction.

H. Ways & Means 

H.46

Would approve dissolution of Colchester Fire District No. 3 and transfer of its assets and liabilities to the Champlain Water District as voted March 29, 2022.

H. Government Operations and Military Affairs 

H.47

Would require all solar panel installers to have an approved recycling plan for the solar panels and give the Public Utility Commission authority to approve recycling plans.

H. Environment & Energy 

H.48

Would 1. establish a Landfill Siting Commission to evaluate a new site for the location of a landfill; 2. establish the Vermont Materials Management Council to assist the Secretary of Natural Resources in long-term management of solid waste in the State; 3. ban from landfill disposal in the State landfill leachate, septage, or sludge generated by a facility without a certification from the Secretary of Natural Resources or lacks approval from the Secretary of Natural Resources for disposal at a landfill; 4. establish a Landfill Closure and Planning Account in the Waste Management Assistance Fund to close existing landfills, plan for new landfills, and remediate contamination caused by landfills in the State. The Landfill Closure and Planning Account would be funded by increases on the tax on solid waste facilities and an increase on the tax on hazardous waste.

H. Environment & Energy 

H.49 

 

Would require the State Treasurer to establish a statewide voluntary retirement system for voluntary firefighters not eligible to join the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System or the Vermont Municipal Employees’ Retirement System. 

H. Government Operations and Military Affairs 

H.54

Would establish a process to support municipalities that administer independent systems and services to replace those provided by the State, such as public safety, emergency, inspection, code enforcement, social services. Would also establish a system of compensation that considers the costs avoided by the state due to municipal administration.

H. Government Operations and Military Affairs

H.58

Would prohibit a zoning administrator from being a member of the legislative body or the local or regional planning commission.

H. Government Operations and Military Affairs

H.68

Would impose new prohibitions on zoning ordinances, require disclosure if a property for sale is on a Class 4 road, exempt connections to municipal water or wastewater from duplicative state permits, require report on amendments to Fire and Building Safety Code that might reduce housing costs, authorize Human Rights Commission to refer violations of the Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act to the Attorney General or State’s Attorney.

H. Environment & Energy

H.69

Would prohibit smoking cigarettes or using electronic cigarettes within 25 feet of any place of public access or of a multi-unit dwelling.

H. Human Services

H.70

Would make changes to law regulating siting of telecommunications facilities including extending the sunset on applications to the Public Utility Commission another 3 years to July 1, 2026.

H. Environment & Energy

H.73

Would prohibit Vermont from using California’s Clean Air Act waiver to set motor vehicle emission standards.

H. Environment & Energy

H.74

Would reduce Vermont Greenhouse Gas goals and repeal the Climate Council.

H. Environment & Energy

H.84

Would clarify how indirect discharges of wastewater in the State are permitted, including compliance with the Vermont Water Quality Standards and the Agency of Natural Resource’s pending Antidegradation Implementation Rule

H. Environment & Energy

H.85

Would require that at least 10 percent of each newly constructed trail on State lands or using State funds be accessible to individuals with physical disabilities, and accessible trail buildouts use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines.

H Agriculture, Food Resiliency & Forestry

H.95

Would amend the Municipal Energy Resilience Grant Program to add the purchase or replacement of equipment that reduces energy consumption to the list of eligible uses of a grant award.

H. Environment & Energy

H.96

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

H. Environment & Energy

H.97

Would require that a write-in candidate must receive at least the same number of votes as the number of signatures required for the office in order to qualify as the winner in a primary election unless that write-in candidate receives more votes than any other candidate whose name is printed on the ballot.

H. Government Operations & Military Affairs

H.100

Would allow municipalities to seasonally install in-street pedestrian crossing signs in crosswalks, lower certain speed limits on State highways, and express the General Assembly’s intent that the Traffic Committee should not increase the speed limit on a State highway in response to a municipality’s request that the speed limit be lowered.

H. Transportation

H.101

Comprehensive transportation affordability and efficiency bill

H. Transportation

H.105

Would establish the Community Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Grant Program and the Community Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Fund. Would also increase the assessment on certain insurance company premiums for the Community Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Fund.

H. Government Operations & Military Affairs

H.107

Would extend the time period that the Town of Hartford can incur indebtedness for its tax increment financing district for two years. Would also extend the time period that the Town can retain municipal and tax increment for its tax increment financing district until December 31, 2036.

H. Ways & Means

H.110

Would extend the sunset on applications under 30 V.S.A. § 248a, the statute that governs the siting of telecommunications facilities, for an additional three years.

H. Environment & Energy

H.111

Would expand eligibility and increase funding to the Vermont Rental Housing Improvement Program and the Missing Middle-Income Homeownership Development Pilot Program and would create the Middle-Income Rental Housing Revolving Loan Program to provide subsidized loans for rental housing developments that serve middle-income households. Would amend the Municipal Bylaw Modernization Grant Program to exempt municipalities with populations of less than 1,500 from the requirement to implement Complete Streets principles; appropriate funds to the Municipal Planning Grants with a portion of the grants reserved for municipalities that do not yet have a municipal plan or zoning bylaws; hire Housing Resource Navigators at the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies; exempt housing projects in downtowns and village centers with zoning from needing an Act 250 permit; eliminate the ability of “any 10” residents or property owners to appeal municipal zoning decisions; allow towns to register with Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to issue authorizations for wastewater permits, in lieu of the ANR permit; eliminate the requirement for projects to require mitigation of primary agricultural soils under Act 250 for an alternative or community wastewater system that will serve development within a designated area.

H. General Housing

H.124

Would provide additional funding and support to rural communities to ensure effective and equitable access to economic development resources.

H. Commerce and Economic Development

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