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

Number

Summary

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S.152

Would distribute an amount of the cannabis excise tax revenues equal to 4% of the taxable retail sales to municipalities that host a cannabis establishment, repeal the Cannabis Control Board’s authority to charge and collect local fees, and authorize local cannabis control commissions to assess a fee for a local control license issued to a cannabis retailer or integrated licensee.

Senate Finance

S.155

Would reorganize public safety services within the Executive Branch and create the Agency of Public Safety.

House Government Operations

S.167

Would modernize telecommunications policy to ensure that by the end of 2029, every E-911 business and residential location in Vermont has infrastructure capable of delivering internet access with service that has a minimum download speed of 100 Mbps and is symmetrical.

Senate Finance

S.168

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

Senate Government Operations

S.169

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 retained by the city from its Tax Increment Financing District Fund. Would also authorize the Secretary of Education to refund a municipality or school district an overpayment of education property tax when the overpayment was caused by error or miscalculation, provided the secretary annually reports to the General Assembly all anticipated refunds to municipalities or school districts prior to issuance.

House Ways and Means

S.170

Would transfer the membership of certified law enforcement officers and support staff employed at county sheriff departments from the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System to the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System.

Senate Appropriations

S.171

Would codify a State code of ethics in 3 V.S.A. chapter 31 that would apply to all “public servants,” that is, persons elected or appointed to serve as officers of the State, persons elected or appointed to serve as members of the General Assembly, State employees, persons appointed to serve on State boards and commissions, and persons who in any other way are authorized to act or speak on behalf of the State.

Signed by Governor

S.172

By vote of the municipal legislative body, would authorize municipalities to apply the Australian ballot system to the municipality’s 2022 annual meeting, and move the date of the municipality’s 2022 annual meeting to a potentially safer date later in the year.

Signed by Governor (Act 77)

S.174

Would allow the State and its political subdivisions to publish public notices on electronic news media and define “electronic news media” for purposes of notice by publication.

Senate Government Operations

S.176

Would require voter approval of water rates that are set by a separate municipal corporation outside the municipality where the vote is to be held, and are based on the appraised or assessed value of the property to be served.

Senate Government Operations

S.180

Would permit the aggregate value of stolen property to be used to satisfy the $900 threshold that determines whether a crime is grand larceny or petit larceny, and felony retail theft or misdemeanor retail theft.

Senate Judiciary

S.181

Would make miscellaneous amendments related to the regulatory authority of municipal corporations to authorize the legislative body of a municipality to adopt ordinances governing the installation of sidewalks, the implementation of traffic-calming measures, the location and installation of storm drains, property management standards, the maintenance of vacant or blighted property, and the removal of damaged or leaking boats from bodies of water. Would authorize municipalities to vote by Australian ballot to revert from charter-specific authority to authority delegated in later-enacted general law, elect nonresidents to town offices, add members to the municipal legislative body, eliminate the office of constable, and recall local officials.

House Ways and Means; on Action Calendar

S.182

Would prohibit the ownership and operation of paramilitary training camps in Vermont.

Senate Judiciary

S.185

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 chemical 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. (Identical to H.548)

Senate Judiciary

S.190

Would require the Agency of Transportation to work with affected municipalities on replanting trees when trees are removed from the state highway right-of-way and require additional landscaping and streetscaping in areas along state highways.

Senate Transportation

S.200

Would allow a municipality to apply for a master plan permit for its designated downtown development districts and neighborhood development areas, and allow municipalities to receive grants to assist them in applying for master plan permits.

Senate Natural Resources and Energy

S.203

Would amend occupational licensing, workers’ compensation, and unemployment insurance requirements; to add a State income tax credit; and to appropriate funds for the Vermont Strong Scholars Loan Forgiveness Program.

Senate Government Operations

S.210

Would improve rental housing health and safety and expand opportunities for affordable housing.

Passed House; Senate floor action

S.212

Would simplify the Vermont education funding model and transition from a property-based tax to an income-based tax and create an education tax that is based on the income of all Vermont residents (both homeowners and renters) with a rate determined by locally voted budgets.

Senate Finance

S.215

Would establish an annual gross receipts tax on cannabis wholesales.

Senate Finance

S.218

Would amend the Open Meeting Law to expressly state that the public bodies of the State and its political subdivisions may not prohibit or discourage the participation of a person or group of persons based on race or other classification.

Senate Government Operations

S.222

Would authorize temporary Open Meeting Law procedures until January 15, 2023.

Signed by Governor (Act 78)

S.223

Would temporarily suspend the signature requirement for candidates to place their name on the ballot for the 2022 annual municipal meeting; and authorize the legislative body of a school district to vote to not commingle the ballots of member municipalities for the 2022 annual district meeting.

Signed by Governor (Act 79)

S.226

Would increase the supply of affordable housing in Vermont, promote home ownership, and broaden housing opportunities for Vermonters.

Passed Senate and House

S.228

Would prohibit the use of no-knock warrants by law enforcement officers absent a threat of serious bodily harm and to require a law enforcement officer to provide notice of the officer’s identity and purpose to the occupant of a premises before the officer enters the premises to execute the warrant.

Senate Judiciary

S.229

Would require the use of ranked-choice voting for the primary and general elections for U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative, and general elections for president and vice president. Would also require the use of ranked-choice voting for the presidential primary election for each major political party.

Senate Government Operations

S.230

Would provide an enhanced penalty for the criminal threatening of election officials, public employees, and public servants.

Senate Judiciary

S.234

Would make multiple amendments to the State land use and development law, Act 250, including creating designated smart growth areas that will be exempt from Act 250 and providing grants to municipalities to help them achieve this new designation; requiring municipalities to respond to Act 250 requests within 90 days; adding new criteria for forest blocks and connecting habitat; adding a jurisdictional trigger for roads; clarifying Act 250 jurisdiction in one-acre towns; and creating a committee to study the governance and administration of the Act 250 program.

House Appropriations; on Notice Calendar

S.235

Would study the issue of how Act 250 jurisdiction should apply to agricultural businesses.

Senate Natural Resources and Energy

S.237

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

Senate Natural Resources and Energy

S.246

Would permit an injured worker to request pre-authorization of benefits in addition to medical treatment, and specify when an employer may require an employee who has been medically cleared to return to work to engage in a work search.

Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs

S.247

Would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s genetic information in relation to insurance coverage and the provision of social and medical services.

House Health Care

S.250

Would provide for greater accountability for law enforcement officers, including the creation of a private right of action against law enforcement officers that prohibits common law and statutory immunities as a defense. Would also provide specific parameters concerning independent investigations of police misconduct, anti-bias training for law enforcement officers, and the creation of a law enforcement officer database with related disclosures during criminal prosecutions.

House Appropriations

S.254

Would create a private right of action against law enforcement officers for violations of Vermont constitutional, statutory, and common law rights. Would waive the use of qualified immunity as a defense in such actions and provides for qualified indemnification of law enforcement officers by law enforcement agencies.

Passed Senate and House

S.258

Would require the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to evaluate the sufficiency of the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) to determine if their requirements and practices adequately address increased and foreseeable climate change-induced precipitation in a manner that protects soil resources and prevents harmful or inefficient runoff of nutrient pollution to state waters.

Passed Senate and House

S.261

Would allow municipalities to retain 0.225 of 1% of the property tax collected when making timely education property tax payments to school districts. This retention would compensate municipalities that make timely payments of education property tax to school districts the same way that municipalities that make timely payments of education property tax directly to the State may retain 0.225 of 1% of the property tax collected. In the same way that municipalities that make education property tax payments directly to the State are subject to an 8% interest rate on late payments, the bill would subject municipalities that make education property tax payments to school districts to a late payment interest rate of 8% of the amount due.

House Ways and Means; on Action Calendar

S.263

Would encourage new workers to relocate to Vermont, 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.

Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs

S.264

Would make multiple changes to the Renewable Energy Standard, including increasing the total renewable energy requirement to 100% by 2030.

Senate Natural Resources and Energy

S.267

Would prohibit the manufacture, sale, and distribution in Vermont of cosmetic products containing certain chemicals, and prohibit the installation of any new athletic turf field containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Senate Health and Welfare

S.268

Would amend the right-to-farm law to provide that a farm or farm operation would not be found to be a public or private nuisance under one or more of the following: the farm/farm operation existed before a change in the land use or occupancy in proximity to the farm; the farm/farm operation alleged to be a nuisance conforms to state and federal law; or the farm/farm operation has been conducting the agricultural activity at issue for two or more years prior to the date a nuisance action is commenced.

Senate Judiciary

S269

Would extend the Energy Savings Account Partnership Pilot Program with Efficiency Vermont for an additional three years.

House Ways and Means; on Action Calendar

S.272

Would expand the list of entities that are bound to comply with the renewable energy programs.

Senate Natural Resources and Energy

S.274

Would authorize joint meetings of town and village legislative bodies for the purpose of coordinating duties and actions of town and village government.

Senate Government Operations

S.279

Would prohibit the admissibility of a statement made by a person during a custodial interrogation if the statement was made in response to law enforcement’s knowing use of deception during the interrogation.

Senate Judiciary

S.280

Would make miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles that include new vehicle arbitration, Vermont’s Lemon Law, overweight permits, and purchase and use taxes.

House Transportation, on Action Calendar

S.283

Would make miscellaneous changes to education laws, including residency requirements and a statewide uniform school calendar.

House Appropriations; Senate floor action

S.284

Would accelerate the weatherization of homes in Vermont by providing funding for weatherization projects, increasing the workforce for energy coaching and counseling, creating a system to certify weatherization contractors, creating a registry of certified weatherization contractors, and ensuring that the weatherization program does not burden the sale or transfer of properties weatherized through the program.

Senate Appropriations

S.286

Would make various amendments to pension and other post-employment benefits for members of the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System and the Vermont State Teachers’ Retirement System. Would also change the reporting dates for certain actuarial studies for the state employees’ and teachers’ retirement systems and the Vermont Municipal Employees’ Retirement System.

Vetoed by Governor; veto overridden 148-0

S.287

Would improve student equity by adjusting pupil weights beginning in FY24 with a 5-year transition period; create the Education Fund Advisory Committee to monitor Vermont’s education financing system, conduct analyses, recalibrate the pupil weights and categorical aid amounts as necessary, and make annual recommendations to the legislature; add 6 Agency of Education staff positions to support school districts in the provision of English Language Learner services, support school food programs and the development of the universal income declaration form, and provide financial and data support to the agency and the Education Fund Advisory Committee; and require the state auditor to conduct a performance audit under generally accepted government auditing standards that identifies the successes and failures of this legislation.

Passed Senate and House

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