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Bills of interest

Listed below are the Bills of Interest from the 2016 Legislative Session.

2016 Vermont Legislative Review- Bills Introduced- House

H. 357 An act relating to leaving a child or person under care of another unattended in a motor vehicle.
Link to H.357
Bill seeks to criminalize leaving a person under custody in a motor vehicle unattended.  Introduced by Rep Burditt and in House Committee on Transportation.

H. 368 An act relating to making the sixth conviction of the same misdemeanor punishable as a felony.
Link to H. 368

As it says, bill seeks to imposed a three year felony for a sixth conviction of the same misdemeanor. Introduced by Rep Burditt and in House Committee on Judiciary.

H. 382 An act relating to driver’s license reinstatement decisions related to medical fitness to drive. 
Link to H.382
Seeks to create a process to review license eligibility for people determined unfit to drive due to medical fitness concerns. Introduced by Rep Toll in House Transportation Committee.

H.386 An act relating to services and providers of services for Vermont elders
Link to H.386

This bill proposes to establish a program to provide home-delivered meals to Choices for Care participants. It also proposes to establish an annual inflation factor for home- and community-based service provider rates. Introduced by Rep Krowinski and Patsy French and in Human Services.

H 389 An Act relating to rental assistance.
Link to H.389

This bill proposes to require the Department for Children and Families to develop an outreach and education program to inform landlords about housing assistance that the Department provides to Vermonters with low income. Introduced by Russell and several other Rutland County reps and in General Housing and Military Affairs.

H. 390 An Act related to creating a truancy prevention working group. 
Link to H. 390
This bill seeks to create a workgroup to review and comment on the effectiveness of truancy prevention work started in 2009. Introduced by Rep Marcotte and in Education Committee.

H. 391 An Act relating to increasing educational opportunities.
Link to H.391

This bill seeks to increase after school, holiday and summer opportunities (expanded learning opportunites) for students (K-12) to remain in structured educational programs. Introduced by Rep. Mrowicki and in Education Committee.

H. 392 An act relating to the transfer of funds between the Departments of Mental Health and of Health.
Link to H.392

This bill proposes to require the Department of Mental Health to transfer $1,000,000.00 of funds from community mental health programs to the Department of Health for youth substance abuse prevention programming.
Introduced by Rep Parent and in Appropriations Committee.

H.398 An act relating to the Human Services Board 
Link to H.398

This bill seeks to require AHS Secretary to review all substantiations of child abuse under 33 Section 4916b.  Introduced by Rep Pugh and in Human Services Committee.

H. 402 An Act relating to authorizing the Vermont ABLE program.
Link to H.402
This bill proposes to allow the use of ABLE accounts for SSA beneficiaries to accumulate funds to use for qualifying disability expenses without risk of losing benefits.  Introduced by Rep Marcotte, inter alia, and in Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

H. 403 An Act relating to funding the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund. Link to H.403
Bill seeks to obtain funds from car registration fees for TBI work. Introduced by Rep Donahue and in Transportation Committee.

H. 417 An Act relating to measuring quality in payment reform initiatives.
Link to H.417

This bill proposes to have access to providers considered by GMCB as a measure of quality. Introduced by Rep Browning among others and in Health Care Committee.

H. 430 An act relating to independent investigation of a death or serious injury involving a law enforcement officer.
Link to H.430

This bill proposes requiring two independent officers be assigned to investigate all death or serious injury resulting from law enforcement activities and report findings to the Attorney General. Introduced by Rep. Rachelson and Government Operations Committee.

H 501 An act relating to coverage for complementary and alternative health care services. 
Link to H.501

This bill proposes insurance including Medicaid cover these add’l services if two peer review articles support the service. Introduced by Rep McCullough and in Helathcare Committee.

H. 523 An act relating to the evidentiary rules governing proceedings concerning a child or person with a psychiatric, intellectual, or developmental disability who is a victim of an offense involving bodily injury or serious bodily injury. 
Link to H.523

This bill proposes to  increase protections in litigation for victims with disabilities in terms of expanding hearsay exceptions.  Introduced by Rep Grad and in Judiciary Committee

H. 533 An act relating to victim notification
Link to H.533

This bill proposes to expand victim notice rights to include notice of Defendant’s release on conditions and release from custody of Dept. of Mental Health. Introduced by Rep. Grad and in House Judiciary.

H.534 An act relating to home detention and home confinement furlough
Link to H.534
This bill proposes to expand eligibility for home detention and confinement, require greater specificity regarding court-approved scheduled absences from home detention and home confinement, to require victim notification of scheduled absences and of any changes in the schedule in cases involving listed crimes. Introduced by Rep. Emmons and others and referred to House Committee on Corrections and Institutions

H. 535 An act relating to health insurance coverage for the early refill of prescription eye drops
Link to H.535
This bill proposes to require health insurance coverage for the early refill of prescription eye drops. Introduced by Rep. Till and referred to House Committee on Health Care.

H. 537 An act relating to the disclosure of information to landlords
Link to H.537
This bill proposes to require the Department for Children and Families to disclose certain information regarding a recipient of financial assistance through Reach Up to the recipient’s landlord when the disclosure is requested by the recipient or requested by the landlord with the recipient’s consent. Introduced by Rep. LaClair and others and referred to House Committee on Human Services.

H. 540 “An act relating to residential rental agreements”
Link to H.540
This bill proposes to require that an individual may not be evicted from a rented dwelling unit without good cause. Introduced by Rep. Maida Townsend and referred to House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H.543 An act relating to insurance coverage for telemedicine services delivered in or outside a health care facility
Link to H.543
This bill proposes to require Medicaid and health insurance coverage for telemedicine services delivered in or outside a health care facility by several types of health care providers. Introduced by Rep. Donahue and others and referred to House Committee on Health Care.

H.546 An act relating to licensing and regulating art therapists
Link to H.546
This bill proposes to require the Office of Professional Regulation to license and regulate art therapists. Introduced by Rep. Yantachka and referred to House Committee on Government Operations.

H. 554 An act relating to charges for access to health care records
Link to H. 554
This bill proposes to allow a patient or patient’s primary care provider to request a free copy of the patient’s health care record each calendar year for the patient’s personal use. Introduced by Rep. Townsend and referred to House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

H.550 An act relating to structured settlements
Link to H.550
This bill proposes to amend the structured settlement law. Introduced by Rep. William Botzow and others and referred to House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.

H.554 An act relating to charges for access to health care records
Link to H.554
This bill proposes to allow a patient or patient’s primary care provider to request a free copy of the patient’s health care record each calendar year for the patient’s personal use. Introduced by Rep. Zagar and referred to House Committee on Health Care.

H.555 An act relating to proceedings involving persons found incompetent to  stand trial
Link to H.555

This bill proposes to require the court to hold a discharge hearing before a person who has been found incompetent to stand trial for a listed offense may be released from the custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health. Introduced by Rep. Clarkson and referred to House Committee on Judiciary.

H. 559 An act relating to an exemption from licensure for visiting team physicians
Link to H.559
This bill proposes to allow visiting team physicians licensed to practice medicine in another state to serve their teams while in Vermont without being licensed by the Vermont Board of Medical Practice or the Vermont Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeon. Introduced by Rep. Lenes and others and referred to House Committee on Health Care.

H. 562 An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation and to the review of professional regulation
Link to H.562
This bill proposes to: (1) provide for the review of professions and occupations by the Office of Professional Regulation (Office); (2) transfer the regulation of alcohol and drug abuse counselors from the Department of Health to the Office; and (3) extend the transitional period for a naturopathic physician to complete the naturopathic pharmacology examination successfully. Introduced by Rep. Sweaney and referred to House Committee on Government Operations.

H. 563 An act relating to legislative approval for Medicare waivers
Link to H.563
This bill proposes to require legislative approval before the Secretary of Human Services may apply for a Medicare waiver. Introduced by Reps. Poirier and Donahue and referred to House Committee on Health Care.

H. 564 An act relating to law enforcement officers
Link to H.564
In particular, the bill would amend the scope of practice of a Level II certified law enforcement officer; establish what constitutes unprofessional conduct of a law enforcement officer; establish the procedure to receive, investigate, and adjudicate complaints; and provide the discipline the Council may order upon its finding that an officer committed unprofessional conduct. Introduced by Rep. Hubert and referred to House Committee on Government Operations.

H.571 An act relating to driver’s license suspensions, driving with a suspended license, and DUI penalties
Link to H.571

This bill proposes a variety of changes relating to motor vehicles; operator’s licenses; privilege to operate; suspension; reinstatement fees; driving with license suspended; DUI; expungement. Introduced by Rep. Grad and referred to House Committee on Judiciary.

H.573 An act relating to insurance coverage for medically necessary services delivered by acupuncturists.
Link to H.573
This bill proposes to require insurance coverage for certain medically necessary health care services when delivered by a licensed acupuncturist. Introduced by Reps Pearson and Grad and referred to House Committee on Health Care.

H.582 An act relating to requiring braille menus at Vermont restaurants
Link to H.582
This bill proposes to require a Vermont restaurant to provide a braille version of its menu. Introduced by Rep. Clarkson and referred to House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.

H. 588 An act relating to an extended producer responsibility program for unused prescription drugs
Link to H.588
This bill proposes to establish a statewide extended producer responsibility program for unused prescription drugs. Introduced by Rep. Deen and referred to House Committee on Human Services.

H. 593 An act relating to Quechee Gorge Bridge safety measures
Link to H.593
This bill proposes to require the Agency of Transportation to complete a project on Bridge 61 on US Route 4 in the town of Hartford in order to implement suicide prevention, pedestrian safety, and first responder safety measures on or before October 1, 2017, and to report to the Committees on Transportation on or before January 15, 2017 on the Agency’s plans and measures taken to carry out the project. Introduced by Rep. Zagar and others and referred to House Committee on Transportation.

H. 604 An act relating to requirements for older drivers to obtain or renew operator’s licenses
Link to H.604
This bill proposes to require Vermont residents 65 years of age or older to pass a vision test and a road test in order to obtain or renew an operator’s license. Introduced by Rep. Turner and referred to House Committee on Transportation.

H.612 An act relating to the licensure of speech-language pathologists and audiologists
Link to H.612
This bill proposes to completely transfer from the Agency of Education to the Office of Professional Regulation the licensure of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Introduced by Rep. Shaw and referred to House Committee on Government Operations.

H. 617 An act relating to probation, parole, and furlough conditions
Link to H.617
This bill proposes to limit the imposition of conditions of probation, parole, and furlough to restrict otherwise legal behavior of the person under supervision and to prohibit revocation of probation, parole, and furlough for technical violations that are not new crimes. Introduced by Reps. Burke and Rachelson and referred to House Committee on Corrections and Institutions.

H. 622 An act relating to obligations for reporting child abuse and neglect and cooperating in investigations of child abuse and neglect
Link to H.622
This bill proposes to (1) remove a requirement that mandated reporters report suspected child abuse or neglect if that mandated reporter knew that the same incident of abuse or neglect was already reported; and (2) allow certain health care professionals to cooperate with the Department for Children and Families in ongoing investigations of child abuse or neglect. Introduced by Reps. Pugh and Haas and referred to House Committee on Human Services.

H. 623 An act relating to compassionate release and parole eligibility
Link to H.623
This bill proposes to establish a judicial procedure to allow for the compassionate release of certain inmates, including those who have been diagnosed with a terminal disease, and to increase parole eligibility for older inmates and inmates who have served their minimum sentence. Introduced by Rep. Burke and others and referred to House Committee on Corrections and Institutions.

H. 626 An act relating to the Unused Prescription Drug Repository Program
Link to H.626
This bill proposes to establish the Unused Prescription Drug Repository Program to accept unused prescription drugs and supplies and donate them to Vermont residents who meet eligibility standards. Introduced by Reps. Pugh and McFaun and referred to House Committee on Human Services.

H.628 An act relating to Medicaid coverage for doula services
Link to H.628
This bill proposes to require Medicaid coverage for doula services during labor and birth and for the prenatal and postpartum periods. Introduced by Rep. Rachelson and referred to House Committee on Health Care.

H.629 An act relating to the administration and issuance of vital records
Link to H.629
This bill proposes to amend statutes related to the administration and issuance of vital records. Introduced by Reps. Devereux and Martin and referred to House Committee on Government Operations.

H.639 An act relating to pulse oximetry to screen newborns for congenital heart defects
Link to H.639
This bill proposes to require birthing facilities licensed by the State to perform a critical congenital heart defect screening using pulse oximetry on every newborn in its care. Introduced by Rep. Till and referred to House Committee on Health Care.

H.655 An act relating to preserving Medicare benefits
Referred to Committee on Health Care

This bill proposes to prohibit the State from entering into any contract, agreement, or other arrangement that would reduce Medicare benefits or adversely affect access to Medicare-covered services.
Link to H.655

H.659 An act relating to the prohibition of conversion therapy on minors
Referred to the Committee on Human Services

This bill proposes to prohibit mental health care providers from practicing conversion therapy on patients younger than 18 years of age.
Link to H.659

H. 668 An act relating to an Adult Protective Services consultation prior to issuing certain prescriptions
Referred to House Committee of Human Services
This bill proposes to require a physician to consult with the Adult Protective Services program prior to writing a prescription for certain patients with a terminal condition for medication to be self-administered to hasten death. It would also provide the physician with information about investigative reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult and access to information from the Adult Protective Services Registry.
Link to H.668

H.675 An act relating to victims’ right to be heard at change of plea hearings
Referred to the Committee on Judiciary

This bill proposes to ensure that victims of crimes have the right to be heard at a change of plea hearing when the State proposes a deferred sentence.
Link to H.675

H.676 An act relating to Victims Compensation Board access to law enforcement records
Referred to Committee on Judiciary
This bill proposes to ensure the Victims Compensation Program has access to law enforcement records necessary to process crime victims’ claims for financial assistance.
Link to H.676

H.677 An act relating to the Restitution Unit
Referred to the Committee on Judiciary
This bill proposes to expand the Restitution Unit’s authority to recover funds.
Link to H.677

H. 681 An act relating to access to employee restrooms for individuals living with 11 an inflammatory bowel disease
Referred to the Committee on Commerce & Economic Development
This bill proposes to require retail establishments to allow a customer with an inflammatory bowel disease to use an employee restroom when a public restroom is not immediately accessible.
Link to H.681

H.682 An act relating to Medicare supplemental plans for dual eligible Medicaid beneficiaries
Referred to the Committee on Health Care
This bill proposes to require the Department of Vermont Health Access to study the potential for savings if the State purchases Medicare supplemental plans for individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Link to H.682

H. 684 An act relating to residential treatment units within the Department of Corrections
Referred to the Committee on Corrections & Institutions
This bill proposes to limit the time inmates designated with a serious functional impairment can spend in segregation and to allocate funds for an additional residential treatment unit within the Department of Corrections.
Link to H.684

H. 705 An act relating to unused drug disposal at pharmacies
Referred to the Committee on Human Services
This bill proposes to require all pharmacies to accept and dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Link to H.705

H.712 An act relating to insanity as defense in criminal cases
Referred to the Committee on Judiciary
This bill proposes to modernize and update Vermont statutes relating to the insanity defense in criminal cases.
Link to H.712

H.716 An act relating to health insurance coverage and surrogate decision-making for substance abuse treatment services
Referred to the Committee on Health Care
This bill proposes to require health insurance plans covering substance abuse to provide coverage for services for the duration of a patient’s withdrawal from addiction to drugs or alcohol. It also enables a patient to designate a surrogate decision-maker for decisions pertaining to the patient’s health insurance plan while the patient is in withdrawal.
Link to H.716

H.728 An act relating to a report on criminal record checks in professional regulation
Referred to the Committee on Government Operations
This bill proposes to require the Secretary of Administration to report to the General Assembly regarding the State regulatory entities that require criminal record checks as a qualification for professional regulation and the criminal offenses that can disqualify an applicant from that regulation.
Link to H.728

H.730 An act relating to Medicaid rates for home- and community-based services and home-delivered meals as a reimbursable covered service
Referred to Committee on Human Services
This bill proposes to require the Secretary of Human Services to apply for an amendment to Vermont’s Global Commitment waiver to allow home-delivered meals to be treated as a reimbursable covered service under the Choices for Care program. This bill also proposes to require increases to Medicaid reimbursement rates for home- and community-based service providers that are commensurate with increases to Medicaid rates for nursing homes.
Link to H.730

H.740 An act relating to technical revisions to probation
Referred to the Committee on Corrections & Institutions
This bill proposes to revise and update the probation laws to reflect more accurately current policy and practice.
Link to H.740

H.744 An act relating to process for responding to alleged furlough violations
Referred to the Committee on Corrections & Institutions
This bill proposes to require that offenders are not immediately lodged for a violation of a furlough condition. If the offender is considered to be a risk to public safety, a probable cause hearing on the violation must be held prior to reincarcerating the offender. An offender who is determined not to pose a risk to public safety would not be reincarcerated. Within seven days of notice of the alleged violation, a hearing must be held to determine whether the furlough will be revoked or continued with modifications or sanctions.
Link to H.744

H.749 An act relating to allowing a friend to file a request for relief from abuse order
Referred to Committee on Judiciary
This bill proposes to allow a friend to file a request for relief from abuse for a minor or for a person who lacks capacity to protect his or her interests due to psychiatric, intellectual, or developmental disability.
Link to H.749

H.751 An act relating to residential rental agreements for substance abuse recovery homes
Referred to the Committee on Human Services
This bill proposes to require a tenant of a substance abuse recovery home to vacate the premises within two hours after he or she violates the terms of his or her contract with the home’s operator.
Link to H.751

H. 752 An act relating to regulation of substance abuse recovery homes under local land use bylaws
Referred to the Committee on Human Services
This bill proposes to require a municipality to treat a substance abuse recovery home as a single-family residential home under its land use bylaws.
Link to H.752

H.760 An act relating to parent-child center parenting class pilot programs
Referred to Committee on Human Services
This bill proposes to fund parenting classes offered by parent-child centers and held in the offices of health care professionals providing obstetric care.
Link to H.760

H.766 An act relating to a study of expanding Dr. Dynasaur
Referred to the Committee on Health Care
This bill proposes to require the Agency of Administration to analyze the costs of expanding Dr. Dynasaur, the State’s Medicaid program for children, to all Vermont residents up to 26 years of age.
Link to H.766

H.768 An act relating to prohibiting contracts with for-profit correctional facilities
Referred to the Committee on Corrections & Institutions
This bill proposes to prohibit the use of private contracts for services related to the operation of a correctional facility.
Link to H.768

H.769 An act relating to strategies to reduce the incarcerated population
Referred to the Committee on Corrections & Institutions
This bill proposes to require citing, instead of arresting, a person suspected of a nonviolent misdemeanor; permit expansion of the number of low risk offenders on response supervision on caseloads consistent with the capacity of automated status reporting systems; expand administrative probation for nonviolent offenders; and codify the current practice of preapproved furlough for the purpose of permitting the offender to participate in community programs.
Link to H.769

H.774 An act relating to the creation of the Reintegration Services Study
Referred to the Committee on Corrections & Institutions
This bill proposes to create a committee to study the cost of providing comprehensive reintegration services for persons released from State correctional facilities.
Link to H.774

H.777 An act relating to creating a Mental Health Assistance Fund for surviving family members after suicide
Referred to the Committee on Human Services
This bill proposes to provide financial support to surviving family members when a suicide has been committed in their private residence.
Link to H.777

H. 801 An act relating to fair employment practices
Referred to the Committee on Judiciary
This bill proposes to prohibit employers from making nonjob-related inquiries that indicate a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on a protected characteristic.
Link to H.801

H. 808 An act relating to accommodations for pregnant employees
Referred to Committee on General, Housing & Military Affairs
This bill proposes to require employers to provide an accommodation to a pregnant employee unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
Link to H.808

H.810 An act relating to residential eviction proceedings
Referred to the Committee on General, Housing & Military Affairs
This bill proposes to expedite the 18 eviction process; to permit municipal police officers and constables to serve a 19 writ of possession and to place a landlord in possession of the premises 20 following an eviction; to permit a court to decide a motion to pay rent into court without a hearing; and to require defendants in an eviction proceeding to 2 file a verified answer or an answer supported by an affidavit.
Link to H.810

H.814 An act relating to limitations on prescriptions for opioids
Referred to the Committee on Human Services
This bill proposes to place limitations on prescriptions for opioids. It would prohibit refills and future fill dates for opioid prescriptions, limit prescriptions for opioids to treat acute pain to a 72-hour supply under most circumstances, and limit prescriptions for opioids to treat chronic pain to a 30-day supply. It would direct practitioners to query the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System prior to issuing a subsequent 30-day prescription for an opioid to treat a patient with chronic pain and would require practitioners to screen those patients for signs of a substance use disorder.
Link to H.814

H.818 An act relating to stalking
Referred to the Committee on Judiciary
This bill proposes to amend the definitions related to civil orders of protection against stalking and sexual assault and the criminal stalking law, and to establish prohibited defenses in a criminal stalking case.
Link to H.818

H. 821 An act relating to opioids, regulated drugs, and the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System
Referred to the Committee on Human Services
This bill proposes to impose criminal penalties on health care providers who prescribe regulated drugs in an inappropriate manner. It would require all pharmacies that dispense regulated drugs to accept and dispose of unused and unwanted drugs. It would require veterinarians to participate in the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System and authorize investigators and detectives with the Vermont State Police Drug Diversion Unit to obtain information from the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System regarding health care professionals’ prescribing practices. The bill would also allow partial filling of a prescription for a regulated drug and require creation of a curriculum to educate health care providers regarding the appropriate numbers of an opioid controlled substance to prescribe to a patient following different types of surgeries and procedures.
Link to H.821

H.834 An act relating to unemployment compensation
Referred to the Committee on Commerce & Economic Development
This bill proposes to permit an individual who is a victim of domestic violence and is discharged for misconduct related to that domestic violence to receive unemployment compensation.
Link to H.834

 

2016 Vermont Legislative Review- Bills Introduced- Senate

S 119 An Act related to paid parental leave.
Link to S.119

This bill proposes mandatory paid parental leave. Introduced by Rep. Cummings and in Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee.

S 120 An act relating to suspicion-based substance abuse testing and treatment for recipients of public assistance. 
Link to S.120

This bill proposes to test PA recipients. Introduced by Sen McAllister and in Health and Welfare Committee.

S 121 An act relating to passing and yielding to vulnerable users 
Link to S.121

This bill proposes to increase protections for vulnerable users, such as people using wheelchairs, on our roadways. Introduced by Sen Baruth and in Transportation Committee.

S 145 An act relating to expanding eligibility and work incentives for the Medicaid for Working Persons with Disabilities program. 
Link to S.145

This bill proposes to direct the Agency of Human Services to adopt rules to enhance work incentives and increase the stability of health coverage for individuals receiving Medicaid for Working People with Disabilities. It would also make it easier for individuals to receive Medicaid for Working People with Disabilities and their eligible spouses to receive additional services. Introduced by Sen Sears and in Health and Welfare Committee.

S 165 An act relating to fair employment practices
Link to S.165

This bill proposes to prohibit employers from making nonjob-related inquiries that indicate a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on a protected characteristic, including disability. Introduced by Sen Balint, inter alia, and in Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee.

S 192 An act relating to Medicaid rates for home- and community-based service providers
Link to S.192
This bill proposes to require increases to Medicaid reimbursement rates for home- and community-based service providers that are commensurate with increases to Medicaid rates for nursing homes.  Introduced by Sen Pollina and in Health and Welfare Committee.

S 194  An act relating to student expulsion and suspension as a last resort 
Link to S.194

This bill proposes to require that student expulsion and suspension be used only as last-resort disciplinary measures.  Introduced by Sen Sears in Education Committee.

S 215 An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans
Link to S.215
This bill proposes to regulate vision insurance plans as health insurance. It would impose several requirements on vision care plans in their contracts with plan enrollees and in their financial arrangements with optometrists and ophthalmologists. It would also create a private right of action for anyone adversely affected by a violation of the provisions of the bill.
Introduced by Sen Mullin and in Finance Committee.

S 227 An act relating to the evidentiary rules governing proceedings concerning a child or person with a psychiatric, intellectual, or developmental disability who is a victim of an offense involving bodily injury or serious bodily injury. 
Link to S.227

Similar to H. 523 above, introduced by Sen Sears and in Judiciary Committee.

S 228 An act relating to creating an exemption from the statewide education  property tax for nonprofit Level III residential homes
Link to S.228
This bill proposes to provide an exemption from the statewide education property tax for nonprofit Level III residential homes with a residential population that is at least 25 percent Medicaid-eligible. Introduced by Sen Lyons and in Finance Committee.

S.245 An act relating to disclosure of health care provider affiliations
Link to S.245
This bill proposes to require disclosure to the Attorney General and the Green Mountain Care Board of affiliations between physicians and hospitals or hospital systems and would require hospitals to report their affiliations annually as part of the hospital budget review process. Also requires certain notifications to patients and the effect of affiliation on cost of services. Introduced by Sens. Ashe and Sirotkin and referred to Senate Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.248 An act relating to truancy and school discipline and student offense reporting requirements
Link to S.248
This bill proposes to increase the criminal penalty for failing to cause a child to attend school; require schools to report school conduct and discipline violations to the Board of Education; require law enforcement agencies to report to the Vermont Crime Information Center on the number and nature of student investigations; require the Attorney General to report to the Vermont Crime Information Center on the number and nature of cases involving student offenses; and require the Vermont Crime Information Center to provide such data to the public upon request. Introduced by Sen. Sears and referred to Senate Committee on Education.

S 254 An act relating to paid family leave
Link to S.254

This bill proposes to create a Family Leave Insurance Program within the Department of Labor that will provide employees with six weeks of paid family leave and that will be funded by contributions from employers and employees. This bill also proposes to amend Vermont’s existing family leave law to make it applicable to all employers, to clarify certain provisions, and to create an exemption from the law’s rehiring requirements for employers with four or fewer employees.  Introduced by Sen Sirotkin and in Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee.

S.255 An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations
Link to S.255
This bill proposes to require hospitals to provide information to the public about their community health needs and to allow public participation in the community health needs assessment process. It would establish a statewide comparative hospital quality report and modify the regulation of managed care organizations. The bill would also expand the information health insurers must report annually to include detailed information regarding claims processing, denials, grievances, and provider satisfaction, and it would require insurers to post all of the information on their websites. Introduced by Sens. Ayer and Lyons and referred to Senate Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.256 An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need
Link to S.256
This bill proposes to extend until January 1, 2020 the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need and to require consideration of the Green Mountain Care Board’s health care reform initiatives if lifting the moratorium prior to that date. Introduced by Sen. Lyons and others and referred to Senate Committee on Health and Welfare.


S 258 An act relating to access to treatment for patients with a terminal illness
Link to S.258

This bill proposes to provide access to experimental medical treatment for patients with a terminal illness. It would allow manufacturers to provide access to, and health insurers to provide coverage for, investigational drugs, biological products, and devices to eligible patients. The bill would also provide immunity for physicians who prescribe  or recommend experimental treatments. Introduced by Sen McCormack and in Health and Welfare Committee.

S.259 An act relating to smoke-free rental housing
Link to S.259
This bill proposes to require that in a building with four or more dwelling units at least one-half of the rented dwelling units be smoke free.
Introduced by Sen. Mc Cormack and referred to Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

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