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Bills of interest

Listed below are the Bills of Interest from the 2014 Legislative Session.

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2013-14 Vermont Legislative Review- Bills Introduced- House

H.546 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE PURCHASE OF HEALTH INSURANCE OUTSIDE THE EXCHANGE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-546.pdf
This bill proposes to enable individuals and small groups to purchase health insurance outside the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange through December 31, 2014.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.547 - AN ACT RELATING TO CREATING TWO NEW CRIMINAL OFFENSES, BULLYING AND AGGRAVATED BULLYING
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-547.pdf
This bill proposes to create two new criminal offenses, bullying and aggravated bullying.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.550 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF THE HEALTH CARE ADVOCATE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-550.pdf
This bill proposes to create the Office of the Health Care Advocate as an independent office within State government for the purpose of assisting and advocating on behalf of health care consumers.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.552 - AN ACT RELATING TO RAISING THE VERMONT MINIMUM WAGE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-552.pdf
This bill proposes to raise the Vermont minimum wage to $12.50 per hour.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs.

H.553 - AN ACT RELATING TO BAIL CONDITIONS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-553.pdf
This bill proposes to amend the types of conditions that can be set by the judicial officer at a bail hearing to: (1) limit the requirement of release to a responsible adult to those defendants under 18; and (2) require the judicial officer to make findings on the record as to why conditions that restrict otherwise legal behavior by the defendant are necessary to assure appearance or protect the public.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.554 - AN ACT RELATING TO SENTENCING ALTERNATIVES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-554.pdf
This bill proposes to permit a court to suspend all or part of a fine conditioned on the defendant’s completion of court-approved programming and to require a court to state on the record or in writing why a term of incarceration or probation is appropriate for sentencing a defendant for a nonviolent misdemeanor.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.555 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE COMMITMENT OF A CRIMINAL DEFENDANT WHO IS INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL BECAUSE OF A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-555.pdf
This bill proposes to provide the               court with the authority to commit a criminal defendant who has been found to be incompetent to stand trial because of a traumatic brain injury to the Department of Mental Health.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.560 - AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO DEVELOP POLICIES TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS IN THE COMMUNITY AND ADDRESS MISCONDUCT WITHOUT MAKING ARRESTS OR FILING CRIMINAL CHARGES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-560.pdf
This bill proposes to require law enforcement agencies to develop policies to resolve conflicts in the community and address misconduct without making arrests or filing criminal charges.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.561 - AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING THAT ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES COLLECT DATA ON TRAFFIC STOPS INCLUDING DRIVERS’ AGE, GENDER, RACE, AND ETHNICITY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-561.pdf
This bill proposes to require that all law enforcement agencies collect data on traffic stops including drivers’ age, gender, race, and ethnicity.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.566 - AN ACT RELATING TO PHYSICIANS’ DUTIES UNDER THE PATIENT’S BILL OF RIGHTS FOR PALLIATIVE CARE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-566.pdf
This bill proposes to specify that the patient’s bill of rights for palliative care and pain management does not impose on physicians an affirmative duty to offer information that has not been requested by a patient regarding patient choices at the end of life.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.567 - AN ACT RELATING TO SURROGATE DECISION MAKING FOR DNR/COLST AND HOSPICE CARE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-567.pdf
This bill proposes to establish statutory guidelines for allowing a surrogate decision maker to provide informed consent for a do-not-resuscitate order, a clinician order for life-sustaining treatment, or hospice care on behalf of a patient with no available agent or guardian. The bill would also expressly prohibit any person from taking action on behalf of a patient pursuant to the patient choice at end of life laws.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.568 - AN ACT RELATING TO IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-568.pdf
This bill proposes to provide immunity for pharmacists and consulting physicians who participate in the provision to a qualified patient of medication to hasten his or her death.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.573 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE REPEAL OF THE CLERGY EXEMPTION TO THE REPORTING STATUTE CONCERNING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-573.pdf
This bill proposes to repeal the clergy exemption which allows a member of the clergy to refrain from making an otherwise mandatory report of child abuse if the following conditions are met: the information received is 1) based only on a communication that is made to the member while acting in his or her capacity as spiritual advisor; 2) intended by the parties to be confidential at the time the communication is made; 3) intended by the communicant to be an act of contrition or matter of conscience; and 4) required to be confidential by religious law.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.574 - AN ACT RELATING TO ELIGIBILITY FOR HOME DETENTION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-574.pdf
This bill proposes to establish a rebuttable presumption that a person who is charged with a crime shall be eligible for home detention while awaiting disposition of the charges if the person is a custodial parent of a minor child.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Institutions.

H.576 - AN ACT RELATING TO APPLICATIONS FOR THE LIFELINE PROGRAM
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-576.pdf
This bill proposes to allow applications for the Lifeline program to be submitted directly to the Department for Children and Families instead of to the Department of Taxes for eligibility determination.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.579 - AN ACT RELATING TO SMOKING AT STATE-OPERATED HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-579.pdf
This bill proposes to prohibit smoking on the grounds of State-operated health care facilities.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.580 - AN ACT RELATING TO ESTABLISHING A JUDICIAL PROCEDURE TO ALLOW FOR THE COMPASSIONATE RELEASE OF CERTAIN PRISONERS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A TERMINAL DISEASE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-580.pdf
This bill proposes to establish a judicial procedure to allow for the compassionate release of certain prisoners, including those who have been diagnosed with a terminal disease.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.581 - AN ACT RELATING TO GUARDIANSHIP OF MINORS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-581.pdf
This bill proposes to revise the law concerning guardianship of minors as recommended by the Minor Guardianship Study Committee.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.582 - AN ACT RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-582.pdf
This bill proposes to prohibit management of mental health insurance benefits separately from other health care benefits. It also prohibits prior authorization requirements for mental health care that differ from medical or surgical prior authorization requirements.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.592 - AN ACT RELATING TO ELIGIBILITY FOR COURT DIVERSION PRIOR TO THE FILING OF DELINQUENCY OR CRIMINAL CHARGES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-592.pdf
This bill proposes to expand court diversion to allow participation on a pre-charge, voluntary basis.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.598 - AN ACT RELATING TO A CHILD’S DESIRE IN AWARDING PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-598.pdf
This bill proposes to allow a child’s wishes on parental rights and responsibilities to be a factor in determining parental rights and responsibilities and to allow the court to conduct an in camera discussion with the child to determine the child’s wishes.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.614 - AN ACT RELATING TO EMERGENCY INVOLUNTARY PROCEDURES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-614.pdf
This bill proposes to require the Department of Mental Health to establish protocols for individuals received in an emergency department during a mental health crisis. It would also require the Departments of Mental Health and of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living to adopt rules ensuring that emergency involuntary procedures are used uniformly in secure residential recovery facilities and hospitals. This bill proposes to require that a psychiatrist ordering emergency involuntary medication personally observe a patient prior to issuing the order.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.618 - AN ACT RELATING TO EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OVER DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS BY THE FAMILY DIVISION OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-618.pdf
This bill proposes to require that all charges involving criminal conduct by children under18 years of age be filed as delinquency proceedings in the Family Division of the Superior Court rather than the Criminal Division. The bill provides the Family Division with exclusive jurisdiction over the proceedings and permits the Family Division to extend jurisdiction over the child until he or she reaches 21 years of age.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.620 - AN ACT RELATING TO PAYMENT ERROR RATES IN 3SQUARESVT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-620.pdf
This bill proposes to require the State to renegotiate with the federal Food and Nutrition Service to repay the federal government for the State’s overissuance of benefits in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known in Vermont as the 3SquaresVT program, in years in which the State is sanctioned for an excessive payment error rate for overissuances resulting from agency error. It would require those households notified that they have been overpaid 3SquaresVT benefits to also be informed that they have the right to compromise the claim. The bill would also require the Department for Children and Families to report to the legislative committees of jurisdiction each time the Department receives federal sanctions for an excessive payment error rate.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.630 - AN ACT RELATING TO REPORTS OF ABUSE, NEGLECT, OR EXPLOITATION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-630.pdf
This bill proposes to permit an individual about whom a report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation has been substantiated and who has exhausted the available intermediate appeals processes to appeal the substantiation to the Family Division of the Superior Court. It would also authorize the Commissioner of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living to impose sanctions other than placement on the Adult Protective Services Registry as a perpetrator of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.633 - AN ACT RELATING TO MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURER-SPONSORED EDUCATION SESSIONS FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-633.pdf
This bill proposes to modify the prescribed product manufacturer gift ban to limit payments to conference sponsors only to sponsorship of educational sessions by medical device manufacturers at conferences at which continuing medical education programming is also available.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.635 - AN ACT RELATING TO SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR SOCIAL AND MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-635.pdf
This bill proposes to require departments and programs within or under contract with the Agency of Human Services to create safety protocols for social workers, mental health workers, volunteers, interns, and all other employees providing direct services to clients.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.636 - AN ACT RELATING TO AUDIO RECORDING PLAN OF CARE MEETINGS AT NURSING HOMES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-636.pdf
This bill proposes to authorize nursing home residents, their families, and reciprocal beneficiaries to audio record meetings regarding the resident’s plan of care.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.645 - AN ACT RELATING TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-645.pdf
This bill proposes to make various changes to the workers’ compensation statutes.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.

H.646 - AN ACT RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-646.pdf
This bill proposes to make various changes to the unemployment insurance statutes.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Commerce and Economic Development.

H.658 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE PAROLE OF AN INMATE WHO HAS SERVED HIS OR HER MINIMUM TERM
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-658.pdf
This bill proposes to parole an inmate at his or her minimum term absent compelling reasons related to public safety.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.663 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE TEMPORARY CARE OF A CHILD IN NEED OF CARE OR SUPERVISION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-663.pdf
This bill proposes to: (1) require that a temporary care hearing in a CHINS case be held within three business days of the issuance of an emergency care order or conditional custody order; and (2) permit the Court to suspend the custodial preference set forth for temporary care orders if there are compelling circumstances and it is in the best interests of the child.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.668 - AN ACT RELATING TO PRIOR AUTHORIZATION REQUIREMENTS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-668.pdf
This bill proposes to eliminate the prior authorization requirement for certain classes of medication and to require authorization for medications for chronic conditions only once every three years.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.674 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF VARIOUS OFFENSES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-674.pdf
This bill proposes to expand the jurisdiction of the Judicial Bureau by decriminalizing simple assault; disorderly conduct; bad checks; retail theft; theft of rented property; unlawful mischief; third offense for the purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol by a minor; third offense for the knowing and unlawful possession of marijuana by a minor; and noise in the nighttime.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.679 - AN ACT RELATING TO IMPROVING SAFEGUARDS FOR ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES INVESTIGATIONS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-679.pdf
This bill proposes to improve safeguards for alleged perpetrators of the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.680 - AN ACT RELATING TO RECORDS AND APPEALS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT DECISIONS MADE BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-680.pdf
This bill proposes to permit the Department for Children and Families (DCF) to consult the Vulnerable Adult Protection Registry when considering an application for expungement; to permit DCF to deny an application for expungement solely on the number or severity of substantiations; and to foreclose the right to appeal DCF decisions to the Human Services Board concerning whether an assessment or investigation was undertaken and the child protection level assigned to a substantiated case.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.690 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF SERIOUS FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-690.pdf
This bill proposes to amend the definition of “serious functional impairment” to specify that the designation only applies to persons residing within a correctional facility.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Institutions.

H.694 - AN ACT RELATING TO EXEMPTING CERTAIN FORMS OF INCOME FOR PERMANENTLY AND TOTALLY DISABLED VETERANS FROM THE CALCULATION OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-694.pdf
This bill proposes to exempt disability and pension income for permanently and totally disabled veterans from the calculation of household income for the purpose of determining income sensitivity property tax adjustments.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.699 - AN ACT RELATING TO TEMPORARY HOUSING
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-699.pdf
This bill proposes to require that participants who are eligible for temporary housing do not have to spend any of their own income on the temporary housing.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.705 - AN ACT RELATING TO REPEALING THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE OMBUDSMAN STATUTE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-705.pdf
This bill proposes to repeal the statute that establishes the Mental Health Care Ombudsman and make the Health Care Advocate responsible for oversight of legal protections for persons receiving mental health care.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.710 - AN ACT RELATING TO MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR ACUPUNCTURE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-710.pdf
This bill proposes to provide Medicaid coverage for acupuncture services.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.712 - AN ACT RELATING TO A STUDY OF A NONCRIMINAL, PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO ILLICIT DRUG USE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-712.pdf
This bill proposes to direct the Office of Legislative Council to examine the issue of a noncriminal, public health approach to low-level possession and use of illicit drugs in Vermont and to report its findings to the General Assembly on or before January 15, 2015.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.713 - AN ACT RELATING TO REPORTING OF ASSAULTS ON CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-713.pdf
This bill proposes to require the Commissioner of Corrections to report the number of assaults by offenders against correctional officers, staff, and other persons lawfully present in a correctional facility.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Institutions.

H.728 - AN ACT RELATING TO DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES’ SYSTEM OF CARE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-728.pdf
This bill proposes to remove the requirement that the Commissioner of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living set priorities for developmental services based on available funds. It also identifies certain categories within the system of care plan that must be adopted by rule prior to taking effect.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.750 - AN ACT RELATING TO PROVIDING ADULT ABUSE REGISTRY INFORMATION TO HOUSING AUTHORITIES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-750.pdf
This bill proposes to make information from the Adult Abuse Registry available to local and regional housing authorities.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.755 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION CONVERSION THERAPY ON MINORS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-755.pdf
This bill proposes to prohibit mental health care providers from practicing sexual orientation conversion therapy on patients younger than 18 years of age.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.761 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A VULNERABLE ADULT FATALITY REVIEW TEAM
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-761.pdf
This bill proposes to establish a Vulnerable Adult Fatality Review Team.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.774 - AN ACT RELATING TO SENTENCING GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR JUVENILES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-774.pdf
This bill proposes to permit a person to ask a court to review a sentence imposed for a crime the person committed before turning 18 years of age, require a court to consider mitigating factors when sentencing a juvenile whose case has been transferred from the Family Division to the Criminal Division, and eliminate life without parole as a sentencing option for crimes committed before a defendant turns 18.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.790 - AN ACT RELATING TO REACH UP ELIGIBILITY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-790.pdf
This bill proposes to disregard the value of a participating family’s assets and a certain percentage of a participating family’s earned income for the purpose of determining eligibility and benefits in the Reach Up program.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.795 - AN ACT RELATING TO VICTIM’S COMPENSATION AND RESTITUTION PROCEDURES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-795.pdf
This bill proposes to enhance the procedures for compensating crime victims and collection restitution as recommended by the Study Committee on Future Funding for the Vermont Center for Crime Victims Services.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.830 - AN ACT RELATING TO AUTHORITY OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-830.pdf
This bill proposes to allow other health care providers to have the same authority as physicians in certain instances.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health Care.


2013-14 Vermont Legislative Review- Bills Introduced- Senate

S.171 – AN ACT RELATING TO CREDIT TOWARD A SENTENCE FOR TIME SPENT IN CUSTODY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-171.pdf
This bill proposes to clarify that,               for purposes of sentence calculation, credit toward service of a sentence for any days spent in custody shall include only time spent in a correctional facility.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.173 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE PURCHASE OF HEALTH INSURANCE OUTSIDE THE EXCHANGE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-173.pdf
This bill proposes to enable individuals and small groups to purchase health insurance outside the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange through December 31, 2014.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.174 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE EVIDENTIARY RULES GOVERNING PROCEEDINGS CONCERNING A CHILD OR PERSON WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY WHO IS A VICTIM OF AN OFFENSE INVOLVING BODILY INJURY OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-174.pdf
This bill proposes to expand the hearsay exception under specific circumstances to include statements made by a child or person with a mental illness or developmental disability who is a victim of a crime involving bodily injury or serious bodily injury; expand the application of Rule 807 of the Rules of Evidence regarding testimony of a child or person with a mental illness or developmental disability to include cases involving bodily injury or serious bodily injury; prohibit the taking of a deposition of a child who is a victim of a physical assault except by agreement of the parties or after court approval; and require a hearing before a court may issue a subpoena for a victim’s personal records.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.179 – AN ACT RELATING TO POSTCONVICTION ELIGIBILITY FOR REACH UP BENEFITS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-179.pdf
This bill proposes to disqualify a Reach Up participant who is completing a sentence for certain drug-related felony convictions from receiving Reach Up benefits if the participant is not in compliance with parole or probation conditions.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.180 – AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL THREATENING
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-180.pdf
This bill proposes to establish the crime of criminal threatening.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.184 – AN ACT RELATING TO EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION POLICY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-184.pdf
This bill proposes to require all law enforcement agencies to adopt a model eyewitness identification policy.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.185 – AN ACT RELATING TO IN-STATE RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES PROVIDING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-185.pdf
This bill proposes to require that a student receiving State funds in connection with an individualized education program (IEP) who is in need of residential placement shall be enrolled in a Vermont facility unless there is no in-state facility that can provide the services required by the IEP. It would not require a student who is currently enrolled outside Vermont to enroll in a Vermont facility.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

S.195 – AN ACT RELATING TO INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTIONS FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT, AND CREATING A NEW CRIME OF AGGRAVATED DISORDERLY CONDUCT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-195.pdf
This bill proposes to increase the penalties for second or subsequent convictions for disorderly conduct, and to create a new crime of aggravated disorderly conduct.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.197 – AN ACT RELATING TO AGENCY ERROR IN THE 3SQUARESVT PROGRAM
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-197.pdf
This bill proposes that the Department for Children and Families be required to renegotiate its 3SquaresVT Claims Plan with the federal Food and Nutrition Service to assume responsibility for the payment of claims resulting from agency error.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.219 – AN ACT RELATING TO SOBER HOUSES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-219.pdf
This bill proposes to create a voluntary regulatory system for sober houses operating in the State of Vermont.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.233 – AN ACT RELATING TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION MEDICAL EXAMINATION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-233.pdf
This bill proposes to require a workers’ compensation medical examination to take place within a 50-mile radius of the residence of the injured worker.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.236 – AN ACT RELATING TO PRESCRIPTION REFILL SYNCHRONIZATION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-236.pdf
This bill proposes to coordinate a patient’s prescribed medications for chronic conditions to allow all of the prescriptions to be refilled on the same date each month.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.251 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEFERRAL OF PROPERTY TAXES FOR TAXPAYERS 65 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-251.pdf
This bill proposes to allow taxpayers 65 years of age and over to defer their property taxes until death.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.255 – AN ACT RELATING TO PAID ABSENCE FROM WORK FOR HEALTH CARE AND SAFETY
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-255.pdf
This bill proposes to ensure that all employees shall accrue a minimum number of paid hours annually so they can take paid time from work to take care of their own health and safety needs and those of their families.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

S.262 – AN ACT RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT RECORD DISCLOSURE AND CHILD SUPPORT
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-262.pdf
This bill proposes to disclose the employment and unemployment records of a child support payor or recipient, or of a party to a child support action, to the other party.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

S.267 – AN ACT RELATING TO A STUDY OF STAFF SECURE RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS AND THE WOODSIDE JUVENILE REHABILITATION CENTER
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-267.pdf
This bill proposes to establish a study committee to review the operations of the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center and other staff secure residential programs.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.271 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE REORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, AND DISABILITIES, AGING, AND INDEPENDENT LIVING
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-271.pdf
This bill proposes to transfer the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs from the Department of Health to the Department of Mental Health and to transfer responsibility for the Traumatic Brain Injury Program and Developmental Disability Services from the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living to the Department of Mental Health, and rename the latter accordingly.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.272 – AN ACT RELATING TO DETENTION OF PUBLIC INEBRIATES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-272.pdf
This bill proposes to extend the date after which public inebriates will no longer be permitted to be detained in a correctional facility.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.273 – AN ACT RELATING TO MODIFICATION OF AN ORDER TERMINATING PARENTAL RIGHTS
 http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-273.pdf
This bill proposes to establish that the Court may amend, modify, set aside, or vacate an order for termination of parental rights on the grounds that a change in circumstances requires such action to serve the best interests of the child.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.274 – AN ACT RELATING TO CONFIDENTIALITY OF ARREST INFORMATION CONCERNING A MINOR
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-274.pdf
This bill proposes to make the record of an arrest or citation of a minor confidential unless and until the State charges the minor with the offense in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.275 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE COURT’S JURISDICTION OVER YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-275.pdf
This bill proposes to extend the jurisdiction of the Court over youthful offenders from 22 years of age to 23 years of age consistent with 33 V.S.A. § 5204a.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.277 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE USE OF VIDEO CONFERENCING IN AN EMERGENCY RELIEF FROM ABUSE HEARING AND STORAGE OF FIREARMS SURRENDERED PURSUANT TO A RELIEF FROM ABUSE ORDER
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-277.pdf
This bill proposes to allow the use of video conferencing technology in an emergency hearing for a temporary relief from abuse order and to establish procedures for the storage of firearms surrendered pursuant to a relief from abuse order.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.282 – AN ACT RELATING TO BAIL CONDITION RELATED TO RELEASE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-282.pdf
This bill proposes to permit the court to order as a condition of release that the defendant be released into the custody of a responsible adult only if the defendant is under 18 years of age.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.285 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE FURLOUGH OF OFFENDERS 65 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-285.pdf
This bill proposes to extend furlough automatically to an offender who has served his or her minimum sentence and has reached 65 years of age.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.286 – AN ACT RELATING TO AN ASSAULT OF A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-286.pdf
This bill proposes to require that an assault of a correctional officer be subject to penalties in addition to those otherwise required by law.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.287 – AN ACT RELATING TO INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT AND MEDICATION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-287.pdf
This bill proposes a number of changes to the procedures for involuntary treatment and medication. Specifically, it proposes to substitute a mandatory preliminary hearing for a voluntary preliminary hearing, create an expedited application for involuntary treatment, enable joint filing of certain applications for involuntary treatment and petitions for involuntary medication, and eliminate automatic stays and automatic stays pending appeal for orders of involuntary medication.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.291 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TRANSITION UNITS AT STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-291.pdf
This bill proposes to establish transition units at each State correctional facility for offenders granted reintegration furloughs.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.295 – AN ACT RELATING TO PRETRIAL SERVICES, RISK ASSESSMENTS, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-295.pdf
This bill proposes to require the Court to order pretrial screening for a defendant who may be appropriate for substance abuse treatment and permit the Court to order an assessment if warranted by the screening; require the Department of Corrections to establish risk and need assessment tools for use in Vermont for use in the various decision points in the criminal justice system; require the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs to submit a report to the General Assembly regarding alternative programs and services currently available in each county and a plan for implementing a sequential intercept model in each county.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.296 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEFENDER GENERAL’S DUTY TO INVESTIGATE ISSUES RELATED TO THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELFARE OF INMATES IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-296.pdf
This bill proposes to clarify the Defender General’s duty to investigate issues related to the health, safety, and welfare of inmates in correctional facilities and the role of other government agencies in assisting with this responsibility.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Institutions.

S.300 – AN ACT RELATING TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE TESTING AND TREATMENT FOR RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-300.pdf
This bill proposes to require drug testing for recipients of public assistance and to offer voluntary, and in some cases mandatory, substance abuse treatment for recipients whose test results are positive.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.303 – AN ACT RELATING TO A NONCUSTODIAL PARENT’S ACCESS TO RECORDS AND INFORMATION
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-303.pdf
This bill proposes to clarify existing rights of noncustodial parents to have access to the records of their minor child regardless of their award of parental rights and responsibilities.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.307 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENT OF VERMONT’S PUBLIC BENEFIT STRUCTURE
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-307.pdf
This bill proposes that the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access contract with an independent consultant to reduce the benefit cliffs imposed by Vermont’s public benefit structure.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.309 – AN ACT RELATING TO EMERGENCY INVOLUNTARY PROCEDURES
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/S-309.pdf
This bill proposes to require that a psychiatrist order emergency involuntary procedures in psychiatric hospital units and in some circumstances at the secure residential recovery facility. It also requires the Department of Mental Health to establish protocols for individuals received in an emergency department during a mental health crisis.
Current Status: Read first time and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

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