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Bills of interest

Listed below are the Bills of Interest from the 2015 Legislative Session.

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2015 Vermont Legislative Review- Bills Introduced- House

H.1 An act relating to establishing and regulating licensed dental practitioners
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0001/H-0001%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to establish and regulate licensed dental practitioners
Current Status: Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

H.16 An act relating to requiring an inmate to report to the Sex Offender Registry prior to release from a correctional facility
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0016/H-0016%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require a sex offender who serves his or her maximum sentence to register with the Department of Public Safety as a sex offender prior to the offender’s release from a correctional facility.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.19 An act relating to health insurance coverage for hearing aids
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0019/H-0019%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require health insurance coverage for hearing aids and to direct the Green Mountain Care Board to consider including coverage for hearing aids as part of Green Mountain Care.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.31 An act relating to establishing the crime of public intoxication
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0031/H-0031%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require a sex offender who serves his or her maximum sentence to register with the Department of Public Safety as a sex offender prior to the offender’s release from a correctional facility.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.41 An act relating to requiring that mandated reporters report all allegations of child sexual abuse to the Department for Children and Families
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0041/H-0041%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require that mandated reporters shall report all allegations of child sexual abuse to the Department for Children and Families.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.45 An act relating to Vermont Prescription Monitoring System reporting
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0045/H-0045%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require opioid treatment programs authorized by the Department of Health to report to the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System when methadone or medication containing buprenorphine is first dispensed to a patient or when the patient’s prescription is altered.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.46 An act relating to the creation of a Vulnerable Adult Fatality Review Team
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0046/H-0046%20As%20Introduced.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.47 An act relating to voting by mail
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0047/H-0047%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require a town clerk to mail an early voter absentee ballot to each registered voter of the town.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

H.60 An act relating to developing a supported State-based marketplace exchange
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0060/H-0060%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to direct the Secretary of Administration or designee to develop a plan to transition the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange from a fully State-based exchange to a supported State-based marketplace exchange.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Health Care.


2015 Vermont Legislative Review- Bills Introduced- Senate

S.4 An act relating to notification prior to sale of firearms relinquished pursuant to relief from abuse orders
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0004/S-0004%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require personal service notification prior to sale of firearms relinquished pursuant to a relief from abuse order.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Judiciary.

S.5 An act relating to notification of individuals placed in hospital observation status
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0005/S-0005%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require hospitals to provide notice to individuals placed in observation status and to alert individuals receiving observation services about the potential financial implications.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Health & Welfare.

S.6 An act relating to technical corrections to civil and criminal procedure statutes
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0006/S-0006%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to make several technical corrections related to civil and criminal procedure statutes.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Judiciary.

S.9 An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0009/S-0009%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to improve Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect by establishing a new crime of failure to protect a child; clarifying the jurisdiction of special investigative units and ensuring that these units investigate the most serious child abuse cases; allowing for postadoption contact agreements; amending definitions pertaining to child abuse and neglect; fostering better communication between all participants in the child protection system; ensuring that custody determinations are based on the best interests of a child; establishing a Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee, an Office of the Child Protection Advocate, and a working group to improve CHINS proceedings; and requiring the Department for Children and Families to improve its policies and procedures.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Judiciary.

S.10 An act relating to the State DNA database
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0010/S-0010%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require a DNA sample from a person convicted of any misdemeanor that carries a potential penalty of imprisonment.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Judiciary.

S.12 An act relating to the charging of fees for removing booking photographs from the Internet
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0012/S-0012%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to prohibit charging a fee to remove, correct, or refrain from posting or distributing a booking photograph on the Internet.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Judiciary.

S.13 An act relating to the Vermont Sex Offender Registry
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0013/S-0013%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes a number of changes intended to improve the efficiency and consistency of the Vermont Sex Offender Registry.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Judiciary.

S.21 An act relating to the purchase of health insurance across state lines
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0021/S-0021%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to allow Vermont residents to purchase health insurance plans that are offered in the other New England states and New York.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Finance.

S.23 An act relating to required disclosures for workers’ compensation settlements
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0023/S-0023%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to prevent an injured worker from agreeing to a final settlement of his or her workers’ compensation claim without being fully informed as to the terms and potential consequences of such an agreement.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Finance.

S.24 An act relating to disclosure of compliance with accessibility standards in the sale of residential construction
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0024/S-0024%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require disclosure of compliance with accessibility standards prior to the sale of residential construction.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs.

S.30 An act relating to establishing a prospective payment system for home health services
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0030/S-0030%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to direct the Agency of Human Services to adopt a prospective payment system for home health agencies for each 60-day episode of care.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Health & Welfare.

S.35 An act relating to access to Department for Children and Families’ records of abuse and neglect
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0035/S-0035%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to make changes to the confidentiality provisions of the Department for Children and Families’ records of abuse and neglect.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Judiciary.

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