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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 prohibit a person from being intoxicated in a public place if as a result of the intoxication the person is: (1) unable to exercise care for his or her own safety or the safety of others; or (2) interferes with, obstructs, or prevents the use of a street, sidewalk, or other public way.
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.

H.103 An act relating to psychological abuse
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0103/H-0103%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to allow a person to obtain a relief from abuse order against a family or household member based upon psychological abuse.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.112 An act relating to access to financial records in adult protective services investigations
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0112/H-0112%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to provide law enforcement officers and adult protective services investigators with access to the financial records of alleged victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. It would require the custodian of the financial records of a vulnerable adult to make those records available to a law enforcement officer or adult protective services investigator.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.114 An act relating to the standard for substantiation of child abuse or neglect
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0114/H-0114%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to change the standard for substantiation of child abuse from a reasonable person standard to a preponderance of the evidence.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.118 An act relating to the definition of household income
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0118/H-0118%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to make several changes to the definition of household income used for calculating income sensitivity adjustments.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Ways & Means.

H.121 An act relating to the use of criminal records in employment decisions
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0121/H-0121%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to prohibit inquiries about the criminal history of an applicant for employment on their initial job application and to require employers that make an adverse hiring or employment decision based on an applicant or employee’s criminal history to provide the affected applicant or employee with written notice of the reason for the adverse decision and a copy of his or her criminal record.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on General, Housing & Military Affairs.

H.279 An act relating to recording of criminal and civil offenses by law enforcement officers
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0279/H 0279%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require law enforcement agencies to ensure that law enforcement officers engaged in law enforcement activities are equipped with a video recording device on the officer’s person or vehicle. The bill also proposes to require a law enforcement officer to record on video any interaction with a person who the officer has reasonable suspicion to believe is committing a crime or civil  violation. Video recording is not required under exigent circumstances or if video equipment is unavailable or malfunctioning. The bill proposes to require a law enforcement officer operating a vehicle containing a video recording device to turn the device on whenever the vehicle’s blue lights are in operation.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

H.294 An act relating to the right to appeal a child abuse or neglect determination made by the Department for Children and Families
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0294/H-0294%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to eliminate the intermediate appeal to the Human Services Board in cases challenging the Department for Children and Families decision to place a person’s name on the Child Protection Registry. The Department’s decision could be appealed directly to the Supreme Court.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.299 An act relating to the implementation of trauma screening and the prevention and treatment of adverse childhood experiences
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0299/H-0299%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to create a trauma-informed service director in the Agency of Human Services. It also proposes to establish a pilot program that partners prenatal care providers with parent-child centers, as well as a pilot program in a federally qualified health center. The bill proposes to encourage the use of adverse childhood experience screening tools by training family wellness coaches, incentivizing provider use, incorporating education in medical and nursing school curricula, and assessing regional capacity for program growth.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.307 An act relating to access to personnel records
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0307/H-0307%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to permit current and former employees to access their personnel records.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs.

H.313 An act relating to parking for persons with disabilities
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0313/H-0313%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to clarify the law governing parking in spaces designated for persons with disabilities so that a person who drives a person with a disability may, if the vehicle has a placard, park for free, and park in spaces designated for persons with disabilities, to the same extent as if the vehicle were parked by the person with a disability..
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

H.318 An act relating to discouraging the non-emergency use of emergency departments by Medicaid beneficiaries
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0318/H-0318%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to discourage the non-emergency use of hospital emergency departments by:
1. increasing Medicaid co-payments for the non-emergency use of hospital emergency departments and reducing the Medicaid co-payments for primary care services; 2. providing a 24-hour nurse hotline for Medicaid beneficiaries; 3. ensuring that all Medicaid beneficiaries have a patient-centered medical home through the Blueprint for Health; and 4. directing the Department of Vermont Health Access to notify Medicaid beneficiaries of the non-emergency health care resources in their community.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.329 An act relating to the interstate Health Care Compact
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0329/H-0329%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to enact the interstate Health Care Compact in Vermont.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Health Care.

H.333 An act relating to enhancing eligibility and work incentives for the Medicaid for Working Persons with Disabilities program
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0333/H-0333%20As%20Introduced.pdf
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.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.334 An act relating to proof of Vermont residency for public assistance
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0334/H-0334%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to require applicants for public assistance to prove, under penalties of perjury, that they are Vermont residents.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.336 An act relating to rental housing
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0336/H-0336%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to establish minimum habitability standards for rental housing.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs.

H.343 An act relating to the provision of traumatic brain injury services to family members of active duty Service members
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0343/H-0343%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to allow the dependent family member of an active duty Service member to apply and remain on the waitlist for traumatic brain injury services funded by Vermont’s home and community-based services Medicaid waiver while the Service member is assigned to military duty outside the State.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Human Services.

H.347 An act relating to election day registration
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0347/H-0347%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to amend voter registration laws to allow a person to register to vote through the day of an election.
Current Status:  Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Government Operations.


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.

S.60 An act relating to payment for medical examinations for victims of sexual assault
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0060/S-0060%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to reduce the cost of medical examinations for victims of sexual assault. It would reduce the amount the State pays health care facilities and health care providers for examinations and other medical care provided to victims of crime and require facilities and providers to bill the victim’s health insurance first. It would also require hospitals, health insurers, Medicaid, and the Center for Crime Victim Services to enter into a memorandum of understanding in order to protect the confidentiality of victims of sexual assault.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Health & Welfare.

S.62 An act relating to surrogate decision making for do-not-resuscitate orders and clinician orders for life-sustaining treatment
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0062/S-0062%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to authorize an individual who is not a principal or agent named in an advance directive, a patient, or a guardian to give or withhold consent on behalf of a patient who lacks capacity for a do-not-resuscitate order or a clinician order for life-sustaining treatment.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Health & Welfare.

S.63 An act relating to reinstating the Health Care Oversight and Mental Health Oversight Committees
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0063/S-0063%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to reinstate the Health Care Oversight Committee permanently and the Mental Health Oversight Committee for one year.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Health & Welfare.

S.107 An act relating to the Agency of Health Care Administration
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0107/S-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to create an Agency of Health Care Administration.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Government Operations.

S.108 An act relating to repealing the sunset on provisions pertaining to patient choice at end of life
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0108/S-0108%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to repeal the July 1, 2016 sunset and continue providing immunity for physicians who follow a specific process to prescribe medication to a patient with a terminal condition for the purpose of hastening the patient’s death. The bill would also repeal provisions scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2016 that provide immunity for physicians who prescribe a dose of medication that may be lethal to a patient, in the event that the patient later takes a lethal dose of the medication.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Health and Welfare.

S.115 An act relating to expungement of convictions based on conduct that is no longer criminal
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0115/S-0115%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to permit expungement of a criminal conviction within one year of the conviction if the conduct on which the conviction was based is no longer criminal.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Judiciary.

S.116 An act relating to rights of offenders in the custody of the Department of Corrections
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/S-0116/S-0116%20As%20Introduced.pdf
This bill proposes to make various changes to laws related to the rights of offenders in custody of the Department of Corrections.
Current Status: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Institutions.

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