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Bills of interest

Listed below are the Bills of Interest from the 2017 Legislative Session.

2017 Vermont Legislative Review- Bills Introduced- House

H.1 An act relating to the exemption from State taxation of Social Security payments.
Introduced by Representative McFaun of Barre Town
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to exempt fully from State taxation payments made under the Social Security Act.
Link to H.1

H. 23 An act relating to building resilience for persons experiencing adverse childhood experiences.
Introduced by Representatives Till of Jericho, Donovan of Burlington, Dunn of Essex, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, LaLonde of South Burlington, Macaig of Williston, McCullough of Williston,  Morris of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Potter of Clarendon, Rachelson of Burlington, Squirrell of Underhill, Stuart of Brattleboro, Sullivan of Burlington, Webb of Shelburne, Yacovone of Morristown, Yantachka of Charlotte, and Young of Glover
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish various initiatives focused on building resilience among individuals who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.
Link to H.23

H.25 An act relating to sexual assault survivors’ rights.
Introduced by Representatives Grad of Moretown, Conquest of Newbury, LaLonde of South Burlington, and Morris of Bennington
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish the rights of a sexual assault survivor relating to the collection and retention of evidence and the provision of information regarding the collection of evidence and options and services available to the survivor.
Link to H.25

H.27 An act relating to eliminating the statute of limitations on prosecutions for sexual assaults.
Introduced by Representatives Grad of Moretown and Morris of Bennington
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to eliminate the statute of limitations on prosecutions for sexual assault and extend the statute of limitations for violations of 13 V.S.A. chapter 64, sexual exploitation of children.
Link to H.27

H. 29 An act relating to permitting Medicare supplemental plans to offer expense discounts.
Introduced by Representatives Trieber of Rockingham, Scheuermann of Stowe, Nolan of Morristown, Ode of Burlington, Olsen of Londonderry, Partridge of Windham, and Wright of Burlington
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to permit Medicare supplemental plans to offer discounts that are designed to encourage timely, full payment of premiums.
Link to H.29

H. 30 An act relating to dissolution of the Green Mountain Care Board.
Introduced by Representatives Hubert of Milton, Ainsworth of Royalton, Batchelor of Derby, Beck of St. Johnsbury, Beyor of Highgate, Frenier of Chelsea, Gage of Rutland City, Graham of Williamstown, Higley of Lowell, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lefebvre of Newark, Lewis of Berlin, Morrissey of Bennington, Pearce of Richford, Quimby of Concord, Rosenquist of Georgia, Savage of Swanton, Smith of Derby, Smith of New  Haven, Tate of Mendon, and Viens of Newport City
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to dissolve and defund the Green Mountain Care Board and transfer many of its duties, including health insurance rate review and oversight over certificates of need and hospital budgets, to the Department of Financial Regulation.
Link to H.30

H. 32 An act relating to the provision of traumatic brain injury services to family members of active duty service members.
Introduced by Representatives Grad of Moretown and Strong of Albany
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: 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.
Link to H.32


H. 86 An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to regulate  vision insurance plans as health insurance.
Link to H.86

H. 90 An act relating to providing health coverage for hearing aids.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require health insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids and related services. It would also establish the Hearing Aid Assistance Program to provide Vermont residents with low income who are on Medicare with financial assistance for  costs associated with hearing aids.
Link to H.90

H. 94 An act relating to exempting certain forms of income from the calculation of household income for veterans who are permanently and totally disabled
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to exempt disability and pension income for veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from the calculation of household income for the purpose of determining income sensitivity property tax adjustments.
Link to H.94

H. 124 An act relating to mental health insurance benefits.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: 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.
Link to H.124

H. 145 An act relating to establishing the Mental Health Crisis Response Commission
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish the Mental Health Crisis Response Commission for the purpose of reviewing fatalities and serious bodily injuries that occur during interactions between law enforcement and persons demonstrating symptoms of mental illness.
Link to H.145

H. 196 An act relating to paid family leave.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a Family Leave Insurance Program within the Department of Labor that will provide employees with 12 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.
Link to H.196

H. 175 An act relating to including psychological abuse as the basis for obtaining a civil abuse protection order.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow a person to obtain a relief from abuse order against a family or household member based upon psychological abuse.
Link to H.175

H. 184 An act relating to evaluation of suicide profiles.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Department of Mental Health to evaluate the profile and factors related to each suicide in the State.
Link to H.184
 
H. 196 An act relating to paid family leave.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a Family Leave Insurance Program within the Department of Labor that will provide employees with 12 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.
Link to H.196

H. 197 An act relating to mental health parity for workers’ compensation.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide workers’ compensation coverage for mental conditions that result from workplace conditions that are a characteristic of or peculiar to a particular occupation.
Link to H.197

H. 201 An act relating to length of stay at designated shelters.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend the length of time that a child may remain at a shelter designated by the Commissioner for Children and Families from seven to 21 days.
Link to H.201

H. 206 An act relating to adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualified medical conditions for therapeutic use of cannabis and waiving the three-month professional–patient relationship requirement for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualified medical conditions for therapeutic use of cannabis and to waive the three-month professional–patient relationship requirement for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, provided the patient has a documented diagnosis from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Link to H.206

H. 207 An act relating to therapeutic use of marijuana for relieving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder to use marijuana for therapeutic purposes to relieve symptoms of the disorder and to allow a psychologist to sign the medical verification form for a registry applicant.
Link to H.207

H.221 An act relating to an income tax deduction for home modifications required by a disability or physical hardship.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a State income tax deduction to mitigate the expense of home modifications required by a disability or physical hardship. The deduction is for a percentage of the expense or $9,000.00, whichever is less. The percentage of the deduction that may be taken varies depending on the income of the person claiming the deduction.
Link to H.221

H.223 An act relating to employee classification and transitional assistance for beneficiaries of public assistance.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend the definitions related to independent contractors in the workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance laws to: provide for notice of the requirements regarding employee classification at worksites; permit the Department of Labor to enter an employer’s premises for the purposes of investigating compliance with the workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation statutes; permit the Department to obtain an injunction to enforce a stop-work order related to a violation of the workers’ compensation statute; clarify the requirements for consultation regarding debarment of employers that have violated the wage and hour, workers’ compensation, or unemployment compensation statutes; create an Employee Classification Task Force and; provide beneficiaries of public assistance programs with transitional assistance once they begin earning income, in order to enable their transition from public assistance to the workforce.
Link to H.223

H. 230 An act relating to consent by minors for mental health treatment related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow minors to consent to mental health treatment for any condition related to the minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Link to H.230

H. 236 An act relating to funding the Vermont Traumatic Brain Injury Fund.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a funding mechanism for the Vermont Traumatic Brain Injury Fund established in 33 V.S.A. § 7801 by increasing surcharges for moving violations.
Link to H.236

H. 245 An act relating to residential treatment units within the Department of Corrections.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: 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.245

2017 Vermont Legislative Review- Bills Introduced- Senate

S. 3 An act relating to mental health professionals’ duty to warn.
Introduced by Senators Sears, Ayer, and White
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to impose a duty 7 on mental health professionals to take reasonable precautions when a patient 8 poses an imminent risk of serious danger to a reasonably identifiable victim.
Link to S.3

S. 7 An act relating to deferred sentences and the sex offender registry.
Introduced by Senators Benning and Sears
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to clarify that the name of a sex offender whose sentence is deferred is not placed on the sex offender registry unless the offender violates the terms of the deferred sentence agreement and is sentenced on the conviction.
Link to S.7

S. 14 An act relating to expanding the Vermont Practitioner Recovery Network.
Introduced by Senator Sears

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to expand the Vermont Practitioner Recovery Network to include treatment for psychiatric disabilities in addition to substance use.
Link to S.14

S. 40 An act relating to increasing the minimum wage.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase the minimum wage so that it reaches $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2022.
Link to S.40

S. 61 An act relating to offenders with mental illness.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to direct courts to appoint specialized mental health counsel to proceedings involving a person found incompetent to stand trial; change the definition of segregation to allow inmates requiring treatment to be kept in treatment settings; and require the Department of Corrections to provide evaluation, treatment, and services to those inmates who require them.
Link to S.61

S. 82 An act relating to paid family leave. Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a Family Leave Insurance Program within the Department of Labor that will provide employees with 12 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 extend coverage to additional employees, to clarify certain provisions, and to create an exemption from the law’s rehiring requirements for employers that employ the equivalent of four or fewer full-time employees.
Link to S.82

 

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