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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

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

 

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