We are now heavily into the throes of the legislative season; having just wrapped up our 3rd week. COVID-19 obviously remains the biggest topic and is on the forefront of the Administration’s minds and agenda. Speaking of which, starting Monday Jan. 25, those 75 and older can go to healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine and sign up to receive the vaccine. Those immunizations are going to be administered starting Jan. 27. From there the plan is to keep rolling backwards, age-wise, in 5-10 year increments as more vaccine is received.
There have now been over 100 bills introduced in the House and more come out daily. H.48, an Act relating to authorizing alternative procedures for 2021 annual municipal meetings in response to COVID-19, passed the House two weeks ago and was signed into law this past week by the Governor. Towns now have the ability to utilize maximum flexibility with their Town Meeting Days and ways of voting that are permitted.
Another bill that is working it’s way through the Legislative process is Senate Bill 9 (S.9). The House amended the original bill with minor changes and sent it back to the Senate. If ultimately passed, this bill will extend the Commissioner of Labor’s authority to waive or amend certain workers’ compensation related deadlines and requirements during a state of emergency related to COVID-19. The proposed date of this extension would be July 1st, 2021. I would expect the Senate to likely move forward with the minor administrative changes the House made and send it forward to the Governor for signing (which I expect he’ll do).
My Committee, House Corrections and Institutions, took a lot of testimony on several topics that we are addressing. Some topics were: alternatives for the Woodside Juvenile Detention Facility; Act 148 - an act related to Justice Reinvestment; testimony from the Corrections Union on work scheduling and continued work on the Capital Bill which falls in our purview. As always, feel free to reach out to me at.
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