Week 7 – Voting Record

It’s important that you know where I stand on issues that come before the legislature. Below is a weekly summary of the votes I took in the previous week. I will provide weekly updates so you can review my record. My goal is transparency. If you have any questions about a vote, please email me at dylan@vtdylan.com or call (802) 734-8841.

All information on floor debates is available by viewing the House Journals available here. Once you’ve navigated to the General Assembly’s website linked above, select the relevant floor session date. There you can review details about the debate, Representative’s floor statements, vote totals and more.

Tuesday, February 14 — View full Journal

  • No bills debated on the floor

Wednesday, February 15 — View full Journal

  • H.75 – An act relating to government accountability and the state outcomes report
    • voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) which was supported by the Government Operations Committee, to improve and update the criterion used for performance measures. The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.238 – An act relating to modernizing and reorganizing Title 7
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) because the State’s liquor laws are extremely outdated and require updating to adapt to modern needs. Once passed, the bill will address key needs including:
      • Eliminating references to obsolete provisions
      • Various style and technical changes
      • Updating various definitions
      • Relocating sections for technical purposes
      • Addressing the sale large quantities of cider
      • Clarifies special event criteria
      • Updates “tastings” sections
      • Technical changes to home brewing definitions
      • Amends purchasing and procurement, moving authority from BGS to DLC.
      • Codifies session law to clarify transfer of property
      • Removes outdated sections
      • Creation of a special vending definition
  • H.55 – An act relating to appointing public defenders for accused persons 25 years of age or less
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) because young Vermonters should be able to access counsel. Too often, young people accused of a crime receive heavy sentences that can carry long lasting collaterals consequences. The report of the Judiciary Committee made clear that there would be no cost for providing public defenders for accused persons 25 of age or less. The bill received unanimous support.

Thursday, February 16 — View full Journal

  • H.55 – An act relating to appointing public defenders for accused persons 25 years of age or less
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) and on to the Senate for the reasons listed above under February 15. The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.75 – An act relating to government accountability and the state outcomes report
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) and on to the Senate for the reasons listed above under February 15. The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.238 – An act relating to modernizing and reorganizing Title 7
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) and on to the Senate for the reasons listed above under February 15. Prior to final passage, Rep. Olsen offered an amendment to legalize “happy hour” on beer and wine products solid in a Vermont bar or restaurant. While this proposal was intriguing, members of the Committee that offered H.238 unanimously advised the House to vote against the “happy hour” amendment. The House declined to adopt the “happy hour” provisions by a vote of 69-49. I voted no. While I do think it is appropriate to have a policy conversation about whether businesses should be able to provide happy hour specials, I do not think it is appropriate to add it at the last minute to an omnibus bill that deals primarily with technical changes.
  • H.27 – An act relating to eliminating the statute of limitations for prosecutions for sexual assault
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). The bill extends the timeframe for prosecution for certain crimes, including sexual assault, sexual assault of a vulnerable adults, and the sexual exploitation of children. I voted yes to ensure those who commit acts of sexual violence are held accountable under the law. The bill   received unanimous support.
  • H.25 – An act relating to sexual assault survivors’ rights
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). The bill sets forth a bill of rights for survivors of sexual violence. No one who is victimized.  should be put through a callous legal process. I voted yes to provide critical protections for survivors of sexual assault. The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.74 – An act relating to a nonconsensual sexual conduct
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). The bill creates a new “lewd conduct” misdemeanor charge. The new standard is necessary because there currently is no lesser charge for certain crimes dealing with lewd behavior. The Judiciary Committee unanimously supported the bill. The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.35 – An act relating to the uniform voidable transactions act
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). The bill standardizes language as proposed by the Uniform Law Commission. The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.125 – An act relating to fiscal year 2017 budget adjustments
    • The Senate proposed several amendments to the budget adjustment bill that the House passed on January 27. I voted to support this bill and concur with the Senate proposal of amendment. The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.R. 10 – House resolution relating to policies and procedures for the Orange-1 legislative recount
    • This resolution dealt with the rules and procedures developed by a tripartisan group of Representatives to conduct a recount of the House race in the Orange-1 legislative district. I believe that the Government Operations Committee’s unanimous support for the rules and procedures demonstrate a shift in the tone surrounding the debate of whether the House should conduct a recount. Indeed, the Minority Leader, Rep. Don Turner, indicated his intent to vote to approve the rules and procedures. While the final voice vote was not unanimous, I am hopeful that the recount will go smoothly and that participants will uphold their constitutional obligations.

Friday, February 17 — View full Journal

  • H.25 – An act relating to sexual assault survivors’ rights
  • Prior to taking a final vote, I joined the body to support an amendment, offered by Rep. Anne Donahue, to clarify a definition. I voted to support the amended bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.27 – An act relating to eliminating the statute of limitations for prosecutions for sexual assault
    • I voted to support the amended bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons outlined on February 16 (see above). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.74 – An act relating to a nonconsensual sexual conduct
    • I voted to support the amended bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons outlined on February 16 (see above).
  • H.35 – An act relating to the uniform voidable transactions act
    • I voted to support the amended bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons outlined on February 16 (see above). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.125 – An act relating to fiscal year 2017 budget adjustments
    • The Senate proposed several amendments to the budget adjustment bill that the House passed on January 27. I voted to support this bill and concur with the Senate proposal of amendment. The bill received unanimous support.