Week 9 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 28 — View full Journal

  • I was not on the floor on this date, as the Education Committee worked through the floor to scrutinize the Agency of Education’s proposed budget.**

Wednesday, March 1 — View full Journal

  • I was not on the floor on this date due to illness.**

Thursday, March 2 — View full Journal

  • H.144 – An act relating to the membership of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval), as I think it is appropriate to amend the membership of the Panel to include appointees from Windham County, where Vermont’s only nuclear decommissioning site resides. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.495 – An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subject
    • I voted to support this omnibus agriculture bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval).
  • H.171 – An act relating to expungement
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). In matters of expungement of certain nonviolent records, I feel it is appropriate to streamline how an individual who has served their time can attain expungement. I voted against supporting an amendment proposed by Rep. Barbara Murphy that proposed increasing the number of years that an individual would have to wait prior to petitioning for expungement. Processes remain to facilitate expungement and there is no evidence that downward adjustments to the timeframe required to petition for expungement would caused an undue burden on Vermont’s criminal justice system. Likewise, I voted against Rep. Cynthia Browning’s amendment to narrow the types of individuals who could petition for expungement after saving their time. The courts who adjudicate crime often create processes to show that an individual has atoned for their offense. As Rep. LaLonde noted on the floor, the expungement process, and other steps to atone one’s crime(s), is a lengthy and complex set of steps. The conditions of probation, alone, are rigorous. As such, I voted yes with a majority of members on a voice vote.
  • H.297 – An act relating to miscellaneous court operation procedure.
    • I did not vote due to a meeting outside of the chamber.
  • H.493 – An act relating to relief from abuse orders
    • I did not vote due to a meeting outside of the chamber.
  • H.4 – An act relating to calculating time periods in court proceedings
    • I did not vote due to a meeting outside of the chamber.
  • H.50 – An act relating to extending the current expiration date of the telecommunications siting law
    • I did not vote due to a meeting outside of the chamber.

Friday, March 3 — View full Journal

  • H.493 – An act relating to relief from abuse orders
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) because, as with the other criminal justice reform that the House has taken up this session, I believe it is important that we modernize our judicial system. The bill passed with unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.50 – An act relating to extending the current expiration date of the telecommunications citing law
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). While I was not on the floor for the preliminary vote, this proposal was thoroughly vetted in committee and underwent several revisions prior to moving to the floor.
  • H.4 – An act relating to calculating time periods in court proceedings
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval), as I think it is important to modernize our judicial proceedings. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.495 – An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval).
  • H.497 – An act relating to health requirements for animals used in agriculture
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to address miscellaneous agricultural issues. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.5 – An act relating to investment of town cemetery funds
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update Vermont laws so municipalities can better invest their funds to maximize the dollars available to address cemetery needs. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.9 – An act relating to deferred sentences
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update Vermont law in the areas of deferred sentences. The bill received near unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.182 – An act relating to certain businesses regulated by the Department of Financial Regulation
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to improve lending statutes to ease interstate financial transactions and remove redundant State requirements, and to incorporate new standards for transmitting funds utilizing “virtual currency,” like bit coin. I also strongly support the consumer protection provisions in Secs. 13 and 24. The bill passed with unanimous support on a voice vote.

Note: To expedite the House’s work, Representatives unanimously agreed to suspend House Rules to expedite the following bills to final passage: H.5, H.9, H.182. H.497.