Week 11 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, March 21 — View full Journal

  • H.145 – An act relating to establishing the Mental Health Crisis Response Commission
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). It is critically important that we create structures to address mental health crises in our state, and assess if and where failures in our systems exist. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.29 – An act relating to permitting Medicare supplemental plans to offer expense discounts
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). This proposal allows a better process to ensure consistency in the Medicare market. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.22 – An act relating to the professional regulation of law enforcement officers by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). This proposal was created in a collaborative effort between law enforcement and State partners. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • S.13 – An act relating to fees and costs allowed at a tax sale
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.167 – An act relating to establishing drug possession thresholds to distinguish misdemeanor and felony crimes
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). More and more data suggests that status quo drug enforcement has not been an effective strategy for our communities. I support this measure to bring our laws more in line with the reality on the ground. The bill received mixed support on a voice vote.
  • H.152 – An act relating to the Vermont Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). This proposal updates law about what constitutes “protected” content. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.347 – An act relating to the State Telecommunications Plan
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). This proposal moves the state in the right direction to improve our communications network. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.422 – An act relating to confiscation of dangerous or deadly weapons from a person arrested or cited for domestic assault
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). Prior to voting, I consulted with the Attorney General and members of the Judiciary Committee. Whereas some advocates raised concerns about the intent of the legislation, the Attorney General’s office held that the proposal was constitutionally sound. Members of Judiciary further noted that the final bill was a compromise that moved from a “shall” to “may” proposal — in other words, the proposal carefully gives authority to law enforcement without mandating seizure of firearms in dangerous situations. After review, I feel that the bill is a reasonable proposal that was crafted to give law enforcement an additional tool in difficult situations. I sincerely hope that if it passes it reduces dangerous situations for Vermonters in crisis. The bill was adopted by a 78-67 vote. I voted yes.
  • H.136 – An act relating to accommodations for pregnant employees
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary (preliminary approval). The bill passed on a split voice vote. I voted yes.

Wednesday, March 22 — View full Journal

  • H.22 – An act relating to the professional regulation of law enforcement officers by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). Prior to passage, the Government Operations Committee offered up an amendment to create a reporting requirement. I supported the amendment and joined with the rest of the body to support the bill on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.29 – An act relating to permitting Medicare supplemental plans to offer expense discounts
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (see March 21). The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.136 – An act relating to accommodations for pregnant employees
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). There was extensive debate prior to the vote. In a day an age when most Vermonters agree we have a statewide need for working-age talent to fill jobs and grow our economy, I believe it is important that reasonable steps be taken to ensure all workers–particularly those who are pregnant–have adequate workplace accommodations so they can remain productive, contributing members of our workforce. Prior to the final vote, an amendment was put forth to refer the bill to the appropriations committee. I voted against the measure (the amendment failed 91-54) as I did not feel that the presenter of the amendment, nor others who spoke on its behalf, demonstrated cause for referral to appropriations. The bill passed by a 97 – 44 vote. I voted yes.
  • H.145 – An act relating to establishing the Mental Health Crisis Response Commission
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (see March 21). The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.167 – An act relating to establishing drug possession thresholds to distinguish misdemeanor and felony crimes
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage  (final approval) for the reasons listed above (see March 21). The bill received mixed support on a voice vote.
  • H.152 – An act relating to the Vermont Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (see March 21). The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.347 – An act relating to the State Telecommunications Plan
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (see March 21). The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.422 – An act relating to confiscation of dangerous or deadly weapons from a person arrested or cited for domestic assault
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (see March 21). The bill was advanced by a vote of 78-60.
  • H.502 – An act relating to modernizing Vermont’s parentage laws
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to create a process to update our parentage statutes to reflect the variety and types of cases currently under consideration. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.503 – An act relating to bail
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update our parentage statutes to reflect the variety and types of cases currently under consideration. Prior to passage, the Corrections and Institutions Committee offered up an amendment to provide that defendants who serve in the Home Detention Program shall have their time credited toward their prison sentence. I supported this amendment.The bill received near unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.230 – An act relating to consent by minors for mental health treatment related to sexual orientation for gender identity
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to remove barriers for children who seek counseling as they explore their gender identity or sexual identity. This is a group of people who have historically suffered from high rates of suicide–particularly amongst younger individuals. I hope this bill helps kids get the support they need. The bill received mixed support on a voice vote.
  • H.312 – An act relating to retirement and pensions
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update the rates for municipal employees in VMERS. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.411 – An act relating to Vermont’s energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update our energy efficiency standards. The bill received near unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.462 – An act relating to social media privacy for employees
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to protect prospective employees from unnecessary intrusion on certain private information available on social media formats. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.
  • H.290 – An act relating to clarifying ambiguities relating to real estate titles and conveyances
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). Prior to passage, a Minot technical amendment was adopted unanimously. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.

Thursday, March 23 — View full Journal

  • H.230 – An act relating to consent by minors for mental health treatment related to sexual orientation for gender identity
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (See March 23). The bill passed on a vote of 125-12. I voted yes.
  •  H.290 – An act relating to clarifying ambiguities relating to real estate titles and conveyances
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (See March 23). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.312 – An act relating to retirement and pensions
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (See March 23). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.411 – An act relating to Vermont’s energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (See March 23). The bill received near unanimous support.
  •  H.462 – An act relating to social media privacy for employees
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (See March 23). Prior to passage, a technical amendment was adopted. The amended bill received unanimous support.
  • H.502 – An act relating to modernizing Vermont’s parentage laws
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (See March 23). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.503 – An act relating to bail
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (See March 23). The bill received near unanimous support.
  • H.506 – An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update certain administrative and legal standards used by the Secretary of State to regulated professional occupations. The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.507 – An act relating to Next Generation Medicaid ACO pilot project reporting requirements
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to modernize the state’s criminal laws. The bill received near unanimous support.

Friday, March 24 — View Journal Here

  • H.506 – An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons outlined above (see March 23). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.507 – An act relating to Next Generation Medicaid ACO pilot project reporting requirements
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons outlined above (see March 23). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.308 – An act relating to reorganizing and reclassify Vermont’s criminal statutes
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons outlined above (see March 23). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.326 – An act relating to eligibility and calculation of grant or subsidy amount for Reach Up, Reach Ahead, and the Child Care Services Program
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to address disincentives within Vermont’s benefit programs that might otherwise allow Vermonters to move out of poverty. Currently, benefit cliffs and asset tests within some of Vermont’s safety net programs inadvertently act as a deterrent against sound money management practices for Vermonters who receive benefits within these programs. For instance, if you are a single parent with a child who is working at a minimum wage job, and if you received Reach Up benefits, you may not be able to save money without triggering a reduction in benefits. This bill proposes to create a structure, whereby individuals who receive benefits in the Reach Up, Reach Ahead, and the Child Care Services Program, can save money in a savings account without immediately losing financial benefits. I strongly support this policy change as an acknowledgement that our benefit programs should not keep people in poverty. Rather, by providing frameworks for individuals to make wise financial decisions, we give low income Vermonters an important pathway to take personal responsibility and move out of poverty. The bill received unanimous support on a voice vote.