Week 14 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, April 11 — View full Journal

  • S.14 – An act relating to expanding the Vermont Practitioner Recovery Network
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). The bill received unanimous support.

Wednesday, April 12 — View full Journal

  • H.356 – An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Berlin
    • I voted to support this municipal charter bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update Berlin’s charter. Such a bill is a routine housekeeping measure. The bill received unanimous support.
  • S.14 – An act relating to expanding the Vermont Practitioner Recovery Network
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.523 – An act relating to fair and impartial policing
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to codify model fair and impartial policing policies. The bill changes current law for two major reasons. First, there are questions about existing model policy and whether certain provisions conflict with federal immigration policy. This bill directs a process with the Attorney General’s Office to resolve the aforementioned concerns. The bill further standardizes practices across the state to ensure greater fairness by requiring departments to periodically review and update their policies. The bill passed on a vote of 124-21. I voted yes.
  • H.492 – An act relating to the Racial Justice Oversight Board
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to establish a board within the Attorney General’s Office to examine the issue of institutional racism in Vermont. We cannot, and must not, turn a blind eye to the unequal experiences of citizens in our state and in our country. Prior to passage, a roll call vote was taken to accept the bill — the vote was 120-25. I voted yes. The bill received mixed support to advance to third reading.
  • H.327 – An act relating to the charter of the Northeast Kingdom Solid Waste District
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). This noncontroversial proposal concerned a charter. The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.42 – An act relating to appointing municipal clerks and treasurers and to municipal audit penalties
    • After the House advanced this bill earlier this year, the Senate made changes to H.42 that caused the Government Operations Committee to recommend that a Committee of Conference be appointed (3 members of the House and 3 members of the Senate) to resolve differences. The body concurred with the Committee’s recommendation.
  • H.R. 13 – A resolution amending the Rules and Orders of the House of Representatives related to discrimination, ethics, and sexual harassment
    • This resolution was presented to amend and update the House’s rules. I joined all members of the body to approve the update.
  • H.R. 14 – A resolution disapproving Executive Order 07-17
    • This resolution was presented as the legislative vehicle to consider an Executive Order that was issued by the Governor. While I share the goal and sentiment that we need to evaluate whether we can merge the Department of Liquor Control and the Vermont Lottery, the Administration did not provide adequate information to justify merging the two departments, effective April 17. The legislature does not have the ability to amend an executive order. As such, our most practicable approach was authorizing a process to bring lawmakers and members of the Administration together to work out a solution. I support this latter approach so we can work with the Governor to achieve the best result for Vermont citizens and the taxpayers who fund government operations. The vote passed by a margin of 82-63. I voted yes.

Thursday, April 13 — View full Journal

  • H.327 – An act relating to the charter of the Northeast Kingdom Solid Waste District
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons outlined above (see April 12). bill received unanimous support.
  • H.356 – An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Berlin
    • I voted to support this municipal charter bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (see April 12). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.492 – An act relating to the Racial Justice Oversight Board
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (see April 12). The bill received mixed support.
  • H.523 – An act relating to fair and impartial policing
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons listed above (see April 12). The bill received mixed support.
  • H.197 – An act relating to mental health parity for workers’ compensation
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to ensure Vermonters–particularly our first responders and emergency personnel–can access the care they need, should they require treatment to address traumatic injuries incurred on the job. There were a variety of procedural votes taken on amendments. I voted yes on the final vote, which passed by a total of 119-7.
  • H.171 – An act relating to expungement
    • This bill, which the House passed earlier this year, was returned by the Senate with a proposal of amendment. The Senate made significant changes. As such, the House Judiciary Committee recommended formation of a Committee of Conference to resolve differences between the two bodies. I voted to support to formation the Conference Committee.
  • S.22 – An act relating to increased penalties for possession, sale and dispensation of fentanyl
    • **I was off the floor for a committee meeting during this vote.
  • S.23 – An act relating to juvenile jurisdiction
    • **I was off the floor for a committee meeting during this vote.
  • S.56 – An act relating to life insurance policies and Vermont Uniform Securities Act
    • **I was off the floor for a committee meeting during this vote.
  • H.520 – An act relating to the charter of the Town of Stowe
    • **I was off the floor for a committee meeting during this vote.

Friday, April 14 — View full Journal

  • H.520 – An act relating to the charter of the Town of Stowe
    • I voted to support this municipal charter bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). The bill received unanimous support.
  • S.22 – An act relating to increased penalties for possession, sale and dispensation of fentanyl
    • Prior to passage, the Judiciary Committee proposed a minor amendment, which was approved by the body. The bill passed with unanimous support. I voted yes.
  • S.56 – An act relating to life insurance policies and Vermont Uniform Securities Act
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.197 – An act relating to mental health parity for workers’ compensation
    • This bill passed on third reading (final approval). I supported the underlying bill, and therefore declined to support a number of amendments that were offered up prior to final passage, as I feel it is important that workers in high stress occupations, like emergency personnel and first responders, be able to access the care they need. The Education Committee had to meet to complete work prior to the close of the week — as such, we were off the floor when the final vote was taken.