Week 15 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 18 — View full Journal

  • H.525 – An act relating to the Department of Liquor Control and the State Lottery
    • Prior to debate, the Chair of the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee moved that the bill be referred to the Committee on Government Operations. I voted to support the motion. The bill was thus referred.
  • S.23 – An act relating to juvenile jurisdiction
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) for the reasons noted on April 14.The bill received unanimous support.
  • H.150 – An act relating to parole eligibility
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update the eligibility requirements for parole. The bill received unanimous support.
  • S.50 – An act relating to insurance coverage for telemedicine services delivered in or outside a health care facility
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update our health care laws to accommodate telemedicine practices. A variety of new telemedicine options have emerged for diagnosis and treatment options. Given the rural nature of Vermont, and the reality that a number of Vermonters may have restricted mobility, I support this proposal and its intent to broaden treatment options. The bill received unanimous support.

Wednesday, April 19 — View full Journal

  • H.150 – An act relating to parole eligibility
    • **I was off the floor when this vote took place for a meeting.
  • S.50 – An act relating to insurance coverage for telemedicine services delivered in or outside a health care facility
    • **I was off the floor when this vote took place for a meeting.
  • S.12 – An act relating to increasing the maximum prison sentence for first, second, and subsequent offenses of aggravated animal cruelty
    • **I was off the floor when this vote took place for a meeting.
  • S.75 – An act relating to aquatic nuisance species control
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). The bill passed 138 – 1.
  • S.96 – An act relating to a news media privilege
    • **I was off the floor for a meeting in the Education Committee when this vote took place.

Thursday, April 20 — View full Journal

  • S.12 – An act relating to increasing the maximum prison sentence for first, second, and subsequent offenses of aggravated animal cruelty
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) to strengthen our animal protection laws and prevent animal cruelty wherever possible. Prior to passage, an amendment was offered to increase the maximum penalty for animal mutilation and other like crimes. I joined members of the body to support the amendment. The bill passed on a unanimous vote.
  • S.75 – An act relating to aquatic nuisance species control
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). Prior to passage, an amended was adopted to
  • S.96 – An act relating to a news media privilege
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval) to ensure journalists have reasonable protections to conduct their work. The tasks reporters undertake to uncover facts, consult with sources, and confront potentially dangerous situations should be supported by laws that protect sources and provide journalists with protections to shield them from prosecution. I strongly support this bill. The bill was approved by a 140-2 vote.
  • S.20 – An act relating to permanent licenses for persons 66 years of age or older
    • After amending this bill and passing it back to the Senate, a new amendment was passed back to the House for review. Seeing issues, we amended the bill once more and passed it back to the Senate. I voted yes on both accounts.
  • S.72 – An act relating to requiring telemarketers to provide accurate caller identification information
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to ensure Vermonters know who is calling them. Prior to passage, I support an amendment put forth by the House Commerce Committee proposed to regulate data brokers. The bill passed on a unanimous vote.
  • H.526 – An act relating to regulating notaries public
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to update how the State regulates notaries public. The bill passed on a unanimous vote.
  • H.536 – An act relating to approval of the amendments to the charter of the Town of Colchester
    • I voted to support this technical, municipal charter bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). The bill passed on a unanimous vote.

Friday, April 21 — View full Journal

  • H.526 – An act relating to regulating notaries public
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). The bill passed on a unanimous vote.
  • H.536 – An act relating to approval of the amendments to the charter of the Town of Colchester
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). The bill passed on a unanimous vote.
  • S.20 – An act relating to permanent licenses for persons 66 years of age or older
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). The bill passed on a unanimous vote.
  • S.72 – An act relating to requiring telemarketers to provide accurate caller identification information
    • I voted to support this bill through the third stage of passage (final approval). The bill passed on a unanimous vote.
  • H.333 – An act relating to identification of gender-free restrooms in public buildings and places of public accommodation
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval). Gender identity is a protected class under Vermont law. This bill ensures single occupancy public restrooms are not marked with signage denoting a gender preference. The bill passed on a 123-19. I voted yes.
  • S.127 – An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and vessels
    • I voted to support this bill through the second stage of passage (preliminary approval) to make amendments to motor vehicle laws. Prior to passage, an amendment was put forth to attach language to modify recently implemented automobile inspection procedures. I supported the amendment to provide a 12 month time period in which Vermont residents who pass the safety portion of vehicle inspection, but fail the onboard diagnostic system (check engine light, etc.), have an opportunity to repair their diagnostic systems without incurring an immediate failing grade. The amendment passed 127-11. The bill passed by a voice vote. I voted yes.
  • J.R.S 25 – Joint resolution authorizing the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation to amend conservation easements related to the former Hancock Lands and adjacent Averill Inholdings in Essex County and to sell the Bertha Tract in Mendon and the Burch Tract in Killington to the Trust for Public Land
    • I voted to support this resolution to authorize certain easements to open up the possibility of selling certain lands. The resolution passed second reading (preliminary approval) on a unanimous vote.
  • H.265 – An act relating to the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
    • This bill first passed the House in March. I voted to support the House Human Services Committee’s recommendation to concur with the Senate’s proposal of amendment. The amendment was accepted on a unanimous vote. I voted yes.