Week 5 Voting Record of the 2018 Session

Tuesday, January 30 — View full Journal

  • H.566 – An act relating to animal cruelty
    • This bill proposed amending state laws that clarify what constitutes animal cruelty. I voted to support this bill through second (preliminary) reading. The bill passed by a mixed voice vote.
  • H.549 – An act relating the petroleum cleanup fund
    • This bill was crafted to support public health, and address clean up and remediation of petroleum storage tanks by extending the life of the Petroleum Cleanup Special Fund. Under the bill, the timeframe in which disbursement can be made to cleanup and restore contaminated soil and groundwater from fuel storage tanks would be extended until 2029. Given Vermont’s aging building stock, this is an appropriate measure to ensure petroleum waste does not negatively impact public health. Prior to passage, Rep. Jim Harrison proposed an amendment. I voted yes on the amendment, which the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee supported. I also voted yes on the final vote to authorize third reading. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.611 – An act relating to the compensation for victims of crime
    • This bill would provide clarity on how the Victims Compensation Board awards compensation to a crime victim. The bill passed second (preliminary) passage on a unanimous voice vote. I voted yes.
  • H.694 – An act relating to captive insurance companies
    • This bill updated law that governs captive insurance companies, which is a major segment of Vermont’s economy. Many residents aren’t aware that Vermont is a national leader in the captive insurance industry, and has been for many years. This bill supports the industry and was unanimously advanced by a voice vote. I voted yes.
  • S.19 – An act relating to allowing silver-level no qualified health benefit plans to be offered outside the Vermont Health Benefits Exchange
    • This bill was developed after October 12, 2017, when the Trump Administration announced it would stop reimbursing certain health care subsidies, called Cost Sharing Reductions (CSRs). The end of these subsidies would lead to insurance companies increasing their rates to cover the cost difference, which would lead to higher premiums for Vermonters. 37 states have since moved to fill in the gaps caused by removing subsidies by creating a new health care plan to draw down tax credits to reduce the cost of health care. The Health Care Committee and a variety of stakeholders supported this proposal. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote. I voted yes.

Wednesday, January 31 — View full Journal

  • H.549 – An act relating the petroleum cleanup fund
    • I voted yes to support this bill through third (final) reading. The bill passed on a mixed voice vote.
  • H.611 – An act relating to the compensation for victims of crime
    • I voted yes to support this bill through third (final) reading. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.694 – An act relating to captive insurance companies
    • I voted yes to support this bill through third (final) reading. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • S.19 – An act relating to allowing silver-level no qualified health benefit plans to be offered outside the Vermont Health Benefits Exchange
    • I voted yes to support this bill through third (final) reading. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.271 – An act relating to administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
    • This bill provided administrative changes to ensure the SNAP program is accessible and is delivered to vulnerable Vermonters in need. I voted yes to support this bill through second (preliminary) reading. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.410 – An act relating to adding products to Vermont’s energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment
    • This bill provided a series of provisions to update certain energy efficient appliances and equipment covered by definitions of energy efficiency products. It is important that we continue to move forward on clean and green energy technologies so families can enjoy these products’ cost savings. I voted yes to support this bill. The bill passed by a vote of 137-4.
  • H.132 – An act relating to limiting landowner liability for posting the dangers of swimming holes
    • I voted yes on this bill to clarify a landowner’s obligations under the law as they relate to swimming holes. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.

Thursday, February 1 — View full Journal

  • H.132 – An act relating to limiting landowner liability for posting the dangers of swimming holes
    • I was off the floor in a meeting during this debate and did not vote.
  • H.271 – An act relating to administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
    •  I was off the floor in a meeting during this debate and did not vote.
  • H.410 – An act relating to adding products to Vermont’s energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment
    • I was off the floor in a meeting during this debate and did not vote.

Friday, February 2 — View full Journal

  • H.562 – An act relating to parentage proceedings
    • This bill proposed to update state law concerning parentage proceedings. As the Judiciary Committee, who supported this bill, noted, Vermont law has not kept up with the changing nature of families. Determining who can be considered a parent under the law has not been addressed by the legislature since 1984, when it enacted the “Parentage Proceedings Act.” That law was intended to speed the recovery of child support by listing examples of situations in which a person is presumed to be a parent. The law did not, however, cover the rights of parentage for children born through alternative reproductive technologies or to same-sex partners. I voted yes to support this bill through the second (preliminary) stage of passage to protect children and strengthen families.
  • H.633 –  An act relating to fiscal year 2018 budget adjustments
    • I was off the floor in a meeting during this debate and did not vote.