Week 6 Voting Record of the 2018 Session

Tuesday, February 6 — View full Journal

  • H. 686  – An act relating to establishing a child fatality review team
    • This bill proposes to update the process by which the State investigates the untimely, preventable death of a child. Providing statutory authoring to facilitate a review process is critically important. As such, I voted yes. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H. 719 – An act relating to insurance companies and trust companies
    • This bill proposed a number of technical changes to the laws that govern insurance and trust companies. I voted yes to support this bill. It passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.562 – An act relating to parentage proceedings
    • While I supported passage of this bill to protect children and strengthen families, I had to leave the floor prior to the final vote. I did, however, vote on several amendments. Two asked for clarification of genetic testing requirements. While I appreciated the proposer, Rep. Anne Donahue’s, intent, I listened to the argument of the Judiciary Committee which suggests the proposed amendments might cause unforeseen consequences. As such, I voted against one of the amendments, and for a second alternate proposal.
  • H.799 – An act relating to notice of sale of property subject to unpaid property taxes
    • I was off the floor for a meeting during this debate and did not vote.
  • H.603  – An act relating to human trafficking
    • I was off the floor for a meeting during this debate and did not vote.

Wednesday, February 7 — View full Journal

  • H.589  – An act relating to the reasonable and prudent parent standard.
    • I voted to support this bill through third (final) stage of passage. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.603  – An act relating to human trafficking
    • I voted to support this bill through third (final) stage of passage to update our laws to prevent human trafficking. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.799  – An act relating to notice of sale of property subject to unpaid property taxes
    • I voted to support this bill through the third (final) stage of passage. Prior to passage, an amendment was introduced to clarify how municipalities would process this notice. The amendment was unanimously adopted.
  • H.585  – An act relating to management of records
    • To ensure effective, accountable government, I believe all public records should be managed in a clean, transparent, and effective management of public records. As such, I voted yes to support this bill to update Vermont’s record management processes to correspond to best practices, as well as clarify who is responsible for maintaining public records. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote. I voted yes.
  • H.846  – An act relating to the application of general law to chartered municipalities
    • I voted to support this technical change to limit the need for municipalities to put general changes into their charters. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote. I voted yes.
  • H.748  – An act relating to electronic filing of proposed plans, plan amendments, and bylaws under Title 24
    • I voted to support this package of updates to the manner in which designation of downtowns occurs. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote. I voted yes.

Thursday, February 8 — View full Journal

  • H.585  – An act relating to management of records
    • I supported this bill through the third (final) stage of passage. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.846  – An act relating to the application of general law to chartered municipalities
    • I supported this bill through the third (final) stage of passage. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.748  – An act relating to electronic filing of proposed plans, plan amendments, and bylaws under Title 24
    • I supported this bill through the third (final) stage of passage. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.663   – An act relating to municipal land use regulation of accessory on-farm businesses
    • I voted to support this omnibus bill to clean up these farm-related regulations. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.690   – An act relating to explanation of advance directives and treating clinicians who may sign a DNR/COLST
    • I voted to support this bill so advance directives move more smoothly. The bill passed by a unanimous voice vote.

Friday, February 9 — View full Journal

  • H.663   – An act relating to municipal land use regulation of accessory on-farm businesses
    • I voted yes to support this bill through the third (final) stage of passage. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.690   – An act relating to explanation of advance directives and treating clinicians who may sign a DNR/COLST
    • I voted yes to support this bill through the third (final) stage of passage. Prior to passage, two technical amendments were put forward. I voted for one, but declined to support Rep. George Till’s amendment to add language on behalf of clinicians. While I understood Rep. Till’s intent, the Committee expressed concerns with what he proposed in practice. Accordingly, I followed the Committee’s recommendation. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.616   – An act relating to thermal efficiency monies and biomass-led district heat
    • I voted to support this bill to allow Burlington a Electric more flexibility to use its funds for thermal efficiency and renewable energy projects. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.