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Legislative Update- Feb. 15, 2013
As we enter week 6 of the 16 week legislative session, most committees are still busy researching and drafting bills, (including public testimony) and only a few bills have come to the House floor for votes.
In the Senate, one bill did come out for debate and vote, Patient Choice at End of Life.
After weeks of research, testimony and crafting, a 20 page bill was presented with safeguards against misuse. On the floor of the Senate an amendment by opponents of the bill, struck the original 20 pages with a one page amendment that removes all the safeguards to prevent abuse.
In the end , the Senate voted this bill over to the House, where plans are to restore the safeguards. The fate of the bill remains unclear, though. If the House passes a different bill, it will have to be reconciled in a conference committee where agreement seems unlikely.
In the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee, Chairman David Deen helped his committee work on a bill that would require Act 250 environmental scrutiny to any change in use of the oil pipeline in northern Vermont.
The pipeline currently moves oil from the Atlantic coast to Montreal. The oil company has plans to move Tar Sands oil from central Canada to the coast. With the risk of devastating environmental degradation if a spill should occur. The committee will continue work on this bill, along with it’s other bills for consideration.
In House Human Services, we have been deliberating over the portion of the Governor’s budget proposal that affects the Agency of Human Services.
We are also beginning to take a look at Opioid prescription abuse.
State Representative, Windham 4 District
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