Legislative Update

By: Matt Musgrave, Government Relations
   In the months following the close of the 2019 session bills are slowly making it to Governor Scotts desk for consideration. The majority of the bills have received his signatures and some became law without. He did veto two bills: a handgun waiting period and the toxic medical monitoring bill. AGC/VT has been a part of a larger coalition of business organizations that opposed the medical monitoring in the legislature and ultimately signed on to a veto request letter sent to the Governor. Since no veto session was scheduled for the summer, an override vote will likely be scheduled in the first weeks of the 2020 session. A veto override requires a 2/3 vote out of both houses. Medical monitoring gain 100 of 150 votes in the house and 19 of 30 votes in the Senate. This means that in order to sustain the veto the Governor must hope either the senate sticks with their original vote or some members who voted for the bill in the house can be lobbied to change their positions. AGC/VT will stay alert to this issue and assist where we are able.
   AGC/VT reached out to membership in June with our “On the Road” events. We held evening mixers in Rutland, Williston, St Johnsbury and Montpelier that included member networking, good food and great conversation. We discussed the accomplishments of our legislative team, work being done within AGC/VTs committees and our communication platform. We plan to continue with these mid-year meetings so that you can see what your association has been working on for you and your business.
   Even thought the excitement at the state house is over for the year AGC/VT remains busy with policy work. Outside the session summer work groups, stakeholder meetings and business organization meetings are still taking place. In the past couple of weeks, we have attended the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce legislative committee, the dam regulation working group held by the agency of natural resources and the thermal efficiency working group set up by legislators. These meetings are focused on preparing draft legislation that is due from the legislators by December to be introduced when the session opens in January. These meetings are critical to present challenges, solutions and foster our relationship with the decision makers.