Legislative Update Week 8
Very busy week in the Statehouse.
ACEDC testified on behalf of the RDCs in House Commerce on H640, a bill requiring disclosure of proprietary business information by companies awarded VEGI incentives. It appears that House Commerce agreed and will likely rewrite the bill.
The RDCs signed on to an AIV letter asking Senate Finance to conder studying the impact of requirements for the purchase of significant amounts of high-priced small renewable power (Tier II) before the requirements become law. RDC also held our annual coffee for legislators on Friday.
There is no Grange legislative breakfast on Monday, March 2 due to a Town meeting day. Next Grange breakfast is Monday, March 9, 7-9 at Shoreham's Platt Library.
- House overrides Governor's veto of Minimum Wage bill, by a vote of 100-49. The bill will raise the state’s minimum wage to $11.75 in 2021, and $12.55 in 2022, and ties minimum wage increases to inflation after those years.
- Renewable energy bill passes Senate Finance- S.267, a bill to increase the renewable energy standard for utilities to 100 percent moved forward in the Senate. Utilities have testified that they can meet the 100 percent standard with little impact on rates, but the new requirements for the purchase of significant amounts of high-priced small renewable power. could increase power costs by 10% per year for ten years.
- Act 250 revisions pass the House: After a demanding 24 hours of floor activity, the House voted 88-52 to pass H.926, a bill to "modernize" Act 250.
- Cannabis commercialization bill passes House. Veto likely due to lack of provision that would allow roadside saliva testing without a warrant.