Scott signs second business grants bill, allows mail-in ballot bill to become law

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Scott signs second business grants bill, allows mail-in ballot bill to become law

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 4:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott announced actions on the following bills, passed by the Legislature. Notable among these bills is H.966, the second part of the Emergency Economic Recovery Grants (See Story). Scott also chose to let S.348 bill become law without his signature. This is the vote-by-mail bill that the governor disagreed with in its process but had said repeatedly that he would not "stand in the way" of. He favored an opt-in method in case voting in the General Election could not be conducted in-person.

Secretary of State Jim Condos and the Legislature favored proceeding now with mail-in voting. In any case, polls will be open in November unless the COVID-19 health data forces them closed and everyone must cast their ballot remotely.

However, in his letter below, Scott also notes that there is also a "technical flaw" in the bill that he hopes lawmakers will address when they reconvene in August.

On July 2, Governor Scott signed bills of the following titles:

H.965, An act relating to health care and human services-related appropriations from the Coronavirus Relief Fund

H.966, An act relating to the COVID-19 funding and assistance for broadband connectivity, housing, and economic relief

S.351, An act relating to providing financial relief assistance to the agricultural community due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

On July 2, Governor Scott allowed the following bill to go into law without his signature:

S.348, An act relating to temporary elections procedures in the year 2020 (see attached letter to the Legislature)

On July 1, Governor Scott signed bills of the following titles:

S.128, An act relating to physician assistant licensure

S.232, An act relating to implementing the expansion of juvenile jurisdiction

S.301, An act relating to miscellaneous telecommunications changes 

H.438, An act relating to the Board of Medical Practice and the licensure of physicians and podiatrists

H.558, An act relating to exempting the Victims Compensation Board from the Open Meeting Law

H.650, An act relating to boards and commissions

H.656, An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects

H.750, An act relating to creating a National Guard provost marshal

H.788, An act relating to technical corrections for the 2020 legislative session

H.936, An act relating to sexual exploitation of children

H.943, An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the City of St. Albans

H.946, An act relating to approval of the adoption of the charter of the Town of Elmore

H.957, An act relating to extending the deadline to test for lead in the drinking water of school buildings and child care facilities

H.963, An act relating to sunsets related to judiciary procedures

On June 30, Governor Scott signed bills of the following titles:

H.961, An act relating to making first quarter fiscal year 2021 appropriations for the support of State government, federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) appropriations, pay act appropriations, and other fiscal requirements for the first part of the fiscal year

H.959, An act relating to education property tax

H.942, An act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation

To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2020 legislative session, visit https://governor.vermont.gov/governor-scotts-blog/2020-legislative-session.

Source: Montpelier, Vt. – Governor 7.2.2020