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S.157

Introduced by   Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs

Date:

Subject:  Attorney general; consumer fraud; Vermont labeling; rulemaking; consultation; delay

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to assure that there is sufficient time for legislative participation and public comment in the proposed rules relating to commercial use of Vermont in names and on labels of consumer products.

AN ACT RELATING TO RULEMAKING FOR VERMONT ORIGIN

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  ATTORNEY GENERAL; RULEMAKING PROCESS;

              REPRESENTATIONS OF VERMONT ORIGIN

(a)  The Attorney General, or designee, shall meet with the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs at least twice during the rulemaking process in regard to the drafting of a rule regulating the use of Vermont in consumer labeling.  The first meeting shall occur following the publication of the report on consumer perception by the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont, and the second meeting shall occur after the final proposed rule has been drafted.  The Attorney General, or designee, shall consider comments and recommendations in drafting the final rule, which will be filed pursuant to Chapter 25 of Title 3, to ensure that it reflects the interests of both consumers and affected businesses in order to avoid any adverse impact on businesses that have a presence in Vermont.

(b)  If the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs and the House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs have not come to agreement with the Attorney General on the proposed rule, the Attorney General shall present the rule to a joint committee, composed of two members from the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs and one member from the Senate Committee on Agriculture, appointed by the Committee on Committees, and two members from the House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs Commerce and one member from the House Committee on Agriculture appointed by the Speaker, for its review and approval before filing it with the Secretary of State to initiate the administrative rule making process, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary.



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