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ACT SUMMARY 2007-2008


ACT NO. 53


Bennington state office building; workplace illness; compensation

This act creates the sarcoidosis benefit trust fund from which benefits will be paid to any state employee who, after at least five months of continuous work in the Bennington state office building, is diagnosed with sarcoidosis. Benefits may include payment for health care, time lost from work, permanent disability, and vocational rehabilitation, as needed, provided the employee waives the right to any action against the state for civil damages or workers’ compensation benefits.

The act also requires that the Bennington state office building remain closed until the department of health determines that the air quality and health conditions warrant reopening.

Lastly, the act creates the nine-member Bennington State Office Task Force composed of the chair of the Bennington selectboard, the town manager or designee, the director of planning and development or designee, a member of the planning commission, the executive director of the Better Bennington Corp. or designee, the executive director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce or designee, the director of VSEA or designee, a member of the House of Representatives from Bennington, and a senator from Bennington County. The task force will evaluate alternatives for permanent relocation of the state offices in Bennington should the existing building not reopen. The task force shall issue a written report on its recommendations on or before January 15, 2008.

Effective Date: July 1, 2007, except for rulemaking which is to start on May 29, 2007.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont