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Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 750  Prescription Drug Pricing and Information.......................................... 114

          Rep. Chen for Health Care

Action Postponed Until Thursday, February 7, 2008

Pending Action: Second Reading

H. 267  Relating to Industrial Hemp................................................................ 114

          Rep. Stevens for Agriculture


Favorable with Amendment

J.R.H. 44  Approving VITL Health Information Technology Plan................... 114

          Rep. Zenie for Health Care









Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 750

An act relating to prescription drug pricing and information.

(Rep. Chen of Mendon will speak for the Committee on Health Care.)

Action Postponed Until Thursday, February 7, 2008

     Pending Action: Second Reading

H. 267

     An act relating to industrial hemp.


Favorable with Amendment

J. R. H. 44

     Joint resolution approving the Vermont information technology leaders’ (VITL) health information technology plan as required by 22 V.S.A. § 903(g).

     Rep. Zenie of Colchester, for the Committee on Health Care, recommends that the resolution be amended by striking all and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Whereas, the Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership incorporated in Vermont, and

Whereas, VITL is an integral part of the development of health information technology in this state, and

Whereas, VITL has developed the Vermont health information technology plan pursuant to 22 V.S.A. § 903(b) and (c), and

Whereas, the Vermont health information technology plan outlines a vision for health information technology in Vermont that identifies key stakeholders, strategies, and objectives; provides standards for health information exchange that include the promotion of privacy and security; presents an overview of the technology architecture; and details the funding and governance of health information technology in this state, and

Whereas, the “Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information” established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and contained in 45 C.F.R., Parts 160 and 164, provide protections for the privacy of individually identifiable health information maintained or transmitted in connection with certain administrative and financial transactions, and

Whereas, the provisions of Vermont’s patients’ privilege statute in 12 V.S.A. § 1612, the mental health protections found in 18 V.S.A. § 7103, and the guidelines for privacy and security standards and protocols in 22 V.S.A. § 903(f) provide Vermonters with additional rights and protections regarding disclosure of their personal health information, and

Whereas, 22 V.S.A. § 903(g) allows the Vermont health information technology plan, upon recommendation of the commissioner of information and innovation and approval by the general assembly, to serve as the framework within which the commissioner reviews certificate of need applications for information technology, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly approves the Vermont health information technology plan, as submitted by VITL, to be implemented using HIPAA, 12 V.S.A. § 1612, 18 V.S.A. § 7103, and 22 V.S.A. § 903(f) as the minimum standards for the privacy and security of health information, and be it further

Resolved:  That VITL be directed to continue to update the health information technology plan to include state and national privacy and security policies and procedures as they become available to reflect industry best practices, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc.

(Committee vote: 10-0-1)


     Wednesday, February 6, 2008 – Room 11 – 7:00 – 8:30 P M ;  House Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Ways and Means  -  ‘The Future of Fuel Costs in Vermont”


Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10:30 A.M. - House Chamber - Election of two (2) trustees for the Vermont State Colleges Corporation.

Candidates for the positions of trustee must notify the Secretary of State in writing not later than Thursday, February 14, 2008, by 5:00 P.M. pursuant to the provisions of 2  V.S.A. §12(b).  Otherwise their names will not appear on the ballots for these positions.

The following rules shall apply to the conduct of these elections:

First:  All nominations for these offices will be presented in alphabetical order prior to voting.

Second:  There will be only one nominating speech of not more than three (3) minutes and not more than two seconding speeches of not more than one (1) minute each for each nominee.

Joint Public Hearing on Fiscal Year 2009 Budget

Vermont Interactive Television

Appropriations Committees

Monday, February 11, 2008, 4:30-7:00 p.m. – The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will hold a joint public hearing on Vermont Interactive Television (V.I.T.) to give Vermonters throughout the state an opportunity to express their views about the State budget for fiscal year 2009. All V.I.T. sites will be available for the hearing:  Bennington, Brattleboro, Castleton, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, Waterbury, White River Junction and Williston.  V.I.T.’s web site at has an up-to-date location listing, including driving directions, addresses and telephone numbers.

For information about the format of this event, interested parties may call the House Appropriations Committee office at 802/828-2251. 



The following item was received by the Joint Fiscal Committee:

            JFO #2316 – Request from the Department of Corrections to establish one (1) new limited service position:  Corrections Vocational Coordinator.  This sponsored position will be 100% federally funded through the continuing Title 1 grant.  A portion of this grant is transferred from the Department of Education to the Department of Corrections for use at the Community High School of Vermont.  This position will provide transition services for workplace readiness upon release and will become part of the faculty team at the Springfield facility.   [JFO received 01/30/08]


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