Education will take up on H.43 – An act relating to creating an index comparing current expenditures per pupil to secondary school cohort graduation rates, which, “Proposes to direct the department of education to create an index comparing current expenditures per pupil to cohort graduation rates for secondary students in Vermont and in at least ten other states and to create a similar index for district-to-district comparison in Vermont.” Why? I guess we’ll find out.
Government Operations will take up H. 103 – An act relating to the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. This idea, doing away with the electoral college, is championed by progressives in the knowledge that it will increase opportunities for and the impact of voter fraud in urban population centers. GovOps will also begin taking testimony on H. 73 – An act relating to establishing a government transparency office to enforce the public records act.
Health Care will take testimony on Thursday regarding ERISA (Employee Retirement Income in joint session with Senate Health & Welfare Committee. The federal ERISA law is a major stumbling block to bringing a single payer health care law to Vermont. Should be a lively Q&A session.
Human Services will be introduced to H. 97 – An act relating to early childhood educators, which will allow them to form unions. Ironically, it doesn’t say this in the purpose of the bill. Governor Shumlin has expressed his support of the concept.
Government Operations will take up the senate companion bill to H. 103, S. 31 – An act relating to the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote, and will continue taking testimony on S. 20 – An act relating to financing campaigns for elected office.