Rep. Sibilia: July 2019 Opportunities and Info

Summaries of the Acts of the 2019 Vermont General Assembly

This document is current as of July 1, 2019. It is divided into three sections: 2019 Acts, 2019 Municipal Acts, 2019 Bills Vetoed by the Governor and is available here.

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Boots to business program for Veterans

A free entrepreneurship program is being held for service members and veterans (and their family members) at the Vermont National Guard Installation on Saturday July 27,  2019. This is a national program partnering the Department of Defense and the U.S. Small Business Administration and is only open to current and former military members and their families. The 1-day event will include 8 modules of small business training taught by local area experts, and will include subjects such as legal considerations, marketing, business planning, and financing. Registration is online at:  https://sbavets.force.com

Second round of funding announced for the School Safety and Security Grant Program

The Vermont Department of Public Safety is now accepting applications for $1.5 million in funding grants to further build school security infrastructure.   This second round of funding for the School Safety and Security Grant (SSSG) Program will allow Vermont schools and supervisory unions to purchase enhancements to existing security systems or school infrastructure, as well as new school security systems or technology to enhance school safety.   Vermont schools can apply for grants of up to $25,000 to equip school facilities with interior and exterior door locks, indoor and outdoor public address systems and other tools to improve safety at schools. Each school will be responsible for a 25% grant match. Independent schools, as well as schools that were not funded in the last round of applications, are now eligible to apply.   To apply, schools and school districts can visit www.schoolsafety.vermont.gov, or contact sunni.erickson@vermont.gov for information and assistance. Deadline for applications is August 5, 2019.

Public comment requested on health insurance rate increase

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care have requested price increases this year. 
The Green Mountain Care Board wants to hear from Vermonters who will be impacted by this increase.Learn more and submit your public comment at www.bit.ly/SubmitAPublicComment or join the public hearing on Tuesday, July 23 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Montpelier City Hall.   The Office of the Health Care Advocate is a free resource available to help everyone living in Vermont solve problems related to health care. Call 1-800-917-7787 or email at hca@vtlegalaid.org to speak with a Health Care Advocate or visit online at www.vtlawhelp.org/health.

News impacting Vermont

Judge rejects challenge to magazine ban
The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t
Vermont GOP governor criticizes Trump over ‘racist’ comment
EPA endorses Vermont’s clean water funding strategy
Peter Welch Calls for the Impeachment of Donald Trump
ICE Uses Facial Recognition To Sift State Driver’s License Records, Researchers Say
Norwich Democrat Rebecca Holcombe announces run for Vermont governor

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, or if you need assistance navigating government services at (802) 384-0233 or lsibilia@leg.state.vt.us. You can also sign up to receive my e-newsletters on my blogsite at www.laurasibiliavt.com
Kind regards,

Rep. Laura Sibilia

Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, Whitingham

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