Roll Call! House Rejects Voluntary Family Leave Insurance Program (57-88, 2017)


Roll Call Graphic
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FAILED
in the State House of Representatives
on May 2, 2017, by a vote of
57-88
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Purpose: The underlying bill, H.196, would create a new, mandated, state-run insurance program (similar to unemployment insurance), funded by a payroll tax on employees, that would allow employees to take up to six weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or sick family member. The Donahue amendment would have replaced the mandated program and the tax that funds it with a voluntary program. 
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As. Rep. Donahue explained her vote. “If the 70% of Vermonters who are reported to want this insurance, voluntarily participated, there would be no problem in sustaining it fiscally – and we would not have to impose it on those who do not want it.”
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Analysis: Those voting YES on the Donahue Amendment argued that if there were really a demand for a paid family leave in insurance program, employees would sign up for such a program voluntarily. The state should not force people to buy an insurance program they do not want or need.
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Those voting NO argued that Vermont employees who did not need a paid family leave benefit would not voluntarily sign up for and pay into a program if there were little or no chance that they would ever use it. However, extracting money from those who will never use the program to pay for the program is the only way to keep paid family leave “affordable.”
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Tuesday, May 2, 2017: “Shall the bill pass? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, . Nays, 28.” (Read the Journal, p. 1778-1788)

How They Voted

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David Ainsworth (R-Royalton) – YES
Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – NO
Bob Bancroft (R-Westford) – YES
John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) – ABSENT
Fred Baser (R-Bristol) – NO
Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) – YES
Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury) – YES
Paul Belaski (D-Windsor) – NO
Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – YES
Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) – NO
Thomas Bock (D-Chester) – NO
William Botzow (D-Bennington) – NO
Patrick Brennan (R-Colchster) – YES
Timothy Briglin (D-Thetford) – NO
Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) – YES
Jessica Brumsted (D-Shelburne) – NO
Susan Buckholz (D-White River Jct) – NO
Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – YES
Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) – NO
William Canfield (R/D-Fair Haven) – YES
Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) – NO
Robin Chestnut-Tangerman (P-Middletown Springs) – NO
Annemarie Christiansen (D-Perkinsville) – NO
Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) – NO
Brian Cina (P-Burlington) – NO
Celene Colburn – (P-Burlington) – NO
James Condon (D-Colchester) – YES
Peter Conlon (D-Cornwall) – NO
Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) – NO
Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) – NO
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) – NO
Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) – YES
Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) – YES
Maureen Dakin (D-Colchester) – NO
David Deen (D-Putney) – NO
Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – YES
Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson (R-St. Albans) – YES
Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) – YES
Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) – NO
Betsy Dunn (D-Essex Jct.) – NO
Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) – NO
Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) – YES
Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) – YES
Rachael Fields (D-Bennington) – NO
Robert Forguites (D-Springfield) – NO
Robert Frenier (R-Chelsea) – YES
Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) – YES
Marianna Gamache (R-Swanton) – YES
John Gannon (D-Wilmington) – NO
Marcia Gardner (D-Richmond) – NO
Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex Jct.) – NO
Diana Gonzalez (P/D-Winooski) – NO
Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – NO
Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) – YES
Jim Harrison (R-Chittenden) – YES
Adam Greshin (I-Warren) – NO
Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – NO
Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – NO
Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – YES
Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – YES
Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – YES
Matt Hill (D-Johnson) – NO
Jay Hooper (D-Brookfield) – YES
Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) – NO
Lori Houghton (D-Essex Jct.) – NO
Mary Howard (D-Rutland) – NO
Ronald Hubert (R-Milton) – YES
Kimberly Jessup (D-Middlesex) – NO
Ben Jickling (I-E. Randolph) – NO
Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) – PRESIDING
Ben Joseph (D-N. Hero) – NO
Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – YES
Brian Keefe (R-Manchester) – YES
Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) – ABSENT
Charlie Kimbell (D-Woodsock) – YES

 

 

Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) – NO
Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) – NO
Rob LaClair (R-Barre Town) – YES
Martin LaLonde (D-South Burlington) – NO
Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) – NO
Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) – YES
Paul Lefebvre (R-Island Pond) – YES
Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) – YES
William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) – NO
Emily Long (D-Newfane) – NO
Gabrielle Lucke (D-White River Jct.) – NO
Terence Macaig (D-Williston) – ABSENT
Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) – YES
Marcia Martel (R-Waterford) – YES
James Masland (D-Thetford) – NO
Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) – NO
Patricia McCoy (R-Poultney) – YES
James McCullough (D-Williston) – NO
Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) – YES
Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) – NO
Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) – NO
Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – YES
Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – NO
Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – YES
Linda Myers (R-Essex) – YES
Gary Nolan (R-Morrisville) – YES
Terry Norris (I-Shoreham) – YES
Daniel Noyes (D-Wolcott) – NO
Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) – NO
Carol Ode (D-Burlington) – NO
Oliver Olsen (I-Jamaica) – YES
Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) – NO
Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – NO
Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) – YES
Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – NO
David Potter (D-Clarendon) – NO
Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) – NO
Constance Quimby (R-Concord) – YES
Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) – NO
Carl Rosenquist (R-Georgia) – YES
Brian Savage (R-Swanton) – YES
Robin Scheu (D-Middlebury) – NO
Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) – YES
David Sharpe (D-Bristol) – NO
Charles Shaw (R/D-Pitsford) – YES
Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) – NO
Laura Sibilia (I-West Dover) -NO
Brian Smith (R/D-Derby) – ABSENT
Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) – YES
Trevor Squirrill (D-Underhill) – NO
Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) – NO
Vicki Strong (R-Albany) – YES
Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) – NO
Linda Sullivan (D-Dorset) – NO
Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington) – NO
Curt Taylor (D-Colchester) – NO
Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – YES
George Till (D-Jericho) – NO
Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – NO
Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – NO
Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – NO
Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – NO
Chip Troiano (D-Hardwick) – NO
Donald Turner (R-Milton) – YES
Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) – YES
Gary Viens (R-Newport) – YES
Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) – NO
Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) – NO
Cindy Weed (P/D-Enosburg Falls) – NO
Janssen Willhoit (R-St. Johnsbury) – NO
Theresa Wood (R-Waterbury) – NO
Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – YES
David Yacovone (D-Morrisville) – NO
Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – NO
Samuel Young (D-Glover) – NO

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