VRLDA Small Claims Legislation Becomes Law

This year, VRLDA worked to pass an increase in the amount you can seek in small claims court from $5,000 to $10,000. We are happy to announce that Governor Scott signed our bill, S.33, on June 5. This change will help Vermont small businesses recoup money they are owned without having to paying for a […]

Vermont Legislative Update May 2023

The Legislature adjourned (with the exception of a June veto session) on the night of Friday, May 12th. The Governor has now vetoed the budget, which includes DMV fee increases, and the veto session will consider that in a few weeks. Bills that were not passed this year will carry over to 2024. Workforce Development […]

VRLDA 2023 Legislative Priorities

Workforce Development A growing gap between employer needs and employee skills, that has only been exasperated by COVID-19, must be addressed. Small businesses in the trades face increasing difficulty hiring and retaining good workers. A career in the trades can be both financially and professionally rewarding. It is critical to create and support programs that […]

VRLDA Legislative Update
April 2023

With two or three weeks left in the legislative session, things are heating up on the ‘big bills’ (appropriations, transportation funding, and capital construction) that must pass. Issues that are not in their final stages this year will carry over to 2024. Workforce Development Still in play this year, is the potential to make 9th […]

Vermont Legislative Update
March 2023

State News: As noted last month, Governor Scott is re-focusing his administration on getting moreVermonters back to work and keeping more young Vermonters in the state as part of thateffort Issues Update: Workforce DevelopmentVermont’s regional technical centers are the most important training grounds for bothnew employees and new customers. The legislators who attended the LegislativeBreakfast […]

Vermont Legislative Update
February 2023

State News: As the Vermont legislature went through its second month, they heard the Governor’s budget address which noted that the extensive Federal funding to Vermont due to Covid is at an end. Governor Scott is re-focusing his administration on getting more Vermonters back to work and keeping more young Vermonters in the state as […]

Vermont Regulations You Should Know

While there are many laws in Vermont regarding topics such as employment, health and safety, and motor vehicles and licenses, there are also regulations associated with those laws. Below are some regulations, rules, and resources you should be familiar with from various state agencies. To see all VT regulations, click here. Department of Health Department […]

New Housing Reform/Contractor Registration Fact Sheet

S.226 – An act relating to expanding access to safe and affordable housing. Subchapter 3, pg. 24-30 – Relating to residential contractor registration. On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Governor Phil Scot signed S.226 into law which reforms permitting and land use regulations to make it easier to develop new housing, includes tax incentives and grants […]

Vermont Legislative Update
January 2023

State News: The Vermont Legislature (with a near record number of new members) was sworn in during the f irst week of the month, elected leadership and formed its committees. Those committees have immediately started working on their priorities, some of which coincide with the three legislative priorities of the VT Retail Lumber Dealers Association. […]

Vermont Legislative Update
May 2022

Contractor licensing—it’s back (sort of) In S.226, the Legislature passed language which requires residential building contractors to register with the Office of Professional Regulation prior to entering into a contract with a homeowner when the contract price totals $10,000 or more in labor and materials combined. Leaders felt this was the most they could get […]