Roll Call! Senate Votes for Over $800K in Fee Increases (21-6), 2014

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in the State Senate on May 2, 2014 by a vote of

Purpose: This bill sets the fees for professional licensing and state services. This year’s bill was made controversial by a provision requiring storage of firearms (and fee for said storage) confiscated by law enforcement following domestic disturbances. (Read the Bill)
Analysis. The total increase in fees Vermonters will end up paying as a result of H.735 is estimated to be between $800,000 and $900,000. (See the JFO breakdown). Fees and increases include:

  • A $200 storage fee for firearms, ammunition or weapons not to exceed $200 for the first weapon and $50 for each additional firearm or weapon for up to fifteen months, and $50 per firearm of weapon for each year or part of year thereafter.
  • License renewal for registered and licensed practical nurses from $95 to $140
  • License renewal for real estate brokers and sales people from $175 to $200.
  • License renewal for corporations and partnerships from $75 to $200.
  • License renewal for professional engineers from $80 to $100.
  • License renewal for funeral homes and crematoriums from $540 to $900.
  • Lobbyist registration fees.
  • Grant of use appraisal fees on agricultural forestland and farm buildings from $30 to $70.
  • Lottery ticket sales licensing from $15 to $50.
  • Mobile home park owner annual fee from $9.00 $to 12.00 for each occupied leased lot in the park.

Senate Journal, Friday, May 2, 2014. “…the bill was read the third time and passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment on a roll call, Yeas 21, Nays 6” (Read the Journal, p. 1226)

How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – ABSENT
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – ABSENT
Donald Collins (D-Franklin) – ABSENT
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
William Doyle (R-Washington) – NO
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Eldred French (D-Rutland) – YES
Peter Galbraith (D-Windham) – YES
Robert Hartwell (D-Bennington) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – NO
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – YES
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – NO
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – YES

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