in the State House of Representatives
on January 27, 2022, by a vote of
Purpose: The purpose of the Donahue Motion was to send the underlying bill, S.30, and the proposed Notte amendments to S.30 to the House Healthcare Committee for further review.
Analysis: S.30 was originally a gun control measure designed to “prohibit the possession of firearms at childcare facilities, hospitals, and certain public buildings.” However, a number of amendments significantly expanded the scope of S.30 raising concerns that, if passed, could radically extend the "duty to notify" or "duty to protect" for ERPO Statutes to a demand-side incursion into the Doctor-Patient realm, and would irreparably harm the confidentiality between all patients in most types of counseling (including depression, addiction recovery, family members seeking help with anger management - perhaps court ordered).
The Donahue motion would have sent the proposed changes to S.30 to the Healthcare committee for further review before being considered by the full House.
Those voting YES believed that a more detailed understanding of how the amended S.30 could impact Vermonter’s doctor/patient relationships and potentially discriminate against or discourage those with mental health or addiction issues from seeking help would be prudent before voting on the bill.
Those voting NO believed that no such analysis was necessary.
As Recorded in the House Journal, Thursday, January 27, 2022: “…Shall the bill be referred to the Committee on Health Care?, was decided in the negative. Yeas, 55. Nays, 90." (Read the Journal, p. 155 - 158)
Watch the floor debate on YouTube.
(Click on your Rep’s name to view their Roll Call Profile)
Sally Achey (R - Middletown Springs) – YES
William Lippert (D – Hinesburg) – NO