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Establishing Statute:  3 V.S.A. § 23

Department:  Commerce and Community Development

Description: The commission shall conduct an annual assessment of the legal and economic impacts of international trade agreements on state and local laws, state sovereignty, and the business environment. It shall provide a mechanism for citizens and legislators to voice their concerns, which it shall use to make policy recommendations to the general assembly, to the governor, to Vermont's congressional delegation, or to the trade representatives of the United States government. Recommendations shall be designed to protect Vermont's job and business environment, and state sovereignty from any negative impacts of trade agreements. It may recommend legislation or preferred practices and shall work with interested groups in other states to develop means to resolve the conflicting goals and tension inherent in the relationship between international trade and state sovereignty. In response to a request from the governor or the general assembly, or on its own initiative, the committee shall consider and develop formal recommendations with respect to how the state should best respond to challenges and opportunities posed by a particular international agreement. Formal recommendations on the specific international agreement shall be submitted to the governor and the house and senate committees on judiciary, on government operations, and on natural resources and energy, and to the house committee on commerce and the senate committees on finance and on economic development, housing and general affairs.

Board Members:

 Board Member Name   Term Expires Seat Description
     David Anger       7/10/2016 Export Business Rep.
     Ted Mudd       7/10/2017 International Trade Business
     Dennis Labounty       7/10/2017 Labor Rep.
     Jon Erickson       7/10/2016 VNRC Recommendation
     Steven Shepard       7/10/2016 Chamber Rep.