2018 Vermont Statutes
Title 11 - Corporations, Partnerships and Associations
Chapter 16 - Business Rapid Response To Declared State Disasters
§ 1701 Definitions

Universal Citation: 11 V.S.A. § 1701

§ 1701. Definitions

In this chapter:

(1) "Critical infrastructure" means property and equipment owned or used by communications networks and electric generation, transmission, and distribution systems.

(2)(A) "Declared State disaster or emergency" means:

(i) a disaster or emergency event for which a Governor's state of emergency proclamation has been issued;

(ii) a disaster or emergency event for which a Presidential declaration of a federal major disaster or emergency has been issued; or

(iii) a disaster or emergency event within the State for which a good faith response effort is required, and for which the Commissioner of Public Service is given notification from the registered business and the Commissioner, in consultation with the Director of Emergency Management, Department of Public Safety, designates the event as a disaster or emergency, thereby invoking the provisions of this chapter.

(B) "Declared State disaster or emergency" does not include an emergency or situation arising solely from a labor dispute.

(3) "Disaster response period" means a period that begins 10 days prior to the first day of the Governor's proclamation, the President's declaration, or designation by another authorized official of the State as set forth in this chapter, whichever occurs first, and that extends 60 calendar days after the declared State disaster or emergency.

(4) "Disaster- or emergency-related work" means repairing, renovating, installing, building, rendering services, or other nonretail business activities in areas of the State affected by the declared State disaster or emergency that relate to critical infrastructure that has been damaged, impaired, or destroyed by the declared State disaster or emergency.

(5) "Mutual Assistance Agreement" means an agreement to which one or more registered businesses and one or more out-of-state businesses are party and pursuant to which an electric or telephone utility may request and receive assistance from an out-of-state business for performance of disaster- or emergency-related work by the out-of-state business during the disaster response period.

(6)(A) "Out-of-state business" means a business entity that, except for disaster- or emergency-related work, has no presence in the State and conducts no business in the State whose services are requested pursuant to a Mutual Assistance Agreement by a registered business or by a State or local government for purposes of performing disaster- or emergency-related work on critical infrastructure in the State.

(B) "Out-of-state business" also includes a business entity that is affiliated with a registered business in the State solely through common ownership.

(C) An out-of-state business has no registrations or tax filings or nexus in the State other than disaster- or emergency-related work during the tax year immediately preceding the declared State disaster or emergency.

(7) "Out-of-state employee" means an employee who does not work in the State, except for disaster- or emergency-related work during the disaster response period.

(8) "Registered business in the State" or "registered business" means a business entity that is currently registered with the Secretary of State to do business in the State prior to the declared State disaster or emergency. (Added 2015, No. 51, § A.1., eff. June 3, 2015.)

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