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18th Jul

2016

It’s crunch time in the Legislature. Both the House and Senate are finishing up their bills and sending them over to the other side (“crossover”). Many of these are minor updates and tweaks to existing law, like clarifying ...

18th Jul

2016

Education Spending Caps and Act 46 In the coming week the legislature will be debating whether to remove, raise, or keep unchanged the school spending thresholds established in Act 46. The law is intended as a cost containment measure ...

18th Jul

2016

The 2015 Legislative session ended with a flurry of conference committee compromises and last minute action. Even the veterans said it was a grueling and unusual session. The unusual began on Day One with the Legislature required to ...

18th Jul

2016

On Thursday and Friday the VT House debated and ultimately approved S.141, a bill related to firearm possession. I voted in support of it. In the various Committees legislators heard testimony from law enforcement, mental health ...

18th Jul

2016

Robin posted most legislative updates via Front Porch Forum in his term. Please check back as we get this page up to date.

18th Feb

2015

Here’s the result of the Committee work so far.  There are a lot of helpful links and sidebar definitions to help understanding. ...

11th Feb

2015

Albert Einstein famously said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. While this is certainly true, political insanity is more often doing something different just for the sake of ...

1st Feb

2015

Despite all the press coverage of Legislature discussing the “beagle issue” it has taken me longer to write these words than we spent discussing dogs in the statehouse. I read in the paper that the State Legislature is debating ...

22nd Jan

2015

Much of this week was devoted to learning the background needed to do effective work in committee. We have heard from Secretaries, Commissioners, Directors, CEOs, Treasurers and so on – giving us overviews of the agencies of ...

14th Jan

2015

This has been an exciting first week on the job. I expected that the legislature’s election of a Governor would be historic; it has happened quite a few times before, but this was the most controversial in recent history. Since the ...