The size and window of opportunity that exists when all of Vermont’s legislators come together for the winter months is truly significant. We have the opportunity every day to meet and work with our colleagues from around the state and members of the Administration on solving problems for Vermonters. This week I have been busy working with my colleagues to establish a Rural Vermont working group, consider appropriate legislative changes to Act 46, travel home to Dover midweek to meet with my fellow Act 46 study committee members to host our second public input meeting, learn more about a rural cell service project that is in jeopardy, talked with multiple perspectives about universal background checks, coordinated a conference call for seven Southern Vermont towns to learn more about financing fiber to the home projects, participated in multiple discussions around school choice, civility and the crushing burdens some state education finance policy is placing on our rural schools.
I am grateful to be able to work full time on these challenges and many more for my district during these four months. While the long work days are rewarding and invigorating, I also look forward to my ride back to Dover on Friday night and my weekends at home with my boys.
This weekend I am still in Montpelier. Today I am going to march with other women in our Vermont capitol. The specific individual motivations of the marchers here will be varied and numerous. Mine are to stand with my daughters, people of color, a free press and the LGBT community. I also stand with those who march today in the right to life parade in Montpelier and their First Amendment right to express their religious beliefs.