Rep Sibilia: Update Sept 7th

Good evening, I hope you have had time to rest and to spend with family this Labor Day weekend. As Vermont's entire education community begins another year of instruction and learning, I encourage us to all remain informed and engaged. There is nothing more important to a society then it's children which are the future. …

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Rep Sibilia: Legislature going back in Session

VTDigger: What to expect in Vermont’s special Covid-19 budget session Last week the Governor released his restated budgets for the remainder of FY 21. These budgets have already started to be heard in House Appropriations and a public hearing will be happening later this week. This Tuesday the House of Representatives will be going back …

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Rep. Sibilia: A temporary 8 week adjournment

Cross State Travel Information Leisure TravelThe State of Vermont has determined that any county with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents is now eligible for quarantine-free leisure travel. This map is populated with raw data from Johns Hopkins University and uses multiple factors to determine how many active cases are …

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Rep. Sibilia: 2020 Town Meeting Update

2019 Novel Coronavirus update from VT Health Current Status in Vermont: The Health Department is closely monitoring the rapid developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus ("COVID-19"). Vermont is prepared to respond to protect and support Vermonters. As of February 27, 2020 there are no known cases of novel …

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Rep. Sibilia: Week 6 of the Vermont Legislative Session

February 14th at the Capitol Next week will see us start to have a number of bills on the floor including a possible attempt to override the governor’s veto of an accelerated Minimum Wage increase plan (S.23) that had been worked out between the House and Senate. A vote to override the governor’s veto of …

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Rep. Sibilia: Week 3 of the Vermont Legislative Session

Paid family leave vote tally The House voted on both a compromise Paid Family Leave Plan (H.107) and a compromise accelerated additional Minimum Wage increase plan (S.23) that had been worked out between the House and Senate. Both proposals passed; Minimum Wage 93-54 and Paid Family Leave 89-58, but neither passed with enough votes to …

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Legislature must focus on Vermonters needs with changing climate

When we enact legislation, it is usually with Burlington or Brattleboro in mind. Given that most Vermonters live in larger towns and cities it makes sense to prioritize policy analysis for those areas. But the people who live in little rural towns and up in the hills, they matter too...