Legislative update – January 28, 2018

The 2018 Vermont Legislative Session began on January 3rd.  We've already seen marijuana legalized in the Session and it looks like we will be spending a considerable amount of time on education cost, delivery and equity. I was pleased that both both House Speaker Mitzi Johnson's opening comments and Governor Phil Scott's subsequent State of …

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2017 Session perspectives

Happy late summer!  I'm looking forward to seeing you all at a number of events in the coming weeks and months in the valley. An update on the end of the 2017 session: This year I served on a new committee focusing on Energy and Technology which was created by Speaker of the House Mitzi …

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Week ahead: paid family leave, ethics, property taxpayers and marijuana legalization

The coming week, presumably the final week of this year's legislative session, is loaded with significant bills that will likely generate heated debate on the floor of the House.  My votes on these bills will be made after taking into consideration ALL of the language in the bill, as well as any amendments that may …

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Budget, Taxes and Act 46 public hearing

"We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation" ~Wynton Marsalis April 1, 2017   Public Hearing on possible changes to Act 46: The Senate has passed S.122, which would make modifications to Act 153 and Act 46.  The bills stated purpose is to provide increased flexibility for …

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2016 End of Session Report

Dear friends and neighbors, This year's session ended Saturday, which also marked the completion of the 2015/2016 biennium.  The last days of the second year of a biennium are incredibly chaotic, as any legislation introduced in 2015 or 2016 Sessions must pass or start the process all over again next year. Below are some summaries …

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Marijuana hearing and connectivity update

Dear friends and neighbors, We are more then halfway throughway the session and have begun to send House bills to the Senate for consideration of passage this year and vice versa.  This past week the House passed the first version of both the budget and tax bills.  The bills now go to the Senate who …

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Vermont marijuana legislation hearings

For those monitoring the Marijuana Legalization issue: Work is happening mostly in the Senate right now.  Below is a white paper that the Commerce Committee has been asked to review regarding financial regulation we will need to consider prior to legalizing. Department of Financial and Regulation White Paper on Marijuana Legalization in Vermont -  Implications for …

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