report from montpelier

By Representatives Joan Lenes and Kate Webb For our final end-of-session article, we offer a short list of some of the environmental issues addressed this year: Solar Siting: Following requests from municipalities including Shelburne, the Legislature gave communities greater say in the siting of ground-mounted solar projects. Municipalities and planning commissions will have automatic party […]

Promoting economic development in 2015

By Representatives Kate Webb and Joan Lenes Vermont’s economy depends on quality of employers and an excellent workforce. Continuing with work begun last year, the 2015 economic development bills focus on connecting employees and employers and workforce development. They also provide necessary updates to our successful insurance industry, marketing Vermont, protecting consumers, among others. The […]

Closing the $113 million budget gap

By Representatives Joan Lenes and Kate Webb The budget process in this new biennium began with the recognition that we are in a new economic normal. Although short-term cuts and revenue changes had gotten us through previous recessions, it was clear that the gap between spending and revenue was continuing to grow. Long-term changes would […]

report from montpelier

report from montpelier

By Rep. Joan Lenes The gavel fell on the 2015 Legislative session late Saturday night, May 16. It had been a long week; one filled with conversations among House and Senate committee members, leadership, and the administration. The committees of conference were weaving together the best parts of each bodies’ versions of the health care […]

report from montpelier: Immunizations redux

By Rep. Kate Webb As we enter the final week of the legislative session, there is no issue more divisive, emotional, and polarizing than whether to continue to allow the use of the philosophical exemption to the immunization requirement for admittance to school in Vermont. More politically charged than the right to bear arms. Tougher […]

report from montpelier

report from montpelier

By Rep. Joan Lenes Over the past several legislative sessions we have had conversations about healthy workplace environments and how we could help solve the issue of paid sick days. We were working to accomplish this while balancing the needs of employers and employees. I believe we have accomplished that balance this session. Employers that […]

Gun control

By Rep. Joan Lenes Last week was a passionate and emotional week on the House Floor in Montpelier. The issue on hand was gun control. The House was given Senate Bill S. 141, an act relating to the possession of firearms. Earlier, it had been passed by the Senate on a vote of 20 in […]

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