Unanticipated money and legislation overview

Reps. KATE WEBB and JESSICA BRUMSTED “We find ourselves in unusual times regarding revenue and expenditures.” So said Rep. Kitty Toll, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, as she presented the final bill of the session. For several years following the Great Recession, the state faced multimillion-dollar gaps between revenue and budgetary demands. Over the… Read More »

Bills to watch at the end of the session

Rep. JESSICA BRUMSTED Editor’s Note: This column was originally supposed to run in the May 16 issue but did not due to an editing error. The tulips are in bloom outside the Statehouse, which usually also signals the final days of any legislative session. Inside the Statehouse, conference committees are meeting, hoping to iron out… Read More »

Plenty of issues as session winds down

Rep. KATE WEBB It’s crunch time. Priorities and major bills are moving through committees and toward debate on the floor. While there is much focus on minimum wage, paid family leave, a tax and regulated market for marijuana, here are a few about which Shelburne residents have expressed interest:    Firearms: S.169 is an update… Read More »

Two bills spark talk of changing values

Rep. KATE WEBB Two bills passed last week brought forth fascinating discussion into our values, our understanding of history, and the why we change our thinking and our laws. H.207 responds to the City of Montpelier’s request to allow non-citizen legal residents to vote on city issues. S.68 seeks to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s… Read More »

Legislature weighs human services

By Rep. JESSICA BRUMSTED As spring comes to Vermont, ever so reluctantly, we in the House of Representatives have been working extra hours on the floor to pass important legislation and send it to our colleagues in the Senate for further consideration. Among the many bills passed, the House Human Services Committee, of which I… Read More »

Bills to watch at midsession

By Rep. KATE WEBB Midyear “crossover” is in motion. Bills that committees hope to move through both chambers and to the governor’s desk this year are now out of committee rooms. Bills that change policy but not funding will head directly to the full House Chamber for debate. Bills that require changes in spending or… Read More »

House passes excise tax bill on e-cigarettes

By Rep. JESSICE BRUMSTED March means many things in Vermont: town meeting, sugaring, pot holes, longer days and even the clocks have been changed. Halfway through this legislative session, here are a few of the important issues under consideration: E-Cigarettes & Vaping In December 2018, the Surgeon General declared an epidemic in e-cigarette use among… Read More »

Students at the State House

By Rep. KATE WEBB As we say good bye to February and head toward Town Meeting, it seems that perhaps we need a little good news. The good news: students. Over the last month, the House Education Committee on which I serve has heard from a variety of student organizations who spoke to us about… Read More »

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