Legislative Updates


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Legislative Update: April 2, 2017

Legislative Update Sent to Supporting Partners on April 2, 2017.

The big news of the week was a near-unanimous vote on the House budget proposal. After tossing the Governor’s education funding plan, the House Appropriations Committee got to work and came up with a plan that raises no new taxes or fees. They did this mostly through efficiencies in business processes, cuts to human services, and better enforcement of existing laws.

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Legislative Update: March 26, 2017

Legislative Update Sent to Supporting Partners on March 26, 2017.

It’s a big week coming up for the legislature. A number of big issues are on the table and things are bound to get heated. Recount proceedings, legalized marijuana, Act 250, and education property tax rates are only a few of the things on the menu for lawmakers in the Vermont House.

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Legislative Update: March 18, 2017

Legislative Update Sent to Supporting Partners on March 18, 2017.

It was an odd week in the Legislature, normally the week of crossover is filled with much political bartering and confusion. It seems the snowstorm earlier this week may have sequestered that. All in all, political discourse has been surprisingly tame. Several important bills are moving forward and there are others that clearly will not make the cutoff.

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Legislative Update: March 4, 2017

Legislative Update Sent to Supporting Partners on March 4, 2017.

The last week before the Town Meeting break was surprisingly tame. No real surprises, but a number of issues are headed to the floor, trying to make the March 18th crossover deadline. Lawmakers will have just one week after they come back from break to vote out their bills.

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Legislative Update: February 26, 2017

Legislative Update Sent to Supporting Partners on February 26, 2017

The race is on in the Legislature to push legislation forward before the Town Meeting break and the crossover deadline where a bill must be voted out of one chamber in order to be considered by the other during this legislation session. If a bill does not make the crossover deadline it will be tabled until next year.

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Legislative Update: February 19, 2017

Legislative Update Sent to Supporting Partners on February 19, 2017.

The Legislature seemed to hit its stride this week as it settled into the budgeting process and bills began moving onto the floor in both the House and Senate.

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Legislative Update: February 10, 2017

Legislator's discovery of $10 million "missing" from Governor Scott's budget, a medicaid pilot program, and freedom of student expression were just a few of the topics addressed under the golden dome this week. The Legislature and Administration are still at odds over the budget and education funding after the House shot down Scott's plan to move school budget votes last week.

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Legislative Update: February 5

Legislative Update sent to Supporting Partners on February 6, 2017

Friends,

A week into the Legislature’s consideration of Governor Scott’s budget proposal and the ship has already been sunk. Marijuana legislation is moving forward under a bipartisan banner. The Legislature hears about a reduction in caseloads in the Agency of Human Services that are leading to savings.

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Legislative Update: January 27

Legislative Update sent to Supporting Partners on January 27, 2017

Friends, 

This week Governor Scott gave his first budget address and set off reactions from a number of groups, both positive and negative. Proponents of early childhood education, child care, higher education, opiate treatment, and mental health lauded the governors proposed budget. Public educators, school boards, and teachers unions were less than impressed with Scott’s plan to move additional liabilities to the Education fund and ask teachers to contribute more towards health care premiums. We break things down for you below: 

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Legislative Update: January 20

Legislative Update sent to Supporting Partners on January 20, 2017

Friends,

This is the first legislative update of 2017. You are receiving this newsletter because you are listed as a supporting partner of Campaign for Vermont. We will provide in-depth tracking of what’s going on in the State House to keep you up to speed on issues that matter to you.

These emails will generally be sent out every Friday and are in addition to our periodic general updates. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, please email info@campaignforvermont.org.

Much of Montpelier is still in a holding pattern waiting for the Governor’s budget address to set the tone for the rest of the legislative session. This will give legislators a starting point for their legislative priorities. If there are any issues in particular that you are interested in learning more about, let us know!

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