Advocacy Testimony and Comments

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Following are issues of importance to municipal government from the 2014-2015 legislative biennium on which Advocacy staff members have testified or commented.

  • Sep. 20, 2016, letter to the State Treasurer that addresses concerns of the VLCT Board about potential revenues to fund the Vermont Clean Water Act and the Lake Champlain TMDL.
  • Sep. 07, 2016, letter to the Clean Water Initiative Program of the Vermont Watershed Management Division commenting on the Lake Champlain Phase 1 Implementation Plan.
  • May 24, 2016, letter to Governor Shumlin urging him to sign S.230, the renewable energy siting legislation.
  • May 13, 2016 comments to Public Service Board regarding the siting of renewable energy facilities and the certificate of public good process.
  • Mar. 21, 2016 comments to the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee regarding S.230 and the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan.
  • Feb. 24, 2016 comments to the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee regarding the redraft of S.230, which addresses the Public Service Board Section 248 permit process.
  • Feb. 16, 2016 opinion piece on local governance and the ability to make decisions at the local level in advance of town meeting.
  • Feb. 09, 2016 comments to the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee regarding S.230, which addresses the Public Service Board Section 248 permit process.
  • Feb. 05, 2016 letter to the Senate Finance Committee to address concerns we have with the potential taxation of marijuana and the affordability of legalization at the municipal level.
  • Jan 26, 2016 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding its request from VLCT for statutory language on marijuana legalization.
  • Jan. 25, 2016 letter to the Department of Public Service commenting on its recent Solar Siting Taskforce Report.
  • Jan. 20, 2016 comments to the House and Senate Natural Resources and Energy committees regarding improving the Public Service Board Section 248 permit process to better achieve results that meet State and local land use goals.
  • Jan. 15, 2016 comments to the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee regarding H.517, the classification of state waters.
  • Jan. 13, 2016 comments to the House Government Operations Committee regarding H.249, a bill that would allow municipalities to create a regional council of governments.
  • Jan. 06, 2016 letter to the Public Service Board regarding Draft Rule 5.100, Regulations Pertaining to Construction and Operation of Net Metering Systems.
  • Dec. 03, 2015 letter to the Agency of Administration concerning the administration’s budget development process in the context of the obligations that Act 46 imposed on municipalities to inventory their road network and make improvements to address areas vulnerable to flooding and stormwater flow.
  • Nov. 10, 2015 comments to the Department of Public Service regarding Phase II of the draft 2015 Comprehensive Energy Plan.
  • Oct. 30, 2015 comments on the Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed policy on combined sewer overflows, a policy that was last updated in 1990.
  • Oct. 15, 2015 comments to the U.S. EPA regarding the Lake Champlain TMDL.

 

Related Testimony

  • January 20, 2016 testimony at a wind ban solar siting press conference hosted by Sen. John Rodgers by VLCT Public Policy and Advocacy Director Karen Horn.
  • January 20, 2016 testimony to the House and Senate Natural Resources and Energy committees by Swanton Selectboard Vice Chair Joel Clark regarding renewable energy.
  • January 20, 2016 testimony to the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee by Rutland Town Selectboard Clerk Don Chioffi regarding renewable energy.
  • January 20, 2016 testimony to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee by Rutland Town Selectboard Clerk Don Chioffi regarding renewable energy.