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Legislative Reports Archive

April 3, 2020 –  As we wrote in last week’s Report, the legislature has been busy figuring out how to operate in a largely remote manner. Last week, the House adopted several temporary rules that allow for remote voting by both the full House and by... Read more
March 27, 2020 – This week, the legislature spent most of their time doing what many people around the world are also doing – adjusting to working remotely via tele- and video-conferencing, a situation that has become the new normal.
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March 20, 2020 – This week, legislators, local officials, the private sector, and the administration have all been  focused on addressing the growing list of needs of Vermonters – many of whom, as recently as last week, could not have imagined that... Read more
March 13, 2020 – News about the confirmed cases in Vermont of the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, has claimed the headlines of late. But the week following the annual town meeting break is when legislative committees are statutorily required to... Read more
February 28, 2020 – Next week is town meeting, Vermont’s treasured form of direct democracy where a town’s voters debate numerous matters important to local government. Every year, a bit of media frenzy accompanies the questions asked of voters as... Read more
February 21, 2020 – The first priority of VLCT’s Municipal Policy for the 2019-2020 legislative biennium concerned self-governance.
February 14, 2020 – Despite the threatening weather, dozens of intrepid local officials trekked to the State House on Thursday, Local Government Day, to discuss with their legislators some of the issues of the 2020 session that will affect their... Read more
January 17, 2020 – On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee heard from staff from the Joint Fiscal Office about proposals to borrow for school construction funding and how that would affect the Education Fund. In 2007, the state imposed a... Read more
January 10, 2020 – The gavel fell with a bang this week, signaling the beginning of the second half of the legislative biennium. Legislators returning to the State House dove right into work on all kinds of issues. On Wednesday, Governor Phil Scott... Read more
December 19, 2020 – In only two weeks, the 2020 legislative session commences and suddenly everything changes in the city of Montpelier, which hosts the annual influx of legislators, lobbyists, interested citizens, protesters, and special interests... Read more
February 7, 2020 – Local Governments: The Real Losers in the Cannabis Tax Game. Last week, we reported that House committees were once again taking up S.54, a bill that would regulate the production and sale of cannabis and cannabis products. The... Read more
January 31, 2020 – Local Government Day. Local officials get stuff done. They are all rightfully proud of the cities, towns, and villages in which they serve, and for so many reasons. And Local Government Day is their day (that is, your day) to... Read more
January 24, 2020 – The Governor’s Budget. On Tuesday, Governor Phil Scott presented his budget to the legislature. Until the governor gives his budget speech there is little framework in which to discuss the priorities in his January 9 State of the... Read more
June 26, 2019 – A session that started with sky-high hopes of enacting a full-blown, veto-proof Democratic/Progressive agenda ended about as messily as it could in the House on May 24 and in the Senate five days later. The bickering between House... Read more
May 3, 2019 – Cannabis. On Thursday night, the House Government Operations Committee passed out S.54, a bill that establishes a taxed and regulated cannabis market in Vermont. S.54 requires that before a cannabis retailer can operate within a... Read more
April 26, 2019 – The End of the Session Looms. In the next two to three weeks, we expect the 2019 legislative session to wind down and close up shop. That means committees are working hard to finalize legislation and get bills to the full House or... Read more
April 19, 2019 – Economic Development. Much of the work done in the State House this year has revolved around efforts to grow the economy. One idea with widespread support is to expand high-speed internet service to underserved areas of the state,... Read more
April 12, 2019 – The Legislature Grinds On: What’s Next for VLCT Priorities? Crossover is long in the rearview mirror and legislative committees are now working on initiatives that have been delivered to them in bill form from the other chamber.... Read more
April 5, 2019 – The Road to Self-Governance. On Wednesday, following much debate on and off the Senate floor, an amended self-governance bill, S.106, passed the Senate.
March 29, 2019 – Access to Broadband. On Tuesday, the House overwhelmingly passed H.513 – a bill that would address the lack of broadband access in Vermont, particularly in rural areas – by a vote of 139 to 2. The House Energy and Technology... Read more