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Legislative Reports Archive

Appropriations Bill Voted Out of Committee. On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted out H.924, the appropriations bill. That version of the bill would provide total appropriations of $5,860,093,648, which is $16,151,679 more than the... Read more
Liability for Toxic Releases. One month ago, the Senate passed S.197, a bill that would hold any person who releases a toxic substance liable for any harm resulting from the release. That bill is now in the House Judiciary Committee.
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House Natural Resources Discusses New Draft of S.260. On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee took up a new draft (draft 1.3) of S.260, the bill to develop recommendations for long-term funding for cleaning up the... Read more
Education Funding. H.911, the Education Funding System bill, has been in the Senate Finance Committee for two weeks. On Tuesday, the committee heard from municipal clerks from Barre City, Montpelier, St. Johnsbury and Charlotte. They all voiced... Read more
Regulating Firearms. The issue of regulating firearms in the state produced another active and emotional week in both the Senate and House. On Tuesday, after intense debate that continued from the previous week, the House passed an amendment to S.55... Read more
House Moves Budget to the Floor. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee voted out H.924, the budget bill – or “big bill” – and it is being debated on the House floor today. The FY18 budget totaled $5.755 billion after the budget adjustment... Read more
Rental Housing Safety. On Thursday, the House passed H.907, a five-section bill that addresses rental housing safety and local health officers. The bill creates a Residential Rental Housing Advisory Board that is facilitated by the Department of... Read more
Education Funding Reform. On Wednesday afternoon the House Ways and Means Committee voted out its education funding bill, H.911. The bill is significantly different from proposals the committee discussed earlier in the session and even last week.... Read more
Education Property Tax. On Wednesday afternoon, the House Ways and Means Committee held a somewhat sparsely attended meeting to discuss a proposal that would establish a new education funding system. The committee, which has taken on this broken and... Read more
Local Government Day 2018. Many thanks to all of the representatives of local government from every corner of Vermont who joined us in Montpelier on Thursday for Local Government Day! You made your voices heard throughout the capitol on issues that... Read more
Education Funding. While the issues of education property taxes and appropriate education funding systems have been top of mind of late, VLCT and municipal officials have been discussing them for decades – since 1973! An instructive history of VLCT... Read more
Local Government Day. We are looking forward to you joining us at Local Government Day in the Legislature on Thursday, February 15, at the Capitol Plaza and State House. Local Government Day is the one day each year when local officials show their... Read more
Public Records and Open Meeting. The House Government Operations Committee has begun taking testimony on a committee bill that would make substantial changes to the Public Records Act and the Open Meeting Law. The committee worked closely with the... Read more
[January 12, 2018] Paying for Education. This year, the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees have more motivation than ever to consider options for building a better mousetrap when it comes to funding the K-12 education system. As we... Read more
[January 5, 2018] The State of the State. In her Opening Remarks of the 2018 Legislative Session on Wednesday, Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson welcomed representatives back to the State House, exhorting them to “work to give every Vermonter – not... Read more
[December 15, 2017] Legislative Biennium Part II is Fast Approaching. The second half of the 2017-2018 biennium begins on January 3. With committees already well established, we can expect legislators to get right to work. The deadline for senators... Read more
It Was All New: The Biennium, the Leadership, the Governor. The 2017 legislative session officially wound down to its messy end sometime after midnight on Thursday, May 18. In that inconclusive finish, the tempering of the entire slate of new... Read more
[April 21, 2017] The End of the Session Draws Nigh. The 2017 legislative session is slated to end on May 6. Or thereabouts. That gives legislators two more weeks to finish work on a multitude of bills before going home. In these last couple of weeks... Read more
[April 14, 2017] H.211: Water Quality. This week, the House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee took up H.211, a bill that – once again – addresses water quality. After all of the laws passed in the last two years plus the ongoing work... Read more