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Each Friday during the legislative session VLCT Advocacy publishes a Weekly Legislative Report and archives it here for the duration of the biennium. PDF files of previous legislative sessions are available by contacting VLCT Advocacy.

Legislative Reports

January 14, 2022
Today’s report features articles on temporary Open Meeting Law provisions, this year’s town meeting, housing and land use, climate action, and more, plus 41 new bills that, if passed, will affect Vermont municipalities.
January 7, 2022
The Vermont Legislature opened the second half of the 2021-2022 biennium on Tuesday. Already, several dozen municipally-relevant bills have been introduced.
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December 17, 2021
This preview of Vermont's 2022 legislative session includes a summary of what we expect to see as the second half of the biennium unfolds, the various factors that affect the state budget, the continuing quest for local governance... Read more
July 30, 2021. To everyone’s relief, the Vermont Legislature’s 2021 session ended on May 21. That’s because everyone in Vermont who follows State House action is by now exhausted from having spent almost one and a half years attending meetings... Read more
May 7, 2021. During the legislative session, senators serve on both a morning committee and an afternoon committee. This week, the Senate’s morning committees stopped meeting as the afternoon committees rushed to finish their reviews of bills and... Read more
April 30, 2021. Yesterday and today, the Senate took up their Appropriations Committee’s rewrite of H.439, the Big (Budget) Bill. “This is as complicated a budget as I ever put together in the Senate,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chair... Read more
April 23, 2021. The Senate Appropriations Committee is today finalizing details on H.439, the budget bill. As it passed the House, the bill included a long list of one-time expenditures that total $296 million, which American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)... Read more
April 16, 2021. Legislative leadership (that is, the speaker of the House, the president pro tem of the Senate, and party leaders) are predicting that the regular legislative session will finish during the second week of May, probably on the 14th or... Read more
April 9, 2021. It has been a busy week in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) world. On Tuesday, Governor Phil Scott unveiled his proposal for use of the $2.7 billion in ARPA funds to Vermont. “With $198 million in direct funds to local governments... Read more
April 2, 2021. On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee finalized its review of Senate amendments to H.315, one of this session’s COVID-19 relief bills. The committee was initially expected to report their responses on the House floor today,... Read more
March 26, 2021. The House Appropriations Committee introduced H.439, the Appropriations Bill, on Tuesday and spent a good part of the next two days explaining its provisions. Today, it passed the House and will go next to the Senate Appropriations... Read more
March 19, 2021. The Senate Government Operations Committee is seeking testimony from local officials across the state interested in increasing authority to address municipal matters at the local level. Officials who have concerns over the... Read more
March 12, 2021. On Wednesday, the U.S. Congress passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and the President signed it on Thursday. The package is an enormous stimulus to the economy by any standard. 
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February 26, 2021—Legislators in several committees are currently focused on programs they can initiate or expand to help cities, towns, and villages rebuild their local, vibrant economies as deep winter turns the corner and the COVID-19 pandemic’s... Read more
February 19, 2021—Your Hometown in a COVID World. Happily or not, members of Vermont’s General Assembly have now settled in to the second remotely-conducted legislative session. In an ordinary year, we would by now have introduced ourselves – the... Read more
February 12, 2021. The Agency of Transportation has proposed an increase in Town Highway Aid programs of $21.9 million: $12.7 million to Town Highway Structures and $15.3 million to Class 2 Highway Aid. The increase is due to funding received from... Read more
February 5, 2021. This session, bills that would address equity, inclusion, social justice, and rooting out systemic racism are already in several committees or are expected to be proposed ahead of the deadline for introduction of bills, which is... Read more
January 29, 2021. Governor Phil Scott delivered his budget address to the legislature on Tuesday afternoon. Immediately thereafter, secretaries and commissioners decamped to various legislative committee rooms to provide the details and context for... Read more
January 22, 2021. At its virtual meeting on Thursday, the VLCT Board discussed the Tax Structure Commission Report along with two bills currently before the legislature: S.25 (cannabis) and S.30 (possession of guns in child care facilities,... Read more
January 15, 2021. As they had promised, the legislature this week passed H.48, the highly anticipated bill that enables municipalities to adjust how and when to conduct this year’s annual meetings.
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