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.
Please also visit our two new session-long lists of municipally relevant bills introduced in the House and in the Senate. We'll update them each Friday to help you follow bills as they wend their ways through the State House committees. These two webpages are in addition to the New Bills tables in our Weekly Legislative Reports.
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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January 8, 2021. On Wednesday, legislators in Vermont were sworn in, in a multi-party collaborative process that could not be further removed from the acrimony and violence that consumed our nation’s Capitol on the same day. On Thursday, Governor... Read more
December 18, 2020. The pandemic-centered general election is way behind us. In Vermont, there was no controversy surrounding re-election of Governor Scott, who garnered 68.8 percent of the vote, a significant mandate. That is a good thing as he and... Read more
October 9, 2020. The Vermont Legislature finally adjourned on the evening of Friday, September 25. Never before has a session lasted anywhere near this long. This time, “adjourned” means finished. In July, when the legislature recessed, any bills... Read more
July 22, 2020 – Late on Friday night, June 26, the legislature recessed for six weeks. They did so after appropriating $750,777,119 in Coronavirus Relief Fund monies for a variety of needs that includes local governmental operations. The legislature... Read more