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Welcome to the VLCT Legislative Wrap-up for 2008. The 2008 legislative session came to an orderly and early close Saturday afternoon, May 3rd, ending an otherwise tumultuous 2007-2008 biennium. We are already into the campaign season: Speaker of the House Gaye Symington announced her bid for governor on May 12. And we are already thinking about developing the VLCT Legislative Platform for the 2009-2010 biennium. Watch your mail for descriptions of our policy development process and an invitation to participate. Take your summer breather now, while you still have the time!
Bills affecting municipal government are always front and center in the Vermont Legislature. Vermont is one of the few “Dillon’s Rule” states in the country, which means that Vermont local governments must obtain permission from the state legislature for everything they wish to do and can be told to do whatever it is the legislature wants them to do. The result is a lot of proposed legislation that would affect local officials if passed – legislation that local governments request and legislation that they would prefer never becomes law. Your VLCT legislative staff follows hundreds of bills during the course of a legislative biennium usually playing offense (getting bills of benefit to municipalities passed) and defense (defeating bills that would harm local governments) at the same time.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008