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The 2015 legislative session concluded a bit after 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. It was one of the more difficult sessions in recent memory. Budget shortfalls had to be addressed from the get-go. In November, voters called on the legislators and governor to address burgeoning property taxes resulting from increased costs of education; cleaning up the state’s waters and preparing for a new total maximum daily load (TMDL) for Lake Champlain; “bending the curve” on the escalating cost of health insurance; and fixing the yet-to-work-correctly Vermont Health Connect system. Many other issues that affect local governments were also raised. Some have since been discarded, others adopted following significant modification in light of testimony from local officials, and others – such as amendments to the Open Meeting Law – have not yet made it through the entire legislative process to passage. All of the issues that targeted municipalities are described in detail in this Legislative Wrap-Up. Please note that most legislation takes effect on July 1, 2015, the beginning of the state fiscal year 2016.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 09, 2015