By Guy Page
Tax and regulation of legal marijuana, S.54, will get a close look in House Government Operations Committee this week, beginning Tuesday, according to this week’s In Committee report by State House Headliners. Giving local communities equal ability to embrace or reject marijuana dispensaries is expected to be among the topics of discussion.
Gov Ops also will discuss H.444 ranked choice voting, which would let voters select first and second choices in an electoral race (favored by third party and independent candidates); H.509 making Election Day a state holiday; and H.207, the proposed Montpelier charter change to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections.
In other legislative news, Rep. Marianna Gamache (R-Swanton) has introduced H.516, to promote technical education in an effort to train young Vermonters to fill the thousands of good-paying job openings that do not require a traditional four-year college degree. See her Vermont LIberty News video on the Vermont Daily Chronicle.
Statehouse Headliners is intended primarily to educate, not advocate. It is e-mailed to an ever-growing list of interested Vermonters, public officials and media. Guy Page is affiliated with the Vermont Energy Partnership; the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare; and Physicians, Families and Friends for a Better Vermont.