Monday’s Headliners column about legislative planning for the next wave of Vermont prisons prompted plenty of reader questions and comments.
It will be eight months before the Legislature reconvenes. I would hope the members think long and hard on what a spectacular disaster this session turned out to be.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday signed into law H.57, the unrestricted abortion bill, and vetoed S.169, a gun control bill that would have required a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. Here are the bills approved by the 2019 Legislature that have been signed into law.
Taking action on two of the most controversial pieces of legislation this session, Gov. Phil Scott has signed an unlimited abortion bill and vetoed a gun control bill.
Unless Gov. Scott vetoes S.113, a working group created by the bill will promptly select the next targets on the state of Vermont’s war on plastic. This war is — as both the bill itself and a key supporter states — also part of the greater war on climate change.
We are a member of a coalition of pro-business, pro-growth organizations that have been voicing our concerns during the session. Collectively, we represented our constituencies’ positions on a number of bills that were in-play at the legislature. So how did we do?
The 2019 legislative session is now history, and it’s worth taking stock of its accomplishments, both positive and negative.
Nobody in their right mind would allow even the brightest bunch of freshmen business majors or biology majors from UVM or St. Mikes to, after one semester of study, design and implement a statewide health care system. Yet something like that is what happens in Montpelier every year.
The 2020 transportation bill allocates $2.65 million for nine new park-and-rides, $19 million for new bike/walk projects, $2.4 million for four new electric buses for Burlington and Montpelier areas, $13 million for passenger rail, $1.2 million to complete Montpelier “multi-modal” center, and $2 million of electric-car rebates.
Majority Democrats and Progressives began the year positioned to pass almost any bill they wanted, but in the end it was the minority Republicans who came away with significant victories.
In this Statehouse Headliners, the House and Senate Carbon Emissions Reduction Committee is created, the abortion bill wins the “prize” for most roll calls, and more.