Committees in the Vermont House this week will review bills regarding three of the Legislature’s favorite R’s: race, relinquishing firearms, and reduction of carbon. They also will review three-acre runoff, redemption of beverage containers, reorganizing police under one state agency, and more.
Legislation that would tweak state law about elections (non-citizen and ranked choice voting), climate change, home ownership, school mergers and child welfare are among the bills introduced into the Vermont House this week.
Seven Republican senators have introduced a bill to expand funding for school resource officers, armed police officers assigned to local schools. S.76 was introduced Thursday, a week after four Democratic and Progressive senators introduced S.63 to ban school resource officers.
On this week’s episode of the “Ericka Redic Show,” host Ericka Redic tells which towns will and won’t have the Retail Marijuana question on their March Town Meeting ballots.
Senate bill S.74 would eliminate several requirements included in Act 39, Vermont’s ‘aid-in-dying’ law, to protect patients against potential mistakes or abuses.
A Vermont Senate resolution affirming the friendship between Vermont and Taiwan Tuesday, Feb. 9 was denied a floor vote, and instead was diverted into committee.
Taken together, three Vermont Senate bills would expel active-duty police from schools, limit suspensions of law-breaking students, and prevent off-duty cops and retired military from responding to a school shooting.
The chair of the Senate Energy Committee who put forth a weatherization proposal estimated at $1.3 billion says the governor’s plan to invest $25 million is a good start — but not good enough.
A new Vermont House member disputes a veteran senator’s claim that communities should be able to decide by next March whether to ask voters if a retail marijuana store is a good fit.
In her Feb. 3 Vermont House “devotional,” Rep. Mari Cordes, D-Lincoln, chastised Vermont and America for historic, unabated systemic racism and genocide. Our constitutions were condemned, and blatant racist statements stereotyping all white people went unchallenged.
On Town Meeting Day at least 20 Vermont cities and towns will decide whether to allow retail marijuana. At least 34 towns won’t even have the question on the Town Meeting ballot.
In February, Vermont House committees turn from January’s “welcome back, here’s what happened when you were gone” reports from state officials and lobbyists, settle into their seats, and begin to look at bills.