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February 13, 2019

Electing a new National Guard general is challenging

By Sen. Alison Clarkson

No matter the temperature outside, or the travel challenges, during this time of year the State House is humming with activity.  Whether it’s a public hearing, committee meetings, advocacy training, the governor’s open door coffees on Wednesday mornings, the lieutenant governor’s…

State News
February 13, 2019

Welch calls shutdown ‘ avoidable ’ during Rutland visit last Monday

By Curt Peterson

RUTLAND—Rep. Peter Welch met with several area business people at the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce offices on Merchants Row, Monday, Feb. 4.

Welch’s first topic was immigration, and the related recent shutdown, which Welch called “avoidable.”

“Last year a bipartisan budget…

State News
February 6, 2019

Down to business

By Rep. Jim Harrison

Entering the fifth week of the 2019 session the pace is picking up. Committees have had a chance to review and dissect some of the proposals before them and are starting to push bills out to the House or Senate floors…

State News
February 6, 2019

Civics education

By Sen. Dick McCormack

Under our federal and state constitution, the United States is a republic. Each state is governed by republican principles as well. I suggest that for a republic to be a republic its citizens must be republican citizens, knowledgeable about republican principles,…

State News
January 30, 2019

The road ahead

By Rep. Jim Harrison

At the beginning of every legislative session, governors give a State of the State address or as in the case of a new biennium like this year, an inaugural speech. Such talks generally offer little in terms of detail, but rather…

State News
January 30, 2019

Leg. in full swing

By Sen. Alison Clarkson

The Legislature’s 2019 session is now in full swing.  Each committee in the House and the Senate is getting updated by the agencies and departments in their areas of jurisdiction.  The various reports and studies which have been requested are being…

State News
January 30, 2019

Back to work

By Sen. Dick McCormack

In this bitter time in Washington, Vermont is a light of hope simply because we get along with one another.  Democrats and Progressives are a united team. Our Republican friends are true to their ideals, but they are not obstructionists. We…

State News
January 23, 2019

Legislature gets down to business

By Rep. Jim Harrison

By the end of the second week of the 2019 Legislative session, we are beginning to get a better picture of some of the issues likely to be considered this year. Some are repeats from last year, while others may be…

A different dynamic
State News
January 16, 2019

A different dynamic

By Rep. Jim Harrison

Last Wednesday, Jan 9, marked the beginning of the new legislative biennium. Voters returned all statewide office holders, including Gov. Phil Scott, and the Legislature voted to have House Speaker Johnson and Senator Ashe head up their respective chambers again. What…

New biennium is full of ‘pomp and circumstance’
State News
January 16, 2019

New biennium is full of ‘pomp and circumstance’

By Sen. Alison Clarkson

It is always exciting to begin a new biennium in the Vermont State House. And, the 2019 launch of the first year of that two year legislative period was no exception.  While our leadership remained unchanged – returning Gov. Phil Scott;…