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March 14, 2018

Second half of legislative session begins

By Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon

It was great to see so many people at the town meetings in each of the district towns last week. Bridgewater’s meeting was unique in the sense that it was held at the Long Trail Brewery,…

State News
March 7, 2018

Legislative update: Town Meeting week

By Senator Alison Clarkson

It’s Town Meeting week and we are about half way through Vermont’s Legislative Session. We’ve pressed hard to vote out all the priority bills from our Committees in order to meet our “cross over” deadline (that point in the Session when…

State News
March 7, 2018

Legislative update: gun control and tax changes

By Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon

A flurry of activity of various gun related issues highlighted activity at the State House this past week, prior to the Town Meeting recess. The legislature will return to Montpelier on March 13.

Gun control measures…

Local News
March 7, 2018

Gun safety bills pass Senate, House

By Colin Meyn, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott said he was “disappointed” that a bill addressing gun violence did not make it to his desk last week after the House decided to move on its own “extreme risk” gun seizure bill rather than passing a similar bill…

State News
February 28, 2018

Ed funding, school safety and coyotes

 By Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon Education funding

Leadership in the Vermont House made it a priority earlier this session to address the way we fund K-12 education. The current system, which was born out of Act 60 about 20 years ago…

State News
February 21, 2018

Legislative updates

Key issues emerging

By Rep. Jim Harrison (Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon)

Jim Harrison

The key issues of the 2018 legislative session are now becoming evident. The Senate approved a minimum wage hike to $15 last week, while at the same time, downplaying a…

Health Care advocate releases affordability report
State News
February 14, 2018

Health Care advocate releases affordability report

On Feb. 7, the Office of the Health Care Advocate (HCA) released a report demonstrating the affordability crisis that Vermonters face when purchasing health insurance and health care. In the report, “The Cost of Health Insurance: Quantifying the Vermont Affordability Crisis,” the HCA assesses the affordability of…

State News
February 14, 2018

Special education students could be better served for less, studies say

By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger

Vermont students needing special education could be better served for less money, according to two studies commissioned by the Legislature.

Lawmakers will use the studies to craft new approaches to delivering and funding special education services.

The studies were conducted by…

State News
February 14, 2018

Republican leader proposes drug testing for welfare recipients

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger House Minority Leader Rep. Don Turner is proposing a bill that would allow for drug testing of people receiving financial assistance through a state program for low-income families.

If a test comes back positive for an illegal substance, a person in…