By Guy Page
This week, lawmakers are Town Meeting break. Taking advantage of the respite, Vermont Daily looks back at the most-read, most-commented-on news stories from the 2021 Legislature.
Sen. Phil Baruth and other gun controllers want to ban carrying guns in most public places. Gun rights advocates argue the need for self-defense and the defense of others – and point out that, unlike the State House, most workplaces aren’t protected by armed security.
With mass vaccination held out as the only resolution to onerous work and travel restrictions, opponents of mandatory immunization are concerned that state government will allow or even require discrimination against people who won’t accept the vaccine. H283 faces an uphill battle, to say the least. But Gov. Scott said it’s a discussion that needs to be had at the state and national level.
This story highlighted the first bills introduced into the 2021 legislature, including another erosion of parental rights in youth childcare, and letting towns convert Town Meeting into vote-by-mail.
Rather than raise the sales tax, why not tax (almost) everything at a lower rate? Critics say it would be a paperwork nightmare and every year would tempt lawmakers to solve the annual financial financial crisis by raising this tax just a little bit. In a few years, Vermonters could find themselves paying 6% on almost everything, with the baby-chick Legislature crying for more, more, more.
Stay-at-home lawmakers can’t claim travel and meals expenses anymore. Happily for them, a $75/day at-home expense supplements some of that lost expense income. But some readers are not happy with our representatives getting an extra $75 for….what, exactly?
Some Democratic senators say the solution to violent crime in schools isn’t expulsion or suspension, it’s getting rid of school police, AKA “school resource officers.” Some Republicans from Rutland County – home of Fair Haven Union High School, where a mass shooting was averted with the help of another school’s SRO – push back with a bill to protect and expand funding for SROs.
Newly-elected Sen. Russ Ingalls (R-Essex Orleans) is thrown into the deep water of controversy right away. He’s only senator to vote against a condemnation of President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot.
Legalizing prostitution will atone for a century of repressive, racist legislation aimed at preventing black men from having sex with white women. Or so a new bill says.
The Public Utilities Commission asks the Legislature to tax, tax, tax its way to meeting its carbon reduction mandates.
Old Glory yes, BLM (etc.) no. This bill doesn’t mention BLM by name, but it doesn’t have to. It wouldn’t exist if some lawmakers weren’t unhappy with BLM advocates pushing flag-flying at school districts across Vermont.
Why are you so hostile and against people freely expressing their individual views?
Many Jews I know who had homes here have heard this news and take it as more validation of anti…
Can someone explain to me who thought it was a good idea to say “While You’re At It, send the…
It always struck me that the TSA was just some sort of sad jobs program. They don’t seem equipped to…
I do love me some Meg Hansen!!!! Preach girl!