Another year-round Legislature study bill introduced

By Guy Page and Tim Page

A House bill introduced by three progressive Democrats would create a legislative study committee to consider (among other topics) the Vermont Legislature meeting year-round.

H221, introduced Thursday Feb. 9 by Reps. Gabrielle Stebbins (Burlington), Conor Casey (Montpelier) and Leslie Goldman (Bellows Falls) would “create a legislative study committee to consider and make recommendations regarding potential modifications to the structure and processes of the Vermont General Assembly to ensure diversity, provide fair compensation and health insurance to members, and ensure that the Legislative Branch is an equal branch of State government with the Executive and Judicial Branches,” according to a ‘short-form’ bill. 

The issues to be considered by the study committee would include whether the General Assembly should meet year-round and whether to pursue restructuring the General Assembly in the Vermont Constitution, including evaluating changing to a unicameral legislature or having fewer than the current 180 legislators, or both.

The bill was sent to the House Government Operations and Military Affairs Committee. S39, in the Vermont Senate, also would consider a year-round Legislature.

A bill introduced by Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanek (D/P Burlington) and others would give farm and domestic workers benefits and employment rights enjoyed by other sectors of the economy.

H219 would provide agricultural and domestic workers with the right to collectively bargain; receive the minimum wage and overtime pay, unemployment insurance, severance pay, and workers’ compensation coverage; establish a good cause standard for termination of employment; and, permit employees or representative organizations to bring an enforcement action on behalf of the State for violations of the good cause termination requirement.

The bill was referred to the General and Housing Committee. 

Bill #IntroducedTitleLead SponsorSponsor partyCommittee
H.2212/9/2023Study committee for year round Legislature, other changesStebbinsDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.2202/9/2023Increases Medicaid spending for primary care, preventive servicesBlackDemocratHealth Care
H.2192/9/2023Defines the rights of agricultural and domestic workersMulvaney-StanakProg./ DemocratGeneral and Housing
H.2182/9/2023Requires good cause for termination of employmentMulvaney-StanakProg./ DemocratGeneral and Housing
H.2172/9/2023Sets the contribution rate for Workers’ Compensation fundMarcotteDemocratCommerce and Economic Development
H.2162/9/2023Legalizes open air cremationBirongDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.2152/9/2023States Vermont will join all health care interstate compactsCinaProg./ DemocratHealth Care
H.2142/9/2023Creating a body to examine police bodycam and dashcam footageChesnut-TangermanDemocratJudiciary
H.2132/9/2023Commissions study on mobile homes and mobile home parksStevensDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.2122/9/2023Allows minors to possess tobacco for religious reasonsRobertsDemocratHuman Services
H.2112/9/2023Infrastructure for electric vehicles at former welcome centersLaborRepublicanTransportation
H.2102/9/2023Allows legislators to take leave from their primary employmentDolanDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.2092/9/2023Expands choice of public elementary schools in supervisory unionSibiliaDemocratEducation
H.2082/9/2023Establish a public prekindergarten education programBrumsted/ WoodDemocratHuman Services
H.2072/8/2023Allows those acquitted due to insanity to be judged “guilty, but insane”SatcowitzDemocratJudiciary
H.2062/8/2023Vermont Health Access changes, Medicaid dental coverageGoldmanDemocratHealth Care
H.2052/8/2023Provides State assistance in diversifying farm productionGraham/ SurprenantRep./ Dem.Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry
H.2042/8/2023Bans the retail sale of flavored tobacco productsNugentDemocratHuman Services
H.2032/8/2023Report on distracted drivingSmithRepublicanTransportation
H.2022/8/2023Allows tickets for illegally passing a school bus, bus driver’s testimonyLaBountyDemocratTransportation
H.2012/8/2023Requires installation of fireblocking in single-family homesToofRepublicanGeneral and Housing
H.2002/8/2023Names 133 State Street, Montpelier State building after Gov. HoffCaseyDemocratCorrections and Institutions
H.1992/8/2023Expands health insurance eligibility regardless of immigration statusChristieDemocratHealth Care
H.1982/8/2023Creates a Dementia Coordinator position within Human ServiceNoyesDemocratHuman Services
H.1972/8/2023Gets rid of State Pension Fund investments in fossil fuelsStebbinsDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1962/8/2023Wages on State construction projectsStanakProg./ DemocratGeneral and Housing
H.1952/8/2023Limits jurisdiction over electric distribution upgradesElderDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1942/8/2023Creates Office for planning and government accountabilityStebbins/ TorreDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1932/8/2023Increases the solid waste franchise and hazardous waste taxesDolanDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1922/7/2023Mandatory training for use of electric cargo bicyclesBurkeDemocratTransportation
H.1912/7/2023Establishes a nuisance wildlife trapping licenseSatcowitzDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1902/7/2023Removing the residency requirement from assisted suicideGarofanoDemocratHuman Services
H.1892/7/2023Requires D.o.H.to report on adverse reactions to immunizationsHigleyRepublicanHealth Care
H.1882/7/2023Informed consent for administration of immunizationsHigleyRepublicanJudiciary
H.1872/7/2023Creates a conscientious exemption to immunization requirementsHigleyRepublicanHuman Services
H.1862/7/2023Stops merchants using product registry as requirement for warrantiesBirongDemocratCommerce and Economic Development
H.1852/7/2023Authorizes dredging for navigation of public watersChaseDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1842/7/2023Exempt landlords from renovation, repair licensing requirementsBlumle/ Ode/ StebbinsDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.1832/7/2023Protect the conscience rights of health care providers, institutionsHigleyRepublicanHealth Care
H.1822/7/2023Ensures bodily autonomy in health-care decision-makingHigleyRepublicanHuman Services
H.1812/7/2023Comissions study on the creation of a statewide supervisory unionElderDemocratEducation
H.1802/7/2023Standardizes the opening time of polling placesBurrowsDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1792/7/2023Transfer certain responsibilities to Secretary of EducationElderDemocratEducation
H.1782/7/2023Allows commissioning of D.o.C.personnel as notaries publicEmmonsDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1772/7/2023Bicycle path running adjacent to U.S. Route 5BartholemewDemocratTransportation
H.1762/7/2023Allows for secondary enforcement of certain motor vehicle violationsSmallDemocratTransportation
H.1752/7/2023Modernizes the Children and Family Council for Prevention ProgramsLaLondeDemocratJudiciary
H.1742/7/2023Establishes legal personhood for fetuses past 24 weeksPetersonRepublicanHealth Care
H.1732/7/2023Expands the statute against manipulating a child for sexual contactSmallDemocratJudiciary
H.1722/7/2023Expands selection of persons authorized to carry firearms in hospitalsHooperDemocratJudiciary
H.1712/3/2023Amends adult protective servicesNoyes/ Brumsted/ WoodDemocratHuman Services
H.1702/3/2023Examines the restorative justice approach to criminal justice systemEmmons/Shaw/Squirell/WoodDemocratCorrections and Institutions
H.1692/3/2023Amends child abuse investigation, use of Child Protection RegistryBlumle/ StebbinsDemocratJudiciary
H.1682/3/2023Maintenans a database of veterans, expands veteran benefitsHooperDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1672/3/2023Supports expanded access to emergency veterinary careChesnut-TangermanDemocratAgriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry
H.1662/3/2023Removes limit to medical-expense tax deductionOdeDemocratWays and Means
H.1652/3/2023Requires public schools to serve free mealsBradyDemocratEducation
H.1642/2/2023Authorizes ecofriendly wastewater systemsBurkeDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1632/2/2023Creates working group to develop ecofriendly sanitation methodsBurke/ GregoireDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1622/2/2023Bans snow tires from VT Highways from May 16 to Oct. 31BurkeDemocratTransportation
H.1612/2/2023Clarifies burning-permit policyAgriculture, Food Resiliency, and ForestryN/A
H.1602/2/2023Labor reimbursement rates for auto insurance claimsChristieDemocratCommerce and Economic Development
H.1592/1/2023Protects internet service provider data privacySibiliaDemocratCommerce and Economic Development
H.1582/1/2023Expands the beverage container redemption systemSheldonDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1572/1/2023Vermont basic needs budgetBluemleDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.1562/1/2023Incrementally implements Green Mountain CareCina/ ChristieDemocrat/ Prog.Health Care
H.1552/1/2023Mileage reimbursement rates for plug-in electric vehiclesWillamsDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1542/1/2023Medicaid coverage for doula servicesCoffey/ RachelsonDemocratHealth Care
H.1532/1/2023Numerous changes to Vermont’s tax lawsCanfieldRepublicanWays and Means
H.1522/1/2023Prohibits products containing PFAS by 2024Dolan/ WhitmanDemocratHuman Services
H.1512/1/2023Petitions for guardianship of the developmentally disabledBrumsted/ WoodDemocratHuman Services
H.1502/1/2023Amends the charter of the Village of AlburghLeavittDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1492/1/2023Protocol for write-in-candidate consent filings in State electionsBrennanRepublicanGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1482/1/2023Raises the marriagable age to 18Ode/ BurkeDemocratJudiciary
H.1472/1/2023Creates a Vermont State Building Security BoardDemrow/ Hooper/ SimsDemocratCorrections and Institutions
H.1462/1/2023Amends the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management charterSimsDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1451/31/2023FY2023 budget adjustmentApropriationsN/A
H.1441/31/2023Exempts unemployment from income taxMulvaney-StanakProg./ DemocratWays and Means
H.1431/31/2023Towing companies can’t solicit roadside businessRachelsonDemocratTransportation
H.1421/31/2023Raise juvenile delinquency age from 10 to 12Small/ Christie/ RachelsonDemocratJudiciary
H.1411/31/2023Inventory, assessment of immigrant-support organizationsSibiliaDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.1401/31/2023Database of state grants to municipalitiesWillamsDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1391/31/2023Required employee breaksStevensDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.1381/31/2023Employers receiving state grants, contractsKornheiserDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1371/31/2023Home share for disabledStevensDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.1361/31/2023Restrict Social Media on state-owned devices, networksDonahueRepublicanGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1351/31/2023Rent controlBos-Lun/ BurrowsDem./ Prog.General and Housing
H.1341/31/2023Default speed limit for unposted town highwaysTemplemanDemocratTransportation
H.1331/31/2023Reduces penalties for distracted drivingSmithRepublicanTransportation
H.1321/31/2023Homeless bill of rightsStevensDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.1311/31/2023Establishes Green Mountain Recreation FundSimsDemocratAgriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry
H.1301/31/2023Retricts management of sewage and septic wasteDolanDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1291/31/2023More funding for pollution cleanupDolanDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1281/31/2023Exempts small wood producers from Act 250SimsDemocratAgriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry
H.1271/31/2023Legalize sports bettingBirongDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1261/31/2023Conserve 50% of Vermont land by 2050SheldonDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1251/31/2023Revises rules for various boards and commissionsDolan/ BrumstedDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1241/27/2023Supports rural economic developmentSibilia/ Sims/ Hango/ PriestlyDemocratCommerce and Economic Development
H.1231/27/2023Repeal State LotteryStevensDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1221/27/2023Bans surveillance devices on private property w/o owner’s consentBlackDemocratJudiciary
H.1211/26/2023Affords data privacy protectionsMarcotteRepublicanCommerce and Economic Development
H.1201/26/2023Imposes sales tax on digital sale of software and gamesMaslandDemocratWays and Means
H.1191/26/2023Combats excessive motor vehicle noiseBartholemewDemocratTransportation
H.1181/26/2023Broadens eligibility for Medicare Savings ProgramDonahue/ NoyesDemocratHealth Care
H.1171/26/2023Strengthens suicide prevention effortdBlackDemocratHealth Care
H.1161/26/2023Protects job applicants from discrimination and ensures privacyMulvaney-StanakProg./ DemocratGeneral and Housing
H.1151/26/2023Requires insurance coverage of breast milk for infantsCordesDemocratHealth Care
H.1141/26/2023Restricts electronic monitoring of employees and automated HR decisionsPriestlyDemocratCommerce and Economic Development
H.1131/26/2023Bans tax exemptions to any organization engaged in lobbyingSibiliaDemocratWays and Means
H.1121/26/2023Ensures coverage for opiate abuse treatmentSmallProg./ DemocratHuman Services
H.1111/26/2023Amends housing investment and regulatonSims/ HarrisonRep./ Dem.General and Housing
H.1101/26/2023Extends application period for telecom sitingSibiliaDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.1091/26/2023Ensures reimbursement for home-delivered mealsNoyesDemocratHuman Services
H.1081/25/2023Update Vermont School Bus Manual and the CDL testsLaBountyDemocratTransportation
H.1071/25/2023Hartford infrastructure financingChristieDemocratWays and Means
H.1061/25/2023Protects teaching gender-identity and racismHeadrickProg./ DemocratEducation
H.1051/25/2023Create $3 mil disaster fundSimsDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.1041/25/2023Defining membership in worker cooperativesAndrianoDemocratCommerce and Economic Development
H.1031/25/2023Required state reporting on staff-to-patient ratiosPageRepublicanHealth Care
H.1021/25/2023Amending the Art in State Buildings ProgramCoffeyDem./ Rep.Corrections and Institutions
H.1011/25/2023Reducing transportation carbon emissionsBurke/ StebbinsDemocratTransportation
H.1001/25/2023Seasonal signs at pedestrian crossingsDolan/ McGillDemocratTransportation
H.991/25/2023Amending National Guard Tuition Benefit ProgramHango/ Birong/ SibiliaDemocratEducation
H.981/24/2023Firearms storage restrictions, 10-day waiting periodMulvaney-StanakProg./ DemocratJudiciary
H.971/24/2023Write-in candidates, primary electionsScheuDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.961/24/2023Clean Heat StandardStebbins/ SibiliaDemocrat/ Ind.Environment and Energy
H.951/24/2023Municipal Energy GrantsWillamsDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.941/24/2023Reach UpGarofano/ Gregoire/ Brumsted/ SmallDem./ Rep.Human Services
H.931/24/2023Reach Up benefitsGarofano/ Gregoire/ Brumsted/ SmallDem./ Rep.Human Services
H.921/24/2023Uneemployment insurance after voluntary separationMulvaney-StanakProg./ DemocratCommerce and Economic Development
H.911/24/2023Paid family leave for serious injuryStevensDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.901/24/2023Defunct Congregational churchesStevensDemocratJudiciary
H.891/24/2023Legal protections for abortion, transgender service providersDonally/ LaLonde/ SmallDemocrat/ Prog.Judiciary
H.881/24/2023Cash bail restrictions, prohibitionsBos-LunDemocratJudiciary
H.871/24/2023Access to wages before paydayMarcotteRepublicanCommerce and Economic Development
H.861/24/2023Audiology, Speech Pathology Interstate CompactMcCarthyDemocratHealth Care
H.851/24/2023Public trails accessibilityBurroughsDemocrat/ Prog.Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry
H.841/24/2023Wastewater discharge permitsSimsDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.831/20/2023Tax credits for living organ donationsNoyesDemocratWays and Means
H.821/20/2023Sell two state buildings to Town of WaterburyWoodDemocratCorrections and Institutions
H.811/20/2023Ensure fair repair of agricultural equipmentDonahue/ SimsRep./ Dem.Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry
H.801/20/2023License freestanding birth centersCordesDemocratHealth Care
H.791/20/2023Ensure rights to independent auto repairDonahue/ SimsRep./ Dem.Commerce and Economic Development
H.781/20/2023Takeout of alcoholic beveragesBirongDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.771/20/2023Adopting the Physical Therapy Licensure CompactOdeDemocratHealth Care
H.761/20/2023Regulating captive insurance companiesMarcotteRepublicanEnvironment and Energy
H.751/20/2023Notify planned outages of 911 servicesSibiliaIndependentEnvironment and Energy
H.741/20/2023Repeal Global Warming Solutions ActHigleyRepublicanEnvironment and Energy
H.731/20/2023Revoking VT use of California’s Clean Air Act waiverHigleyRepublicanEnvironment and Energy
H.721/19/2023Safe injection sitesSmallProg./ DemocratJudiciary
H.711/19/2023Expanding DMV veteran designationsPetersonRepublicanTransportation
H.701/19/2023Restrictions on telecommunications sitingsDolan/ PattDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.691/19/2023Ban smoking outdoors near entrancesDolanDemocratHuman Services
H.681/19/2023Urban zoning, housing developmentBongartzDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.671/19/2023Manufacturers pay for household hazardous products collectionDolanDemocratHuman Services
H.661/19/2023Mandated family and medical leave insuranceKornheiser/ Scheu/ StevensDemocratGeneral and Housing
H.651/18/2023Raise Small claims from $5,000 to $10,000PattDemocratJudiciary
H.641/18/2023Ban on wake boatsSimsDemocratTransportation
H.631/18/2023Marriage/family therapists licensed clinical social workersCoffeyDemocratHealth Care
H.621/18/2023Interstate Counseling CompactHoughton/ DurfeeDemocratHealth Care
H.611/18/2023Elective income tax and creditHarrisonRepublicanWays and Means
H.601/18/2023More 4th classes licenses for alcohol manufacturersBirongDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.591/18/2023Amending veterans‘ death certificatesCoffeyDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.581/18/2023Unbiased appointment of zoning administratorsPetersonRepublicanGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.571/18/2023Dog trainers, client consentCoffeyDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.561/18/2023Ban natural gas line extensionCordes/ ElderDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.551/18/2023Unemployment insurance amendmentsMarcotteRepublicanCommerce and Economic Development
H.541/17/2023Municipal services supportAnthonyDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.531/17/2023Eliminate driver’s license suspension for some nonpaymentDolan/ LaLondeDem./ Rep.Transportation
H.521/13/2023Retirement benefits for temporary state employeesCaseyDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.511/13/2023Boaters pay $20 for aquatic nuisance passesDolanDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.501/13/2023Ban on sale of PFA productsDolan/ WhitmanDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.491/13/2023Retirement plan for volunteer firefightersNicollDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.481/12/2023Find new landfill siteSims/ PageDem./ Rep.Environment and Energy
H.471/12/2023Disposal of solar panelsHarrisonRepublicanEnvironment and Energy
H.461/12/2023Dissolution of Colchester Fire District No. 3TaylorDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.451/12/2023Restrict litigation against abuse survivorsDonnallyDemocratJudiciary
H.441/12/2023Small town local option taxDolanDemocratWays and Means
H.431/12/2023Military protection ordersOdeDemocratJudiciary
H.421/11/2023Public meetings alternativesGov. Ops.referralWays and Means
H.411/11/2023Domestic-/sex-assault cases to community justice centersDolanDemocratJudiciary
H.401/11/2023Make contraceptive tampering a crimeRachelsonDemocratJudiciary
H.391/11/2023New plan for State distributing revenues to municipalitiesAnthonyDemocratWays and Means
H.381/11/2023Device-distracted drivingShawRepublicanTransportation
H.371/11/2023Require winter tires on rental carsPattDemocratTransportation
H.361/11/2023Exempt forests from small town planningParsonsRepublicanEnvironment and Energy
H.351/10/2023Responsibility for Victims Assistance ProgramRachelsonDemocratJudiciary
H.341/10/2023State-owned public restroom near CapitolCaseyDemocratCorrections and Institutions
H.331/10/2023Legislator expenses: reimbursement or allowanceHarrisonRepublicanGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.321/10/2023Social Security benefits exemptionHarrisonRepublicanWays and Means
H.311/10/2023Aquatic nuisance control moratoriumBongartzDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.301/10/2023Increase acreage of wetlandsSheldonDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.291/10/2023Restrict all mapped river corridor developmentSheldonDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.281/10/2023Expand expungement of court diversion casesLaLondeDemocratJudiciary
H.271/10/2023Coercive controlling behavior basis for abuse orderDonnallyDemocratJudiciary
H.261/10/2023National Guard income tax exemptionBirongDemocratWays and Means
H.251/6/2023Feasibility study for child care facility in a State buildingAnthonyDemocratCorrections and Institutions
H.241/6/2023State Auditor examining State contractor recordsPageRepublicanGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.231/6/2023Mail-in ballots upon request only for general electionsLaborRepublicanGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.221/6/2023Sexual exploitation by policeSmallProg./ DemocratJudiciary
H.211/6/2023Require utility to notify landlord of disconnectionsPageRepublicanGeneral and Housing
H.201/5/2023One person, one vote’ reapportionment studySimsDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.191/5/2023Municipal boards of abatementArrisonDemocratGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.181/5/2023Ban sale of single-use-filter cannabis and tobacco productsPageRepublicanHuman Services
H.171/5/2023More time, money for towing abandoned vehiclesPageRepublicanTransportation
H.161/5/2023Study to expand passenger, freight rail servicePageRepublicanTransportation
H.151/5/2023Protecting golf courses from developmentPageRepublicanEnvironment and Energy
H.141/5/2023More pay for jurorsCoffeyDemocratJudiciary
H.131/5/2023Legalizing switchblade knivesBrennanRepublicanJudiciary
H.121/5/2023Dismiss nonviolent misdemeanors to reduce court backlogLaLonde/ Burditt/ ChristieRep./ Dem.Judiciary
H.111/5/2023Insurance for epinephrine auto-injectorsHangoRepublicanHealth Care
H.101/5/2023Create VEGI oversight boardKornheiser/ MarcotteDem./ Rep.Commerce and Economic Development
H.91/5/2023Exempt EVs from inspection for 40 monthsAnthonyDemocratTransportation
H.81/5/2023Repeal statute of limitations for childhood emotional abuseAustinDemocratJudiciary
H.71/5/2023Replacing term “cider” with “hard cider“DonahueRepublicanGovernment Operations and Military Affairs
H.61/5/2023Expand development ban down to 1,500 ft.AnthonyDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.51/5/2023Regional plan reformBongartzDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.41/5/2023Removal of pilings causing ice jams at Barre bridgeAnthonyDemocratTransportation
H.31/5/2023$800K for mental health providers working with policeAnthonyDemocratHealth Care
H.21/5/2023Exempt aircraft hangars from Act 250 reviewCorcoranDemocratEnvironment and Energy
H.11/5/2023Payment, case management for developmental disability servicesMcFaun/ WoodRep./ Dem.Human Services

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21 replies »

  1. Can you imagine how much damage they do if they met year-round?

    How about they sit a few years out, let the adults sort it out?

  2. OMG ! Mount Peculiar is the most schizophrenic town in the state with them meeting 5 months a year. For seven months, life was good, relatively stable, and somewhat predictable. The upper echelon of state bureaucracy are easy going, easy to talk to, for the most part, average human beings. But for the five months that the circus is in town, everybody walks around on pins and needles worrying about things they may say, or do that may offend the clown show under the Golden Dome. These “public servants” (that’s laughable, as they are anything but ! they are the most self serving lot of people that you will ever meet) should be doing there best to shorten the legislative season. It was not that long ago that they met for 6 weeks, every other year. The only thing that has changed is the legislatures seeming need to regulate (limit) our freedoms,and spend more, and more of our money !

    • Very well stated Pat. This session is already turning out to be even worse than some of us feared. How about they start addressing some of the REAL issues, Ie. Affordable Housing, as well as several more,

    • pigfarmer56……..lets give em 2 months….8weeks….and what gets done is done, if not done waits till the next year, and prioritize before session actually convenes…….

  3. LOL! And by meeting they mean collecting their salary, getting their free health insurance and passing the most ludicrous woke/commie/anti business laws they can think of….all from the comfort of their bedrooms as they Zoom all their meetings.

    I never thought I’d get to see Rome burn in real time…..

  4. ok, ummm it now takes close to 5 months to do 12 month budget/business……..my vote is 2 months……get it done or wait till the next year……and ya all go home……
    this bill is insane

    • And remember, the budget is the LAST thing they “debate”. They do all their spending, then vote to give themselves enough of our money to cover their wish list. The budget should be the FIRST thing they approve, set by the previous year’s plus a projected COLA if you will, then they should have to live within that budget PERIOD! This is the way state gov. operates if you can believe it. Imagine this. You go, and buy a new Tesla (of course) then come back to your boss, (the people of the SOV) and tell him or her (them) you need a raise because you bought a new car. That’s the way these people conduct business ! Why are we broke and getting further in debt ?

  5. God help us all! With the damage they spray on us in five months, just imagine
    what catastrophics they could impose upon us given seven more months to do their
    dirty work. No way, Jose!

  6. An issue of this nature should not be decided by those who would directly benefit from it. Legislators are “public servants” which should mean that “we the people” are their employers, and as such we should be the ones to decide if the legislative season should be revised. Put it to a vote on Town Meeting Day and let the voters decide. I would propose the same for their benefits and salary packages as well. And after reviewing a number of the current proposals, I would vote not only to shorten the season but cap the number of bills proposed. So many of the proposals are time wasters and reduce the time that could be spent debating issues that actually impact the well being of the state. It would appear as if the legislative body as a whole, has lost sight of it’s purpose.

  7. the nature of government is to expand and take over more and more of citizens’ rights. if allowed they will keep going until it is full time and they tell people what to do in every part of life. what has happened to being a free country with limited government

  8. How best to never have to get a “real job”? I’d suggest 1 month every 3 years; should reduce the damage that way.

  9. Why should they create a “job” that we the people have to pay for in benefits. Many people that they represent have NO insurance even if they work!! This legislature under Mitzi voted themselves a PERPETUAL annual payraise. For 2 yrs they never stepped foot inside the dome in Montpelier. They have passed socialist/communist laws without ANY oversight from we the people. This really needs to stop. Now!!

  10. The biggest problem with a long session is preventing decent, working or entrepreneurial Vermonters from being able to serve and leave them enough time to earn a living. This is obviously BY DESIGN, and now the marxists in charge want to double down on this strategy? The democrat caucus has been effectively meeting year round for a decade or so. At a minimum level of reform, what is needed is for them to get paid only through the second week of March and anything not finished they want to continue with they do on their own time. They waste the taxpayers money in actual legislative expenses for a much-too-long session as well as the horrible economic damage they do through the bills they pass. Ultimately though it is the majority of voters who put these charlatans in office who are to blame for the fiscal and social mess Vermont is in…but hey, one in 5 Americans approve of the job being done by the President. If you need a good insight into the intelligence and awareness level of the average American these days, just observe the behavior at a 4-way stop sign.

  11. I’d say the legislature should meet every 10 years. Most of what they do is “busy work” and figuring out how to make more problems which make more work that make more problems. Many of them seem like they are working for the special interests. I do not know of many bills that have made my life better in Vermont.

  12. Just what this state needs – an entire year of liberal lawmaking!
    As if they don’t do enough damage in the few months they’re there now.
    God Help Us!