Sports betting, clean water bills become law

Gov. Phil Scott on June 14 signed into law:

  • H.127, legalizing sports wagering
  • H.461, changes in education law, including streamlining the home schooling process
  • H.470, miscellaneous amendments to alcoholic beverage laws, including study of public safety impact of off-premises sale of alcoholic beverages
  • H.480, property valuation and reappraisals
  • H.493, capital construction and State bonding

Upon signing the capital construction bill, Governor Scott praised lawmakers’ foresight in setting aside $32 million for clean water projects, “which will draw down $375 million in federal dollars over the next several years. That incredible 12:1 ratio will support jobs, and community revitalization.”

The sports betting bill recognizes that Vermonters already bet on sports, Scott said.  “I first proposed Vermont legalize sports betting several years ago and I’m happy the Legislature has come to an agreement, as well. We know many Vermonters already participate in the marketplace and bringing it above board provides important resources and consumer protections. Vermont now joins many other states who have made this move.”

Governor Scott also allowed H.270, repealing the sunset of the Cannabis Control Board, to become law without signature. In his letter to the Legislature, he complained the bill usurps executive power. 

“I understand there is a need for an alternative structure for regulating controlled substances that remain federally illegal so that we do not compromise federal funding,” Scott said. “However, when removing the sunset on the CCB, the statutory authority of the CCB needs to be clarified to ensure constitutionality and accountability to the governor.

“Like the Department of Liquor and Lottery, the CCB exercises the police powers of the governor. It has investigators and enforcement agents. It has substantial rulemaking authority which affects the rights and obligations of licensees. The CCB is not a legislative body, nor is it quasi-judicial. 

“The Legislature has no authority to delegate the Constitutional power of the governor to faithfully execute the laws to an entity that is now permanently independent of the executive branch and is, therefore, not accountable to the people of Vermont. Constitutionally, the CCB must be accountable to the governor as part of the Executive Branch.”  

Categories: Legislation

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  1. Other than the outright corruption and smugness displayed by the legislature and the fearless figurehead at the pavillion the one thing I despise most about government is the fact that they believe they’re receiving free monies from the feds. At the high end it’s our taxpayer dollars being wasted. On the low end we’re being bribed with our hard earned monies to succumb to federal mandates that aren’t even Constitutionally viable.

  2. Watch Out for H.480, coming to a Town, Neighborhood near you! Take a moment and read that sneaky piece of Legislation as well as S.100, the combination of both will really start to downgrade all communities in Vermont. The taxes we are paying are being used against us! Vermonters are being carpet-bombed in a Maoist-Marxist Fashion.

  3. With those two bills H.480 and S.100 the state just took over housing for all of VT. Don’t you understand they are the ones that F’d it up to begin with??

    Plan is almost complete:
    -Climate change takes over Energy Sector
    -Affordable housing and these bills took over the housing market
    -OneCare and “Health care for all” took over the healthcare industry
    -Covid took over the small businesses and put them in debt or out of business.
    -Bankers are the ones that did it to begin with so they were in from the start

    All that VT has left is it’s tiny manufacturing market, and tourism which has all been consolidating over the last 10 years too with out of state companies buying up our ski areas

    Good job Commies, you voted your way into communism and sealed your own fate.

    Seems like the only safe companies these days are sports betting organization, brothels, alcohol maker or seller, or a maple syrup operation. (I’d say a pot shop, but the commies came out swinging on that one and gave those businesses to friends and family.)

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