Through February 19, Vermont lawmakers have claimed $218,144 in the $75/day per diem permitted for at-home expenses.
Fetal personhood bill introduced
A bill declaring a fetus a legal person during the third trimester has been introduced into the Vermont House of Representatives. Although unlikely to proceed in the pro-legal abortion House, H248 seems to have science on its side.
Religious schools soon may receive public tuition $$
The Senate Education Committee was briefed this week on the school choice policy impacts of Espinoza v. Montana in which the U.S. Supreme Court last year determined that religious schools shall not be excluded from public tuition dollars under federal law.
Women inmates transitional housing, sentence reform bills introduced
Bills related to prison sentencing and transition have been introduced into the Vermont Legislature.
“Vermont Economic Solutions Act” would see VT grow most of its own food
A new House bill would create a 21-member council would make a plan for Vermont to grow the majority of its food within five years.
New chairs named for House Appropriations, Transportation committees
Rep. Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) has been named chair of the House Appropriations Committee, succeeding retired chair Kitty Toll of Danville. Appropriations prepares the state budget bill, a/k/a the “big bill.” Hooper is a former mayor of Montpelier.
New House bills eliminate vax parental consent, allow silencers on hunting rifles, change Town Meeting voting
New legislation would:
Eliminate parental consent for age 16-18 vaccination
Change Town Meeting voting law re: pandemic
Fund mental health workers for police departments
Require universal home visits for families with newborns
Eliminate conflicts of interest among Climate Council members
Tax candy and sugared drinks
Provide free breakfast and lunch for all public school students
Allow hunters to use noise suppressors on their firearms
Gun, vehicle, real estate property rights under attack, 5AFest speakers say
Based on bills proposed, pushed, but not passed last year, Vermonters must prepare for legislative challenges to their gun, real estate, and vehicle property rights, organizer John Klar told attendees at the FifthAmendmentFest today.
Former Planned Parenthood employee expected to be elected Speaker tomorrow
When the Vermont Legislature convenes for the 2021 session tomorrow, the House of Representatives is expected to elect Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) as the next Speaker of the House. Krowinski, has close ties to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE), Vermont’s largest abortion provider and legislative advocate. Krowinski will hold the gavel and set the agenda for the 2021-2022 session.
Today’s News: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Covid crisis opportunity to create longterm change, Dems say at caucus BY GUY PAGE ON DECEMBER 17, 2020 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) The Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to accomplish longterm economic development and legislative […]