The word in the House…

By Rep. Bill Lippert Hinesburg State Representative Last week, on April 7, I was encouraged by several colleagues to share on the floor of the House some brief reflections on the significance of April 7 as an important legislative anniversary. What follows is a fuller reflection. After more than twenty years of personal grassroots advocacy,… Read More »

Safety and accommodation

Safety and accommodation

Every year, hundreds of bills are introduced in the Vermont House of Representatives. Each is assigned to one of the 15 standing committees for consideration. Relatively few are actually voted out of committee and brought to the floor for consideration by the full House. Those that are must be voted out of committee by “crossover,”… Read More »

Towards a better Bottle Bill

by Rep. Mike Yantachka Back in 1971 there was a lot of concern about littering Vermont’s highways and byways. A major component of the litter was discarded beverage bottles that were tossed from moving cars. Governor Deane C. Davis and the legislature addressed the problem by passing the “Bottle Bill” in 1972 which established a… Read More »

The long and short of legislating

The long and short of legislating

Hundreds of bills are introduced in the Vermont House each year.  Some are very long bills that create new laws or make major modifications to existing law.  A major rewrite of the liquor control laws that were first enacted in 1934 was recently undertaken by the General, Housing & Military Affairs Committee. All of the… Read More »

Keeping an eye on IT

Keeping an eye on IT

Legislation dealing with money, whether it is raising it or spending it, is often contentious and always a challenge. When the state raises money through taxes and fees, we as taxpayers want to see that it is well spent. It should be used to promote the common good, be used efficiently, and accomplish the purpose… Read More »

New beginnings

New beginnings

By Rep. Mike Yantachka 1/11/2017 As I drove to Montpelier last week, I felt excited by the prospect of the changes that would be taking place in Vermont’s government, changes that would offer new challenges as well as new opportunities. The 2016 election produced a sweeping change of leadership in Montpelier, from the governor and… Read More »

Towns get more say in energy siting

by Rep. Mike Yantachka 2015 saw an increase in solar arrays springing up across the Vermont countryside. This was occurring as developers and landowners became more active in seeking opportunities to take advantage of Vermont’s incentives for net metering of renewable energy. These incentives promote Vermont’s goal of obtaining 90% of its energy needs from… Read More »

Education Funding and Property Taxes

by Rep. Mike Yantachka A little over a month ago at Town Meeting we voted for our town budget, our local CCS school budget and our CVU budget. Together these budgets will determine the amount of spending that our property taxes will be based on. By far, the largest portion of those taxes will go… Read More »

Managing our forests

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Vermont’s forests are vital for humans and the ecosystem. They protect water, soil and air quality and provide rural jobs and a multitude of useful forest products, as well as flood protection. When European settlers first came to Vermont, the land was almost completely forested. Settlement led to clearing 80% of… Read More »

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