The word in the House…

The word in the House…

This report was submitted by six area Democratic state representatives: Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb, Shelburne; Mike Yantachka, Charlotte; Bill Lippert, Hinesburg; and Terry Macaig and Jim McCullough, Williston. The Legislature met last week in a veto session to address the statewide budget and education property tax bills. Although these bills are essential to fund… Read More »

End-of-session summary

End-of-session summary

By Rep. Mike Yantachka As the 2017 legislative session ended shortly before midnight on Thursday, May 18, it was with a lot of pride and a lot of disappointment. The reason for the disappointment was because we would have to go back to Montpelier on June 21 for a veto session because Governor Scott declared… Read More »

Teachers’ health care proposal

by Rep. Mike Yantachka In the final week of the legislature, bills move at a fairly rapid pace between the House and Senate as differences are resolved and agreement is reached. Some legislation, however, deals with highly controversial issues such as marijuana legalization, paid family leave, and education issues. These bills often generate much floor… Read More »

Help for First Responders

Help for First Responders

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Vermont has seen its share of tragic automobile accidents and fatal fires over the years. Accidents like the one on I-89 in Williston caused by a wrong-way driver that killed five teens on their way home from a concert, or the recent accident on U.S. Route 7 in Charlotte that killed… Read More »

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 »

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