Seatbelts, clean water and medications

Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA The end of the legislative session is getting closer, and in the last week the House passed several Senate bills with amendments. If the Senate does not concur with the House amendments to a bill, a conference committee will be appointed to resolve the differences. Then both chambers would have to vote… Read More »

The State House = The People’s House

By Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA There are quite a number of museums in Vermont, including the State House itself in Montpelier. For 12 months of the year, it is open to the public free of charge and includes guided tours. However, from January through the middle of May it functions as an active workplace as well.… Read More »

Abortion is not a black and white issue

By Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA For members of the Vermont legislature who work diligently to craft legislation that will address problems, protect rights, and generally keep our “brave little state” as a great place to live and work, there comes along in every biennium one or two very controversial issues. Last year, it was gun regulation.… Read More »

Examining the governor’s budget

By REP. MIKE YANTACHKA Democracy can be messy.  With three co-equal branches of government, no one branch can dictate policy unilaterally. Divided government requires a lot of negotiation and compromise under the best of circumstances. Our current national government is divided based on deep ideological differences, however, and this has resulted in a literal breakdown… Read More »

Legislative session epilogue: July edition

Legislative session epilogue: July edition

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and successfully survived the record-setting heat wave that accompanied the holiday. My final Legislative Report usually occurs in May. Last year, the veto session led me to write a report in June. This year, because of another budget veto, the special session of the legislature lasted… Read More »

Vetoes were missed opportunities in the 2018 legislative session

Vetoes were missed opportunities in the 2018 legislative session

The legislative process is both deliberate and deliberative. Bills do not get passed without a considerable amount of testimony from stakeholders on every side of an issue and discussion among the members of a committee comprised of Republicans, Democrats, Progressives and Independents. Bills that are introduced are often modified significantly by the time they are… Read More »

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