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 »

Possible to both support common-sense gun control, Second Amendment

by Mike Yantachka Pursuing common-sense gun regulations: Very few issues have generated as much emotion on both sides as the issue of gun regulation. After 10 hours of debate last Friday, the House amended Senate bill S.55 dealing with firearms regulations. S.55 passed the Senate with a provision related to the disposition of firearms that… Read More »

The Word in the House

The Word in the House

Hitting the ground running The first week of the 2018 legislative session opened with less ceremony than last year, which was the beginning of the biennium. New members appointed since last May due to resignations were seated, and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson made her opening remarks.  She acknowledged that each House member was there to… Read More »

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