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 »

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 »

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