We began taking testimony regarding the budget adjustment for emergency housing last week. As the Department of Children and Families works to create better longterm solutions to the problem of increasing homelessness, the need for … Continue reading
House Corrections and Institutions was invited by Senate Judiciary to hear from Corrections Commissioner Andrew Pallito and senior policy and legal adviser for Public Safety, Robert Sand. Both introduced the committees to a proposal for … Continue reading
I believe that we should do everything possible to curb drug use and addiction in Vermont. Addiction not only adversely affects addicts and their families, it threatens the security of our communities and leads to … Continue reading
The House Progressive Caucus was split a month ago when we voted on the gas tax increase. I voted for it because there is a good correlation between the price of gas and reduction in … Continue reading
With a rare unanimous roll call vote of 140-0, the legislature passed the omnibus military bill on Friday. Despite working on the legislation for several months, my committee — General, Housing and Military Affairs — … Continue reading
As the lead sponsor of the marijuana decriminalization bill (H.200), it’s been an interesting few weeks. As you may have heard, on Friday the bill finally advanced in the House with a vote of 98-44 … Continue reading
There are several exciting national and state economic initiatives in progress.
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch announced last week that he introduced two bills targeted to help Vermont’s maple industry, the national leader in maple syrup … Continue reading
Last week, I swallowed hard and voted for the gas tax. Everyone agrees we have to maintain our roads and bridges — and we also know the transportation fund currently has a projected deficit of … Continue reading
Sometimes change takes centuries; sometimes it’s quicker. Certainly the fast-track was on display last week as the House voted on a bill related to the rights of same-sex couples. Only five Republicans voted against a … Continue reading
It’s been nearly a century since Vermont first prohibited marijuana in 1915. It hasn’t worked and it’s time for a new approach.
Just like alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition does not eliminate the use of the … Continue reading
Town meeting week signifies the traditional halfway mark of the legislative session in Montpelier. Typically, the first year of the biennium starts off slowly, as committees get used to new members and each other, and … Continue reading
In the wake of unprecedented capital construction due to Tropical Storm Irene, it may be time for a renewed risk management and project management approach (questions that must be addressed) to more effectively manage capital … Continue reading
The hope is that this year’s main health care bill will pass out of the House Health Care Committee this week or next. This bill puts the financing together as Vermont enters the new Federal … Continue reading