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Browning proposes changes in executive privilege

Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington. File Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Rep. Cynthia Browning proposes bill to waive governor’s executive privilege in certain cases.

This week in the Statehouse: Jan. 26-30

The Golden Bubble. VTD/Josh Larkin

Floor work begins in earnest in the Vermont House of Representatives this week with microbeads and the budget adjustment act. The Gun Owners of Vermont will be at the Statehouse to push back on a Senate proposal to require background checks for all gun purchases.

Gun bill introduced in the Senate

Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, D-Quechee, sits for an interview at his Statehouse office on Tuesday. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

Senate Democrats introduced their much anticipated gun control bill Thursday afternoon (S.31). Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell is the lead sponsor of the bill. Gun control legislation has been met with stiff opposition in the past in the Vermont Legislature, and Gov. Peter Shumlin says he has no interest in supporting a background check […]

Beaglemania takes over the Statehouse

Photo by Marco Bellucci/via Creative Commons

Good Grief! A bill to make the beagle Vermont’s state dog begins its romp through the Legislature.

This week in the Statehouse: Jan. 18-23

The commission appointed by Gov. Mortimer Proctor that decided to remove the Civil War tintype portraits lining the corridor opposite the front door of the Statehouse chose to install in their place quotations that conveyed Vermont's character and ideals. Larkin Mead, raised in Brattleboro, completed this sculpture of martyred President Abraham Lincoln as a study for a larger work. Mead's widow donated the bust to the state in 1910. It formed a perfect focal point for the new Hall of Inscriptions. Photo by Nancy Graff

State revenue forecasts will be released; a gun control bill will be introduced; a sugar sweetened beverage proposed; high gas prices will be investigated; and groups will begin to react to the Shumlin administration’s budget proposal.

Margolis: Shumlin is back, calling the shots

Gov. Peter Shumlin (center) speaks with Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (left) and Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell, D-Windsor after his budget address at the Statehouse Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

He made the two recommendations elected officials most hate recommending: cut spending and raise taxes. He confronted his two most vexing problem areas – health care and the high cost of public education with some specific proposals, some calls for further study and co-operation. He acknowledged that some of what he proposed would be resisted.

Shumlin’s proposed cuts to human services would equal $29.5 million

Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers his budget address at the Statehouse on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The governor’s proposal will not impact child protection services, but will slash $6 million in funds to help Vermonters heat their homes and will eliminate many small grant-funded programs.

News release of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s budget address

Gov. Peter Shumlin announces that single payer health care will not go forward in the next legislative session. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Part II of the governor’s third-term agenda focuses on health care, education spending, higher education and economic development.

House Republicans want to ban legislative PACs from fundraising during session

Rep. Kurt Wright, R-Burlington, and other lawmakers announced Thursday at a Statehouse press conference they plan to introduce campaign finance legislation next week. Photo by Andrew Stein

A Democratic political action committee held a fundraiser Wednesday night and Republican Reps. Kurt Wright and Patti Komline say it’s inappropriate to raise money from PACs while the Legislature is convened.

U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to Vermont’s campaign finance laws

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Vermont’s campaign finance laws brought by the Vermont Right to Life Committee, thereby upholding a previous ruling by a lower court in the case. The Vermont Right to Life Committee, a nonprofit with a political action committee that supports anti-abortion candidates, filed suit to overturn […]

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano joins Republican Party

Dan Feliciano during the 2014 campaign. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

“My views are much more aligned with what the GOP is doing now in its platform,” said Feliciano, noting that he is eyeing another run in 2016.

Background check bill in the works

Gun Sense Vermont President Ann Braden speaks at a Statehouse news conference Tuesday about gun control legislation. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Rally of gun control advocates set for Wednesday at the Statehouse.

105 Vermont lawmakers declare their gubernatorial vote

Back to work in the House chamber.

Look at the spreadsheet to find your senator or representative who voluntarily filled out a form provided by VTDigger. Many legislators explained their vote.

Margolis: Single payer protesters take tactics from the right

Demonstrators unfurl a banner in the House chamber Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, as Gov. Peter Shumlin gives his inaugural address. Protesters packed the gallery demanding that Shumlin make good on his pledge to create a publicly financed health care system. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Here a small a small, self-ordained, and apparently unrepresentative group of people said, in effect, “Do it our way or we will disrupt.” That’s an inherently fascist approach.

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