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By a strong 140-3 vote, the House backed a watered-down bill calling for summer study sessions on wind power, but some Senators appear ready to try to restore parts of the bill that were stripped out.
Senators voted 19-11 to eliminate the ban on corporate money in what some called a “gut and study” proposal that calls for the Secretary of State to issue a report on the matter in December.
Senate committee forwards campaign finance reform bill without Galbraith’s amendment banning corporate contributions
“If it isn’t in the draft, it will be re-offered,” said Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham.
The decision comes after pressure from law enforcement and the Shumlin administration to delay passage of a bill this year.
Posted in Information Technology, Politics | Tagged ACLU, Allen Gilbert, Facebook, Kevin Mullin, law enforcement, Peter Galbraith, Sen. Dick Sears, Shumlin administration, Social Media, Vermont legislature
Lieutenant governor breaks tie in Senate, pushing drastically altered assisted death bill to Thursday vote
The one-page amendment replaces 20 pages of lengthy procedures and patient safety nets that have been debated in the Legislature since 2003.
Campbell says he’s learned from his rookie mistakes; With three contenders for pro tem, Senate caucus will likely be rocky
He reached out in a “coming to Jesus moment” to several committee chairs who took a hard look at his deficiencies as the Senate’s leader.
Posted in Politics, State | Tagged Anthony Pollina, Christopher Bray, David Zuckerman, Dick McCormack, Don Collins, John Campbell, John Rodgers, Norm McAllister, Peter Galbraith, Phil Baruth, Tim Ashe, Vermont Senate
In the past, where Shumlin as a senator might have been more colorful in his rhetorical flourishes, as governor he seems to have tamed his inner Jon Stewart.
Republicans raised fundamental philosophical objections to the idea of a single-payer system in which the government administers payment for health care.
Digger tidbits: “Pete’s” final passage; Health care bill amendments galore; Veterans’ tax credit finally moves
The saga of “Pete the Moose” is near its end. Or perhaps only the legislative chapters of the legend.
In the only contested race for the House in the county, Windham District 3-1 in Brattleboro, Valerie Stuart, who runs a public relations firm, defeated Lorie Cartwright, a local attorney.