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Vermont speaker, Senate president discuss legislative session

Smith Shumlin Campbell

*+-Vermont legislative leaders pleased with Legislature’s work.

David Sunderland: Election Day message completely ignored

*+-Vermonters expected the governor and Legislature would make real, transformative and lasting change …

Don Turner: Business as usual in Montpelier isn’t working

*+-With a large majority of the House being made up of Democrats and Progressives, we were unable to accomplish many things we believe Vermonters asked for loud and clear.

Margolis: Tallying up the session’s accomplishments

House Speaker Shap Smith, Gov. Peter Shumlin and President Pro Tem John Campbell after settling on a tax deal.

*+-The 2015 legislative session may have begun amidst humiliation, farce and chaos. It may have ended in a spirit of general dissatisfaction. But, in between, stuff got done.

Peter Shumlin: Progress for Vermont

*+- We had an agenda focused on jobs, quality of life, our environment, and making Vermont a place that works for everyone, not just those who are already doing well.

Don Keelan: Has legislating become too complicated?

*+-One must wonder is it possible for our elected legislators to give the proper attention to today’s complex matters?

Lawmakers adjourn tough, unprecedented session

Senate

*+-The 73rd biennium began with an unprecedented (in modern times) legislative vote for governor and ended with the first arrest of a lawmaker on Statehouse grounds for alleged sexual assaults.

Photo Slideshow: Scenes from the end of the 2015 legislative session

House Speaker Shap Smith, Gov. Peter Shumlin and President Pro Tem John Campbell after settling on a tax deal.

*+-“It’s always moments of levity and absurdism,” House Speaker Shap Smith said Friday.

Clerk of the Vermont House to retire

Don Milne and Bill MaGill

*+-Don Milne submitted his letter of resignation this week, ending a career of more than half a century of service in the Vermont Statehouse.

Legislators weigh new protections for whistleblowers

Helen Head

*+-“People misunderstand whistleblower rights when they think it’s to protect the whistleblower,” attorney Ted Hobson testified. “It’s really to protect the flow of information and to give people the ability to give you the information that you need to do your job.”

John McClaughry: The latest big idea in Montpelier — taxing services

*+-Sen. Tim Ashe may think extending the sales tax to services is a brilliant solution. But politically, it’s not.

Marc Sherman: Legislature needs to see cumulative effect

*+-Businesses need the Vermont Legislature to not push any harder and let us recover from the still lagging economy.

Don Turner: The right to bear arms

*+-Our respect for firearms and the Vermonters who own them is part of what has made Vermont what it is today – one of the safest states in the country.

John McClaughry: The Legislature’s final four

*+-It’s too soon to predict how differences between the House and the Senate will be resolved, but the outline of their likely product is emerging.

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