Vermont legislature

Tim Jerman: Let the spin begin

The Vermont Republican negativity machine is in full gear after the legislative session.

Heidi Scheuermann: Need for responsible leadership

Montpelier must do a better job balancing the needs of Vermonters within our current economic and revenue realities.

Legislators honored by Voices for Vermont’s Children for their work on behalf of kids

News Release — Voices for Vermont’s Children June 11, 2015 Contact: Michelle Fay, Voices for Vermont’s Children [email protected] 802-229-6377 On May 29th Voices for Vermont’s Children recognized three policymakers with Vermont Kids Count awards during the organization’s Raising Our Voices for Kids event at the Burlington Community Boathouse. Senators Claire Ayer and Jeanette White and […]

Newly elected clerk of the Vermont House was recently disbarred

Bill Magill, assistant House clerk, swears in a new staffer. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

William MaGill was elected with no discussion of past legal trouble. Lawmakers say it has “no bearing” on his work.

Condos pitches ethics commission in wake of impropriety allegations

Secretary of State Jim Condos. Courtesy photo

Key lawmakers aren’t so sure Montpelier has a problem and that more bureaucracy is the solution.

Gov. Shumlin signs 13 bills on Tuesday

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday signed 13 bills that were recently passed by the General Assembly. Among those signed into law were bills relating to election law, public records act exemptions, town charters, privacy protection, the state’s sex offender registry, and more: • S.13, an act which will improve the efficiency and consistency of the Vermont Sex Offender Registry; […]

John McClaughry: The governor’s ‘productive’ legislative session

That appears as a new frontier in spin, possibly coupled with a bit of amnesia. Let’s review the report card.

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


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.

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