While there are many uncertainties in next week’s primary, one thing is certain: incumbents will win most of their races.
There are only 18 open seats in the House this year, and just three in the Senate. Which means in most cases the folks representing you in the Statehouse this past session are back on the ballot for the Aug. 11 primary.
So how did they vote?
VTDigger broke down how lawmakers voted on six of the top contentious issues that dominated the Statehouse for the last two years: minimum wage, paid family leave, a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases, codifying the right to abortion, creating a tax and regulate market for marijuana, and the Global Warming Solutions Act.
Check out the roll call votes of your legislator here.
These six votes dominated debate in the Statehouse during this biennium and tested the ability of Democratic leadership to rally the votes in a “Super Majority” coalition to override Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s veto power. They also lay bare internal divisions within these parties.
Before legislators went on recess until Aug. 25, the Democratic-controlled House and Senate had managed a veto override and successfully enacted a wage increase from $10.96 to $12.55 by 2022.
However, the House fell one vote short of overriding Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the paid leave program and neither chamber even attempted enacting the 24-hour waiting period legislation.
Before returning a ballot for the primary and ahead of legislators head back to Montpelier, take a look at their voting records.
ALSO: Find your polling place so that you’re ready to vote in Tuesday’s primary.
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