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A matter of record: how returning candidates voted on contentious issues

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.

Alona Tate, second assistant to the Clerk of the House, logs roll call votes at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 5, 2020. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

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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Florencio Terra

About Florencio

Florencio got his start in the world of journalism as a Production Manager at The Massachusetts Daily Collegian the student newspaper at UMass Amherst. After graduating with a B.A. in Communications he moved to the greater Boston area and started working in film and video production. Deciding he wanted a change of pace he relocated to Central Vermont and returned to the world of journalism this time working in Design and Production for a local weekly called the Hardwick Gazette. While at the Gazette he learned a lot about Vermont, its various news organizations and worked with an amazing staff including dedicated journalists. Times have changed since then but I have remained curious about local issues, staying informed and hearing stories of and about Vermont and it’s amazing people.

In my spare time I love to be out in nature and enjoy traveling throughout the State discovering interesting nooks and crannies to photograph, and funky places for an all day breakfast. I currently live with my wife in Calais.

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