State Senate



District: Windham

Residence: PUTNEY, VT

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JEANETTE WHITE of Putney, Windham County, Democrat, was born on May 2, 1943, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and moved to Vermont in 1972. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in political science and sociology in 1965 and her master's degree in Community Development and Community Education in 1972 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. She is married to Bill White and they have two grown children, Laurie and Josh. Member of the Senate: 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. Home phone: 387-4379. Post Office Address: 35A Old Depot Road, Putney, VT 05346.

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Q: What are your Top 3 Priorities?

1JUSTICE: We have too many people incarcerated. We must find alternatives to keeping people out of prison, and we must be bold enough to fund those alternatives. The single biggest factor in predicting a re-offense is being in jail in the first place, so our main priority should be to keep people out of jail for non-violent offenses.

Connected is the way we approach law enforcement. Tackling it is difficult but it is something I intend to do this biennium. We have the Vermont State Police, other certified officers at the state level, and 80 law enforcement agencies around the state. We must find a way to have better coordination, look at the way they are funded, and the way they are trained. We have made some steps by creating different levels of certification, and by engaging all the players in establishing a system of de-certification.

Also connected is our court system. We need a system that is enough funded and organized that our citizens have timely access to justice

2GOVERNMENT: Our trust in government has eroded, much from a feeling that it is operating behind closed doors and controlled by special interests. Our democracy depends on restoring faith in the good intentions of government. I have worked for many years on these issues and am proud of what we have done. In elections we will have automatic voter registration, election day registration, the voters oath can be self administered, registration on line, early voting.

Public records and open meeting statutes have been reviewed to make them applicable to an age of electronic communication. They exist because it is citizensÕ right to know how and why their officials are making decisions and carrying them out.

Our campaign finance laws reflect differences of opinion. The two most important issues to address with campaign finance are making sure that no one entity has undue influence (contribution limits) and knowing who is donating to which candidates.

3HEALTH CARE: We must continue to work on health care. All Payer Model will save money and improve health outcomes. We must be careful not to undermine our hospitals. They do not have the luxury of providing only services that realize a profit Ð they must maintain infrastructures so they will be there when we need them: we must acknowledge the role they play and work to sustain them.

We must be committed to services for mental health, dental health and vision. I worked hard to pass legislation creating a new profession, dental therapists, that will improve access to dental care. I have also worked in the treatment of mental health. We need to make sure services are available, are of high quality and are adequately funded.

Connected to health care are food and housing insecurity. Part of addressing food insecurity means actively supporting our agricultural economy. We also have a growing number of families who are homeless or near homeless. We need homes to have good health.

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