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Tag: Final Reading 2023
Final Reading: Legislature OKs another 2 years of to-go cocktails
Thursday’s vote tops Vermonters off for another two years of to-go bevs, but the bill is still far from bottomless. It will require reauthorization once again come 2025.
Final Reading: Adjournment speculation runs amok in the Statehouse
As for when the chaos will end, it depends on who you ask. Leadership is sticking to the script, insisting that, really, seriously, Friday is the last day.
Final Reading: In scramble to pass anti-harassment bill, House panel removes key sticking point
Lawmakers have spent months on the legislation, which would prevent pay discrimination on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation, among others, and would make it easier for victims to pursue harassment claims.
Final Reading: Advocates, lawmakers seek to decriminalize magic mushrooms
The testimony came in the context of two companion bills, H.371 and S.114, that would decriminalize possession of psilocybin and create a Psychedelic Therapy Advisory Working Group.
Final Reading: Scott administration defends plan to end motel program
“We need to move on,” Gov. Phil Scott said of the program on Wednesday. “I don't underestimate how difficult this is for some of those folks involved, but it’s time.”
Final Reading: House panel strikes compromise on Act 250 reform
The language comes largely courtesy of the House’s rural caucus, the tri-partisan group that has led the charge in the lower chamber to create additional carve-outs to the landmark land-use law.
Final Reading: When will the legislative session wrap up? Bets are in.
The schedule is also speeding up. Conor Kennedy, chief of staff to House Speaker Jill Krowinski, said the House is going to be holding two full floor sessions a day starting next week.
Final Reading: Taylor Small speaks out against the silencing of Zooey Zephyr, a friend and fellow transgender lawmaker
Two thousand, four hundred, thirty-four miles away from Helena, Zooey Zephyr’s battle hits close to home for Rep. Taylor Small, Vermont’s first and only transgender legislator.
Final Reading: Senate panel rejects proposal to change the color of snowplow lights
The state Agency of Transportation asked senators for permission to install green warning lights on its equipment, such as snowplows and other maintenance trucks. Lawmakers responded lukewarmly.