Rep. Alice Emmons said she is unsure how the press’s coverage of the Legislature will look next session and expressed surprise that more journalists have not attended committee hearings in person over the summer.
A week after the idea was floated in a key committee, it was unanimously rejected Tuesday.
Laws affecting the environment, prison reform and property taxes will all kick in Thursday, which also starts a new fiscal year with a $7.32 billion state budget.
On Thursday, the Senate sent Gov. Phil Scott legislation, H.157, that would set up the first-ever certification process for construction contractors.
Senators voted 20-10 to overturn the governor’s vetoes, thereby giving noncitizens in Winooski and Montpelier the right to vote in local elections.
The Vermont House of Representatives made quick work Wednesday morning of overriding Gov. Phil Scott’s vetoes to charter changes that would allow noncitizens to vote in local elections in Montpelier and Winooski.
The bills would give noncitizens voting rights in local elections in Montpelier and Winooski. The Senate votes next on overriding the vetoes.
Lawmakers will look to revive the three bills Gov. Phil Scott killed this year and pass a sweeping housing reform bill that Republicans blocked in May.
The sweeping budget includes $150 million for broadband, $190 million for affordable housing and $50 million for climate change initiatives.
The governor signed several pieces of legislation Monday as the remaining few bills that have passed the House and Senate are clearing his desk this week.
The Senate leader cites investments in broadband, child care and climate action as key accomplishments of the 2021 legislative session.
The Legislature plans to convene later this month and attempt to override vetoes of local measures that would allow noncitizen residents of Winooski and Montpelier to vote in local elections.
The governor returned to the Legislature two bills that would have allowed noncitizen residents of Winooski and Montpelier to cast ballots. He also signed a measure legalizing possession of buprenorphine.
While we celebrate advocacy wins and historic investments in child care, broadband and housing, it is unacceptable that legislators did not advance substantial immediate relief for our state’s businesses.