Speaker Johnson appoints 2 representatives to the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission

News Release — Vermont Legislature September 8, 2017 Contact: Katherine Levasseur (802) 735-3799 [email protected] House Speaker Mitzi Johnson today announced the appointments of Representative Ann Pugh, Chair of the Human Services Committee, and Representative Maxine Grad, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, to the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission. A copy of the Executive Order establishing the […]






UPDATED: Deal reached in effort to end veto stalemate

Mitzi Johnson

“I think we have a strong compromise that everybody will be able to say yes to,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson. The issue was how to find savings on teacher health benefits.





Burlington School Board wades into health benefits debate

Mitzi Johnson

The board came out against the idea — put forward by some legislators near the end of the session — to force budget cuts if districts didn’t reach a certain outcome in negotiations with teachers.



UPDATED: Scott’s fiscal veto message rejected as inadequate

Gov. Phil Scott

The House clerk said the budget and property tax bill vetoes needed to come in separate letters. Scott’s spokesperson called the rejection “hyper-political.” The clerk’s office later accepted resubmitted versions.



Smith: The political big one

Tim Ashe

The worst thing for a party, even one as strong as the Vermont Democrats, is to have working families and small businesses feel they are taking a back seat to a special interest group.



Vermont Legislature 2017: How a sleepy session turned stormy

Vermont Legislature

Lawmakers, lobbyists and the media were complaining the session was boring until Gov. Scott rolled out his proposal to negotiate with teachers statewide over health care benefits.




UPDATED: Legislative leaders say they’ve reached an impasse

Phil Scott

Top Democrats say the House and Senate will move ahead with remaining legislation even without the governor’s support and adjourn as early as the end of the week.



Speaker introduces new teacher health insurance plan into end-of-session mix

Mitzi Johnson

Mitzi Johnson says her plan would address concerns about teacher benefits that are holding up adjournment. The Senate president wouldn’t comment, while unions rejected it.