Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe said that “barring a miracle” legalization is not likely to pass this year. But a Senate committee could approve a new bill to send to the House for next year.
The Senate plans to use a procedural move to pass H.197, which would extend mental health coverage. Senate President Tim Ashe rejected concerns raised about costs.
If the legislative session ends a week early, on May 6, that money could be carried over to the next fiscal year and used to pay for a special session in October.
A foreign entity targeted the email system lawmakers use, but no information appears to have been obtained.
The Senate Appropriations Committee decided Tuesday to delay consideration of S.100, the bill that contains Gov. Phil Scott’s bond for affordable housing.
The Joint Financial Office, the Legislature’s financial research arm, will release a study next month on the effect of a $15 minimum wage on the state’s economy and what’s known as the “benefits cliff.”
The bill passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously Friday and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
he Vermont Senate has endorsed S.4, the bill that would require the board of directors for the state’s largest health care organization to hold open meetings. Senators gave preliminary approval to the bill unanimously on Thursday in a voice vote. The Senate is on track to pass the bill Friday. S.4 affects accountable care organizations, […]
He has asked senators to pencil in time in October. That would be shortly after the federal budget goes into effect, possibly with major cuts in funding for Vermont.
H.197 would also make it easier for first responders to get treatment specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Scott’s education proposal is a problem for Democrats who for years have resisted significant changes in education funding for fear of running afoul of local control and the powerful teachers union.
It passed a bill that’s expected to help. And Senate President Tim Ashe says he has asked the Human Services Agency for a plan to do more.
The lieutenant governor says legislation now in the Senate must pass quickly in order to prevent the federal government from deputizing local police for sweeps of undocumented workers.