Op-Ed Statehouse

Constitutional Challenge to Office of Legislative Counsel and House Judiciary Committee

Among Vermont’s current plethora of new gun laws, is H 610. Masked in “domestic violence” language, this trash legislation is visibly unconstitutional. After watching initial House Judiciary Committee hearings on this bill, I was stunned that Vermont’s Office of Legislative Counsel (represented at the House Judiciary Committee by Attorney Erik Fitzpatrick) did not even address Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

VTFSC Notice of Action and Public Records Request to the Vermont House Judiciary Committee

Today, shortly after noon, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs served the House Judiciary Committee with a Notice of Action and a separate Public Records Request/FOIA, so that it is possible to better understand the manner in which the leadership of House Judiciary has conducted its business. We did not take this action lightly, we Read More…

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John Klar challenges VTDigger’s 501(c)(3) tax status

VTDigger (Vermont Journalism Trust) is Vermont’s largest media outlet, and benefits from tax-exempt status (and solicits donations as tax deductible) as a qualified Sec. 501(c)(3) organization, stating yearly on its Form 990 that : “THE MISSION OF VERMONT JOURNALISM TRUST AND VTDIGGER IS TO PRODUCE RIGOROUS JOURNALISM THAT EXPLAINS COMPLEX ISSUES, HOLDS THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE Read More…

Announcements Sports & Outdoors

Gun Owners of Vermont Shares

Gun Owners of Vermont is encouraging residents to bring forth Article 16 / Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions in their towns in the hopes of sending a message to our legislators in Montpelier who seem otherwise unwilling to listen. These resolutions, while purely symbolic, are a powerful statement on behalf of the tens of thousands of Read More…

Health

Changes Coming To Vermont Health Information Exchange

The Vermont Health Information Exchange keeps your health records in one secure place. When you see a healthcare provider (like a doctor or nurse practitioner) who participates, an electronic record may be sent to the Health Information Exchange. Having your healthcare providers on the same page means better care for you. When healthcare providers use Read More…

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John Klar Responds to vtdigger

An article on vtdigger by Grace Ellitson on January 21 was entitled “Halquist calls for Agri-publicans to condemn candidate’s ‘transphobic’ comments.” In response, Agripublican leader John Klar has requested that H Brooke Paige, the author of these facebook posts from his previous run(s) for office, disassociate from the agripublican campaign, and Mr. Paige has complied. Read More…

Business & Economics Hot! Property Rights Statehouse

Act 250 Revisions Move Forward

Reading about the Legislature’s ongoing effort to revise Act 250, Vermont’s land use and development law, is both intimidating and important. And that’s a problem. Eyes unused to environmental regulatory language are apt to glaze over after just a few paragraphs discussing “criteria” and “jurisdiction.” And there are a lot of paragraphs. New ideas, testimony Read More…

Op-Ed Statehouse

Why we oppose the worst possible paid family & medical leave plan

As readers may know, legislators recently finalized a mandatory Paid Family and Medical Leave bill (financed by a new payroll tax) that has been a year in the making. This effort has not been without contention; in fact, last May legislative leaders were unable to come to terms on what the final bill would look Read More…

Op-Ed

The “State” of Modern Society

History reflects an inherent tension between human efforts to socialize, and the government enslavement that often ensues. “Society” is defined as “the community of people living in a particular country or region and having shared customs, laws, and organizations.” The evolving American “state” which now dominates Americans’ lives increasingly lacks shared customs and laws. Customs Read More…

Business & Economics Statehouse

Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 2

WEEK 2 Welcome to the 2020 Legislative Update. I will be providing a weekly update of the issues, bills, committee meetings and hearings of the Vermont Legislature. The 2020 legislature session began on January 7th, there have been numerous new bills introduced and several bills that did not pass last year, are being revisited. If Read More…

Tax Land

TCI Interstate Carbon Tax Is Imploding

The ink wasn’t dry on the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) memorandum of understanding before Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) declared it a “boondoggle” that his state would never support. That first domino fell hard, now several others are teetering. In Connecticut, Governor Ted Lamont (D-CT), who has an approval rating of 24 percent and is already Read More…

Op-Ed

America’s Moral Dystopia: the “Legalization of Morals”

The times are strange, when ideological passions surge to embrace government as the vehicle to impose an evolving, nebulous “morality” on one and all. Notably absent from moral passions such as the Black Lives Matter, #Metoo, and Antifa movements are personal responsibility, or policy proposals. Implementing Constitutional laws to protect women, blacks, or individuals has Read More…