Business & Economics Health Statehouse

Agency of Commerce and Community Development Directs “Big Box” Retailers to Cease In-Person Sales of Non-Essential Items

31 March 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2020 CONTACT: Nate Formalarie, Communications Director Agency of Commerce and Community Development (802) 522-7323; nate.formalarie@vermont.gov Agency Of Commerce And Community Development Directs “big Box” Retailers To Cease In Person Sales Of Non-essential Items Large Retailers Asked to Comply with Stay Home/Stay Safe Order Montpelier, Vt. –  The Read More…

Statehouse VT Daily Chronicle

Browning’s controversial call for House quorum, as seen from behind the scenes

Lawmaker/Journalist Anne Donahue (R-Berlin) explains the behind-the-scenes decision-making that led to the dramatic moment in the almost-empty House chambers Wednesday when Rep. Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) stunned the handful of assembled lawmakers by calling for a quorum before an attempted vote on allowing the House to meet and vote remotely. She explains how the disagreement between Read More…

Business & Economics Health Rutland County Statehouse

Rep. Jim Harrison: Writing the Rules as We Go

Over the past few weeks, we have seen addendum after addendum to Governor Phil Scott’s Emergency Declaration that was issued on March 13. What was allowed yesterday may not be true today. The situation is changing daily. Last week saw the Governor issuing orders to stay home, close non-essential businesses, including lodging and short term Read More…

Health Statehouse

Rep. Jim Harrison: “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order Issued

Late Tuesday, Governor Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses. The Governor’s order directs Vermonters to stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons, critical to health and safety. If leaving the home, Vermonters should adhere to social distancing policies, including remaining Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

We are now engaged in the end of a legislative biennium in which we are in completely un-chartered waters. The legislature leadership are trying to work out how it can get the necessary COVID-19 and must pass financial bills through the legislature through a legally correct process and headed to the governor.     This situation is Read More…

Business & Economics Health Statehouse

Governor Scott Issues “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order, Directs Additional Closures

24 March 2020 Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses. Skip to List of Critical Services and Functions These restrictive measures are in place to minimize all unnecessary activities outside the home to slow the spread of Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

Local Lobbyist Gun Control Beast MUST Be Fed

National gun control organizations, like “Giffords” of former Representative Gabby Giffords (D) AZ pour large amounts of money into Vermont to pay large local lobbying firms to push for their national agenda: to enact NYC-style gun control laws in every state.  Small population Vermont is seen as low hanging fruit. An easy buy. As you can see down Read More…

Statehouse VT Daily Chronicle

Changing How Vermont Does Democracy During Covid-19

Senate committee agrees to waive need for physical location of government meetings, allowing 2020 election ballots to be mailed to every registered voter. Secretary of State warns of C-19 return in fall. By Guy Page March 18, 2020 – Legislation discussed and agreed upon during a Senate Government Operations Committee teleconference today would, during the Read More…

Health Statehouse

Senate Refuses Commercial Cannabis House Changes, Wants Conference Committee

by Guy Page March 12, 2020 – S54, commercial cannabis, was approved by the House Feb. 26. The Senate did not concur with the changes made by the House, and a conference committee was established today. Sens. Richard Sears (D-Bennington), Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) and Jeanette White (D-Windham) were appointed to represent the Senate. Majority Leader Read More…

Business & Economics Energy Statehouse Tax Land VT Daily Chronicle

House Committee Mulls Forcing Employers to Reduce Commuter Traffic

By Guy Page March 9, 2020 – The Vermont House Transportation Committee is shelving – for now – a plan to require Vermont employers to participate in “the statewide reduction in single-occupancy pleasure car trips.” Virtually all cars are defined by state law as “pleasure cars.”  The aim of the legislation is to decrease the Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

Hearing on S.321 Continues Wednesday Morning: Your Contacts Needed ASAP

At 9 AM, on Wednesday, March 11, the Senate Natural Resources Committee has scheduled discussion, with a possible vote, on Bill S.321, which has new restrictions on Bear Hunting with dogs and F&W Board restructuring. This morning, March 9, Senators Chris Bray and Ruth Hardy had a public session in Addison County.  Some issues of contention, in Sections 15-18 in S.321, were brought up by Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

H.610 Scheduled for Hearing, Discussion and Possible Vote on Thursday

It is vital that Vermonters concerned with gun owner rights and “due process” rights for all citizens oppose H.610. To express your opposition to H.610 to your member of the House of Representatives you can call the VT State House at 802-828-2228 and leave the message for your Representative(s) “No to H.610.  Due Process of Law Read More…

Energy Statehouse

Fuel Line Newsletter 3/6/20

Town Meeting Results Growing pressure from rising costs and declining enrollments led to the rejection of school budgets in nine school districts on Tuesday. Nine municipal budgets were also defeated on Town Meeting Day. In Vermont’s largest city, the Progressive Party flipped two seats and seized the majority on Burlington’s City Council. And in South Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

Attempting to See Behind the Government Curtains in Vermont

In the ongoing challenge to H.610 it became obvious that the gun control advocates were quite well informed as to how the bill was evolving through the constant series of new drafts to the bill, as the supporters of the bill continued to encounter testimony that pointed out the deficiencies and lack of “due process” Read More…

Business & Economics Energy Statehouse Tax Land

From the Climate Solutions Caucus

* The Global Warming Solutions Act (H.688) recently passed the House on a strong vote of 105-37 and turns Vermont’s goals for carbon emission reductions into requirements. It requires the state to create a plan for meeting these targets and gives individuals a cause-of-action tool for court intervention if Vermont fails to develop or effectively Read More…