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TCI point person, named Commissioner of Dept. of Environmental Conservation

(Editor’s note: this press release from the office of Gov. Phil Scott was received this morning and is printed verbatim. Walke has been the administration’s point person on the development of the Transportation & Climate Initiative, the regional carbon tax supported by the Vermont Climate Solutions Caucus but not – yet, anyway – by Gov. Read More…

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With TCI Imploding, A Worse Bill Is on the Horizon

Before the 2020 legislative session kicked off, proponents of the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) were calling the interstate agreement to raise prices of gasoline and diesel by as much as 17¢ a gallon their “banner” legislation for the new year. Now, just half way through January, the scheme is unravelling at a rapid pace. The Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

The Local Gun Control Lobbying Beast Must be Fed

Your gun owner rights are being sold away from you.  Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s  national gun control group”Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund” is putting big dollars into the large local lobbying firm “Necrason Group” which is located in Montpelier.  Look below at the staffing of Necrason Group working for “Everytown…” you can also look Read More…

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What Happened Today in House Judiciary Committee on Draft 7.1 H.610

Below is the testimony of Chris Bradley, the President, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs (VTFSC) as given this afternoon before the House Judiciary Committee.  Remember, FFL Henry Parro of Parro’s Gun Shop & Police Supplies in Waterbury gave detailed testimony in opposition to Section 1 of H.610. The testimony was in response to Draft 7.1 of Read More…

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Is the House Judiciary Out of Control?

[Vermont] House Judiciary Committee Bill H. 610 now declares a new crime to jail persons who refuse to assist in the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms. And that crime appears to be a Felony punishable by two years imprisonment. While [gun rights advocates] are struggling to protect lawful gun owners from unconstitutional magazine and other Read More…

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Tuesday’s Agenda for House Judiciary Committee

From the Vt Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Below is the agenda for the House Judiciary Committee for this week.  Note the amount of time set aside for gun control bill H.610. The members of the gun owner community can make their opposition to H.610, which is not sound public policy and violates the “due process” Read More…

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Southern Vermont Primitive Biathlon

February 15-16, 2020 in Manchester, VT A primitive biathlon is a fun and challenging wilderness competition of target shooting and snowshoeing. The event is open to all muzzleloading firearm enthusiast, regardless of their skill level or athletic ability. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to view portions of the course. Other black powder shooting events are Read More…

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What is the Judiciary Doing?

The hearing on gun control bill H.610 continued on yesterday and there is testimony scheduled for tomorrow.  But, the E-mail string below shows these committee hearings are testimony on a badly broken process. Draft 6.1 of H.610 is [available here].  This is sixth and latest version of gun control bill H.610. H.610 is sponsored by Read More…

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‘Deplorable’ conduct on failed veto override of Paid Family Leave aired on House floor by Dem who broke ranks

February 13, 2020 – The failure of House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski to deliver an override of Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of H.107, paid family leave, has them pondering a more successful strategy to override the governor’s latest veto – S.23, increasing the minimum wage to $12.55 by 2022. The Read More…

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Rep. Jim Harrison Weekly Update 2.10.20

A Bit of Suspense Last week the House failed to override the Governor’s veto of H.107, paid family leave, by just one vote. Four out of the five Independents and four Democrats joined the 43 Republicans in supporting Scott’s veto, primarily, but not exclusively, because of the new $29 million payroll tax on employees. Virtually Read More…

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Judiciary to Review Central Police Agency

February 10, 2020 – the plan to centralize all state and county police under a new Agency of Public Safety will be discussed Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. A Jan. 14 study prepared by Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling argues that centralization will produce savings and efficiency. Supporters of the status quo say a central agency will be Read More…

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Vermont: Your Attendance is Needed at Two Upcoming Statehouse Events

It is critical that Vermont gun owners have a strong showing at the Capitol during the next couple of weeks so that politicians under the gold dome take notice that their gun bans have widespread opposition. Our constitutional rights have been under constant attack in Montpelier, especially during the last three years. This relentless assault on Read More…

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If Legislature Passes Global Warming Solutions Act, TCI Carbon Tax Will Follow

February 7, 2020 – Supporters of the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) needn’t worry about the Legislature’s cool reception to the unpopular regional carbon tax. If H.688. the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), passes, the TCI will become inevitable. The GWSA says Vermont must meet stringent carbon emissions reduction goals. And must really means must. GWSA Read More…

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Senate Committee To Consider Semi-Auto Public Carry Ban & More!

February 5, 2020 – Sen. Phil Baruth (D-Chittenden) said Senate Judiciary will decide later this month whether to take up S259, prohibiting carrying semi-automatic weapons in public places including parks, public meetings, polling places, churches, restaurants, colleges, theaters and public demonstrations. Baruth is the lead sponsor. 13 other senators (all Democrats or Progressives) are co-sponsors – but none except Read More…

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Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 4

WEEK 4: INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE Medical Monitoring  Chlorpyrifos /Glyphosate  Use Value Appraisal Act   ACT 250 Paid Family Leave  Minimum Wage from the Retail and Grocers Association Bills of Interest MEDICAL MONITORING S-37 An act relating to medical monitoring This bill proposes to hold any person who releases a toxic substance strictly, jointly, and severally liable Read More…