In a move that could keep pot smoking illegal in Vermont, House Republicans may choose not to suspend rules to bring a revised legalization bill back up for discussion next week at the Statehouse.
“The teachers are asking for 100 percent,” Patrick Healy, chair of the Twinfield Union School Board, told True North.
The House and Senate formally adjourned the 2017 session late Thursday evening after finishing up a final budget expected to be vetoed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott.
Marijuana legalization bill S.22 made it to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk largely along partisan lines, but law enforcement and some liberal lawmakers are issuing strong warnings about reefer madness in Vermont.
The Vermont Senate on Friday approved a plan to preserve collective bargaining and keep teacher health care negotiations local, but Gov. Phil Scott again threatened a veto, saying the plan burdens school districts and doesn’t achieve multi-year savings.
The stalemate between the governor and lawmakers over teachers health care negotiations continues, even as many at the Statehouse are ready for the extended session to adjourn.
Legislators are returning to the Statehouse for an extended two-day session Wednesday and Thursday as Gov. Phil Scott has doubled-down on his proposal to have teacher health care negotiations take place at the state level.
Vermont’s General Fund revenues for April are in, and the numbers are about $21.65 million short of the monthly target set by the Emergency Board in January.
Gov. Phil Scott wants to reshape how teacher healthcare contracts are negotiated, having them done at the state level rather than the supervisory union level. He says this initiative could save the state $26 million.