In this Statehouse Headliners, Republican Lisa Hango fills vacated Franklin County House seat, and new bills would end religious exemption for immunization and tax churches and hospitals for heating oil.
Another round of House bills would allow crossbow hunting during bow season, make unsecured firearms a crime, and allow non-citizen voting in Montpelier city elections.
The Green New Deal’s dismissal of nuclear power dooms it to failure as a realistic plan to reduce carbon emissions. Doubters need only look at Vermont, a climate change expert wrote in Forbes Magazine recently.
Human Services approved H.57 Thursday with minor changes and Judiciary is taking testimony today and tomorrow.
New House legislation includes bills that would allow “transgender students” access to gender-separated school facilities, programs and activities, ban the use of “eminent domain” seizure of land for natural gas pipelines, and further decriminalize the use of mind-altering drugs.
Natural gas is the “cleanest” fossil fuel from a greenhouse gas perspective. Alternatives to home heat in Vermont include heating oil and split wood. Cleaner alternatives include passive solar, heat pumps and wood pellets.
The House introduced a retail marijuana bill on Friday while a similar Senate bill was being prepped for a committee vote. Neither bill would set taxes high enough to cover costs expected by the Marijuana Commission.
Establishing a retail market for marijuana will lead to increased marketing, which will have an effect on Vermont youth consumption, Vermont Marijuana Commission Vice Chair Jake Perkinson said Tuesday.
S.16, sponsored by Sen. Tim Ashe, would protect vertebrate animals — including lab rats and mice — from being used for non-medical research. At the same time, H.57 would decree that throughout the entire pregnancy, “the fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.”
New House bills would make hard drug possession a misdemeanor, ban teacher strikes, create universal primary care, join multi-state cap and trade, and more.
If the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee approves S.54, creating a retail market for marijuana, Chair Dick Sears and his committee can’t say they weren’t warned about its deadly threat to Vermonters.