There won’t likely be a veto session, but there will be a showdown at the Statehouse to handle unfinished business on the state budget.
The House on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve H.897, which reconfigures the current per-service funding formula for special education into a block-grant system. New language in the bill includes a four-year phase-in period for independent schools to adopt the new formula and begin taking more special education children.
Vermont is one step closer to a $15 minimum wage following a narrow yes vote in the House on Tuesday, and business owners say the development has them worried, despite the likelihood of a veto by the governor.
In this episode of Vote for Vermont, host Pat McDonald interviews Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce head William Moore about the legislative session and its possible impact on Vermont businesses.
The House has approved a bill to curb alleged “systemic racism,” which some lawmakers claim is rampant among offices of the Vermont state government.
By a 4-1 vote, the Senate Committee on Economic Development on Monday approved a paid family leave bill that would offer employees up to 12 weeks of leave with 70 percent of wages covered. Watch video of the committee hearings held at the Vermont Statehouse.
An amended bill passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this past week could pressure public and independent schools to decrease detentions, expulsions and disproportionate discipline of minorities in favor of community- and student-led remediation.
A bill on toxic chemical regulation that Gov. Phil Scott vetoed earlier this month met its final end in the House chamber on Wednesday as lawmakers voted to sustain the veto with 53 votes in support of the governor.
S.197 is anti-business, anti-growth, and anti-development and will provide no real relief to those exposed to toxins who already can find relief for harm caused by exposure. Increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 as found in S.40 is another job killer. We are also concerned about an act relating to paid family leave.
Last week the House Education Committee heard its share of concerns about the logistical and economic challenges of reworking funding formulas for special education, and this week the Senate Education Committee got its own testimony of similar flavor.
In recent weeks, the House Government Operations Committee has been evaluating a measure that would set up a five-member panel to look for “systemic racism” and racial disparities in state government. Watch video of the committee hearings held at the Vermont Statehouse.