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Legislative Notes for April 24, 2014

April 18, 2014

This is the point in the session where it actually feels like we are moving closer to adjournment. Bills are beginning to move from one chamber to another more frequently. This also signals the start of political posturing by the House and Senate leadership. One body will hold the others must pass bills in hopes of negotiating a more suitable outcome on their bills. This is hard to follow if you are not in the majority leadership and many times leads to a delay in adjournment. I am hopeful that we will adjourn on or before May 3, 2014.

Improving and protecting the quality of Vermont’s lakes, rivers and streams is important to everyone. This week H.586 a bill that took several committees most of the session to develop finally made it to the floor. Once referred to as the savior of Vermont’s waterways, the bill that passed the House will likely have little to no immediate impact on water quality conditions. The initial cost estimates for the provisions in this bill exceeded $7 million dollars per year. Due to the current spending problem the state is facing it was determined that these provisions would be stripped from the bill until a future legislature finds this money. There are a number of items in the bill that I support which far outweighed the negatives of voting in favor of the bill therefore, I voted to support passage of the bill.

It was nice to see Pastor Bob Emery from the New Life Christian Fellowship here at the Statehouse this week.

I look forward to representing you and your concerns in Montpelier. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns. I am very interested in hearing from you. During the session, I can be reached at the Statehouse by calling 1-800-322-5616 or by cell at 373-5960. My email address is My web-site address is Thank you and have a great week.

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