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Legislative Notes for May 1, 2014

April 27, 2014

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) was debated again this week. H.112 an act related to food labeling returned from the Senate with modifications and was debated on Tuesday. I believe that everyone deserves to know what is in their food and labeling is vitally important to many. Further, I feel that the state had two options to address this issue and unfortunately choose the option that is most controversial. An option, that is first in the nation and will likely to lead to a lawsuit that could cost Vermont taxpayers an estimated $6-10 million dollars. We could have required additional information on labeling that would have been much less risky. I would have preferred to focus on enhancing and highlighting the products that are GMO free or organic rather than Vermont attempting to force some of the United States largest food suppliers to change their labeling. It again appears that being the first in the nation to do something is far more important than striking the balance of what’s best for Vermonters.

H.883 education governance is a hot topic these days around the Statehouse. The current proposal would reduce the number of state school districts from well over 200 down to less than 55 by 2020. There are a number of other provisions included that are designed to improve student outcomes, operational efficiencies and hopefully reign in the growing and unsustainable cost of education in Vermont. This bill has been controversial in the Statehouse because it pits larger school districts against smaller school districts. Schools with 1000 pupils or more are likely to remain intact. Milton Town School District is in this category and school leaders are supportive of this bill so I will be supporting it.

One of the things I enjoy most about serving in the legislature is hosting friends and constituents at the Statehouse. Thursday was Vermont Grange day at the Statehouse and we were visited by Milton residents Jim and Linda Ballard, Dale Sanderson, Mary Alice and Mike Daley, Angela Dallier and Dwight Ballard. Friday I sponsored a resolution to recognize all Vermont firefighters, emergency medical providers, police officers and their families for the service they provide to our state. I enjoyed hosting Chris Poirier, daughter Beth, Dustin Keelty daughters Kendra and Kyleigh as well as firefighters, emergency medical providers and police officers from around the state.

As your representative, 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 e-mail address is My web-site address is Thank you and have a great week.

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