2018 FOCUS Legislative Preview

FOCUS Legislative Review 2017/Preview 2018 Download the PDF Version With uncertainty at the federal level continuing into 2018, states will once again direct their focus on responding to federal challenges as they arise and continue to participate in many nationwide policy debates on issues ranging from healthcare to privacy. While Republicans hold the governor’s office […]

A Preview of the 2018 Vermont Legislative Session

The start of the 2018 legislative session in Vermont is just around the corner. The session kicks off on Wednesday, January 3rd and if there is an overarching theme that will define discussions next year it is the uncertainty in Washington, DC and the potential for actions taken by the Trump Administration and Congress to […]

Truth and Reconciliation

By: Clare Buckley We are extricating ourselves from a system that insulted our common humanity by dividing us from one another on the basis of race and setting us against each other as oppressed and oppressor. – Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, October 29, 1998, upon receiving the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report The […]


By Alexandra MacLean I wrote a blog last week on the largely negative impacts that social media has had and continues to have on politics here in Vermont. And then the Harvey Weinstein story broke and actress Alyssa Milano called on all women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to write ‘Me Too’ on […]

What’s Next?

By Todd Bailey When our firm was founded in 1987 we were hired to help create an organization that would focus on land conservation and housing. At the time, lobbying was much more reactive than proactive. Despite that fact, the effort took a campaign in order for it to be successful. The result was the […]

Executive Power Gone Wild?

By Clare Buckley   Immigration reform. Minimum wage. Abortion funding. What tool allows Presidents and some Governors to unilaterally make policy changes in these and other areas that have the full force and effect of law without a single vote by a lawmaker? That tool is the Executive Order. Before your eyes glaze over, let […]

How Are They Going To Do This?

By Nick Sherman The Vermont Legislature will reconvene this week for a special session to address the veto of H.518, the state budget. Governor Phil Scott vetoed the budget on June 6 along with H.509, a bill that, in addition to setting property tax rates, would have set up a Vermont Health Benefits Commission to […]

Legalization Across the United States

By Dylan Zwicky In May, the Vermont Legislature passed S.22, an act relating to penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. This set the stage for Vermont to be the first state in the country to legalize marijuana for recreational use through the legislative process, rather […]