The VT Statehouse Insider – Week 4

January 30, 2023 | Uncategorized

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS     Policy committees in the House worked diligently this week to finalize their spending recommendations for the FY2023 Budget Adjustment Act (BAA). Each committee sent a letter to the House Appropriations committee outlining their BAA priorities. Many of these recommendations are in response to Governor Phil Scott’s proposals. Some are […]


The VT Statehouse Insider – Week 3

January 23, 2023 | Leonine

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY The third week of the 2023 legislative session was all about the state budget. The week started with the January meeting of the Emergency Board (E-Board), which consists of the governor and the chairs of the Appropriations and Ways and Means committees in the House and the Appropriations and Finance committees in […]

New State Bans on Forever Chemicals Take Effect

January 18, 2023 | Leonine

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Several new state laws will take effect this year banning products with “forever chemicals” in response to impetus nationwide to protect consumers from known toxins. Absent federal guidance, states have aimed to eliminate nonessential uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS. PFAS are found in many consumer products […]


The VT Statehouse Insider – Week 2

January 17, 2023 | Leonine

FOUNDATION BUILDING Lawmakers settled into their new committees this week and began the process of familiarizing themselves with the areas of government they oversee. Administration officials from agencies and departments across state government provided the legislative committees with overviews of the work they do and started to lay the groundwork for Governor Phil Scott’s priorities, […]


The VT Statehouse Insider – Week 1

January 9, 2023 | Leonine

OFF TO THE RACES The Vermont General Assembly convened on Wednesday for the 2023-2024 legislative biennium. For the first time since January 2020, the legislative session opened fully in-person, with families and friends accompanying newly elected lawmakers for the swearing-in ceremony. The House of Representatives elected Representative Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) as Speaker of the House […]