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The Vermont Statehouse Insider – Week 7

February 28, 2022 | Leonine

** CRUNCH TIME ———————————————————— It is officially crunch time in the Vermont legislature as committees begin the final push to pass legislation in time for crossover. The last two weeks in February can be the most dynamic of the entire legislative session with the crossover crunch, in part because everything is still in play. The […]

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The Vermont Statehouse Insider – Week 6

February 14, 2022 | Leonine

** HEATING UP ———————————————————— On Tuesday, the Vermont House passed Prop 5, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment. This completes the final legislative step in a four-year long process to enshrine an individual’s right to reproductive liberty in the Vermont Constitution. Prop 5 includes protections of an individual’s right to continue or end a pregnancy and access […]

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The Vermont Statehouse Insider – Week 5

February 14, 2022 | Leonine

** GROUNDHOG WEEK ———————————————————— The Senate Committee on Appropriations finalized their work on the FY2022 Budget Adjustment Act (BAA) this week. The FY2022 BAA appropriates more than $350 million in new funding, which is significantly more than prior mid-fiscal year adjustment acts. This largess is due in part to the nearly half billion dollars in […]

Regulating social media? A new bill introduced in Tennessee hopes to treat social media like common carriers.

Regulating social media? A new bill introduced in Tennessee hopes to treat social media like common carriers.

February 9, 2022 | Leonine

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   Tennessee Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, has introduced HB 2369, a bill that would, in effect, make censorship of social media illegal. Following some accusations of censorship from some national conservatives following the removal of former President Donald Trump and some other conservatives on social media platforms like Twitter and […]

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The Vermont Statehouse Insider – Week 4

January 31, 2022 | Leonine

  DIVING INTO SUBSTANCE   Legislative priorities are beginning to take shape as policy committees have moved beyond the introduction and review phase which generally marks the first few weeks of the session. The Joint Rules Committee set March 11 and March 18 as crossover deadlines for policy and money bills respectively, setting the time […]