Posts filed under: Legislative Report

Rep. Mike Yantachka As I write this late Friday afternoon on May 12, I should be home in Charlotte. Instead, I am in a holding pattern in Montpelier. A number...
Rep. Mike Yantachka By the time you read this, the Vermont Legislature will be within days of adjournment. You’ve probably heard the saying that legislating is a lot like making...
Rep. Mike Yantachka Any controversial issue under consideration by the Legislature will generate a lot of emails and phone calls, both pro and con, from constituents and advocates. Marijuana legalization...
By Rep. Mike Yantachka The Doyle Poll, created and still conducted by former Senator Bill Doyle, has been a tradition of Town Meetings in Vermont for decades. Only 109 Charlotte...
Rep. Mike Yantachka Our three branches of government, Executive, Legislative and Judicial, form an effective system of checks and balances. The executive branch administers and enforces laws passed by the...
Rep. Mike Yantachka, Charlotte Although it is still early in the session, the Vermont House has already done some noteworthy work. Faced with a revenue shortfall for the current fiscal...
By Rep. Mike Yantachka, Charlotte The Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier is nicknamed “The People’s House.” For one thing, it is where legislators do “the people’s business.” Furthermore, unlike many other...
Rep. Mike Yantachka, Charlotte As we approach the election, I want to thank my Charlotte and Hinesburg constituents for your confidence in me and the work I have been doing...
By Representative Mike Yantachka As the final installment of my legislative reports this year, I thought it would be good to highlight some of the important work the Legislature did over...
Between my first and second years as State Rep, I was talking with Lambert Lussier, proprietor of Spear Street Mowers. He was telling me about a bill that Rep. Martha...
Every session seems to have its own highly controversial issue—end of life, vaccines, gun control. This year it’s marijuana legalization....
The past two weeks saw the introduction of all the money bills the House has constitutional responsibility for developing. These include the budget, the miscellaneous tax bill, the fee bill,...
Once again the Doyle Poll proved to be popular at Town Meeting, with 213 voters taking the time to fill out the survey. Here are the results for your consideration....
Since I moved to Vermont 38 years ago, I’ve attended every town meeting, eight in Shelburne and the rest in Charlotte, except for one during the year I spent in...
Last year the Vermont House passed a bill, H.187, to require Vermont employers to provide a minimum number of paid sick days to their employees. However, the Senate did not...
Vermont legislation discusses animal control with guest speaker, Taegan Yardley....
Vermont has become a leader in renewable energy, getting 40 percent of our electricity from renewables like wind, solar, hydro and biomass, which includes wood and methane from landfills and...
Amid the formal ceremony in the chamber of the House, where the members of the Senate sat in their special seats near the podium, distinguished guests sat in additional...