Posts filed under: Legislative Report

A discussion on legislative oversight

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...

Report from the Legislature: Budget adjustments and education

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...

Legislative Report: Vermonters rally for universal background checks

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...

Legislative Report: Looking ahead

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...

Legislative Report: End of session summary

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...

Persistence Pays

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...

Highs and lows of marijuana legislation

Every session seems to have its own highly controversial issue—end of life, vaccines, gun control. This year it’s marijuana legalization....

House passes budget – round 1

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,...

The Doyle Poll

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....

Reflections on Town Meeting 2016

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...

Legislative Report: paid sick leave

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...

Legislative Report: Of Elephants and Rhinos

Vermont legislation discusses animal control with guest speaker, Taegan Yardley....

Renewable energy siting

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...

Reflections on the state of the State

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...