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Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy

Aug 28, 2017 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

For Immediate Release Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy August 27-31, 2017 (Philadelphia, PA) August 27, 2017 – Lackluster state revenues resulting from sluggish tax revenue growth in the past two fiscal years combined with Congress’ proposed changes to Medicaid could pose significant new costs for states in future years. With the Trump administration’s push for deep ...

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2017 Legislative Wrap-up, Part 2

Jun 8, 2017 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

The following the second in a series of Legislative wrap-ups. Budget The budget passed by the House and the Senate made significant investments in Vermonters without raising taxes or fees and honoring commitments to pay obligations and maintain reserves. It does not raise property taxes or income taxes or use new fees, it spends less money ...

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2017 Legislative Wrap-up, Part 1

May 25, 2017 No Comments ›› barb

While the chaos in Washington D.C. has dominated much of the conversation around governing in Vermont, my colleagues and I in the House have managed to make the first year of session a productive one. We passed significant criminal justice reform legislation to protect victims of sexual violence; helped first responders get treatment for on-the-job ...

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J.R.S. 18 in Support of Combating the Rise in Hate Crimes and Bigotry

May 2, 2017 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

J.R.S. 18 is a Joint Resolution in support of combating the rise in hate crimes and bigotry. It passed the House on a vote of 134-7. It passed the Senate on a vote of 29-0.   It passed the House Judiciary Committee on a vote of 11-0. This resolution is an important and necessary statement that there is ...

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Legislative Update – April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017 No Comments ›› barb

My Committee Work: Judiciary S.96: news media privilege. Vermont lacks appropriate protections for the news media. S.96 provides those protections. When I spoke in support of the bill during House floor consideration, I stated that a free media is vital to our democracy and public safety. Shield laws don’t just protect journalists. They protect sources, including ...

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House Passes Bill to Stand with First Responders

Apr 17, 2017 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

For Immediate Release April 14, 2017 Contact: Katherine Levasseur (802) 828-2245 klevasseur@leg.state.vt.us HOUSE PASSES BILL TO STAND WITH FIRST RESPONDERS Montpelier, VT – The Vermont House passed legislation today that gives emergency responders access to worker’s compensation benefits for mental health injuries. The bill passed on a voice vote today. A preliminary vote yesterday showed overwhelming support. “As a former EMT, ...

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House Passes Critical Racial Justice Reform Legislation

Apr 14, 2017 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

HOUSE PASSES CRITICAL RACIAL JUSTICE LEGISLATION For Immediate Release April 13, 2017 MONTPELIER, VT - Today, the House gave final approval to two bills that take important steps toward improving racial justice in Vermont. H.492 was preliminarily approved yesterday on a vote of 120 to 25, as was H.523 on a vote of 124 to 21. These measures ...

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Legislative Update – April 13, 2017

Apr 13, 2017 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

Progress on My Bill Requiring Health Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Vermont’s opiate crisis continues to be one of my priorities. The legislature has heard from patients, doctors and other professionals about the need to use alternatives to opiates to treat chronic pain. While acupuncture is a popular alternative, I heard from many constituents that it is ...

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Gov. Scott to Address Efforts to Reverse Increasing Incidence of Opioid Overdoses

Apr 12, 2017 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

For Immediate Release Governor Phil Scott to Address Efforts to Reverse Increasing Incidence of Opioid Overdoses Legislature to declare April 13 as Opioid Overdose Awareness Day at the State House to bring attention to the immediate and ongoing impact of substance use disorders  MONTPELIER – Governor Phil Scott will participate in a press conference with Administration officials on ...

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Vermont House Recognizes Equal Pay Day

Vermont House Recognizes Equal Pay Day

Apr 5, 2017 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

For Immediate Release April 4, 2017 Contact: Katherine Levasseur (802) 828-2245 KLevasseur@leg.state.vt.us Montpelier, VT - The Vermont House today passed House Concurrent Resolution 97, a resolution recognizing Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day is a symbolic day dedicated to recognizing the gender pay gap. April 4th is the 2017 date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to ...

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