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Legislative Update – March 8, 2018

Mar 8, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

Gun Violence Prevention in Vermont When Jack Sawyer was arrested in Fair Haven for plotting a school shooting, we were reminded that Vermont is not immune. Thanks to law enforcement’s hard work, the threat was intercepted before tragedy could strike. Thank you to the Harwood and other students who came to the State House to ask ...

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Vermont House Passes Gun Violence Protection Measures

Mar 5, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

For Immediate Release March 2, 2018 Contact: Katherine Levasseur (802) 828-2245 VERMONT HOUSE PASSES GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTION MEASURES Montpelier, VT - Today, the Vermont House approved gun violence protection measures in H.675 that: Puts current practice into law giving the judge discretion to require any individual who is a risk to themselves or others to turn over weapons as of condition ...

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Education Financing Update – Feedback Wanted!

Feb 20, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

Education Financing Update - Feedback Wanted! The following is from Rep. Janet Ancel, Chair, House Ways and Means Committee. There will be a public hearing this coming Wednesday from 4-6 at the State House. You can also submit written comments to Sorsha Anderson at We are considering changes to the school funding law that are intended ...

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Remarks in Support of H.764: Data brokers and consumer protection

Feb 15, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

The following are my remarks in support of H.764: An act relating to data brokers and consumer protection, which I delivered on the House Floor today. I rise in support of H.764. H.764 is critical to protect victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault by giving them control over their personal data and protect themselves ...

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Legislative Update – February 8, 2108

Feb 8, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

Property Tax Relief Property tax relief is perhaps the biggest concern I hear from you. I am pleased to report that the House Ways and Means Committee is addressing this concern. The Committee is working on a proposal that will reduce reliance on the homestead property tax, will better reflect ability to pay, respects the requirements ...

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H.562 Parentage Bill Report

Feb 5, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

H.562: An act relating to parentage proceedings is the result of the Parentage Study Committee’s work. This body enacted the Committee last session in response to the Vermont Supreme Court’s repeated request, both through testimony and case law, to provide legislative recommendations to modernize Vermont’s parentage laws in recognition of the changing nature of Vermont ...

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Legislative Update – January 25, 2018

Jan 25, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

Police Protection/Impact of Recent Police Shooting on the Valley and State Police Resources The recent shooting of an alleged bank robber in Montpelier is troubling for many reasons. I was concerned about the loss of 8 state troopers in the Valley and our communities. These troopers were appropriately on administrative leave. Given we rely on the ...

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Vermont Judicial Commission on Family Treatment Dockets Formed

Jan 17, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

I have been asked to join the newly formed Vermont Judicial Commission on Family Treatment Dockets. This commission will address improvements to the child protection docket. The text of the Commission's Charge and Designation, signed by the Vermont Supreme Court on January 8, 2108, follows. __________ VERMONT JUDICIAL COMMISSION ON FAMILY TREATMENT DOCKETS Charge and Designation A. Background 1. Opioid addiction ...

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Legislative Update – January 11, 2018

Jan 11, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

[caption id="attachment_616" align="alignright" width="300"] By John Phelan - Own work, CC BY 3.0[/caption] Happy New Year! I am excited to be back at the State House as your representative and to continue to chair the House Judiciary Committee. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. Congratulations and welcome to Rep. Ed Read. I look ...

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AG Donovan hosts press conference on Criminal Justice Reform

Jan 8, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

Attorney General TJ Donovan will host a press conference Wednesday, January 10th at 12:30pm to discuss his legislative priorities regarding Criminal Justice Reform and the work the new Community Justice Division of the Attorney General's office is doing to promote public safety and provide more equal access to justice. The Attorney General will be joined by ...

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