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Immediately following transparency complaints in early 2023, the state Senate moved to make financial disclosures of members available online. Now, the Senate has gone further and voted to mandate public disclosure of additional information about personal finances and potential conflicts […]

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June 23, 2023  •  

Vermont Veto Session Adjourns

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Vermont legislature held a veto session on Tuesday, June 20. During the day-long session, lawmakers successfully overrode five gubernatorial vetoes. The bills now passed include House Bill 217, which institutes a new payroll tax to raise revenue for child care, […]

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February 21, 2023  •  

Vermont Raises Contribution Limits

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The Vermont state’s Elections Division increased contribution limits. Under the revised limits, contributions of up to $1,120 per election cycle may be made to state representative candidates, and contributions of up to $1,680 per election cycle may be made to […]

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May 13, 2022  •  

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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The Vermont General Assembly adjourned sine die on Thursday, May 12. Lawmakers passed Vermont’s first statewide ethics code with new gift limits and a revolving door provision applicable to legislative employees. Bills related to campaign finance were introduced, but not […]

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May 4, 2022  •  

Vermont Governor Signs Ethics Code

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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed Senate Bill 171 establishing a statewide ethics code. The bill prohibits public officials and employees from accepting or soliciting gifts not expressly permitted by the code. Permitted gifts include food and beverage where the cost […]

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April 27, 2022  •  

Vermont Legislature Passes Ethics Code

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The Vermont Legislature passed Senate Bill 171 and delivered it to Gov. Phil Scott today. The bill establishes a statewide ethics code covering all individuals elected or appointed to serve as public officers as well as all state employees. The […]

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November 23, 2021  •  

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Special Session

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The Legislature met in a one-day special session on November 22 to approve a bill allowing municipalities to impose their own mask mandates. Legislative leadership agreed to the special session after Gov. Scott made it clear he would not impose […]

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Gov. Phil Scott will reconvene the Vermont Legislature for a special session on November 22 to address mask mandates. The special session will aim to pass legislation allowing municipalities to implement their own time-limited mask mandates. It is not yet […]

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Elizabeth “Liz” Harrington, the Lobby Systems Administrator for the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office, passed away on October 28. A funeral mass will be held at Saint Augustine’s Church in Montpelier on November 13 at 11:00 a.m. and professional colleagues […]

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May 24, 2021  •  

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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The Vermont General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 21. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 legislative session was conducted remotely. During the session, lawmakers failed to pass proposed ethics bills including House Bill 64 prohibiting gifts to legislators from […]

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Both the Vermont House and Senate are scheduled to begin their 2021 sessions Wednesday, January 6. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of lawmakers will be attending remotely to swear in new members of both chambers and to […]

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November 4, 2020  •  

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Wins Reelection

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Incumbent Gov. Phil Scott won reelection for a third term as Governor of Vermont and defeated a challenge from current Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman. Gov. Scott has one of the highest governor approval ratings in the country and won the […]

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The Vermont General Assembly adjourned sine die on September 25. The Legislature normally adjourns in May but was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers adjusted to the pandemic by holding remote online meetings. During the remote legislative session, lawmakers […]

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August 24, 2020  •  

Vermont Legislature Reconvenes

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On August 25, the Vermont General Assembly will reconvene the legislative session to discuss the governor’s proposed 2021 budget. Lawmakers will return to a virtual statehouse and all meetings will be conducted remotely. The budget public hearings will be available […]

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