The legislature finished up the 2015 Legislative Session last night. Here is Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin sending us on our way at the close of the session. This was a difficult and productive session where a great deal was accomplished-
* legislation to address cleaning up Vermont's Lake Champlain and lakes and streams,
* an economic stimulus bill that includes money for first time home owners, business start up money, and a great deal more,
* modest gun control legislation that brings Vermont in line with the federal gun sales restrictions
* renewal of the End of Life bill
* an Education reform bill that begins to address Vermont's declining student enrollment, unsustainable costs, and quality of education/lack of opportunities issues for Vermont children,
* reforms to Vermont's child protection system to help protect our most vulnerable citizens,
* a modest Paid sick time law,
* Same day voter registration,
* a balanced budget that is less reliant on one time money, and more sustainable (1% growth)
These are just a few of the issues we addressed this session.
Additionally, I am proud that two of the bills I introduced were passed and became (or will become law):
* H. 62 A bill to prohibit juveniles from getting a life without parole sentence in VT (making us the 12th state to outlaw this)
H. 105 A bill that will make it illegal for sharing sexually explicit photos without permission, sometimes referred to as "revenge pornography".
More updates soon, but wanted to share quickly some of the accomplishments.
As a citizen legislature, we juggle many things during this intense time period and I now go back to my "regularly scheduled" life primarily.
Thank you for the honor and privilege to serve and represent Chittenden 6-6. I worked hard to do my best for the people of Vermont. Grateful to my colleagues, and especially Speaker Shap Smith for his leadership.
Also a special thanks to House Clerk Don Milne who retired yesterday after decades of years of service to our state.