Roll Calls

Roll Call! Senate Advances Constitutional Amendment Guaranteeing Abortion from Conception to Birth (28-2), 2019

PROPOSITION 5 . PASSED in the State Senate on April 4, 2019 by a vote of 28-2  . Purpose: Proposal 5 would amend the Vermont Constitution to say that “an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified […]

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Roll Call! House Passes Health Insurance Mandate (92-44), 2019

. H. 524- AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE AND THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 29, 2019, by a vote of 92-44 . Purpose: To move Vermont closer toward universal and affordable healthcare coverage. The bill would create a database of state income tax filers who do not have […]

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Roll Call! House Rejects Amendment Permitting Association Health Insurance (50-87), 2019

H. 524- AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE AND THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE –  (HARRISON AMENDMENT) FAILED in the State House of Representatives on March 28, 2019, by a vote of 50-87 . Purpose:  After a federal policy shift in 2018 gave Vermonters the freedom to purchase health insurance (association plans) outside the scope of Vermont’s centralized healthcare, […]

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Roll Call! Senate Bans Plastic Bags, Styrofoam Food Containers, Straws (27-3), 2019

S.113 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION OF PLASTIC CARRYOUT BAGS, EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE, AND SINGLE-USE PLASTIC SRAWS . PASSED in the State Senate on March 29, 2019 by a vote of 27-3  . Purpose: To prohibit stores and restaurants from providing single-use plastic bags to customers, to require they charge 10 cents or more for single-use paper bags, […]

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Roll Call! House Exempts Farmers & Loggers from Fuel Tax (74-66), 2019

.  H.439 – AN ACT RELATING TO HOME WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (GRAHAM AMENDMENT)   . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 27, 2019, by a vote of 74-66 . Purpose: The underlying bill, H.439, would double the tax on fuels, such as heating oil, kerosene, etc, from 2 cents to 4 cents. The Graham Amendment exempts farmers […]

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Roll Call! House Doubles Tax on Home Heating Fuels (81-60), 2019

. H.439 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE HOME WEATHERIZATON ASSISTANCE PROGRAM(WAYS & MEANS  COMMITTEE AMENDMENT) .  PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 26, 2019, by a vote of 81-60 . Purpose: To double the tax on on the retail sale of heating oil, propane, kerosene, and other dyed diesel fuel delivered to a residence […]

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Roll Call! Senate Votes for 24 Hour Waiting Period for Handgun Purchase (20-10), 2019

. S.169 – AN ACT RELATING TO FIREARMS PROCEDURES . PASSED in the State Senate on March 21, 2019 by a vote of 20-10  . Purpose: To impose a 24 hour waiting period after one passes a background check to take possession of a purchased handgun. . Analysis: Those voting YES believe a waiting period will prevent suicides. . Those voting […]

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Roll Call! Senate Votes To Commercialize Marijuana (23-5)

S.54 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF CANNABIS PASSED in the State Senate on February 28, 2019 by a vote of 23-5 . Purpose: To create a regulatory system for the production and sale of marijuana products in Vermont. . Analysis:  At the time of this vote, recreational marijuana use is legal to Vermonters over the age […]

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Roll Call! Senate Votes for $15 Minimum Wage (19-8), 2019

. S.23 – AN ACT RELATED TO INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE .  PASSED in the State Senate on February 22, 2019 by a vote of 19-8  . Purpose: To mandate that the state minimum wage be increased to $15 per hour by 2024. . Analysis: The current minimum wage in Vermont (2019) is $10.78, making it already one of the highest […]

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Roll Call! House Passes Unrestricted Right to Abortion Up to the Point of Delivery (106-37), 2019

. H.57 – AN ACT RELATING TO PRESERVING THE RIGHT TO AN ABORTION  . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on February 21, 2019, by a vote of 106-37 . Purpose: To codify in Vermont law a woman’s unrestricted right to an abortion throughout pregnancy, up to the point of delivery.   .  Analysis: Proponents of H.57 […]

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Roll Call! House Bans “Single Use” Plastic Bags, Etc. (120-24), 2019

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