Roll Calls

Roll Call! House Approves $11 Million Motor Vehicle Fee Increases

. H.877 – AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION FUNDING  . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 30, 2016, by a vote of 104-40 . Purpose: This bill proposes to adjust transportation funding raised through certain fees and taxes. The money raised goes to support the transportation budget.  . Analysis: Those voting YES on this bill […]

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Roll Call! House Votes to Raise Property Taxes by $7.9 Million

. H.853 – AN ACT RELATING TO SETTING THE NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX RATE, THE PROPERTY DOLLAR EQUIVALENT YIELD, AND THE INCOME DOLLAR EQUIVALENT YIELD FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL CHANGES.   . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 30, 2016, by a vote of 98-45 . Purpose: The primary function of this bill […]

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Roll Call! House Approves $37 Million in New Miscellaneous Taxes

 . H.873 – AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING MISCELLANEOUS TAX CHANGES. . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 23, 2016, by a vote of 86-59 . Purpose: This bill proposes to make miscellaneous tax changes.  (Read the Bill) . Analysis: Those voting YES approved $37 million worth of new taxes. These include applying the 9% rooms […]

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Roll Call! House Passes 92% Tax on E-Cigarettes

. H. 879 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE HEALTH CARE FUND CONTRIBUTION ASSESSMENT AND THE TAXATION OF E-CIGARETTES . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 30, 2016, by a vote of 83-54 . Purpose: To put an excise tax on e-cigarettes.  . Analysis: Those voting YES supported putting a 92% on e-cigarettes and related products. […]

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Roll Call! Senate Votes to Give Towns Some Say Over Renewable Energy Siting, But State Maintains Ultimate Control

 . S.230 – AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVING THE SITING OF ENERGY PROJECTS  . PASSED in the State Senate on March 31, 2016 by a vote of 22-3 . Purpose: This bill was in response to a general, statewide public outcry over the siting of renewable energy projects by the unelected Public Service Board over the objections of […]

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Roll Call! House Passes Record High $24 Million in Fee Hikes (98-46), 2016

 . H.872 – AN ACT RELATING TO EXECUTIVE BRANCH FEES. . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 23, 2016, by a vote of 98-46 . Purpose: The “Fee Bill” sets and establishes the fees charged for everything from getting a marriage license to setting up a business. . Analysis: Those voting YES supported increasing the […]

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Roll Call! House Votes for $5.77 Billion FY17 Budget

  . H.875 – AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT,   . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 24, 2016, by a vote of 94-40 . Purpose: The “Big Bill” This bill sets the state budget for FY17, which begins on July 1, 2016. (Read the Bill)  . Analysis: Those voting YES on this bill approved […]

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Roll Call! House Votes To Play Politics With Pension Money

 . H.R. 13 – HOUSE RESOLUTION URGING THAT THE STATE OF VERMONT REMOVE THE STOCK OF COMPANIES WITH COAL HOLDINGS AND THE STOCK OF EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION FROM ITS PENSION INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS (TATE AMENDMENT) . FAILED in the State House of Representatives on February 26, 2016, by a vote of 54-79 . Purpose: The underlying resolution is a […]

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Roll Call! Senate Votes to Legalize Marijuana

. S.241 – AN ACT RELATING TO PERSONAL POSSESSION AND CULTIVATION OF CANNABIS AND THE REGULATION OF COMMERCIAL CANNABIS ESTABLISHMENTS.  . PASSED in the State Senate on February 24, 2016 by a vote of 16-13  . Purpose: To legalize, regulate, and tax the sale of marijuana in the State of Vermont. (Read the Bill) . Analysis: Those voting […]

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Roll Call! House Votes to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

. H.187 – AN ACT RELATING TO ABSENCE FROM WORK FOR HEALTH CARE AND SAFETY . PASSED in the State House of Representative on February 3, 2016 by a vote of 81-64  . Purpose: To mandate that employers provide employees with paid leave time to care for themselves or family members when ill. (Read the Bill) . Analysis: This […]

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