Roll Call! House Blocks Allowing All School Districts to Delay Forced Mergers (69-74), 2019

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FAILED
in the State House of Representatives
on February 6, 2019, by a vote of
69-74
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Purpose: The Scheuermann Amendment would have provided all school districts facing forced mergers ordered by the State Board of Education the opportunity to extend the July 1, 2019 merger deadline currently in law to July 1, 2020.
Analysis: Those voting YES believe it was critical that all of the local school districts be given the option of delaying the forced merger date if they felt the need to do so.  The communities being forced to merge are all in very different situations and at various points in the merger process, and if local decision-makers feel they need more time to put together these mergers well, Montpelier should provide them the flexibility to do so. Additionally, there are a number of pending lawsuits that have the potential to, in the most extreme case, invalidate Act 46 (the forced merger law). Untangling a forced merger ruled invalid would be tremendously complicated, so a delay seems sensible.
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Those voting NO believe that in most cases (See Act 39, Conlin Amendment) local school districts have had enough time to get their acts together and further delay would only encourage districts that do not want to merge to continue dragging their feet.
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Wednesday, February 26, 2019: “Shall the bill be amended as offered by Rep. Scheuermann of Stowe? was decided in the negative. Yeas, 69. Nays, 74.” (Read the Journal, p.127-129.)
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Related: Roll Call, H.39, Conlin Amendment, Passed 134-10.

How They Voted

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Janet Ancel (D – Calais) – YES
Peter Anthony (D – Barre ) – NO
Sarita Austin (D – Colchester) – NO
Robert Bancroft (R – Westford) – YES
John Bartholomew (D – Hartland) – YES
Lynn Batchelor (R – Derby) – YES
Christopher Bates (D – Bennington) – NO
Scott Beck (R – St. Johnsbury) – NO
Matthew Birong (D – Vergennes) – NO
Thomas Bock (D – Chester) – YES
Patrick Brennan (R – Colchester) – YES
Timothy Briglin (D – Thetford) – YES
Nelson Brownell (D – Pownal) – YES
Cynthia Browning (D – Arlington) – YES
Jessica Brumsted (D – Shelburne) – NO
Thomas Burditt (R – West Rutland) – YES
Mollie Burke (P – Brattleboro) – YES
Scott Campbell (D – St. Johnsbury) – YES
William Canfield (R – Fair Haven) – NO
James Carroll (D – Bennington) – NO
Seth Chase (D – Colchester) – YES
Robin Chesnut-Tangerman (P – Middletown Springs) – NO
Annmarie Christensen (D – Weathersfield) – NO
Kevin “Coach” Christie (D – Hartford) – NO
Brian Cina (P – Burlington) – YES
Sara Coffey (D – Guilford) – YES
Selene Colburn (P – Burlington) – YES
Hal Colston (D – Winooski) – NO
Peter Conlon (D – Cornwall) – NO
Charles Conquest (D – Newbury) – YES
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D – Bradford) – NO
Timothy Corcoran (D – Bennington) – NO
Mari Cordes (D/P – Lincoln) – YES
Lawrence Cupoli (R – Rutland) – NO
Carl Demrow (D – Corinth) – NO
Eileen Dickinson (R – St. Albans) – NO
Kari Dolan (D – Waitsfield) – NO
Anne Donahue (R – Northfield) – YES
Johannah Donovan (D – Burlington) – NO
David Durfee (D – Shaftsbury) – NO
Caleb Elder (D – Starksboro) – NO
Alice Emmons (D – Springfield) – NO
Peter Fagan (R – Rutland ) – NO
Charen Fegard (D – Berkshire) – YES
Martha Feltus (R – Lyndon) – YES
Robert Forguites (D – Springfield) – NO
Marianna Gamache (R – Swanton) – YES
John Gannon (D – Wilmington) – YES
Marcia Gardner (D – Richmond) – NO
Dylan Giambatista (D – Essex) – NO
Diana Gonzalez (P – Winooski) – ABSENT
Kenneth Goslant (R – Northfield) – YES
Maxine Grad (D – Moretown) – NO
Rodney Graham (R – Williamstown) – YES
James Gregoire (R – Fairfield) – YES
Sandy Haas (P – Rochester) – NO
James Harrison (R – Chittenden) – NO
Nader Hashim (D – Dummerston) – YES
Robert Helm (R – Fair Haven) – NO
Mark Higley (R – Lowell) – YES
Matthew Hill (D – Wolcott) – YES
Robert Hooper (D – Burlington) – NO
Philip Hooper (D – Randolph) – YES
Mary Hooper (D – Montpelier) – YES
Lori Houghton (D – Essex) – NO
Mary Howard (D – Rutland) – ABSENT
Kathleen James (D – Manchester) – NO
Stephanie Jerome (D – Brandon) – NO
Kimberly Jessup (D – Middlesex) – YES
Benjamin Jickling (I – Randolph) – YES
Mitzi Johnson (D – Grand Isle) – PRESIDING
John Killacky (D – S. Burlington) – NO
Charles Kimbell (D – Woodstock) – NO
Warren Kitzmiller (D – Montpelier) – YES
Emilie Kornheiser (D – Brattleboro) – YES

Jill Krowinski (D – Burlington) – NO
Robert LaClair (R – Barre) – NO
Martin LaLonde (D – S. Burlington) – NO
Diane Lanpher (D – Vergennes) – NO
Paul Lefebvre (R – Newark) – YES
Felisha Leffler (R – Enosburgh) – YES
William Lippert (D – Hinesburg) – NO
Emily Long (D – Newfane) – NO
Terence Macaig (D – Williston) – NO
Michael Marcotte (R – Coventry) – YES
Marcia Martel (R – Waterford) – YES
James Masland (D – Thetford) – YES
Christopher Mattos (R – Milton) – YES
Michael McCarthy (D – St. Albans) – NO
Curtis McCormack (D – Burlington) – NO
Patricia McCoy (R – Poultney) – NO
James McCullough (D – Williston) – NO
Francis McFaun (R – Barre) – NO
Leland Morgan (R – Milton) – NO
Mary Morrissey (R – Bennington) – YES
Michael Mrowicki (D – Putney) – YES
Barbara Murphy (I – Fairfax) – YES
Linda Myers (R – Essex) – YES
Logan Nicoll (D – Ludlow) – YES
Terry Norris (I – Shoreham) – YES
William Notte (D – Rutland) – YES
Daniel Noyes (D – Wolcott) – YES
John O’Brien (D – Tunbridge) – ABSENT
Carol Ode (D – Burlington) – NO
Jean O’Sullivan (D – Burlington) – NO
Woodman Page (R – Newport) – YES
Kelly Pajala (I – Londonderry) – YES
John Palasik (R – Milton) – NO
Carolyn Partridge (D – Windham) – YES
Avram Patt (D – Worcester) – YES
David Potter (D – Clarendon) – NO
Ann Pugh (D – S. Burlington) – NO
Constance Quimby (R – Concord) – YES
Barbara Rachelson (D – Burlington) – NO
Zachariah Ralph (P – Hartland) – NO
Marybeth Redmond (D – Essex) – NO
Lucy Rogers (D – Waterville) – YES
Carl Rosenquist (R – Georgia) – YES
Brian Savage (R – Swanton) – YES
Robin Scheu (D – Middlebury) – NO
Heidi Scheuermann (R – Stowe) – YES
Patrick Seymour (R – Sutton) – YES
Charles “Butch” Shaw (R – Pittsford) – NO
Amy Sheldon (D – Middlebury) – NO
Laura Sibilia (I – Dover) – NO
Harvey Smith (R – New Haven) – YES
Brian Smith (R – Derby) – YES
Trevor Squirrell (D – Underhill) – NO
Thomas Stevens (D – Waterbury) – NO
Vicki Strong (R – Albany) – YES
Linda Joy Sullivan (D – Burlington) – NO
Mary Sullivan (D – Dorset) – NO
Randall Szott (D – Barnard) – YES
Curt Taylor (D – Colchester) – NO
Thomas Terenzini (R – Rutland) – NO
George Till (D – Jericho) – NO
Tristan Toleno (D – Brattleboro) – ABSENT
Catherine Toll (D – Danville) – YES
Casey Toof (R – St. Albans) – YES
Maida Townsend (D – South) – NO
Matthew Trieber (D – Rockingham) – ABSENT
Joseph “Chip” Troiano (D – Stannard) – YES
Tommy Walz (D – Barre) – NO
Kathryn Webb (D – Shelburne) – NO
Rebecca White (D – Hartford) – NO
Theresa Wood (D – Waterbury) – YES
David Yacovone (D – Morristown) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D – Charlotte) – NO
Samuel Young (D – Greensboro) – YES

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