Vermont Legislative Issues

vtstatehousewinterThe Vermont General Assembly is the state legislature of Vermont. The Legislature is formally known as the “General Assembly,” but the title of “Legislature” is commonly used, including by the body itself. The Legislature is a bicameral assembly, consisting of the 150-member Vermont House of Representatives and the 30-member Vermont State Senate.

Members of the House are elected by single and two-member districts. 66 districts choose one member, and 42 choose two, with the term of service being two years. The Senate includes 30 Senators, elected by 13 multi-member districts.

The Vermont General Assembly meets at the State House in Montpelier for biennial sessions starting on odd numbered years on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January, pursuant to Section 7 of the Legislative Department of the Vermont Constitution. The opening date for even numbered years is established by the sitting legislature during the year prior.

In 2015, the Legislature is projected to be in session from January 8 through mid-May.

ISSUES

A complete list of legislators, their Committees and Calendar of activities and public hearings can be found at the Vermont Legislative website. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/

In 2015, the Legislature is expected to take up a variety of issues of interest to Vermont nonprofits. Here are some of the key issues expected to be taken up in 2014. You can follow the introduction of bills here.

  • Preparing the State for the first-in-the country move toward creating a single-payer health care system, now slated for 2017,
  • Reforming education financing and leadership structure.

Additional issues include the necessity to renegotiate the state’s social contract with the nonprofit sector

Participate: Vermont Nonprofit Legislative Day 2015 is slated for Thursday, February 5th in the State House.

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