Week 4 Voting Record of the 2018 Session

Tuesday, January 23 — View full Journal

  • H.300 – An act relating to the statute of limitations for recovery and possession of property actions against the grantee of a tax collector’s deed
    • I was off the floor for a meeting during this debate and did not vote.
  • H.551 – An act relating to flying the Green Mountain Boys Flag at the State House
    • I was off the floor for a meeting during this debate and did not vote.
  • H.563 – An act relating to repealing the crimes of vagrancy
    • I voted yes to support this bill to support this bill to clean up state statutes regarding vagrancy. This bill continues on the 2017 work of the Judiciary Committee to update dated criminal justice statutes.The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • S.149 – An act relating to the authority of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to enter into land transactions
    • I was off the floor for a meeting during this debate and did not vote.

Wednesday, January 24 — View full Journal

  • H.300 – An act relating to the statute of limitations for recovery and possession of property actions against the grantee of a tax collector’s deed
    • I voted yes for this technical change bill. The bill passed 3rd (final) reading on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.551 – An act relating to flying the Green Mountain Boys Flag at the State House
    • I voted yes for this bill to allow the Green Mountain Boys flag at the State House. The bill passed 3rd (final) reading on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.563 – An act relating to repealing the crimes of vagrancy
    • I voted yes to support this bill through 3rd (final) reading. The bill passed.
  • S.149 – An act relating to the authority of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to enter into land transactions
    • I voted yes to support this bill through 3rd (final) reading. The bill passed.

Thursday, January 25 — View full Journal

  • H.552 — An act relating to approval of the adoption and codification of the charter of the Town of Ferrisburgh
    • I voted yes to approve this non-controversial municipal charter. The charter change passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.573 — An act relating to approval of the adoption and codification of the charter of the City of Rutland
    • I voted yes to approve this non-controversial municipal charter. The charter change passed on a unanimous voice vote.
  • H.691 — An relating to highway safety
    • Last year, the House passed H.511, a highway safety bill that did not proceed after it went to the Senate. This bill serves as an updated version of the 2017 bill that stalled. H.691 includes a number of provisions to make Vermont roads as safe as possible. The most controversial aspect of the bill was whether or not a primary seatbelt requirement should become law. Adoption of a primary seatbelt law would mean law enforcement could pull a driver over for not wearing a seatbelt. I heard feedback on both sides of this issue. Some expressed concern that providing law enforcement an additional reason for pulling over a vehicle would cause unnecessary searches. Others strongly supported the concept that adults should be required to wear seat belts because they save lives. I carefully weighed these considerations and looked at the data about highway fatalities. 84.5% of Vermonters report that they wear seat belts. At one point, the figure was as high as 89%. Some studies suggest a primary seatbelt law might increase usage to over 90%. As the Chair of the House Transportation Committee noted, if national statistics are to be trusted, Vermont’s adoption of a primary seatbelt law could prevent 5 highway fatalities annually. Based on this data and the 10-0-1 recommendation given by the House Transportation Committee, I voted yes to support the bill. The bill passed second (preliminary) reading on a mixed voice vote.

Friday, January 26 — View full Journal

  • H.691 — An relating to highway safety
    • As with the previous action on January 25, I supported this bill to increase measures to ensure highway safety. I followed the Transportation Committee’s recommendations and voted yes. The bill passed third (final) reading by a vote of 133-7.
  • H.552 — An act relating to approval of the adoption and codification of the charter of the Town of Ferrisburgh
    • I voted yes to approve this non-controversial charter change. The vote passed unanimously.
  • H.573 — An act relating to approval of the adoption and codification of the charter of the City of Rutland
    • I voted yes to approve this non-controversial charter change. The vote passed unanimously.