COVID-19 & Session Updates

When I announced in January 2020 that I would run for State Senate, few realized the extent to which COVID-19 would harm our communities and disrupt Vermonters’ daily lives. By March, it was clear we were in an emergency situation. Much has happened since that time and I’ve focused on my job as a State Representative, providing support to neighbors in need.

The Vermont House of Representatives will be meeting at different points throughout the summer. My legislative work for Vermonters is my top priority as we move through this crisis. In this spirit, I continue to share session/COVID-19 updates for constituents and community members. These are snapshots and are by no means as comprehensive as some of the other information you’ll find in other posts and meetings we hold. My goal is to keep you informed. If you have any questions about legislative topics, please contact me at my State Rep email: [email protected]. If you want to connect about the race for State Senate, please email [email protected]

In Vermont, we’re fortunate to have small communities that allow access to lawmakers. Engaging with neighbors has been one of my favorite parts of serving in the Vermont House of Representatives. Since taking office in 2017, I’ve worked closely with my district mate, State Rep Lori Houghton, to provide regular updates to the community in-person, online, and with creative means like podcasts, community forums, and events. Check out the updates below and please be in touch if you have any questions. Thanks!

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2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #10

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #10

The Vermont House is rapidly passing bills to target coronavirus relief funds to Vermonters, businesses, and vital systems that were impacted by COVID-19 disruptions. All told, these House bills propose distributing nearly $1 billion to Vermont communities before the...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #10

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #10

I hope everyone has been staying reasonably cool as we've moved through the first heatwave of the year. With warmer, sunnier weather, I've seen more and more neighbors spending time outside. The Vermont Health Department continues to recommend social distancing,...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #9

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #9

I hope everyone is holding up as we enter longer days and warmer weather. With COVID-19 touching every aspect of daily life, adjusting to summer will probably feel unusual, and possibly unfamiliar. The Essex State Reps continue to work closely together to ensure our...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #8

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #8

It’s hard to believe it’s May. We’re nearing two straight months of COVID-19 disruptions, and for many of us, our calendars seem irrelevant as we adjust through continued social distancing measures. I know this is a stressful time for those who are out of work, our...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #7

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #7

The Vermont House of Representatives will meet this week to vote on several COVID-19 related bills. Our meetings are taking place online, over a remote meeting platform, which allows easy viewing from home. The bills under consideration are S.333, a bill that proposes...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #6

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #6

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch about COVID-19 related issues. As the Vermont Health Department noted, early intervention efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 appear to be working. We have reason to be optimistic, but as the Governor has indicated, we...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #5

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #5

Thank you to everyone that has been in touch with feedback about the State’s COVID-19 response. Last weekend, the Essex State Reps held a virtual town hall. We appreciated hearing from those who joined. Both Rep. Houghton and I have been fielding your questions and...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #4

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #4

Thank you to everyone who reached out this week to share feedback about the state's response to COVID-19. We are hearing a range of perspectives, and both Rep. Houghton and I have been working through issues with the Administration and our federal partners. Vermont is...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #3

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #3

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns during the COVID-19 crisis. Both Rep. Houghton and I have been busy sharing your feedback with the Administration in an attempt to keep them updated on the pressing needs of...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #2

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #2

This is an update on where the State response to COVID-19 stands. Your local legislators are working closely together as we navigate this unprecedented public health crisis. We recognize how stressful this moment is, and we appreciate everyone who has reached out with...

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #1

2020 Session — COVID-19 Update #1

In the normal course of business, the ninth week of the Vermont legislative session is usually focused on our annual “crossover” deadline -- the date by which House bills must proceed to be considered for passage this year. Business has been anything but normal due to...

2020 Legislative Session — Week 7 Update

2020 Legislative Session — Week 7 Update

Vermont’s 2020 legislative session is nearing its midpoint, when lawmakers break for Town Meeting. The origin of our winter timeline comes from Vermont’s agrarian tradition. Prior to the 21st century, many citizen lawmakers farmed the land during warmer seasons. The...

2020 Legislative Session — Week 6 Update

2020 Legislative Session — Week 6 Update

The sixth week of the 2020 session has passed, leaving lawmakers just two weeks before our annual Town Meeting Week break. The workload increases ahead of Town Meeting, and immediately after it, as the first deadlines of the session take effect. All House policy...

2020 Legislative Session — Week 5 Update

2020 Legislative Session — Week 5 Update

The fifth week of the 2020 legislative session concluded Friday. We have been busy in and out of committees this year, with a good deal of time spent debating bills on the floor of the House. This was true of this past week. A range of topics were taken up by the...

2020 Legislative Session — Week 4 Update

2020 Legislative Session — Week 4 Update

The first and second years of Vermont’s legislative biennium look and feel very different. It’s similar to a basketball game, where you have two halves and four quarters. We’re currently in the second half, and the ball is still in play for a number of bills. If you...

2020 Legislative Session — Week 3 Update

2020 Legislative Session — Week 3 Update

Week 3 of the 2020 legislative session was busy, with action around the State House, in the Education Committee, and floor debate on major bills. I enjoyed spending time with several Essex Junction residents who visited the State House. If you ever want to visit...

2020 Legislative Session — Week 2 Update

2020 Legislative Session — Week 2 Update

Vermont’s citizen legislature returned to the State House on January 7th. The first week of session is always busy, with opening ceremonies and a lineup of committee hearings to review updates from administration officials and stakeholders. This year was no exception....

2020 Legislative Session — Week 1 Update

2020 Legislative Session — Week 1 Update

Lawmakers returned to the State House this week to begin the work of the 2020 legislative session. This is the second half of the 2-year biennium that started last January. We expect the session will run until May. I'll be swapping weekly updates with Representative...

Pre-Session Preview: Budget and Economy

Pre-Session Preview: Budget and Economy

Believe it or not, Vermont's 2020 legislative session starts in several weeks. Your local State Representatives are holding a community listening session from 9:30-11:00am on Saturday, December 14th. Join us at Sweet Alchemy Bakery & Cafe, in the Barns at Lang...

2019 Legislative Session — Town Meeting Break Update

The General Assembly adjourned Friday and began its weeklong break so lawmakers can return home for their Town Meetings. The break comes at the 8 week point of the session, which is roughly the mid point of the 18 week session. So far, the House Education Committee...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 7 Update

Top issues are taking shape as we near the Vermont General Assembly’s annual Town Meeting break. Because the 2019 session didn’t start until January 9th, we’ve had fewer legislative days to consider and advance bills than last year. As of this past Friday, 400...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 6 Update

We’ve had a lot of business before the House Education Committee. The first weeks of session focused on the implementation of Act 46, Vermont’s school merger law. The Education Committee eventually advanced a proposal to the floor to address the thorny issue of...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 5 Update

The fifth week of the 2019 legislative session was dominated by education policy. Vermont’s school unification law (Act 46) is in its final stage. When Act 46 became law in 2015, it called for all of the state’s school districts to merge into new, more efficient...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 4 Update

This week, I had the honor of presenting to the House a bill I cosponsored and led through the Education Committee -- H.3, An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public school. The bill was presented on Thursday, January 31. It passed on a...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 3 Update

The State budget was the primary focus this past week at the State House. Vermont's annual budget funds operations from July 1 until June 30 of the following year. Each legislative session begins in January, at the mid-point of the fiscal year, which allows lawmakers...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 2 Update

The 2019 Vermont legislative session got underway on Wednesday, January 9th. I was honored to take the oath of office and start my second term representing the Village of Essex Junction. Throughout the winter and spring, while the legislature is in session,...

2019 Legislative Session: Week 1 Update

The 2019 legislative session got underway on Thursday, January 10th. I was honored to take the oath for my second term representing the Village of Essex Junction. Our work begins against a backdrop of federal uncertainty, as evidenced in the ongoing partial government...