End of Session Summary
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The 2019 session ended dramatically with a last minute conflict between the House the Senate Democrats. Several important bill ended up having to wait until January 2020. However, a lot of important work was done throughout the session and the groundwork has been laid for next year.
Over the course of this year's session 550 bills were submitted by House members; 184 by members of the Senate. I submitted zero, but came close to submitting an amendment to one bill.
Of the total 734 bill submitted 114 were passed by both the House and Senate. As yet, none have been vetoed by the Governor.
Vermont has a two-year session, so any bills not dealt with this year will be addressed next year. If they do not become law next year, they die.
Below you will find links to pages with summaries of what was accomplished this year. Please contact me if you have questions or suggestions regarding information on this site.
With a small population it's easy to find things to brag about on a per capita basis: the most craft breweries per capita, the most Olympic athletes per capita. There are also negative per capita statistics regarding Vermont. I understand that we have the most tick bites per capita, though I could not find the reference. There are good and bad statistics about Vermont. If you want some good ones, there's my good numbers about Vermont page on this site. I prefer to accentuate the positive.
The Money Going Out - Appropriation
All bills that use state money have to go through the House and Senate Appropriations Committee. Appropriations also puts together the state budget authorizing all expenditures. Here's what that committee accomplished this year.
The Money Coming In - Ways & Means
The Ways & Means committee determined how the state will raise the funds appropriated. That's taxes and fees. By the end of the session this committee considered and voted out 26 bills that had been referred to the committee. The committee also produces a Fee Bill, a Revenue Bill and the bill that sets the education Dollar Yields. Here's the details.