Roll Calls

Roll Call! Senate Bans Plastic Bags, Styrofoam Food Containers, Straws (27-3), 2019

S.113 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION OF PLASTIC CARRYOUT BAGS, EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE, AND SINGLE-USE PLASTIC SRAWS . PASSED in the State Senate on March 29, 2019 by a vote of 27-3  . Purpose: To prohibit stores and restaurants from providing single-use plastic bags to customers, to require they charge 10 cents or more for single-use paper bags, […]

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Roll Call! House Exempts Farmers & Loggers from Fuel Tax (74-66), 2019

.  H.439 – AN ACT RELATING TO HOME WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (GRAHAM AMENDMENT)   . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 27, 2019, by a vote of 74-66 . Purpose: The underlying bill, H.439, would double the tax on fuels, such as heating oil, kerosene, etc, from 2 cents to 4 cents. The Graham Amendment exempts farmers […]

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Roll Call! House Doubles Tax on Home Heating Fuels (81-60), 2019

. H.439 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE HOME WEATHERIZATON ASSISTANCE PROGRAM(WAYS & MEANS  COMMITTEE AMENDMENT) .  PASSED in the State House of Representatives on March 26, 2019, by a vote of 81-60 . Purpose: To double the tax on on the retail sale of heating oil, propane, kerosene, and other dyed diesel fuel delivered to a residence […]

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Roll Call! Senate Votes for 24 Hour Waiting Period for Handgun Purchase (20-10), 2019

. S.169 – AN ACT RELATING TO FIREARMS PROCEDURES . PASSED in the State Senate on March 21, 2019 by a vote of 20-10  . Purpose: To impose a 24 hour waiting period after one passes a background check to take possession of a purchased handgun. . Analysis: Those voting YES believe a waiting period will prevent suicides. . Those voting […]

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Roll Call! Senate Votes To Commercialize Marijuana (23-5)

S.54 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF CANNABIS PASSED in the State Senate on February 28, 2019 by a vote of 23-5 . Purpose: To create a regulatory system for the production and sale of marijuana products in Vermont. . Analysis:  At the time of this vote, recreational marijuana use is legal to Vermonters over the age […]

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Roll Call! Senate Votes for $15 Minimum Wage (19-8), 2019

. S.23 – AN ACT RELATED TO INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE .  PASSED in the State Senate on February 22, 2019 by a vote of 19-8  . Purpose: To mandate that the state minimum wage be increased to $15 per hour by 2024. . Analysis: The current minimum wage in Vermont (2019) is $10.78, making it already one of the highest […]

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Roll Call! House Passes Unrestricted Right to Abortion Up to the Point of Delivery (106-37), 2019

. H.57 – AN ACT RELATING TO PRESERVING THE RIGHT TO AN ABORTION  . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on February 21, 2019, by a vote of 106-37 . Purpose: To codify in Vermont law a woman’s unrestricted right to an abortion throughout pregnancy, up to the point of delivery.   .  Analysis: Proponents of H.57 […]

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Roll Call! House Blocks Parental Notification in Cases Where A Minor Seeks an Abortion (37-109), 2019

. H.57 – AN ACT RELATING TO PRESERVING THE RIGHT TO ABORTION (DONAHUE AMENDMENT)  . FAILED in the State House of Representatives on February 21, 2019, by a vote of 37-109 . Purpose: The Donahue Amendment would have required parental notification in cases where a minor child seeks an abortion. .  Analysis: This amendment would have required parental […]

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Roll Call! House Blocks State Ban on Partial Birth Abortion (43-101), 2019

. S.57 – AN ACT RELATING TO PRESERVING THE RIGHT TO AN ABORTION (BANCROFT AMENDMENT) .  FAILED in the State House of Representatives on February 20, 2019, by a vote of 43-101 . Purpose: The Bancroft Amendment would have codified in state law the federal ban on the practice of partial birth abortion, defined as “deliberately and intentionally […]

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Roll Call! House Blocks Restrictions on Third Trimester Abortions (40-107), 2019

. H.57 – AN ACT RELATING TO PRESERVING THE RIGHT TO ABORTION (ROSENQUIST-BANCROFT AMENDMENT)  . FAILED in the State House of Representatives on February 20, 2019, by a vote of 40-107 . Purpose: The Rosenquist amendment would have prohibited an abortion after twenty-four weeks (about 6 months, passed the point of fetal viability outside the womb), except […]

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