in the State House of Representatives
on January 4, 2022, by a vote of
Purpose: To allow the state House of Representatives and its component committees to conduct business remotely for the first two weeks of the 2022 legislative session.
Analysis: Those voting YES believed that the prevalence of Covid 19 and the risk it poses to members of the House themselves and to legislative staff is such that rules requiring in-person lawmaking should be temporarily suspended, and that the work of the legislature can be done adequately via Zoom, etc.
Those voting NO believed that it sends the wrong message to front-line workers in Vermont, such as teachers, healthcare providers, retail and grocery employees, etc., who are shouldering the risk of Covid-19 every day by showing up to work and keeping our economy going, for the legislature to exempt itself from that same risk.
As Recorded in the House Journal, Tuesday, January 4, 2022: “…Shall the House adopt the resolution?, was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 106. Nays, 19.” (Read the Journal, p. 4 - 7). Watch the floor debate on YouTube.
How They Voted
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Sally Achey (R - Middletown Springs) – NO
William Lippert (D – Hinesburg) – YES
Curtis McCormack (D – Burlington) – ABSENT
Kirk White (P/D - Bethel) – YES
Rebecca White (D – Hartford) – YES
Dane Whitman (D - Bennington) – YES
Terri Lynn Williams (R - Granby) – YES
Theresa Wood (D – Waterbury) – YES
David Yacovone (D – Morristown) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D – Charlotte) – ABSENT