in the State House of Representatives on February 28, 2020, by a vote of 45-96
Purpose:To delay a vote on the bill until after Town Meeting recess so that legislators have an opportunity to speak with and hear from constituents regarding proposed changes to Vermont’s Act 250 land use law. . Analysis: H.926 is an immensely complicated bill with many controversial components that will impact land use, real estate values, economic development, and climate policy for Vermont. The bill as originally presented to the full body on the floor was greatly flawed, requiring over half a dozen amendments to fix it “on the fly.” Representative Bock (D-Chester) made this motion to delay the final vote on H.926 by one legislative day, which would have allowed Representatives to discuss with and hear from their constituents about the proposed changes to Act 250 over the Town Meeting Week recess. He cited a large volume of constituents contacting him with concerns and questions. . Those voting YES believe it is important for to hear from their constituents about policy changes of this magnitude. . Those voting NO did not think giving their constituents a greater opportunity to weigh in was a good idea. .
As Recorded in the House Journal, February 28, 2020:“Shall action be postponed one legislative day? was decided in the negative. Yeas, 45. Nays, 96.” (Read the Journal, p. 559-562.)