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I think it’s perplexing that the “dirty little secrets” of how the Vermont Department of Corrections operates are being seen, finally.

The first couple weeks of the Legislature have come and gone faster than normal, it seems, this year. Normally, the first week allows legislators to get back in the flow and follow up on past legislation or meet on reports that are due from the administration.

The third week of the session began Jan. 21, marking a change in activity in the House of Representatives. Up until now, we have spent almost all our time in our respective committees and in other meetings and briefings. We’ve spent very little time on the House floor, dealing mostly with pr…

There are moments that are very impactful in our lives that shape, in part, who we are. Though not an old-timer by any means, I have been around for a while and it takes more and more to move me. Not much surprises me. I had one such moment at the Statehouse recently. It was just a brief mom…

I just read an article in The New York Times about the types of Americans who volunteer for our armed forces. These are the people supporting and fighting the nation’s relentless, endless wars.

Vermont’s demographic challenges are, over time, negatively affecting the state in a myriad of ways. They’re affecting our schools, our businesses, our ability to maintain state programs and a host of other issues.

The second week of our 2020 legislative session brings the “bill submission deadline,” at which point representatives must finish gathering co-sponsors and submit the final version of any bills we would like to introduce this session.

The start of each legislative session brings much excitement. The renewal of old friendships coupled with a wide range of issues to work on add to the adrenaline rush that comes when the legislative bell rings. 

As I get ready to return to the Statehouse, I am very aware of how much Vermont’s legislative process is affected, directly and indirectly, by the state of the nation and the world.

There is much variation by state as to length and timing of legislative sessions. In Vermont, our legislative session runs roughly from January to May each year, and this year’s session began on Tuesday.

Memories. They not only light the corners of my mind, they’re stacked so high back there, it’s like an episode of “Hoarders.”

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