Five weeks into the second half of the 2023-2024 legislative biennium, the members of the Vermont House and Senate have settled into the daily routine of extensive committee hearings and very short floor sessions.
After three weeks into the 2024 legislative session, the Vermont House of Representatives is settling into the daily routine of committee meetings, House and Senate floor meetings, and other required duties.
The start of the 2024 Legislative Session was gaveled in on Wednesday, January 3, without the usual fanfare of the beginning of a biennium.
The legislative session of 2023 is winding down with members looking forward to a targeted adjournment date of May 12.
After two furious weeks of grueling floor sessions of long hours and bill after bill coming before the body, the past week has seen 15–20-minute floor sessions.
In marathon sessions lasting well into the late evening hours, sometimes as late as 11pm, 38 House bills were approved and moved to the Senate for possible modification and approval.
The House is scheduled to debate 22 separate pieces of legislation while the Senate is scheduled to ponder 26 proposals.
I fully expect by the end of this week, over 500 bills will have been introduced.
As the House approaches the seventh week of the session, we are reminded of some important dates looming on the legislative horizon for members and committees of jurisdiction.
The beginning of a new biennium always brings a rush of introduction of new proposed legislation in the House and this year the pattern is no different.