On May 12, the Vermont House of Representatives started the last day of the Biennium at 10am with a devotional of live bagpipe music and ended at 11:30 pm with a speech by the Governor recognizing the work we have done this legislative session.
The legislative session of 2023 is winding down with members looking forward to a targeted adjournment date of May 12.
We have made much progress on the priorities which we set out in the beginning of the session.
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.
We spent long days and evenings debating bills, such as Paid Family Leave Insurance, biodiversity resistance, suicide prevention, sports wagering , universal school meals, and radiology assistants.
The House is scheduled to debate 22 separate pieces of legislation while the Senate is scheduled to ponder 26 proposals.
We’re halfway through the 2023 legislative session!
I fully expect by the end of this week, over 500 bills will have been introduced.
This past Wednesday was Creative Economy Day, where I was pleased to sponsor a resolution to honor Vermont’s Creative Sector.