Ashe lists TCI, gun control veto override among 2020 legislative priorities – WAMC

In an interview with NY Public Radio reporter Pat Bradley, VT Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe lists these priorities for the 2020 Legislature:
Paid family leave, minimum wage. Transportation & Climate Initiative. Override governor’s veto on medical monitoring and gun control. More generally - criminal justice reform, progress on environment, cost of living, housing, and other “progressive” initiatives.

“The governor also vetoed gun safety legislation which would have created a modest waiting period for purchase of handguns and made some changes to what we call the red flag law, which helps get the guns out of the hands of people who might be considering suicide or in other ways indicating that they might commit acts of violence using guns. So we got to figure out a plan moving forward on gun safety legislation and we are determined to do that. A few other areas. There are carry over issues but with new themes this year. Working on the state's environmental performance. We're very eager to see the continued work around the Transportation and Climate Initiative, which is the 12 state discussion that includes New York and Vermont and basically all of New England and the Atlantic, Mid Atlantic, which would cut the amount of carbon emissions regionally from transportation.

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-01-04 19:46:27 -0500
    I have always been of the opinion that voting is a right that if not exercised, is wasted, and given the fact that people have died to ensure that we have that and so many other rights in this country, I do not take that lightly. I view voting as nothing less than a civic duty. I believe that the majority of the citizens in Chittenden Co. are not flaming socialists, and that the problem is unfortunately there are so many disaffected moderate and conservative citizens (everywhere, not just in Chittenden Co.) that are not exercising their right to be heard, and counted. I also believe that part of the issue in Montpelier is the Senate, and that the State of Vermont should take page from the Federal government. In that in the Senate each county should be represented equally, regardless of population. This would help to give more rural counties a more equitable voice in their destiny instead of being continually railroaded by more urban counties like Chittenden Co. JMO
  • Heidi Clark
    commented 2020-01-03 13:36:19 -0500
    We Chittenden County voters have a lot to answer for Dan
  • Dan Whipple
    commented 2020-01-02 04:49:39 -0500
    Who the hell keeps electing these IDIOTS!?!