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POLITICO: Teaming Up In Vermont

TEAMING UP IN VERMONT — A band of state lawmakers are taking a unique approach to the tech industry’s lobbying efforts — they want to hold a hearing to show just how pervasive and influential it is. Vermont’s House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development has invited lawmakers from six states for a hearing to discuss […]

US PIRG: Lawmakers from across U.S. to expose how tech lobbyists hurt your ability to keep data private

ADVISORY: Lawmakers from across U.S. to expose how tech lobbyists hurt your ability to keep data private (Link to original story.) By R.J. Cross, Director, Don’t Sell My Data Campaign, U.S. PIRG Education Fund APRIL 24, 2024 WHAT: A bipartisan group of lawmakers from six states will testify Friday about the impacts of tech industry […]

LUNCH & LEARN: DATA PRIVACY PRIMER

LUNCH & LEARN: DATA PRIVACY PRIMER Hosted by Vermont State Representative Monique Priestley Friday, April 26th 12:00–1:00pm Eastern Register to Receive Zoom Details: https://bit.ly/privacyprimer GUEST EXPERTS: Neil Richards & Ryan Durrie of the Cordell Institute, Caitriona Fitzgerald of EPIC, and Zach Tomanelli of VPIRG. (Bios below.) A constant stream of data — from our steps, […]

Opinion: ‘Every breath you take, every move you make…’

This commentary is by Rep. Monique Priestley, D-Bradford. She serves on the House Committee on Commerce & Economic Development. Read the feature at VTDigger. Of the 20 largest economies in the world, the U.S. is the only country that lacks a comprehensive framework establishing rights and protections for the collection, use, and sharing of data. […]

VTDigger: Disagreement and lobbying threaten passage of Vermont’s landmark data privacy bill

The following is a brief excerpt of an article written by Sarah Mearhoff on April 17, 2024. Read the full story at VTDigger… This was supposed to be the year that Vermont legislators took on Big Tech in a sweeping data privacy bill years in the making. With mere weeks left in the session, that’s […]

STATEMENT FROM VERMONT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, HOUSE LEADERSHIP, BILL SPONSORS ON CROSSOVER LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release: March 26, 2024 Media Contact: Conor Kennedy, Office of the Speaker, ckennedy@leg.state.vt.us STATEMENT FROM VERMONT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, HOUSE LEADERSHIP, BILL SPONSORS ON CROSSOVER LEGISLATION Montpelier, Vt. –Today, House Speaker Jill Krowinski, House leadership and bill sponsors provided an update on a few pieces of key legislation following crossover, a key […]

PRESS RELEASE: VERMONT SETS NATIONAL PRECEDENT WITH UNANIMOUS HOUSE PASSAGE OF COMPREHENSIVE DATA PRIVACY LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2024 Media Contact: Rep. Monique Priestley, mpriestley@leg.state.vt.us; Conor Kennedy, Office of the Speaker, ckennedy@leg.state.vt.us VERMONT SETS NATIONAL PRECEDENT WITH UNANIMOUS HOUSE PASSAGE OF COMPREHENSIVE DATA PRIVACY LEGISLATION Montpelier, VT – The Vermont House of Representatives achieved a historic milestone by unanimously passing H.121, an act relating to enhancing consumer privacy, with […]

REPORT: Vermont closer to passing 2nd-strongest privacy law in nation

For Release: March 22, 2024 Contact: Zach Tomanelli, VPIRG, Consumer Protection Advocate, ztomanelli@vpirg.org, 802-262-3744 Caitriona Fitzgerald, EPIC, Deputy Director, fitzgerald@epic.org, 202-483-1140 x105 REPORT: Vermont closer to passing 2nd-strongest privacy law in nation The Vermont Data Privacy Act would be a meaningful win for consumers, says watchdog groups MONTPELIER – The Vermont House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that, if […]

Vermont 2023 Flood Donations

Many folks have asked for recommendations of where to direct donations to support recovery efforts in Vermont due to recent flooding. Below is not an exhaustive list, but a handful of recommended ideas. The last bullet is a live Google Doc that is being edited as efforts are stood up. Vermont Community Foundation (Statewide) Northeast […]

2023 End of Session Report

The 2023 legislative session concluded on May 12th. Your end of session report provides a summary of the updates from each House committee. While numerous bills are still being finalized, we will reconvene at the State House on June 20th to review any bills vetoed by the Governor, including the FY24 State Budget. Throughout the […]

2023 Town Meeting Legislative Update for Orange-2

Thank you Bradford, Fairlee, and West Fairlee for letting me share a few legislative updates at meetings over the last two weeks! For anyone who couldn’t make it or wasn’t able to pick up one of my reports, here’s a quick recap. You can check my personal legislative website here for updates: https://priestleyvt.com (and @priestleyvermont […]

STATEMENT FROM VERMONT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, CHAIR OF HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, AND CO-SPONSOR REP. SMALL FOLLOWING TRI-PARTISAN VOTE ON “SHIELD BILL”

Montpelier, Vt. – Today, the House gave final approval to H. 89, known as the “Shield Bill.” The bill provides protections for patients and providers from prosecutions and investigations by states that have criminalized reproductive and gender-affirming care that is legal in Vermont. Following today’s 130-13 roll-call vote, the bill will now move to the […]

STATEMENT FROM SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE & HOUSE SPEAKER JILL KROWINSKI ON ADMINISTRATION’S PLAN TO MOVE STATE RETIREES INTO PRIVATE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

For Immediate Release January 20, 2023: STATEMENT FROM SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE & HOUSE SPEAKER JILL KROWINSKI ON ADMINISTRATION’S PLAN TO MOVE STATE RETIREES INTO PRIVATE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS Montpelier, VT – Today Senate President Pro Tempore Philip Baruth and Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski issued the following statement: “We are deeply concerned about […]

Tri-Partisan Rural Caucus Begins Setting Priorities for 2023 to Support Rural Vermont

For Immediate Release: December 12, 2022 Contact: Rep. Katherine Sims KSims@leg.state.vt.us Rep. Laura Sibilia lsibilia@leg.state.vt.us Rep. Lisa Hango LHango@leg.state.vt.us Tri-Partisan Rural Caucus Begins Setting Priorities for 2023 to Support Rural Vermont Montpelier, VT – The tri-partisan Rural Caucus (formerly known as the Rural Economic Development Working Group, or REDWnG), met on December 7 with more […]

VCBB Issues “Call to Action” For Vermonters to Challenge Wrong FCC Map Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2022 Contact: Herryn Herzog, Communications & Outreach Coordinator Vermont Community Broadband Board phone: (802) 522-3396 email: Herryn.Herzog@Vermont.gov  VERMONT COMMUNITY BROADBAND BOARD ISSUES “CALL TO ACTION” FOR VERMONTERS TO CHALLENGE WRONG FCC MAP DATA  Montpelier, Vermont –The Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB) is calling on all Vermonters to check their addresses on the […]

Programs for Individuals

Thank you to Representative Katherine Sims for sharing her list! Rebates for energy efficiency/electrification projects Help with heating Funding to repair vacant rental units or add an accessory dwelling unit Emergency rental assistance Child care financial assistance Subsidy for groceries Subsidy for internet service Help with utility bills First Generation Homebuyer Grant Funding for projects […]

ARPA Grants Round-Up

Thank you to Representative Katherine Sims for sharing her list! Local Food Purchase Assistance The Local Food Purchase Assistance program goal is to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency by supporting local, regional, and underserved producers through the purchase of domestic local foods. Eligible applicants include Vermont farmers, producers, nonprofits, businesses, and […]