Only two days after the start of the legislative session, more than 40 draft bills have been filed, awaiting the next step -- introduction on the floor before passage to a committee -- in their arduous journey toward becoming law.
Some of the more substantive proposals include:
â?¢ A proposal by Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Burlington, mandating judges to consider the financial costs of sentences, via an expressly created database from the Corrections Department holding that information: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/intro/S-001.pdf.
â?¢ Another Ashe proposal would create a database to track those convicted of abusing animals: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/intro/S-009.pdf.
â?¢ A joint effort to regulate the use of automatic license plate readers, deployed by state police this summer and protested by the ACLU over privacy concerns: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/intro/S-018.pdf.
â?¢ A bill proposing free school lunches for poor eligible Vermonters, rather than reduced price lunches, a measure specifically proposed by Gov. Peter Shumlin in his inaugural speech on Thursday: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/intro/S-026.pdf.
â?¢ A bill introduced by Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, requiring the Natural Resources Board to develop a statewide land use plan: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/intro/H-009.pdf