Lt. Governor Remarks on 74th Biennial Session
Lt. Governor Zuckerman offers the following remarks on the adjournment of the 74th Biennial Session.
“I am honored Vermonters gave me the opportunity to preside over the Senate for the 74th Biennial Session. We have respectfully and diligently debated and passed legislation that is important to all Vermonters. As we adjourn I find myself with mixed emotions. The Senate’s hard work resulted in passing legislation, including raising the minimum wage to $15 and paid family leave, that starts to address some of the challenges working Vermonters face. We stood up for Vermonters by passing bills supporting net neutrality, importing safe prescription drugs at greatly reduced prices, banning corporate campaign contributions, and protecting consumers from abusive contracts.
Unfortunately, there has also been a void in leadership from the Governor. On many critical issues, incomplete ideas were presented at the last minute making it impossible for sufficient legislative vetting. This resulted in lost opportunities to improve Vermonters’ well-being and the veto of several bills.
A highlight of the last two years has been working with Vermonters, representing every part of our great state, and bringing their voices into the conversation. I have invited them into the State House and engaged in meaningful and informative conversations during open coffee hours, at our movie series, and during numerous events all across the state. The number of people, especially those who are younger, who are engaging in our democracy gives me great hope for our future.
I look forward to continuing to be an ‘ambassador’ for the process of civil democracy. I look forward to welcoming diverse perspectives into our discourse at the State House and will encourage their inclusion to ensure legislative decisions reflect what is best for all Vermonters.”