How to watch the Vermont legislative session in 2022

Representative Lynn Dickinson, R-St. Albans Town, answers a remote roll call on the opening day of the Legislative Assembly at the Statehouse in Montpellier on January 6, 2021. File photo by Glenn Russell / VTDigger

The Vermont Legislature is scheduled to meet on Tuesday for the second year of the biennium – but no need to find parking on State Street just yet.

Following a last-minute change of course last week, the House and Senate are expected to work remotely until at least January 18.

A House quorum is expected to meet briefly at the Statehouse on Tuesday to approve the remote work plan. As long as this resolution is passed, everything else will take place online for at least the next two weeks.

But no matter where the lawmakers are, Vermonters will still be able to stream the action live, from their homes, cars, libraries, or anywhere they can connect. (A fun snow day activity, maybe?)

While lawmakers and lobbyists will surely miss their discussions in locker rooms and cafeteria meetings, the pandemic-inspired changes in Legislative Assembly operations have made it easier for the general public to follow from home.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the House did not even record its deliberations on the ground, although VPR proposed a live stream. The Senate recorded the audio from the ground onto CDs, according to Kevin Moore, director of the Office of Legislative Information Technology. These recordings were to be requested through the office of the Secretary of the Senate. Likewise, recordings of committee meetings were only available upon request.

Vermonters who wish to connect remotely this year can do so via these links:

You do not know what to watch? A weekly list of each scheduled legislative committee meeting can be found here. You can also find the agenda of each committee here.

The House and Senate are both scheduled to begin their work on the first floor of the year at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Gov. Phil Scott is due to deliver his state-of-the-state address Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET. Scott’s budget speech is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan.18 at 1 p.m. ET. VTDigger plans to broadcast both speeches live on our Facebook Live page.

Other notable dates on the legislative calendar are available here.

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