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Vermonters Weigh In On Legislative Session Expectations

Vermont’s legislative session kicks off this week and we know what the state legislators want to take on this session, but what do Vermonters want on the agenda?
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Vermont’s legislative session kicks off this week. We know what the state legislators want to take on this session, but what do Vermonters want on the agenda?

“Homelessness,” said John Joseph  Farrell of Burlington.

The homeless: folks want to see action taken on their behalf.

"There's a lot of mentally ill people here. Depression, anxiety, one thing or the other and then they just turn to a bottle or a drug, some of them even take their own lives. It's got to be addressed. That's one thing that I can think of,” said Farrell.

Ashley Sawyer of Burlington agrees, "I think it's important that they discuss the homeless population, especially here in Burlington. There was discussions last year about hotel stays and how much money the state is spending,”

For others, this year's budget was on their minds, for personal reasons.

"I run a state diversion program, a court diversion program. It's a state-funded program and so I'm really hopeful that that funding is secure,” said Burlington’s Molly Statacomeau.

After some states, like Colorado and Washington, legalized recreational marijuana use, it has some Vermonters hoping it'll happen in the Green Mountain State.

"Legalization of marijuana so people don't have to feel like criminals for something that, in another state, they're allowed to do,” said Burlington’s Justin Gordon.

But Burlington's Florence MacIntyre-Pulling is more concerned about the other side of the drug issue.

"The influx of opoid drugs and meth drugs that suddenly seem to be a problem in Vermont, especially southern Vermont. I'm also interested in health issues and affordable health care,” said Florence MacIntyre-Pulling.

All issues that are sure to come up in the state chambers over the next few months.


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