Legislative Sessions 1778-1808

Bills Introduced and Passed 1959-Present

 

Session Length, Roll Call Votes, House Bills Passed and Adjournment Dates 1969-Present

 

Adjournment Dates after June 1

 

Women in the Vermont Legislature

 

Vermont House Membership by Party

 

Good Friday Adjournment Times

 

Appropriations Bills

 

The Big Bill 1991-Present

Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs by Gender

 

Vermont General Assembly

Legislative Sessions 1778-1808

 

Year    Place of Meeting                                Session Dates             Session Days

1778    Windsor                                             March 12-March 26              15

1778    Bennington                                        June 4-June 18                      15

1778    Windsor                                             October 8-October 24           17

1779    Bennington                                        February 11-February 26    16

1779    Windsor                                             June 2-June4                         3

1779    Manchester                                        October 14-October 27         14

1780    Westminster                                       March 8-March 16                9

1780    Bennington                                        October 12-November 8       28

1781    Windsor                                             February 7-February 23      17

1781    Windsor                                             April 4-April 16                     13

1781    Bennington                                        June 13-June 28                    16

1781    Charlestown (now N.H.)                   October 11-October 27         17

1782    Bennington                                        January 31-February 28      29

1782    Windsor                                             June 13-June 23                    9

1782    Manchester                                        October 10-October 24         15

1783    Windsor                                             February 13-February 27    15

1783    Westminster                                       October 9-October 24           16

1784    Bennington                                        February 19-March 9           20

1784    Rutland                                              October 14-October 29         16

1785    Norwich                                             June 2-June 18                      17

1785    Windsor                                             October 13-October 27         15

1786    Rutland                                              October 12-October 31         20

1787    Bennington                                        February 15-March 10         24

1787    Newbury                                            October 11-October 27         17

1788    Manchester                                        October 9-October 25           17

1789    Westminster                                       October 8-October 29           22

1790    Castleton                                            October 14-October 28         15

1791    Bennington                                        January 10-January 27        18

1791    Windsor                                             October 13-November 3       22

1792    Rutland                                              October 11-November 7       28

1793    Windsor                                             October 10-November 4       26

1794    Rutland                                              October 9-October 30           22

1795    Windsor                                             October 8-October 27           20

1796    Rutland                                              October 13-November 8       28

1797    Rutland                                              February 4-March 10           35

1797    Windsor                                             October 12-November 10     30

1798    Vergennes                                          October 11-November 8       29

1799    Windsor                                             October 10-November 5       27

1800    Middlebury                                        October 9-November 7         30

1801    Newbury                                            October 8-November 6         30

1802    Burlington                                          October 14-November 12     30

1803    Westminster                                       October 13-November 14     33

1804    Windsor                                             January 26-February 6        12

1804    Rutland                                              October 11-November 9       30

1805    Danville                                              October 10-November 8       30

1806    Middlebury                                        October 9-November 11       34

1807    Woodstock                                         October 8-November 11       35

1808    Montpelier                                         October 13-November 11     30

Montpelier was made the permanent seat of the legislature in November 1805 with two conditions that a Capital Building should be completed by the first of September 1808 and that if future legislature should ever cease to hold their sessions in Montpelier, the State would pay the city for the value of the property.  Beginning in 1808 all sessions have been held in Montpelier.

 

VERMONT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

BILLS INTRODUCED AND PASSED 1959 TO Present

                             Number of Bills        Number of Bills  Number of         Percentage of Bills

                               Introduced                Passed                Dead Bills          Enacted into Law

      1959-1960       517                    331              186                        64%

      1961-1962       577                    343              234                        59%
      1963-1964       553                    307              246                        56%
      1965-1966       630                    320              310                        51%
      1967-1968       696                    392              304                        56%
      1969-1970       673                    307              366                        46%
      1971-1972       698                    268              430                        38%
      1973-1974       756                    276              480                        37%
      1975-1976       775                    264              511                        34%

      1977-1978       984                    280              704                        28%

      1979-1980       1003                  205              798                        20%

      1981-1982       1028                  249              779                        24%

      1983-1984       996                    253              743                        25%

      1985-1986       1066                  294              772                        28%

      1987-1988       1145                  310              835                        27%

      1989-1990       1294                  325              969                        25%

      1991-1992       1420                  296            1124                        21%

      1993-1994       1265                  265            1000*                      21%

      1995-1996       1166                  210              956                        18%

      1997-1998       1073                  172              901                        16%

      1999-2000       1185                  179            1006                        15%

      2001-2002       1075                  163              912                        15%

      2003-2004       1100                  188             912                        17% 

      2005-2006       1215                  237             978                        19.5%

      2007-2008       1268                  242             1026                      19%

      2009-2010       1091                  189             902                        17%

      2011-2012       1047                  191             856                        18%

                               *Includes 13 bills vetoed by the Governor                     

 

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Session Length, Roll Call Votes,

House Bills Passed and Adjournment Dates, 1969-Present

Year

Calendar

Days

Actual

Days

Roll

Calls

# House

Introduced

Bills

Passed

% Law

Token

Session

Date

Adj.

Time

Adj.

1969

106

73

60

334

107

45%

0

4/23

3:25pm

1970

88

57

58

159

114

 

0

4/04

11:59pm

1971

104

63

61

334

107

37%

0

4/20

10:00pm

1972

93

56

81

187

86

 

0

4/07

10:50pm

1973

101

57

53

343

92

35%

0

4/14

11:53pm

1974

92

54

73

204

102

 

0

4/04

1:35am

1975

100

60

75

422

88

33%

0

4/18*

11:56pm

1976

81

51

91

134

93

 

0

3/27

7:00pm

1977

108

66

49

476

85

28%

0

4/23

1:20am

1978

88

54

95

276

124

 

0

4/02

12:43am

1979

108

61

87

446

65

21%

0

4/21

10:56pm

1980

104

66

110

299

94

 

0

4/22

4:57pm

1981

118

72

85

495

64

22%

0

5/05*

4:18pm

1982

107

64

91

242

95

 

0

4/22

6:21pm

1983

108

64

69

454

77

26%

0

4/23*

7:49pm

1984

104

63

61

287

116

 

0

4/17

4:29pm

1985

122

73

66

420

81

28%

0

5/11

6:40pm

1986

116

71

85

358

139

 

0

5/03

11:29pm

1987

136

82

74

493

96

27%

0

5/23

12:06am

1988

136

80

69

324

124

 

0

5/20

5:59pm

1989

123

72

50

567

98

26%

0

5/07

6:13am

1990

133

76

114

346

139

 

7

5/16

5:10pm

1991

130

68

50

602

99

22%

7

5/19

2:52am

1992

110

67

79

363

114

 

1

4/26

2:39am

1993

130

70

72

541

89

22%

4

5/16*

7:17am

1994

159

94

105

346

115

 

5

6/12

3:21am

1995

107

65

75

521

49

19%

1

4/21

12:56am

1996

122

73

134

296

106

 

2

5/03

6:25pm

1997

157

83

107

544

55

16%

12

6/13

11:59pm

1998

106

59

134

232

76

 

3

4/21

3:23pm

1999

130

77

73

568

52

16%

1

5/15

11:13pm

2000

133

83

114

292

84

 

3

5/15#

1:38am

2001

151

84

108

508

60

15%

0

6/03

2:53am

2002

157

90

194

265

53

 

8

6/13#

1:55pm

2003

143

84

68

483

54

17.5%

6

5/30#

7:35pm

2004

136

76

77

302

83

 

1

5/20

10:05pm

2005

151

85

82

549

66

18%

1

6/4*

5:55pm

2006

128

78

81

346

97

 

8

5/10

10:55pm

2007

130

76

62

551

62

16%

4

5/12#

10:35pm

2008

117

71

64

345

80

 

5

5/3

4:35pm

2009

123

70

61

457

41

 

5

5/9*

10:47pm

2010

128

76

88

336

69

15%

3

5/12#

11:59PM

2011

121

69

71

460

50

 

2

5/6

5:25pm

2012

121

77

74

335

78

16%

5

5/5

6:43pm

2013 126 71 84 544 63 11.5% 3 5/14 10:25pm

*Special Sessions 1975 (3 Days), 1981 (2 Days), 1983 (7 Days), 1993 (2 Days), 2005 (1Day), 2009 (2 Days)

#First “Veto Session,” for one day on May 31, 2000.  Second “Veto Session,” June 28, 2002.  Third “Veto Session,” June 19, 2003.

            Fourth “Veto Session” June 16, 2004.  Fifth “Veto Session” June 1, 2006.  Sixth “Veto Session” July 11, 2007.

            Seventh on 6/9/2010

 

Percentages are for the biennium

 

 

Vermont General Assembly

Adjournment dates after June 1

 

 

 

Year                                        Adjournment date                 Number of days

 

1953                                                    June 4                                      149

 

1955                                                    June 11                                    158

 

1957                                                    July 2                                       173

 

1959                                                    June 11                                    156

 

1961                                                    August 1                                 209

 

1963                                                    July 1                                       175

 

1965                                                    June 30                                    176

 

1994                                                    June 12                                    159

 

1997                                                    June 13                                    157

 

2001                                                    June 3                                      152

 

2002                                                    June 13                                    157

 

2005                                                    June 4                                      151

 

 

 

Prior to 1969 the General Assembly met every two years.

Since 1969 it has met every year

 

 

 

 

WOMEN IN THE VERMONT LEGISLATURE

 

                        DATE                         SENATE         HOUSE

 

                           1921                            0                   1

                           1923                            1                   4

                           1925                            0                   11

                           1927                            0                   8

                           1929                            1                   8

                           1931                            1                   14

                           1933                            2                   8

                           1935                            1                   14

                           1937                            1                   15

                           1939                            1                   12

                           1941                            0                   17

                           1943                            0                   31

                           1945                            1                   45

                           1947                            3                   35

                           1949                            1                   24

                           1951                            2                   36

                           1953                            2                   54

                           1955                            2                   46

                           1957                            2                   49

                           1959                            4                   42

                           1961                            5                   44

                           1963                            3                   43

                           1965                             I                   44

                           1966                            2                   16

                           1967                            2                   20

                           1969                            3                   21

                           1971                            3                   18

                           1973                            3                   14

                           1975                            1                   20                    From 1921 to 1965 there

                           1977                            2                   23                    were 246 members of the

                           1979                            3                   32                    House and from 1966 on

                           1981                            4                   32                    there were 150 members

                           1983                            4                   27

                           1985                            4                   38

                           1987                            3                   42

                           1989                            6                   51

                           1991                            7                   50

                           1993                          11                   53

                           1995                          12                   43

                           1997                          12                   48

                           1999                          10                   48

                           2001                            9                   44

                           2003                            9                   46 (47) 2004 Heather Shouldice replaced Tom Pelham

                           2005                          10                   50

                           2007                           10                   57        (59)2008 Sandra Grenier replaced David Clark

                           2009                          10                   57 (56) 2010 Charles Shaw replaced Margaret Flory

                           2011                          11                   58 (59) 2011 Jean O’Sullivan replaced Mark Larson

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont House Membership by Party

 

 

Republican                  Democrat                    Other

 

2013                48                                94                                8 (3 Independents & 5 Progressive)

 

2011                48                                94                                8 (3 Independents & 5 Progressive)

 

2009                48                                95                                7 (2 Independents & 5 Progressive)

 

2007                49                                93                                8 (2 Independent & 6 Progressive)

 

2005                60                                83                                7 (1 Independent & 6 Progressive)

 

2003                74                                69                                7 (3 Independent & 4 Progressive)

 

2001                83        (82)                  62        (63)                  5          Democrat Tim Ryan replaced

                                                                                                            Republican Tom McGrath

1999                67                                77                                6          Jan 8 2002

 

1997                57                                89                                4

 

1995                61                                86                                3

 

1993                57                                86                                6

 

1991                75                                73                                2

 

1989                75                                75

 

1987                74                                76

 

1985                77                                72                                1

 

1983                84                                65                                1

 

1981                84                                64                                1

 

1979                81                                68                                1

 

1977                74                                75                                1

 

1975                78                                70                                2

 

1973                91                                58                                1

 

1971                98                                52       

 

1969                100                              50

 

1967                93                                55                                2

 

1966                115                              35                               

 

1965                195                              50                                1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD FRIDAY

ADJOURNMENT TIMES

 

2010                April 2                         12:50 pm

2009                April 10                       11:05 am

2008                March 21                     12:10 pm

2007                April 6                         2:15 pm

2006                April 14                       11:45 am

2005                March 25                     1:20 pm

2004                April 9                         10:15 am

2003                April 18                       10:05 am

2002                March 29                     12:45 pm

2001                April 13                       11:55 am

2000                April 21                       10:00 am

1999                April 2                         12:30 pm

1998                April 10                       11:57 am

1997                March 28                     10:10 am

1996                April 5                         10:35 am

1995                April 14                       3:40 pm

1994                April 1                         10:00 am

1993                April 9                         11:30 am

1992                April 17                       12:37 pm

1991                March 29                     12:10 pm

1990                April 13                       1:22 pm

1989                March 24                     10:00 am

1988                April 1                         11:20 am

1987                April 17                       11:59 am

1986                March 28                     12:00 noon

1985                April 5                         9:50 am

1984                April 20                       We had adjourned

                                                            for the year on April 17

 

 

 

Appropriations Bills

 

Year                Received from Senate           Adjourned                 # Days

 

2012                            4/26/12                        5/5/12                          10

2011                            4/22/11                        5/6/11                          15

2010                            4/27/10                        5/12/10                        16

2009                            4/24/09                        5/9/09                          15

2008                            4/24/08                        5/3/08                          9

2007                            5/1/07                          5/12/07                        11

2006                            4/26/06                        5/10/06                        14

2005                            5/26/05                        6/4/05                          9

2004                            4/29/04                        5/20/04                        21

2003                            5/2/03                          5/30/03                        28

2002                            5/9/02                          6/13/02                        35

2001                            5/23/01                        6/3/01                          11

2000                            5/2/00                          5/15/00                        13

1999                            5/5/99                          5/15/99                        10

1998                            4/7/98                          4/21/98                        14

1997                            5/9/97                          6/13/97                        34

1996                            4/22/96                        5/3/96                          11

1995                            3/31/95                        4/21/95                        22

1994                            4/28/94                        6/12/94                        45

1993                            4/16/93                        5/16/93                        30

1992                            4/14/92                        4/26/92                        12

1991                            4/19/91                        5/19/91                        30

1990                            4/23/90                        5/16/90                        23

1989                            4/19/89                        5/7/89                          18

1988                            4/25/88                        5/20/88                        25

1987                            5/6/87                          5/22/87                        16

1986                            4/18/86                        5/3/86                          15

1985                            5/1/85                          5/11/85                        10

 

 

 

 

THE BIG BILL 1991 – Present

 

2012                H. 781             1st Reading:   3/20/12            C of C apptd  4/27/12

                                                2nd Reading: 3/22/12            Bill Passed      5/5/12

                                                3rd Reading:  3/23/12            Adjourn         5/5/12

 

2011                H. 441             1st Reading:   3/22/11            C of C apptd  4/26/11

                                                2nd Reading: 3/24/11            Bill Passed      5/6/11

                                                3rd Reading:  3/25/11            Adjourn         5/6/11

 

2010                H. 789             1st Reading:   3/23/10            C of C apptd  4/27/10

                                                2nd Reading: 3/25/10            Bill Passed      5/12/10

                                                3rd Reading:  3/26/10            Adjourn         5/12/10

 

2009                H. 441             1st Reading:   3/31/09            C of C apptd  4/24/09

                                                2nd Reading: 4/2/09              Bill Passed      5/9/09

                                                3rd Reading:  4/3/09              Adjourn         5/9/09  Governor vetoed and called Special Session 6/2/09.  House and Senate override veto of Governor

 

2008                H. 891            1st Reading:    3/28/08            C of C apptd    4/24/08

                                                2nd Reading  4/2/08              Bill Passed      5/3/08

                                                3rd Reading   4/2/08              Adjourn         5/3/08

 

2007                H. 537             1st Reading:    4/3/07              C of C apptd  5/1/07

                                                2nd Reading:   4/5/07              Bill passed      5/12/07

                                                3rd Reading:   4/6/07              Adjourn         5/12/07

 

2006                H. 881             1st Reading:    3/21/06            C of C apptd  4/26/06

                                                2nd Reading:   3/23/06            Bill passed      5/10/06

                                                3rd Reading:   3/24/06            Adjourn         5/10/06

 

2005                H. 516             1st Reading:    3/18/05            C of C apptd  5/26/05

                                                2nd Reading:   3/24/05            Bill passed      6/4/05

                                                3rd Reading:   3/25/05            Adjourn         6/4/05

 

2004                H. 768             1st Reading:   3/18/04            C of C apptd  4/29/04

                                                2nd Reading: 3/22/04            Bill passed      5/20/04

                                                3rd Reading:  3/23/04            Adjourn         5/20/04

 

2003                H. 464             1st Reading:  3/27/03             C of C apptd  5/2/03

                                                2nd Reading: 3/31/03            Bill passed      5/30/03

                                                3rd Reading:  4/2/03              Adjourn         5/30/03

 

2002              H. 766             1st Reading:  3/26/02`            C of C apptd  5/9/02

                                                2nd Reading: 3/28/02            Bill passed      6/6/02

                                                3rd Reading:  3/29/02            Adjourn         6/13/02

                        - Bill appearing on Notice Calendar, rules not suspended to bring up for immediate consideration.

                        - 3 days debate.

                        - 4 working days from introduction to House passage

 

 

2001                H. 485             1st Reading:  3/21/01 C of C apptd  5/23/01

                                                2nd Reading: 3/22/01            Bill passed      6/2/01

                                                3rd Reading:  3/28/01            Adjourn         6/3/01

                        - Bill appearing on Notice Calendar, rules suspended to bring up for immediate consideration.

                        - 3 days debate.

                        - 4 working days from introduction to House passage

2000                H. 842             1st Reading:  2/29/00 C of C apptd  5/2/00

                                                2nd Reading:  3/1/00             Bill passed      5/15/00

                                                3rd Reading:  3/3/00              Adjourn         5/15/00

                        - Bill appearing on Notice Calendar, rules suspended to bring up for immediate consideration.

                        - 3 days debate.

                        - 4 working days from introduction to House passage.

 

1999                H. 554             1st Reading:  3/26/99 C of C apptd  5/5/99

                                                2nd Reading:  3/30/99           Bill passed      5/15/99

                                                3rd Reading:  4/1/99              Adjourn         5/15/99

                        - No rules suspension to bring up.

                        - 3 days debate.

                        - 5 working days from introduction to House passage.

 

1998                H. 755             1st Reading:  2/24/98 C of C apptd  4/7/98

                                                2nd Reading:  2/25/98           Bill Passed      4/18/98

                                                3rd Reading:  2/27/98            Adjourn         4/21/98

                        - Bill appearing on Notice Calendar, rules suspended and bill brought up for immediate consideration.

                        - Rules suspended to message.

                        - 3 days debate.

                        - 4 working days from introduction to House passage.

 

1997                H. 526             1st Reading:  3/11/97 C of C apptd  5/12/97

                                                2nd Reading:  3/11/97           Bill passed      6/13/97

                                                3rd Reading:  3/13/97            Adjourn         6/13/97

                        - Pending entry of bill on Notice Calendar, rules suspended and bill brought up for immediate consideration.

                        - Rules suspended to message to Senate.

                        - 3 days debate.

                        - 3 working days from introduction to House passage.

 

1996                H. 806             1st Reading:  3/12/96 C of C apptd  4/22/96

                                                2nd Reading:  3/13/96           Bill passed      5/3/96

                                                3rd Reading:  3/18/96            Adjourn         5/3/96

                        - Pending entry of bill on Notice Calendar, rules suspended and bill brought up for immediate consideration.  On                   subsequent motion, bill was made special order for the next day.

                        - Rules suspended to message to Senate.

                        - 3 days debate.

                        - 4 working days from introduction to House passage.

 

1995                H. 501             1st Reading:  3/14/95 C of C apptd  3/31/95           

                                                2nd Reading:  3/15/95           Bill passed      4/21/95

                                                3rd Reading:  3/16/95            Adjourn         4/21/95

                        - Pending entry of bill on Notice Calendar, rules suspended to bring            up for immediate consideration.  On subsequent            motion, bill was made special order for the next day.

                        - Rules suspended to message to Senate.

                        - 2 days debate.

                        - 3 days from introduction to House passage.

 

1994                H. 864             1st Reading:  3/3/94               C of C apptd  5/3/94

                                                2nd Reading:  3/8/94             Bill passed      6/12/94

                                                3rd Reading:  3/9/94              Adjourn         6/12/94

                        - Pending entry of bill on Notice Calendar, rules suspended to bring up for immediate consideration.  Subsequent      motion committed bill to Ways & Means.

                        - 2 days debate.

                        - 5 working days from introduction to House passage.

 

1993                H. 524             1st Reading:  3/11/93 C of C apptd  4/16/93

                                                2nd Reading:  3/12/93           Bill passed      5/16/93

                                                3rd Reading:  3/15/93            Adjourn         5/16/93

                        - Bill appearing on Notice Calendar, rules suspended to bring up for immediate consideration.

                        - Rules suspended to message.

                        - 2 days debate.

                        - 3 working days from introduction to House passage.

 

1992                H. 937             1st Reading:  2/28/92 C of C apptd  4/14/92

                                                2nd Reading:  3/5/92             Bill passed      4/25/92

                                                3rd Reading: 3/6/92               Adjourn         4/26/92

                        - No rules suspension to bring up.

                        - Rules suspended to message to Senate.

                        - 2 days debate.

                        - 4 working days from introduction to House passage.

 

1991                H. 589             1st Reading:  3/15/91 C of C apptd  4/19/91

                                                2nd Reading:  3/20/91           Bill Passed      5/19/91

                                                3rd Reading:  3/21/91            Adjourn         5/19/91           

                        - No rules suspension to bring up.

                        - Rules suspended to message to Senate.

                        - 2 days debate.

                        - 4 working days from introduction to House passage.

 

Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs by Gender.

 

Date                      Speaker                                 Male                         Female          ___

2011                Shap Smith                            C-6, VC-8                   C-8, VC-6

 

2009                Shap Smith                            C-7, VC- 9                  C- 7, VC-5

 

2007                Gaye Symington                    C-8, VC-10                 C-6, VC-4

 

2005                Gaye Symington                    C-9, VC-11                 C-5, VC-3

 

2003                Walter Freed                         C-11, VC-8                 C-3, VC-6

 

2001                Walter Freed                         C-11, VC-11               C-3, VC-3

 

1999                Michael Obuchowski            C-10, VC-6                 C-4, VC-8

 

1997                Michael Obuchowski            C-11, VC-6                 C-3, VC-8

 

1995                Michael Obuchowski            C-12, VC-8                 C-2, VC-6

 

1993                Ralph Wright                                    C-11, VC-9                 C-3, VC-5

 

1991                Ralph Wright                                    C-10, VC-13               C-4, VC-1

 

1989                Ralph Wright                                    C-11, VC-12               C-3, VC-2

 

1987                Ralph Wright                                    C-11, VC-7                 C-3, VC-7

 

1985                Ralph Wright                                    C-10, VC-11               C-4, VC-3

 

1983                Stephan Morse                      C-12, VC-12               C-2, VC-2

 

1981                Stephan Morse                      C-14, VC-13               C-1, VC-2

 

1979                Tim O’Connor                       C-13, VC-11               C-1, VC-3

 

1977                Tim O’Connor                       C-13, VC-12               C-1, VC-2

 

1975                Tim O’Connor                       C-13, VC-13               C-1, VC-1

 

1973                Peanut Kennedy                    C-14. VC-12               C-0, VC-2

 

1971                Peanut Kennedy                    C-14, VC-13               C-0, VC-1

 

1969                John Burgess                         C-14, VC-14               C-0, VC-0

 

1967                Richard Mallary                    C-14, VC-14               C-0, VC-0

 

1966                Richard Mallary                    C-12 VC-13                C-2, VC-1