The bill as introduced this session by principal sponsors Reps. Brian Cina and James Masland has 28 co-sponsors. It was introduced on Jan. 30, 2019 and sent to the House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs. Thank you Brian and Jim! From Rep. Cina last Wednesday:
“Just wanted to let you know that the Indigenous Peoples Day bill has been introduced! It is time to mobilize our networks and communities to email members of the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee! We need to ask them to take the bill off the wall, to gather testimony, and to finally pass this bill so that we do not have to rely on a proclamation from the Governor any more.”
Bills in Committee are said to be “on the wall” – quite literally tacked to the bulletin board. To proceed, they have to be taken up by the Committee, testimony solicited, amendments offered (if any), and voted out to the full House Chamber. This is then repeated in the House, then the bill is sent to the Senate. I am told that Chair Thomas Stevens is favorably inclined, so that’s a good start. As Brian said, we need to contact the GHMA Committee and express support for taking action on H.119. Names and emails are below:
Chair Thomas Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Chair Joseph “Chip” Troiano email@example.com
Ranking Member Diana Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Birong Jr. email@example.com
Marianna Gamache firstname.lastname@example.org
Clerk Mary E. Howard MHoward@leg.state.vt.us
John Killacky email@example.com
Emily Long firstname.lastname@example.org
Randall Szott email@example.com
Tommy Walz firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s all the email addresses together if you want to send a group email (copy and paste all at once). Simply express your positive support for taking up H.119 in Committee.
Thank you for your help with this! I will keep you posted as the bill progresses.