[Hpn] H. 70: On the Wall of the House Local Government Committee

Morgan W. Brown morganbrown@hotmail.com
Fri, 19 Jan 2001 17:32:28 -0500

Legislative E-update by Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont
Friday, January 19, 2001
Volume 1, Number 2

H. 70: Homeless Voter Registration; Update
On the Wall of the House Local Government Committee


Generally, when a bill gets introduced into either the House or Senate of 
the Vermont Legislature the bill gets referred to a committee which 
considers the subject(s) a certain bill may pertain to. In some cases some 
bills may have to move from committee to committee as work progresses if 
there is more to the bill than what one may committee has jurisdiction over.

For more information, go to the Rutland Herald's Legislative Guide section 

How a bill becomes law:


If a person goes into just about any legislative committee room at the 
Vermont State House, whether it be for the House or the Senate committees, 
in most cases up on one of the walls are index cards marked "In" and another 
marked "Out". Under each of these cards are other individual index cards 
specific to each bill which has either been committed to that particular 
committee or that had been in that committee but was voted out of it. Those 
cards list each individual bill by number, subject and sponsor(s).

On the wall of the House Local Government committee this week, among the 
half dozen or so bills there so far, is H. 70 - A bill related to Homeless 
Voter Registration.

As reported in my previous Legislative E-update, H. 70 was introduced to the 
House last Friday (January 12th). The bill got referred the committee on 
Local Government.

Yesterday, (Thursday, January 18th) I spent most of the day meeting briefly 
with each of the members of the committee who were present then as well as 
observing their committee work that afternoon. I gave each member a hard 
copy of the online version of the September 27, 2000 Times Argus article 
entitled "State officials say homeless can vote" as background information. 
I informed them that it related to
H. 70.

As I have consistently done in previous sessions, long before any matter I 
am concerned about comes up there, I often sit in on a committee several 
times merely to listen in and observe -- even if the matter they may be 
working on at that time is not about the matter I may be tracking. This 
affords me the opportunity to:

* Get to know the committee members better;

* Become acquainted with how they work;

* Get the feel of what process they may use;

* Find out what is important to each member when they work on any given bill 
or issue; and,

* Let them get to know me better as well.

At the State House when it comes to direct lobbying, whether as a 
professional or, as a citizen - as I do it, besides being a credible 
informational resource being an important factor in being taken seriously in 
advocating for any issue, cause or bill; having a consistent presence (being 
there, being seen and establishing relationships with legislators and others 
at the State House) is extremely essential. For example, eating or just 
hanging out at the State House Red Glover Cafe is a good place to meet 
people when one isn't busy walking the halls, chasing down someone or 
tracking something.

Next week, come Tuesday, I will be following up with each individual member 
of the House Local Government committee regarding H. 70.

My next e-update will report what if anything comes from that preliminary 
work. That and more next week.

Please stay tuned and stay ready.

Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA


-------Forwarded FYI-------


Introduced by Representatives Hingtgen of Burlington, Obuchowski of 
Rockingham and Severance of

Subject: Elections; homeless voter registration

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to assure that homeless persons can 
register to vote.



House Committee on Local Government:


-- Note: Posted schedule is updated weekly. However, always call ahead first 
before heading for the State House to attend a schedule committee meeting to 
seek confirmation and updates.

Contact Information: Vermont Legislative Directory:


Vermont Legislative Bill Tracking System:
2001-2002 Legislative Session:


Vermont Legislative Service
2001-2002 Legislative Session:


Vermont Legislative Web site:


About the Legislative Process & local press coverage:

Rutland Herald & Times Argus
Legislature Guide 2001 - 2002:


~~~Hosted at:

Local Coverage of the Vermont Legislature
by the Rutland Herald:


Rutland Herald:


Burlington Free Press
Vermont Legislature 2001 page:


~~~Hosted at:

Burlington Free Press:


~~~Background -- FYI:

Wednesday, September 27, 2000
Times Argus
[Barre - Montpelier Vermont]
Local News section
Page 1B

State officials say homeless can vote:


Other Related Information -- FYI:

Elections & Campaign Finance Division;
Office of the Secretary of State:


Office of the Secretary of State:



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Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA

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