Among the bills in the House again was one that would keep Internet Service Providers from selling data about their customers unless those customers specifically agree to such sales. “They can’t afford to use 12 weeks of unpaid leave”.

The program would cost an estimated $1.2 million to administer, an amount that would come from the payroll tax.

“Assuming that paid family leave is the benefit that all Vermonters want … is simply arrogance on our part”, she said.

“Don’t get me wrong, they made significant improvements, because even the second and third versions of the bill kept getting worse”, said Ben Pollara, policy director for United for Care, the group that pushed for a medical weed constitutional amendment in 2014 and 2016. Legislation that would grant nationwide CWP reciprocity with other states reached the House floor early in the session, but the measure never was picked up.

“I’m going to have to explain to my spouse why she’s been dragged into my candidacy”, he said.

The exam would-be caregivers are required to take is now for informational purposes only.

Donahue offered an amendment to make the program voluntary.

The Senate’s complicated formula for tax increases and tax refunds appear to appeal to McMaster, but lawmakers should understand that it is the voters to whom they answer, not McMaster.

“Some of us may believe medical marijuana exists, but in fact you will find no scientific evidence”, he said.

“It’s the racial profiling that’s not going to happen, it’s the number of people that aren’t going to be incarcerated, it’s a smaller docket in the court system”, Burditt said.

Rep. Butch Shaw, R-Pittsford, said he was glad that lawmakers are being dragged “kicking and screaming” into creating an ethics commission.

The bill, H.170, passed around 11:30 p.m. on a 74 to 68 vote, after two attempts to send it back to committee and several amendments aimed at weakening or delaying it. The chamber voted down the request.

Across the aisle, though, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) says the bill is still too restrictive when it comes to treating pain. The amendment, among other things, initially limits growers to five retail facilities, but allows for new retail facilities to come online as the patient population grows; calls on the Department of Health to issue 10 new licenses no later than October 1; and issues five new licenses for every 75,000 patients.

“This rush to pass this bill has left out important pieces of information we need to do no harm”, Fagan said.

Rodrigues’ measure is now on its way to the Senate, and his moderation only cost him the votes of members on the extremes.