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Live From Montpelier As Vermont Legislature Convenes With New Leadership

Vermont Statehouse in winter, December 2016.
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The 2017-18 biennium of the Vermont Legislature convenes on Wednesday.

On Wednesday,  an era begins in Vermont state government when the new Legislature convenes, and new leadership takes over in the House and Senate.  Vermont Edition is broadcasting live from the ornate Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse for the opening day of the Legislature.

New House Speaker Mitzi Johnson joins us, along with the House Minority Leader Don Turner, and also Progressive caucus leader Robin Chesnut-Tangerman and Progressive Rep. Diana Gonzalez.  And we'll preview the policy priorities and the politics of the new session with VPR's Bob Kinzel.

Update 3:55 p.m.: After our midday live broadcast, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Peter Shumlin cannot appoint a new justice to the Vermont Supreme Court to fill a vacancy that will occur after he leaves the governor's office. Find the full Supreme Court opinion here.

Correction 12:58 p.m. A previous version of this post had the incorrect spelling of Rep. Chesnut-Tangerman's name. It has been corrected.

Broadcast on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 live at noon; rebroadcast a 7 p.m.

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