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The 2021 legislative session began on Wednesday, January 6th when legislators took their oaths, Governor Scott addressed the General Assembly and delivered his 3rd Inaugural Address, and committees began organizing. Leaders have prioritized COVID19 recovery during this legislative session, which will be held remotely at least through mid-March. The Senate Education Committee is made up of the following Senators: Campion, (Chair), Hooker, Perchlik, Lyons, Chittenden, and Terenzini. Here are the Senate Standing Committees. The Chair of the House Education Committee will remain as Representative Kate Webb. Returning committee members include Representatives Cupoli, Conlon, Austin, Hooper, James, and Toof and new committee members include Representatives Arrison, Brady, Brown, and Williams. Here are the House Standing Committees. Three bills were referred to House Education last week: H.31: An act relating to extending merger benefits to school districts that were involuntarily merged under the State Board of Education’s Act 46 merger order H.32: An act relating to universal school breakfast and lunch for all public school students H.35: An act relating to eliminating eligible school construction costs from a school district’s excess spending The House Committee on Government Operations took up H.48: an act relating to authorizing alternative procedures for 2021 annual municipal meetings in response to COVID-19. This bill would allow municipal legislative bodies to vote to: 1. move the date of the 2021 annual meeting to a date later in 2021 and
2. require the clerk to mail out 2021 annual meeting early voter