How to Become Involved
We encourage everyone to contact your legislators to share your thoughts, ideas for solutions and improvements, and feedback about topics that interest and/or affect you.
2012 Vermont legislative contacts
- VT U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy
- VT U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders
- VT U.S. Representative Peter Welch
- Who's My State/Local Legislator?
To find out who your state legislators are, you can also go to: Who's My Representative?, and click on your county on the map of Vermont.
Every legislator (both Representatives and Senators) is elected/re-elected every two years in Vermont. The time between the November elections and the start of the legislative session in January is a great time to contact your legislators, introduce yourself, and talk with them about the issues that are important to you so that they will know who you are when you contact them on specific bills later in the session.
The Vermont Legislature typically considers hundreds of bills that have a wide range of effects on Vermont citizens, from Medicaid payments to the fees for dog licenses. If you have an opinion on a bill, or an experience that could give insight into the potential effects of a bill, your legislators need to hear from you. Call them, e-mail them, or send them a note through snail-mail, but remember that with so many bills to consider, your legislators will appreciate remarks that are clear and concise.
Vermont residents may also participate in the legislative process by attending and/or testifying at public hearings. Unlike NH, not every bill that comes to the VT general assembly will be worked on by a committee in the House or the Senate. For those that are, the Committee will schedule a public hearing for the purpose of gathering information and hearing opinions on all sides of each issue. Other bills introduced but not addressed "stay on the wall". The legislature maintains a calendar, which provides a daily listing of issues to be brought before each body for action. It lists bills to be considered, actions to be taken on each, proposed amendments, etc. Furthermore, House and Senate rules provide that certain items must be listed in the calendar for a specific period before any action is taken.