VPA, as a 501(C)(3), does not formally engage in legislative lobbying, but we do advocate for sound planning and public policy by:

  • Tracking and reporting on state and federal planning-related legislation to our membership;
  • Developing occasional policy and position papers on particular topics;
  • Providing information and testimony before legislative committees and administrative boards upon request; and
  • Serving on committees charged with formulating state planning policy.

VPA is represented in these efforts by our elected Legislative Liaison, who also serves as our legislative representative to the Chapter, for matters of regional and national policy. All positions taken by VPA are approved by our Executive Committee.

Legislative Committee Responsibilities

  • Chairperson – Alex Weinhagen
  • Weekly legislative updates – Faith Ingulsrud
  • Review of newly introduced bills – Sharon Murray (Senate) and Alex Weinhagen (House)
  • Interface/Management of our Legislative Intern – Alex Weinhagen, Sharon Murray, Faith Ingulsrud
  • Key Legislature committee point people:
    • House General, Housing, and Military Affairs - Steve Lotspeich
    • House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife - Charlie Baker
    • Senate Economic Development and Housing - Regina Mahony
    • Senate Natural Resources and Energy - Sharon Murray
    • Climate Caucus and Council – Peg Elmer

Legislative Committee Meetings

Biweekly Meetings on Mondays at 2:00 PM - beginning January 25th, 2021

Member Participation

Members can become directly involved in VPA's legislative efforts by serving on our Legislative Committee, drafting position papers, responding to requests for information and feedback, appearing before committees and boards, and staying in touch with your local representatives on planning-related issues.

Members can track current legislation and legislative activities, and contact local representatives, through the Vermont Legislature website.

For more information contact Alex Weinhagen, Chair of Legislative Committee