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Justin Marsh is joined every Monday with folks from their team to update you about everything that happened in the Vermont State House the week before, and what to expect throughout the upcoming week. Listen to exclusive interviews with legislators and environmental allies, and go deeper on policy initiatives affecting our air, water, open space, democracy, and quality of life.

New podcast episodes launch every Monday during the Vermont Legislative Session.

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Banning PFAS and Toxic “Forever” Chemicals

Banning PFAS and Toxic “Forever” Chemicals

Rep. Dane Whitman (D-Bennington) speaks about policy banning harmful PFAS and toxic “forever” chemicals from several items and outlines the next wave of consumer products that include toxics that the legislature intends to further ban this biennium.

Is Serving in the State House Sustainable?

Is Serving in the State House Sustainable?

Rep. Saudia LaMont (D-Morristown) speaks about her experience as a freshman legislator and how the reality of serving differed from her perception while campaigning, the weight she carries representing several different identities in a mostly homogenous state, and what keeps her doing this work.

Vermont’s Love/Hate Relationship with Act 250

Vermont’s Love/Hate Relationship with Act 250

Rep. Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) breaks down the complicated relationship Vermonters have – both appreciation and concerns about Act 250, what changes need to be made, and what the future of the law looks like.

Roaring Twenties: Three Young Lawmakers’ Reflections

Roaring Twenties: Three Young Lawmakers’ Reflections

Sen. Becca White (D-Windsor), Rep. Jay Hooper (D-Randolph), and Rep. Lucy Boyden (D-Cambridge) discuss their experiences as legislators in the 20s. The three reflect on ageism both on the campaign trail and in the state house, the difficulties of serving as a young person, as well as why their voices matter. 

Looking Back on 15 Years of Environmental Justice

Looking Back on 15 Years of Environmental Justice

Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale (D/P-Chittenden Southeast) takes a look back at the environmental justice legislation that inspired her to run for the state legislature over 15 years ago and the importance of equity in the conversation about the environment and climate.

Accessibility from State Trails to the State House

Accessibility from State Trails to the State House

Rep. Elizabeth Burrows (D/P-West Windsor) speaks about her proposed bill that would make state-owned and managed trails more physically accessible and about the limitations of serving for differently-abled legislators.