Vermont Legislature welcoming largest new class in decades

January 9, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lawmakers are back in Montpelier for the start of the 2019 session of the Vermont Legislature.

The Statehouse is welcoming its largest freshman class in more than half a century with overwhelming Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate.

There are 43 Republican members in the 150-member House of Representatives and six Republicans in the 30-member state Senate. They are all being sworn in on Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott is scheduled to be inaugurated on Thursday for his second term as governor. He will then outline is plans for the state in his inaugural address.

Scott vetoed a number of bills last year, when the GOP had enough members to sustain his vetoes.

Both Scott and Democratic leaders say they hope they can work together.

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