All the latest news, press releases, and commentary from Heidi E. Scheuermann.

By David Delcore, Rutland Herald/Times Argus

A tri-partisan coalition of lawmakers is asking for time and money, though they only spoke about the need for the former during a Thursday afternoon news conference that set the stage for a legislative debate over what to do about Act 46.

With three lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school district consolidation law now pending and important deadlines looming, the group, led by Rep. Mike Mrowicki, D-Putney, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, and Rep. Mollie Burke, P-Brattleboro, made the case for “pressing the pause button” on Act 46.

By Tommy Gardner, News and Citizen and Stowe Reporter

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, was assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Technology, her fifth committee in 12 years in the Legislature.

She’s been around the Statehouse a decade longer than the committee has. Formed in the last biennium, the committee, according to the Legislature’s website, “considers matters relating to energy, including the regulation of power generation, transmission facilities, energy efficiency, natural gas facilities, and siting of energy facilities; utilities, including rates and quality of service; telecommunications, siting of telecommunications facilities, the buildout of cellular and broadband services, and rates and quality of service; and the state's information technology systems.”

Scheuermann said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson determined, “correctly in my view,” that such a standing committee was needed. Historically, the issues her committee will address were the jurisdiction of other committees.

“As such, energy and technology items didn’t receive the proper attention,” she said.

She was eager to join the new committee because she thinks one of the key issues facing Stowe and the state is “high-quality, reliable” cellphone and broadband coverage.

“It is absolutely critical to our state’s economic growth to put into place policies that will ensure coverage is developed and deployed broadly, efficiently and effectively,” Scheuermann said.

In the last biennium, Scheuermann was on the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee. Before that, she was on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee for six years, and on House Judiciary before that, and House Transportation before that.

Scheuermann said Tuesday she remembers an old newspaper story talking about her and her family’s “athletic exploits,” in which her mother said Scheuermann was the most versatile athlete in the family.

“I’ve looked fondly back at that as I’ve been assigned to various committees during my service here,” she said, smiling. “Maybe, just maybe, I am the most versatile legislator.”

By Peter Hirschfeld, Vermont Public Radio

Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann said Thursday it would be irresponsible to move forward with involuntary mergers while those suits are pending.

“Because it will be virtually impossible, if the plaintiffs are successful in their suit, it will be virtually impossible to unravel those merged districts once they’re merged,” Scheuermann said.

Scheuermann and about two dozen other legislators held a Statehouse press conference to unveil two new pieces of Act 46 legislation. One bill would postpone the merger deadline for a year, to July 1 2020. The other would create a moratorium on forced mergers until the courts adjudicate the legal challenges filed by school districts.