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

https://vtdigger.org/2018/06/23/democrats-ditch-compromise-pass-budget-almost-unchanged/

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, blasted Democrats for shifting their stance on using surplus money to buy down tax rates.

"This is really disingenuous and to say now that we can't support a buy-down of property tax rates in 2020, when that is what we agreed to," she said on the House floor.  "This is less than our finest hour."

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2018/06/23/walters-budget-deal-remains-elusive#readerComments

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) proposed an amendment to Toll's latest proposal that would have reinserted the three-way compromise.

Toll attempted to defend her apparent reversal. "In the afternoon, several members told me they could not support [the three-way split]," she said.  "I felt the best way to move forward was to remove that part and move the process onward." She then advised House members to contact their senators and ask them to support a compromise on the budget.

It was a curious moment; the House's chief budget write was essentially telling her colleagues to vote against an amendment she had herself proposed and shepherded to a unanimous committee vote earlier that evening.

https://vermontbiz.com/news/2018/may/08/scheuermann-outdoor-recreation-threatened-consumer-justice-bill?utm_source=VBM+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=f03333e5d4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e56b36a4-f03333e5d4-286691993

Late last week, the Vermont House of Representatives passed S.105, a bill with which many have significant concerns (Page 1514 of House Journal).(link is external) Indeed, the breadth of the bill is exceptionally broad, and will have a significant impact on a number of industries and their ability to do business in Vermont. These include the technology industry, utilities, telecommunications, and many more. That said, the impact about which I am most concern is on our incredibly important, statewide, outdoor recreation industry.

As background, as passed, S.105 mandates a "rebuttable presumption" of anti-consumer intent in all instances in which there is any limitation of a claim in a contract; essentially, that the 5 items listed in the bill would be considered "substantively unconscionable" when included in a contract.

This may sound like gobbledygook to many, and has been dismissed by some in Montpelier as a change that really should be of no concern to our recreation industry.

But, it is important gobbledygook to understand, and the concerns of our recreation industry are very real.

What this change does is open up the door to a much wider array of legal claims - specifically very costly lawsuits, consumer fraud claims, and fines, in addition to the potential of costly increases in a business' liability insurance.