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By Lola Duffort,

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, has been leading the charge in the Legislature to delay forced mergers by a year. A bill to do so, H.39, has passed both the House and the Senate, but the two chambers are at loggerheads over how to reconcile their respective proposals.

Scheuermann expressed frustration with her fellow House lawmakers for how they had handled negotiations, and said she would keep advocating for a delay.

“In order to do this right, we need to extend this compressed timeframe,” she said.

By Tommy Gardner, Stowe Reporter

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, is one of the state’s most vocal supporters of a delay — the Stowe and Elmore-Morristown school districts are among those ordered to merge, and have received praise for actually making the requisite moves to prepare for July 1. Scheuermann said it’s frustrating that both chambers seemed to give their respective delay bills plenty of support, but now there’s an impasse at reconciling the two versions.

“It’s stuck, frankly,” Scheuermann said. “It seems some don’t want to do anything.”

By Lola Duffort,

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, who sponsored H.39, said she was “really, really disappointed” and worried there would be no deal. House lawmakers, she said, “had an opportunity today to agree to a proposal that essentially was the House bill with a couple of modifications.”

“I’m afraid that there might be some reluctance to even move forward with a bill at all, at this point, from some in the leadership,” she said. “So I’m frustrated.”

By Caleigh Cross, Stowe Reporter

There's a lot of skepticism in Montpelier with regard to investing in tourism marketing.  We have a lot of work to do.  Out goal is to pass a bill next year that will put into place this dedicated fund," she (Scheuermann) said.

By Howard Weiss-Tisman, Vermont Public Radio

Some of that guidance might come from Montpelier, where lawmakers are trying to hammer out a compromise that would give merging districts a little time to work out some of the details.

Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann sponsored H.39 and hopes the Legislature passes a bill this session.

“I knew, clearly, that it was going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to do any substantive legislative changes to Act 46. It just was not going to happen,” Scheuermann said. “But at the same time, if we’re going to be forced to merge we need this extra time to do it right, to do it well, and to ensure our communities understand everything that’s going on and are committed to whatever direction we’re going to go in.”

By Neal Goswami, WCAX

Vermonters in the tourism industry want lawmakers to invest in marketing the state.

It was part of a new Tourism Day organized by Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann. She says her goal is to help lawmakers understand the importance of tourism here.

By Xander Landen,

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, said low-income renters will likely bear the brunt of the new costs from landlords who will pass them on to tenants.

“Some people will certainly take advantage of this but they will generally be homeowners, low and middle income homeowners,” Scheuermann said. “But it will be paid in large part by low-income renters.”

By Lola Duffort,

At least one group, however, likes the bill: officials with the Stowe, and Elmore-Morristown school districts. The two districts, which are under order from the State Board of Education to merge, have challenged that decision in court. Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, introduced H.39, which asked for the delay in the first place.

But while Stowe and Elmore-Morristown have resisted merging, they’ve taken a noticeably different tack than the majority of school districts fighting consolidation. Stowe and Elmore-Morristown sued separately from the 33 school boards jointly challenging mergers in court. And they’ve also worked to create a merged board – as well as independent boards and independent budgets – in case the court case doesn’t go their way.

By Lola Duffort,

“Barring a change in the law, which at this time is speculative, a district’s or group of districts’ failure to use the time remaining between now and June 30, 2019 will result in serious consequences to students and staff,” states a memo issued by the agency late on Friday.

By Josh O'Gorman, News and Citizen and Stowe Reporter

On Friday, the case was heard by Judge Robert Mello in St. Albans, who told the parties that he would offer a ruling “as soon as I possibly can.”

During the nearly two-hour hearing, Assistant Attorney General Jon Alexander pointed to the fact that Elmore-Morristown and Stowe are not plaintiffs in the case — the districts are preparing parallel budgets, for merger and nonmerger — as evidence the injunction is not needed.

Scheuermann took issue with that argument.

“The attorney general’s office doesn’t understand the complications this has placed on our communities. It is disingenuous to suggest that this is an easy route,” Scheuermann said. “From my conversations with people out in the public, trying to get the general public up to date on issues of importance, this is confusing. The voter experience over the next four months will be really challenging. You’re going to be asking people to vote on things they don’t understand.”