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1 How Does Vermont Government Work? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

2 Cities and Towns Town Meeting Day First Tuesday in March (usually) First Town meeting was held in Bennington in 1762! Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

3 Town Meeting What did they talk about at Town Meeting in 1762? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

4 Town Meeting Should farmers let their pigs run free? How much firewood should each town member contribute to heat the town and school? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

5 What kinds of things do you think are talked about today at Town Meeting? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

6 Property Taxes School Taxes Snow plowing Road repairs Library Buses Fire Trucks School Books

7 ( Whos in charge?) Town Governance ( Whos in charge?) Selectboard Schoolboard Town Clerk Treasurer Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

8 What Do They Do? Selectboard- small groups of people who run the town– in cities they are called the City Council Schoolboard- small groups of people who make important decisions about the schools Town Clerk- keeps the records of the town and runs elections Treasurer- pays the bills and keep track of the town and school districts money Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

9 How Do They Decide? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

10 VOTE!!! Floor Vote Australian Ballot Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

11 Town Meeting Getting Started! Warning! Advertise! Where, When and What! Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

12 The Day of Town Meeting Moderator- runs the meeting Discussion- of the topic to be voted on Vote- Floor or Australian Ballot? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

13 What if you cant get to Town Meeting? Absentee Ballots Mail- in Delivered by election Workers Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

14 Questions?

15 State Government Where is the States Capital? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

16 Montpelier!

17 What is the State Bird?

18 Hermit Thrush

19 What is the State beverage?

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21 Some other fun facts and history of Vermont Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

22 1777- The first state constitution to outlaw slavery The first state to join the original 13 colonies in the union! The first postage stamp to be printed was in Brattleboro! The first Boy Scout Club is formed in Barre! Consuelo Northrop Bailey becomes the first woman in the nation to be elected lieutenant governor The SECOND state to outlaw Billboards! Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

23 What other cool and important things has Vermont done since then? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

24 How do we make State law in Vermont? How does our government work? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

25 Three Branches of Government Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

26 Balance of Power! Executive- The head of the executive branch decides whether to veto bills passed by the legislature. Who is that person right now? Legislative- 150 members of the House and 30 members of the Senate. They pass laws and decide how to spend our tax dollars Judicial- The Vermont Supreme Court is located in Montpelier and there are courthouses all across the State Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

27 How A Bill Becomes a Law! Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

28 A Great (or not so great) idea! Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

29 1.Idea (citizen or lawmaker) 2.Lawmaker 3.Support 4.Draft the Bill 5.Introduce the Bill 6.Pass the Bill 7.Veto or Signature Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

30 QUESTIONS?

31 Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos Jim Condos Secretary of State


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