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Act 250 reform bill advances in Montpelier

One of Vermont lawmakers' biggest goals for this legislative session is to make it easier to build more housing—but in a responsible way. To do this, legislators need to reform Act 250, Vermont’s half-century-old land-use law. Last week, the House passed a bill that proponents say would set up a framework for communities to build more housing while protecting the state's natural resources. Critics of the bill say it is too restrictive.

Our guests:

  • Rep. Seth Bongartz, Bennington County Democrat who co-sponsored H.687
  • Rep. Ashley Bartley, Franklin County Republican who opposes the legislation
  • Brian Shupe, executive director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Carly Berlin, Vermont Public housing/infrastructure reporter

Broadcast live on Monday, April 1, 2024, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Mikaela Lefrak is the host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022 and now serves as the Managing Editor and Senior Producer. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.