When I look back on this session of the Legislature, a strange thing keeps happening: over and over again, I’m reminded of a significant bill, and my reaction is “Oh yeah, that.”
RESET bill? Oh yeah, that.
Child protection? Oh yeah, that.
The gun bill? Oh yeah, that.
Consumer protection, including limits on rent-to-own stores? Oh yeah, that.
Same-day voter registration? Oh yeah, that.
Economic development? Oh yeah, that.
The legislative agenda was so top-heavy with high-profile issues — the budget, taxes, education, Lake Champlain — that a lot of normally headline-making issues flew more or less under the radar. Or were quickly dealt with and forgotten.