The Vermont State Legislature, at the direction of Republican Gov. Phil Scott, passed a measure this week allowing local governments to impose their own mask requirements, nearly two years after the start of the pandemic.
The legislation, which passed 17-10 in the Senate and 90-41 in the House, essentially allows municipalities to temporarily enact their own mask requirements in the face of a virus surge. According to VT Digger, “it received nearly unanimous Republican opposition and lost some support on the left as well.”
Scott pushed lawmakers to go in this direction, as he did not want to implement a statewide mask mandate, despite the push from Democrat lawmakers. In a November 15 letter to members of the legislature, the governor outlined the legislation he would support: