The Act 46 Landscape – Vermont's school consolidation law

Notes: 1. Norwich and Rivendell are exempt from the provisions of Act 46 because they are interstate school districts established by acts of congress. 2. While many people in Sharon, Strafford and Thetford have become well versed in Act 46, some confusion remains. This post will provide basic information about the background and process in which our towns and school districts around the state are currently engaged. 3. Neither I nor Tim Briglin voted for Act 46. Nonetheless, we are currently working with each of our school boards to find the best way for our towns to comply while continuing to provide outstanding education for all our students. Prior to the passage of Act 46, there were 277 s

House Potpourri

State representatives spend roughly 80% of their time at the State House working on policy issues related to their committee’s jurisdiction (health care issues for me, tax issues for Jim). It’s helpful to develop good relationships with other legislators to keep up with various committees’ policy work. With appreciation for the various representatives who helped me put this post together, here is a check-in on some non-health care/non-tax legislation working its way through the House: The House Agriculture Committee has been looking for a means to deal with the alarming decline in bee populations in Vermont in the last decade. Viruses, parasites, loss of forage space, and the increased us

J&T Report: Town Meeting Edition

This document is a copy of what Jim and I handed out at Town Meeting. Here's a picture of me and Jim at Thetford's town meeting. I think the question was about whether Vermont would be instituting a carbon tax (answer: not this year). Photo credit goes to Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Kesha Ram, who dropped by Thetford Elementary after spending the morning at Hartford's town meeting.


Best ways to reach Tim:

Cell: (802) 384-8256

Home: (802) 785-2414

Best ways to reach Jim:

Home: (802) 785-4146



Jim Masland and Tim Briglin were elected to represent the Windsor-Orange 2 district towns of Norwich, Sharon, Strafford, and Thetford in the Vermont House of Representatives.  Their current two-year term is for 2019-2020.


Jim Masland is serving his eleventh term in the Statehouse and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee.


Tim Briglin is serving his third term in the Statehouse and is the Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee.


You can find Jim and Tim's seats in the General Assembly by clicking here.  Their seat numbers are #82 and #93, respectively.


The Vermont State Legislature's website has a tremendous amount of information.  On the site, you will find information about all state representatives and state senators, bills and resolutions that have been introduced, hearing schedules and reports for House and Senate Committees, information about visiting the Statehouse, links to Vermont Statutes and Vermont's Constitution, and links to other branches of state government.