MANCHESTER — State Reps. Kathleen James and Seth Bongartz will host online constituent coffee hours on the second Saturday of each month during the upcoming 2021 legislative session.
Due to the pandemic, the meetings will be held via Zoom for now. They’re scheduled for 9-10 a.m. on January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12.
The informal meetings will offer constituents in the Bennington-4 district — Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland — the opportunity to hear updates from the Statehouse and to share ideas, questions and concerns.
To join the coffee hour, please email KJames@leg.state.vt.us at least 30 minutes prior to each Saturday’s meeting for the Zoom link. She’ll also post the information on her legislative Facebook page, facebook.com/kathjamesVTstaterep.
The session kicks off January 6 with the election of the Speaker of the House, election of the Clerk of the House, resolutions and a swearing-in ceremony. To protect the health and safety of statehouse staff, legislators and the public, the House will conduct all of its work virtually over Zoom during January and February. Members will work remotely from home and vote using a secure app on mobile phones (plus voice vote for roll calls).
All floor debates and committee meetings will be live-streamed and available for public viewing on YouTube at legislature.vermont.gov.
To contact Bongartz, email SBongartz@leg.state.vt.us, call 802-598-3477, or sign up for his newsletter at his website, seth4house.com. Follow him on Facebook at Seth Bongartz for VT State Representative.