Terry Norris is Running for Representative Again in November

I will be running for Representative in November, thanks, Terry Norris

Legislative Report: Rep Terry Norris

At the close of the 2018 Legislative session on May 12th, we basically agreed to disagree. A special session will be forth coming to try to reach a compromise on the major money bills that have to pass. Governor Scott will not pass anything with a new tax or fee and has ideas for one time money from a tobacco settlement that isn’t shared by the majority party.

The Agriculture and Forestry Committee which I am a member, had a very productive session, with several bills that we have worked on see passage. I am proud of what we have accomplished this session and how it may help the rural economy. I will give you a brief outline of these bills.

S101: Vermont Right To Conduct Forestry Operations, our committee believes the logging and forestry industry is an invaluable and vital part of Vermont’s economy and values. With current use programs requiring the harvest and management of forests, the logging industry and loggers need some protection from nuisance lawsuit and harassment when they are conducting their operations using “best management practices”, while doing their jobs.

S276: a Rural Economic Development Initiative bill which contains many diverse parts which tries to ease some of the issues our rural towns face and to stimulate rural economy.

H780: is a bill requiring Fairs and Field Days to have a protocol for amusement ride inspection.

H663: an Accessory On-Farm Business bill that defines and sets forth requirements for what constitutes an on-farm business. The purpose of this bill is to help the farm and rural industry to add side businesses to increase income from their farming operations. An on-farm business means activity that is an accessory to a farm and comprises one or both of the following. Storage, preparation, processing and sale of qualifying products, provided that more than 50 percent of the total annual sales are from qualifying products produced on the farm. Educational, recreational or social events as well as farm stays, tastings, classes and meals. The purpose again is to stimulate the rural economy. This bill also has a part on promoting and regulating hemp farming in Vermont.

Two more bills we worked on but could not come to agreement with the Senate on were a regenerative farming bill that established the Vermont  Environmental Stewardship Program that recognizes farms that go beyond the RAP’s to improve water quality. The Protection of Pollinators bill, which we took lots of testimony on, fell apart in an impasse with the Senate. We may work on these issues again next session because of their importance to agriculture.

If you would like to know more about these or any other bill, you can find more information on the state website, www.vermont.gov as well as my voting record on select bills.

You will find me on the ballot in November and I would appreciate your support. I feel we need someone in the House that understands what our rural towns and Vermont agriculture faces in the future. Thank you very much, Rep Terry Norris


New Vital Records Law (Act 46) and What It Means for You

The New Vital Records Law (Act 46) and What It Means for You

The Vermont Legislature passed Act 46 in May 2017, which significantly changes the state laws that govern vital records –namely, birth and death certificates. The new law and rules will enhance the safety and security of birth and death certificates, provide better protection against misuse of these legal documents, and reduce the potential for identity theft. Additionally, the changes streamline the entire statewide system for creation, storage and tracking of birth and death certificates. Act 46 will impact anyone who seeks a copy of a Vermont birth or death certificate.  The changes go into effect on July 1, 2018.

The most notable changes are:

  • Only family members (as defined in Act 46), legal guardians, certain court-appointed parties or legal representatives of any of these parties can apply to obtain a certified copy of a birth or death certificate. In the case of a death certificate only, the funeral home or crematorium handling disposition may apply for a certified copy.
  • An individual must complete an application and show valid identification when applying for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate.
  • An individual who refuses to complete the application or cannot provide valid identification will be ineligible and referred to the Vital Records Office.
  • Certified copies of birth and death certificates can be ordered from any town, not just where the birth or death occurred or where the person was a resident.
  • Certified copies will be issued on anti-fraud paper.
  • Access to noncertified copies (previously called “informational” copies) is not significantly changed by the new law or rules.
  • Marriage, civil union, divorce or dissolution certificate copies and processes are not affected by the new law or rules.

For text of Act 46, go to https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/ACTS/ACT046/ACT046%20As%20Enacted.pdf


draft General Permit 3-9040 for Stormwater Discharges from the Municipal Roads


The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) hereby provides public notice of the draft General Permit 3-9040 for Stormwater Discharges from the Municipal Roads.   The draft MRGP General Permit covers stormwater discharges from all municipal roads, Classes 1-4.
Upon issuance of the final MRGP, municipalities are required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Agency by July 31, 2018 to obtain coverage under the MRGP.
The public is invited to provide written comment on the draft MRGP through the close of business (4:30pm) on October 27, 2017.
Written comments on the draft MRGP should be emailed to Jim Ryan at jim.ryan@vermont.gov  or mailed to:

Jim Ryan
DEC Stormwater Program
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

Public information meetings will be held on the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Tuesday October 10, 2017 from 6:00-8:00, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission office, 29 Main Street Suite 4 Montpelier
  • Wednesday October 11, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 Johnson Town Offices, 293 Lower Main Street (Route 15) Johnson
  • Monday October 16, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 Martin Memorial Building, Ascutney
  • Tuesday October 17, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, Brandon
  • Wednesday October 18, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 Northern Vermont Development Association, 36 Eastern Avenue St. Johnsbury

A copy of the MRGP and related documents may be downloaded from:
Hard copies of the draft General Permit and related documents may be obtained upon request.  Requests and questions should be sent to the email above or directed to 802-490-6140.

VT Stormwater Program

VT Agency of Ag Continues Statewide Listening Tour

VT Agency of Ag Continues Statewide Listening Tour New Nighttime Meeting Added in Central VT

Last week, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets launched a statewide listening tour to open the lines of communication between the Agency, the farming community, and the public. This week, Secretary Anson Tebbetts and Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman will continue on to Brattleboro, to meet with farmers in Southern Vermont.

In addition to the previously announced daytime meetings in Lyndonville, Brattleboro, St. Albans, and Middlebury, the Agency has added a nighttime meeting in Montpelier.

“We had a great turn out at our first meeting last week, in Lyndonville, and look forward to learning more as we continue to travel around the state,” said Tebbetts. “In response to requests from farmers, we’ve added an additional meeting in the evening in Central Vermont.”

All farmers, and all Vermonters interested in agriculture, are invited to attend these meetings, to share thoughts and ideas about the future of farming in our state.

Friday, Feb. 17 – Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center in Brattleboro, 10 a.m. – noon
Monday, Feb. 27 – Middlebury Parks & Recreation Gym, 10 a.m. – noon
Thursday, March 2  – St. Albans City Hall Auditorium, 10 a.m. – noon *
Wednesday, March 15 – Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

For complete location details and directions, please visit http://agriculture.vermont.gov/listeningtour2017

“We want to hear your ideas and feedback,” says Tebbetts. “We really appreciate all those who took time to come see us during our stop in Lyndonville, and look forward to seeing many more farmers as our tour continues.”

Questions? Call 802-828-5667

*note: the original date (2/16) for the St. Albans meeting conflicted with the UVM No-Till conference – therefore, we rescheduled the St. Albans meeting to 3/2. Please note this change!

About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.  www.Agriculture.Vermont.Gov

Appointed Representative – Terry Norris

“I would like to introduce myself, on February 10th Governor Scott appointed me to fill the House seat vacated by your elected Representative Alyson Eastman. I am an Independent and because of my farm background serve on the Agriculture and Forestry Committee.

I have been a resident of Shoreham since 1960 where I was a part of Norris Farms Inc , until we sold the farm in 2008. I was a Professional Photographer for many years. Currently I am a Captain on the Fort Ti Ferry.

My wife Diane and I enjoy spending the summer months at our Perch Pond camp, we have a son Wyatt, who is a student at UVM. If I can be of any help with issues that affect your town, please email me at  TNorris@leg.state.vt.us and I will try my best.

Thank you for your trust and understanding as I take on this task near the middle of the session.

Representative Terry Norris
TNorris@leg.state.vt.us “