MONTPELIER, Vt. - More than 15 state representatives walked out of the Statehouse after the Democratic majority held a vote without most of the Republicans.
The vote came on an amendment to fund treatment of first responders with PTSD through worker's comp. The result was never in question, but the vote took place as Republicans received a briefing on the measure downstairs, stripping them of their chance to weigh in.
"I'm upset, and I'm not happy," said Rep. Ron Hubert, R-Milton.
"We know we're the minority but we have been treated today as if we do not count," said Rep. Marianna Gamache, R-Swanton.
Minority members say while they may not have the votes to overcome proposals supported or opposed by Democrats and Progressives, they deserve to have their voices heard.