I suppose Iím among a majority of young Vermonters who view the political mess in Washington, D.C., with disgust and despair. The petty politics and partisan gridlock in Congress prevent meaningful action on so many issues important to our future.
But itís worth noting that the same cannot generally be said of the legislative process in Montpelier, and Sen. Kevin Mullin, a Republican from Rutland, is an important reason why. Sen. Mullin, who is the chairman of the Senateís Economic Development Committee, recently worked with his Democratic and Progressive colleagues to craft legislation that will protect consumers ó particularly kids ó from toxic chemicals in household products.
Sen. Mullin deserves credit for finding a way to address the problem of dangerous toxins in products without jeopardizing Vermont businesses. He responded effectively to valid concerns and stuck to his guns when challenged by industry lobbyists who simply wanted to kill the bill.
I applaud Sen. Mullin for his efforts to protect public health and his capacity to get things done.
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