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Balancing Power: Vermont Government on the Scales

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11/27/2007

The Vermont Constitution established three distinct branches of government and endows them with clear responsibilities in the service of the people of the state. Keeping them distinct and balanced is a foundation in the maintenance of democratic systems of governance. The upcoming deliberation on a possible constitutional amendment regarding the length of term for statewide elected officials has raised the issue of whether a governor in Vermont with a longer term will radically alter the balance of power between the branches in a manner that negatively affects the ability of state government to operate in a fully democratic fashion in accordance with founding concepts.

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