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In 2006, Vermont became the second state in New England to set up a Commission on Trade and State Sovereignty.  Vermont followed the basic design used by Maine in creating a commission where all three branches of government, plus business sectors, are represented. 

The commission has provided a mechanism for Vermonters to voice concerns about trade agreements and to make recommendations for protecting Vermontís jobs and business base, and for protecting the rights of towns to control land use.  

The Vermont Commission has a relatively small membership--eight persons.  The Commission has been actively engaged by sending letters, meeting with Vermontís Congressional delegation, and submitting resolutions to the general assembly for consideration. The co-chairs of the Commission are both legislative leaders with particular concerns on health and environment, and that has resulted in a stronger legislative focus for the Commission's work than has been true in other states. 

The Vermont Commission website also provides the agendas, meeting minutes, powerpoint presentations and materials from meetings, as well as members , the enabling legislation, and suggested legislative resolutions. For more information about the Vermont Commission, contact the Vermont Legislative Council Office at 802-828-2231.

Trade impacts Vermont's agriculture sector
The pending agricultural agreements in the Columbia, Panama, and Peru agreements do not disadvantage Vermont farmers; but, the market-opening opportunities are not structured so as to provide benefits to the small and medium sized producers characteristic of Vermont's agricultural sector. Rather, the agreements are focused on opening markets for the largest U.S. agriculture multinationals.
Letter to President Obama from VT Governor Peter Shumlin on Pharmaceuticals and the Trans Pacific Partnership
June 1st, 2011
Gov. Shumlim warns that the pharmaceutical provisions sought by the pharmaceutical industry and 28 Senators will threaten state and local programs that rely on drug discounts.
Vermont Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty Submits Comments to USTR for the 2010 Special 301 Report
We write to oppose the recent use of the Special 301 report to suggest discipline of countries that implement effective and non-discriminatory pharmaceutical pricing policies. This change is concerning to states, like Vermont, who have been leaders in pharmaceutical cost-control, because it appears to be a broader effort by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to promote a new international trade framework with domestic policy implications for states who seek to contain prescription drug costs....
Examples of Trade and Federalism Conflicts: Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
This document analyzes at a pushback on public health regulations in Vermont and Maryland by China using the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement.

This document analyzes at a pushback on public health regulations in Vermont and Maryland by China using the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement.
Vermont Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty Letter to the US House Ways and Means Committee
In this letter, the Chairs of the Vermont Commission call for a brand-new federal-state consultation process co-managed with USTR that is simple in structure, respects principles of state sovereignty, and allows for additional state access to trade data and texts.
Vermont Joint House Resolution 65
Joint resolution relating to the 'disciplines,' or rules, being developed as part of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

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