Vt. Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty to meet

— The Vermont Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty will hold a special legislative meeting Feb. 14, at 9 a.m. in Room 11 at the Vermont State House.

Robert Stumberg of Georgetown University, director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law, will address the meeting and answering questions via video link on issues of international trade. Subjects Stumberg will address include the status of major trade negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, how it could affect areas of interest to state governments, including tobacco control, pharmaceutical reimbursement programs, and procurement; and what policy makers can learn from recent trade disputes that the United States and Canada have lost.

The ten-member Commission was created by the legislature in 2006 to assess the economic impacts of trade agreements on state laws and regulations, provide Vermonters a forum to voice concerns regarding the impact of these agreements, and recommend to the Legislature, Governor, Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative how to ensure state benefits from trade without undermining state laws.

The meeting is open to the public.

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