It's the last week of the legislative session in Montpelier — or so they say!
Here's what else is happening in Vermont news and politics this week. Got a newsworthy event for next week's calendar? Email by Friday to submit.
Monday, May 6
The House gavels in at 1 p.m. On the lengthy calendar: third reading for the immigrant driver's-license bill.
The House and Senate set to work resolving differnences in their versions of the tax and budget bills. Conference committees begin at 2 p.m. (budget bill) and 5:30 p.m. (tax bill) and are scheduled to continue all week.
The Legislature might be in crunch mode, but Gov. Peter Shumlin is apparently leaving the arm-twisting to his staff today. The gov's schedule: 9 a.m. in Johnson for a ceremonial lease signing, 10 a.m. in Morrisville for a library centennial, and noon in Montpelier for a state employees recognition luncheon at the Elks Club.
Live at 5:25 p.m., State Auditor Doug Hoffer will be on Channel 17. Watch live.
At 7:30 a.m., the Vermont Foodbank holds its annual Hunger Action Conference at the South Burlington Sheraton. Weinberger remarks at 8:30 a.m.
At 9 a.m., Vermont's gift to punditry, Howard Dean, will talk health care reform on "The Mark Johnson Show." WDEV 96.1 FM.
At 7:30 p.m., Vermont Public Television airs its latest "VPT's Outdoor Journal" focused on how a proposed wind-power project might impact black bears in Green Mountain National Forest in Bennington County. Watch it.
Wednesday, May 8
At 11 a.m., Shumlin holds his weekly press conference. Location TBD.
At noon, Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" hosts former Wall Street Journal reporter and Vermont resident Leah McGrath Goodman to talk about her book Asylum: Inside the Rise and Ruin of the Global Oil Market. Listen live.
At 8 a.m., Mayor Miro hits up a new venue for "public coffee": The Spot on Shelburne Road.
At 9:30 a.m., the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee begins marking up the big immigration bill — and Sen. Patrick Leahy will be at the head of the table. For pregame action, watch Tuesday's 5 p.m. filing deadline for all amendments on the bill.
Friday, May 10
At 9:30, Shumlin goes on "The Mark Johnson Show." WDEV 96.1 FM.
The legislature is set to adjourn today. In other news, it's Kids Day in Burlington, with a parade kicking off at 9:30 a.m. from the corner of Main and South Union.
It's also World Fair Trade Day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Burlington's City Hall Park, the Peace & Justice Center is throwing a party with free Ben & Jerry's, fair-trade crafts, drumming, tea and kids' stuff.
Sunday, May 12
At 10 a.m., journalist Mark Shields — the "liberal" counterweight to David Brooks on "PBS NewsHour" — will speak at St. Michael's College graduation — and get an honorary degree.
Rebroadcast of "Vermont This Week" at 11:30 a.m. on VPT.
It's Mother's Day. So stop watching "Meet the Press" and make your sweetheart breakfast in bed.