Michelle Bos-Lun

Gov. Phil Scott signs the mushroom bill in his ceremonial office. Looking on via Zoom are students who selected the proposed species to designate as state mushroom and testified in the bill’s favor.

A state mushroom bill provides common ground

There is much to appreciate about mushrooms, including the bear’s head tooth — the species that area students decided should be the Vermont state mushroom


Rep. Michelle Bos-Lun (D-Windham-3) is a second-term representative for Westminster, Rockingham, and Brookline. She is a teacher, gardener, forager, and grower of mushrooms.

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The time has come for overdose prevention centers

Our state needs to take new steps to support survival and recovery for individuals who struggle with substance use disorder. The House has approved a bill to establish two OPCs in Vermont as a pilot project.

Michelle Bos-Lun is a second-term member of the Vermont House of Representatives, co-representing the Windham-3 district, which includes her hometown of Westminster as well as Rockingham and Brookline. On Dec. 29, I left my house at 4:45 a.m. and headed to Harlem with two legislative colleagues, Rep. Tristan Roberts...

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Legislative priorities extend beyond the state mushroom

Thank you for covering the priorities of Windham County legislators. Numerous issues were reported about my colleagues, but the only bill described for me was the Vermont State Mushroom bill. I am excited about that bill, which honors not only mushrooms as a symbol of Vermont but also promotes...

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Keeping spore

Michelle Bos-Lun is a second-term member of the Vermont House of Representatives, co-representing the Windham-3 district, which includes her hometown of Westminster as well as Rockingham and Brookline. She is a secondary school teacher who also works with individuals experiencing homelessness. Last year, her photo in the "Happy Places" photography project that hung in the State House cafeteria showed her in the woods holding puffball mushrooms. I recently submitted a bill after consultation with some important stakeholders: the elementary students...

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I could not vote to send thousands back to the streets

On May 12, I cast my final vote of the 2023 legislative session. I did so in the Vermont State House, in what is often called “the People's House.” It felt to this legislator like those who work in the “People's House” had not done enough to ensure that vulnerable people would have a house. The vote was for the state budget, which passed 90 yes to 53 no, sealing the fate of 1,800 households whose members will be forced...

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‘This may be the most important vote I cast this year’

In 2018, the president at the time was perpetuating stigma and causing fear, blaming mass shootings on people with mental health challenges. At the time, I was a teacher and mental health advocate, and I asked to speak at Putney's March for our Lives rally. I addressed the crowd of 400 Vermonters, speaking about an issue close to my heart. In my talk - “Guns and Mental Illness: It's Not What You Think” - I raised concerns about the extraordinarily...

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Your Town Meeting needs more voices participating for democracy to work

Town Meetings are a New England tradition that enables all voting-eligible residents of a town to learn about and discuss proposals for the coming year. I ask residents of Vermont to take this opportunity to participate in shaping policy on the local level. Budgetary implications and the resulting policy on a wide range of issues are determined at Town Meeting. With decreasing attendance at our Town Meetings, decisions are being made by a smaller and smaller portion of each town.

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From green to red on the Covid map

On Oct. 25, I stood with nurses, doctors, fellow legislators, and advocates for those who lack housing at a press conference at the Vermont State House calling on Gov. Phil Scott to do more to protect Vermonters against the rapidly rising rate of COVID-19. The state of emergency has been lifted, but we are still facing a public health crisis. Last week, we had the highest single-day case rate of COVID-19 in Vermont: 591 cases. In a single day! Our...

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