|Vermont State Senate, Franklin District|
|January 9, 2013 - 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Vermont State Senate|
|2003 - 2008|
|Bachelor's||Johnson State College|
|Master's||University of Maine, Orono|
|Date of birth||November 11, 1942|
|Place of birth||Lowell, Vermont|
|Profession||Small business owner/retired educator|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Collins served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs|
|• Education, Vice-chair|
On February 8, 2013, Collins and fellow Senators Richard McCormack, David Zuckerman, and Richard Sears introduced a bill to impose more requirements on many independent schools. Under Senate Bill 91, any independent schools receiving public tuition funds for more than one third of its students would have been required to hire only state-certified teachers, accept all publicly funded students who apply so long as space permits, provide free and reduced-price lunch to eligible students and be approved to offer at least four categories of special education. John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, criticized McCormack's bill as "clearly designed to put as many general purpose independent schools under the big fat thumb of the Education Agency in Montpelier." He accused McCormack of attempting to rush the bill through without input from the independent schools. The Vermont Independent Schools Association also opposed the bill, saying, "State control of admissions and of hiring would strongly impair independent schools' ability to fulfill their unique missions." McCormack and bill supporters argued that the independent schools were weakening public education by attracting students and state tuition dollars away from public schools without being required to meet state mandates, such as the requirement to offer expensive special education services. The Vermont National Education Association and the Vermont School Board Association endorsed SB 91. The bill was referred to the Education Committee, chaired by McCormack. Collins and Zuckerman were also members of the five-member committee. After just over a year's wait, the committee reported favorably on the bill. After a failed attempt at an immediate vote, the bill received a second reading, an amendment and a third reading before being passed on March 14, 2014. After receiving two readings in the House, the bill was ordered to lie, ending its progress.
Collins' website highlighted the following campaign themes:
...I believe the number one issue in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, the State of Vermont and the United States of America is jobs that offer a livable wage and reasonable benefits.We need to use our Yankee ingenuity and common sense when it comes to creating jobs that provide products and services of a high quality and support the efforts of Vermonters doing the same in other parts of our state. As a small business owner I have reinforced my belief that a cleaner Lake Champlain and area waterways is critical to the future economy of Northwestern Vermont. Certainly agriculture, high quality manufacturing and business services and tourism related offerings are also critical to our future. Through partnerships and working together the residents of Northwestern Vermont can be leaders in job creation and healthy, robust communities....
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012
Collins won election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Franklin District. Collins was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
Comprehensive donor information for Collins is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Collins raised a total of $50,374 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.
|Donald Collins's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont Senate, Franklin District||$6,305|
|2010||Vermont Senate, Franklin District||$18,124|
|2008||Vermont Senate, Franklin District||$5,701|
|2006||Vermont Senate, Franklin District||$11,816|
|2004||Vermont Senate, Franklin District||$8,428|
|Grand Total Raised||$50,374|
2012Collins won election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Collins raised a total of $6,305.
|Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Donald Collins's campaign in 2012|
|Patient Choices of Vermont||$1,750|
|John Campbell for Senate||$500|
|Vermont Fuel Dealers Association||$500|
|Vermont Troopers Association||$300|
|Total Raised in 2012||$6,305|
|Source: Follow the Money|
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- Vermont State Legislature, "Text of SB 91," accessed March 7, 2013
- Ethan Allen Institute, "The Sudden New Assault on Independent Schools," accessed March 7, 2013
- Caledonian Record, "Senate Bill Threatens School Choice, Independent Schools," February 26, 2013
- Vermont General Assembly, "S.91," accessed December 25, 2014
- Don Collins For Senate, "Home page," accessed October 23, 2012
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Election Results Search," accessed April 22, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Collins, Donald (Don)," accessed December 21, 2013