Sounds of 2008: Legislative Hearings

12/15/08 5:50PM

(Host) With the end of the year approaching, we're sampling some of the sounds we heard in the news in 2008.

Some memorable moments came from the hearing rooms at the Statehouse.

In January, two former Democratic governors faced off over how long the term of office should be for future governors.

Howard Dean said stick with two years.

(Dean) "I understand why the polls say that more Vermonters favor a 4 year term than not because they get sick of the politics and sick of the ads and sick of the long winded speeches and so forth every four years I think that's the price you have to pay to live in a real democracy."

(Host) Madeleine Kunin said the term should be doubled to four years.

(Kunin) "A governor has to raise money every two years, including from special interest groups. There's no way you don't in the state of Vermont that you might be more beholden to some of those contributors than if you had to do it every four years.''

(Host) Also in January, Jon Bauman - known as "Bowzer'' from his days with the rock and roll group Sha Na Na - provided some levity after asking lawmakers to protect performers' intellectual property rights.

(Bauman) "Bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom ba ba bom ba ba bom ba ba dang a dang dang Ba ba ding a dong ding.... Thank you.")

(Host) By April, the intellectual property bill had passed.

You can hear more of the Sounds of 2008, tomorrow on Morning Edition.

Let us know what your favorite sounds of the year were, and click here to listen to more of the series.  Click on the links below to listen to the individual stories.

Former Governors present opposing views of four year term

Sha Na Na singer makes pitch at Statehouse

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

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