vermont lawmakers http://wamc.org en A Sampling Of 89 New Vt. Laws Passed This Year http://wamc.org/post/sampling-89-new-vt-laws-passed-year-0 <p>Vermont lawmakers passed 89 new statutes this year, and dozens of them take effect with the start of the new fiscal year.</p><p>Beginning today, criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish disappear in Vermont and will be replaced by civil fines similar to traffic tickets.</p><p>But if you celebrate and get the munchies, don't share your food with bears.</p><p>That's because another of the dozens of new Vermont laws bans people from intentionally feeding bears.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:56:37 +0000 Jaired Crofut 68225 at http://wamc.org A Sampling Of 89 New Vt. Laws Passed This Year Vt. state finances: The puzzle gets tougher http://wamc.org/post/vt-state-finances-puzzle-gets-tougher <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Vermont lawmakers return to work this week after their Town Meeting break with little indication the state's fiscal picture is getting any brighter.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Gov. <font color="red">Peter</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Shumlin</font> hoped to raise $17 million for three key energy-related programs from a new tax on charitable betting tickets. But lawmakers say the tax won't raise more than a third that amount, and there's concern it'll hurt the nonprofits that use them to raise money.</span></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:54:04 +0000 Jaired Crofut 59547 at http://wamc.org Vt. state finances: The puzzle gets tougher