The Vermont Senate has passed a physician-assisted suicide bill and moved it to the House chamber. But the amended bill is substantially different than the original bill presented to lawmakers.
The Vermont Senate passed the “Patient Choice and Control at End of Life” bill late Thursday. It grants immunity from criminal or civil liability to health care professionals and family members when treating or helping a terminally ill patient who decides to end their own life.
Advocates and beneficiaries say Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's plan to cut a key welfare-to-work program, by limiting the amount of time people get benefits, will increase poverty and homelessness in Vermont.
Shumlin wants to put a three-year limit on the time someone can be getting public assistance while they try to go to school or get into the workforce. His plan would allow two later extensions of benefits to total five years over a person's lifetime.
Governor Peter Shumlin has unveiled a plan to get more Vermont students into college and to produce more skilled workers.
The proposal would expand the dual enrollment program to allow more high school juniors and seniors to attend college classes, for free. Students would be able to attend up to two classes at the Vermont State Colleges, the University of Vermont, and participating private institutions.
Rutland, Vermont’s city council has asked a city committee to study the idea of placing security cameras in private neighborhoods.
Rutland landlord Cam Johnston asked the Board of Aldermen to consider putting up surveillance cameras after one of his properties was the site of a home invasion. Alderman Christopher Robinson is not thrilled with the idea, but moved that the Public Safety Committee research the matter.