Shortly after noon on Wednesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law the nation's first statewide ban on the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.464 to ban the drilling method. Lawmakers had considered a moratorium, but after testimony and debate, moved a bill forward to ban the practice. Governor Shumlin says it’s a critical move to protecting a critical resource.
The Plattsburgh Public Library kicks off its Summer Reading Program today. It’s part of a statewide effort to get more children to read.
The New York State Library is part of a consortium between most states that have pooled resources to create a summer reading program for children. New York State Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian Jeffrey Cannell says it’s critical that reading skills be maintained.
Vermont's top fiscal officer says the state's General Fund took in $10.6 million more than expected last month, making it possible for the state to end the fiscal year with a surplus. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding said general fund revenues were 6.3 percent ahead of expectations.
So far this fiscal year, general fund revenues are four-tenths of one percent ahead of expectations.
Spaulding says the results were largely because of strong corporate income tax filings.
The U.S. Air Force is considering five sites across the country to host their new generation of fighter jets. One of its preferred sites is the National Guard base in South Burlington, Vermont. Both supporters and opponents packed a hearing last night to voice their opinions on the plan.
The Vermont Attorney General's office has received approval to hire a special investigator to target child pornography cases. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Cindy Maguire of the attorney general's office tells the Bennington Banner that person will be devoted to building cases against people generating or sharing child pornography over peer-to-peer networks.
The FUND for Lake George has issued a report calling for mandatory controls to prevent the spread of invasive species into that Adirondack lake.
The not-for-profit group released the report Thursday calling for mandatory boat inspections and decontamination programs before allowing boats onto Lake George. The intent is to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, according to FUND For Lake George Executive Director Peter Bauer.
The largest solar installation in the city of Burlington is now on-line and has been dedicated by the state’s Episcopal Diocese. The 35 solar trackers were installed at the Rock Point School, a small boarding school owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. The 147 kilowatt array will provide about 66-percent of the power for the campus.
Vermont lawmakers have completed the arduous process of redrawing legislative district maps for the next 10 years. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Reapportionment happens once a decade to accommodate shifts in population, and in keeping with those shifts during the past decade, Burlington is gaining a House seat, while Rutland County is losing one. Other changes are being made as well.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch was at Vermont’s largest university Monday to hear students’ debt and loan concerns. The federal Stafford Student Loan interest rate will double on July first if Congress does not pass a measure to stop the increase. Vermont’s sole Congressman was at the University of Vermont to compile stories from students about their debt.
Members of the U.S. House and Senate, led by Illinois Senator Richard Durbin and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, held a conference call recently with Postmasters across the country to discuss legislative efforts in Congress to protect the postal service.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is hailing what he calls good news on the corrections front: Vermont has seen a reduction in its prison population, while its crime rates also are down. WAMC’s Pat Bradley reports…
Numbers released on Wednesday show Vermont's inmate population has dropped by more than 140 since 2008, to 2,059 people behind bars. It had been projected to grow by 26 percent between 2008 and 2018.
Backers of marijuana decriminalization have failed in their effort to bring the measure to the full Vermont House for a vote. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
The measure had been held up in the House Judiciary Committee, with House Speaker Shap Smith opposed to it.
On Tuesday, Representative Oliver Olsen, a Jamaica Republican, called for a vote in the House to pull the bill out of committee and bring it to the floor for debate. That motion failed on a vote of 119 to 21.
A bill has been introduced in the state Senate by Senator Betty Little and in the Assembly by William Magee to give the authority for training and credentialing search and rescue volunteers to state forest rangers. Senator Little says with only 112 forest rangers, the agency must rely on properly trained volunteers to aid in searches.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, is a cooperative between 9 northeast states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by periodically auctioning pollution allowances. Those allowances determine how much pollution can be emitted from power plants. The money that each state makes is returned, for the most part, to energy efficiency and clean energy programs.