The Vermont ski town of Killington is a step closer to creating its own police department.
Killington already has town constables, who are elected. The Rutland Herald reports the public will decide at Town Meeting in March whether to shift from that to an actual police department in which the officers are appointed.
A group of Vermont lawmakers is pushing legislation that would ban large capacity ammunition-feeding devices on guns and would require background checks for people buying weapons at gun shows.
Representatives Linda Waite-Simpson, Adam Greshin and Mike Mrowicki are among those backing a bill that also would bring state law in line with federal law in prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms.
A bill that would allow Vermont doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-0 on Friday to approve the legislation, dubbed "end-of-life choices" or “death with dignity” by supporters and "physician-assisted suicide" by opponents.
The Shumlin Administration released its Health Care Reform Financing Plan late last week. This week a group of advocates and Republican lawmakers criticized the report, saying it offered no real outline for financing the state’s proposed single payer health care system.
This week, lawmakers in Montpelier have been reviewing ways the state can reduce its impact on climate change. Meanwhile, the Department of Public Service is implementing a renewable energy plan. On today’s Community Corner, Commissioner Chris Recchia talks about Vermont’s on-going efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
Starting next week, the Vermont town of Hartford will put the fire chief in charge of the police department.
Fire Chief Steve Locke will administer the police department. Town officials say it's an experiment; he won't have law-enforcement authority and won't carry a gun. But he'll manage the budgets for both departments create a succession plan for police chief.