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A Vermont House committee has approved about $20 million in both new and higher taxes to pay for increasing Medicaid provider payments and other health care-related items.

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The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Wednesday evening to a measure designed to clean up pollution in all of the state’s waterways.

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The Vermont House has endorsed a bill that would require many school districts in the state to merge with their neighbors.

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The Vermont House has advanced legislation to raise $35 million in new taxes by limiting deductions from the state income tax.

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A new political action committee has been formed in Vermont. Founders of the bi-partisan PAC plan to support candidates who will promote and advocate for fiscal responsibility.

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Some Vermont lawmakers are taking offense at comments made by one of their colleagues regarding African-Americans moving into the Rutland area.

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The Vermont House has given final approval to a bill to protect children from exposure to toxic chemicals.

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The Vermont House has passed a measure calling for a study of marijuana legalization, while a Senate committee looks at cracking down on drivers impaired by drugs.

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The Vermont House on Wednesday gave final approval to an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from the current $8.73, to take effect in January. But Governor Peter Shumlin prefers moving to $10.10 in stages by 2017.

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The Vermont House passed a bill Wednesday afternoon  that would make the state the first in the country to cross the $10 mark in its minimum wage.

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The Vermont House is going against the wishes of Governor Peter Shumlin by calling for an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour starting in January, rather than 2017.

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Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Tommy Walz of Barre to fill the Vermont House seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Representative Tess Taylor.

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The Vermont House has endorsed a bill calling for a study of police coverage in rural parts of the state, backing away from immediately calling for an end to the practice of Vermont State Police contracting with small towns.

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Members of the tax-writing committee in the Vermont House are expressing frustration with the administration of Governor Peter Shumlin over school property taxes.

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The Vermont House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill banning the use of hand-held cellphones and other electronic devices while driving.

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An attempt to delay implementation of Vermont’s new campaign finance law has been forestalled by the Vermont House.

The Vermont House has advanced a bill that would ban the use of all but hands-free cellphones and other electronic devices while driving.

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The Vermont House has advanced legislation expanding a popular program allowing property owners to generate their own electricity and sell some of it back to their utilities.

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A group of Vermont lawmakers is calling for a new "bill of economic rights," including a sharply higher minimum wage, guaranteed paid sick days and a requirement that employers have just cause before firing anyone.

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The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a midyear budget adjustment bill that relies on higher-than-expected state revenues and reserve funds to boost spending for Medicaid and housing programs.

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The 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature has begun with legislators facing a $70 million budget shortfall and is expected to focus on how the state can combat the abuse of opiate drugs.

Some Vermont lawmakers are voicing tough questions for a special panel that reviewed the state's process for siting wind turbines and other energy projects.

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The Vermont Legislature ended the first half of its biennium Tuesday night, bringing the 2013 session to a close.

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Vermont lawmakers have a heavy agenda set for today.

On the Senate's calendar is a bill that would allow Vermont doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who request it. Two sharply different bills have passed the House and the Senate previously. Up for debate in the Senate is whether to concur with the House version.

The House, meanwhile, is to take up final approval of a bill that would grant a new sort of Vermont driver's license called a driver's privilege card to guest workers who can't prove they're in the country legally.

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The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow immigrant farmworkers who are in the country illegally to drive in Vermont, with a new type of driver's privilege card.

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Vermont House members took a pause from usual deliberations on Tuesday for a session on proper decorum in the chamber.

Vermont State Representative Paul Poirier is no longer running for speaker of the House.

The Barre independent sent an email to House members on Wednesday saying he has dropped his plans to challenge Democratic incumbent Speaker Shap Smith because he says he couldn't win.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Poirier said he didn't want to waste time on a hopeless challenge and start the new session with bad feelings.

The House will elect a speaker when the legislative session opens on Jan. 9.

VT House Debates Childhood Immunization Law

Apr 13, 2012

The Vermont House has voted to uphold a philosophical exemption for parents who want to skip the requirement that their children get a series of vaccinations before being allowed to attend school or child care.

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