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North Country News
9:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

VT Lawmakers Call for 'Economic Rights'

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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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North Country News
8:30 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

VT House Advances Budget Adjustment Bill

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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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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Vermont Legislature Convenes Session

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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.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

VT Lawmakers Voice Concerns on Energy Siting

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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North Country News
12:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Session

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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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New England News
8:49 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Vt. Lawmakers To Grapple With Death, Licenses

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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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North Country News
7:15 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Vermont House Debates Immigrant Driver Privileges

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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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North Country News
1:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Vermont Representatives Get Training on Legislative Etiquette

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

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Vermont Representative Poirier Drops Plans to Run for Speaker

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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.

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North Country News
8:13 am
Fri April 13, 2012

VT House Debates Childhood Immunization Law

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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