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A Sampling Of 89 New Vt. Laws Passed This Year

Jul 1, 2013
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Vermont lawmakers passed 89 new statutes this year, and dozens of them take effect with the start of the new fiscal year.

Beginning today, criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish disappear in Vermont and will be replaced by civil fines similar to traffic tickets.

But if you celebrate and get the munchies, don't share your food with bears.

That's because another of the dozens of new Vermont laws bans people from intentionally feeding bears.

Vt. state finances: The puzzle gets tougher

Mar 11, 2013

Vermont lawmakers return to work this week after their Town Meeting break with little indication the state's fiscal picture is getting any brighter.

Gov. Peter Shumlin hoped to raise $17 million for three key energy-related programs from a new tax on charitable betting tickets. But lawmakers say the tax won't raise more than a third that amount, and there's concern it'll hurt the nonprofits that use them to raise money.