Vermont Legislature

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Friday the 13th is more than a day of fear and consternation. It’s Crossover Day in the Vermont legislature — and with it looming at the end of this week, it appears that the vast majority of bills being considered in the Statehouse may be shelved until January.

Just months after narrowly winning a second term, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s approval rating is floundering. That’s according to a new poll from Vermont Digger and the Castleton Polling Institute.

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Cleaning up Lake Champlain will take a joint effort between business leaders, environmental officials and politicians. That was the message yesterday in Montpelier, as WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is scheduled to deliver his budget address Thursday afternoon. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley takes a look at what’s expected.

The Vermont Mayors Coalition was formed in 2013 by the eight mayors in the state to advocate in the legislature on issues of common interest. They were in Montpelier Tuesday to announce their priorities for this session.

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Legislators were busy at the Statehouse in Montpelier Thursday.  A joint session of the House and Senate formally elected the governor in the morning and in the afternoon met again to hear the inaugural address.

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The gavels fell Wednesday in the Vermont House and Senate marking the start of the 2015-2016 legislative term.

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The Vermont legislative session began a new biennium Wednesday as new House and Senate are sworn in.  Democrat Shap Smith was re-elected Speaker of the House.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Smith as he prepared for the upcoming session.

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A House member critical of some of Vermont’s health care reform measures is expected to be removed from the House Health Care Committee.

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The Vermont Legislature returns to Montpelier this week to begin a new biennium.

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