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Governor Peter Shumlin says he will not be campaigning in the days leading up to the special January 8th  vote in which the Legislature picks Vermont's next governor. for Governor

Depending on who you ask, the Vermont gubernatorial campaign was either decided in November or is still up for grabs. Because no one received 50 percent of the vote, the state Constitution requires the Legislature to choose the winner when it convenes in January. A new ad campaign is starting today that hopes to convince legislators to elect Republican Scott Milne over incumbent Peter Shumlin, even though Shumlin got more of the popular vote. for Governor

In Vermont’s gubernatorial election, no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote. The state Constitution requires in such cases that the Legislature then choose a winner when it convenes in January. While at the Statehouse in Montpelier, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some of the key players as the legislative vote looms.

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The co-chair of the Vermont Legislature's special Committee on Child Protection says the group is going to propose a number of new laws that members hope will close gaps in the child  welfare system identified in the aftermath of the deaths of two toddlers.

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Vermont Republican leaders say they're eager to work with Democrats to solve the challenges facing the state. for Governor

Vermont Republican legislative leaders say their party members can vote their consciences in the upcoming balloting to choose the next governor.

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Democrats in the Vermont House have lost their working veto-proof majority, but Democrats still have two-thirds plus one in the Senate.

Vermont’s governor has signed a number of bills into law over the past week and a half, including measures on energy efficiency, the minimum wage and tasers.

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Participants in Vermont's Reach Up welfare-to-work program will be seeing longer-lasting child care subsidies and an increase in the amount of income the program will disregard when calculating benefits.

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The Vermont Legislature adjourned over the weekend after passing budget and tax bills and legalizing some first in the nation measures.

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The Vermont Legislature has adjourned without setting a date to consider any gubernatorial vetoes, but the speaker of the House says he doesn't think a veto session will be needed.

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Uncertainty appears to be growing around a planned adjournment of the Vermont Legislature for this weekend.

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A long-serving and highly respected member of the Vermont House says he'll retire rather than seek re-election in the fall.

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Police use of stun guns and drivers' use of cellphones are among the topics legislative leaders hope to finish during what is hoped to be the last week of the 2014 legislative session.

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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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A Vermont lawmaker is suing the Shumlin administration to get information about how the governor plans to pay for the universal health care system his administration plans to launch by 2017.


The Vermont legislature has approved a bill making that would make the state the first in the country to mandate the labeling of food with genetically modified organisms.


The Vermont House has taken a final, and resounding, vote to pass a bill that's likely to make Vermont the first state with a labeling requirement for genetically modified foods.


A Vermont House committee appears comfortable with Senate changes to a bill to require labeling of genetically engineered foods.

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As Vermont moves toward a single-payer health care system, legislators must consider numerous infrastructure and fiscal changes. This week, a memo from one of the legislature’s consultants outlining suggestions to retool the health system revamp emerged.

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Vermont lawmakers are learning of the challenges of meeting the needs of people in the state who are addicted to heroin and other 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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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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Vermont House members are expressing relief that they've been able to reduce increases in statewide school property taxes from what had been projected earlier.


Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. But there’s debate over the timeframe for such an increase.

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The Vermont House has rejected raising income tax rates on top earners so the state can make up for cuts in federal support for food stamps.

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A bill up for debate in the Vermont House this week would end the in-state tuition break for University of Vermont graduate students.

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A number of labor advocates were at the statehouse in Montpelier Tuesday to call on legislators to pass bills that would raise the state’s minimum wage to a livable wage and guarantee paid sick days for all employees.

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A key roadblock to banning the use of hand-held electronic devices like cell phones in Vermont has been overcome with a key senator's change in position on the issue.