Vermont Legislature

North Country News
6:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Sanders Discusses Education With Vermont Statehouse Education Committees

Senator Bernie Sanders

The Vermont House and Senate education committees heard an overview of federal education policy from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at the Statehouse Wednesday afternoon.

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North Country News
11:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sirotkin Replaces Late Wife In Vermont Senate

Michael Sirotkin
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Long-time Montpelier lobbyist Michael Sirotkin has taken the oath of office to replace his late wife, Sally Fox, in the Vermont Senate.

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

VT Lawmakers Call for 'Economic Rights'

Vermont Statehouse
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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
10:45 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

VT Senate Approves Campaign Finance Bill

Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

A new campaign finance bill is on the way to Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk.

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

Vermont Legislature Convenes Session

Vermont House Chamber
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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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New England News
8:16 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Vermont Legislature To Focus On Money And Drugs

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The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to convene for the 2014 session.

The leaders of the House and Senate say the session that is starting Tuesday will focus on erasing a projected $70 million state budget shortfall and grappling with the growing abuse of opium-based drugs that is wrecking lives and driving crime.

Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell say committees will begin work Tuesday.

Smith and Campbell say lawmakers will need to work hard to erase the projected budget deficit without raising taxes.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Vermont Committee Splits on Energy Planning

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The first meeting of a special legislative summer study committee on Vermont's energy future featured sharp disagreements over what its agenda should be.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Vermont Governor Signs First Legislatively Approved Death With Dignity Law

Governor Peter Shumlin signs S-77 End of Life Choices bill
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Supporters, and a few opponents, crowded into the Governor’s Ceremonial office on the second floor of the Vermont statehouse Monday afternoon to witness the signing of the landmark End-of-Life Choices bill into law.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

End of Life Choices Bill Signed by Vermont Governor

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signs End of Life Choices Bill
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Vermont’s Governor signed a bill Monday that will allow Vermont physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients that request it.

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

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Session

Vermont Statehouse
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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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