Vermont Legislature

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

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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.

Vermont Legislature To Focus On Money And Drugs

Jan 6, 2014

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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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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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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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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The Vermont Legislature ended the first half of its biennium Tuesday night, bringing the 2013 session to a close.

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Vermont lawmakers finishing up their business for the year, but some items will not be completed before expected adjournment this evening.

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Vermont lawmakers say they're giving up their effort this year to make the state's income tax more progressive.

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A group of Vermont lawmakers is calling for a national constitutional convention to reverse the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision on campaign money.

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The Vermont Senate has beaten back another bid to pass legislation that would allow child care workers in the state to unionize for the purpose of negotiating subsidies and working conditions with the state.

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The Vermont Senate is poised to debate a compromise proposal on aid-in-dying legislation that supporters are giving a strong chance of passage.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders say they've reached a deal on a budget and taxes for the coming fiscal year that they say won't require any additional tax increases.

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Vermont lawmakers have a heavy agenda this week as they work to end the session by Saturday.

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With just a week or two to go in this year's Vermont Legislative session, it's becoming clear that lawmakers won't pass a bill requiring labels on genetically modified food.

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Vermont lawmakers grappling with how much new revenue they need to raise in the coming fiscal year just got some welcome news.

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The Vermont program for getting people off public assistance and into the workforce is drawing debate at both ends of the Statehouse.

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The Vermont House has rejected a series of attempts to debate the basing of the F-35 fighter jet in Burlington.

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The Vermont House has advanced a bill that would change the offense of possessing up to an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor crime to a civil offense similar to a speeding violation.

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A Vermont House committee is taking testimony on a bill that would update Vermont's sometimes centuries-old laws to remove words like "imbecile" and "idiot" and replace them with more modern and respectful language.

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A Vermont Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow immigrant farmworkers to get state driver's licenses.

The Vermont Senate has advanced a bill calling for more study of large-scale renewable energy development in Vermont, while taking out several provisions sought by foes of mountaintop wind power.

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The Vermont Senate has advanced legislation that would toughen environmental review over an oil pipeline if its use sees significant changes.

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Vermont's public safety commissioner says he'll be back next year looking for warrantless police access to a state Health Department database of prescriptions written by Vermont doctors.

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The Vermont Senate has delayed action on a bill toughening environmental reviews over possible changes in the use of a crude oil pipeline after the state's leading business law firm sent a letter outlining potential legal problems if the bill were to become law.

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The Vermont House is debating a transportation budget bill that would raise gasoline taxes to help pay for road and bridge repairs.

Some lawmakers in Montpelier are focusing on climate change and renewable energy this week.  An advocacy group is releasing a renewable plan while testimony is given on how climate change is impacting business.

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Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben is urging Vermont lawmakers to pass a big expansion of weatherization programs and block tar sands oil from being shipped on a pipeline that crosses northern Vermont.

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Vermont lawmakers are once again considering a measure that would allow an individual to request prescription medication to end their life if diagnosed with a terminal condition.

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One week later than originally planned, Vermont’s Governor outlined the state’s 2014 spending plan Thursday in his annual budget address

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin focused his fiscal plan on five areas that he said need bold transformation and targeted  investment.

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