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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

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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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North Country News
5:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Vermont Lawmakers Drop Campaign Finance Reform

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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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North Country News
8:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Vermont Lawmakers Give in on Tax Changes

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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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North Country News
11:18 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Group of Vermont Senators Want Citizens United Reversed

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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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North Country News
11:21 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Vermont Senate Defeats Child Care Unionization Bid

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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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North Country News
9:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Vermont Senate Compromise Likely on Aid-in-Dying

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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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