Vermont Legislature

North Country News
8:30 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Vermont Bill Delayed after Complaining Law Firm Letter

Tar Sands, Alberta, Canada
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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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North Country News
7:15 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Vermont House Debates Gasoline Tax Increase

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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.

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North Country News
12:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Lawmakers and Advocates Focus on Climate Change and Renewable Energy

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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North Country News
7:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

McKibben Tells Vermont Lawmakers to Act Now on Climate

Bill McKibben

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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WAMC News
12:35 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Public Weighs in On Death With Dignity Bill

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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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North Country News
6:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Vermont Governor Outlines Budget Proposal

Governor Peter Shumlin
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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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North Country News
12:20 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Legislators Seek PAC Restrictions

Vermont Statehouse
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A group of Vermont legislators announced Thursday that they will introduce legislation to require greater transparency from Political Action Committees operating in the state.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Vermont Legislature's Opening Features Activist Rally

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont lawmakers gathering for the opening of their session were greeted by hundreds of activists pushing issues ranging from unionization of early childhood and home care providers to providing driver's licenses to farm workers in the country without the required authorization.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Vermont Representative Poirier Drops Plans to Run for Speaker

Vermont Statehouse

Vermont State Representative Paul Poirier is no longer running for speaker of the House.

The Barre independent sent an email to House members on Wednesday saying he has dropped his plans to challenge Democratic incumbent Speaker Shap Smith because he says he couldn't win.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Poirier said he didn't want to waste time on a hopeless challenge and start the new session with bad feelings.

The House will elect a speaker when the legislative session opens on Jan. 9.

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North Country News
5:55 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Vermont House Member Killed in Crash

Vermont Statehouse
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A Vermont House Representative was killed Friday morning after a car struck him on a snowy road.

Vermont State Police responded to an accident on US Route 7 Friday morning.  

Republican State Representative Greg Clark of Vergennes had pulled onto the shoulder of the road and exited to clear his windshield.  

He was then struck by another car.   Emergency responders initiated CRP and transported Clark to Porter Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

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