Vermont Legislature

North Country News
9:15 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Vermont Senate Advances Tar Sands Regulation Bill

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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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North Country News
9:30 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Vermont House Advances Bill to Stem Drug Abuse

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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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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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