Vermont Legislature

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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.

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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