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The Vermont Legislature adjourned its biennium just after midnight Saturday morning. Although lawmakers approved a spending plan that’s expected to raise $49 million in new revenue, they also failed to pass some major initiatives.

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The Vermont Senate has voted overwhelmingly to advance a bill banning the use of what's called "conversion therapy," which is most often directed at young gay and lesbian people in a bid to make them heterosexual.

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This is “Crossover Week” in the Vermont Legislature, the annual scramble to clear bills out of committees and onto the floor so that they can move to the opposite chamber for completion.

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The Vermont Senate has given final passage to a bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by residents of the state.

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The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in the state.

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The Vermont Senate last week appeared to give final approval to a bill that mandates paid sick leave. But as WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the chamber will reconsider that vote tomorrow.

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The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee recently voted to approve a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The idea is so controversial that even members of the same party are divided over the issue.

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The Vermont Senate has advanced a bill that would require most employers to provide workers with paid time off when they're sick.

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The Vermont Senate has approved a measure to repeal penalties for high-spending school districts that were part of an education bill passed last year. The underlying bill was designed to encourage school districts to merge with their neighbors.

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The Vermont Legislature begins the second half of the 2015-2016 biennium today.  There are a number of issues up for debate, including recreational marijuana legalization and the possible suspension of a senator.  But the focus according to legislative leaders must remain on fiscal issues.

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A Vermont Senate committee has voted to recommend to the full Senate that it suspend Senator Norm McAllister while criminal sex charges are pending against him.

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Franklin County Vermont state Senator Norm McAllister was arrested at the Statehouse in early May and charged with sexual assault, human trafficking and prohibited acts. The allegations include trading sex for rent payments.  A group of residents is now circulating a petition calling for his resignation.

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Vermont lawmakers passed a $5.5 billion budget with $30 million dollars in tax increases before ending their 2015 session Saturday night. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has a wrap-up.

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The Vermont Senate has passed its version of a bill to overhaul Vermont's public school system. It takes a less mandatory approach than a version passed earlier by the House.

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Senate lawmakers in Vermont have passed a house bill that would create criminal penalties for "revenge porn" — the sharing of explicit images of a person without consent.

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The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to pared-down economic development legislation, but its principal backer says he'll continue fighting to restore some of its initial provisions.

A Vermont Senate Committee is acknowledging that climate change is caused by people and lawmakers are renewing the state's commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

The Vermont Senate this afternoon passed a bill that sets new restrictions on gun ownership.  The battle lines are being drawn ahead of House debate.

The Vermont Senate has taken a key vote in support of a trimmed-down bill that sets some new restrictions on firearms ownership.

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The Vermont Senate is set to confront one of the most hotly debated bills of the 2015 legislative session — one tightening rules for firearms possession.

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The Vermont Senate has passed a bill calling for enhanced police training on the use of electronic stun guns.

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The Vermont Senate is debating a $1.44 billion general fund budget, with increases for Medicaid providers, health care for retired teachers and affordable housing.

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Doctors and other health professionals would be immune from professional conduct charges if they pursued a hotly debated course of treatment for Lyme disease under a bill given preliminary approval by the Vermont Senate.

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The Vermont Senate has voted to support a bill that says if employers offer sick days, they can't penalize workers who take them.

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Long-time Montpelier lobbyist Michael Sirotkin has taken the oath of office to replace his late wife, Sally Fox, in the Vermont Senate.

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Governor Shumlin has appointed the husband of a late state senator to fill her seat.

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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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The day after the Vermont Senate passed legislation allowing doctors to provide lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it, legislators gave backers of the bill a scare.

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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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The Vermont Senate has approved legislation that would remove criminal penalties and replace them with civil fines like a traffic ticket for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

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