Vermont Senate

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.

Vt. Lawmakers To Grapple With Death, Licenses

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Vermont lawmakers have a heavy agenda set for today.

On the Senate's calendar is a bill that would allow Vermont doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who request it. Two sharply different bills have passed the House and the Senate previously. Up for debate in the Senate is whether to concur with the House version.

The House, meanwhile, is to take up final approval of a bill that would grant a new sort of Vermont driver's license called a driver's privilege card to guest workers who can't prove they're in the country legally.

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The Vermont Senate has voted to raise $9.4 million in new revenues to support a $1.3 billion general fund budget, in part by capping the deduction that homeowners can take from their state income taxes for mortgage interest.

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The Vermont Senate is supporting a state board's ruling that pets don't belong in barber shops and beauty parlors.

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The Vermont Senate has pulled back somewhat on a gasoline tax increase passed by the House, but has made up for that by increasing the diesel tax.

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The Vermont Senate has advanced legislation aimed at allowing workers on Vermont farms to become legal drivers despite the fact that they may be in the country illegally.

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The Vermont Senate is expected to take up a bill that would allow immigrant farm workers to get driver's licenses in Vermont.

The Vermont Senate moved a controversial energy bill forward Tuesday after removing most of the provisions causing problems.

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The Vermont Senate has passed a physician-assisted suicide bill and moved it to the House chamber.  But the amended bill is substantially different than the original bill presented to lawmakers.

The Vermont Senate passed the “Patient Choice and Control at End of Life” bill late Thursday. It grants immunity from criminal or civil liability to health care professionals and family members when treating or helping a terminally ill patient who decides to end their own life.

The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that calls on public employees who don't join their union to pay the union an agency fee for representing them in collective bargaining.

MacGovern for U.S. Senate

Republican U.S. Senate candidate John MacGovern knows his effort to unseat Vermont's independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is a long shot, but he's pushing forward, hoping an unexpected confluence of events could send him to Washington.

The 61-year-old Windsor man has only a tiny fraction of the $6.8 million that Sanders has available. He's had no official support from the national or state Republican parties and little name recognition.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate John MacGovern says he doesn't think the U.S. Air Force should base F-35 fighter planes at the Burlington International Airport.

MacGovern says the area is incompatible with the next generation fighter plane that is louder than the F-16 plane now flown by the Vermont National Guard from the base.

MacGovern said it could be years before the Air Force phases out the F-16, which would give plenty of time for the Vermont Guard to find a new mission or redevelop the base.

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