The 2013 Legislative Session has ended, but a few bills that didn't become laws are likely to resurface next January. VPR's Peter Biello speaks with Bob Kinzel about work that's left to be done next year.
VPR’s Public Post pours through municipal public documents, posted online, to bring you local news from Vermont’s cities, towns, villages and gores. When we find something interesting or otherwise newsworthy, we send out a tweet. We follow up on the bigger stories at the VPR News Blog. Here are some tweet highlights from the past week:
A federal court judge has set a hearing date for early June in Entergy Vermont Yankee’s latest legal challenge against the state of Vermont.
The owner of Vermont’s only nuclear plant sued the state last month, charging that state regulators have delayed approval of a back-up emergency diesel generator.
Yankee is under orders from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to install a back-up power source by September. The generator is supposed to be available if the plant is disabled and loses electricity from the transmission grid.
After a disappointing first quarter earnings report, IBM announced there will be layoffs in the second quarter. The company says most of the job cuts would take place outside the U.S. but in recent days there have been rumors that cuts are imminent at domestic IBM facilities, including in Vermont.
Mon 5/20/13Noon & 7 pm After laying out his priorities in January, Governor Peter Shumlin saw some of his agenda items approved by the State Legislature and others given scant attention. We speak with Governor about how he assesses the just-completed session – where he thinks he succeeded and where he thinks he failed. And what he hopes to accomplish in the second year of the biennium.
Fri 5/17/13 Noon & 7PM The Legislature adjourned late Wednesday night after finalizing the budget, and passing controversial bills on marijuana decriminalization, end of life care, and drivers licenses for non-citizens. There were quite a few proposals left on the table, however. VTDigger's Anne Galloway, Pete Hirschfeld of the Vermont Press Bureau and VPR's John Dillon join Bob Kinzel to look back at 2013's legislative session.
The Board Of Trustees at the Rockingham Free Public Library ruffled some feathers this week when it decided to close the library until mid to late July. The library is in need of some upgrades and plans to use that time to make them. Some community members say the library should stay open, and that some board members should resign.
Domenic Poli has been following that story for the Brattleboro Reformer and spoke with VPR's Peter Biello about the situation.