Vermont Legislature

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The House Committee on Health Care Wednesday afternoon endorsed a plan to pay for $69 million in new health reforms. But its proposal for a payroll tax and soda tax still face stiff criticism from a broad cross-section of lawmakers and special interests.

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The Vermont Senate has voted to extend the state law that allows terminally ill people to request medication from their doctors to end their lives.

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The Department for Children and Families is failing to meet three key federal guidelines for how it handles cases of at-risk children in the state, according to the top official in charge of the department’s family services branch.

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Lawmakers are making a final effort to push gun legislation through the committee process ahead of a Friday deadline, but significant hurdles remain.

The Senate Judiciary Committee began considering new legislation Wednesday that would prohibit a person convicted of a violent crime from possessing a firearm. Crimes in the proposal include the state’s so-called "listed" crimes — more than 30 serious offenses with hefty prison terms and fines. The proposal also includes any offense involving sexual exploitation of a minor and trafficking of certain drugs.

Because of our geography, modest level of public transportation and our independent nature, Vermonters love to drive – need to drive.

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The Vermont House on Tuesday gave approval to a bill that aims to spark construction of renewable energy projects. But the legislation has claimed a high-profile political casualty, as lawmakers unexpectedly targeted Efficiency Vermont for a significant budget cut.

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The House Education committee is going back to the drawing board on a controversial plan to cap school spending next year. Although the plan has drawn a lot of criticism, the chairman of the committee says it's critical to curb school spending over the next few years.

I recently encountered a compelling question asked of one parent by another: “If my kid can’t bring peanuts to school, why should your kid be allowed to bring measles?”


As we reach the mid-point of the 2015 Legislative Session, there have been a number of issues discussed at the Statehouse. Among them are the $112 million budget gap, education reform, Lake Champlain clean-up, the Medicaid cost-shift, the sugar-sweetened beverage tax and the reopening of the Vermont State Employees Association contract.

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Town Meeting day this year did not bring a taxpayer revolt over school budgets, yet officials say the relative quiet on the budget front does not reduce the need to make fundamental changes to school governance and to the property tax system.