Vermont Senate

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The Vermont Senate has given its approval to legislation legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. On a voice vote, the Senate backed a bill Wednesday that allows individuals to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow two mature plants.

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Backers of legislation that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old are urging members of the Senate to support their bill.

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In a unanimous 30-0 vote, the Vermont Senate has advanced legislation that's designed to blunt part of the impact of new immigration policies of the Trump Administration. 

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In November of 1968, Johnson State political science professor Bill Doyle was first elected to the Vermont Senate from Washington County. After that first victory, Doyle was re-elected 23 times.

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The president pro tem of the Vermont Senate says the 2016 legislative session will be his last.

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In a move that will create further electoral intrigue in the state’s most populous county, Chittenden County Sen. Diane Snelling, a Republican, has resigned from the Vermont Senate in order to take a new role as new chairwoman of the Natural Resources Board.

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A lot has happened since Vermont Sen. Norm McAllister was arrested on felony sexual assault charges.

First, there was word he'd resign – but that didn't happen.

Then there was pressure from lawmakers for him to step down, and yesterday a Vermont Senate panel stripped the Franklin County Republican of all his committee assignments.

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Franklin County Sen. Norm McAllister didn’t say a word at his arraignment Friday morning as his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty on all charges against him.

McAllister is charged with three counts of felony sexual assault and three counts of prohibited acts. If convicted of the sexual assault charges, he could face life in prison.

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Franklin County Sen. Norm McAllister was arrested Thursday evening on sex charges, according to the Vermont State Police.

McAllister, a 63-year-old Republican from Highgate, has served in the Legislature since 2003, first as a member of the House and later in the Senate. State police spokesman Scott Waterman issued a release late Thursday saying VSP detectives assigned to the Northwest Unit for Special Investigations arrested McAllister and charged him with sexual assault, prohibited acts and human trafficking.

Dustin Degree is hoping to make the Democratic super-majority in Montpelier a bit less super.

The St. Albans Republican announced his bid for Senate in Franklin County, currently split between Republican Norm McAllister and Democrat Donald Collins. The Burlington Free Press reports that Democrat Bill Roberts is also in the race.

Degree, a former staffer for Gov. Jim Douglas, said the Democratic rule of the state’s government is taking its toll on Vermont.