Government & Politics

Ben Curtis / AP

Until recently, Vermont was on track to become the fifth state in the nation to ban the sale of ivory. But the legislation has suddenly derailed, and hopes for its passage are dwindling as the end of the session nears.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Under a new law signed Wednesday, Vermonters will be informed within hours if any sewage is dumped or spilled into streams, rivers and lakes.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

An attempt to define the difference between employees and independent contractors turned into one of the most controversial bills of the 2016 legislative session. The legislation met its demise this week when a procedural maneuver, orchestrated by the leader of the House Progressive caucus, led to a decision to pull it from the House floor. But the issue isn’t going away.

gaspr13 / iStock

Marijuana legalization is dead for the 2016 session. The Vermont House Tuesday rejected an amendment that would have decriminalized the growing of two plants by a vote of 77 to 70. Lawmakers earlier defeated a Senate plan for commercial marijuana sales.  

courtesy of Devonwood Investors

Burlington's city council took another step towards what could be the biggest development in the history of the city. A new predevelopment agreement between the city and the developers of the Burlington Town Center established a series of checks to keep the proposed development of the mall and surrounding streets moving forward.

La_Corivo / iStock.com

A long-awaited floor debate on the plan to legalize cannabis finally gets underway in the House today after lawmakers unexpectedly postponed discussion Monday night.

Gov. Peter Shumlin's office released more than 5,000 pages of emails that his administration tried to have deleted in April.

The document dump comes after VTDigger reported that the administration wanted to have the emails deleted, which led to public criticism of the governor and calls for all of the emails in question to be publicly released.

gaspr13 / iStock

The House Democratic leadership backed away from a vote on legalizing marijuana Monday night as a more modest compromise plan was being drafted for consideration.

Peterfactors / iStock.com

Doctors in Vermont will soon face new limits on the number of narcotic pain pills they can prescribe to patients.

Melody Bodette / VPR

A survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will be speaking about reconciliation and responsibility Monday at Middlebury College. And she's be joined by the grandson of President Harry Truman, who has also been working to bring attention to the stories of survivors.

Brennan Linsley / AP

House Speaker Shap Smith says the House will debate a bill legalizing marijuana Monday.

When I was a reporter covering the Northeast Kingdom and the Upper Valley, I spent countless evenings in small towns listening to people wrangle about whether or where to erect wind turbines or solar arrays.

Earlier this week Mayor Christopher Louras announced the city of Rutland will take in 100 Syrian refugees starting in October. Louras says he’s been working closely with state and federal refugee agencies to create Vermont’s first relocation community for Syrians.

Angela Evancie / VPR

The 2016 legislation session is in its final days with a number of key issues yet to be decided. Issues like the legalization marijuana, the creation of an ethics commission, and an energy siting bill.

We’re talking with House Speaker Shap Smith about his top priorities for the rest of the session.

Pages