Vermont Legislature

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It's been debated in towns all around Vermont: Should the municipal budget be voted from the floor of town meeting or in the ballot booth? In Charlotte, a proposed governance charter would require both.

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There are now three Democratic candidates for governor: Matt Dunne, Sue Minter and Shap Smith. Two Republican candidates, Lt. Governor Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman, are in the running as well.

Thus far there are no Progressive candidates in the race, calling to question whether or not the party will unofficially support a Democratic candidate.

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The next legislative session doesn't begin until January, but some lawmakers are already working on next year's budget challenges. And a prominent Republican says closed-door meetings between lawmakers and administration officials are side-stepping what should be a public process.

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The governor’s seat isn’t the only major statewide office up for grabs in 2016. When Republican Phil Scott announced his gubernatorial candidacy last week, the lieutenant governor’s post also opened up. And a growing crowd of political hopefuls is now weighing a bid for the office.

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There are currently five official candidates in the 2016 gubernatorial race. Two Republicans; Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman, and three Democrats; Shap Smith, Matt Dunne and Sue Minter. And there's a good chance that there will also be a Progressive candidate running for governor.

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Backers of a plan to legalize marijuana in Vermont have received some significant legislative support from House Speaker Shap Smith.


Sponsors of legislation that would create an Ethics Commission in Vermont say they're optimistic that their proposal will become law during the 2016 session.

Some school districts on the fast track to merge will have to wait a little longer for clarification of a controversial aspect of the new consolidation law.

The Vermont Legislature

Democrats in Bolton, Huntington, Waterbury and Buel's Gore are assembling a committee to seek out and recommend candidates to fill a vacancy in the Vermont Statehouse. Democratic Rep. Rebecca Ellis resigned her post earlier this month to take the job of senior counsel for government affairs at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

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He’s 28 years old and he’s never served in public office. But Brandon Riker wants to be the next lieutenant governor of the state of Vermont. And the young Democrat is ready to spend time, and lots of his own money, to make it happen.