Vermont Legislature

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Alison Redlich / AP

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.

Rebecca Ellis, who has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2011, resigned her post this week to take a job with the state’s Agency of Natural Resources, the governor’s office announced today.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that Ellis, who served as an Assistant Attorney General from 1997 to 2011, will start a job as Senior Counsel for Government Affairs at the Department of Environmental Conservation on August 10.

Brennan Linsley / AP

If a Vermont State Senator and some advocacy groups in Windham County have their way, the phrase "Vermont Home Grown" could be a reference not just to food, but also to marijuana.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

There’s been a lot more talk over the past week about something that’s had a hard time finding political traction in Vermont: tougher ethics laws. Republican State Representative Heidi Scheuermann has advocated for ethics laws in the past and joined VPR to discuss the issue.

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Vermont recently added nine species to the state’s threatened and endangered list: three different types of bumble bees, the Fowler’s Toad, the rusty blackbird and four plants. In total, Vermont lists 51 animals and 163 plants as threatened or endangered. 

Emerge Vermont

The prospect of an open seat for governor has sparked a frenzy of political posturing in recent weeks. But the field of potential candidates for statewide office is dominated by men, and Vermont has long fared poorly when it comes to electing women to high-profile offices.