Vermont Legislature

VPR covers the Vermont Legislature with live streams from the Statehouse chambers and news coverage from our capital bureau.

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VPR provides live streaming feed of the House and Senate proceedings, without editing or commentary. The streams are active when there's a meeting in the House or Senate and the chamber microphones are turned on; the streams are quiet otherwise.

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State officials are growing concerned that Congress won't pass a long-term federal transportation bill this year. They’ve developed a contingency plan to ensure that road and bridge construction projects in Vermont stay on schedule this summer. 

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The Legislature has adjourned for the year. But the work of one House committee isn’t over yet. A panel of lawmakers will meet this summer to determine whether the state should pursue an alternative to Vermont Health Connect.

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Rarely do longstanding incumbents face primary challenges from well-known candidates within their own party. But Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan is now taking on nine-term incumbent Bill Sorrell for the second time in four years.

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The Legislature is about to spend $300,000 to figure out how much it should cost to educate Vermont students. It’s still an open question what they will do with the information once they have it.

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There’s a change on the horizon for people who need help with alcohol and drug addiction. Starting in October, licensed counselors may accept Medicaid payments even if their clients do not have mental health disorders. That new state law is likely to expand access to treatment.

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On Monday, Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin announced he will not be seeking a fourth term in office. Shumlin still has about a year and half left in his current term, and he says he made his announcement now because he wants to spend the rest of his time in office focusing on his agenda.

Eric Davis, Middlebury College professor emeritus of political science, helps us read the tea leaves.

Darn Tough Socks

Gov. Peter Shumlin has put his signature on an economic development bill designed to provide incentives to both businesses and workers.

The bill signing ceremony took place at Darn Tough Socks in Northfield, which is planning a major expansion.

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When it comes to government ethics, Vermont is a national outlier. The state is one of just a handful that don't have any sort of statewide ethics commission to watchdog public officials, nor does it require state lawmakers to reveal anything at all about their personal finances in order to disclose possible conflicts of interest.

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With the stroke of the governor’s pen on Monday, Vermont became the 14th state to allow same-day voter registration. Proponents say the measure will help improve low turnout rates in Vermont elections. Critics though say it could make it easier to sabotage the democratic process.

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During the last legislative session, a group called Alliance for a Healthier Vermont pushed for an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, that would raise an estimated $30 million for Vermont.

So some might call it a victory that lawmakers instead decided to apply the state's 6 percent sales tax to soda and candy. But advocates aren't convinced, and plan to continue to push for the excise tax.

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