Vermont Legislature

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The Shumlin administration wants to change the way Vermont encourages and accounts for renewable energy projects, but it's trying to do so in a way that avoids a big hit to ratepayers.

The Legislature asked for recommendations on whether Vermont should make its renewable program conform to the type of system widely used in New England and other states around the country.

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House Democrats convened for their annual December caucus Saturday. And party leaders say the Legislature will face some tough choices next year.

House and Senate Democrats saw their numbers diminished in the November election. And while Peter Shumlin appears to have clawed out a victory in the race for governor, the party has shown its first signs of vulnerability since sweeping to power in recent years.

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16. 

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Statewide property tax rates are on track to rise by approximately 2 percent next year. But while the projected increase isn’t as high as some had feared, elected officials say it’s nonetheless time to reduce spending on public education.

Talk to just about any politician these days about what they learned during their recent electoral campaigns, and they’ll likely tell you just how upset Vermont voters are with rising property tax rates.

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More than 100 lawmakers came to the Statehouse on Wednesday to get a detailed briefing about the state's budget situation. Because a number of tax sources are not meeting projections, including the personal income tax, the state is now facing a $100 million gap in the next fiscal year.

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On October 1, Vermont’s new cell phone law goes into effect. This will prohibit the use of hand-held electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. While some people have wondered if they’d need to trade in their vehicle for one that is compliant with the new law, there are other options.

Former legislator Marion Milne died Monday at her home in Washington, Vt.  She was 79.

Marion Milne served six years in the House of Representatives and is best known for the vote that ended her political career.

A Vermont Supreme Court ruling in December of 1999 set in motion the deliberations and often acrimonious public debate over civil unions for same-sex couples.

As the Republican Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee former Shelburne Representative Tom Little was a chief architect of the Civil Unions legislation. 

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During the cold war, American intelligence experts would often try to divine what was going on in the Soviet Union by looking at photographs of Kremlin public events. If Ivan Somebody was in the picture two places from the Russian leader in March and again in May, but was gone in a similar photograph in July, that meant something. Most likely that Ivan was toast.

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Not sure what the deal is with the upcoming Vermont elections? 

A special legislative committee met in Montpelier Wednesday to hear from a number of key players on child safety issues.

State police officials, local police chiefs and prosecutors were all represented at today’s hearings, which were spurred by two toddler deaths earlier this year that resulted from abuse. Dave Yacovone is the Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families. He says that despite recent problems, today’s hearings show the state’s commitment to child safety.

Two state representatives have launched a new political action committee that will try to play a decisive role in local House and Senate races this fall.

Stowe Republican Heidi Scheuermann and Middlebury Democrat Paul Ralston say their group, called Vision to Action Vermont, will lend financial support to the campaigns of candidates who vow to push for economic development initiatives in Montpelier.