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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; otherwise, the streams are quiet.

Bob Kinzel / VPR

A new report released Thursday shows that Vermont's economy is continuing to make slow and steady progress. Among the findings are that corporate profits are lower than expected, due in part to a number of companies hiring new workers.

Neal Goswami / Vermont Press Bureau

Congressman Peter Welch told state lawmakers Wednesday that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could result in the state of Vermont losing tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Some Democratic lawmakers are expressing skepticism over a plan from Republican Gov. Phil Scott to merge the Department of Labor and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Backers of legislation that would create an Ethics Commission in Vermont say they're optimistic about the future of their bill. But some critics argue that the proposal doesn't go nearly far enough to restore public trust in the operations of government.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

A plan to fund water-quality improvements by assessing a per-parcel fee on all property owners in Vermont is already drawing opposition in Montpelier.

In his inaugural address, Gov. Phil Scott identified a number of broad areas where he hopes to have a significant impact on the operations of state government. But Scott is leaving the details of these new proposals to his budget address that he'll deliver in 10 days.

Meg Malone / VPR

During each legislative session, there are some in Montpelier getting their first taste of statewide politics. That's the case for two new lawmakers from Brookfield this year: Democrat Rep. Jay Hooper and independent Rep. Ben Jickling.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

A renewed effort to require universal background checks for all gun sales in Vermont is beginning to encounter some of the same resistance that thwarted a similar push two years ago.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, who ran as a Progressive and a Democrat, says he wants his office to provide working Vermonters with greater access to state government.

Angela Evancie / VPR

A proposal to make Vermont the fifth state in the country to ensure paid family and medical leave for all employees in the state could come with price tag of as much as $79 million, according a report released this week by the Vermont Commission on Women.

Washington County Sen. Ann Cummings has reclaimed the chairwomanship of the powerful Senate committee she lost in 2013 after trying to wrest leadership over the chamber from then-Senate President John Campbell.

Angela Evancie / VPR

In his first speech as governor of the state of Vermont, Republican Phil Scott outlined a four-pronged agenda that focuses on combating the state’s opiate “crisis,” growing jobs and wages, reforming the public-education system and balancing budgets without the use of new taxes or fees.

Angela Evancie / VPR

In a speech focused on combating the opiate “crisis,” reforming the public education system and, above all, growing jobs and wages, Gov. Phil Scott vowed in his inaugural address Thursday afternoon to institute a “significant realignment of our economic development tools” in state government.

Angela Evancie / VPR

On Thursday, David Zuckerman was sworn in as Vermont's new lieutenant governor. After taking the oath of office, Zuckerman addressed those gathered in the Senate chamber.

Angela Evancie / VPR

The Vermont Legislature is back in session. We spent Wednesday checking in with the House. Now, we'll give the Senate a nod.

Angela Evancie / VPR

The opening day of the legislative biennium always features lots of firsts, but this year’s had even more than most. And with a new House Speaker, a new Senate president and a new governor in town, lawmakers are trying to get familiar with some uncharted legislative territory.

The Legislative session kicks off this week in Montpelier. On Wednesday, Sen. Tim Ashe took over as the President of the Vermont Senate.

Angela Evancie / VPR

In his farewell address to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon, outgoing governor Peter Shumlin said he believes the state is in much better shape than when he first took office in January 2011.

Angela Evancie / VPR

After six years in office, Gov. Peter Shumlin delivered his farewell address Wednesday at the Statehouse in Montpelier.

Angela Evancie / VPR

At the start of the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, South Hero Rep. Mitzi Johnson was sworn in as Vermont's new speaker of the House. 

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