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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VPR News
5:18 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Former Rep. Marion Milne Dies

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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VPR News
4:55 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Analysis: Lawrence Miller Is Shumlin's Broom To Clean Up Health Exchange

Former Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller is Gov. Peter Shumlin's point-person on health care reform.
Toby Talbot AP

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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VPR News
3:58 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Video: What You Need To Know About Campaign 2014

What do you know about the races and issues that will define the upcoming November elections?
Credit Angela Evancie / VPR

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

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VPR News
6:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

DCF Head Tells Legislators Child Safety Is Top Priority

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.

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The Frequency
4:59 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

New PAC To Boost Pro-Business Candidates

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.

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Health Care
5:37 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Legislature To Conduct Independent Analysis of Health Care Costs

As Vermont heads down the path toward a single-payer health care system, lawmakers want to make sure the options are affordable for taxpayers and consumers. And the economic analysis about to be launched by the Legislature may duplicate similar work being performed for the Shumlin Administration.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Ready Or Not, Part 5: Doing The Math

Cynthia Powers, grant writer for the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union, is searching for funding for new preschool programs mandated by the state.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Ask any working parent: Child care can be expensive. While some low-income families qualify for subsidies, many middle-class families pay full tuition.

Between 2003 and 2012, rates have risen, on average, about 43 percent, from $140 to $200 per week. That’s one reason many public schools have started free half-day preschool programs, like the one at Lyndon Town School.

Charma Whitchurch, who has a master's degree in early childhood education, is the lead teacher.

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VPR News
6:02 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Ready Or Not, Part 4: Teaching The Teachers

Hundreds of evening workshops and classes are offered to child care workers throughout the state, but Northern Lights Director Nancy Sugarman says Vermont could still do better when it comes to training the teachers of our youngest children.
Tinica Thinkstock

Research shows that the young brain is developing at a faster rate than we previously thought, and that there are good and bad strategies to help children acquire language and the love of learning.

So Vermont’s child care providers are learning the best way to introduce books into a child’s daily routine.

One of those early literacy training sessions takes place at the Springfield Area Parent and Child Center. The teacher is Laura Lawson Tucker, an outreach specialist for the Vermont Humanities Council.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Ready Or Not, Part 3: Reaching For 'Stars'

Katie Jackson gathers on her front porch with the children she cares for in her Springfield home. The 23-year-old is working with a more experienced provider to improve her program's rating.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Beginning in 2015, every public school district in Vermont will have to subsidize at least 10 hours of pre-kindergarten per week for 3 and 4-year-olds.

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Commentary
5:42 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

McClaughry: Legislative Review

The biennial legislative session adjourned a month ago, and it’s a good time to review the results.

The 2015 General Fund budget grew by 5.6% over the 2014 budget approved a year ago. That means that state spending is increasing about twice as fast as state revenues.

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