Vermont News Briefs

VTDigger’s beat reporters cover health care, politics, education, energy, the environment, business and state finances. We offer brief Vermont news stories on issues are are keeping tabs on.

Use of therapeutic hemp oil legal, AG says

Vermonters who buy, use or possess a marijuana-based oil product used to treat seizure symptoms in children are not at risk of prosecution, the state attorney general said Wednesday. The Attorney General’s Office said in a news release that it had fielded concerns from parents who were worried that having the oil shipped to them […]

Cohen leaving VBSR for Vermont Electric Co-op

Andrea Cohen, executive director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, will join Vermont Electric Cooperative as manager of government affairs and member relations at the end of the legislative session, the electric utility announced Monday. “Andrea brings a tremendous amount of talent and expertise. She has a proven record of converting big ideas into practical […]

Christie loses chairmanship of Hartford School Board

Kevin Christie

The Hartford School Board voted this week to replace its chairman with another veteran board member.

Child protection bill set to clear House committee

The House Human Services Committee voted Friday to approve the child protection reform bill. The preliminary vote was 10-0, but the committee is holding the vote open until next week so that the absent member, Rep. Chip Troiano, D-East Hardwick, can cast his vote. Through S.9, the Legislature is trying to make adjustments to the […]

Cloud, Courtney named to state Natural Resources Board

St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud was named Thursday to a seat on the state’s Act 250 administration panel. Elizabeth Courtney was named as an alternate member, according to a news release from Gov. Peter Shumlin’s office. Cloud will serve on the state Natural Resources Board, a five member panel that meets monthly to address […]

O’Donnell resigns from Vernon Selectboard

Editor’s note: This article is by Michael Faher, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which a longer version was first published April 8, 2015. VERNON — Declaring that “I’m not playing this game anymore,” embattled Vernon Selectboard member Patty O’Donnell announced her intention to resign from the board Monday night. O’Donnell, the board’s former chairwoman, had […]

Settlement reached in South Burlington campaign finance complaint

A former South Burlington City Council chairwoman agreed to pay a $2,000 penalty to settle a complaint that her political action committee violated the state’s campaign finance laws, according to the Attorney General’s Office. The AG’s office alleged that Pamela Mackenzie, who operated Pam Pac, failed to register as a political committee, inaccurately reported its […]

State revenue above target heading into crucial month

Tax receipts are slightly ahead of projections as the state enters its most critical tax collection month. General fund receipts for fiscal year 2015 are 1.26 percent above target at $966.8 million, according to data released by the Agency of Administration. Receipts for March were 5.49 percent (or about $5 million) above target at $98.2 […]

Porter Hospital names North Carolina executive as new CEO

Lynn Boggs

Porter Hospital has chosen Lynn Boggs to succeed James L. Daily as president and CEO.

Annual Doyle poll shows drop in marijuana support

Vermonters oppose taxes on carbon and sugary drinks and show less support for Gov. Peter Shumlin, according to the annual Town Meeting Day poll conducted by Sen. Bill Doyle, R-Washington. The 11,000 returned surveys also show a drop in support for the legalization of marijuana, compared to last year’s Doyle poll. This year, 39 percent […]

Administration launches child abuse prevention month

Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Hal Cohen and Ken Schatz, commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, launched child abuse prevention month at an event hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont on Wednesday. “Vermont’s commitment to prevention is steadfast and unwavering,” Cohen said. “We will do all we can even in this […]

Court hands RGA $40,000 in fines for 2010 campaign finance violations

The Republican Governors Association will pay $40,000 in penalties for campaign finance violations stemming from its spending during Vermont’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. During that campaign, the RGA spent $760,000 on political advertising through a Vermont political action committee called Green Mountain Prosperity PAC. However, the RGA spent an additional $290,000 on advertising under its own […]

Judge dismisses several claims in Jehovah’s Witnesses case

The attorney representing the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the New York-based headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witness faith in a case of alleged sexual abuse said a judge’s partial grant of a motion to dismiss makes him confident the entire case will get dismissed.

Shumlin announces plan to end family, childhood homelessness by 2020

Gov. Peter Shumlin unveiled a new strategy to end much of Vermont’s homelessness by 2020 at a news conference Monday announcing $580,000 in grants for affordable housing and a homeless day center in Burlington. “Even with serious budget challenges, we are fortunate in Vermont to have many of the programs and partnerships already in place […]

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