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Essentially, this is a case about filing-petitions-for-candidate deadlines — but more specifically, it’s about the constitutionality of Vermont’s deadlines.
Moulton steps down after six months as interim chief.
Lawmakers make school lunch program free for all eligible students.
The bill is an effort to revitalize the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System, the statewide online database that allows physicians and pharmacists to track prescriptions.
The Legislature appropriated $4.35 million for FY 2014 for premium assistance and cost-sharing subsidies for low-income Vermonters. It also approved the continuation of an employer assessment to pay for the exchange’s operating costs.
The only provision in H.538 that is expected to have a concrete impact on school spending is a change to the excess spending threshold.
The Legislature took a softer approach than Shumlin pushed for; lawmakers decided to delay or waive the cap for families in certain situations.
In a final-hour move, the Vermont House voted on Tuesday to strip a charge on health insurance premiums from Senate bill 152, and the Senate agreed.
Senate President Pro-Tem John Campbell, D-Windsor, said he prioritized H.538 because property tax payers “need relief.”
The estimated 118,000 Vermonters who will purchase insurance on the exchange will be charged 1 percent of their annual premium.