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Lawmakers look to put more teeth in bias-free policing requirements

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer frisks a migrant worker.

Late-session push would require police departments to follow one of two anti-bias policies and record gender, age, ethnicity and race of drivers in roadside stops.

Vermont Attorney General wins $1M settlement against ‘payday’ lenders

Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced Tuesday the $1.625 million settlement of two lawsuits over "cramming" of consumers' landline telephone bills. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The lawsuits were possible because the Vermont Legislature passed legislation last year that cracks down on predatory lending. Under state statute, the attorney general can go after third party loan processors.

House lawmakers eye changes to Senate-passed involuntary medication bill

Dr. W. Gordon Frankle, left, chief of psychiatry for Rutland Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Craig Van Tuinen, former Vermont State Hospital psychiatrist who now works with severely mentally ill patients in a community setting, testify before the Senate Health and Welfare and Judiciary committees on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Opponents say consolidating the involuntary medication and treatment hearings would give patients less opportunity to voluntarily accept medication.

House passes medical marijuana bill

Keith Flynn, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Photo by Anne Galloway

The House approved an amendment that will study potential tax revenue from legalizing and taxing pot.

VTDigger/Castleton Poll: Vermonters split on single payer

Peter Shumlin signed the historic health care reform act on the Statehouse steps on Thursday. VTD/Taylor Dobbs.

Forty percent expressed support for the concept, while 39 percent were opposed. More say Vermont Health Connect will increase access to insurance.

One man shot in incident at Bennington Police Dept.

BENNINGTON — A Bennington man was shot after threatening officers with a knife at the Bennington Police Department on Tuesday night, state police said. Police say Gregory Filo, 42, entered the lobby of the police station at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with a friend. According to a state police news release, a dispatcher saw Filo holding […]

Bill would study services for children of incarcerated parents

A bill making its way through the Legislature aims to help lawmakers decide how best to help the children of incarcerated parents. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday voted on a new draft of H.325, a bill that calls for a study to inform future legislation. The study will look at what services […]

House set to concur with Senate on GMO labeling bill — without a conference committee

If Gov. Peter Shumlin signs the bill into law, the state would be the first in the nation to require manufacturers to label products containing genetically engineered ingredients.

School board consolidation bill stalls, again

Controversial legislation often takes a circuitous route through the Legislature, and such is the case with H.883, the education governance, or school board consolidation bill. On Tuesday, expectations among members of the House Education Committee were high. They anticipated tweaking the legislation in House Ways and Means and their own committee and then watching the […]

Wallack weighs consulting job with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, says it won’t conflict with her work for Vermont

Anya Rader Wallack

Former head of Green Mountain Care Board currently oversees $45 million federal grant to lead state’s health care payment and delivery system.

Costco gas station opposition: Anti-competitive or conscientious?

Creative Commons photo by Chris Potter

Maplefields owner Skip Vallee has opposed Costco’s plan to offer cheaper gas near one of his station, but now environmentalists say he might be right.

Haulers might be able to get waiver from mandatory recycling

Waste haulers starting next year will be required to pick up mandated recyclables under the state’s universal recycling overhaul, but lawmakers are now offering them a waiver. The House Natural Resources and Energy Committee last week unanimously passed a bill waiving the requirement that haulers pick up recyclables in addition to trash if their solid […]

Manchester publisher convicted of fraud charged with violating probation by publishing e-book

Legal woes continue to mount for a Manchester publisher convicted of a $200,000 fraud scheme, the latest round alleging that he violated a condition of his probation by publishing an e-book through Amazon.

MVP, private doctors’ group sign payment deal

Aerial view of the Fletcher Allen Health Care campus. Photo courtesy of FAHC.

Members of Vermont Managed Care to migrate to OneCare in system based on quality of care.

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