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Drugged driving bill dominates Senate Judiciary’s agenda

Trisha Conti (left),  senior forensic chemist at the Vermont Crime Laboratory, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

A bill setting a standard for what constitutes DUI drugs has the committee grappling with civil rights, chemistry and police training.

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.

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 […]

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.

Gun storage measure emerges with option for third-party holding

Chairman Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee discuss a fee bill that contains a measure on gun storage. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Temporary calm reached in messy addition to a fee bill designed to house the guns of people ordered not to have them under relief from abuse orders.

Police say state employee embezzled $75,000 in state funds

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the arrest of a state employee charged with embezzlement at a news conference Friday, April 18, in Montpelier. Joining him were Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn (left) and Jim Reardon, finance and management commissioner. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

So far investigators have uncovered 19 incidents in 2013 and 2014 in which Peduzzi, a claims investigator who worked in the risk management office of the Agency of Administration, allegedly wrote state checks to buy cars, boats, guitars and jewelry.

SCOV Law Blog: A back-to-the-land dream goes sour

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Today’s case is not simply an idyllic metaphor about trying — and failing — to live a charmed life in rural Vermont. It’s about custody and property.

Study of marijuana’s revenue potential revived

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Rebuffed by House Speaker Shap Smith in their attempt to study the regulatory and tax effects of legalizing pot, lawmakers slip the notion into a bill on dispensaries.

Senate panel scraps bill to curb powers of part-time police

Vermont State Police cruiser

Instead of creating a multi-layered system of police authority and training, committee calls for a report detailing how such a plan would work.

Hospitals, victims’ fund forge temporary fix for rising rape exam costs

Judy Rex, executive director of the Center for Crime Victim Services, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. At right is Sen. Alice Nitka, D-Windsor, and at left is Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Groups find short-term solution to lack of funding for increased cost of rape exams, will look for long-term answer.

Treatment providers worry rapid intervention bill will flood their programs

Andy Pallito, commissioner of the Department of Corrections, left, and Bobby Sands, senior policy advisor for the Department of Public Safety, talk with lawmakers on Jan. 9, 2014. Photo by Anne Galloway

Bill’s chief proponent says it will merely accelerate the placement into treatment of those who need services, reaching them at a time when they are more likely to be successful.

Flynn gives ultimatum; representatives remove PTSD language from medical marijuana bill

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

Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn sways votes by threatening to stop administering the program if lawmakers allowed people with post-traumatic stress disorder to receive medicinal pot.

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