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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.

Bill limiting the power of part-time police meets resistance

A Vermont State Police trooper makes a traffic stop.

Law enforcement groups speak out against proposal that would create a three-tiered system of police authority.

Senate endorses bill to allow health department to regulate toxic chemicals

Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D/W-Washington, advocated for the passage of a toxic chemicals regulation bill on Wednesday at a Statehouse news conference. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Firefighters join call to support the bill; business groups suggest the measure is too broad.

Story + video: Governor signs bill purging offensive language from state statutes

Gov. Peter Shumlin holds the 309 pages of changed in Vermont statutes during the signing of S.27 on Friday at the Statehouse.  Photo by Karen Schwartz/Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

Respectful language bill strips outdated and offensive descriptions from Vermont’s law books, such as the word “retarded,” which appeared at least 75 times in statute.

Legislators weigh renewable energy goals against towns’ input for siting energy projects

Sungen solar farm in Sharon. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

At a Senate Democratic caucus Tuesday, lawmakers discussed a committee bill, S.191, which would require state regulators to uphold town energy plans when deciding whether to approve energy projects.

Senate gives preliminary approval to involuntary medication bill

Christina Schumacher spent 5 1/2 weeks in involuntary treatment at Fletcher Allen Health Care after her husband allegedly killed their son and himself. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

After weeks of testimony and revisions, bill is ready for final vote. Sen. Anthony Pollina, who voted against it, predicts more mentally ill patients will be medicated against their will.

Beverage distributors propose an end to bottle bill

Bobby Martino

Trade group would pay to place recycling baskets next to public trash receptacles in exchange for doing away with bottle deposit law.

Involuntary medication bill likely to reach Senate floor next week

Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell of Windsor County addresses the members on opening day. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Proposal would expedite forced treatment for some seriously mentally ill patients even as they wait for courts to rule on involuntary commitment petitions.

Legislative preview: Business and finance issues this session include teacher pension reform, changes to current use and tax exemptions

Campaign finance reports were due to on Friday. Photo by Kevin Rawlings

On the agenda? Current use, education finance, pensions and economic development in Windham county will all be fodder for lawmakers this year.

Senate Democrats set legislative priorities

Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth summarizes the priorities for the 2014 legislative session, as identified by caucus members Thursday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Senators see a lot to do in 2014 session beyond solving budget deficit, examining Vermont Health Connect and improving mental health system.

Public banking advocates release economic study

Gwen Hallsmith (from left); Gary Flomenhoft; Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington; Sen. Richard McCormack, D-Windsor; and Rep. Susan Hatch Davis, P/D-West Topsham, presented a preliminary study of public banking in Vermont at the Statehouse on Tuesday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Supporters of creating a state bank released a report Tuesday examining potential economic benefits.

Public bank advocates press for study

Sen. Anthony Pollina. VTD/Josh Larkin

Proponents of a state-owned “public bank” want policymakers to consider alternatives to depositing taxpayer funds with out-of-state shareholders. The renewed call coincides with a $53 million civil penalty settlement by TD Bank, the state’s primary depository.

Pollina: Earned sick days make sense for Vermont

Common sense says healthy workers are good for business.

If Progressives challenge Shumlin in 2014, it’s the governor’s own fault

Gov. Peter Shumlin unveiled his budget on Thursday (01/24/13) to the General Assembly in Montpelier Vermont. Photo by Roger Crowley

Unhappiness with progress on single-payer and cuts to low-income programs could lead Vermont’s third party to field a candidate in 2014.

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