Lawmakers will be scrambling to nail down language for a large number of bills that are still in play.
Capital bill: Overall spending up by $5 million, not including contingency fund increase for Waterbury State Office Complex
We have increasingly failed to invest in the state’s future, allowing higher education funding to dwindle almost to the vanishing point.
This week in the Vermont Legislature: Capital projects, whistleblower protections, education hearing
Vermont Senate passes three criminal justice bills: Eyewitness identification, recording of police interviews and furloughs for prisoners over 65
The Vermont Senate approved three criminal justice bills last week: S.184, which places more stringent requirements on eyewitness identification of criminal suspects; S.297, which mandates that law enforcement videotape interviews with subjects accused of rape or homicide; and S.285, a provision that allows the Department of Corrections to furlough prisoners that are 65 or older. […]
This week in the Vermont Legislature: Sirotkin to be sworn in; campaign finance gets do-over; EPA to assess state’s plans for cleanup of Lake Champlain; Senate takes up repeal of outdated abortion law
The bill would set new regulations for agricultural activities that can cause water pollution. The legislation would require that farmers create buffer zones along waterways and fence livestock from rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. It would also require farmers to obtain discharge permits for stormwater runoff from the development of impervious surfaces of more than a half acre.