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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.

Jack Hoffman: Full-time workers should make enough to live on

By raising the minimum wage to $11.50 or $12 an hour and expanding the state’s tax credit for low-income, working families, Vermont could begin to close the huge gap between the cost of a decent standard of living and what most low-wage workers have to live on.

Sanders congratulates Vermont lawmakers on food labels law

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today congratulated the Vermont Legislature for passing a bill making Vermont the first state in the nation to require labels on food containing genetically-modified ingredients.

Workforce issues may be linchpin in economic development bill

Bill Botzow, D-Bennington, chair of the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, said he will introduce a bill to increase the role of the Department of Public Service as consumer advocate during a news conference at the Statehouse Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

S.220 contains provisions for entrepreneurial lending, access to credit for small businesses, energy costs for manufacturers, domestic export promotion, computer crimes, intellectual property, demographics and tourism, to name a few.

Vermont will be first state in nation to require GMO labeling

Sen. David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden, is the lead sponsor of a bill to require manufacturers to label products containing GMOs.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he will sign Vermont’s GMO labeling bill into law. His announcement came just minutes after the House gave H.112 final legislative approval by a 114-30 vote.

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 […]

Tom Pelham: Signs of excess

Pelham chart

Two recent events at the Statehouse point to the structural weakness of state government’s fiscal footing – self-inflicted weakness created and allowed to fester over recent years.

Vermont enacts first in the nation pension lending regulation

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the nation's first-ever pension lending regulation into law at the Statehouse Tuesday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Governor signs Vermont’s latest law that regulates, rather than bans, pension lending; he also unveils recommendations of Commission on Successful Aging.

Bill setting prevailing wage for some state construction jobs languishes

Warren road crew member Elwin Chambers waits as his truck is loaded with fill. VTD/Josh Larkin

A procedural vote has hung up the administration’s initiative to move state construction contracts to federal standards for prevailing wages.

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 […]

In its quest to unionize prosecutors, VSEA turns to municipal labor laws

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Attempts to obtain right to bargain in Senate fails; district offices petition Vermont Labor Relations Board for case-by-case representation.

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