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Vermont Public Servant Kermit Smith Honored at Surprise Bridge Dedication Ceremony

News Release — Lt. Gov. Phil Scott July 26, 2016 Contact: Rachel Feldman: 802-828-2226 (o) 802-272-2256 (cell) Derby, Vt. – The Northeast Kingdom community is revealing a well-kept secret Tuesday by renaming the Clyde River Bridge in honor of former Vermont State Representative, Senator and State House Sergeant-At-Arms Kermit Smith. Despite legislative action and rigorous […]

Galbraith wants to curb lobbyists’ influence on lawmaking

The gubernatorial candidate wants to prohibit lobbyists from participating in markup hearings, when bills are debated and amended.

Committee mulls process for police officer decertification

Currently decertification can happen only under narrow circumstances, leaving open the possibility that problem officers can hop between departments. But how to remedy that is the subject of debate.

As second McAllister sex assault trial set, his son lashes out

The state senator’s trial on a second set of sexual misconduct charges is scheduled for three days starting Aug. 10. His first trial ended with the charges being dropped.

Paul Ralston: Eat your vegetables

Before we get distracted by issues like marijuana or a carbon tax, let’s focus on the large, persistent problems confronting Vermonters.

Fred Baser: Housing and the legislative response

H.702 would have made Vermont a more affordable place to live for many. When push came to shove, other spending priorities took precedence.

Don Keelan: Asking too much

Does anyone in Montpelier take the time to determine if the state government has the capacity to deal with the vast number of laws being adopted each year?

Prosecutor: Sex charges dropped ‘solely’ due to lie about detail

She said she fears that state Sen. Norm McAllister’s trial on sexual assault charges has had a chilling effect on potential witnesses in other cases.

Attorney: Charges dropped against McAllister after accuser lied

A lawyer for the young woman who accused Sen. Norm McAllister of rape said the prosecution dropped the charges this month after learning the woman “had not been truthful about a collateral issue” during his trial.

Questions about McAllister petition underscore limits on scrutiny

Even though some people — including an opponent — say the Franklin County senator didn’t have enough valid signatures on his candidate filing, it’s too late to do anything without going to court.

Debby Haskins: Commercial marijuana is not the Vermont way

The Vermont House is to be commended for their thoughtful and careful decision, but the Senate deserves its due respect.

Jim Sullivan: S.260’s comprehensive energy planning will allow for greater local input

S.260 recognizes that to make meaningful progress toward meeting our state energy goals action needs to happen at the local level.

Shumlin signs into law 117 bills

A list of the bills enacted by the Vermont Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Mike Mrowicki: The Legislature’s — and Vermont’s — long and winding roads

With another Legislature adjourned, we finally have the breathing room to look back — and look ahead.