Vermont legislature

Inside the Golden Bubble: The Fallout and Future after the EB-5 Bombshell

A legislative committee grapples with what went wrong and how to move forward after two Northeast Kingdom developers are accused of fraud.

Mary Hooper: Finding the right balance

The House Committee on Commerce has worked for two years to find the balance between people who really are independent businesses and those who really are employees.

Stalking bill added to legislation on assault of social workers

A bill that began as an effort to curb threats of violence against social workers is on track to go back to the Senate in a new form. The House approved a bill Thursday that enhances criminal penalties for assaulting social workers from the Department for Children and Families. But the bill, S.154, now has […]

Agency: Glitch in law gives merging districts chance at windfall

Newly unified districts could increase their spending “tremendously” the first year, said Brad James, finance manager for the Education Agency, and hand most of the bill to “everybody else in the state.”

Maneuver revives independent contractor bill in House

A procedural move means that H.867 will head straight to the House floor for debate — avoiding the typical lawmaking process and sidestepping the power of the House speaker to delay it further.

Senate sends marijuana legalization to House for second time

The move comes as the pot bill, S.241, has stalled in a House committee. But the speaker says the reception won’t be any warmer this time.

Dave Sharpe: Act 46 is the right direction

The recent commentary in VTDigger regarding Act 46 and its supposed restriction on tuitioning towns is a shameful and disingenuous representation of the law enacted in 2015.

Newt Garland: Vermont should lead on carbon tax

There is near unanimity among economists that carbon taxing is the optimal way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Mia Feroleto: Vermont needs legalized marijuana

To delay cannabis legalization any longer is just plain foolish.

Bill boosting local input on energy projects passes House

The bill that aims to give towns and regions greater say over where renewable energy projects are built passed the House uneventfully Wednesday afternoon. It had been given preliminary approval Tuesday. Senators and representatives are likely to seek to reconcile differences between their versions of the bill in the coming days, said Sen. Chris Bray, […]

Woodstock’s Clarkson running for seat Campbell is leaving

Rep. Alison Clarkson, D-Woodstock, says she will run for a Senate seat in Windsor County to replace Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell, who isn’t seeking re-election to the Legislature. “I have loved serving Plymouth, Reading and Woodstock in the Vermont House of Representatives,” Clarkson said in an announcement Monday. “With my 12 years of […]

House backs prescription drug price transparency bill

Under the legislation, the attorney general’s office would require drug manufacturers “to provide justification for the increase in the price of the drug.”

Senate passes budget and revenue bills after debating changes

An amendment that would have delayed the privatization of a branch of the Agency of Administration was narrowly defeated. Sen. Anthony Pollina called a previous attempt to privatize the division “a disaster.”

Legislators offer last rites for State Ethics Commission

Rep. Donna Sweaney said her Government Operations Committee has a full plate this week and probably wouldn’t be able to do the bill justice. Next week the House will be on the floor every day trying to wrap up business.