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Legislative wrap 2017: Courts and corrections

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Lawmakers addressed marijuana legalization, immigration, sexual assault and more.

 

Former Rutland attorney in fatal crash case to remain jailed

Christopher Sullivan
Christopher Sullivan lost a bid for home detention while he awaits resentencing. The judge also said that hearing will be narrowly focused; the defense wants more scope for its arguments.

 

State halts facial recognition program to review legality

DMV
Database searches on behalf of outside agencies have raised concerns among migrant worker advocates, already leery of communication between the DMV and immigration authorities.

 

More than 26,000 waiting for state income tax refunds

Kaj Samsom
Kaj Samsom, the tax commissioner, called it “a big deal” that about 12 percent of people who requested refunds are still waiting.

 

Strolling of the Heifers changes course to aid economic growth

The annual Brattleboro event will supplement jaywalking cows with a free Slow Living Summit on “Entrepreneur to Table: Growing Your Conscious Food and Ag Business.”

 

Opponents argue town erred in allowing assisted living facility

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The appeal raises a number of procedural questions. One of the principals behind the project says it’s an attempt by a competitor to interfere.

 

Bennington-based health system outlines big plans

Thomas Dee
Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s list includes new telemedicine services, a dental clinic, satellite sites, and eventually new surgical facilities and a bigger emergency department.

 

Upper Valley officials react to rejection of marijuana legalization

Bobby Sand
Former state’s attorney Bobby Sand said it was "the most hopeful bad news" he's heard lately, while Hartford Police Chief Phil Kasten said he was “very grateful” for the veto.

 

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UPDATED: Scott vetoes pot legalization, but says he’s open to compromise

Gov. Phil Scott
He said the legislation does not sufficiently address his concerns about driving safety, youth access and more. But he suggested he might accept a revised version.

 

Scott appoints Mullin to chair Green Mountain Care Board

Kevin Mullin
Scott said he would also appoint Maureen Usifer, the former chief financial officer for Seventh Generation, to the other vacant board position.

 

No criminal charges for protesters at Middlebury College

Middlebury College
Local police said they didn’t have evidence to charge people they could identify and that they didn’t know the names of others. But they agreed with the college: Many weren’t students.

 

Latest district merger plans come with some quirks

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One would join Montpelier — with more than 1,000 students — and tiny Roxbury even though they aren’t adjacent. Residents in another area have conditioned their approval on tax breaks.

 

Experts offer analysis of southern Vermont economic issues

Federal Reserve
Two economists said the region's workforce and demographic problems are shared by rural areas nationwide. But some believe regional cooperation could be a solution.

 

Special Reports and Projects

DC reporting: The latest on the Trump effect on Vermont

Follow news about the impact of the Trump administration’s policies on Vermont and keep tabs on Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Patrick Leah, D-Vt., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.

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Lessons from Colorado: A pot legalization market grows overnight

With Vermont considering legalization, VTDigger examines the pitfalls and successes of the retail pot market in Colorado.

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VTDigger's 2017 legislative coverage

Find all of our coverage on important legislation and oversight issues on this microsite, and follow stories about bills listed by topic — education, energy, judiciary, the economy, health care, and the budget.

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Eyes on the Border

Authorities acknowledge that despite round-the-clock patrols and an advanced network of surveillance technology, they can’t be certain how much criminal activity occurs along the border.

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Maple Leaf Treatment Center closes

The opiate treatment facility closed in January after multiple state investigations into allegations of Medicaid fraud, inadequate patient care and a hostile work environment.

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Suspicion in a small town: A town clerk is accused of mishandling money

The Coventry Selectboard is suing town clerk Cynthia Diaz who is accused of embezzling $1.4 million. She says it’s “a smear campaign.”

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EB-5 fraud at Vermont's Jay Peak

Read about the latest developments. Check out the investigative stories VTDigger has published about Jay Peak, Q Burke and AnC Bio Vermont over the past several years.

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Quote of the Day

“If you’re an 85-year-old woman and you’re relying on heating assistance to heat your home when it’s 45 degrees inside, that is so real to you. It’s not political. It’s not a bumper sticker. That’s your life.” — Al Gobielle, Vermont Human Services Secretary on the cuts to major public assistance programs outlined in the President’s proposed budget.

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