Rights commission says medical marijuana denial was unjust

Robert Merriam, who was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression, was turned down on two applications for a medical marijuana card.

Senate committee advances bill challenging Trump immigration orders

The bill is expected to be on the Senate floor next week. It would require approval by the governor for state and local police to participate in federal immigration raids and ban formation of registries based on religion.

Education, child care, mental health key issues at budget hearing

Witnesses said level funding is a major problem for local agencies that provide mental health and disability services.

House supports changes in sex crime laws

The three bills address lewd conduct, the statute of limitations, and a “bill of rights” for people who have been sexually assaulted.

Lawmakers elect UVM trustees, sergeant-at-arms

The Legislature elected three new members of the University of Vermont board of trustees at a joint session of the House and Senate on Thursday. Former House Speaker Shap Smith, who was a longtime Democratic representative, got the most votes with 102. Smith lost a bid for lieutenant governor last year. Rep. Johannah Leddy Donovan, […]

Auditor: Public safety spending up as crime rates flat

Lawmakers are looking to the report for insights into the state’s public safety spending as they craft the next budget.

Senate advances medical marijuana expansion

The Vermont Senate advanced a bill Wednesday that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program. The bill, S.16, would create more licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries and allow more patients to access the system. Senators approved the bill on a voice vote with no opposition. The bill doubles the number of dispensary licenses available in […]

State to change, expand its use of St. Johnsbury work camp

One of two dorms there has been vacant for more than a year. Its new use for general population prisoners will free up space elsewhere.

26 arrested in Orleans County drug sweep

“We need to send a message that you will not be allowed to just sell heroin and opiates in these communities,” said Maj. Glenn Hall of the Vermont State Police.

Senate confirms three members of Scott administration

Senators confirmed Michael Schirling as secretary of commerce and community development with strong support Tuesday. Gov. Phil Scott’s appointment of Schirling was confirmed by a vote of 29 in favor, none opposed. Sen. Philip Baruth, D-Chittenden, introduced Schirling on the floor, praising his achievements in technology and law enforcement. “He has had two fantastically successful […]

Inmates cause disturbance at St. Johnsbury prison

Between nine and 12 inmates may have been involved in the incident, which led to damage to the facility, according to officials. No one was reported hurt.

Lawmakers quickly address immigration bill

A joint hearing of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees began taking testimony one day after Gov. Scott laid out the proposal. Some Republicans felt the measure was unnecessary.

Scott says his budget honors Medicaid forecast

He called his plan to set aside $10 million of the projected cost “a different way of accounting” that gives the state flexibility.

Lawmakers: Scott budget proposal shorts Medicaid projection by $10M

He would put $10 million of the expected cost of the program into a reserve fund rather than incorporating it into the budget. Lawmakers say that threatens to undermine the forecasting process.