Vermont Legislature 2017: How a sleepy session turned stormy

Lawmakers, lobbyists and the media were complaining the session was boring until Gov. Scott rolled out his proposal to negotiate with teachers statewide over health care benefits.

Ethics lesson: ‘We’ll judge others but not judge ourselves’

After prolonged debate and the passage of a watered-down bill on political oversight, lawmakers and others consider why even that proved so hard to achieve.

Scott, Democrats edge closer to veto showdown

Legislative leaders united behind a new proposal on teacher health care savings while making plans to adjourn even if there’s no break in their impasse with the governor.

Lots of talk, no ‘real progress’ on teacher health care deal

“We’re going to have to get creative in order to do it. I think they can,” Scott said on a day of meetings about the issue that’s blocking adjournment.

Scott officials insist statewide teacher health care contract will save money

The tax commissioner said Monday that last week’s House floor debate was filled with “misinformation” about whether savings under the Scott-backed plan were real.

Feeling increased election burden, clerks appeal for a break

They want a “gap day” just before the balloting, although the secretary of state argues that could limit voting. Other reforms are being made to head off further problems with recounts.

WCAX sold to out-of-state media company

The Martins said owning a single station in a small market was “akin to being a small, open boat in an ever-intensifying storm. The threats are many and the odds of survival are shrinking.”

House passes ethics commission bill with some reluctance

After the 144-1 vote, several lawmakers congratulated the lone dissenter for having the courage some said they lacked to go against the bill.

Spouses’ finances become issue in ethics bill debate

An attempt to strip a provision requiring disclosure is expected Tuesday when the bill comes up for final House approval. But Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, said the information is relevant.

Poirier throws hissy fit over independent contractor bill

When the chair announced Wednesday the bill would not be voted on this year, Rep. Paul Poirier told the chair he’d caved to business interests and had not kept his word.

Justice’s swearing-in marks both personal, historic milestones

The high court is now majority-female, although new Justice Karen Russell Carroll suggested what matters more is her trial court experience.

Ethics commission bill gains steam in House

Rep. Maida Townsend, chair of Government Operations, led an examination of the Senate bill that lasted weeks. Late Tuesday, she urged a vote: “We’ve been living with it far too long.”

Head of new digital services agency named

Gov. Phil Scott on Monday appointed the head of a new agency that deals with digital services. John Quinn was named secretary of digital services and chief information officer. Quinn will lead the newly formed Agency of Digital Services, created as part of Scott’s effort to modernize state government. The agency replaced the Department of […]

House approves “gender-free” public bathrooms; Senate unlikely to act

The bill is a backlash to actions by President Donald Trump and laws in other states regulating which bathrooms transgender people should use.