Lawmakers open police records to public scrutiny

The Vermont Legislature has approved opening the criminal investigative files of police to public scrutiny, in a move modeling Vermont’s open records standards on a federal model. A conference committee to debate differences between the House and Senate on the legislation came to an agreement by Tuesday morning, said Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington. Senators like […]

House ties up loose ends before final stretch

The Vermont House voted on three minor legislative changes before breaking for the weekend; they’ll return to wrap up business on Monday and Tuesday. House Judiciary Chair Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, tweaked an omnibus opiate bill to ensure that hashish is treated similarly to marijuana, regarding criminal consequences for possessing over 5 grams of hash, which […]