Friday was the deadline for bills to clear their committee of origin. Those that didn’t are unlikely to become law this session.
Author: Sarah Mearhoff
Final Reading: Advocates look to decriminalize sex work
“Our laws should protect people, not push them further toward the margins of our society,” Sen. Becca White said at a press conference calling on Vermont to decriminalize sex work.
Vermont Senate gives initial approval to abortion ‘omnibus’ bill seeking to protect reproductive health care
As Vermont lawmakers attempt to beef up protections to reproductive health care within the state, lawsuits across the country threaten to impede access to care nationwide.
With crossover deadline fast approaching, a Senate panel takes on wide-ranging labor legislation
Committee chair Kesha Ram Hinsdale is committed to passing bills to expand union organization protections and beef up workplace discrimination legal protections by Friday.
In a slate of new bills, Vermont lawmakers take a hard look at domestic and sexual violence
Numerous bills before the Legislature this year have shone a spotlight on the many forms that intimate partner violence, both domestic and sexual, can take.
Final Reading: Poetry, cat care and constituent work on lawmakers’ agendas for Town Meeting break
The legislative session’s midway Town Meeting break marks a brief respite before legislators return to a flurry of activity leading up to Crossover Day.
Final Reading: A lawmaker’s quest to legalize funeral pyres
The Legislature last year approved a bill legalizing the organic decomposition of bodies, and Rep. Matt Birong, D-Vergennes, is using that bill as his framework for H.216.
2 state troopers placed on paid leave during investigation into racist, misogynistic language at off-duty gathering
Of four state troopers allegedly present at the event, two have been placed on paid leave. Vermont State Police’s internal investigation of the incident is ongoing.
Final Reading: Phil Scott makes pitch to set aside money for infrastructure
Not ponying up the state dollars would leave money on the table, he said, and would delay needed improvements to the state’s water, roads, bridges and broadband infrastructure.
Becca Balint cooperating with federal prosecutors as new allegations against Sam Bankman-Fried emerge
A million-dollar donation allegedly ordered by the disgraced FTX CEO mirrors one that benefited Balint during her 2022 congressional primary. Balint has not been accused of wrongdoing.