With vulnerable farmers un- or under-insured to cover their losses from a devastating May freeze, Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts is pleading for federal help. But one USDA official told VTDigger he doesn’t “know the extent to which relief would be granted to the farmers.”
Author: Sarah Mearhoff
‘They were bad choices’: Balint votes reluctant yes on debt ceiling
A deal struck between President Joe Biden and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy raised the nation’s borrowing limit, allowing it to pay its bills and avoid an economically catastrophic default — but also includes a laundry list of GOP policy demands.
Phil Scott allows gun control bill to go into law without his signature
“(K)nowing that my constitutional concerns will be addressed through the legal process, I will allow H.230 to become law without my signature, and await the judicial branch to decide the fate of waiting periods,” the Republican governor said Thursday.
Phil Scott vetoes bill that would double lawmaker pay by 2027
The governor said it seemed unfair “for legislators to insulate themselves from the very costs they are imposing on their constituents by doubling their own future pay.”
Phil Scott vetoes noncitizen voting in Burlington and voting for 16- and 17-year-olds in Brattleboro
Also on Saturday, the governor allowed H.508, which will expand ranked choice voting in Burlington, to take effect without his signature.
2 troopers cited on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment after projectile incident
Sgt. Ryan Wood and Trooper Zachary Trocki of the Westminster barracks are scheduled to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges at the Vermont Superior Court in Brattleboro next Tuesday.
Vermont Democrats pushed through major firearms legislation this year. Will it hold up in court?
This legislative session saw three firearms bills cross the finish line. But with a new legal test throwing gun control laws — old and new — into question, will they stick?
Sen. Peter Welch calls for Supreme Court code of ethics, stops short of calling for resignation
Welch, who’s on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, has called on the nation’s highest court to establish a code of ethics for its justices in light of mounting scrutiny of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. But asked if he thinks the judge should step down or face impeachment, Welch answered no.
Marked by record turnover, a Democratic supermajority and 11th hour battles, 2023’s legislative session comes to a close
With a new biennium came a fresh crop of lawmakers, altered political dynamics, a historic Democratic supermajority in both chambers and a litany of major policy decisions — some solidified only after intense political debate.
Final Reading: On adjournment eve, a moment of sincerity
Throughout the past four months, your humble servants at VTDigger worked hard to follow state lawmakers’ every move, ranging from their hard-fought political battles and policy debates to deeply unserious shenanigans under the Golden Dome.