Also on Saturday, the governor allowed H.508, which will expand ranked choice voting in Burlington, to take effect without his signature.
Author: Sarah Mearhoff
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.
Final Reading: Legislature OKs another 2 years of to-go cocktails
Thursday’s vote tops Vermonters off for another two years of to-go bevs, but the bill is still far from bottomless. It will require reauthorization once again come 2025.
Clean heat bill clears final hurdle as House overrides Phil Scott’s veto
With Thursday’s vote, the House avoided a repeat of last year’s episode, during which it failed to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the clean heat standard by only one vote.
Final Reading: Adjournment speculation runs amok in the Statehouse
As for when the chaos will end, it depends on who you ask. Leadership is sticking to the script, insisting that, really, seriously, Friday is the last day.
Phil Scott signs landmark reproductive ‘shield’ bills into law
In a patchwork nation of disparate laws regarding reproductive health care, Vermont lawmakers set out to make the state a refuge for these procedures — not just for Vermonters, but out-of-state patients who travel to receive the procedures, as well.