Also on Saturday, the governor allowed H.508, which will expand ranked choice voting in Burlington, to take effect without his signature.
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Phil Scott vetoes Vermont’s $8.5B state budget
Democrats command supermajorities in both the House and the Senate, but overriding the governor is still expected to be a complicated task, particularly in the lower chamber.
State announces 28-day extension for some in motels
It’s unclear how many people will receive the extra month of shelter. An actual breakdown was not available from state officials on Friday, although minors alone account for nearly 600 of the individuals living in motels.
Gov. Phil Scott signs law nixing many driver’s license suspensions
Starting next month, the DMV will no longer suspend a person’s driving privileges solely because they have not paid the fines for a moving violation.
As motel program winds down for unhoused Vermonters, state looks to out-of-state contractors for solution
The Agency of Human Services on Wednesday released a request for proposals for emergency shelter staffing and services, with the hope of providing up to 1,000 shelter beds statewide.
Miro Weinberger to make 2nd attempt at appointing Jon Murad as Burlington police chief
The Burlington mayor announced Thursday he will propose Acting Chief Jon Murad for the permanent chief’s role at the City Council’s next meeting. Murad was previously voted down in February 2022.
As 2,800 Vermonters prepare to lose their shelter, Democrats blame Phil Scott and plead for donations — to themselves
Anne Sosin, a public health researcher at Dartmouth College who lobbied lawmakers to extend the motel program, called it “obscene” that Democrats would fundraise “off the backs of the thousands of Vermonters they've just voted to un-shelter.”
House committee explores process for possible impeachment of Franklin County officials
Likely among the panel’s first tasks: hiring a special counsel to investigate Sheriff John Grismore and possibly the county’s state’s attorney, John Lavoie.
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?
Brattleboro launches Emergency Housing Response Team as motel program ends
“There are no great answers here, and we don’t truly know what to expect,” said a local leader in a town that shelters one of every 10 Vermonters who use state vouchers.