Dick Sears

UPDATED: Scott vetoes pot legalization, but says he’s open to compromise

He said the legislation does not sufficiently address his concerns about driving safety, youth access and more. But he suggested he might accept a revised version.

Despite House’s OK, legalization bill likely roadblocked

It’s too late for the Senate to take up H.170 this year. But the Judiciary Committee chair raised the potential of using a separate House bill — with language the Senate approved — as a vehicle.

Racial justice legislation heads to governor’s desk

Legislation that would create a panel to examine racial disparities in the criminal justice system is headed to the governor’s desk. H.308 cleared its final legislative hurdle Monday when the Senate approved the latest language added to the bill by the House last week. The bill will establish a 13-member panel that will look into […]

Senate confirms Lunge to GMCB amid procedural questions

Her appointment was questioned over paperwork, and a former member of the regulatory board never got a vote. The Senate president hinted the process may change.

Political wrangling over private school rules splits Vermont Legislature

The state board entered “a game of chicken with the Legislature.”

Weinberger, law enforcement back criminal statute on fentanyl

“We don’t need further study to know fentanyl is dangerous,” the mayor said, urging lawmakers to act. But some see issues with the proposed fentanyl-specific statute.

Frustrated by House inaction, Senate to move on marijuana

A proposal to create a tax-and-regulate system is poised to come up for a vote Friday, although the senator behind it doesn’t expect it to become law this year.

UPDATED: Paperwork issue casts doubt on Lunge’s board seat, says administration

The governor said documentation of her appointment last year is missing. His lawyer called it “a question that … does jeopardize the proceedings of the Green Mountain Care Board.”

Senate panel passes racial justice board bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed legislation creating a panel to monitor issues of racial disparity in Vermont’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. The bill creates a 13-member panel, which includes five members from communities of color in addition to representatives from the attorney general’s office, the Department for Children and Families and others. The […]

House advances bills promoting racial justice

As representatives approved two pieces of legislation on the floor, senators worked on the same issues with time running short.

Prospects for marijuana legalization dim

House lawmakers missed the deadline for a bill that would legalize pot possession. Now the future of the legislation is unclear.

‘Error’ in private school rules has some feeling déjà vu

“Those communities are not crazy to think it is part of a philosophical push that has been in the air for some years,” said one lawmaker, harking back to failed legislation on public money for private education.

Bills aim to do more to protect animals from cruelty

Some legislators and advocates are calling for tougher penalties and standards of care in the wake of a horse’s killing, while others say the issue is lax enforcement.

Lawmakers consider steeper penalties for fentanyl distribution

Heroin is increasingly laced with the synthetic opioid, said to be 50 to 100 times more potent. Fentanyl has been linked with the rise in overdose deaths.