House lawmakers missed the deadline for a bill that would legalize pot possession. Now the future of the legislation is unclear.
“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.
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.
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.
The president’s orders did little to solve the challenge of protecting us from terrorists and had many adverse consequences.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement demand for prison beds is impacting the search for a new placement for Vermont prisoners held out of state.
The bill is expected to be on the Senate floor next week. It would require approval by the governor for state and local police to participate in federal immigration raids and ban formation of registries based on religion.
A House member said the bill has wide support in that chamber and is likely to pass soon. It requires payment from companies found to have released the chemical.
A joint hearing of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees began taking testimony one day after Gov. Scott laid out the proposal. Some Republicans felt the measure was unnecessary.
Many in the industry welcomed proposals to change the medical marijuana registry. Opinions on how it should be changed vary.
On a visit to Bennington, committee members were told of the financial and emotional fallout of dealing with contaminated water. “My home is not sellable. It has zero value,” one man said.
Sen. Dick Sears said he found it alarming that teachers charged with sexual misconduct could move from school to another.
Many say the system, which seeks to redirect people from the courts to mental health or substance abuse programs when appropriate, isn’t reaching its potential.
An advocacy group says the legislation could be leverage in the state’s negotiations with a company believed to be responsible for PFOA in Vermont water supplies.