House ed committee kills consolidation flexibility bill

The bill would have allowed greater flexibility to respond to Act 46. The panel voted it down 9-2 after a brief revival.

Local school board members slam Act 46 in hearing

Some said Act 46 had caused deep divisions in their communities and implored lawmakers to trust local people instead of pushing another top-down approach.

Margaret Maclean: Partnership over paternalism

Whether the state will choose partnership and collaboration with communities in order to achieve the goals of Act 46 — or choose to entrench in rigidity will be decided in what remains of the legislative session.

Committee ditches bill seen as Act 46 escape hatch

It plans to continue work on an alternative that would offer school districts new options while stopping short of making it easier for them to avoid merging.

Peacham sees its fate hanging on Act 46 revision bills

The legislation would help districts comply with the law through “alternative structures” if they don’t readily fit into a merger. By one count, 82 towns face that challenge.

Education chair plans deliberate approach to Act 46 changes

Sen. Philip Baruth wants to continue gathering ideas before crafting legislation. The panel has received one lawmaker’s proposal and input from the Vermont School Boards Association.

Paid sick leave bill revivified

House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs revives bill requiring employers to offer paid leave to workers.

‘Sodexo’ bill fails in the Senate

The legislation that would have prohibited companies from penalizing employees who use sick leave time failed in the Senate on Tuesday.

Business groups oppose earned leave bill

The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association opposes legislation, arguing that employers should decide benefits packages to suit their own needs and business models.

Senate committee to take up paid leave this week

Bill would grant 56 hours of leave to Vermont workers to deal with illness or other emergency situations.

Legislative Preview: Legislators introduce a bevy of health bills

Along with the governor’s plan to raise $86 million to boost Medicaid payments, lawmakers will consider health care issues including dental practitioners, paid sick leave, and more.