Tim Ashe

‘Disappointed’ in House inaction on pot, senators mull options

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe said that “barring a miracle” legalization is not likely to pass this year. But a Senate committee could approve a new bill to send to the House for next year.

Workers’ compensation expansion getting chance in Senate

The Senate plans to use a procedural move to pass H.197, which would extend mental health coverage. Senate President Tim Ashe rejected concerns raised about costs.

Vermont legislative session may end early

If the legislative session ends a week early, on May 6, that money could be carried over to the next fiscal year and used to pay for a special session in October.

FBI warns Vermont lawmakers of threats to email system

A foreign entity targeted the email system lawmakers use, but no information appears to have been obtained.

Committee considers scrapping $35 million housing bond

The Senate Appropriations Committee decided Tuesday to delay consideration of S.100, the bill that contains Gov. Phil Scott’s bond for affordable housing.

Lawmakers gear up for $15 an hour minimum wage push

The Joint Financial Office, the Legislature’s financial research arm, will release a study next month on the effect of a $15 minimum wage on the state’s economy and what’s known as the “benefits cliff.”

Senators seek $30.2 million to increase pay for mental health workers

The bill passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously Friday and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senate endorses open meetings for OneCare

he Vermont Senate has endorsed S.4, the bill that would require the board of directors for the state’s largest health care organization to hold open meetings. Senators gave preliminary approval to the bill unanimously on Thursday in a voice vote. The Senate is on track to pass the bill Friday. S.4 affects accountable care organizations, […]

Ashe readies for special session in response to Trump cuts

He has asked senators to pencil in time in October. That would be shortly after the federal budget goes into effect, possibly with major cuts in funding for Vermont.

Top lawmakers back workers’ comp coverage for mental health

H.197 would also make it easier for first responders to get treatment specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Inside the Golden Bubble: Battle lines drawn over budget

Scott’s education proposal is a problem for Democrats who for years have resisted significant changes in education funding for fear of running afoul of local control and the powerful teachers union.

Senate acts to ease psychiatric backlog in emergency rooms

It passed a bill that’s expected to help. And Senate President Tim Ashe says he has asked the Human Services Agency for a plan to do more.

Zuckerman: Legislature must act quickly to block implementation of Trump deportation rules

The lieutenant governor says legislation now in the Senate must pass quickly in order to prevent the federal government from deputizing local police for sweeps of undocumented workers.

Amazon.com to collect Vermont sales tax

Political and business leaders said the decision puts the online retail giant and small businesses on a level playing field.