Vermont legislature

Lawmakers beat up on education tax system while setting rates

“Can you tell me why we can’t come up with a formula that you don’t have to have a Harvard degree to understand?” asked Rep. Ron Hubert, R-Milton.

Sale of Redstone, a Montpelier landmark, would fund state college merger

The grand building, tucked down a side street from the Statehouse, is a former residence that has been part of the state’s capitol complex since the 1940s.

Bill on workers’ comp for mental health raises cost concerns

A House committee is considering an amendment to reduce the scope of the proposal. The governor said he’d prefer the bill’s focus be kept to first responders.

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.

Scott signs bill ‘not … establishing a sanctuary state’

Leaders said the new law limiting involvement in enforcement shouldn’t trigger federal threats to pull funding. “If there’s an objection, let’s have a conversation about it,” the state attorney general said.

House sends marijuana legalization bill for further review

Instead of voting on the legislation, lawmakers sent it to another committee. Opponents celebrated the move as a victory, but supporters are optimistic the measure isn’t dead.

Jack Crowther: Fluoridation bill offers pause for study

J.R.S.26 offers a unique opportunity for us to put the brakes on the misguided practice of fluoridation, currently imposed on more than 200 million Americans.

Medical community split on easing of drug company gift ban

A bill, S.45, would allow doctors and other health care providers to eat food paid for by pharmaceutical companies at large conferences.

House Passes Worker Privacy Protection

News Release — Vermont Legislature March 23, 2017 Contact: Katherine Levasseur (802) 828-2245 [email protected] Montpelier, VT – The Vermont House today unanimously passed important legislation designed to provide social media privacy protection measures for Vermont workers. The bill, H.462, prohibits employers from requiring or requesting that an employee or job applicant share their social media […]

Allan Ramsay: Time for universal primary care for all Vermonters

Our policies have not focused enough on primary care. For that reason Vermont is facing a perfect storm of access to primary care.

Matt Simon: Letting marijuana users become law-abiding citizens

H.170 would eliminate penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, two or fewer mature plants, and four or fewer immature plants, by adults 21 and older.

UPDATED: House panel unanimously backs budget proposal

Four Republicans on the House panel support the budget proposal, even though it rejects GOP Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to tap money from the Education Fund.

Senate Finance passes hotel fee over Scott’s veto threat

Sen. Ann Cummings, D-Washington, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said her committee passed a $2-per-night fee on hotel stays knowing full well that Gov. Phil Scott would veto it.

House passes backup plan on energy efficient appliances

The bill was spurred by President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which features dramatic cuts to an array of government functions including energy-efficiency standards on appliances.