Vermont legislature

Ceremonial bill signing held for sexual assault legislation

In an emotional ceremony held at the Statehouse Tuesday afternoon, legislators and citizen activists gathered to watch Gov. Phil Scott sign two bills passed earlier this year that extend Vermont’s protections for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. This legislation enacts a so-called Bill of Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors and eliminates the statute […]

Vermont Republicans join Democrats to oppose health care bill

Gov. Phil Scott joined the state’s congressional delegation and Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Linda Joy Sullivan: Feds an unreliable partner in health care

We are now all asking what’s in store for us in the next several years in terms of the federal commitment to our health care programs.

Conor Casey: Nice guy, nasty politics

For someone who campaigned as a moderate Republican last election, Scott has very much followed his party’s playbook of pushing austerity budgets, vilifying public employees and favoring corporations over workers.

State begins implementing new law on mental health in prison

The legislation addresses treatment for those who need a hospital level of care. Eventually the state aims to set up a mental health treatment center for those in the corrections system.

Statehouse lobbyists earn more than $5.5 million

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group, the Vermont State Employees Association and the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Services led the pack.

First responders, lawmakers praise workers’ comp expansion

A new law adds mental health coverage. “Our members will be able to access treatment that will keep our firefighters and paramedics on the street,” said the head of Professional Firefighters of Vermont.

John McClaughry: Next year’s tax increase

The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what – and what lies ahead.

Joe Benning: Racial justice is in Vermont’s reach

As I stood among Vermonters of varying skin tones, feeling the frustrations of those still disenfranchised after more than 150 years, it occurred to me that Vermont is indeed a good place to bring about cultural reform.

Dollars tell only part of story of pot legalization advocacy

Many familiar with the efforts say paid lobbying is just one part of a mosaic of initiatives from a variety of players.

First regional energy plan gets state approval under siting law

Bennington County is the first in Vermont with an energy plan for siting wind, solar and other projects.

Teacher health care deal creates budget uncertainty

Big questions remain as school districts look to implement the arrangement worked out by Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers on teachers’ health coverage.

UPDATED: Scott appoints Greshin to top budget-writing post

Rep. Adam Greshin, I-Warren, will be the new commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management, replacing Andy Pallito, who started a new job this week.

OneCare submits $779 million budget to regulators

Most of the health care reform organization’s budget comes from insurance companies and will then go to doctors and hospitals. Of the rest, $12.5 million is for operating expenses.