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Issue By Issue: A 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

Issue By Issue: A 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

Strange. Weird. Bizarre. Lawmakers, pundits and lobbyists have used all these words, and more, to describe the past 18 weeks in Montpelier. Amid all the drama, however, the Legislature managed to get some work done.

Lawmakers introduced 509 bills in the House, and another 152 in the Senate. Only a fraction got committee hearings, let alone made it to the House or Senate floor. But these bills set the state for often intense debates on policies affecting tax code, the budget, renewable energy, public health and environment. 

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As Vermont Health Exchange Flails, Lawmakers Look To Connecticut

As Vermont Health Exchange Flails, Lawmakers Look To Connecticut

The future of Vermont’s health insurance exchange depends on the Shumlin administration’s ability to meet a looming deadline. Still unanswered, though, is the question of how to proceed if the milestone goes unmet. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and top lawmakers think the solution might be in Connecticut.

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Fate Of Longtime Farmers Tied Up In Debate Over Changes To Current Use

Fate Of Longtime Farmers Tied Up In Debate Over Changes To Current Use

A coalition of lawmakers and land conservation groups has spent the last six years trying to reform the Current Use land tax program. Over the weekend, as the Legislature came to a close, they finally succeeded.

Some lawmakers, however, say the changes could deal a heavy blow to longtime farming families. 

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'I'm Thrilled': Gov. Peter Shumlin Debriefs The Legislative Session

'I'm Thrilled': Gov. Peter Shumlin Debriefs The Legislative Session

A deal on a tax bill Saturday afternoon finally ended a long – some would say, strange – legislative session in Montpelier. It started with lawmakers electing a governor, and wound up with a different set of accomplishments than what many observers might have predicted.

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End Of Session Wrap-Up With Speaker Shap Smith

End Of Session Wrap-Up With Speaker Shap Smith

The Vermont Legislature wrapped up its 2015 session late on Saturday night. Lawmakers closed a $113 million budget gap, passed an education reform bill and a bill that raises money for cleaning up the state's water ways.

House Speaker Shap Smith joined VPR's Mitch Wertlieb for an end of session wrap up. Thanks for joining us.

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Democrats Declare Victory In Montpelier; Republicans, Progressives Not Impressed

Democrats Declare Victory In Montpelier; Republicans, Progressives Not Impressed

A showdown over taxes between the Democratic governor and lawmakers from his own party finally ended Saturday afternoon when a grand bargain eliminated the prospect of a veto, and paved the way for the fall of the gavel on the 2015 legislative session.

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Amid Criticism, Senate Passes Renewable Energy Bill 22-6

Amid Criticism, Senate Passes Renewable Energy Bill 22-6

The Senate Friday afternoon overwhelmingly approved legislation that will encourage more renewable energy projects in Vermont. But the bill has re-ignited a debate over the impact of solar and wind projects on the communities where they’re built. 

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Tax Bill Impasse Could Derail Planned Adjournment Of Legislature

Tax Bill Impasse Could Derail Planned Adjournment Of Legislature

One issue that could derail the planned adjournment of the Legislature this weekend is the tax bill that's needed to balance the state budget. Legislative leaders and Gov. Peter Shumlin have some fundamental disagreements about several key elements of this tax package.

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Debrief: The Reaction To McAllister's Charges In Montpelier

Debrief: The Reaction To McAllister's Charges In Montpelier

A lot has happened since Vermont Sen. Norm McAllister was arrested on felony sexual assault charges.

First, there was word he'd resign – but that didn't happen.

Then there was pressure from lawmakers for him to step down, and yesterday a Vermont Senate panel stripped the Franklin County Republican of all his committee assignments.

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In Budget Debate, Shumlin Finds An Ally In Republican Minority

In Budget Debate, Shumlin Finds An Ally In Republican Minority

There’s no love lost between the Republican minority in Montpelier and the Democratic governor they blame for many of the state’s fiscal problems. But the House GOP has suddenly, if only temporarily, become one of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s chief political allies. 

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