Vermont Legislature

Classrooms Hope To Provide Long-Distance Learning Despite Budget Cuts

Classrooms Hope To Provide Long-Distance Learning Despite Budget Cuts

Among the many programs facing budget cuts this year is a high-tech conference system. Vermont Interactive Technologies operates 13 interactive video classrooms around the state and the students who depend on it are using the technology to fight for its survival.

Listen To The Report 3 min 47 sec

Read the Article

Payroll Tax, Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax At A Critical Juncture

Payroll Tax, Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax At A Critical Juncture

This is going to be a critical week for the future of a major health care initiative in the House. It's unlikely that the House Ways and Means committee is going raise as much money as the Shumlin administration originally proposed, which means some elements of the governor's plan may have to be scaled back.

Listen To The Report 2 min 17 sec

Read the Article

Shumlin Administration 'Very Confident' Health Connect Will Be Fixed By May

Shumlin Administration 'Very Confident' Health Connect Will Be Fixed By May

The Shumlin administration says it is "very confident" that a key function of the state's health care exchange will be working by the end of next month. The governor says he'll ask lawmakers to drop the state's exchange and move to a federal model if this deadline isn't met.

Listen To The Report 2 min 39 sec

Read the Article

Greene: GIV Budget Cuts

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV for short ) is a high school enrichment program that hosts residential workshops on VT college campuses in a variety of disciplines. Students can choose to attend institutes in the Arts, Engineering, Information Technology, Environmental Science and Technology, Mathematics, Asian Cultures, Current Issues and Youth Activism, and Entrepreneurship.

Listen To The Report 2 min 55 sec

Read the Article

House Votes For $33 Million Tax Hike

House Votes For $33 Million Tax Hike

The House has given its preliminary approval to a $33 million tax bill that's part of an overall plan to reduce the state's $110 million dollar budget gap.

The tax bill survived challenges from the right and the left during a four-hour debate.

Read the Article

Election Day Voter Registration Advances In Senate

Election Day Voter Registration Advances In Senate

Lawmakers are taking a step they hope will increase voter participation.

By a vote of 20 to 7 Thursday afternoon, the Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow residents to register to vote on the day of an election. Currently, an individual who wishes to cast a vote on a Tuesday must have registered to vote by the previous Wednesday.

Read the Article

Senate Gives Resounding Approval To Controversial Gun Bill

Senate Gives Resounding Approval To Controversial Gun Bill

The Vermont Senate Wednesday gave overwhelming approval to a controversial bill that aims to keep guns out of the hands of violent felons and mentally unstable individuals. But Second Amendment activists will look to stall the legislation in the House.

Listen To The Report 2 min 20 sec

Read the Article

Low Support For Payroll Tax Increases Opportunity For Sweetened Beverage Tax

Low Support For Payroll Tax Increases Opportunity For Sweetened Beverage Tax

A plan to use a new payroll tax to help reduce the Medicaid cost shift faces growing opposition at the Statehouse, which means a sugar sweetened beverage tax may be the preferred option. 

Legislation approved by the House Health Care committee used two new revenue sources to pay for a $45 million package of health related programs. On the policy side, the plan boosted Medicaid reimbursement rates to reduce the so-called Medicaid cost shift; it increased state subsidies that are available on Vermont's health care exchange and it provided more money for the Blueprint for Health and the Green Mountain Care Board.

Listen To The Report 3 min 0 sec

Read the Article

Bill To Ensure Vermonters' Privacy Stalls

A wide-ranging bill designed to ensure Vermonters’ privacy in the digital age isn’t going anywhere soon, as lawmakers have largely abandoned the effort because of pressure on other issues.

The bill’s provisions related to issues such as drone surveillance and collection of consumers’ online data were quickly relegated to a summer study committee. But lawmakers will have a chance to research the topic with the hopes of legislating on the issue next year.

Read the Article

Bickering Erupts Over Motives On Gun Bill

A lobbyist’s comments late last week to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have launched a new round of attacks against the group Gun Sense Vermont and frustration for lawmakers looking to advance a gun bill in the Senate.

The committee heard testimony Thursday on an amendment to S.141, a bill that seeks to make it a crime in Vermont for some convicts to possess firearms and would require that people found by a court to be a danger to themselves or others be reported to a federal database.

Read the Article

More Vermont Legislature Reporting

Vermont Legislature

VPR's guide to the Vermont Legislature. Latest coverage, statehouse streams and legislative resources, all in one place.

Statehouse Streams

iTunes

House

Senate

Windows Media

House

Senate


The statehouse streams are on when the microphones in the house and senate chambers are turned on.