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Senate Supports Campaign Bill With Ban On Corporate Donations
Friday, 04/12/13
By John Dillon
The Vermont Senate has advanced a bill that bans corporate and union contributions to state political candidates. The campaign finance legislation also strengthens reporting requirements and doubles public funding for those running for governor and lieutenant governor.
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House Votes 98-44 to Decriminalize Marijuana
Friday, 04/12/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Supporters of decriminalizing - or even legalizing - the possession of small amounts of marijuana have cleared a major hurdle. The Vermont House voted 98-to-44 on Friday to make it a civil offense - instead of a crime - to possess one ounce or less of pot.
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In Defeat For Secretary of State, Senate Nixes Early August Primary
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By John Dillon
The Vermont Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to move the state's primary elections to early August. The early date was supported by Secretary of State Jim Condos, who said he needed more time between the primary and the general election to meet federal deadlines to get ballots to overseas voters.
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Financing Plan Divides Child Care Advocates
Monday, 04/08/13
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Peter Shumlin's plan to finance a major expansion of child care programs is sharply dividing Vermont's early childhood community. There's nearly unanimous support for the proposal to increase funding for child care subsidies. But there's disagreement over how to pay for the initiative.
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House Judiciary To Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Lawmakers are set to vote on a bill this week that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House Judiciary Committee has been taking testimony for weeks and the bill is likely to pass Tuesday afternoon.
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Vt. Senate Advances Immigrant License Bill
Friday, 04/05/13
By Kirk Carapezza
The Vermont Senate overwhelmingly advanced a bill on Friday that would give driver's licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally. The bill would create what are described as drivers' authorization cards that would look different from a regular state license.
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Expert: Lyme Disease Just One Part Of Tick-Borne Epidemic
Wednesday, 04/03/13
By John Dillon
Patients living with Lyme disease crowded the Statehouse on Wednesday to tell their stories about years of misdiagnosis and chronic pain. The patients and their advocates want legislation to protect doctors if they prescribe long-term antibiotic treatment contrary to current medical standards.
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Study: States Can Learn From Vermont’s Health Care Reform
Wednesday, 04/03/13
By Kirk Carapezza
One of the country's top medical journals is touting Vermont's health care reform effort as an example for the rest of the nation. A study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine says other states can learn some lessons from Vermont in rolling out health exchanges that are essential to the federal Affordable Care Act.
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Vt. Senate Committee Considers Scaling Back Gas Tax
Tuesday, 04/02/13
By Bob Kinzel
The Senate Transportation committee is set to make a key change in the gas tax bill that was adopted by the House several weeks ago. Lawmakers are eyeing the gas tax as a way to raise new revenue to allow the state to take full advantage of all federal matching money that's available. 
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Senate Delays License Bill For Migrant Workers
Wednesday, 04/03/13
The Vermont Senate is delaying action until next week on a bill allowing immigrant farm workers to become Vermont drivers.
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Lawmakers Look To Soften Irene's Financial Blow
Wednesday, 04/03/13
Job losses in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene were in many cases temporary, lasting only as long as it took businesses to repair damage from the flood. The financial impact of those layoffs has been more lasting, but lawmakers may have found a way to soften the blow.
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Vermont Releases Insurance Rates Under Obamacare
Monday, 04/01/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Vermont became the first state on Monday to publish the rates it would charge people who don't currently have health insurance to get coverage - a key step toward establishing the health exchanges that are central to the federal health care law known as Obamacare. Health officials said Monday the rates are comparable to current commercial rates.
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Statehouse Schedule: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Tuesday, 04/02/13
Statehouse Schedule: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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Bill Would Regulate Disposal Of Unclaimed Remains
Monday, 04/01/13
Dozens of long-dead patients at a Vermont psychiatric hospital are helping to modernize state law regulating what happens to unclaimed human remains.
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Statehouse Schedule: Friday March 29, 2013
Friday, 03/29/13
Statehouse Schedule: Friday March 29, 2013
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House Committee Appears Set To Approve Marijuana Decriminalization
Thursday, 03/28/13
By Kirk Carapezza
A key House committee took testimony on Thursday about whether possessing small amounts of marijuana should be a civil offense, not a crime. In Montpelier, decriminalization was once considered one of the key issues of the legislative session, but it has recently taken a back seat.
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Statehouse Schedule: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Thursday, 03/28/13
Statehouse Schedule: Thursday, March 28, 2013
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House Budget Would Cap Welfare Benefits
Tuesday, 03/26/13
By Kirk Carapezza
The Vermont House is preparing to debate the budget and a number of new tax proposals this week, and House leaders are already trying to line up votes for a $1.3 billion plan that includes a contentious bid to cap welfare benefits.
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Statehouse Schedule: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Tuesday, 03/26/13
Statehouse Schedule: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Scott Says He Supports Giving Towns Say In Energy Projects
Monday, 03/25/13
By Bob Kinzel
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is ready to break a tie vote in favor of legislation that has developed into one of the most contentious bills of the session: How to decide where to build energy projects.
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Hopes Dim For Passing Meaningful Climate Change Legislation
Tuesday, 03/26/13
By Kirk Carapezza
For the first time this legislative session, the full Vermont Senate will debate renewable energy on Tuesday. In Montpelier, though, some lawmakers' hopes of passing meaningful climate change legislation that might reduce greenhouse gas emissions have already collided with the state's fiscal reality.
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Statehouse Schedule: Monday, March 26, 2013
Monday, 03/25/13
Statehouse Schedule: Monday, March 26, 2013
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Statehouse Schedule: Friday, March 22, 2013
Friday, 03/22/13
Statehouse Schedule: Friday, March 22, 2013
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Legislature Wants More Oversight Of Adult Protection Divison
Thursday, 03/21/13
A lawsuit filed against the state last year focused scrutiny on the department that investigates cases of elder abuse. But the governor says the Adult Protective Services program is well managed and doesn't need increased oversight that the Legislature wants.
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House Advances Anti-Narcotics Bill
Friday, 03/22/13
By Kirk Carapezza
After weeks of studying Vermont's prescription drug problem, House lawmakers on Thursday advanced a sweeping bill that would address opiate addiction and abuse.
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