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Interview: Leahy Optimistic About Gun Legislation
Friday, 04/12/13
By Bob Kinzel
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to open debate on gun control legislation. One person at the center of this discussion is Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Vermont Edition: Lawmakers Debate Pot Decriminalization
Friday, 04/12/13
By Bob Kinzel
The Vermont House is set to vote Friday on whether to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Vermont.
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Leahy Implores Senate To Vote On Guns
Thursday, 04/11/13
By Bob Kinzel
Senator Patrick Leahy says he's pleased that the debate over gun control legislation will proceed in the U.S. Senate over the next few weeks. An effort to filibuster the legislation was defeated on Thursday.
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Bill Would Bring Hospital Boards Under Open Meeting Laws
Thursday, 04/11/13
By Bob Kinzel
Legislation to bring the state's hospitals under Vermont's Open Meeting Law faces an uphill battle at the Statehouse.
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Senate Committee To Make Changes To House Tax Plan
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Bob Kinzel
The Senate Finance committee is working on a tax package for next year and the plan is likely to look quite different from a proposal adopted in the House several weeks ago.
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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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Analysis: Top Legislative Stories This Week
Friday, 04/05/13
By Bob Kinzel
Pete Hirschfeld, bureau chief of the Vermont Press Bureau, talks with Vermont Edition about some of the issues being debated at the Statehouse this week.
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Vermont Edition
Vermont Edition: Vt. Prepares For Health Care Exchange
Friday, 04/05/13
By Bob Kinzel
Vermont has received $250 million in federal funds over the last eighteen months to set up its health care exchange.
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Shumlin's EITC Plan Under Fire
Thursday, 04/04/13
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Shumlin's plan to transfer $17 million from the state's Earned Income Tax Credit program to pay for his child care initiative is under fire in the Senate.
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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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Doyle Poll: Most Vermonters Don't Support Gas Tax Increase
Tuesday, 04/02/13
By Bob Kinzel
This year Senator Bill Doyle tabulated almost 14,000 surveys from all parts of the state, and by a margin of 56 to 33 percent, those responding to the survey said they didn't want to increase the gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs. 
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Legislative Update: March 29
Friday, 03/29/13
By Bob Kinzel
VPR News Director Ross Sneyd talks about this past week in the Legislature.
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Vermont Edition: Play Ball
Friday, 03/29/13
By Bob Kinzel
Our panel of baseball experts share their thoughts on the new season as Spring Training winds to a close and VPR's Ross Sneyd provides analysis on the moves made at the State House.
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House Approves Budget With 5 Percent Increase
Friday, 03/29/13
By Bob Kinzel
Legislation that increases state spending by roughly 5 percent was approved by the House last night. The bill sets up a major disagreement with Governor Peter Shumlin over the funding of child care programs.
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Vermont Edition: Governor Peter Shumlin
Thursday, 03/28/13
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Peter Shumlin discusses the budget and tax proposals being considered by the Legislature.
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VPR News
Tax Plan Passes By 30 Votes In Vt. House
Wednesday, 03/27/13
By Bob Kinzel
The Vermont House has given its preliminary approval to a $26 million tax package to help balance the state budget for next year.  But the plan faces the strong opposition of Governor Peter Shumlin.
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Vt. Senate Passes Modified Renewable Energy Bill
Tuesday, 03/26/13
By Bob Kinzel
The Senate has rejected legislation that would have given local towns more clout in the state review of energy projects that are proposed for their communities. Instead, lawmakers backed an effort that calls for a statewide study of the impact of the projects in the future.
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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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Analysis: Wind Debate
Friday, 03/22/13
VPR's John Dillon looks at two energy stories: the legislative debate over S.30, a bill that would give towns the ability to veto a wind energy project, and the ongoing regulatory oversight of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which has now been operating without state permission for one year.
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Vermont Edition: Board Works Toward New Health Care System
Friday, 03/22/13
By Bob Kinzel
We get an update from members of the Green Mountain Care Board about their work in transforming Vermont's health care system.
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Vermont Edition: Senate President John Campbell
Thursday, 03/21/13
By Bob Kinzel
Senate President John Campbell discusses the key issues facing lawmakers, we hear about the political battle fought by Vermont congressman Matthew Lyon and learn about Killington Search and Rescue.
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House Gives OK To Gas Tax Restructuring
Wednesday, 03/20/13
By Bob Kinzel
By a three to one margin, the Vermont House has given its preliminary approval to a bill that makes a significant change in the way that the state taxes the sale of gasoline.
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House Debates Changes To Gas Tax
Wednesday, 03/20/13
By Bob Kinzel
The Vermont House is debating legislation that makes a significant change in the way that the state taxes the sale of gasoline.
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Leahy Says Judiciary Committee Will Examine Domestic Drones
Tuesday, 03/19/13
By Bob Kinzel
Senator Patrick Leahy wants Congress to examine the domestic use of drones because he says they pose a privacy risk to many Americans.  The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will begin a series of hearings on the issue this week.
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Senate Bill Would Give Towns More Weight In Energy Projects
Friday, 03/15/13
By Bob Kinzel
The Vermont Senate will debate a bill next week that would significantly change the way that renewable energy projects are reviewed by the state. The bill would give towns much more authority to ban projects.
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