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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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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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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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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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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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Chair Of Green Mountain Care Health Board Resigns
Wednesday, 03/27/13
By Kirk Carapezza
On Wednesday, the woman who has led the Shumlin administration's health care overhaul for the past two years announced that she's leaving state government at a critical juncture for the effort.
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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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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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State
Monday, 03/25/13
By Kirk Carapezza
The state and the city of Montpelier have agreed to cover cost overruns for an expanded heating district that they share. Last month, the state surprised local officials and taxpayers when it announced that the project is already more than 10 percent over budget.
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Vt. House Committee Raises Taxes
Friday, 03/22/13
By Kirk Carapezza
A key House committee has given preliminary approval to a tax package that would raise roughly $26 million, putting it on a collision course with the governor because it includes provisions he opposes.
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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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Burlington
Monday, 03/18/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Vermont's political leaders visited Burlington High School Monday, highlighting a new initiative between Burlington and Winooski. The state's two most diverse school districts are working together to remodel and rethink their education systems, and they're getting a little help from civic leaders.
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Lawmakers Move To Provide Drivers' Licenses To Migrants
Friday, 03/15/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Lawmakers were busy Friday trying to meet a deadline to move bills out of committee. A few bills got an extension of the deadline.
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Bill Would Require Employers To Offer Health Coverage To Same-Sex Spouses
Friday, 03/15/13
By Kirk Carapezza
The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would require out-of-state employers to offer the same health coverage to employees with a same-sex partner as those provided to their employees in a heterosexual marriage.
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Vermont’s Gun Control Advocates Struggle to Gain Traction
Wednesday, 03/13/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Gun control advocates rallied at the statehouse on Wednesday, although there's little evidence the Legislature will consider gun-control bills this year.
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As Legislature Reconvenes
Monday, 03/11/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Lawmakers reconvene for the second half of the legislative session on Tuesday. And, despite budget woes and federal cuts, some of them are hoping to stay focused on a goal set at the beginning of the session: fighting climate change and promoting energy efficiency at the same time.
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Bill Would Restrict Flame Retardants
Friday, 03/08/13
By Kirk Carapezza
A Vermont Senate committee is considering a bill that would restrict a range of flame retardants in commercial products.
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Shumlin Wants to Forgive $6M From Cities and Towns
Thursday, 03/07/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Gov. Peter Shumlin said on Wednesday the state shouldn't collect $6 million that the auditor's office says several towns owe to the state education fund.
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Monkton Shows Strong Opposition to Natural Gas Pipeline
Tuesday, 03/05/13
By Kirk Carapezza
On this Town Meeting Day, voters in one Addison County town have reiterated their strong opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline, hoping to boost their voice as the Vermont Gas Company seeks permission from the state to expand its service south.
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Vermont Gas Alters Pipeline Route
Tuesday, 03/05/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Vermont Gas has changed the route of the proposed extension of its natural gas pipeline through Addison County. The company filed a petition last year for a state permit to build a 42-mile pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury.
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Vermont Guard Welcomes Its New Leader As Budget Cuts Loom
Friday, 03/01/13
By Kirk Carapezza
A week after he was elected by the Legislature, Brigadier General Steven Cray has officially been sworn in as the next leader of the Vermont National Guard.
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Vermont Guard Members Face 20 Percent Pay Cut
Thursday, 02/28/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Massive federal spending cuts are set to kick in within hours. The automatic cuts - known as sequestration in Washington-speak - are certain to affect Vermonters, including civilian defense employees in the Vermont National Guard.
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Home-Based Child Care Providers Concerned About Union Dues
Wednesday, 02/27/13
By Kirk Carapezza
On Wednesday, a key Senate committee will consider whether to extend collective bargaining rights to child care providers. The Senate Economic Development Committee will take testimony on a bill that would allow workers to form a union.
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Longtime General Elected to Lead Vermont National Guard
Thursday, 02/21/13
By Kirk Carapezza
The Vermont National Guard has a new leader. Lawmakers decided Thursday that Brig. Gen. Steven Cray of Essex Junction was the candidate best suited to lead the Guard during difficult financial times ahead.
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