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Bill seeks information on why Vermonters take their lives
State News
February 8, 2017

Bill seeks information on why Vermonters take their lives

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Ten members of the Vermont House have introduced a bill intended to get to the root of why people take their own lives. H.184 would require the Department of Mental Health to issue a report to the Legislature every year describing…

State News
February 8, 2017

Bills seek to limit plastic bags

By Mike Polhamus, VTDiggger

Plastic bags are sometimes said to last forever, but they might not last much longer in Vermont after legislators last week introduced a bill to ban single-use carryout bags. The bill, H.105, is one of two intended to curb the use…

State News
February 1, 2017

Welch-backed bill on rural phone quality moves ahead

By Jasper Craven, VTDigger

The U.S. House has unanimously passed a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., that aims to improve the quality of rural phone service. “Whether an emergency call or a business order, Vermonters should have confidence that their calls are…

State News
February 1, 2017

Vermonters could reduce trash by half, report says

By Mike Polhamus, VTDigger A report on Vermont’s solid waste shows that more than half of what residents throw away could be recycled, composted or diverted from landfills. About 28 percent of Vermonters’ solid waste is organic matter, much of which could be turned into…

State News
January 19, 2017

Governor Phil Scott signs four executive orders on first day in office

Governor Phil Scott signed four executive orders on Inauguration Day, establishing his strategic priorities and creating teams in support his efforts to address the opiate epidemic and modernize state government, according to a news release Monday, Jan. 9. Executive Order 01-17, “Governor’s Strategic Goals,” directs…

State News
January 11, 2017

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors

On Jan. 5, the American Red Cross reported a severe winter blood shortage and issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment in order to help save patient lives. Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to…