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April 8, 2015

Small and Rural Schools Caucus forms in House

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

As a bill that requires larger school systems works its way through the Legislature, a group of House lawmakers has formed a Small and Rural Schools Caucus to focus on issues that could affect their districts. The group…

State News
April 8, 2015

Annual Doyle Poll shows drop in marijuana support

By VTDigger staff

Vermonters oppose taxes on carbon and sugary drinks and show less support for Governor Peter Shumlin, according to the annual Town Meeting Day poll conducted by Sen. Bill Doyle, R-Washington.

The 11,000 returned surveys also show a drop in…

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April 8, 2015

Legislation to improve access to dental care passes senate floor

S.20, a bill that allows dental therapists to practice in Vermont, passed the Senate floor on an 18-8 vote April 3. This legislation, sponsored by Sen. Claire Ayer (D- Addison), Sen. Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden), and Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham), will increase access to affordable,…

State News
April 8, 2015

Senate passes same-day voter registration

By Erin Mansfield, www.VTDigger.org

The Vermont Senate rejected a last-ditch effort Wednesday to require photo identification at the polls as part of a same-day voter registration bill.

An amendment delays implementation of S.29 until 2017 — after the next presidential election.