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May 31, 2017

2017 Legislative bills highlighted

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

S.22—”An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age and older”

The final proposal for marijuana legalization, S.22, would legalize adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and allow…

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May 24, 2017

Welch questions Trump’s competence

By Michelle Monroe

Speaking from Washington on Wednesday, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said the revelation that President Donald Trump may have asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into a former member of his administration has “ratcheted up concern” in the House…

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May 17, 2017

Governor signs pregnancy accommodations bill

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott has signed into law a bill that gives pregnant women the same accommodations in the workplace as people with disabilities.

Scott signed H.136 on May 4 with no fanfare.

The law, now called Act 21 of 2017, gives…

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May 10, 2017

Babies born May 29 to receive birthday bonus

Lucky babies born May 29 in Vermont will receive a $100 deposit into a Vermont 529 college savings account opened in his or her name by the Vermont Student Assistance Corp (VSAC).

The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is joining with VSAC, which…

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May 10, 2017

WCAX sold to Atlanta-based media company for $29m

By Mark Johnson, VTDigger

The family that founded WCAX-TV announced Thursday, May 4, they are selling the station to an out-of-state media conglomerate for $29 million.

WCAX president Peter Martin said the industry is rapidly consolidating and that it was increasingly impracticable to operate as…

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April 26, 2017

Vt. ranked second in nation for clean energy momentum, progress

A new report entitled “Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking State Progress” and published by the Union of Concerned Scientists highlighted Vermont for its success in developing a clean energy economy. Vermont ranked second nationally, bested onlyby California.

The report scored states on 12 metrics in the…

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April 26, 2017

Vermont newspapers applaud new protections

The Vermont Press Association is praising the Vermont Legislature for approving a shield law designed to protect journalists from unwarranted subpoenas concerning their sources.

The House of Representatives gave final approval to the legislation, 140-2, on Thursday afternoon, and Gov. Phil Scott signed it on…