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June 14, 2017

Medical marijuana expansion gets governor’s signature

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott signed into law a bill that expands Vermont’s medical marijuana system.

The legislation, S.16, expands the list of conditions that qualify for the medical marijuana registry to include Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as…

State News
June 7, 2017

Vt. universities awarded $1.3 million in grants

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants for Vermont universities, according to an announcement Thursday, June 1, made by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

The grants, awarded through the Upward Bound…

State News
June 7, 2017

State penalizes Dollar General for price scanner violations

In response to 47 separate price scanner violations, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has issued more than $210,000 in penalties to Dollar General stores in the state since 2013, including $24,000 in penalties this year. Agency inspectors have observed repeated pricing inaccuracies,…

State News
June 7, 2017

New Vermont law provides First Amendment protections to students and teachers

Gov. Phil Scott recently signed into law legislation that provides greater First Amendment protections for student journalists and their teachers and advisers in Vermont.

“The Vermont Press Association is pleased the state Legislature moved quickly this year to provide proper First Amendment safeguards for student-journalists…

More than 26,000 waiting for state income tax refunds
State News
May 31, 2017

More than 26,000 waiting for state income tax refunds

 By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Five weeks after the deadline for filing tax returns, more than 26,000 people are still waiting for the Vermont Department of Taxes to issue refunds on their personal income taxes.

Some of those people are very low-income and are planning to…

State News
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…

State News
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…

State News
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…