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February 14, 2018

Special education students could be better served for less, studies say

By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger

Vermont students needing special education could be better served for less money, according to two studies commissioned by the Legislature.

Lawmakers will use the studies to craft new approaches to delivering and funding special education services.

The studies were conducted by…

State News
February 14, 2018

Republican leader proposes drug testing for welfare recipients

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger House Minority Leader Rep. Don Turner is proposing a bill that would allow for drug testing of people receiving financial assistance through a state program for low-income families.

If a test comes back positive for an illegal substance, a person in…

Local News
February 14, 2018

Saliva testing for pot?

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

A panel of lawmakers voted in favor of a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to use saliva testing to detect the presence of drugs in motorists.

The House Transportation Committee approved the bill, H.237, on Friday, Feb. 9, by a…

State News
February 7, 2018

Vermonters warned about cryptocurrency scams

With cryptocurrencies continuing to attract headlines, the state Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) reminds Vermont investors to be cautious about investments involving cryptocurrencies. “The recent success of cryptocurrencies has drawn considerable interest from the investing public and the media; however, Vermonters should educate themselves about…

State News
February 1, 2018

Vermont athletes picked for U.S. Olympic team

By Kevin O’Connor

Kelly Clark used to be the only American snowboarder to compete at four Olympics. That record was broken Monday when Clark was selected to represent the United States in the sport for the fifth time.

Clark, a 34-year-old who grew up in…

State News
February 1, 2018

DOJ threatens to subpoena Burlington, other “sanctuary cities”

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice sent letters to 23 jurisdictions, demanding documents that could show whether each jurisdiction is unlawfully restricting information sharing by its law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities.

All 23 of these jurisdictions were previously contacted by the Justice…

U.S. Specialty Crop Grant program to boost market competitiveness
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January 24, 2018

U.S. Specialty Crop Grant program to boost market competitiveness

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) has received $200,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grants from the federal USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to enhance the competitiveness of Vermont specialty food crops, including honey, hops, and maple syrup, and nursery crops, including Christmas trees…

State News
January 24, 2018

Condos, Donovan urge Legislature to protect data

H.624 was introduced on Jan. 16, proposing increased protections for Vermonters’ sensitive and personal data contained in the statewide voter checklist. H.624 is sponsored by Rep. Dylan Giambatista of Essex Junction,

Secretary of State Jim Condos and Attorney General TJ Donovan have underscored the importance…

State News
January 24, 2018

Vt. House approves consumer protection plan

The Vermont House unanimously approved H.593, the consumer protection bill, on Jan. 17. This legislation addresses automatic contract renewals, retainage for construction materials, credit protection for vulnerable persons and use of credit info for personal insurance.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson supported the legislation, stating that…

Local News
January 24, 2018

Scott signs bill legalizing marijuana in Vermont

By Mike Dougherty

Gov. Phil Scott signed into law a bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, making Vermont the first state to pass a legalization measure through legislation rather than a voter initiative.

In a letter notifying the Legislature, Scott expressed “mixed emotions” about signing the…