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State News
June 30, 2016

Sanders, state officials oppose senate GMO labeling bill

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

Members of the U.S. Senate brokered a compromise Thursday that would make labeling of genetically engineered food mandatory nationwide.

But state officials say the legislation is a last-ditch effort to scuttle a Vermont law that will require information about such ingredients…

State News
June 10, 2016

Shumlin signs law expanding medical marijuana 

With overdose deaths from prescription opioids skyrocketing across America, on Monday, June 6, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law to expand Vermont’s successful medical marijuana system and give doctors an alternative to highly addictive opiates when treating some conditions such as chronic pain.

“At a time when opiate addiction is ravaging our state…

State News
June 7, 2016

Vermont ranks second in the U.S. for senior health

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger.org

A national research foundation has ranked Vermont second in the nation for keeping senior citizens healthy in 2016.

This is the fourth year in a row that the United Health Foundation’s “America’s Health Rankings” placed Vermont in the top five states…

State News
June 7, 2016

Shumlin signs law to ban conversion therapy

S.132 takes effect July 1, a victory in civil rights for the LGBT community

At a time when some states are working to erode hard-fought advances in civil rights for the LGBT community, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law May 25 to advance them in…

State News
June 7, 2016

Gov. Shumlin signs consumer protection bill into law

On May 24, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law H.84, legislation that cracks down on online dating scams and provides greater consumer protection in a number of other areas. The legislation was a priority of Attorney General Bill Sorrell.

Under the new law, online dating…