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May 3, 2018

Legislative update: Reflecting on progress

By Senator Alison Clarkson, Windsor-5

Vermont’s Legislature is in its final stages of our 2017-18 Biennium.  If bills are to make it into law they need to be acted on by both the House and the Senate by the “fall of the gavel,” which is…

State News
May 3, 2018

Legislative update: End game

By Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon

With the legislative session scheduled to end by May 12, it remains a bit of a mystery as to how it will all come together. The veto of S.103, a chemical bill, could be a signal…

Local News
May 2, 2018

Sawyer released on bail

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger

Jack Sawyer, the 18-year-old accused of plotting to kill students at Fair Haven Union High School, was released into the custody of his father on Friday morning, April 27. He checked into a mental health facility on Friday evening, according to the…

State News
April 25, 2018

Affordable housing gets a boost

Federal and state tax credits worth $4 million are being made available to support the development of 251 apartments in eight communities across the state over the next several years.

On Monday, April 16 the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) board of commissioners committed federal…

Local News
April 25, 2018

Legislative review: Home stretch?

By Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and Mendon

It’s generally about this time of the session with a scheduled two or three weeks remaining, that we wonder how it will get all done. As of last Friday, 136 bills were passed by the House…

State News
April 25, 2018

Prosecutor drops felony charges in Sawyer case

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger.org

RUTLAND — Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy has dropped four felony charges, including three attempted murder counts, brought against Jack Sawyer, who police said had threatened to shoot up Fair Haven Union School.The filing by Kennedy comes on the…

State News
April 25, 2018

Vermont School Safety Assessment completed

A statewide safety assessment of 422 schools conducted by local, county, and state law enforcement in partnership with Vermont schools shows that 96 percent of Vermont schools take part in emergency preparedness activities. The Department of Public Safety and Agency of Education have submitted a…