Tag Archives: Bill

Leahy farmworker bill gains momentum, advocates
State News
July 12, 2017

Leahy farmworker bill gains momentum, advocates

By Gaen Murphree

A key to finally getting federal law changed so immigrants can more easily work on Vermont’s dairy farms is getting farmers and farm advocates here to reach out to their counterparts in Republican-leaning states. That is the analysis of people familiar with…

Local News
May 31, 2017

Scott vetoes pot bill, says he’s open to compromise

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott became the first governor in the country to veto a bill that would legalize marijuana.

Scott announced Wednesday, May 24, he will send the bill, S.22, back to the Legislature.

However, the governor said he is “offering a…

Op - Ed
May 18, 2017

Legalizing marijuana: A very savvy bill Gov. Scott can sign

By Angelo S. Lynn

While Gov. Phil Scott’s coup to have the state negotiate teachers’ health care benefits has been the unforeseen show-stopper of this legislative session, that a bill moving toward legalizing marijuana made it to the governor’s desk is one of the session’s…

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…

Letter
May 11, 2017

House bill will cause suffering

Dear Editor,

What is the acceptable level of misery? The question was posed by Senator Dick McCormick when addressing the Vermont Senate about the anguish cats and dogs will feel if H.218 is signed into law. Reducing cages sizes used at Vermont puppy mills, and…

Letter
May 11, 2017

Help needed to stop bill

Dear Editor,

Please call the governor at 802-828-3333 and ask him not to support H-218—a pro-puppy mill bill. Dogs and cats forced to live their lives under the conditions in this bill will suffer greatly being confined to a space that is only big enough for…

State News
March 29, 2017

Bill to raise the age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21

On March 17 Senate Health and Welfare committee members unanimously voted “yes” on legislation aimed at saving lives and money by reducing tobacco use in the state. Leaders from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer…

Bill seeks information on why Vermonters take their lives
State News
February 8, 2017

Bill seeks information on why Vermonters take their lives

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Ten members of the Vermont House have introduced a bill intended to get to the root of why people take their own lives. H.184 would require the Department of Mental Health to issue a report to the Legislature every year describing…

State News
February 1, 2017

Welch-backed bill on rural phone quality moves ahead

By Jasper Craven, VTDigger

The U.S. House has unanimously passed a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., that aims to improve the quality of rural phone service. “Whether an emergency call or a business order, Vermonters should have confidence that their calls are…

State News
May 11, 2016

House passes looser medical marijuana bill

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger.org The Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday in a voice vote that would loosen Vermont’s medical marijuana laws. The House had given preliminary approval to the legislation, S.14, by a vote of 133 to 13 on Monday. Vermont currently…