Tag Archives: legislation

State News
March 30, 2018

Legislation restructures Education Fund, cuts property taxes

On March 21, the House passed the tri-partisan Education Finance Reform Bill, H.911 on a vote of 85-54. The bill provides a restructuring of the Education Fund, updating the Vermont personal income tax code to streamline it with the federal changes and eliminating taxable Social Security benefits…

State News
January 10, 2018

House passes pot compromise in spite of federal threat

By Alan Keays/VTDigger

The Vermont House passed a bill Thursday, Jan. 4, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, defeating a host of amendments, including one that likely would have cost the governor’s support.

The House vote came on the same day that U.S. Attorney…

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…

Op - Ed
May 11, 2016

Leave the “sexy” to Vegas, this is governing

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger.org (Editor’s note: Jon Margolis is VTDigger’s political columnist.) The 2016 session of the Vermont General Assembly did not legalize or decriminalize marijuana. It did not pull the state’s pension fund money out of coal or oil company stocks. It did not…

May 5, 2016

Vt. nepotism, ethics money and marijuana

Dear Editor, Vermont is riddled with lobbyists and bad money skills. Our state is truly suffering from the good ol’ boy club, a.k.a. nepotism. A friend of mine recently turned me onto money trails in Vermont, and it’s a sordid mess. However, our problems are…

Local News
April 13, 2016

House OKs bill to raise smoking age to 21

By Elizabeth Hewitt, vtdigger.org

The Vermont House has approved a measure that would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

The body OK’d the bill, H.93, on a vote of 84 to 61 after hours of debate and consideration of several amendments Tuesday.