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A lot accomplished this Legislative session

May 15, 2024
Vermont’s 2023-24 Legislative Biennium ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning May 11. The Senate gaveled out at 1:18 a.m. and the House about 2 a.m. This has been a hard session. It was begun in the wake of a natural disaster, with a state recovering from terrible flooding. Despite these challenges we managed…

Vt Legislature passes bill to create uniform ethical standards in local government

May 15, 2024
By Shaun Robinson/VTDigger Vermont lawmakers have passed a bill that would create new uniform ethical standards for many local government officials — a change that proponents said is long overdue. H.875 would establish a “municipal code of ethics” that’s similar to one for state officials that went into effect two years ago. The new code would apply to local…

Vermont Senate passes Act 250 reform bill after whirlwind debate

May 8, 2024
It’s not the end of the road for the bill, which seeks to make major changes to the state’s half-century-old land use law By Carly Berlin Editor’s note: This story, by Report for America corps member Carly Berlin, was produced through a partnership between VTDigger and Vermont Public. After a flurry of last-minute deliberations, the Vermont…

Vt Senate passes modernized Renewable Energy Standard

May 8, 2024
Tuesday, May 7, the Vermont Senate passed H.289, to modernize the Renewable Energy Standard and set Vermont on a path to delivering 100% renewable electricity across all the state’s utilities by 2035. This would make Vermont only the second state to meet that critical benchmark, and would significantly increase the requirements for Vermont utilities to…

A gamble?

May 8, 2024
Despite my reputation at the State House as a promoter of our annual March Madness pool and making a couple of announcements about the adjournment pool, I am not a gambler. If you ever saw me in a casino during my former career attending a conference, at best, you may have found me at the…

Legislators debating bill to stem repeat shoplifters and clear up court backlogs

May 8, 2024
By Norah White, Community News Service Editor’s note: The Community News Service is a program in which University of Vermont students work with professional editors to provide content for local news outlets at no cost. Lawmakers are weighing a bill to punish repeat shoplifters who otherwise would only face a string of misdemeanors — a move…

Grants offered to supportmusic in Vermont schools

May 8, 2024
Governor Phil Scott and Ernie Boch Jr. today announced, Monday, April 15, the launch of a new grant program aimed at supporting music programs in Vermont schools. The program will be run in coordination with Mr. Boch’s foundation, Music Drives Us (MDU), a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to inspire New England’s musicians of tomorrow by supporting…

Hartland Garden Club told to relocate annual plant sale from Damon Hall

May 1, 2024
The Hartland Garden Club (HGC) has run an annual plant sale for 25 years in front of Damon Hall, but new town manager John Broker-Campbell notified HGC president Dan Talbot the sale could not take place at Damon Hall on May 18 as planned. By Curt Peterson He cited a 1995 town “Vendors Ordinance” clearly…

The final two-week countdown

May 1, 2024
There are about two weeks left in Vermont’s 2024 Legislative Session. This is not a lot of time to negotiate policy differences between the House and the Senate. A great deal of policy work is still not settled, which concerns me. I am not a fan of the work that is often done in the…

Could be a bumpy ride?

May 1, 2024
The last few weeks of the legislative session often contain a bit of theater, eureka moments, surprises, and just plain old disagreements. With the legislature scheduled to adjourn on May 10, the next two weeks could prove interesting. Major legislation, such as the state budget, education property tax rates, higher electric costs related to the…

VHFA awards $40 million for affordable housing

April 24, 2024
Rutland and Woodstock are two of the five communities selected for apartment developments The Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Board of Commissioners announced April 15, that its annual award of federal housing tax credits will support the construction of 156 in “perpetually affordable” apartment buildings in five communities across the state. The sale of this…

‘Like brushing your teeth’: Bill cuts red tape around sunscreen in schools

April 24, 2024
Currently, putting on sunscreen in Vt. schools is regulated like medicine By Holly Sullivan, Community News Service Editor’s note: The Community News Service is a program in which University of Vermont students work with professional editors to provide content for local news outlets at no cost. Despite being one of the cloudiest and coldest states, Vermont…

Take steps to prevent tick bites, diseases they spread   

April 24, 2024
Rate of illnesses from tick bites continues to rise in Vermont  As springlike temperatures set in and people enjoy more time outside, it’s time to start checking for ticks and taking the simple steps to prevent tick bite illnesses. Ticks can be found throughout Vermont whenever temperatures are above freezing, with populations peaking during spring…

CCV announces new certificate programs

April 24, 2024
Beginning this fall, students will have two additional pathways to high-demand careers through new certificate programs at the Community College of Vermont (CCV). The new certificate offerings are data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) and manufacturing. These join the college’s 24 existing certificate programs to provide a comprehensive offering of high-value credentials that prepare students…

To study or not – That is the question

April 24, 2024
On Tuesday, April 23, the House is expected to vote on the education financing bill, which sets the statewide property tax rate to fund the growth in pre-K-12 spending. The tax bill, H.887, went through at least 10 drafts before it was approved by the House Ways & Means Committee on an 8-4 vote. It…