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  • Vermont Senate hears challenge of opiate treatment 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:55 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - An estimated 50,000 people in Vermont need treatment for addiction problems every year and don't get it, and efforts to expand treatment options for people addicted to heroin and other opiates are expected to increase pressure on the treatment system, the head of an addiction-treatment center told a state Senate committee Thursday.

  • Vermont Senate panel mulls police stun gun bill 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:44 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Some Vermont law enforcement officers told a Senate panel Tuesday that they favor legislation the House passed last month that would require new statewide standards on the use of stun guns by police.

  • Vermont lawmakers pass food labeling bill 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:40 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont Senate passed a bill that would require labels to identify genetically modified ingredients, starting in 2016.

  • Sweaney replaces Buxton on U. Vermont trustees 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:05 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - The University of Vermont Board of Trustees will include a new member next time it meets.

  • Vermont school streamlining effort sees changes 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 8:28 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Another committee of the Vermont House has put its imprint on a school consolidation bill, but it may be getting too late in the legislative session to pass the measure this year.

  • Vermont program could grow to meet heat pump boom 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:07 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Money from Vermont's statewide energy efficiency program could be used to install electric heat pumps - and insulation in the houses where they are going - under legislation endorsed Friday by the Vermont Senate.

  • Vermont Senate advances Lyme disease bill 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:07 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Doctors and other health professionals would be immune from professional conduct charges if they pursued a hotly debated course of treatment for Lyme disease under a bill given preliminary approval Thursday by the Vermont Senate.

  • Scientist: Progress in restoring American chestnut 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:40 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Efforts to develop a version of the American chestnut tree that is resistant to a blight that almost wiped out the species are making progress, yet it could be a century before the trees can offer much economic benefit to the Vermont economy, a scientist told a Vermont legislative committee Thursday.

  • Vermont House bucks Shumlin, speeds wage hike 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 6:42 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont House bucked the wishes of Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday by calling for an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour starting in January, rather than 2017.

  • Shumlin appoints Walz new Vermont House member 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 12:14 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed Tommy Walz of Barre to fill the Vermont House seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Rep. Tess Taylor.

  • Change could be ahead for Vermont school funding 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 11:34 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Prospects appear to be dimming for big changes in how Vermont governs and pays for its public schools this year.

  • 2 Vermont lawmakers: repeal school funding plan 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 5:04 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Two Vermont lawmakers are proposing to repeal the state's school funding system, but aren't saying definitively what they'd replace it with.

  • Deal on holding guns during abuse cases in doubt 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 7:03 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - A measure to address longstanding concerns that police in Vermont lack space to store guns being held in domestic abuse cases appeared in jeopardy Wednesday as a Senate committee discussed whether the underlying practice is constitutional.

  • Vt. House passes $1.44 billion general fund budget 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 7:09 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont House has given final approval to a $1.44 billion general fund budget for the next fiscal year and passed it on to the Senate.

  • Amendment would demand Vt. health finance report 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 6:34 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Gov. Peter Shumlin was spared a tough squeeze Friday when his fellow Democrats in the Vermont House defeated a demand that he soon produce a financing plan for the universal, state-backed health care system he wants to launch in 2017.

  • Vt. marijuana study dies with speaker's ruling 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 2:16 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Plans to debate a proposal to study the potential revenue impact of marijuana legalization in Vermont apparently have died in the Vermont House.

  • Vt. Senatebacks bill restricting toxic chemicals 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 7:07 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont Senate has endorsed legislation setting up a new system in the state for restricting toxic chemicals.

  • Vt. House backs ending UVM tuition break 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 5:08 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont House is expected to give final approval to a bill repealing a big tuition break for Vermont resident graduate students at the University of Vermont.

  • Religious school 'dual enrollment' money rejected 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 6:55 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - A measure to provide public money for students in religious schools to participate in a dual enrollment program allowing high school students to enroll in some college courses was rejected Tuesday by the Vermont House.

  • Vermont Maple Open House this weekend 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 8:26 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermonters may visit sugarhouses across the state this weekend to see maple syrup making as part of Vermont Maple Open House weekend.

  • Vt. lawmaker resigns to take health care job 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 4:16 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - A Vermont state lawmaker is leaving the legislature to become a paid advocate pushing for the implementation of the state's universal health care plan.

  • Vt. lawmaker Buxton resigns from UVM trustee post 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 2:48 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - A Vermont state lawmaker has resigned her seat on the University of Vermont Board of Trustees because she was concerned about a possible conflict of interest.

  • Vt. bill calls for study of rural police coverage 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 1:03 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont House has endorsed a bill calling for a study of police coverage in rural parts of the state, backing away from immediately calling for an end to the practice of Vermont State Police contracting with small towns.