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Last week, the Vermont Senate adjourned and with that, the legislature ended the session until January.  The first half of the biennium was marked by a number of controversial bills but ended with two key pieces of legislation left unfinished.

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At least three people were arrested after a group of climate protesters disrupted a session of the Vermont House of Representatives.

A new era for gun control is continuing in Vermont. The Vermont House has given final approval to a bill that sets a waiting period for the purchase of handguns and sent the measure to the governor.

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The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags.

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After numerous attempts by Republican lawmakers to amend it, the Vermont House passed a bill that guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion even if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Vermont's House members would start voting on bills electronically if lawmakers approve a proposal from Chittenden County Representative Jim Harrison.

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Lawmakers are back in Montpelier for the start of the 2019 session of the Vermont Legislature.

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The Democratically-controlled Vermont House passed a revised 2019 budget bill on Tuesday but Republican Governor Phil Scott may veto the compromise measure if the Senate also approves the measure.

Timothy O'Connor Jr.
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The first Democratic speaker of the Vermont House and the longtime town moderator for his hometown of Brattleboro has died at 81.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe (left) and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson outline legislative priorities
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The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate discussed the legislative priorities for the upcoming session with reporters in Montpelier today.

Representative Ron Hubert
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A Vermont state representative will resign from the legislature, citing business and family reasons.

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Lawmakers headed back to Montpelier Wednesday as the Vermont Legislature met for a special veto session.  After a long day of twists and turns, the House and Senate eventually approved the 2018 state budget, which includes an adjusted teacher health care deal that the governor wanted included in the fiscal plan.

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The Vermont Legislature adjourned on May 19th with the threat of a budget veto by the governor and a special session planned at the end of June to deal with vetoes.  Although the session ended with the focus on teacher health care contracts, the leaders of the legislature say the controversy overshadowed a number of legislative accomplishments.

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The Democratically-controlled Vermont Legislature adjourned last Friday despite budget veto threats from the Republican governor over the failure to reach a deal on a new teacher health insurance negotiation plan.

Despite a flurry of activity and work remaining on a number of bills, the Vermont Legislature is targeting adjournment by the end of this week.

Alison Bechdel listens as Clerk of the House reads proclamation naming her Vermont Cartoonist Laureate
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The Vermont House passed a resolution Thursday designating the state's third cartoonist laureate.  The laurels were presented to Tony winner Alison Bechdel.

Representative Job Tate
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A Vermont lawmaker will resign his seat in expectation of being deployed with the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions.

Vermont House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski
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The Vermont House Appropriations Committee unanimously voted 11-0 Monday to send the proposed state budget to the House floor.  In advance of the debate House leaders are previewing the budget highlights.  House Majority Leader Democrat Jill Krowinski talks about what’s anticipated during the debate over the $5.8 billion fiscal plan.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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The Vermont Legislature has reached the midpoint of its current session.  The governor’s weekly press conference at the Statehouse on Thursday included a look at what progress has occurred since the session began in January.

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A simpler, stripped down marijuana legalization bill is being reviewed by the Vermont House Judiciary Committee after legislation that would have created a structure similar to Colorado's legal marijuana program failed during the last legislative session.

Representatives Mitzi Johnson (left) and Linda Myers
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The majority Democrats in the Vermont House are expected to choose their nominee for Speaker this weekend while Republicans picked their nominee on Wednesday.  The selections mean the chamber will choose its third female speaker in the body’s history.

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The leader of majority Democrats in the Vermont House is dropping her bid to become the state's next speaker.

The Democratic Caucus plans to elect a nominee for speaker on Saturday. The entire House will then vote on that nominee in January.

Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas tells The Burlington Free Press she's no longer seeking the position because Rep. Mitzi Johnson has more support among Democratic lawmakers.
Johnson, a Democrat from South Hero, is now unopposed in the election.

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The Vermont Legislature adjourned its biennium just after midnight Saturday morning. Although lawmakers approved a spending plan that’s expected to raise $49 million in new revenue, they also failed to pass some major initiatives.

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A bill that was before the Vermont House to raise the smoking age was sent back to committee Tuesday for fiscal review.

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The Vermont House passed a state budget late Thursday and sent the spending package to the Senate.

The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill designed to help low-income drivers with suspended drivers' licenses get them back.

Vermont State House
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This is “Crossover Week” in the Vermont Legislature, the annual scramble to clear bills out of committees and onto the floor so that they can move to the opposite chamber for completion.

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Vermont’s paid sick leave bill has received final passage in the legislature and the governor is expected to sign the measure into law.  Supporters say the state has made a critical move forward in economic justice.  But opponents contend it will hurt small businesses and the state’s economy.

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The Vermont House has passed a Senate version of a paid sick leave bill and sent it to Governor Peter Shumlin, who supports it.

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In a post-midnight vote Saturday, the Vermont House passed a bill to ease spending caps on local school districts.

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