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Vermont Legislators are proposing and committees are reviewing bills with a focus on the budget and the impact of the pandemic. Numerous groups including the House Progressive Caucus are lobbying legislators in a virtual world to address their priorities.

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The Vermont Mayors Coalition recently announced the issues it wants the state legislature to prioritize this session.

The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance recently announced the legislative agenda it plans to advocate for in Montpelier.

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The Vermont Senate has joined the state House in passing a resolution condemning the breach of the U.S. Capitol and demanding that President Donald Trump resign or be removed from office.

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The Vermont Legislature convened this week to begin a new biennium. A new House Speaker, Lieutenant Governor and Senate Pro Tem, all women, have been sworn in over the past two days.

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The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to kick off the 2021 session with most of the pomp and circumstance occurring remotely or not at all.

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Women are expected to hold most of the top leadership positions in the Vermont Legislature next year.

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There will be a number of changes in the leadership of the Vermont Legislature if election results stand.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says maintaining vigilance and following prevention guidelines are key to keeping control of the coronavirus in the state.

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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is praising the state's lawmakers for putting politics aside during the extended legislative session to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Vermont Legislature reconvened Tuesday after a month-long break. Just before the virtual session, key House leaders discussed the priorities for the mini-session.

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The Vermont Legislature returns to session today after a month-long break to continue work on the state budget and allocating federal coronavirus relief funds.

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The Vermont Legislature adjourned late last Friday night until August. This week, the House Speaker and finance committee chairs discussed how federal COVID-19 recovery funds have been appropriated and what work remains.

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The Vermont Legislature has adjourned the first of two 2020 legislative sessions. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, lawmakers will return to Montpelier in August.

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The Vermont Legislature hopes to give final approval this week to a state budget for the first quarter of the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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The Vermont Legislature’s Joint Rules Committee is holding daily teleconferences to discuss key legislative and coronavirus concerns.  Members heard from agency heads Tuesday about the latest emergency management and public safety challenges.

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A Vermont House bill would call for police to use lethal force only when absolutely necessary and to make the investigation process more transparent.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his budget address on Tuesday afternoon, emphasizing familiar themes of fiscal discipline and the need to address Vermont’s demographic changes.

Voices for Vermont’s Children, a group that has been advocating for the state to pass and implement a paid family leave bill, announced on Monday it will not support the bill currently in the legislature.

This week, three Vermont environmental groups outlined climate priorities they believe the Vermont Legislature should consider this session.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
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The Vermont Legislature will begin the second half of its biennium on January 7th.  When it gavels into session, the Democratically controlled chambers will take up vetoes that Republican Governor Phil Scott penned along with other measures that the House or Senate failed to complete before adjourning in May.  Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe of Chittenden County tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that the theme for the upcoming session is similar to the last one.

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A group of Vermont lawmakers plans to push ahead with legislation in the next session to reduce Vermont's carbon emissions.

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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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The Vermont House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase and use tobacco products in the state to 21.

The Vermont House Committee on Energy and Technology held a hearing Tuesday evening on three bills related to fossil fuel infrastructure in the state.  Most of those commenting during the hearing urged the lawmakers to approve the bills and move them to the House floor.

Debate over reproductive rights in Vermont has moved from the state Senate to the House. The House Committee on Human Services held a public hearing on Proposition 5 Wednesday evening. The two-hour session to take comment on a proposed change to the state constitution comes two weeks after the state Senate gave initial approval to the measure.

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During a stop in Burlington Thursday morning, Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed the status of the current legislative session in Montpelier.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
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It is crossover week at the Statehouse in Montpelier - a time when Vermont lawmakers scramble to finish legislation so it can move to the other chamber for consideration. If a bill does not crossover it’s unlikely to survive the session.  Hearings this week included the Senate Judiciary Committee going to the Vermont Technical College to take comments on a new firearms bill.  It’s one of the measures that Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe is highlighting for completion this week. The Democrat/Progressive says the key provision in the bill is a waiting period for purchasing a firearm.

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On Town Meeting Day, three towns in Vermont approved non-binding resolutions calling on their communities to ban the use of plastic bags.  Other towns in the state had previously passed similar measures.  Sponsors of a bill in the Vermont Senate hope this week’s support will lead to progress in the Statehouse for their proposal.

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A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House to make sure that health care providers follow guidelines for prescribing opioid pain medications to reduce the risk of a patient becoming addicted.

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