Crime and Safety

Unlawful Mischief in Pittsford

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE CASE#: 22B4001032 RANK / TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Charles Gardner                                STATION: Rutland                      CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101 DATE/TIME: March 4, 2022, at approximately 1155 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Woodland Drive, Pittsford, Vermont VIOLATION: Unlawful Mischief ACCUSED: Jennie Gartner AGE: 42 CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont Read More…

Crime and Safety Health

Scott Doesn’t Back Legal Prostitution

Legal prostitution isn’t “what Vermont needs at this point,” Gov. Phil Scott said at his weekly press conference yesterday. Burlington voters Tuesday approved a charter change repealing anti-prostitution language. The charter change will go before the Legislature for approval this year or next. Meanwhile, a coalition of Burlington lawmakers are pushing H630, whose lead sponsor is Selene Colburn Read More…

Crime and Safety

St. J Shooting Victim Had Criminal Record

An autopsy has identified the victim of Tuesday’s shooting outside a St. Johnsbury hospital as Vincent Keithan, 44, of St. Johnsbury. The autopsy at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the neck, and the manner of death is homicide. State police are not speculating on Read More…

Statehouse Tax Land

No Tax Relief for Nurses, Seniors, and Veterans

Democrats and their Allies took a swing at Republicans last week regarding tax relief and today we are swinging back. During his budget address Gov. Phil Scott outlines his proposal to provide tax relief to families using a child tax credit, seniors and veterans by reducing the amount of their taxable retirement income and nurses Read More…

Statehouse

Governor Scott Vetoes 16 and 17-Year Old Voting

Gov. Phil Scott yesterday vetoed H361, the Brattleboro charter change to allow municipal and school voting and office-holding for 16 and 17 year olds. Gov. Phil Scott In an explanatory letter to the House (below), he cited Vermont’s legal inconsistency on the question of legal adulthood, and the need to resolve the question on a statewide Read More…

Crime and Safety Health

The Coming Burlington Sex Trade – Higher Education With Benefits?

UPDATE: It passed. Tomorrow, Burlington City Meeting voters will vote on Ballot #5, to remove from the city charter all language making prostitution illegal. If approved by voters and (eventually) by the Vermont Legislature, Ballot #5 would ‘decriminalize’ prostitution within the city limits.  Supporters say the existing language is sexist, racist and no longer represents Read More…

Education Health

Vermont Students Protest…. For Mandatory Masks!

On March 2, students in Vermont’s capital plan a walk-out and march to demand that school mask mandates not be lifted. Vermont officials recently recommended that schools with an 80% vaccination rate need not require masks, but these students are irate and demand continued, even heightened, mandates. Titled “Protest Against Lifting Mask Mandates” on an Read More…

Education Statehouse

Passing Grade for Mascot Nondiscrimination Bill

A bill requiring the Vermont Agency of Education to stamp out racist, sexist, and repressive school mascots was approved 5-1 last week by the Senate Education Committee. Sponsored by Sen. Richard McCormack (D-Windsor), S139 will be up for review by the entire Senate on March 8, when the Senate returns from Town Meeting Week break.  The bill requires Read More…

Business & Economics Energy

Climate Plan Is All Pain, No Gain

The Executive Director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association testified before the House Energy & Technology Committee that if the “Clean Heat Standard” currently being contemplated becomes law, he expects it to drive ten to fifty Vermont home heating fuel dealers (oil, propane, natural gas, and kerosene) out of business. This would cost multiple hundreds Read More…

Business & Economics Energy

Clean Heat Standard Clears House Energy Committee

The House Committee on Energy and Technology advanced the Clean Heat Standard by a 7-2 vote last week and it’s headed to the Appropriations Committee next. The legislation will regulate fossil fuel dealers in the state with an aim to ramp down emissions of the heating sector. The program will require a dealer to continually Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

Do You Know a Hunter or a Trapper?

An anti-hunting bill has been fast-tracked for passage in the Vermont Legislature tomorrow morning, before citizens have been fully heard; also by-passing the professional opinions of our state’s wildlife professionals. As explained by Vermont Traditions Coalition Executive Director Mike Covey, this bill “…bans the use of hounds and the training of hounds to pursue coyotes. Read More…

Business & Economics Property Rights Statehouse

House Approves Burlington Eviction Restrictions

H708, a Burlington charter change, passed in the State House of Representatives on February 18, 2022, by a vote of 98-49. The bill now proceeds to the Senate. Purpose: The purpose of H.708 is to restrict the circumstances in which Burlington landlords can evict tenants. Burlington voters passed an eviction ballot item in March 2021 with similar Read More…

Education Health

Bill Seeks To End Religious Exemption For Vaccines in Vermont Public Schools

Children and adults in schools and childcare facilities would not be able to use religion to avoid vaccination requirements under a new bill being considered in the State House. Here in the White River Valley, both clergy and legislators say they support the measure. Windsor District Senator Dick McCormack, who sponsored the bill, said the Read More…

Be Informed Statehouse

Race, Drug Bills Get Committee Review This Week

It’s the time of year when bills are being pushed through the committee approval pipeline ahead of the mid-March “crossover” deadline. Legislation getting committee time this week stands a fair chance of committee approval. Bills on House Committee agendas this week: In House General, Housing & Military Affairs: H96, creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Development Task Force to Read More…

Business & Economics Property Rights Statehouse

Housing Registry Veto Votes Postponed

Bills creating housing-related state registries are up against vetos by Gov. Phil Scott. Legislative voters may not have the votes they need to override.  Senate Rental Registry – Last year, Gov. Scott vetoed S79, “an act relating to improving rental housing health and safety.” As the name suggests, the Senate claims the S79 would let the State Read More…