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Lawmaker predicts to fellow Democrats “We will rue the day” about retail marijuana

A Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives told fellow Democrats yesterday he strongly opposes S54, the legalization of commercial cultivation, production, sale and taxation of marijuana. “My heart is not in this bill,” Rep. Thomas Bock (D-Chester) said during the weekly caucus of House Democrats at the State House. “You’re introducing another drug Read More…

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The Role of Vermont’s Recovery Coaches

As Vermont attempts to reckon with the national scourge of opioid addiction, it is evident that key areas include prevention and recovery. (As emphasized by Governor Scott’s Opioid Coordination Council). There is growing need for “recovery coaches” — people who do not counsel or treat the drug-dependent, but serve to support those in recovery as Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 6/25

Vermont’s health insurance regulator announced yesterday that insurers may not deny coverage for gender-change procedures based on the age of the patient alone. By Guy Page June 25, 2019 – Vermont health care insurers can’t deny sex-change surgery based solely on the patient’s age, the State of Vermont announced Monday June 24. Gov. Phil Scott Read More…

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Tolerance and the Transgender Debate

On Tuesday the Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a Pennsylvania school district’s bathroom policy for transgender students. This debate presents us with a very difficult problem: how do we respect the self-identity of a biological male who believes him/herself to be female at the same time acknowledging that biological females are not Read More…

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Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Flour

On May 23, 2019, ALDI, in association with ADM Milling Co., 5-lb. bags of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour because they may be contaminated with E. coli. Recalled flour was sold at retail locations in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Consumers Read More…

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Abortion Amendment is Too One-Sided

Over the past half century, our society’s views on sexuality have become more and more dissociated from reproduction. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the argument for unrestricted abortion. Recently the Vermont legislature passed not just a law supporting unrestricted abortion but a constitutional amendment as well. The amendment (Proposition 5) reads: “an Read More…

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VT Constitutional Abortion Amendment Advances

From Ethan Allen Institute Roll Call! House Advances Constitutional Amendment Guaranteeing Abortion from Conception to Birth (106-38), 2019 PROPOSITION 5 PASSED in the State House of Representatives on May 7, 2019, by a vote of 106-38 . Purpose: Proposal 5 would amend the Vermont Constitution to say that “an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy Read More…