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Statehouse Headliners 6/26

Hiring drug/alcohol-free drivers gets harder with passage of Act 32, “expungement” law By Guy Page It makes you wonder – did the employer of the pickup truck driver who killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire last weekend know about his history of drug and alcohol abuse? And that question makes you wonder some more – 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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Vermont governor signs unrestricted abortion into law

Law grants special rights to abortion providers, opponents say Despite an estimated 700 Vermonters opposing H57, the unrestricted abortion law, at a February public hearing, the Vermont Legislature passed it; Monday, June 10, Gov. Phil Scott signed it into law. Gov. Scott also vetoed S169, a gun control bill that would have required a 24-hour Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 6/7

published by Guy Page, Page Communications Phase II of plastics ban in the works:Produce bags, deli containers, phonebooks could be next By Guy Page June 7, 2019 – According to S113, approved by the 2019 Legislature and now awaiting approval on Gov. Phil Scott’s desk, the statewide ban on point-of-sale plastic bags, straws and coffee Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/31

2020 VT Transportation bill allocates:$2.65 million for nine new park-and-rides$19 mil for new bike/walk projects, etc.$2.4 mil for 4 new electric buses for Burlington, Montpelier areas$13 mil for passenger rail$1.2 mil to complete Montpelier ‘multi-modal’ center$2 million of electric-car rebates By Guy Page May 31, 2019 – In January, the Democratic/Progressive supermajority in the Vermont Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/29

Bills approved by 2019 Legislature listed below;House/Senate Carbon Emissions Reduction Committee created;Abortion bill wins ‘prize’ for most roll calls – 16 by Guy Page May 29, 2019 – When the House adjourned Friday, the Vermont Legislature had passed 86 bills – see list below. Some have already been enacted into law. The rest wait for Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/28

After Legislature gives 11th-hour OK to Barre-Montpelier commuter rail study,railroad entrepreneur Blittersdorf proposes his diesel-powered railroad cars By Guy Page May 28, 2019 – Just days after the Vermont Legislature unveiled and approved a Barre-Montpelier commuter rail study, renewable power mogul David Blittersdorf told VT Digger he wants to run his diesel-power railroad cars on Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/24

Good burgers, good budgets By Guy Page May 24, 2019 – The May 22 column of Seven Days political writer John Walters deviates from the usual recap of the week’s politics and personalities. In “Cat’s Caucus: The Vermont Legislature in Vonnegut Land,” he uses words made up by novelist Kurt Vonnegut – wampeters, granfalloons, and Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/23

BE IT RESOLVED – the Vermont House and Senate this month honored U.S. Navy flier Commander Robert Eastman of Bennington County (left) who died on natural causes Feb. 2, and the Barre craftspersons who made six monoliths now at the 9/11 Memorial. The Senate also resolved to oppose siting nuclear capable bombers and specifically mentioned Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/22 #2

by Guy Page, Page Communications The House Transportation Bill approved today includes a study for commuter rail between Barre and Montpelier. At present a freight train traverses those tracks twice a day. Senate approval of the conference committee agreement is considered a virtual certainty, making it highly likely that H529 will be sent to Gov. Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/22

Relatively unnoticed, police bias, criminal expungement, contaminant monitoring, broadband, and water cleanup bills approved by Legislature By Guy Page While the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, and unrestricted abortion bills have received most of the press, other bills have passed House and Senate relatively unnoticed. They will soon become law unless successfully vetoed by Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/21

by Guy Page, Page Communications Big money decisions pending, full Legislature won’t meet until Wednesday May 20, 2019 – The Senate and House chambers at the Vermont State House are empty. Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe and his assistant wander through the cafeteria in clothing better suited for the beach or a day of yard Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/10

By Bill Moore Following a long delay it is still not clear if any action will happen on this bill. Leadership seems absent and confusion is obvious in the House Judiciary Committee. Disunity in the Democrat caucus is well known by now. The question is if the 24-hour waiting period is such a sure way Read More…

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STATE HOUSE HEADLINERS 5/8

By Guy PageTimber-r-r-r! Tax change would fall on rural woodlot owners A proposed Senate change to a House tax bill could make timber harvesting more expensive, with serious longterm impacts on Vermont forestland sustainability and the state’s $1.5 billion forestry products industry. H.541, a revenue bill, would (among other measures) boost capital gains taxes by Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/7

S54, marijuana bill, becoming “Christmas tree” of additions, changes By Guy Page S54, tax and regulation of marijuana, was not discussed on the House floor today despite appearing on Friday’s “notice calendar”. However it is scheduled for 1 pm review by the House Ways and Means (taxation) committee. It also may be reviewed by the Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/3

Latest version of marijuana bill reduces local control, increases THC  concentration  By Guy Page May 3, 2019 – The House Government Operations Committee Thursday night amended and approved S54, taxed and regulated legal marijuana. The new version increases six-fold the permitted amount of THC in marijuana products, and does not allow towns to prohibit marijuana Read More…