The Vermont Senate has
advanced a bill that bans corporate and union contributions to state political
candidates. The campaign finance
legislation also strengthens reporting requirements and doubles public funding
for those running for governor and lieutenant governor.
The Shumlin Administration
wants Vermont Yankee to pay more to help emergency officials respond to a
nuclear accident. The request for increased
funds draws on lessons learned from Tropical Storm Irene and the 2011 nuclear
accident in Fukushima, Japan.
The Vermont Senate has
overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to move the state’s primary elections to
early August. The early date was supported
by Secretary of State Jim Condos, who said he needed more time between the
primary and the general election to meet federal deadlines to get ballots to overseas
The Vermont House passed a version of
a shoreline protection bill last month. But the compromise disappointed both environmentalists –
who want to see tougher restrictions – and property rights advocates, who
oppose new state regulation.
natural gas pipeline planned for Addison County has prompted dozens of individuals and organizations
to seek a voice in the upcoming permit hearings. Vermont
Gas Systems wants to extend a pipeline south from Chittenden County to
Middlebury and then under Lake Champlain to a paper mill in Ticonderoga,
If lawmakers have their way,
wild boar will not find a home in the Vermont woods. Wild boar and feral pigs are
a nuisance species around the country. Vermont wildlife officials are concerned that the animals
could escape from captive hunting facilities and take hold in the Green Mountains.
Patients living with Lyme
disease crowded the Statehouse on Wednesday to tell their stories about years
of misdiagnosis and chronic pain. The patients and their
advocates want legislation to protect doctors if they prescribe long-term
antibiotic treatment contrary to current medical standards.
oil spill in Arkansas may add urgency to Vermont legislation that would regulate oil pipelines.
point to similarities between the pipeline in Arkansas that ruptured and
one in northern Vermont that could be used to ship tar sands oil.
A bacterial disease spread by
tick bites is getting attention this week in the Statehouse. Lyme disease patients and
their advocates are pushing for a bill that requires insurance companies to cover long-term antibiotic care for the