The long debate over Bennington’s so-called "sick"
state office building reached an official resolution with the passage of the
Capital Bill on Friday. The decision calls for state employees to return
to the complex that was closed, due to worker respiratory ailments and a
debilitating disease called sarcoidosis.
Jim Douglas has delivered on his promise to veto legislation legalizing same
sex marriage in Vermont. The
governor said the bill wrongly redefines marriage, which he says should only be
between a man and a woman. The
legislature is set to vote today (on Tuesday) on whether to override the
Legislative committees would be given power to subpoena
witnesses under a bill approved by the state Senate. Under current law, the only way committees can force a
witness to testify is if the full Legislature approves a subpoena.
chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is frustrated that a judge won’t
talk about a case involving Michael Jacques (Jakes), the man accused of
kidnapping Brooke Bennett,
committee is holding hearings on possible changes to Vermont law following the kidnapping and murder of Bennett, a
12-year-old Braintree girl.
Senator Dick Sears say the changes will eventually steer non-violent offenders
to treatment programs or community-based services. He says that should reduce
costs and keep people from returning to jail.