The Vermont House has approved legislation that makes all
library records confidential, unless a judge issues a warrant for the
information. Debate over the bill concerned the rights
of parents to learn what books their children have checked out of the library.
The Senate has given its final approval
to legislation that supporters call the most important education bill of the
session. The bill eliminates the State Board of Education and
allows the governor to directly appoint the commissioner of education.
Vermont will close one of its prisons and help more prisoners
deal with drug addiction under legislation approved by the Senate today. The
bill passed with bipartisan support. Backers hope it will help slow the rapid growth
in corrections spending.
The Vermont House has passed legislation that raises penalties for violating Vermont’s environmental laws. But
lawmakers weakened provisions that would have given the public a greater role
in enforcement cases.
The Senate has approved legislation that’s aimed at slowing
down the growth of Vermont’s
corrections budget. The legislation restructures the state’s corrections
system and puts more money into programs for non violent inmates.