Latest Vermont state government News

Vermont COVID cases declining; state still urging boosters

Jan. 25, 2022 14:49 PM EST

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Vermont is declining, but those declines are lagging behind other nearby states that were hit earlier by the omicron variant of the virus, top state officials said Tuesday. State statistics released Tuesday show the number of new cases in Vermont...

Grants available for pandemic-related late mortgage payments

Jan. 25, 2022 11:42 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont homeowners who suffered pandemic-related financial hardships can apply for grants of up to $30,000 to pay overdue mortgage payments and other housing bills, Gov. Phil Scott has announced. The Homeowner Assistance Program is funded by $50 million in...

Senate gives preliminary OK to medical suicide law changes

Jan. 24, 2022 15:23 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — The Vermont Senate is expected to give final approval on Tuesday to changes to the state's 2013 medical suicide law to make it more accessible for terminally ill patients to get a prescription to hasten their deaths. On Friday, Sen. Ruth Hardy asked...

Windsor officials don't like idea of temporary youth center

Jan. 23, 2022 10:32 AM EST

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A bill in the Vermont Legislature would use part of the shuttered Southeast State Correctional facility to temporarily house at-risk youth after the closing of the state's only youth detention center. The former prison has been idle for several years but the...

Slavery ban testimony heard by Vermont legislators

Jan. 20, 2022 21:02 PM EST

Vermont legislators are again taking up a proposed constitutional amendment to make it clear that slavery and indentured servitude are prohibited, as some other states have done. Vermont's constitution currently says no person 21 or older should serve as a slave unless bound by...

Legislator dies using medical suicide law he helped pass

Jan. 19, 2022 16:20 PM EST

A former Vermont legislator and House majority leader has died with the help of a law he himself helped pass that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives, his wife said. Willem Jewett died Jan. 12 at his home in Ripton at age 58, said his wife, Ellen McKay Jewett. He was...

Gov. Scott proposes $7.7B budget amid 'historic' resources

Jan. 18, 2022 15:57 PM EST

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott proposed a $7.7 billion state budget Tuesday at a time when there are “historic” resources that will enable the state to invest in a host of economic development and infrastructure projects, cut taxes and help prepare the state for the future. ...

93-mile cross-Vermont trail construction to finish in 2022

Jan. 17, 2022 08:31 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Work on the 93-mile (150-kilometer) Lamoille Valley Rail Trail that will cross Vermont between Swanton and St. Johnsbury will be finished by the end of the year, according to state officials. Joel Perrigo of the Vermont Agency of Transportation told lawmakers...

Governor signs bill allowing remote municipal meetings

Jan. 15, 2022 10:56 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill into law allowing municipal governments to pass budgets with pre-printed ballots for their annual town meetings this year and to hold informational meetings about budgets remotely as COVID-19 continues to spread in the state. ...

Vermont Supreme Court upholds order to close gun school

Jan. 14, 2022 18:18 PM EST

The Vermont Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court order that the owner of an unpermitted firearms training school that has drawn complaints about noise and intimidation from neighbors demolish any unpermitted buildings on the Pawlet property and pay more than $46,600. In its...