Latest Vermont state government News

Vermont's largest city approves mask mandate to fight COVID

Dec. 02, 2021 09:36 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Burlington City Council has unanimously approved a mask mandate to help fight the spread of the coronavirus in Vermont’s largest city. The requirement that begins Friday includes masks in retail shops and theaters, regardless of vaccination...

Vermont reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations

Nov. 30, 2021 15:33 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont on Tuesday reported its highest number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. A total of 84 people were hospitalized, with 22 in intensive care, according to the Vermont Department of Health. ...

Contractor to pay $637K for deficient work on bridges

Nov. 30, 2021 09:53 AM EST

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) — General contractor J.A. McDonald, Inc. has agreed to pay $637,500 to settle allegations of deficient work on federally funded bridge projects in southern Vermont that caused the state to unwittingly present false claims for payment to the federal government, the U.S....

Vermont liquor official to lead Natural Resources Board

Nov. 30, 2021 08:20 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An official in the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery is going to become the next chair of the state Natural Resources Board, Gov. Phil Scott announced. Sabina Haskell, who is deputy commissioner at the department, will start her new job on...

Vermont Christmas tree growers ready for big season

Nov. 29, 2021 15:12 PM EST

BARTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott celebrated the beginning of the state’s unofficial Christmas tree season Monday by cutting trees for the Montpelier building where his office is located. The trees cut by Scott and Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts at the...

Vermont state lawmaker to resign, become town administrator

Nov. 27, 2021 08:32 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont state lawmaker has announced that he's resigning after more than a decade in office. Republican state Rep. Brian Savage of Swanton told his colleagues of his plans during the special session this week. They gave him a standing round of...

Vermont mountain pass Smugglers Notch closed for the season

Nov. 24, 2021 13:03 PM EST

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Smugglers Notch, the winding mountain pass between Stowe and Cambridge, is closed for the season, the Vermont Agency of Transportation announced Wednesday. The roadway, officially known as Route 108, will reopen in the spring. ...

Vermont governor signs bill allowing local mask mandates

Nov. 23, 2021 16:51 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed into law Tuesday a bill that will allow the state’s municipalities to adopt temporary indoor mask mandates. Scott’s signature on the new law came a day after the Vermont Legislature held a special session in...

8 online vaping retailers to pay more than $145K to Vermont

Nov. 23, 2021 13:44 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Eight online sellers of electronic cigarettes will pay a total of more than $145,700 in civil penalties to Vermont in settlements for violations of the state's delivery sales ban and its Consumer Protection Act, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Tuesday. ...

Vermont Legislature passes bill allowing town masking rules

Nov. 22, 2021 16:55 PM EST

The Vermont Legislature passed a bill in a special session Monday that would allow municipalities to adopt temporary indoor mask mandates amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and after the governor has declined to reimpose a state of emergency. Republican Gov. Phil Scott has...