Latest Vermont state government News

MA's 1st virus variant case; New test to NH governor's power

Jan. 18, 2021 11:47 AM EST

MASSACHUSETTS Massachusetts health officials have announced the state's first case of the more infectious coronavirus variant first found in the United Kingdom. A Boston woman who traveled to the United Kingdom felt sick the day after she returned, the state Department of Public Health said Sunday. The health...

Vermont to start vaccinating 75 and older week of Jan. 25

Jan. 15, 2021 2:34 PM EST

Vermont has nearly completed administering coronavirus vaccines to residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities and front-line health workers and will start vaccinating residents aged 75 and older starting the week of Jan. 25, state officials said Friday. "This approach is all about vaccinating those...

Mayor of Vermont capital urges protesters to stay home

Jan. 15, 2021 2:23 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The mayor of Montpelier is urging protesters and counter-protesters to stay home this Sunday rather than gather at the Vermont Statehouse. But Mayor Anne Watson is asking that anyone who does show up in Montpelier to leave their firearms at home. “I know there have been calls...

Vermont to send 100 National Guard troops to Washington

Jan. 14, 2021 2:25 PM EST

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont National Guard will send about 100 infantry soldiers to Washington to help provide security for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Most of the soldiers will be from the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Vermont Adj. Gen. Greg Knight, the head of the Vermont...

Bill would allow towns, cities to push back annual meetings

Jan. 14, 2021 12:41 PM EST

The Vermont Legislature is working on a bill to allow municipalities to move the date of their annual March town meetings amid the coronavirus pandemic. The House passed the measure, which is now in the Senate, the Times Argus reported. Town meeting will likely be a month later in the towns of Marshfield and...

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott stands on the steps of the Vermont Statehouse during a ceremony where he took the Oath of Office on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 Montpelier, Vt. Scott, a Republican, is beginning his third two-year term. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont governor urges people not to be used as 'pawns'

Jan. 12, 2021 5:13 PM EST

Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday urged Vermonters who are considering joining protests in the run-up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden not to be used as “pawns” by extremists who are trying to undermine democracy and overthrow the government. The Republican governor, speaking at one of his...

Vermont changes requirements for local, made-in-Vermont food

Jan. 9, 2021 9:32 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The new year has brought changes to Vermont’s definition of “local” or “made in Vermont” food. Before Jan. 1, “local” specified that food had to originate in Vermont or within 30 miles of the point of sale, which meant food from...

Vermont Senate joins call for Trump resignation or removal

Jan. 8, 2021 1:36 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate on Friday joined members of the House by condemning the breach of the U.S. Capitol and demanding that President Donald Trump resign or be removed from office. The House voted on the resolution Thursday. “All Senators make a hallowed promise to uphold and...

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott takes the Oath of Office on on the steps of the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 Montpelier, Vt. Scott, a Republican, is beginning his third two-year term. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont governor says pandemic recovery offers opportunity

Jan. 7, 2021 8:38 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott said that in the past year Vermonters and people across the country have been tested by the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice and the politics that led to the Wednesday riots at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The people of Vermont have responded...

Vermont House calls for Trump to resign or be removed

Jan. 7, 2021 4:37 PM EST

The Vermont House passed a resolution Thursday condemning the breach of the U.S. Capitol and demanding that President Donald Trump resign or be removed from office. “This resolution leaves no doubt as to where the General Assembly stands on the violent insurrection that occurred at the United States...