Latest Vermont State General Assembly News

Committee approves bill decriminalizing drug

Mar. 25, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation decriminalizing possession of the opioid use disorder treatment drug buprenorphine. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson tells Vermont Public Radio he supports the use of buprenorphine, also known by the...

Vermont Senate approves waiting period for gun purchases

Mar. 23, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate gave final approval to a 24-hour waiting period for the purchase of handguns, advancing the legislation to the House. The proposal was approved Friday on a voice vote after a 20-10 preliminary vote the day before, WCAX-TV reported . Republican Gov. Phil Scott has...

Vermont Senate committee approves abortion amendment

Mar. 22, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A committee of the Vermont Senate has approved a bill that could lead to the state amending its constitution to preserve a woman's right to abortion. On Friday, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-0 to approve the measure known as the Right to Personal Reproductive...

Vermont Senate to consider handgun buy waiting period

Mar. 17, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate is poised to consider a proposal that would create a 24-hour waiting period for the purchase of handguns. WCAX-TV reports the proposal was approved Friday by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 3-to-2. The proposal would also roll-back some restrictions on...

Vermont lawmakers consider racial bias bill

Mar. 13, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would target hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents. The Times Argus reports the state Senate Judiciary Committee has reviewed the bill presented by state Attorney General T.J. Donovan. The bill would require training for law...

Bill would ensure veterans have final resting place

Mar. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would ensure veterans have a final resting place. The Rutland Herald reports the bill would allow veterans' remains to be sent to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph if they are unclaimed by next of kin. Rutland cemetery Commissioner...

Move to ban single-use plastic bags gaining momentum

Mar. 6, 2019 1:41 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A movement to ban single-use plastic bags is gaining momentum in Vermont. Vermont Public Radio reports at least three communities went on the record during their Town Meeting Day votes to support such a ban. Residents of Middlebury and Burlington voted Tuesday while Manchester voted...

Communities to consider plastic bag bans on Town Meeting Day

Mar. 4, 2019 4:41 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Several Vermont communities are considering whether to ban plastic shopping bags, as residents across the state head to town meetings. The measure reflects a larger trend in which cities across the United States are banning plastic goods to reduce pollution, particularly in the...

Vermont Senate passes marijuana retail sales bill

Mar. 3, 2019 8:54 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has given final approval to a bill to tax and regulate retail sales of marijuana. The bill passed on Friday now goes to the House. The Senate had passed legislation to allow retail marijuana sales in 2016 and 2017, but both bills died in the House. Retail sales...

Bill would allow lower priced insulin to be imported

Feb. 28, 2019 9:05 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — As Congress grills drug companies about the high cost of prescription medications, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont introduced legislation on Thursday that would allow for the importation of low cost insulin from Canada and other countries for people with diabetes. The average price...