Latest Vermont State General Assembly News

Vermont bill would boost spaces at 3 park and rides

Jun. 3, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A bill recently passed by the Vermont Legislature would add spaces to three park-and-ride lots for car poolers and others, creating 277 new parking spots. WCAX-TV reports that Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe tweeted the news on Friday. The measure would add 142 new spaces at the Williston...

Vermont health officials applaud smoking, e-cigarette laws

Jun. 1, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three new Vermont laws that make it harder or more expensive for young people to buy tobacco products or electronic cigarettes will help the state ensure fewer young people begin using the products, according to Vermont's top health official. During the just-completed session of the...

With Senate adjournment, Vermont Legislature done this year

May. 30, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature is now done for the 2019 session. The Senate adjourned on Wednesday evening. But the Legislature adjourned without lawmakers in the Democratically controlled House and Senate being able to reach an agreement on two key pieces of legislation: how much to raise...

Vermont House adjourns, Senate returns next week

May. 25, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has adjourned for the session and the state Senate will be back at the Statehouse next week. The session is drawing to a close without the Legislature taking final action on two closely-watched bills: paid family leave and minimum wage. In a Friday letter to Senate...

Legislature could adjourn without action on key bills

May. 24, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature appears to be on the brink of adjourning for the year without taking final action on two of this session's closely-watched bills: paid family leave and minimum wage. In a Friday letter to Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson gave her...

Board members being chosen for Vermont merged school boards

May. 23, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Voters in towns across Vermont are electing members and approving budgets for a series of new, merged school districts ahead of the July 1 merger deadline. The Vermont Legislature had hoped to delay the mergers, but lawmakers failed to come up with a plan. And efforts to stop the...

Vermont Legislature to go into overtime

May. 17, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature will be working into overtime this session. Mynbc.com reports that Statehouse leaders announced Thursday that they will be working beyond this final budgeted week of the session. A number of issues remained unresolved, including a new budget for state...

Climate protesters disrupt Vermont House session

May. 16, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Statehouse police in the Vermont capital say two people were arrested and a juvenile girl was released into the custody of her parents after a group of climate protesters disrupted a session of the Vermont House of Representatives. The House was in session Thursday morning when...

Vermont Legislature gives final approval gun-buy delay

May. 16, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives gave final approval Thursday to legislation that would establish a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns, a measure proponents say is needed to prevent impulsive gun purchases that can lead to self-harm and homicides. The measure comes a year...

Legislature won't vote on 2 proposals to expand local voting

May. 14, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers won't be voting this year on a proposal that would have allowed non-citizens in Montpelier to vote in municipal elections. Lawmakers also say they won't be voting this year on a separate proposal from Brattleboro that would have allowed people aged 16 and 17 to vote...