Latest Vermont State General Assembly News

Burlington voters to decide whether to host cannabis shops

Jan. 21, 2021 12:53 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington voters will be deciding on Town Meeting Day in March whether Vermont’s largest city should become host to shops that sell recreational marijuana. The City Council decided to put the measure before voters on Town Meeting Day, WCAX-TV reported. If approved, some of...

Bill would ban guns in government buildings, hospitals

Jan. 21, 2021 9:33 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A state Senate committee is considering a bill that would ban the possession of guns in government buildings, hospitals and child care centers, following the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony Wednesday,...

Bill would require African American history for teachers

Jan. 20, 2021 5:26 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont legislator has introduced a bill that would require a three-credit college course in African American history to be licensed as a teacher. Rep. Maida Townsend, D-South Burlington, introduced the bill last week and hopes that it will, at a minimum, lead to a dialogue, the...

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 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...

Vermont Secretary of State James Condos administers the oath of office over Zoom to Vermont House Speaker Jill Krowinski, D-Burlington, during the first day of the new session on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021  in Montpelier, Vt. 2021.  (Kristopher Radder /The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont Legislature convenes for largely remote session

Jan. 6, 2021 4:47 PM EST

The Vermont Legislature convened Wednesday on the first day of the 2021 session, electing leaders for both the House and the Senate with few lawmakers at the Statehouse in Montpelier. In the Senate, Democratic Sen. Becca Balint, of Windham County, was chosen as the Senate’s first woman president pro...

Vermont Legislature to be nearly all remote to start 2021

Jan. 4, 2021 7:01 PM EST

The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to kick off the 2021 session with almost all of the pomp and circumstance occurring remotely. Even as late as Monday, some of the moving parts of the Wednesday opening of the 2021 session were still developing. Once lawmakers are sworn in and settle into their jobs, the...

Brattleboro to vote on retail marijuana in town

Dec. 26, 2020 8:15 AM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Voters in the town of Brattleboro will be asked in March whether to allow retail sales of marijuana products in their community. The Select Board decided this week to put the question on the Town Meeting Day ballot, the Brattleboro Reformer reported. Vermont legislators passed a...