Latest Vermont state government News

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 gets $3.1m for taxiway at Morrisville-Stowe airport

May. 23, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation will be getting about $3.1 million in federal funds to build a new taxiway at the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport. The agency says the taxiway will enhance safety by allowing new traffic patterns for the private, commercial, and glider pilots who...

Lawsuit alleges no hepatitis C treatment for inmates

May. 22, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The ACLU of Vermont and Harvard Law School have sued leaders of two state departments and a private health care provider, accusing them of refusing to treat inmates diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C. The federal lawsuit in Burlington was filed Tuesday on behalf of two prisoners....

Vermont attorney general sues owners of opioid manufacturer

May. 21, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he's filed suit against eight members of the family that owns the drug company that manufactures OxyContin, one of the drugs believed to be partly responsible for the opioid crisis. Donovan alleged Tuesday that for over two decades the...

Vermont GOP Gov. Scott: abortion rights bill to become law

May. 21, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott says a bill passed by the state Legislature that protects a woman's access to abortion services will become law. But Scott spokeswoman Rebecca Kelley tells MyNBC5 the governor hasn't decided yet whether he will sign the legislation...

Inmate dies at Vermont's Springfield prison

May. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Corrections say a 57-year-old inmate has died at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. The department said that Brian Deguise was pronounced dead at around 11 a.m. Monday. The cause of death has not been determined. Deguise had been housed...

Man accused of running over woman, killing her

May. 20, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state police have accused a man of running over a woman with his vehicle, killing her. Police say 48-year-old Anthony Reynolds, of Pittsford, had been in a relationship with 31-year-old Melanie Rooney. They said the night before her death, the two got into an argument. Police...

Prison composting keeps 572,000 pounds of food from dumps

May. 19, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Corrections says the composting of food scraps in the state's prisons keeps 572,000 pounds (257,400 kilograms) of food waste out of landfills every year. The Caledonian Record reports the 11,000 pounds (4,950 kilograms) of food scraps that are composted each...