Latest Vermont State General Assembly News

Vermont House votes to override noncitizen voting veto

Jun. 23, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

The Vermont House on Wednesday voted to override Republican Gov. Phil Scott's veto of separate bills that would change the municipal charters of the cities of Montpelier and Winooski to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections. The votes were 103 to 47 on both...

Vermont lawmakers say Zoom sessions will continue

Jun. 03, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — After an historic legislative session with remote lawmaking, Vermont legislators say online Zoom sessions will continue in some form after the pandemic. Many committee rooms lack adequate airflow, so the Statehouse likely won’t reopen to full...

Legislature ends historic session, agrees on $7.3B budget

May. 21, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature adjourned on Friday, ending a historic session during the coronavirus pandemic where they mostly met virtually and deliberated on how to spend about $1 billion in coronavirus recovery funds. The Democrat-controlled...

Vermont legislature, governor work on spending plan

May. 19, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont legislators and the governor are working on the final details of a $7 billion state budget as the Legislature works toward finishing the session by the end of the week. Lawmakers on Tuesday focused on portions including funding for the...

Vermont Legislature sends mail-in voting bill to governor

May. 18, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature has passed a bill that would send general election ballots to all active voters, making permanent a policy used last year during the pandemic. The universal mail-in voting bill counters a move by some state legislatures to...

Vermont Legislature, governor have different ideas on budget

May. 14, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Vermont Legislature and Republican Gov. Phil Scott have different visions of how the state should spend about $1 billion from the American Rescue Plan. It’s unclear how those differences will play out as the...

Vermont Senate joins House in eugenics apology

May. 13, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has joined the House in passing a resolution apologizing to Vermonters, their families and descendants who were harmed by state-sanctioned eugenics policies and practices that led to sterilizations. Some Vermonters of mixed...

Vermont House passes resolution on racism health emergency

May. 12, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday declaring that racism is a public health emergency. The House voted 135-8 in favor of the non-binding resolution, which still must be passed by the Senate to be adopted. ...

Senate gives preliminary approval to $7.1 billion budget

Apr. 30, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a $7.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2022. The Senate version that passed by unanimous voice vote on second reading Thursday is $191 million more than what the House passed and $374 million...

Vermont bill would end time limit for civil physical abuse

Apr. 20, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

The Vermont Senate on Tuesday passed a proposal to eliminate the statute of limitations in civil cases of childhood physical abuse. The bill, approved by a vote of 29-0, builds on legislation passed two years ago that ended the statute of limitations for civil cases of...