Latest Vermont state government 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...

Scott seeks applicants for State Board of Education seat

Jun. 21, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott is looking to fill a seat on the State Board of Education. The board is responsible for establishing, advancing and evaluating public education policy, Scott's office said. The new member will serve the...

Ex-principal jailed for recording girls can appeal sentence

Jun. 18, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former school principal serving a five-year prison sentence for secretly recording teenage girls in his home will be able to appeal his sentence, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday. The high court reversed a decision by a lower court that...

Many small vaccine clinics helped Vermont reach 80% goal

Jun. 17, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — A small, walk-in vaccination clinic held in Waterbury on Thursday is one of the reasons Vermont was able to be the first state in the country to give at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot to 80% of the eligible population. On Thursday seven...

Guard member to get heroism medal for skiers' rescue

Jun. 17, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

JERICHO, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Friday will award the Soldier's Medal to a Vermont National Guard member who risked his life in rescuing two lost and injured skiers in Stowe last year. Sgt. First Class Dustin Dearborn, who was assigned to the Army Mountain...

Vermont hopes to restart prison visits starting July 1

Jun. 16, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Corrections is hoping to begin resuming in-person visits at the state’s prisons July 1. Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker says family visits to incarcerated individuals will be the next focus of the department. ...

Refugee resettlement nonprofit plans new programs in Vermont

Jun. 15, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A refugee resettlement nonprofit has plans to start a new program in Vermont to relocate refugees in smaller, more rural communities across the United States. The Ethiopian Development Community Council, a nonprofit agency that partners with the...

Vermont continues vaccine efforts after reaching major goal

Jun. 15, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is continuing to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, officials said Tuesday. Speaking a day after Vermont became the first state to see more than 80% of its eligible population receive at least the first dose...

Vermont is 1st state to vaccinate 80% of eligible population

Jun. 14, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont became the first state in the country to vaccinate at least 80% of the eligible population, prompting Gov. Phil Scott to lift all remaining state COVID-19 restrictions. Vermont crossed the threshold on Sunday when the state vaccinated...

Vermont schedules vaccine clinics to reach 80% goal and more

Jun. 11, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

The state of Vermont is moving closer toward its goal of vaccinating 80% of the eligible population, a goal that, when reached, will result in the state lifting all restrictions imposed to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, the state reported more than 725 people...