Latest Vermont state government News

Scott vetoes bills on drug advisory board, criminal records

May. 20, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill that would have created a drug use standards advisory board within the state sentencing commission, saying it “places no limits on which drugs can be contemplated for legalization or the amounts." The board would...

Ex-police officer pleads guilty to punching handcuffed woman

May. 19, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont police officer recorded on video punching a handcuffed woman in custody has pleaded guilty to a charge of simple assault. Jason Lawton will face up to six months in prison, and could face punishment other than incarceration, Assistant...

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott to seek fourth term

May. 17, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday that he's running for reelection. Scott said he is seeking a fourth, two-year term in November because there's much more work to do. The governor said in a campaign email that he has worked to bring people...

Vermont law creates panel, fund for opioid settlement

May. 16, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Monday signed legislation into law on Monday that creates an advisory committee to make recommendations on how to spend the state's share of settlement money with drug manufacturers and distribution companies over the toll of prescription opioids. ...

Vermont Legislature adjourns after passing $8 billion budget

May. 13, 2022 09:27 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature has adjourned after passing a more than $8 billion budget in a session marked by remote legislating and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal pandemic relief funds. The session came to a close Thursday evening with leaders in the...

Vermont governor vetoes clean heat standard bill

May. 08, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have created a clean heat standard for Vermont to help the state reduce emissions from heating buildings to meet the state's climate change commitments. Scott said in his veto message on Friday that the...

Vermont AG, state treasurer won't seek re-election

May. 05, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two of Vermont’s statewide office holders will not be seeking reelection. Democratic Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Thursday he would not seek reelection to the post he first won in 2016. On Wednesday, State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced she...

Vermont GOP Gov. Scott vetoes pension reform legislation

May. 02, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill Monday that had given unanimous preliminary approval last week by both the House and Senate to reform the state’s pension system. In a sharply worded veto message on Monday, Vermont's Republican governor said he felt the...

Vermont Senate approves bill to create “clean heat standard"

Apr. 30, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A bill that would set Vermont on a path to a “clean heat standard” was approved by the Vermont Senate on Friday. The proposal aims to regulate businesses that import fossil fuel heat. It would require the Public Utility Commission to create a marketplace...

VT governor signs bill for toxic exposure medical monitoring

Apr. 21, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law Thursday that will allow people exposed to toxic substances to sue the culpable facility for medical testing or procedures to monitor for diseases from the exposure. The governor's bill signing came three days...