Shumlin Reiterates His Prediction That Legislature Will Pass End-of-Life Bill

By Kirk Carapezza Gov. Peter Shumlin is restating his prediction that the Legislature will pass a bill to let terminally ill patients with less than six months to live request drugs from their physicians to end their lives if they choose. Tomorrow, the full Senate will take up the bill supporters call “death with dignity” [...]

Judiciary Committee Votes Down End-of-Life Bill, 3-1

By John Dillon A key Senate committee has voted against a bill that would give patients with less than six months to live the ability to end their lives with prescription drugs. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted down the measure Friday morning, 3-1, with one senator absent. Judiciary Chairman Dick Sears, D-Bennington, who opposes the [...]

Montpelier Heating District Has Early Cost Overruns

By Kirk Carapezza A proposed heating district that’s jointly run between the state and the city of Montpelier is already more than 10 percent over budget. The city and the state plan to run pipes under State Street to carry heat and water to public and private buildings. In September, the City Council announced its [...]

Shumlin Taps Ferrisburgh Republican for Open House Seat

By Kirk Carapezza Governor Peter Shumlin appointed Republican Warren Van Wyck of Ferrisburgh to an open House seat in Addison County on Friday. Van Wyck will complete the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes, who died after being struck by a car late last year. Here’s Gov. Shumlin’s statement: “Warren has big [...]

What Is A PACE District Anyway?

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By Amy Kolb Noyes Thirty-five Vermont towns are already designated Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) districts, and the question of whether to become a PACE district is on several more warnings for Town Meeting Day. Bristol, Hinesburg and Salisbury are among the towns considering PACE district designation. If you’re not quite clear on what it [...]

Winooski Rep. Proposes Measure to Stall F-35 Basing

By Kirk Carapezza A state lawmaker from Winooski has introduced a resolution that asks the Air Force to remove Vermont from a short list of potential locations where it would base the F-35 stealth fighter jet. Rep. George Cross, D-Winooski, the lead sponsor of the non-binding question, which has more than 30 co-sponsors, is introducing [...]

Bishop Voices Opposition to End-of-Life Bill in Senate

By Kirk Carapezza A bill in the Vermont Senate is known around the Statehouse as S.77, which is the mundane-sounding number assigned to it in the legislative process. And yet the bill is anything but mundane. It would give terminally ill patients with less than six months to live the ability to end their lives, [...]

Berlin Plans Four Corners Water System

By Amy Kolb Noyes Berlin voters will soon weigh in on whether the town should borrow money to create a municipal water system to serve the Four Corners area of town. A vote on the proposed $5.5 million bond is scheduled for Feb. 13. The bond will be repaid through system user fees, as is [...]

Warning Watch: Town Meeting Day 2013

Town Meeting Day is a few weeks away, and we’re watching the Warnings to find important local issues in Vermont communities. We Tweet them first using #publicpost from Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. Tweet @AmyKolbNoyes to let us know about interesting items coming up at your Town Meeting. Here are some of the Warning items we’ve [...]

House Bill Would Require Towns to Plan for Flooding

By Kirk Carapezza As cities and towns debate whether to rebuild in a smarter, safer way or buyback properties and leave them undeveloped in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, a bill moving through the Vermont House would require that local governments plan for future flood resiliency. Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, is the lead sponsor [...]