House Committee Backs $26M Tax Plan That Includes Rooms and Meals

By Kirk Carapezza A key House committee has given preliminary approval to a tax package that would raise roughly $26 million, putting it on a collision course with the governor because it includes provisions he opposes. Governor Peter Shumlin has said he does not want to raise broad-based taxes. The House Ways and Means Committee [...]

House Advances Anti-Narcotics Bills

By Kirk Carapezza After weeks of studying Vermont’s prescription drug problem, House lawmakers on Thursday advanced a sweeping bill that would address opiate addiction and abuse. Rep. Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, the lead sponsor of the bill, said even before this legislative session began, he repeatedly heard from law enforcement officials who urged the Legislature to [...]

Senate Orders Study Of Social Media Privacy Laws

By John Dillon Legislation that would have banned employers from accessing the social media accounts of their workers was watered down to a study of the issue by the Vermont Senate. The Senate on Thursday passed the measure on a unanimous voice vote. It sets up a study of existing social media privacy laws, as [...]

House Gives Final Approval To Gas Tax

By John Dillon The House has given final approval to legislation that makes major changes to how the state taxes gasoline sales. The bill adds a 2 percent sales tax in addition to a tax on per gallon sales. That amounts to about an 8 percent tax increase. In 2014, the sales tax would be [...]

House Passes Gas Tax, Equal Pay; Senate Turns To Social Media

VPR Staff By a three-to-one margin, the Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would significantly change the way the state taxes the sale of gasoline. The bill moves away from the current per gallon tax and towards a sales tax on the price of gas. A final vote is expected on [...]

Planning For A Burlington Bike Path Overhaul

By Amy Kolb Noyes The city of Burlington has put out a call for consultants to plan a complete rehabilitation of the Burlington Bike Path. Proposals from design and engineering consultant teams are due by the end of the month. The project is scheduled to begin a year from this spring. “The 7.5-mile Burlington Bike [...]

House To Consider Pair Of Anti-Narcotics Bills

By Kirk Carapezza Lawmakers are spending most of their time this week on the House and Senate floor, debating a dizzying number of bills – from a gas tax to a social media bill. Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee is finalizing a wide-ranging piece of legislation designed to strengthen Vermont’s response to prescription drug addiction. [...]

Senate Delays Wind Debate

By Kirk Carapezza There’s a lot of arm-twisting going on in the halls of the Statehouse today, after the Senate delayed a much-anticipated, much-contested vote on a bill that would subject renewable energy projects to more regulation. For months, the bill has divided environmentalists over the role of Act 250, Vermont’s development control law. Even [...]

Committee Takes On Speeders In Jay

By Amy Kolb Noyes Town meeting voters in Jay opted not to appropriate money to hire the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department to patrol for speeders in the village, along Route 242. But the Jay Select Board is still determined to address the speeding issue. The board has formed a Traffic Control Committee that it hopes [...]

Senate Panel Expected to Authorize Drivers’ Identification for Migrants

By Kirk Carapezza The Senate Transportation Committee expects to recommend a bill as early as Wednesday that would grant driver identification cards to Vermont residents who are in the country illegally. And committee members say they’re preparing to take a lot of heat for the bill. The measure would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles [...]