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The Vermont special session adjourned sine die on June 29. Gov. Phil Scott called the special session after vowing to veto the budget bill passed last month to prevent tax rate increases. On Monday, Scott announced his intention to let […]

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Lawmakers reconvene today in Montpelier for a special session called by Gov. Phil Scott. The focus of the special session will be on the state budget and property tax bills passed by the General Assembly during the regular session. Gov. […]

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Gov. Phil Scott called a special session for May 23, 2018. The governor is planning to veto the state budget and property tax bills passed during the regular session. Gov. Scott has promised to veto any legislation that increases taxes […]

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The Vermont General Assembly adjourned sine die May 12. Lawmakers passed a bill to amend campaign finance provisions relating to electioneering communications and mass media activities. House Bill 828 revises the definition of electioneering communications to include electronic or digital […]

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Gov. Phil Scott signed Senate Bill 8 today, approving the creation of a state code of ethics and a state ethics commission. The five-member commission will review cases of unethical behavior and, if necessary, send the case to the attorney […]

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The Vermont Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session today, May 19, 2017. Lawmakers delayed adjournment by more than a week as they continued negotiations on the state budget. The budget includes a health insurance savings program for teachers, as demanded […]

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The Vermont House approved Senate Bill 8, a measure establishing a state ethics commission and providing greater transparency from those seeking public office. If both houses can agree on a final version, a five-member ethics commission would accept complaints and […]

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Gov. Phil Scott issued an informal directive to staff and administrative personnel to stay clear of legislators and lobbyists in social situations. The governor is taking aim at the after-hours restaurant and bar scene in Montpelier where staff, lawmakers, and […]

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Vermont has increased contribution limits to candidates, PACs, and political parties. By statute, contribution limits are reevaluated and adjusted based on the Consumer Price Index. A 2.1 percent increase was implemented allowing statewide candidates and PACs to receive $4,080 per […]

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Lawmakers are currently considering a bill to strengthen the state’s ethics laws. Senate Bill 8 would, among other things, prohibit legislators and executive officers from becoming a lobbyist for one year after leaving office; create an ethics commission to, in […]

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Attorney General TJ Donovan and Sec. of State Jim Condos announced the creation of a joint Committee on Campaign Finance Education, Compliance, and Reform. The committee’s goal is to encourage a greater level of knowledge to facilitate compliance and to […]

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Voters will be sending a familiar face back to Montpelier as current Lt. Gov. Phil Scott won the Vermont gubernatorial race. Scott, a Republican, will replace Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, who declined to run for a fourth two-year term. Scott […]

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The General Assembly convenes today, June 9, 2016, for a one-day veto session. Gov. Peter Shumlin vetoed Senate Bill 230, an energy siting bill, and House Bill 518, dealing with the Clean Water Fund Board. Regarding the Senate bill, Shumlin’s […]

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The General Assembly has completed its business for the year and adjourned the 2016 legislative session on Friday, May 6, 2016, a day ahead of schedule. By joint resolution of the House and Senate, lawmakers will reconvene on June 9 […]

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