The plan to centralize all state and county police under a new Agency of Public Safety will be discussed Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. A Jan. 14 study prepared by Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling argues that centralization will produce savings and efficiency.
Three policy leaders visited the Housing and General Military Affairs Committee on Thursday to testify about a bill that has been dubbed “the homeless bill of rights.”
Supporters of the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) needn’t worry about the Legislature’s cool reception to the unpopular regional carbon tax. If H.688. the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), passes, the TCI will become inevitable.
Independent candidate Ericka Redic has announced she is running for Burlington City Council, Ward 4. She is a native Vermonter with family ties to Burlington’s New North End.
Democrat and Progressive lawmakers on Wednesday fell one vote short of overriding Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a mandatory paid family leave plan that would have cost $29 million and been funded through a payroll tax on workers.
A Senate committee will soon consider a semi-auto public carry ban, the homeschool background check is dead, no local tax money is expected for commercial cannabis, and a CEO says a cloud tax is counterproductive.
The Vermont State Auditor of Accounts should be empowered to pump the brakes on climate change regulation, according to a bill sponsored by Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan (D-Dorset), who yesterday announced she will run for auditor against incumbent Doug Hoffer.
A bill giving cities and towns the power to exercise rent control will be discussed by lawmakers Friday morning. Other bills in committee this week address contraception, a homeless bill of rights, commercial cannabis, “good cause” for firing employees, a eugenics apology, and more.
In testimony given to lawmakers Thursday at the Statehouse, representatives of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department said the 30-megawatt, 15-turbine Deerfield Wind Farm on Green Mountain National Forest land has affected the habitat of black bears in that region.
New Gun Owners of Vermont president Eric Davis gave his first testimony Thursday at the Statehouse, and in it he told members of the House Judiciary Committee that forcing Vermonters to wait for lengthy background checks punishes law-abiding citizens.
S.182, sponsored by Senate Government Operations Committee Chair Jeanette White, D-Windham, creates a plan to elevate a new Agency of Public Safety to lead a new “hierarchical structure” over all state and county enforcement.