Each lawmaker brings his or her own perspective to the work of the Legislature, and we talk with two of them with unique backgrounds – 22 year old Rep. Kesha Ram of Burlington, and Sen. Bill Doyle, whose served Washington County for 40 years. Also, how a bill becoems a law, and we learn some of the history of the Statehouse building.
Progressive candidate Thomas Hermann says Congressman Peter Welch was
wrong to vote for the legislation. But Welch says the bill is an
important first step to help restore the country’s financial system.
Earlier this week, Congressman Peter Welch voted against the bail out plan because he was
concerned that it placed too great a burden on taxpayers. Welch says he needs to balance several factors as he decides how he’ll vote on the amended bill.
The new energy bill increases heating assistance and boosts
spending on renewable energy. But Vermont environmentalists say
they’re disappointed, because it also authorizes oil drilling off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
The attorney general and most of the state’s prosecutors are in favor of
changes that would make it easier to prosecute sex crimes. We talk with Attorney General Bill Sorrell and
Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage about why they support
these reforms. And VPR’s Ross Sneyd joins us to analyze how the
candidates for governor are approaching this issue.
Pollina may have to return some campaign donations; Chinese officials are disputing a proposed
electronics recycling bill; Verizon Wireless has changed their policy regarding
releasing addresses to 911 operators; The Vermont Arts Council and Lyman Orton
are offering some of the largest commissions ever to artist who depict Vermont’s
The Attorney General’s office has issued a key
Constitutional ruling regarding hemp legislation passed by lawmakers this year. While the decision only affects the hemp bill, it
establishes the legal framework to resolve similar constitutional controversies
in the future.
Bob Kinzel talks with Secretary of State
Deb Markowitz about two election-related bills that have been vetoed,
and their implications for the November election. VPR’s Ross Sneyd
analyzes the top stories this week, and we listen back to some of the voices in the week’s news.
The White House press secretary says President Bush plans to
veto the farm bill today; Congressman Peter Welch is in the midst of a dustup
in Washington over the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to adopt state
tailpipe emission standards; more…