The Vermont Senate Tuesday turns to end-of-life
choices. As state senators debate a bill that would give patients with
less than six months to live the choice to end their lives with
doctor-prescribed drugs, Vermont has emerged as a key
battleground in the national debate over the issue.
Lawmakers, reporters, lobbyists, and eager
constituents are all descending on Montpelier this morning to kick off a new Legislative
session. Vermont Edition is there too! We’re broadcasting
from the Statehouse with political leaders and the reporters who cover them as
we look at the work that lies ahead.
The Vermont House just voted
unanimously in favor of a bill that would make recycling mandatory across the
state. The bill would make recycling – and eventually composting – mandatory,
with the mandates being phased in over the next few years.
Having a part-time citizen
legislature – rather than a full time professional one – is one of the
hallmarks of Vermont politics and culture. We look at the pros and cons of
having citizen lawmakers – and how it affects the atmosphere at the Statehouse.