It’s likely that lawmakers will be back in
Montpelier for a special session in several weeks. That’s
because Governor Douglas is expected to veto the state budget for next
year. If he takes that action, it will
mark the first time in Vermont
history that a governor has vetoed the state’s annual spending plan.
only the seventh time in Vermont
history, the Legislature has overruled a gubernatorial veto. That
override now means Vermont is the fourth state to allow gays and lesbians
couples to marry. And
it’s the first state to do so without being prompted by a court order.
Jim Douglas has delivered on his promise to veto legislation legalizing same
sex marriage in Vermont. The
governor said the bill wrongly redefines marriage, which he says should only be
between a man and a woman. The
legislature is set to vote today (on Tuesday) on whether to override the
House last night gave its strong preliminary approval to the same sex marriage
bill, but it’s not clear from the House vote, if backers of the legislation
have enough support to override Governor Jim Douglas’s promised veto of the
of the federal stimulus money headed to Vermont is designed to help businesses pull the economy out
of recession. As
part of an occasional series on "Tracking the Stimulus,” VPR’s Ross Sneyd
reports how Vermont is trying to decide how to spend 17 million dollars.
Vermont Yankee has so far declined to offer utilities a power contract for
electricity sold after 2012. That’s when the plant’s license expires. Yankee needs
approval from the Legislature to operate for another 20 years.
Hundreds jam the Statehouse to support gay marriage
legislation; House Speaker expects budget cuts and tax increases; UVM postpones
budget cuts; Vt. Supreme Court says PSB correctly issued certificate of public
good for a Sheffield ridge line; Dept. of Public Service Commissioner on
Fairpoint switchover; State Police plan saturation patrols during storms, Howard
Dean to deliver UVM commencement.