Inaugural Addresses

As Governor Douglas prepares to give his fourth inaugural address, we look at the history of the speech itself. Also, we learn about a program that pairs lawmakers with Girl Scouts. And we continue our series on the Vermont Statehousewith a trip to the building’s basement.

House debates drug ‘data mining’ law

Last year, the Legislature passed a law that limited the amount of information marketers could get on the drugs that doctors prescribe. But a lawsuit was filed over whether the action was also a limitation on free speech. On Tuesday, the House debated whether to repeal the law altogether or to delay it.

Governor Douglas unveils his budget proposals

Governor Jim Douglas and legislative leaders have lowered their expectations for how much will be available to spend in the 2009 budget. Gov. Douglas gives details in his annual budget address to the Legislature.