Governor Peter Shumlin’s plan
to finance a major expansion of child care programs is sharply dividing Vermont’s early childhood community. There’s nearly unanimous support for the proposal
to increase funding for child care subsidies. But there’s
disagreement over how to pay for the initiative.
The Vermont Senate overwhelmingly advanced a bill on Friday that
would give driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country
illegally. The bill would create what are described as drivers’ authorization
cards that would look different from
a regular state license.
If lawmakers have their way,
wild boar will not find a home in the Vermont woods. Wild boar and feral pigs are
a nuisance species around the country. Vermont wildlife officials are concerned that the animals
could escape from captive hunting facilities and take hold in the Green Mountains.
Patients living with Lyme
disease crowded the Statehouse on Wednesday to tell their stories about years
of misdiagnosis and chronic pain. The patients and their
advocates want legislation to protect doctors if they prescribe long-term
antibiotic treatment contrary to current medical standards.
Job losses in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene were in many cases
temporary, lasting only as long as it took businesses to repair damage
from the flood. The financial impact of those layoffs has been more lasting, but lawmakers may have found a way to soften the blow.
oil spill in Arkansas may add urgency to Vermont legislation that would regulate oil pipelines.
point to similarities between the pipeline in Arkansas that ruptured and
one in northern Vermont that could be used to ship tar sands oil.