The Senate Transportation committee
is set to make a key change in the gas tax bill that was adopted by the House
several weeks ago. Lawmakers are eyeing the gas
tax as a way to raise new revenue to allow the state to take full advantage of
all federal matching money that’s available.
A bacterial disease spread by
tick bites is getting attention this week in the Statehouse. Lyme disease patients and
their advocates are pushing for a bill that requires insurance companies to cover long-term antibiotic care for the
Vermont became the first state on Monday to publish the rates
it would charge people who don’t currently have health insurance to get
coverage – a key step toward establishing the health exchanges that are central
to the federal health care law known as Obamacare. Health
officials said Monday the rates are comparable to current commercial rates.
It will be a lot quieter in the Statehouse this week. Over the past couple of weeks, the House and Senate spent many hours on the floor pushing priorities through one chamber or the other.
Now it’s back to committees again and some of the issues may sound pretty familiar. The Senate Appropriations Committee tackles the budget, for one. And legislators will also deal with unfinished business from Town Meeting Day
Legislation that increases state spending by roughly 5 percent was approved by the House last night. The
bill sets up a major disagreement with Governor Peter Shumlin over the funding
of child care programs.
key House committee took testimony on Thursday about whether possessing small
amounts of marijuana should be a civil offense, not a crime. In
Montpelier, decriminalization was once
considered one of the key issues of the legislative session, but it has recently
taken a back seat.
The Vermont House has advanced a bill aimed at enhancing the protection
of Vermont’s lakes from the damaging effects of some shoreline
development. But environmental groups say the bill has been significantly watered down.