Lively online discussion between pro-S.5 senators and Vermonters who oppose the ‘Affordable Heating Act.’
Gun control bill, citing suicide concerns, goes to House Judiciary
A bill requiring gun lockup is unconstitutional and education on the firearms/suicide nexus is more effective than regulation, Second Amendment rights advocates told a House committee last week – to no avail.
16-17 marriage ban, universal meals, license suspension for non-payment go to House floor
Love and marriage won’t go together like a horse and carriage for Vermont teenagers. But at the school meals will be free (for them) and DMV won’t suspend anyone’s driver’s license for not paying a speeding ticket.
Senators quiz AHA architect on low-income cost concerns
Senators spar over the costs, straightforwardness, and even the name of the controversial Affordable Heating Act (AHA).
Prostitution repeal introduced
Bills to repeal state law prohibiting prostitution and disorderly conduct and mushroom hallucinogen have been introduced into the Vermont House.
S.5, Affordable Heating Act, goes to Senate money committee this afternoon
S.5, the Affordable Heating Act, goes to the ‘how much will it cost the taxpayer’ committee this afternoon.
Randolph lawmaker intros bill to ban hunting bears with dogs
Two anti-hunting and trapping bills introduced by a former Colorado wildlife worker would leave Vermonters defenseless against problem bears, coyotes, and problem furbearers such as beavers which cause flooding and raccoons which carry rabies, the Sportsmen’s Alliance says.
Senate bill would pay $1000/month to youth exiting foster care
Youth leaving foster care often struggle on their own. A Windsor County senator wants the State to provide them with a monthly stipend.
Epiphany in Vermont Climate Council: The Climate Action Plan isn’t realistic
Two epihanies, actually. A senator admits the Senate doesn’t do things to help poor people, but must save the world instead. And, there just aren’t enough workers to weatherize, etc. enough to meet self-imposed carbon reduction mandates.
Study: Vermont could tweak telehealth laws
Recent laws have improved telehealth, but improvements could be made, a recent study says.