Donovan: In defense of food assistance — 3SquaresVT public comment period ends Sept. 23

Donovan: In defense of food assistance — 3SquaresVT public comment period ends Sept. 23

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that his office will be submitting comments in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to cut food assistance for Vermonters. The announcement was made at a Sept. 11 press conference held in South Burlington at Hunger Free Vermont’s headquarters on Eastwood Drive. Joining Donovan and his staff were Anore Horton,… Read More »

New law: Vermonters must be 21 to purchase/possess tobacco products

As of Sept. 1, Vermonters must be at least 21 years old to purchase and possess tobacco products or paraphernalia. The new law also includes tobacco-substitute products, such as e-cigarettes. Health officials say the increase in buying age will help protect youth from nicotine addiction and potentially toxic chemicals. Commonly known as Tobacco 21, the… Read More »

Teachers insurance talks hit an impasse

ELLIE FRENCH Vt Digger  Bargaining between school districts and teachers unions on health insurance for Vermont’s 40,000 public school employees has reached an impasse and is going to mediation. Under a new state law, health insurance negotiations for teachers and other school staff members take place on a statewide basis. A 10-person commission of five… Read More »

Kinney Drugs to stop selling e-cigarettes and vaping products

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. – Kinney Drugs stores in Vermont and New York will no longer sell electronic cigarettes and vaping products, the chain announced June 28. In a press release, senior director of marketing and advertising Judith R. Cowden stated that the change is part of the company’s “ongoing effort to promote responsible access to tobacco… Read More »

Vermont has nation’s broadest single-use plastics ban: Gov. Scott signs bill, ban effective July 2020

Vermont has nation’s broadest single-use plastics ban: Gov. Scott signs bill, ban effective July 2020

ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF VT Digger Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law on Monday that gives Vermont the distinction of having the most comprehensive restrictions on single-use plastic of any state in the country. The bill, S.113, prohibits retailers from providing customers with single-use plastic bags at checkout and plastic stirrers starting next July. Stores… Read More »

Vehicle charging stations get a boost under new legislation

PENG CHEN VT Digger BETHEL — Vermonters driving electric vehicles won’t have to worry as much about where they’ll get their next charge, under legislation signed by Gov. Phil Scott. In describing the new transportation bill, H.529, at a ceremony Friday at the site of the Route 12 bridge, Scott said the state wants to… Read More »

Welch touts Dreamer bill passed by House, headed to Senate

Welch touts Dreamer bill passed by House, headed to Senate

LUKE ZARZECKI Community News Service Legislation passed in the U.S. House last week to provide a path to citizenship for Dreamer immigrants deserves attention and a vote in the Senate, Vermont Congressman Peter Welch said on a visit home last week. At a news conference at the University of Vermont last Friday, Welch discussed the… Read More »

Glass dumping may lead to legal action

Glass dumping may lead to legal action

ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF VT Digger The Chittenden Solid Waste District may have violated state law when it crushed and spread glass brought to its Williston facility for recycling. The state has cited the facility and another waste district is threatening legal action. The Chittenden district maintains that the glass spreading was legal, but the Agency of… Read More »

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