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Senate removes vaccination exemption

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Vermont Senate’s support for lifting a provision in state law that allows parents to exempt their children from vaccinations for philosophical reasons is not sitting well with some Addison County residents.

“I am in favor of the vaccinations, but I am not in favor of the government telling people to do it,” Addison resident Mark Boivin told participants at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Vergennes American Legion Hall.

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Charlotte resists senate district switch

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The state Senate will soon redraw its district boundaries as is required every 10 years after a federal census, and many Charlotte residents are panning a proposal that their town be absorbed into the Addison County senatorial district.

“I oppose this proposal because moving Charlotte into the Addison County senatorial district dilutes our — i.e., Charlotters’ — rights as voters,” said Charlotte resident Donna Spielman, who initiated a petition opposing the proposed Addison County and Charlotte district.

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Editorial: A note to Charlotte residents

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



We won’t claim a preference in the current redistricting debate that has proposed moving Charlotte into the Addison County senatorial district, but in case math prevails we’d like to introduce you to aspects of the county that may be closer to your values than you may know.

Our rural roots are the most obvious similarities. Dairy farming, open land, small town government and small rural schools are the heart of both areas.

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Personal liberties take center stage

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Monday’s season-opening legislative breakfast in Bridport offered a preview of two emotional debates on personal freedom that could play out on a grander scale this spring in the Statehouse.

At issue: Should families be given broader rights to have their children opt-out of vaccines designed to protect them from deadly diseases, and should terminally ill people be allowed to opt-in to a proposal that would allow them to take their own lives under medical supervision.

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Bill bolsters ag, forest and food processing

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers are working on legislation that aims to bolster Vermont’s economy while retaining the hallmarks of its rural landscape.

The main focus in both the House and Senate agriculture committees so far this session has been the Working Lands Enterprise Bill, which seeks to bolster the agriculture, forestry and value-added food processing business sectors in the state.

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Lawmakers tackle slaughterhouse, current use issues

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — While legislators focus their efforts on the Working Lands Enterprise Bill, they are also addressing other aspects of Vermont’s agricultural economy.

Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, and Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, both said they will be paying close attention to the discussion of slaughter issues this legislative session, both in the context of the Working Lands bill and on a larger scale.

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Lawmakers target Irene, health care

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers kicked off the 2012 legislative session Tuesday seeking, among other things, to make further strides in health care reform and to craft a tight state budget that will be further stressed by road, bridge and culvert repair bills racked up because of Tropical Storm Irene.

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Rep. David Sharpe named to key fiscal panel in Legislature

Posted on November 14, 2011 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, has been able to keep a close eye on the state’s financial health as a longtime member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Lawmakers tallying up Irene clean-up costs

Posted on October 17, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERMONT — At a joint meeting of the Vermont Senate and House Transportation Committees on Transportation in Montpelier last Wednesday, one thing was clear: The state’s coffers stand to take a major hit following Tropical Storm Irene.

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Rep. Fisher tapped to lead health panel

Posted on September 19, 2011 |
By Addy Indy Staff



LINCOLN — Speaker Shap Smith on Thursday announced the appointment of Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, as the chair of the House Committee on Health Care. Rep. Fisher, the current vice chair of the committee, replaces former Rep. Mark Larson who resigned from the Legislature in August to become the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Bradford, will become the committee’s vice chair.

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