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House panel considering GMO labeling bill

Posted on March 28, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — While lawmakers spent much time at a legislative breakfast at the American Legion hall in Middlebury on Monday talking about taxes, they also discussed important legislation for the farm community, among other things.

At the top of the list was a bill that would require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs.

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Legislators hold out little hope for Bottle Bill changes

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — A local citizen is urging lawmakers to make changes in the law that discourages Vermonters from littering.

At Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Bristol American Legion Hall, some of the legislators discussed the tenuous prospects this session for an expanded Bottle Bill. Some residents, like Bristol’s Peter Grant, argued the current 5-cent deposit doesn’t provide enough incentive anymore for people to keep and redeem their containers. As a consequence, an increasing number of cans and bottles are becoming litter.

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Editorial: Doing the public's business

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



With the crossover deadline for legislation coming due last Friday, it’s appropriate to briefly review a few of the more significant measures that have been drafted, discussed and passed — starting with the Senate.

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Vermont lawmakers consider tax and fee increases

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — When lawmakers return to Montpelier this week after their Town Meeting break, they will continue consideration of where to get revenues for state programs.

Lawmakers at the Legislative Breakfast in Vergennes last week discussed potential increases in existing fees and taxes, as well as Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed new 10-percent surcharge on break-open tickets sold by various civic groups, including the American Legion Halls.

INCREASED FEES AND TAXES?

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Transition to health benefit exchange in Vt. nears

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — At a Legislative Breakfast in Vergennes Monday, Addison County lawmakers served notice that residents this fall will begin to see a transition to a new federal health care system — and possibly a single-payer system four years down the road.

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House committees tweaking search and rescue bills

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Cindy Hill



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Search and Rescue bill, H.182, is moving forward through the Legislature. After substantially bolstering the bill proposed by a summer study committee, the House Government Operations committee last Thursday approved the bill and passed it on to the House Appropriations Committee.

Appropriations the next day voted out the bill with only a minor technical change.

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Two local farmer-lawmakers see different sides on GMO bill

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — A proposed law that would require manufacturers to label Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, was a key discussion point at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast in Vergennes.

The bill, known as H.112, passed the House Agriculture Committee by an 8-3 vote last Friday.

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Vt. House committee approves GMO labeling bill

Posted on March 4, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MONTPELIER — Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to put mandatory labels on genetically modified food products.

On Friday, the House Agriculture Committee, after weeks of testimony, passed H.112, or the “GMO labeling bill,” by an 8-3 vote. H.112 requires producers to put labels on raw agricultural and processed, packaged food products that are genetically engineered. The bill will go to the House Judiciary Committee for review, then to the floor for a vote.

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Shumlin would sign End of Life Choices bill

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday boosted his education reform plans (See story, Page 1A), reiterated his support for a bill that would allow terminally ill Vermonters to end their own lives, and explained why he favors bringing the F-35 fighter jet to Burlington for use by the Vermont National Guard.

At a legislative lunch in Bristol and during an interview with the Addison Independent, the issues Shumlin discussed included:

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