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Lawmakers hail health care ruling

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County lawmakers spearheading Vermont’s health care reform effort hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to substantially uphold the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), a decision they said gives them further confidence in pushing the state toward a single-payer system.

“I’m obviously satisfied and pleasantly surprised, I have to admit, by the ruling,” said Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, and chairman of the House Health Care Committee.

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Farm bill negotiations put food aid on the line

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate approval of the 2012 farm bill last week has Vermont nutrition officials and advocates alike worried about funding for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps.

“The need for food (assistance) is at an all-time high,” said Jeanne Montross, executive director of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects in Middlebury. “Losses to the SNAP program are going to mean more people going hungry, and it’s going to lay an even higher burden on our food shelves.”

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Lawmakers cap '12 session

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Local lawmakers hailed the 2012 legislative session as one of the most productive in recent memory, producing what they said were some major advances in fortifying the state’s roads and bridges, devising a new search-and-rescue policy and advancing health care reform.

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Shumlin says Legislature laid foundation for new jobs

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday commended the 2012 Legislature for adopting initiatives he said place the state on a firm foundation for job creation, fiscal solvency and sustainable health care costs — in spite of the crippling effects of Tropical Storm Irene.

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New Haven man to run for House

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Ed McGuire spent 18 years teaching math to Mount Abraham Union High School students before retiring in 2008.

Now McGuire, a New Haven Democrat, will be reaching out to many of those same, now-adult students to earn their votes as he embarks on a race for the Addison-5 House seat that represents the towns of Bridport, Weybridge and New Haven.

“I do know a lot of young people,” McGuire said on Monday, the official kick-off of his first foray into politics.

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Amendments fly in debate over merger of GMP, CVPS

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Local lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday fielded several amendments related to the proposed combining of the state’s two largest utilities, much of it related to a $21 million payback that some believe is owed to electricity ratepayers as a condition of the merger.

The $21 million in question represents additional money that electricity ratepayers were assessed to help shore up a financially strapped Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS) back in 2001.

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GMO bill passes committee, but won't reach house floor

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — A bill that would require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods passed out of the Vermont House Agriculture Committee last Friday, with nine representatives voting for and one against.

Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, said H. 722 will likely pass through the House Judiciary Committee, but it’s not likely to reach the House floor before the end of this legislative session. Stevens said to reach the floor similar legislation would have to start from the very beginning next year.

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Fifth-graders try to light the way

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Kathy Douglas’ fifth-grade students at Ferrisburgh Central School are hoping the Vermont Legislature will see the light.

More specifically, the members of her class would like lawmakers to approve traffic lights at the intersection of Route 7 and Little Chicago Road, just a few hundred yards away from their school.

Local representatives Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) and Greg Clark (R-Vergennes) recently accepted the students’ invitation to meet with them.

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Senate passes health care exchange bill; Ayer pleased

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The state Senate on Tuesday passed a health care benefits exchange bill that will allow Vermont to fulfill the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act, while setting stage for more substantial reforms in the future to help those who are uninsured or underinsured.

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Vt. House updates search and rescue policy

Posted on April 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would revamp the state’s search-and-rescue policy in wake of the tragic death of 19-year-old Levi Duclos on a Ripton hiking trail this past January.

The legislation would set up some interim rules requiring Vermont Department of Public Safety, with the help of local emergency organizations, to immediately respond “to every search and rescue call for help, which shall include an immediate call to the department’s search and rescue team.”

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