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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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Area House districts intact in Vt. reapportionment proposal

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB) last week voted 4-2 on a final recommendation for redrawing boundaries for the Vermont House of Representatives that leaves most Addison County districts the way they are now.

Lawmakers will discuss VAB proposals for the House and Vermont Senate during the 2012 legislative session before voting on a final reapportionment plan.

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State panel proposes adding Charlotte to county Senate district

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County’s senatorial district would swap Brandon for Charlotte in a proposed redistricting plan recently endorsed by the Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB), which had until July 1 to submit final proposals for legislative review.

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Higher cigarette taxes steering some smokers to quit

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — When John St. Germain, 21, of Shoreham made his daily trip to Maplefields to pick up a pack of cigarettes on July 1, he looked past the cashier, realized the price of cigarettes had skyrocketed overnight, pushed his wallet back into his pocket and walked out the door empty-handed, swearing never to buy another pack again.

What happened was the state’s 38-cent cigarette tax increase went into effect, raising the total tax per pack from $2.24-$2.62.

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Redistricting proposal would alter local House districts

Posted on June 20, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB) has drafted a controversial new map that re-draws several Addison County House districts and even splits one local town — Monkton.

The new map, which will set the boundaries for House districts that will be contested in the 2012 election, must be endorsed by the Legislature before it becomes law.

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Rep. Welch calls for repeal of subsidies to ethanol industry

Posted on June 13, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LAKE BOMOSEEN — Barb Woodard has seen firsthand the effects of ethanol on boat engines and it goes right to her bottom line.

“I think it’s a strong issue that needs to be addressed,” the co-owner of Woodard’s Marina said during a press conference hosted by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., at the marina’s fuel dock last Thursday morning. “I would like to see a supply of non-ethanol fuel for recreational use.”

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New law could energize solar power

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



VERMONT — Renewable energy advocates hope that a new law signed last week by Gov. Peter Shumlin will lead to a surge of solar power in the state’s energy grid. The Vermont Energy Act of 2011, which will take effect on July 1, mandates that all utility companies provide residential customers who use solar power with a 20-cent credit for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy they generate.

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Rep. Clark takes health lessons to heart

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — It was a chilly Feb. 15, and Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes, knew he shouldn’t be perspiring. But he was.

Clark, 63, had just returned to his room in the Hilltop Inn in Berlin, where he stays during the legislative session. He had just attended a GOP caucus, ironically on the issue of health care legislation, and was starting to feel ill.

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