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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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Citizens criticize End of Life Choices legislation

Posted on February 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairwoman Claire Ayer heard an earful on Monday from local opponents of a proposed law that would allow terminally ill, mentally competent patients to take a lethal dose of medication under specific conditions.

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Legislative review: Vermont economy needs 'Code Green'

Posted on February 7, 2013 |
By Rep. Paul Raulston D-Middlebury



I was happy the Speaker assigned me to another term on the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. I believe ours is a committee well constituted to deal with the complex economic issues we are facing in Vermont.

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Legislative Report: Transportation needs hard for state to fund

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Rep. Diane Lanpher



Rep. Diane Lanpher, Addison-3, is a member of the House Transportation Committee.

Vermont’s transportation system has faced some extraordinary challenges in recent years, with four federally declared disasters in 2011, including spring floods followed by Tropical Storm Irene. This year we face different transportation challenges — both challenge the Transportation Fund. One more immediate and another reaching far into the future.

Long Term challenge:

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GOP taps Castimore, VanWyck for the late Rep. Clark’s House seat

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Republican leaders in the Addison-3 House district on Thursday agreed to recommend two GOP nominees as candidates to serve out the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes: Warren VanWyck of Ferrisburgh and Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham.

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Local lawmakers poised to make impact on legislative committees

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Addison County lawmakers are again positioned to be “impact players” in shaping this year’s legislative agenda, according to recently announced House and Senate committee assignments.

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Shumlin delivers State of the State address

Posted on January 11, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



Editor’s note: Gov. Peter Shumlin took the oath of office to start his second term as governor on Thursday. The following is Gov. Shumlin’s State of the State Address, which he delivered in the Vermont Statehouse after his swearing in ceremony.

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the General Assembly, members of our National Guard, fellow Vermonters:

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your governor for another term. It is an honor to serve, and every day I am grateful for this extraordinary privilege.

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Lt. Gov. Phil Scott addresses the state

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



Editor’s note: Lt. Gov. Phil Scott was sworn in this morning for his second two-year term as Vermont’s lieutenant governor. After taking the oath of office from Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Chittenden/Grand Isle, Lt. Gov. Scott offered the following remarks.

Good morning. First, I’d like to thank Vermonters for the opportunity to serve the state for another two years. It truly is an honor for me to serve as Vermont’s Lt. Governor. To think a Barre-born stock car racer like myself would ever have an opportunity such as this is truly incredible.

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