Legislative Update: Ethics Commission

There’s been a lot of talk about government ethics lately, and not just in Washington, D.C.

Vermont is one of only three state without an ethics commission – and that’s a problem. By and large, our elected officials serve with honor and distinction. But with many Americans losing faith in government, Vermonters deserve to know that we can trust our elected officials to serve our state honestly and without the appearance ...

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Save Our Health Care

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On Sunday, January 15th, we stood among over 1,000 Vermonters at the Burlington rally for health care, held in conjunction with over 70 other events across the country organized by Senator Bernie Sanders. Together, we stood for the tens of millions of Americans who have gained access to health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, ...

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2017 Legislative Preview

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The 2017 Vermont legislative session is here! VPIRG is excited to build on the nearly 45 years of success that we have achieved together and continue working in the State House to protect our environment, watch out for consumers and put Vermont on a path to a sustainable future. Now, more than ever, states like Vermont will ...

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Update on Wind Sound Standard

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As the 2016 energy siting and planning bill was going through the final steps at the legislature last spring, the issue of setting statewide limits for sound from wind projects became a hot topic. Historically these limits had been set for each project individually. The bill, in its final form, tasked the Public Service Board ...

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New Solar Energy FAQ

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Last month, in response to all of the questions, comments, and conversations we were having about wind power, we released a Wind FAQ page on our website.  We’ve since been receiving a lot of positive feedback about the page and many of our members have found the information both helpful and clarifying. After the success of ...

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Who’s Calling?

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You may have received a call from us this fall asking you to take action – for example, contacting Vermont legislative candidates leading up to the election, or submitting a letter to the editor in your local paper, or attending a climate action rally. If you haven’t been called yet, you may be in the ...

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“Not for use by Children”

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After VPIRG released our 31st annual Trouble in Toyland report and data from Vermont’s Toxic Free Families Act the responses from manufacturers and the toy industry were a bit puzzling. Instead of addressing known and possible carcinogens contained in their products, or ways to ensure parents know when toys are recalled, they wanted to make ...

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