Gov. Scott Signs Ethics Reform Into Law

Today, Gov. Phil Scott signed into law S. 8, an ethics and government reform bill. So, what does the new law do? Addresses the revolving door by prohibiting legislators and executive officers from working as a lobbyist for one year after leaving office. Bans certain pay to play practices by prohibiting holders of large sole source state ...

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Update on Wind Sound Proceeding

In May 2017, the Public Service Board issued a final proposed rule on sound from wind turbines. Unfortunately, they chose to ignore the clear evidence and issue a rule that, if approved, will functionally take wind off the table as a viable resource here in Vermont. VPIRG has been involved in this proceeding since its start ...

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Applauds VPIRG Canvassers

If you tuned into Vermont Edition last Friday, you would have heard Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders name-drop the VPIRG Canvass! In an interview with Bob Kinzel, Sanders reacted to the current state of politics in Washington D.C., and lamented the corrupt nature of big money in politics and in our political campaign. Rather than funneling corporate ...

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Gov. Scott Signs Retirement Security Bill

In front of a large crowd on Thursday at the Northern Stage theater in White River Junction, Governor Scott signed into law S.135, a bill that creates a state-administered retirement program. As part of a larger economic development bill that supports rural and downtown development, Section C of the legislation authorizes the Treasurer’s Office to implement the ...

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Canvass Hits Stride In Fourth Week

Kicking off its 16th day, the 2017 Summer Canvass is in full swing! We have knocked on 8,322 doors in 12 towns across the state. We’ve collected 1,564 petition signatures and added 283 new VPIRG members to our grassroots movement. We’ve engaged with 3,288 Vermonters, 140 of which have expressed interest in joining our movement as community ...

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2017 Legislative Accomplishments

Given what’s happening in Washington DC and the real threats to what we would consider Vermonters’ well being–our health, our environment, many of our values–we expected more activity on the part of Vermont legislators to push back against these threats. Some people have suggested that the new leadership in the State House needed time to settle ...

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Bill to Protect Kids From Toxics Nears Finish Line

VPIRG joined our allies Wednesday at a news conference outside to show legislators that Vermonters want them to pass toxic chemical reform legislation before they go home for the year. All session long we’ve been tracking S.103 – a toxic chemical reform bill that makes important strides to protect kids from harmful chemicals and ensure that Vermonters’ drinking ...

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