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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Public Retirement Plan Passes the House!

Vermont is moving forward with expanding access to quality retirement savings options for employees of smaller businesses. The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of S.135, an economic omnibus bill that included the public retirement plan. The bill passed the Senate in early April, and is now in Conference Committee awaiting final approval before it heads to ...

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House Approves Paid Family Leave!

The paid family leave insurance proposal, H.196, has been approved by the Vermont House! After hours of debate, representatives acted to advance the bill to the Senate by a vote of 88-58, where it will likely be taken up next year. Despite being significantly weakened throughout the committee process, H.196 still provides an important benefit not ...

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VPIRG 2017 Canvass Kicks Off

Today we kicked off the 2017 VPIRG summer canvass! This is the biggest grassroots operation in Vermont — and we do it every year from the beginning of May to the end of August. The purpose of the canvass is to engage as many citizens in the fight for Vermont values as possible. With every new contact one ...

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Paid Family Leave moves to the House floor!

  Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee advanced H.196, the paid family leave insurance proposal.   This is great news! The paid family leave bill has had months of testimony from citizens, business owners, advocates, and experts, and is finally expecting a vote on the House floor next week. This proposal would allow workers to take needed time to ...

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VPIRG opposes S.45

This session, the Vermont Senate passed a bill that would have weakened the state’s existing strong law banning gifts from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to Vermont medical professionals. More and more, researchers are finding that gifts – even as seemingly insignificant as a free meal – have a real impact on consequent decisions made by ...

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The truth about the “bag ban”

This week you’ve likely started to hear rumblings about the proposed “bag ban” in Vermont.  When you hear about this on VPR, or read about it in another media source please remember one thing. This is not a bag ban.   You see, there are two bills being discussed in the Vermont House right now.  Both ...

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