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Christina Canvass

The 2016 summer canvass is officially underway and we’re knocking on doors with some of the brightest and best of Vermont’s youth. With almost 10 towns and villages covered so far, we’re biking, walking, and camping across the state to spread the word about our upcoming campaigns.  Visit our Facebook page to see the latest ...

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Governor signs nation’s most comprehensive birth control access law

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Today Governor Shumlin made it easier for all Vermonters to access contraceptives by signing bill H.620 into law. In a ceremony on the State House steps, the Governor, legislative allies, and advocates discussed the need to guarantee access to birth control, and the stark contrast between Vermont and other states where politicians are trying to in ...

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2016 Legislative Accomplishments

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You may have heard that the just-completed 2016 legislative session was lacking in big ideas or major accomplishments. While it’s true that the looming election and pending retirement of many prominent legislators was a distraction this year, it did not prevent real progress on a number of important fronts. That’s important because many of the challenges ...

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Energy Siting Bill Passes!

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Friday evening, after a flurry of back and forth negotiations between the House and the Senate – S.230, the energy siting bill, finally passed and is heading to the governor’s desk. The result is a bill that will do a lot to empower towns to take on a greater role in Vermont’s clean energy transition while ...

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VT takes another step forward to protect against toxic pollutants

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Today the Vermont Legislature passed H.595, a bill that takes steps to address issues arising from the PFOA contamination found in North Bennington, and forwards the conversation about how Vermont can best regulate toxic chemicals. The bill includes a number of important provisions that will make it easier for the Agency of Natural Resources to prevent and ...

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Vermont passes comprehensive birth control legislation

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The Access to Birth Control bill, H.620, is on track to become law after the Vermont General Assembly approved the measure Wednesday. With strong tri-partisan support, the bill passed 128-15-7 in the House and by unanimous voice vote in the Senate. This comprehensive legislation will increase access to the full range of reproductive health care, by ...

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Highlights from a busy spring

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It’s been a crazy few months here at VPIRG, with our advocates have been hard at work in the State House day after day and our team of field organizers doing an incredible job hitting the phones, organizing events, meeting with activists, and having the face-to-face conversations that truly drive our work. Here are just a ...

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Hundreds of Students Rally for Climate Action

MONTPELIER - The Vermont Youth Lobby 1st Annual Youth Rally for the Planet enjoyed a sunny cool day at the Vermont State House on Thursday, April 28th 2016.

On a cool, sunny Thursday at the end of April—over 500 students from across the state marched from the Vermont College green and through town to the Statehouse Lawn as part of the largest youth climate rally in Vermont history. As they marched, the students chanted “no more coal, no more oil, keep the carbon in ...

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