Rent-to-Own Bill Headed to the House of Representatives

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Last week the Vermont Senate passed legislation to bring necessary consumer protections to the rent-to-own industry. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote and now heads to the House of Representatives. These businesses rent out home goods such as couches, refrigerators and televisions to consumers at a premium price, giving consumers the ability to ...

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Vermont Senate Hearing on Climate Science


Please join us for: Vermont Senate Hearing on Climate Science Wednesday, March 25th 9 am – 10:30 am Room 11, State House in Montpelier At a time when elected leaders in Washington, D.C. and other states are denying climate change—and even banning the terms “climate change”—Vermont’s leaders have a responsibility to recognize the scientific link between human activities and climate ...

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VPIRG and Allies Advocate for Strong Toxic Free Families Act Rules

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Today VPIRG’s Environmental Health team traveled to the Department of Health in Burlington to speak at a public hearing on rules around implementation of the Toxic Free Families Act. And we weren’t alone- over 250 Vermonters and VPIRG members were with us in the form of a signed petition voicing their support for strong rules that ...

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Government Operations Committee Passes Bill to Expand Access to Dental Care

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This week the Government Operations Committee voted 4-1 to pass legislation to allow mid-level dental providers (called dental therapists) to expand the dental team in Vermont. The Committee took testimony a wide range of stakeholders including advocates, and oral health professionals from across the country. Some of the most compelling testimony came on Tuesday afternoon when ...

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Ben & Jerry’s Endorses Energy Independent Vermont


Ben & Jerry’s officially endorsed the Energy Independent Vermont campaign today, as part of the company’s Save Our Swirled international climate tour kick-off. Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield joined CEO Jostein Solheim and Vermont Public Interest Research Group Executive Director Paul Burns to make the announcement outside of the Ben & Jerry’s store in Burlington. Solheim ...

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VPIRG’s Top 5 Ways to Recycle Better

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Last week we brought you a list of ways to recycle more. This week we hope you’ll check out our tips on how to recycle better- read on for some common items folks commonly recycle wrong, as well as ways to make sure they’re disposed of properly. 1. Coffee Cups Last post we talked about recycling coffee lids. Unfortunately, ...

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House Health Care passes expansive health reform bill


This week the House Health Care Committee took decisive action to make health care in Vermont more affordable, accessible, and equitable. The Committee voted 7-2-2 to fund a wide-sweeping package of health care reform initiatives, funded with a 0.3% payroll tax and a two cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks. One of the most notable initiatives funded ...

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House Overwhelmingly Approves Renewable Energy Bill

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This afternoon, the Vermont House voted overwhelmingly to approve The Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Transformation Program (H.40). H.40 is a critical piece of legislation that would put Vermont in line 29 other states, including every state in the New England region, in requiring electric utilities to provide customers with renewable power. RESET requires a total ...

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