Student Privacy and Consumer Protection Law Takes Effect

Act 89 – a wide-ranging data privacy and consumer protection law goes into effect today. This VPIRG-supported law contains a number of key provisions that safeguard Vermont students’ privacy, better informs all Vermonters when their data has been compromised and keeps Vermonters out of unwanted ‘zombie contacts.’ VPIRG members and…

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VT Single-Use Plastics Ban Takes Effect

Great news – Vermont’s Single-Use Plastics Ban goes into effect today! Last year, VPIRG worked hard to advocate for the passage of this best-in-the-nation legislation, and we couldn’t have done it without support from our members, supporters, and allies across the state. As you well know, we face a real…

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VT Senate Approves Global Warming Solutions Act

Today the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve the Global Warming Solutions Act. After the final reading, the bill heads back to the House for final approval, before being sent to the Governor for his signature. We are grateful to President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, Majority Leader Becca Balint, Chairman…

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Job Opening: VPIREF Democracy & Youth Organizer

The 2020 election will be one of the most important in American history and thousands of Vermonters will vote for their first time, many of them by mail. The VPIREF Democracy & Youth Organizer will help Vermonters to safely exercise their right to vote.  The ideal candidate will inspire Vermonters to exercise their constitutional right to vote in…

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VT House Passes Vote-By-Mail Legislation on 115-29 Vote

The team here at VPIRG is excited to send a massive “THANK YOU” to the 115 members of the Vermont House of Representatives who took a stand today to ensure that no Vermonter has to choose between their safety and their right to vote this year. Late this afternoon, the…

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VPIRG’s 2019 Annual Report

This is a strange time to be releasing our 2019 Annual Report. In some ways, it feels like a time capsule, a reminder of bygone days – before Trump’s impeachment, before the global spread of COVID-19, before we knew the names Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, or George Floyd. In recent…

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VT Senate Passes Vote-by-Mail Bill

The Vermont Senate voted 21-7 today in favor of S.348, granting full authority to the Secretary of State to determine whether to mail all registered voters a ballot for this year’s General Election in November. This legislation will make it possible to move forward with a universal vote-by-mail system in…

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VPIRG stands in solidarity with those demanding justice

Right now, all across the country, Americans are protesting in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. VPIRG stands in solidarity with those demanding justice and working to address systemic racism. The killing that sparked the demonstrations this week happened in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But the systemic…

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VPIRG Virtual Canvass Update: Week Four

As we reach the fourth week of our virtual summer canvass, we here at VPIRG have been blown away by the level of support we have received from both our members and our stellar team of canvassers as we adjust to this ‘canvass-from-home’ reality.   Even still, VPIRG’s first ever (and hopefully only) all-digital summer…

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Coalition Thanks Lawmakers for COVID Work; Continuing Climate Work

Today VPIRG joined with more than 40 Vermont businesses and organizations and over 600 individual Vermonters to deliver a letter to Vermont lawmakers thanking them for their work thus far to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Vermont and for continuing to make action on the climate crisis a priority…

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