Governor Signs Community Broadband Bill Into Law

Governor Signs Community Broadband Bill Into Law

With the governor signing H.360 into law, Vermont has enacted the most significant investment in state history to provide world-class broadband internet service to every Vermont resident. Perhaps most importantly, instead of directing precious resources to the same large telecoms that have failed to deliver universal access to Vermonters, this legislation invests in community-based solutions. This legislation ...

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Universal Mail-in Voting Becomes Law in Vermont

Universal Mail-in Voting Becomes Law in Vermont

Advocacy groups, civic organizations, and businesses hailed a brand-new law, signed by Gov. Phil Scott today, requiring ballots to be mailed to all active Vermont voters in general elections moving forward. The policy that was put in place as a one-time emergency measure in 2020 during the early days of the pandemic.   Mail-in voting contributed to ...

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The VPIRG 2021 Canvass is Underway!

The VPIRG 2021 Canvass is Underway!

At VPIRG, this time of year usually means ramping up our annual summer door-to-door canvass to renew and recruit thousands of VPIRG members and build support for one of our priority campaigns. Unfortunately, if you looked around Vermont today, you wouldn’t see any VPIRG canvassers on bikes, heading up long driveways, knocking on doors and building ...

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2021 Legislative Wrap-Up

2021 Legislative Wrap-Up

The Vermont legislature has officially wrapped up its work for the session, and once again VPIRG’s research, member engagement, and advocacy efforts paid off. We were incredibly successful in this “virtual” session, going toe-to-toe against some of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in the state. We’re pleased to announce that a number of our top ...

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Transportation Modernization Package funds EVs, Infrastructure, Equity, and more.

Transportation Modernization Package funds EVs, Infrastructure, Equity, and more.

A top priority of ours for the 2021 legislative session was the Transportation Modernization Package in the Transportation Bill (H.433) – a host of policies that would save Vermonters millions of dollars while reducing climate pollution. Championed by a host of legislators, VPIRG’s amazing members, and our many allies, this year’s Transportation Bill contains the most ...

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Legislature Gives Final Approval to Community Broadband Bill

Legislature Gives Final Approval to Community Broadband Bill

Both chambers of the Vermont legislature have given final approval to H.360 aka “The Broadband Bill.” This VPIRG-supported bill represents the most significant investment in state history toward bringing world-class broadband internet service to every Vermonter—an investment made possible by federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. But perhaps as important as the funding itself is ...

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Vermont Enacts Groundbreaking Restrictions on Toxic PFAS Chemicals

Vermont Enacts Groundbreaking Restrictions on Toxic PFAS Chemicals

Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into law a nation-leading bill that restricts the sale of consumer products that contain toxic chemicals known as PFAS. Legislative leaders and organizations released the following statements in response. Senator Ginny Lyons, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health & Welfare noted, “Firefighters, outdoor enthusiasts, children and families understand how important ...

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