Monday’s Headliners column about legislative planning for the next wave of Vermont prisons prompted plenty of reader questions and comments.
It will be eight months before the Legislature reconvenes. I would hope the members think long and hard on what a spectacular disaster this session turned out to be.
“Not only is the state incapable of keeping drugs out of its prisons, it is incapable of adequately maintaining its own prison infrastructure” Greenhut concludes.
It turns out that not only are those bans an inconvenience, they also have questionable positive benefits for the environment — and may actually be making things worse.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday signed into law H.57, the unrestricted abortion bill, and vetoed S.169, a gun control bill that would have required a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. Here are the bills approved by the 2019 Legislature that have been signed into law.
Taking action on two of the most controversial pieces of legislation this session, Gov. Phil Scott has signed an unlimited abortion bill and vetoed a gun control bill.
Remember the Champlain Flyer? That was Howard Dean’s commuter train that ran 13 miles from Charlotte to Burlington. After three years’ operation and spending $27 million, the little used Flyer was mothballed.
When it comes to fighting poverty, there is no better weapon than marriage. In fact, marriage reduces the probability of child poverty by 80 percent.
Vermonters gathered Friday afternoon on Church Street to get an update on human trafficking in Vermont, and to remember its victims by marking the second anniversary of the “You Are Loved” mural, which was sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The Vermont Legislature is planning “the next wave of criminal justice and corrections reforms,” Rep. Sara Coffey, D-Vernon, said in her June 5 column in The Commons, a Windham County weekly newspaper.
“The issue of climate change, the issue of tens of millions of Americans not having any health insurance, the fact that half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck — those are more serious crises.”