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February 27, 2015

Vermont Recognizes National Weights and Measures Week: March 1-7, 2015

March 1-7 is National Weights and Measures Week, a time to recognize the important role of weights and measures inspectors across the country. Read more

February 27, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Statement on Legislative Session

MONTPELIER - February 27, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement as the Legislature worked to wrap up early session efforts in advance of Town Meeting week. “I want to thank the House and the Senate, and especially Speaker Smith and Senate Pro Tem Campbell, for the hard work so far this session. In January I laid out a number of priorities to keep Vermont moving forward, including cleaning up Lake Champlain and other Vermont waterways; strengthening Vermont's clean energy innovation to create jobs and save Vermonters money on their electricity costs; reducing the Medicaid cost shift to save Vermont businesses and those with private insurance on rising insurance rates; reducing school spending to relieve the property tax burden on hard working Vermonters; advancing economic development proposals to ensure additional support and more trained workers for growing Vermont businesses; and passing a budget that makes the difficult but necessary decisions required to put our state on sound fiscal footing going forward. On those priorities, this has been one of the most productive beginnings to a legislative session that I have seen in many years.” read moreRead more

February 27, 2015

Vermont Officials Outline Impacts of Department of Homeland Security Shutdown

WATERBURY - February 27, 2015 – With continued uncertainty over whether or for how long Congress will approve funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont public safety officials today outlined impacts of a shutdown for Vermont. If funding is not approved by midnight tonight most divisions of the federal agency will suspend operations. While Congress is considering a short-term fix, the administration seeks a long-term solution given the importance of the Department. read moreRead more

February 26, 2015

Fish & Wildlife Board Sets Permit Numbers for 2015 Moose Hunt

A total of 225 regular firearms moose season permits and 40 archery moose season permits would be issued for Vermont's 2015 October moose hunt under a proposed regulation approved by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board at their February 25 monthly meeting in Montpelier. Read more

February 25, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Signs Bill to Tighten Restrictions on Sex Offenders

MONTPELIER - Feburary 25, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into law legislation to tighten reporting restrictions for sex offenders when they are released from their sentence. Introduced by House Judiciary Chairwoman Rep. Maxine Grad, the legislation (H.16) requires a sex offender to report to the Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry prior to his or her release from prison. Previously, offenders had up to three days after release to report information about their intended residence, and the Department of Corrections could not compel an offender to provide such information before release. The bill also requires a sex offender to report to the Sex Offender Registry within 24 hours of being released from probation, parole, furlough, or a supervised community sentence.  read moreRead more

February 25, 2015

Frozen water pipes affecting communities and homes

WATERBURY - February 25, 2015 – With a growing number of communities having experienced water main breaks over the past week and other communities reporting frozen underground water pipes affecting a number of individual customers, Vermont state agencies are ready to provide assistance to communities that may need resources, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Public Safety officials announced today. read moreRead more

February 25, 2015

Fish & Wildlife Grants Available to Vermont Shooting Ranges

A Vermont Fish & Wildlife grant program creating more access to safe places to shoot is continuing in 2015. Shooting clubs, sportsmen's groups and government agencies operating shooting ranges, including archery ranges, have may submit applications for grants from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Read more

February 24, 2015

Gov. Shumlin & State’s Attorney Donovan Announce Driver Restoration Day Pilot in Burlington

BURLINGTON - February 24, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan today announced a pilot Driver Restoration Day to be held in Burlington on March 20th to help Vermonters in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Washington counties who have had their licenses suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets get their driving privileges reinstated. The effort is aimed at ensuring lower-income Vermonters are not forced to make choices between paying for overdue tickets or daily necessities and increasing public safety.  read moreRead more

February 24, 2015

State Barn Preservation Grants Awarded to 21 Agricultural Buildings Across Vermont

Governor Peter Shumlin and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently awarded matching grants totaling $247,134 to aid in the restoration and maintenance of significant buildings that contribute to Vermont's agricultural history. Spanning from a circa 1790 English barn to a 1930 Sears kit barn, the projects include roof and foundation repairs, drainage work, reframing, and replacement of deteriorated siding. Read more

February 23, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s public appearance schedule

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February 23, 2015

Vermont's Public Mapping Data Portal Is Transforming

After more than 20 years as a public nonprofit, the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) will become a division of state government once again. Specifically, it will become a division of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) on March 30, 2015. Read more

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