Tenants Gain New Right

David Delcore        TIMES ARGUS MONTPELIER — Landlords who don’t pay their water bills might not receive all of their rent thanks to new legislation that lets tenants take over delinquent accounts and deduct the payments they make from their rent. First floated more than a year ago,…

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Distributors Want to End Bottle Bill

Vermont beverage distributors have an alternative to the state’s bottle bill and they are prepared to pay for it, an industry lobbyist told lawmakers Friday. The proposal would replace public trash receptacles with public recycling bins. In exchange, distributors want to do away with the state’s bottle deposit law, which…

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Senate Endorses Bill to Regulate Toxic Chemicals

The state Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would ban chemicals from consumer products sold in Vermont if the state considers them harmful to human health. S.239 passed by a vote of 18-12 Wednesday. It needs final approval from the Senate before moving to the House. The legislation…

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Pollina Pushes ’10 Percent for Vt.’ Plan

MONTPELIER — The Senate Finance Committee began reviewing a proposal Tuesday to direct 10 percent of the state’s cash on hand to local investments. The “10 Percent for Vermont” plan sponsored by Washington County Sen. Anthony Pollina, an alternative to a politically unpopular state-owned bank, emerged from the Senate Government…

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Lawmakers to Revisit Fossil Fuel Divestment

Climate change activists will renew their call for the state to divest from coal, oil and gas companies, and one lawmaker says he will introduce first-in-the-nation legislation to do so. In the 2014 legislative session, a divestment bill was thwarted by concerns it would risk the growth of state employees’…

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