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Vermont Governor Signs H. 48 To Conduct Local Elections by Mail
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Vermont Governor Signs H. 48 To Conduct Local Elections by Mail

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs H. 48; Urges Cities And Towns To Conduct Local Elections By Mail Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Governor Phil Scott today signed H.48, An act relating to authorizing alternative procedures for 2021 annual municipal meetings in response to COVID-19, and strongly urged municipalities to conduct local elections by mail. “Although Vermonters value traditions like town meetings and voting in person, I strongly urge local officials to take advantage of the flexibility this law affords by mailing each registered voter a ballot for upcoming elections.  Not only would it accomplish the primary objective of helping keep our friends, families, and neighbors safe, but it will also increase access to the democratic process, ensuring Vermonters don’t need to choose betwe...
January 11, 2021 is National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness
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January 11, 2021 is National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness

January 11, 2021 is National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness (STL.News) Mention “human trafficking” in the same sentence with “Vermont,” and the reaction may be one of surprise and disbelief.  Although Vermont may seem insulated from such a horrendous and insidious crime, even in the Green Mountain State human trafficking is hidden in plain sight.  As with most public health issues, awareness is key to the prevention of human trafficking. In 2007, the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.  Human Trafficking is the act of compelling a person by force, fraud, or coercion to provide labor or a commercial sex act.  Coercion can be subtle, and traffickers use manipulation and threats of physical, psychological, or emotional harm.  Traffickers...
Vermont Department Of Public Safety Seeks Community Input
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Vermont Department Of Public Safety Seeks Community Input

The Vermont Department Of Public Safety Seeks Community Input On Law Enforcement Modernization Plan Montpelier, VT (STL.News) The Vermont Department of Public Safety is seeking public and stakeholder feedback to shape and refine the state’s continuing work to modernize policing across Vermont. This opportunity for comment and feedback is part of Governor Scott’s Public Safety Reform Initiative, created through Executive Order 03-20, which directed the commissioner of public safety to “actively engage with communities, particularly those communities that have been historically marginalized or harmed by policing, as we develop and deploy best policing practices.” “Ensuring all voices are heard as part of this process, and giving those who have been most impacted by systemic inequity a seat...
Vermont Governor Issued Statement For Veterans Day
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Vermont Governor Issued Statement For Veterans Day

Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: “It’s been 102 years since the Armistice of 1918 drew the first World War to an end.  Each year since, we have used this day to honor our veterans, their families, and their incredible contributions to the American story. “From Lexington to Baghdad, those who came to the defense of America have done so to secure, protect and advance the ideals on which our nation was founded. “Today, it’s important for all of us to remember that those principles - life, liberty, equality, democracy and justice - have never been guaranteed.  Instead they’ve been hard won by those we’re honoring today, through the selfless acts of heroism and the day-to-day efforts of America’s veterans. “As we honor them today, let’s rem...
Vermont Governor Proclaims Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week
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Vermont Governor Proclaims Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week

Governor Phil Scott Proclaims Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week In Vermont Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Labor today marked the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week in Vermont with a virtual proclamation signing. “Expanding Vermont’s workforce has been one of my top priorities since I took office because our state’s future depends on our ability to recruit and retain our workers, and help them gain the skills they need for the good jobs we have here in Vermont,” said Governor Phil Scott. “Apprenticeships are an important way for Vermonters to gain an industry-recognized credential while earning a wage for on-the-job experience.  These are really valuable programs and I urge Vermonters looking for new opportunities to look into an apprenti...
Vermont Army National Guard CCRT to Support Uvm Health Network
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Vermont Army National Guard CCRT to Support Uvm Health Network

Vermont Army National Guard Cyber Response Team To Support Uvm Health Network In Response To Ongoing Information Technology System Disruption Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Governor Phil Scott has ordered into service the Vermont Army National Guard’s Combined Cyber Response Team (CCRT) to assist the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) in its response to last week’s cyberattack, which has disrupted its IT systems. The National Guard team will support ongoing work by UVMHN to review thousands of end-user computers and devices and ensure they are free of any malware or virus. “I appreciate the work of the UVM Health Network, with support from State agencies and state and federal law enforcement, to respond quickly to this cyberattack, putting patient safety first and steadily restoring...
Vermont: AG Donovan Reassures Vermonters
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Vermont: AG Donovan Reassures Vermonters

Vermont : AG Donovan Reassures Vermonters: Voters Will Determine the Outcome of the Presidential Election (STL.News) - Following President Donald Trump falsely declaring victory in the presidential election, Attorney General T.J. Donovan is reassuring Vermonters that he will protect the rule of law by ensuring that every vote is counted. “If democracy is going to work, we must respect the will of the people and that means we count every legal vote,” said Attorney General Donovan.  “Voters will determine the outcome of the election.” Vermont has been fighting for the integrity of our elections alongside its sister states in the months leading up to the election (see complete list below).  The Vermont Attorney General’s Office sued the U.S. Postal Service to ensure that critical mail deliv...
Vermont: Scholarship For Adult Career Technical Education Now Available
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Vermont: Scholarship For Adult Career Technical Education Now Available

Scholarship For Adult Career Technical Education Now Available For Vermonters Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Department of Labor have announced the availability of a new $1,000 scholarship for eligible Vermonters to support training and other expenses incurred from enrollment in an adult career and technical education certificate program.  The Adult Career Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship was created in partnership between the Department of Labor and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. The scholarship provides up to $1,000 for Vermonters to cover training and other costs associated with participating in a CTE certificate program that will enhance employability and support growth along a career path.  $162,000 in funding for the scholarships was ...
Vermont Attorney General Donovan Joins Coalition Fighting Trump Administration
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Vermont Attorney General Donovan Joins Coalition Fighting Trump Administration

Vermont Attorney General Donovan Joins Coalition Fighting Trump Administration’s Attempt to Undermine Workplace Protections. Vermont  (STL.News) Attorney General T.J. Donovan has joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general and several cities and city agencies in calling on the Trump Administration to stop the implementation of a proposed rule that would strip workers of key protections provided under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The proposed rule — issued by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) — would make it easier for employers to change the classification of workers from “employees” to “independent contractors,” removing these workers from federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and increasing taxes and other out-of-pocket costs for ...
Vermont: U.S. Attorney Nolan Appoints Election Officers for the District of Vermont
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Vermont: U.S. Attorney Nolan Appoints Election Officers for the District of Vermont

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan announced today that Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) Michael Drescher and Barbara Masterson will lead the efforts of her Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 3, 2020, general election.  AUSAs Drescher and Masterson have been appointed to serve as the District Election Officers (DEO) for the District of Vermont, and in that capacity are responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights concerns in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington. United States Attorney Nolan stated, “Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted witho...
Vermont Governor Scott & Health Commissioner Layout Vacccine Distribution Framework
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Vermont Governor Scott & Health Commissioner Layout Vacccine Distribution Framework

Governor Phil Scott And Health Commissioner Mark Levine, Md, Layout Vermont's Initial Vacccine Distribution Framework Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Governor Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, today detailed the State’s framework for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, once one is produced and distributed to the state. The State has submitted responses to a series of questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), laying out the framework for vaccine distribution and Vermont’s preparedness.  The federal government, which is responsible for nationwide distribution of vaccines, still needs to provide details on many logistics surrounding a potential vaccine, and this interim COVID-19 vaccination plan will evolve as new information comes forward. “With so ma...
Vermont Governor Scott Announces Frontline Employee Hazard Pay Grant Program
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Vermont Governor Scott Announces Frontline Employee Hazard Pay Grant Program

Governor Phil Scott Announces Expansion Of Frontline Employee Hazard Pay Grant Program Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Governor Phil Scott today announced the second round of the Frontline Employee Hazard Pay Grant Program, which was passed by the Legislature.  This round expands the types of employers who are now eligible to apply and includes employees who worked for an eligible employer last spring during the worst of the pandemic in Vermont but are no longer working for that employer. “I want to thank the Legislature for their work to expand this program,” said Governor Scott.  “This phase recognizes some of the forgotten heroes of last spring:  the people who kept us fed, housed our most vulnerable, cared for our children, and so much more.  I appreciate the work of so many Vermonters to h...
Vermont Governor Phil Scott Announces Next Round Of Economic Recovery Grants
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott Announces Next Round Of Economic Recovery Grants

Montpelier, VT (STL.News)  Governor Phil Scott today announced an expansion of the state’s Economic Recovery Grants, utilizing an additional $76 million in funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the Federal CARES Act.  These funds are in addition to the $152 million in economic relief already delivered to Vermont businesses. Per Act 154, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Scott, these new grants will be administered by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), with assistance from the Department of Taxes. Vermont businesses and nonprofits, including sole proprietors, that have seen a decline in total sales between March and September of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, and who can demonstrate unmet need, may be eligible to receive an E...
Vermont: Michael Scaduto Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Border Patrol Agent
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Vermont: Michael Scaduto Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Border Patrol Agent

(STL.News) – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that, on October 2, 2020, Michael Scaduto, 33, of Littleton, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Burlington, to an information that charged him with assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.  Chief Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford allowed Scaduto to continue on release conditions pending sentencing, which is scheduled for February 5, 2021. United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan stated: “As this conviction reflects, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will not tolerate assaults on those who protect, serve, and put themselves in harm’s way to make Vermont communities safer.  Those who commit such offenses against federal agents will continue to find themselves facing consequences in fed...
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Addresses To Lawmakers To Close Legislative Biennium
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Addresses To Lawmakers To Close Legislative Biennium

Governor Phil Scott Delivers Message To Lawmakers To Close Legislative Biennium Montpelier, VT (STL.News) On Friday, Governor Phil Scott delivered the traditional adjournment address to both chambers of the Vermont Legislature, commemorating the close of 2019-2020 legislative biennium. A transcript of Governor Scott’s remarks, as delivered to the House, is included below. Transcript: Governor Phil Scott: Madam Speaker, Representative Krowinski, Representative McCoy, Representative Chestnut-Tangerman and members of the House. On January 7, you returned to session with a mixture of hope and excitement, to do the work of government - to solve problems and help people. I remember that well from my years in the Legislature. In my State of the State Address, I asked you to join me in rising...
Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs S. 337, Funding To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs S. 337, Funding To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Governor Phil Scott Signs S. 337 Which Directs Funding To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Thermal Energy And Transportation Sectors Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Vermont Governor Phil Scott  today signed S.337, creating new programs to reduce to greenhouse gas emissions in the thermal energy and transportation sectors. “In my State of the State address, I once again advocated for using energy efficiency funds to support transportation electrification – a key transformation we must achieve to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Governor Scott.   “I am pleased this was an area of common ground and appreciate the Legislature’s work to implement it through S. 337 and incorporate changes proposed by my Administration.  As we continue our work together to do Vermont’s part in addressing c...
Burlington, Vermont; Office on Violence Against Women Announces New Grants
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Burlington, Vermont; Office on Violence Against Women Announces New Grants

Burlington, Vermont; Office on Violence Against Women Announces New Grants to Combat Domestic Violence in Vermont | USAO-VT (STL.News) – The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) announced today that it will direct over $6 million in grant funding to Vermont victims service organizations to curb domestic violence.  These awards are part of a larger portfolio of new grants designed to help law enforcement, victim services providers, and prosecutors identify and assist victims at high risk for being killed by an abusive partner. Christina Nolan, United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, noted: “As hard as my office works – and will continue to work – to prevent violent offenders from causing harm and death, we know that victims need more than justice in court...
Vermont; Former Nurse Sean Fiore Indicted for Murder for Hire
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Vermont; Former Nurse Sean Fiore Indicted for Murder for Hire

Vermont; Former Nurse Sean Fiore Indicted for Murder for Hire, Conspiracy to Kidnap and Murder A Person Overseas, Child Pornography Offenses | USAO-VT (STL.News) – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that a federal grand jury returned a Third Superseding Indictment on September 15, 2020, which charged Sean Fiore, 36, of Burlington, Vermont, with murder for hire, conspiracy to kidnap and murder a person overseas, and five child pornography offenses.  A second person was charged with Fiore in the Third Superseding Indictment, but the identifying information about that person is currently under seal by order of the court. Fiore will be arraigned on the indictment before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy on a date to be scheduled in the future. Accor...