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Watch: Capital Beat with Rep. David Deen and ANR Secretary Julie Moore

Rep. David Deen, the chairman of the House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee, and Julie Moore, secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, join the program to discuss water quality efforts and a funding proposal put forth by Deen’s committee. Capital Beat airs on Vermont PBS Plus Mondays at 8:30 p.m. Continue Reading →

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House lawmakers vote to raise the smoking age

MONTPELIER — House lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a bill that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. The House voted Tuesday to approve a bill that gradually raises the age someone can buy, possess and use all forms of tobacco during the next three years, and would increase taxes on tobacco products to compensate for lost state revenue. “Our hope is this will help move Vermont to a culture of healthier youth, less government spending and a brighter future,” said Rep. Michael Mrowicki, D-Putney, one of 16 co-sponsors of the bill. Under the terms of the bill, the age to purchase, possess and use tobacco would rise from 18 to 19, beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Continue Reading →

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House advances microbead ban

MONTPELIER — The Vermont House passed a bill Tuesday to ban microbeads in beauty products that have been found to cause harm to fish and other wildlife. The House gave preliminary approval to H.4 with a unanimous voice vote. It was passed unanimously by the House Fish and Wildlife Committee on Friday. The legislation, first brought to the attention of the House Fish and Wildlife Committee by Rep. Patti Komline, R-Dorset, has broad support across the political spectrum. The small, plastic beads typically end up in the state’s waterways because they are too small to be filtered out at water treatment plants. Continue Reading →

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