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VERMONT NPO LEGISLATIVE NEWS 5/2/16 
Senate Passes Budget Package
The fiscal 2017 budget made its way through the Vermont Senate last week along with tax and fee bills raising approximately $47.1 million in new revenue to support it. At $5.80 billion, the Senate’s version of the budget is $131.1 million above the final fiscal 2016 budget, an increase of 2.3 percent. (Public Assets Institute)
Vermont House to Vote on Marijuana Legalization After All
In a dramatic turnaround, the House will vote on marijuana legalization after all. The chamber will most likely cast votes on two different proposals. Whether either of them passes is still very much in question. (7Days/Hallenbeck)
Maneuver Revives Independent Contractor Bill 
After nearly two months of procedural delays, the House is expected to take action on the controversial independent contractor bill early this week. (VTDigger/Mansfield)
Capitol Beat: The Week in Review at the Vermont Statehouse 
Vermont Press Bureau chief Neal Goswami and VPB reporter Josh O’Gorman review last week's legislative issues, including emails and EB-5, the independent contractor bill, and marijuana legalization.  (ORCA Media)
International Leader on Digital Rights to Lead Workshops for Vermont Nonprofits May 17-19th
Managing digital assets like photos, email addresses, and constituent information is the responsibility of every nonprofit organization. Do you have a plan in place? Don't miss our Digital Rights/Digital Responsibilities workshops with Stanford University's Lucy Bernholz! Learn more.
2016 Status Report: Where Vermont Women Work...and Why It Matters
Did you know that nearly half of women working full-time in Vermont continue to be employed in the same occupations in which they worked 40 years ago? Learn more about women’s economic status in Vermont.
IN THE NEWS...
 
  • Vermonters with a driver's license will now automatically be registered to vote, adding thousands of Vermonters to the voting rolls. (VPR/Kinzel)
     
  • Think globally, act locally: Water quality protection starts with local planning and zoning. (Lake Champlain Committee News)
     
  • The Vermont House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would require prescription drug manufacturers to disclose how they set their prices. (VTDigger/Mansfield)
     
  • After nearly two years of germination, a bill to make the Gilfeather turnip Vermont's official vegetable is ripening in the Senate. (WCAX/Midura)
     
  • The House gave unanimous approval to a bill that aims to give towns a say over where renewable energy projects are sited. (VPR/Kinzel)
     
  • Lawmakers discussed the merits of allowing police to use technologies like drones and license-plate readers, as well as their implications for personal privacy. (7Days/Remsen)
     
  • Proof that government has a softer side: Peep the duck will stay at East Montpelier home. (VT Press Bureau/Goswami)
Under the Dome Returns May 9th
We're taking a short break from our weekly Under the Dome program. Tune back in on Monday, May 9th for our Legislative Round Up!
Want More Legislative News?
VTDigger.org, VPRNews and SevenDays. ORCAMedia provides ongoing coverage of legislative committee meetings.
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