Vermont Business Magazine Today, March 21, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos will appear before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence representing the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) to testify on existing cyber security measures protecting elections, as well as the need for dedicated resources allocated by Congress to ensure the ongoing protection of our elections from foreign interference and other security risks.
Vermont Business Magazine In an effort to address bullying in American schools, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn) and more than 30 other senators to introduce the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Their bill is aimed at ensuring that no child is afraid to go to school for fear of unchecked bullying and harassment.
by Bill Schubart “Build it and they will come” is the oft-misquoted meme from the classic movie Field of Dreams. And in the case of the proposal by CoreCivic, a private prison firm, to build and lease back to the State a 925-bed prison in Franklin County, this meme embodies the worst fears of the corrections reform movement.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) Monday reintroduced their bipartisan bill to curb youth homelessness and support young victims of trafficking. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA), which is also cosponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), would reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and continue authority for grants to communities across the nation to prevent and respond to youth and young adult homelessness.
Vermont Business Magazine Kids in Vermont will unite against tobacco use on March 21 as they join thousands of young people nationwide to mark Kick Butts Day. More than 1,000 events are planned across the United States for this annual day of youth activism, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. (See below for a list of local events.)
On Kick Butts Day, kids encourage their peers to be tobacco-free, reject tobacco companies’ devious marketing and urge elected officials to help make the next generation tobacco-free.
Vermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government is currently accepting applications to the Vermont Leadership Institute, Vermont’s premier civic leadership development program. Since 1995, the Vermont Leadership Institute has been offering intensive programs for leaders in Vermont’s private, public and non-profit sectors. VLI graduates are making a difference in Vermont: leading innovative businesses, creating award-winning non-profits, serving in the legislature and state government, and volunteering in their communities.
Vermont Business Magazine The House today unanimously passed the Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill, H.736. “This bill is a win for our most vulnerable population of Vermonters, children,” said Representative Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington), chair of the House Committee on Human Services. “Lead poisoning is a serious health issue that affects children’s mental and physical growth and development.”
Vermont Business Magazine US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and John Boozman (R-Ark), members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced the Veteran and Beginning Farmers Technical Assistance Act. This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) program to continue educating farmers and ranchers on farming practices and assist veterans in becoming successful producers.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today sent a letter to the Legislature to work with his Administration in focusing on pro-growth policies, while ensuring Vermonters are not asked to pay more in taxes and fees. This letter reaffirms the commitment Scott made to prevent new state taxes and fees for the second straight year. Scott highlights more than a dozen existing bills that currently include new or higher taxes and fees and reiterates his opposition for those increases.
Vermont Business Magazine According to the YouMail Robocall Index, which tracks the volume and extent of robocalls in the United States, more than 25,500,000 robocalls were made to the 802 area code in 2017. The industry data comes ahead of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) March 23 policy forum, “Fighting the Scourge of Illegal Robocalls.” Both agencies have taken a strong stance against scam and spoofed number robocalls but have been softer on legitimate businesses making illegal calls to cell phones and without consent. In February of this year, PayPal and Home Depot were among the top five generators of robocalls to Vermont numbers.
Vermont Business Magazine Yesterday, Attorney Russell Barr made an allegation outside the Lamoille County courthouse that a state official involved in the state EB 5 program had sex with a minor in China. In November 2017, the Barr Law Group made a public records request to the Attorney General’s Office for records pertaining to “an arrest, detainment or holding of any state employee while traveling overseas in promotion of the Vermont Regional Center and its related projects.” In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, the Attorney General’s Office stated that it immediately conducted a document review and responded to the request stating, “the Attorney General’s Office has no records relating to the arrest, detainment or holding of any state employee while traveling overseas in promotion of the Vermont Regional Center and its related projects.”
Vermont Business Magazine The Board of RuralEdge (RE) has announced the appointment of Patrick Flood as interim CEO, effective April 3, 2018, following the resignation of Trisha Ingalls, in February. Louise Bonvechio, chair of the RuralEdge Board of Directors, announced the transition plans.