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October 31st, 2014

2014 Legislative Report

 

by Sen. Bill Doyle

 

Below are some of the results of the 2014 Legislative Session.

 

GMOs: Requires food sold in Vermont containing genetic engineering to be labeled.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Establishes a fund to retain and attract businesses.

 

TOXIC SUBSTANCES: Requires manufacturers of children’s products to identify certain chemicals.

 

PRE-KINDERGARTEN: Requires Vermont schools to provide ten hours of pre-kindergarten.

 

GREEN UP: Requires income tax forms to include a charitable contribution for Vermont Green Up.

 

SHORELAND PROTECTION: Establishes standards to protect and enhance water quality.

 

MARIJUANA: Creates a study to tax marijuana if it becomes legal.

 

MINIMUM WAGE: Increases Vermont minimum wage to $10.50 by 2018.

 

CELL PHONE BAN: Bans the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.

 

CHILD PROTECTION: Creates a committee to evaluate child protection.

 

DRUGGED DRIVING: Establishes the definition for illegal drugged driving.

 

OPIATE ABUSE: Creates a statewide pre-trial screening to determine drug treatment.

 

PARENTAL RIGHTS: Allows sexual assault victims a voice in preventing perpetrator from having parental rights.

 

HUNTING & FISHING: Allows more disabled veterans to receive free fishing and hunting licenses.

 

SMOKING: Bans smoking in an automobile when a young child is present.

 

If you would like more information about any bills passed by the Vermont Legislature, please contact me.

 

Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate Economic Affairs Committee, and is the Senate Assistant Minority Leader. He teaches government history at Johnson State College. He can be reached at 186 Murray Road, Montpelier, VT 05602; e-mail wdoyle@leg.state.vt.us; or call 223-2851.

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