June 13, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today the appointment of Morgan MacIver, a student at Twinfield Union School, to the Vermont Board of Education. MacIver, who will be a junior at Twinfield next fall, will fill one of the two student seats on the panel.
June 7, 2013 - HARTFORD - Following a recent increase in the number of serious motor vehicle crashes on U.S. Route 4 in the Hartford-Woodstock area, including four fatalities in recent months, Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that the Agency of Transportation will install portable message boards reminding drivers to be alert and focus on safety, pave deteriorated stretches of the roadway surface, install centerline rumble strips in appropriate areas, conduct an engineering review to determine what further safety treatments may be warranted, and work with local officials on proposed improvements.
June 6, 2013 - ESSEX JUNCTION - Vermont became the 17th state in the nation today to eliminate criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law legislation decriminalizing possession by an adult of one ounce or less of the drug. The signing took place at the Statewide Criminal & Juvenile Justice Training in Essex Junction.
June 5, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into law a comprehensive package of legislation designed to crack down on drug addiction and the crimes linked to abuse of prescription and other drugs, including methamphetamines. In addition, another new law provides limited immunity from liability for people who report an overdose to help reduce the number of drug- and alcohol-related deaths in Vermont.
June 4, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today forwarded a request to President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration to help Vermont communities in Chittenden, Lamoille, and Essex Counties recover from wind damage and flooding from May 22-26.
Gov. Shumlin signs law to protect victims and extend statute of limitations for sex crimes involving children
June 4, 2013 - BENNINGTON - Joined by Sen. Richard Sears, local prosecutors, advocates for crime victims and others, Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed a new law extending the statute of limitations on certain sex crimes against children. Previously, prosecution on those cases had to begin before the victim’s 24th birthday or within 10 years of the crime; the new law extends the statute of limitation to 40 years after the crime.
June 3, 2013 - RUTLAND - Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed a bill into law that improves the state’s Downtown, Village Center, and Neighborhood Designation programs, as well as reducing the cost to develop new housing in and around designated villages and downtowns. In addition, the new law improves blighted properties.
May 29, 2013 - WATERBURY - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Mark Landry, Federal Coordinating Office with FEMA, today announced approval for Vermont to begin demolition of 11 State Office Complex buildings that were severely damaged in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene. More approvals for demolition of up to 12 more buildings are expected in the coming weeks. This demolition work is the critical first step in a structured redevelopment of the Waterbury Complex.
May 29, 2013 - WATERBURY - Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed the state’s 2014-15 Capital Budget into law, approving more than $173 million for projects that include the Vermont State Hospital replacement facility in Berlin, the Waterbury State Office complex reconstruction, start on a new Lamoille County Court House, a new State Police barrack in Westminster, mold remediation work at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, and more.
May 25, 2013 - WATERBURY - Gov. Peter Shumlin and officials with Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Agency of Transportation today cautioned that weekend rainfall has elevated the risk of flooding across the state, and urged Vermonters to keep an eye on weather reports and local waterways. The Governor said Vermont state agencies are prepared for a weekend response, with the Vermont State Emergency Operations Center remaining open as long as needed.