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.
May 21, 2013 - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement:
“My heart goes out to the friends, families and neighbors of those lost in the series of devastating tornadoes that have roared over Oklahoma this week. We are contacting emergency officials with Gov. Fallin’s office to offer Vermont’s assistance in clean up and recovery. Tropical Storm Irene gave us a first-hand look at the devastation and loss that follow in the wake of serious storms, and just as Vermont appreciated the help from other states at that time, we now stand ready to assist Oklahoma.”
May 17, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that an innovative collaboration to address much needed wireless service is fully operational in Bethel. Working together, the State of Vermont, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA), the Town of Bethel, AT&T and FairPoint helped solve a challenge facing GW Plastics, a leading manufacturer of plastic injection molded products. The lack of cell coverage was presenting challenges, and Brenan Riehl, President and CEO of GW Plastics, needed to find a solution.