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Vermont Legislature
Follow VPR's statehouse coverage, featuring Pete Hirschfeld and Bob Kinzel in our Statehouse Bureau in Montpelier.

Anti-Narcotics Bill To Clear Vt. Senate

The Vermont Senate is set to give final approval on Friday to a bill that's intended to bolster Vermont’s response to prescription drug addiction by providing wider access to the state’s drug monitoring system.

There are many other issues on the Senate and House calendars. To keep track of the action on the House and Senate floor,  you can listen on VPR’s legislative streams.

On Thursday, the House passed a bill that would allow workers to unionize who provide personal care to disabled Vermonters in their homes. The vote was 95-41. The measure mirrors a separate bill that would allow child care workers to unionize and would permit home care workers to negotiate with the state for better pay and benefits.

The debate in the Legislature is expected to heat up again next week as lawmakers turn to other signature bills of the session: one that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and another that would allow people in this country illegally, including migrant farm workers, to obtain drivers’ authorization cards.

Kirk is a reporter for the NPR member station in Boston, WGBH, where he covers higher education, connecting the dots between post-secondary education and the economy, national security, jobs and global competitiveness. Kirk has been a reporter with Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, Wis.; a writer and producer at WBUR in Boston; a teacher and coach at Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Mass.; a Fenway Park tour guide; and a tourist abroad. Kirk received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and earned his M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. When he's not reporting or editing stories on campus, you can find him posting K's on the Wall at Fenway. You can follow Kirk on Twitter @KirkCarapezza.
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