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Changing Coalitions and the 2014 Farm Bill
February 27, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Ristino of the Vermont Law School argues that an array of environmental, economic and political factors have broken down the traditional coalition behind the farm bills' passage in the past, but in its wake shifting policy objectives and broader interest in the bill hav....... [more]

A 'Rare' Case Indeed
November 4, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Asch, Vermont Law School Class of 2014, discusses United Air Regulatory Group v. EPA and argues that the petitioners lack standing to challenge EPA's controversial rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources ...In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA....... [more]

Marijuana Legalization Timeline
October 30, 2013
08/29/2013: Department of Justice announced it will not challenge state legalization efforts. 08/12/2013: Department of Justice changed policy regarding mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. 06/06/2013: Vermont decriminalized marijuana possession. 05/28/2013: Colorado governor signed bi....... [more]

Kentucky judge orders woman to testify against same-sex spouse in murder trial
September 24, 2013
A judge for Kentucky's Jefferson County Circuit Court ruled Monday that the same-sex spouse of a woman charged with murder must testify against her at the trial because same-sex partners are not protected by the husband-wife privilege under Kentucky's state law. Geneva Case, who will be compelled to....... [more]

Second Circuit strikes down Vermont nuclear power laws
August 16, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday struck down three Vermont statutes regulating the safety of nuclear power plants. The court held that state regulations were preempted by the Federal Power Act and the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, both of which assign regulation and responsib....... [more]

Vermont decriminalizes marijuana possession
June 7, 2013
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill on Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. Vermont became the seventeenth state in the US to decriminalize marijuana, adding to a growing trend of more lenient drug laws and regulations. Under the new legislation possession of l....... [more]

Vermont governor signs physician-assisted suicide bill
May 21, 2013
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation Monday that legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the state. This bill makes Vermont the fourth state in the US to approve the practice. The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act (aka "Death with Dignity" bill), was passed by the legislatur....... [more]

Vermont became first state to outlaw fracking
May 18, 2013
On May 18, 2012, Vermont became the first US state to ban hydraulic fracking when Governor Peter Shumlin signed Bill H. 464 into law. Hydraulic fracking is a method used by many major oil companies to extract natural gas and obtain shale oil and gas by using an extremely pressurized mixture of water....... [more]

Vermont House approves physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill
May 15, 2013
The Vermont House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would allow a consulting physician to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill individual who meets certain criteria. For the first three years after its passage, the legislation will model Oregon's Death with Digni....... [more]

Vermont legislature votes to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana
May 13, 2013
The Vermont State Legislature on Monday gave final approval to a bill that replaces criminal penalties with civil fines for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and up to five grams of hashish. As the law currently stands, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor that can lead to a six-month pr....... [more]

Vermont senate approved same-sex marriage bill
March 23, 2013
On March 23, 2009, the Vermont Senate approved An Act to Protect Religious Freedom and Promote Equality in Civil Marriage, which legalized same-sex marriage in that state. Only two states Massachusetts and Connecticut had approved of same-sex marriage at the time, and Governor Jim Dou....... [more]




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