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Jun 24, 2011 New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law

QUOTE: Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born....Passage of same-sex marriage here followed a daunting run of defeats in other states where voters barred same-sex marriage by legislative action, constitutional amendment or referendum. Just five states currently permit same-sex marriage...

New York Times
May 08, 2008 Mural Tests Vermont Law That Forbids Billboards

QUOTE: In February, a state board ruled that the painting, finished in October, runs afoul of the state’s billboard law, and must be removed. In response, the legislature passed a measure on Saturday that exempts this mural and ones like it — hand-painted signs that urge drivers to visit a designated downtown — from the law.

New York Times
Apr 04, 2007 Vermont Becomes ‘Offshore’ Insurance Haven

QUOTE: Vermont’s success in attracting insurance captives also highlights the many ways that American corporations are allowed to minimize their tax bills by moving their profits, intellectual property or liabilities to places that provide substantial tax advantages, whether it is a Caribbean island, Ireland or Singapore. And while many states in the United States provide tax breaks and subsidies to companies that move or expand operations in state, the benefits offered by Vermont are much larger.

New York Times
Jan 09, 2007 Schwarzenegger Proposes Universal Health Coverage: California Plan Could Cost State $12 Billion

QUOTE: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Monday proposed a system of universal health insurance for Californians that would make the nation's most populous state the third to guarantee medical coverage for all its residents....Much of the opposition to Schwarzenegger's program, which requires legislative approval, is expected to come from his fellow Republicans, who object that the plan will be costly for small businesses.

Washington Post
Jun 12, 2006 Bottlers, States and the Public Slug It Out in Water War: Rights to Resource Are at Odds With Fears of Shortage

QUOTE: ...Maine has become a battleground in a growing fight that pits environmentalists against an industry that has become rich by selling the purity of nature: the bottlers of spring water. In a series of lawsuits and statehouse debates that reached critical mass in the past year, activists and lawmakers have questioned whether bottling companies have become too greedy about the water they take from the ground, and -- in some cases -- what gives them the right to take it at all

Washington Post
Apr 20, 2005 Federal 'No Child' Lawsuit Filed: Bush's Premier Education Measure Taken to Court

QUOTE: The nation's largest teachers union joined school districts in Michigan, Texas and Vermont in filing a federal lawsuit yesterday charging that the Department of Education has failed to provide adequate funding for the No Child Left Behind initiative.

Washington Post
Jun 19, 2004 Vermont Episcopalians' Liturgy for Civil Unions Upsets Conservatives Similarity to Wedding at Issue

QUOTE: The Episcopal Diocese of Vermont unveiled new guidelines Friday for the performance of civil union ceremonies for same-sex couples, sparking a swift denunciation from conservatives in the 70 million-member Anglican Communion, which has been driven by issues related to homosexuality in the past year.

Washington Post
Jun 13, 2002 Vermont to Require Drug Makers to Disclose Payments to Doctors

QUOTE: ...Vermont is expected today to become the first state in the nation to require pharmaceutical companies to disclose their gifts and cash payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.

New York Times
Jul 31, 2001 Quiet Anniversary for Civil Unions

QUOTE: For as usual, a year after the state put into effect the first law in the country allowing gay and lesbian couples to unite in civil unions that are marriages in all but name.

New York Times