New state laws on sexual consent, health care and alcohol sales take effect July 1

The Vermont Statehouse on August 24, 2020. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger In the first five months of 2021, state legislators sent dozens of bills to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk, and he signed all but a handful into law. Many of those new laws take effect this Thursday, the start of the new fiscal year. That … Read more

Viewpoint: Health warning on easing alcohol laws in Northern Ireland

Download on the app store

It’s always a risk when there is any change to licensing laws anywhere in the world given the negative impact alcohol can have on society. In Northern Ireland, the Auditor General’s report last year put the cost of drink related illnesses at a staggering £900m a year with 200 hospital beds occupied on any one … Read more