Michael Bielawski is a freelance reporter for Vermont Watchdog. A Seton Hall 2005 graduate, Bielawski has been writing articles for various publications in and around New York City; Seoul, South Korea; and Vermont. He’s a writer for the Hardwick Gazette, keeping track of rising school budgets and rural Vermont issues. He likes to write about energy and the environment, looking for angles not seen in mainstream media. At home, he’s busy looking after two little boys. During free time, he loves to watch Stanley Kubrick films on Netflix.

Animal rights group gives Vermont D-plus for animal slaughter practices, state cries foul

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  News, Regulations, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

The Animal Welfare Institute has given Vermont a near failing grade when it comes to enforcing humane treatment of animals at slaughterhouse facilities, but the state’s agriculture agency disagrees with the rating.

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House Education Committee votes against loosening up Act 46 mandate

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Education, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Michael Bielawski

A bill that would have offered greater flexibility for school district mergers was voted down by the House Education Committee on Thursday afternoon.

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Vermont AG’s office admits it blocked public records release based on requesters’ politics

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A lawsuit has revealed that the Vermont AG’s office chooses which public records requests to honor after Googling for political biases.

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Town votes again to table gun-range restrictions

By   /  April 6, 2017  /  News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The Selectboard of Williston took another pass on a sound ordinance that would have substantially limited operations for the North Country Sportsmen’s Club.

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Giant Vermont solar array may curtail other, cheaper renewable energy projects

By   /  April 4, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A new solar project spanning about 150 acres and generating 20 megawatts of capacity stands to become the largest solar installation in the Green Mountain State, but it may curtail cheaper renewable energy projects.

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Attorney: Vermont’s lax residency laws play a role in alleged voter fraud case

By   /  March 31, 2017  /  News, Vermont, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

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The attorney who successfully petitioned Essex Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Mann to stop the town of Victory’s upcoming Selectboard runoff election said Vermont’s lax residency laws are partly to blame for the alleged fraudulent voting in the small Northeast Kingdom community.

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