Attorney General

Attorney General TJ Donovan announced the results of the investigation into the alleged racial harassment of former state Rep.  Kiah Morris on Januart 14, 2019.
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Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has released findings on the alleged racial harassment of former state Rep. Kiah Morris, saying that Morris was a victim of harassment but there is not enough evidence to prosecute. We're talking with the attorney general about the investigation, his office's new bias incident reporting system and his other priorities in the coming year.

A group of people around tables at a State Board of Education meeting.
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Many involuntary mergers under Act 46 are on hold — for now. This comes after lawyers on both sides of the legal issue agreed there needs to be additional time to brief what they deem to be difficult and complex issues.

A yellow construction hat on a table next to a rolled piece of paper and a level.
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The Vermont Secretary of State and the Vermont Attorney General's Office are seeking a second round of feedback from the public on their proposal to regulate home improvement and construction contractors.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan speaking during the 2016 election. Donovan is seeking a second two-year term in the Nov. 6 election.
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TJ Donovan is the incumbent Democrat in the Nov. 6 election, seeking a second two-year term as Vermont's attorney general. Vermont Edition spoke with the candidate to hear what he'd aim to accomplish in a second term.

Rep. Janssen Willhoit on the floor of the Vermont Capitol. Willhoit is the Republican candidate for attorney general in the Nov. 6 election.
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Janssen Willhoit is a Republican representing St. Johnsbury in Vermont's Legislature. He's also an attorney, a graduate of Vermont Law School and the Republican candidate for attorney general.

A 10-round, left, and 15-round magazine, center, and a semi-automatic handgun.
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Attorney General TJ Donovan says a proposed ban on high-capacity magazines would be difficult to enforce. Donovan says he thinks lawmakers should adopt the provision.

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A new report recommends the legislature take steps to better protect consumer information collected by data brokers.

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Attorney General TJ Donovan announced Monday that he plans to use his office’s Consumer Assistance Program to work with small businesses in Vermont to make it easier for small companies to navigate the legal and regulatory systems.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan speaking during the 2016 election. Donovan is seeking a second two-year term in the Nov. 6 election.
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Democrat T.J. Donovan, Vermont's incoming attorney general, says he's prepared to stand up to the federal government.

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With incumbent Bill Sorrell retiring, Vermont is getting its first new attorney general since 1997. Voters will decide who oversees law enforcement in Vermont, and who defends Vermont’s laws from legal challenges.


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This week, Vermont Edition brings you election debates for three statewide offices.  On Tuesday, the leading candidates for attorney general meet in a live, face-to-face debate.

A court has ordered the attorney general's office to pay legal fees in a public records case. The records at issue included personal emails from former Attorney General Bill Sorrell.
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A new report from Attorney General Bill Sorrell shows that most of the money raised by professional fundraisers for Vermont charitable groups goes to the fundraiser, not the charities.

The Attorney General is called the top legal officer in the state, which includes everything from defending state laws in court, to protecting consumers to reviewing the actions of police.  Incumbent Democrat Bill Sorrell and Republican challenger Shane McCormack meet in a live hour-long debate on VPR. (Liberty Union candidate Rosemarie Jackowski was invited but is unable to attend.)

One year after the fight of his political life, Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced this week that he’ll run for reelection again in 2014. Vermont’s longest-serving Attorney General, Sorrell was appointed by then-Governor Howard Dean in 1997.

For more than a decade, Sorrell was easily reelected every two years ­– until 2012. Last year, Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan mounted an aggressive primary campaign against Sorrell. Sorrell ultimately won, but by a slim 714-vote margin.