VTDigger Minute is a weekly news digest from Vermont PBS. Tune in every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 a.m. to hear about the week’s top stories.
This week on the Minute:
The firearms debate was back on center stage Tuesday at a public hearing in Randolph. A Senate committee took testimony on a bill that calls for a 48-hour waiting period for gun purchases. Supporters said that’s a cooling-off period that would prevent suicides, while opponents said it would infringe on their right to self-defense.
Vermont’s new drivers license system will include three options for gender: male, female, and other, denoted by the letters M, F, and X. DMV Commissioner Wanda Minoli says the new option provides safety and inclusion for all Vermonters. The system will be in place by July 1st.
A new citizens group is raising alarms about the nuclear capacity of the F-35 fighter jet. The group’s leaders say the US military plans to use F-35s to deploy nuclear weapons, which could make Burlington a potential target for the country’s enemies. The group wants public officials to change their minds about supporting an F-35 fleet scheduled to arrive in Burlington this fall.