Vermont State Resource Center
Vermont Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer in the state. He is charged with representing the state in all matters in which the state is a party or has an interest. The Office of Attorney General acts as legal counsel to all state agencies and to the Legislature. The staff handles civil and criminal cases in all courts of the state on both the trial and appellate levels. The office both defends the state when it is sued and files their own suits to enforce Vermontís criminal, environmental, consumer protection, civil rights and countless other laws.
The Governor of Vermont is the chief executive of the state. The powers of the governor include: commissioning or appointing all officers; acting as Commander in Chief of Vermont's State Guard and National Guard; drawing upon the Treasury for sums as may be appropriated by the General Assembly; granting such licenses as shall be directed by law; calling special sessions of the General Assembly when necessary; and other duties as required.
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor assumes the powers of the Governor in case there is a vacancy in the office of Governor or the Governor is unable to serve. The Lt. Governor is also the Lieutenant-General of Vermont's State Guard and National Guard. He also serves on various councils and boards.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State manages several divisions and departments including: The State Archives Division; The Office of Professional Regulations; The Elections Divisions; The Corporations Division; and The Notary Resource Center. The Secretary of State's Office is also responsible for the filing and publication of administrative rules by all state agencies.
- State Auditor
The State Auditor's Office provides an independent and objective assessment of Vermont's governmental operations. It is the job of the State Auditor to protect the citizen's of the State against governmental fraud, waste and abuse, and to maximize the value of every taxpayer dollar. The office fulfills its duties through audits and reviews.
- State of Vermont
Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is the only New England state with no coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. Vermont is notable for Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, which run north to south. Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States.
- State Treasurer
The State Treasurer's Office is responsible for a wide range of administrative and service duties as prescribed by State statute: investment of State funds; issuing all State bonds authorized by the General Assembly; serving as the central bank for State agencies; management of the Stateís cash balances, processing of checks, and the reconciliation of payroll and vendor checks; safeguarding and return of unclaimed or abandoned financial property; and administration of the state's three major pension plans.
Vermont Legislative Branch
- Vermont Legislature
The Vermont General Assembly is the legislative body of Vermont. The Legislature is formally known as the General Assembly. The General Assembly is a bicameral legislature, consisting of the 150-member Vermont House of Representatives and the 30-member Vermont Senate. Members of the House are elected by single and two-member districts and the Senate includes 30 Senators, elected by 13 multi-member districts.
Vermont Court Rules and Forms
- Vermont Judiciary Forms - Civil Division
Provides links to Civil Division Forms; Small Claims Forms; Stalking and Sexual Assault Forms and Civil Division Miscellaneous Forms.
- Vermont Judiciary Forms - Criminal Division
Provides links to forms pertaining to Criminal Cases.
- Vermont Judiciary Forms - Environmental Division
Provides links to forms pertaining to the Environmental Division.
- Vermont Judiciary Forms - Family Division
Provides links to forms pertaining to Family Related Issues.
- Vermont Judiciary Forms - Judicial Bureau
Provides links to forms pertaining to civil violations.
- Vermont Judiciary Forms - Miscellaneous
Provided links to forms pertaining to Court Operations.
- Vermont Judiciary Forms - Probate Court
Provides links to forms ranging from Adoptions to Estates.
- Vermont Judiciary Forms - Supreme Court
Provides links to forms pertaining to Supreme Court Appeals.
Vermont Judicial Branch
- Vermont Judiciary
The Vermont Judicial Branch was established under the constitution to protect the rights of all Vermonters by providing equal access to courts and an opportunity for the merits of every legal dispute to be impartially heard and decided in a timely way. Vermont's state courts include: the Vermont Supreme Court; County Courts; District Courts; Family Courts; Probate Courts; the Vermont Environmental Court; the Vermont Judicial Bureau.
Vermont Executive Branch
- Agency of Administration
The Agency of Administration is a cohesive array of Departments that combine central management of government with a specific focus on the state budget and state financial management. Through the Secretary, the Agency provides first-line assistance, primarily financial, to the Governor. The Secretary is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. He also coordinates budget and appropriations testimony to the General Assembly. Along with the Secretary's office, the Agency includes the departments of Buildings and General Services; Finance and Management; Information and Innovation; Libraries; Human Resources and Taxes.
- Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
The purpose of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets (VAAFM) is to develop and execute policy on farming, agriculture, food, and promoting and protecting the Vermont brand as related to food in the worldwide market. VAAFM consists of four divisions: Administration; Agricultural Development; Agricultural Resource Management and Environmental Stewardship; and Food Safety and Consumer Protection.
- Agency of Commerce and Community Development
The Agency of Commerce and Community Development encompasses two major state departments and many programs that serve the Vermont public by enhancing the Vermont business climate, marketing Vermont to tourists and others, and strengthening Vermont communities in a wide variety of ways. The Agency is comprised of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development and the Department of Tourism and Marketing, which has oversight of Vermont Life magazine. The Division for Historic Preservation; Downtown Program; Chief Marketing Officer; and Vermont Economic Progress Council are also within the Agency.
- Agency of Human Services
The mission of the Agency of Human Services (AHS) is to improve the conditions and well-being of Vermonters and protect those who cannot protect themselves. The departments of AHS includes: Office of the Secretary; Department for Children and Families; Department of Corrections: Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living; Department of Health; Department of Mental Health; and Department of Vermont Health Access.
- Agency of Natural Resources
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is dedicated to protecting and improving the health of Vermontís people and ecosystems and promoting the sustainable use of Vermontís natural resources. Through its three departments - the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Ė the agency serves as a focal point for environmental protection. The ANR Central Office which includes the Agency Secretary's Office, supports the departments by providing several administrative, planning, information technology, and human resource functions.
- Agency of Transportation
The mission of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTran) is to provide for the movement of people and commerce in a safe, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner. VTran's divisions include: Program Development; Operations; Policy & Planning; Finance & Administration; and Motor Vehicles.
- Department for Children and Families
The Department for Children and Families (DCF) is a division of the Agency of Human Services. DCF's six divisions include: Child Development; Economic Services; Family Services; Office of Disability Determination Services; Office of Child Support; Office of Economic Opportunity. It's three supporting divisions are Fiscal Operations, Information Systems and Operations.
- Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration
The Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) protects consumers against unfair and unlawful business practices in the areas of banking, securities, and insurance, while ensuring that licensed entities are financially healthy. BISHCA serves a unique role within Vermont government by providing a single point of access for consumer complaint resolution, enforcement authority, and legislative contact on issues affecting financial and health care services in Vermont.
- Department of Buildings and General Services
The Department of Buildings and General Services exists primarily to provide the facilities and services required for all state agencies and departments to accomplish their missions. Building construction and renovation, buildings and grounds maintenance and custodial services as well as the security of state facilities constitute some of the most significant aspects of the BGS mission. BGS also provides postal, print and copying services, manages the stateís fleet vehicle inventory, coordinates workers compensation and liability claims, and oversees all of the stateís purchasing, contracting, and surplus property requirements.
- Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections is a division of the Agency of Human Services. Its mission is to partner with the community to support safe communities by providing leadership in crime prevention, repairing the harm done, addressing the needs of crime victims, ensuring offender accountability for criminal acts and managing the risk posed by offenders. This is accomplished through a commitment to quality services and continuous improvement while respecting diversity, legal rights, human dignity and productivity.
- Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living is a division of the Agency of Human Services. The department provides a variety of services to Vermonters who are over the age of 60 or who have a disability. There are four divisions within the department, each responsible for different areas of service: Blind and Visually Impaired; Disability and Aging Services; Licensing and Protection; and Vocational Rehabilitation.
- Department of Economic Development
The Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development is a division of the Agency of Commerce & Community Development. The department works to create and retain quality jobs and strengthen the competitiveness of Vermont's businesses and the overall economy. It is responsible for statewide economic and community development policy and assumes a leadership role. The department works with a variety of partners including other state and federal government agencies; institutions of higher learning; municipalities; regional development corporations; and non-governmental organizations to achieve their shared goals.
- Department of Education
The Vermont Department of Education (VTDOE) is the state education agency of Vermont. Working under the authority of the State Board of Education, VTDOE is committed to helping students, educators, and public schools meet Vermontís high standards.
- Department of Finance and Management
The Department of Finance and Management is a division of the Agency of Administration. The primary purpose of the Department is to oversee efficient and effective operations related to the State of Vermont's finances. The department serves its stakeholders in many ways including coordinating the Governor's budget recommendations, delivering reliable financial information, advocating for responsible use of taxpayer dollars, and supporting the State's accounting system.
- Department of Health
The Department of Health is a division of the Agency of Human Servicesis. It is the stateís lead agency for public health policy and advocacy. Public health is the system that works to protect and promote the health of citizens. It is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging healthy life and promoting physical and mental health. Public health and disease prevention services are available across Vermont through the Department's 12 district offices, which work in partnership with local health care providers, voluntary agencies, schools, businesses and community organizations to improve health and extend statewide initiatives in local communities throughout the state.
- Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs is to further sustainable development of Vermont communities. The department seeks to accomplish this through development of state housing policy and coordination of state housing programs; through awards of federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to municipalities; through development of state land use policy and support for local and regional planning; through identification and protection of historic and archeological resources; and through delivery of programs to preserve the health of Vermont's downtowns and village centers.
- Department of Human Resources
tHE Department of Human Resources (DHR) is a division of the Agency of Administration. DHR provides leadership to and works in partnership with other departments within State Government in order to promote managerial and workforce excellence while fostering an understanding and observance of regulatory requirements.
- Department of Labor
The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) was created on July 1, 2005 through Executive Order which merged the Departments of Labor and Industry and Employment and Training. VDOL consists primarily of three divisions: Workers' Compensation and Safety; Workforce Development; and Unemployment Insurance and Wages.
- Department of Libraries
The mission of the Department of Libraries (DOL) is to collect, organize, and disseminate information and library materials in a variety of formats to the three branches of State government, libraries statewide, the general public, and Vermonters with special needs; to support and strengthen local libraries; to foster new means for statewide cooperation and resource sharing among all types of libraries; and to increase public awareness of libraries and their services and to act as an advocate on their behalf.
- Department of Liquor Control
The Department of Liquor Control purchases, distributes, and sells distilled spirits through its agency stores; enforces Vermont's alcohol and tobacco statutes, with a strong emphasis on limiting youth access; educates licensees; and promotes responsibility. An integral part of the department's mission is to control the distribution of alcoholic beverages, while providing excellent customer service and effective public safety, for the general good of the state.
- Department of Mental Health
The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is a division of the Agency of Human Services. The mission of DMH is to promote and improve the mental health of Vermonters. DMH consists of two divisions: Adult Mental Health Services; and Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health Services. Direct services are provided by private, non-profit service providers called Designated Agencies located throughout the state.
- Department of Motor Vehicles
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a division of the Agency of Transportation. DMV is responsible for registering and inspecting automobiles and other motor vehicles as well as licensing drivers in the U.S. state of Vermont.
- Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety is Vermontís largest law enforcement agency. The Departmentís statutory purpose is to promote the detection and prevention of crime, to participate in searches for lost and missing persons, and to assist in cases of statewide or local disasters or emergencies. In order to carry out this purpose the Department is organized into four divisions; the Vermont State Police; Vermont Emergency Management; Criminal Justice Services; and Fire Safety.
- Department of Public Service
The purpose of the Department of Public Service is to represent the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater. The Department carries out this charge by: representing the public interest in utility cases; providing long range planning for the state's energy and telecommunications needs through the Vermont Electric Plan and the Comprehensive Energy Plan; iinsuring all Vermonters share in the benefits of modern communications through the Vermont Telecommunications Plan; promoting energy efficiency; administering federal energy programs; resolving utility customer complaints; informing the public about utility-related matters; making and administering contracts for the purchase of power on behalf of the state.
- Department of Taxes
The Vermont Department of Taxes is a division of the Agency of Administration. The Department collects various taxes for the state, including: business taxes; state income tax; estate and fiduciary taxes; and property taxes. The mission of the Department is to collect the proper amount of tax revenue in a timely and efficient manner to pay for the goods and services people receive from State government; administer benefit programs through the most efficient means possible; serve local governments by striving to improve local property tax assessment practices; and to assist and service taxpayers, legislators and all other by any means possible.
- Department of Tourism and Marketing
The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) is a department of the Agency of Commerce & Community Development. VDTM promotes Vermont as a travel destination in order to support a diverse and vital economy. VDTM's mission is accomplished through the development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan that integrates television, radio, newspaper and magazine print with VermontVacation.com, the stateís most comprehensive tourism database.
- Department of Tourism and Marketing: Vermont Life Magazine
Vermont Life is a quarterly magazine published by the State of Vermont. It explores and celebrates the state's people, places and rich heritage. Founded in 1946, it is considered one of America's premier regional magazines and has won over 95 national and international magazine awards since 1990. Vermont Life Online was founded in July, 1994 and was, they believe, the first regional magazine website in the world.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides services for Vermont's veterans and their families, which includes a service to help veterans and their families apply for their federal benefits, such as disability compensation and survivor benefits. The Office also maintains copies of active duty discharge records for most veterans who entered the service from Vermont; manages the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery and the Vermont Veterans Home; and provides emergency financial assistance to veterans and their dependents.
- Housing Finance Agency
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) was established in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate- income Vermonters. VHFA's primary activities include single-family and homeownership mortgage financing programs and multifamily programs. VHFA also serves as a significant resource for the collection of housing data and frequently provides testimonial support in the development of housing policy at the state and federal level, along with assistance to affiliated housing organizations.
- Military Department
The mission of Vermont's Military Department is to plan, construct, operate, and maintain the maintenance, logistical, and administrative facilities in support of the Army and National Guard in Vermont; provide land area and facilities to insure units and individuals can meet and maintain pre-mobilization training standards; provide hazardous waste management, hazardous waste minimization, safe drinking water, and recycling services to the Army National Guard; and provide land management activities to ensure adequate training areas for the future, as well as conservation of the natural resoures on those training lands.
- Office of the Defender General
The Office of the Defender General (ODG) provides the assurance that persons entitled to appointed counsel receive effective legal advocacy. ODG is statutorily required to provide counsel to children who are the subject of juvenile proceedings as alleged delinquents; to parties in juvenile proceedings including children in need of care and supervision; to children in the custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families; to persons in the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections; and, to needy persons in extradition, or probation or parole revocation proceedings.
- State Parks
Vermont State Parks is a division of the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. the mission of the State Parks Division is to conserve and interpret on behalf of the people of Vermont their natural, cultural, historic and scenic heritage, and while doing so, to provide recreational opportunities and economic benefit. The emphasis in this dual role should be provided only within the ability of the natural and cultural resources to support the activity.
- State Police
State Police is a division of the Agency of Public Safety. The Vermont State Police is a full service law enforcement agency. It is the primary law enforcement agency serving approximately 200 towns, 90 percent of the land mass and 50 percent of the population. In addition, the specialized resources of the State Police support Vermont's local, county and federal partners in time of need. The emergency communication dispatchers answer approximately 89 percent of all the E-911 calls made in Vermont.
- Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services
The mission of the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services is to join with victims, survivors, and those who interact with victims to implement, sustain, and support a system of services across Vermont that is victim-centered, comprehensive, and just.
- Vermont Economic Development Authority
The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont's economic development finance lender. VEDA sparks business growth in Vermont with a wide range of low-cost lending programs for small and medium-sized businesses. VEDA works with business owners, lenders and development agencies, providing lending solutions that are customized to each client's individual needs.
- Vermont Historical Society
The Vermont Historical Society is the only organization in Vermont that collects artifacts, books, and documents that reflect the entire history of the state, including every geographical area and every chronological period. The Historical Society preserves the history that makes Vermont a special place to live, work, and visit.
- Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Vermont's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) works to protect the health and safety of working Vermonters. Operating in concert with business and industry, VOSHA greatly reduces the number of work-related injuries and fatalities occurring in Vermont.
- Vermont State Archives
The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) was created by Act 96 of 2008, which merged the Vermont State Archives and Division of Public Records, Department of Buildings and General Services, into one division within the Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. The division is responsible for the following core functions: Records and Information Management; State Records Center; Preservation and Access to Permanent Records of the State; Birth, Death, Marriage, Civil Union, and Divorce Certificates; Administrative Procedure Act / Rulemaking; Record Authentication Services (includes Apostilles); and Notaries Public.
- Vermont State Housing Authority
The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) was the first statewide housing authority in the nation. VSHA is committed to equal housing and employment opportunity. VSHA's mission is to promote and expand the supply of affordable rental and homeownership opportunities on a statewide basis. Each new endeavor will enhance or increase the organization's capacity to continue its Mission and to assure the effectiveness of VSHA as a provider and administrator of affordable housing programs.
Vermont Boards and Commissions
- Commission on National & Community Service
The Vermont Commission on National and Community Service (VTCNCS) promotes, supports, and recognizes volunteerism and community service throughout Vermont. Activities include: select, monitor, and evaluate state AmeriCorps programs; provide technical assistance and support to commission-funded programs, and whenever possible to all Corporation funded programs; provide opportunities to recognize the efforts of volunteers and organizations who contribute to meeting the needs of their communities; update a plan of service for the state annually; build on existing resources and networks to integrate training, technical assistance, funding, and other support for all state community service organizations; and facilitate access to information needed by organizations and individuals regarding service opportunities and programs throughout the state.
- Criminal Justice Training Council
The Criminal Justice Training Council believes that to create the most professional, highly trained Vermont police officer they must create an environment that challenges, empowers, and promotes discipline, respect, team work, and fitness. Through quality instruction and curriculum, the council will provide the resources for officers to gain technical proficiency in foundational police subjects.
- Environmental Board
The Natural Resources Board (NRB) was created to succeed the Environmental and Water Resources Boards. NRB is a nine member board which is divided into two panels, the Land Use Panel and the Water Resources Panel
- Governor's Commission on Women
The Governor's Commission on Women engages partnerships and networks diverse groups to consider issues of interest to women and take action; provides information to the legislature and other policy makers on issues affecting women; provides the most local and most appropriate information and referrals to individuals on matters related to women and families; and conducts research, produces reports, publications, and a comprehensive resource directory.
- Human Rights Commission
The mission of the Vermont Human Rights Commission is to promote full civil and human rights in Vermont. The Commission protects people from unlawful discrimination in housing, state government employment, and public accommodations.
- Labor Relations Board
The Vermont Labor Relations Board is a state administrative agency that governs labor relations primarily for public sector employers and employees, and also small private operations. The Board determines appropriate bargaining units, conducts union representation elections, adjudicates unfair labor practice charges and arbitrates grievances.
- Public Service Board
The Vermont Public Service Board is a quasi-judicial board that supervises the rates, quality of service, and overall financial management of Vermont's public utilities: cable television, electric, gas, telecommunications, water and large wastewater companies. The board also supervises cable television companies, although federal law preempts most authority to regulate cable rates or programming. The board also reviews the environmental and economic impacts of proposals to purchase energy supply or build new energy facilities; monitors the safety of hydroelectric dams; evaluates the financial aspects of nuclear plant decommissioning and radioactive waste storage; reviews rates paid to independent power producers; and oversees the statewide Energy Efficiency Utility.
- Vermont Arts Council
The Vermont Arts Council (VAC) fosters classical, traditional, and emerging forms of artistic expression. It finds enduring ways to make the arts a part of all Vermont communities, bringing inspiration to Vermont citizens and visitors in every corner of the state. It advocates for and supports the arts as a central part of education for all people. VAC offers professional development opportunities and technical advice, collects and disseminates arts information, and acts as the state's foremost arts advocate. It is the only not-for-profit state arts agency in the country.
- Vermont Board of Medical Practice
The Vermont Board of Medical Practice office licenses allopathic physicians and podiatrists and certifies physician assistants and anesthesiologist assistants. The Board investigates all complaints and charges of unprofessional conduct against any holder of a license or certificate and determines whether the charges are substantiated or not.
- Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board is an independent, state-supported funding agency providing grants, loans and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and state agencies for the development of perpetually affordable housing and for the conservation of important agricultural land, recreational land, natural areas and historic properties in Vermont.
- Vermont Lottery Commission
The Vermont Lottery is run by a small, efficient staff of professionals, with oversight from five commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor and approved by the Vermont Senate. Currently, all profits from the Vermont Lottery go to the stateís Education Fund.
- Vermont Natural Resources Board
The Natural Resources Board (NRB) was created to succeed the Environmental and Water Resources Boards. NRB is a nine member board which is divided into two panels, the Land Use Panel and the Water Resources Panel. Each panel has five members.